Book Alert! Curse Breaker: Enchanted by Melinda Kucsera

Heads up epic fantasy fans (and even those who are not like me)! Here’s an enchanting, thrilling and exciting new book/series that will introduce you to a new world called Shayari and to mystic, gifted and complex characters from one of the best fantasy writers! Read on! 

SARN indentured himself four years ago to pay for his brother’s education. It was a desperate bid to help his brother escape the cycle of poverty. For him there was never any hope, not while his body brims with illegal magic that just so happens to fuel the perpetual glow of his green eyes.

THE BARGAIN…The terms of his indenture landed him a stint with the Rangers who patrol the enchanted forest until a party of travelers is attacked in the forest’s midst and killed. Everything changes when that first drop of blood is spilled, waking the forest’s ire.

THE MYSTERY… Sarn tries to stay out of sight and trouble but one of the Rangers has plans for him. And the ghost of a child murdered in the forest haunts him—a green-eyed child just like his own son. Who killed this boy and the party he traveled with and why? The answer might cost his sanity but to find it, he risks losing the son he’s kept a secret for four years. Not finding the answer might damn his son to share that murdered boy’s fate.

As conflicting plans collide beneath enchanted boughs, one thing is certain. If Sarn can’t get his magic under control, he’ll never find the answers that he seeks. But how far is he willing to go to find those answers? The search might cost more than his sanity; it might cost his life.

Click to order Curse Breaker: Enchanted on Amazon Today!

Available in eBook (order now) and paperback (9.27.16), (audio edition – TBA)

About the author:

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Melinda Kucsera  the writer behind In Media Res.

By day, I’m a project manager for IT at the academic journal publisher, Mary Ann Liebert Inc. I support the websites for two trade journals: GEN and Clinical OMICs.

By night, I am posting to my website, MelindaKucsera.com, in memory of my sister. I am the author of the novella Stars and Angels Sing and the Curse Breaker Saga (get book 1, Curse Breaker: Enchanted from Amazon today).

I write serial adventure stories in high fantasy (or science fiction). The ongoing stories are:

  1. Quest 
  2. The Curse Breaker Saga
  3. Aerials
  4. (Re) Quest – a retelling of Quest
  5. The Lord of the Sea.

I also write short stories. Find them all here.

I have one story to tell about a place called Shayari and the people who live there.

Listen By Sarah Doughty: An ARC Review

An enchanting page-turner packed with romance, action, and real-life lessons that even non- Paranormal and Fantasy fans (like me) will ENJOY!

What is it about: When vampires Liam and Jon go missing, it’s up to Aisling Green and her friends to find them, but doing so and surviving what awaits won’t be easy.

Battling against things she cannot fight isn’t something Earthen witch Aisling Green is used to, but she must act quickly and outsmart the one that wants her dead and save the lives of her friends before it’s too late.

As they follow the trail, they rescue a most unlikely person, and uncover a deeper, more sinister plot. With the lives of the two vampires on the line, they must fight for their lives, try to rescue their friends, and stop the evil plans. In the face of so much danger and uncertainty, they are forced to go to war and make a discovery that will change everything. The question then becomes at what price will they be forced to pay to survive?

What I Love: I love that I enjoyed this book even when I am not naturally a fan of paranormal more so epic fantasy! That is quite a testament that my dear friend Sarah Doughty is indeed a gifted wordsmith.

I love that this book has the right mix of themes, love, friendship, family, bravery and magic. It is a page turner because you will never be able to guess what will happen next.

I love that apart from being a third part of an epic series, Listen can stand on its own. Done flawlessly, Sarah Doughty was able to give its readers essential background snippets that make new readers understand the story well.

I love that her main character is one brave and courageous woman and that her leading man is a sensitive but strong-willed guy. They indeed a perfectly crafted pair.

I love that Sarah Doughty’s group of secondary characters have their own story and complexities. That is maybe why the book will not be boring because it is not just about the endearing couple and main characters Aisling and Connor. ❤

I love that it has left on me some important reminders: that greed for power will destroy no one but you, that you can have a non-blood related family, and that struggles can make you tougher, braver and better.

What I Don’t Love Much: Because of Stephen King’s book On Writing, I must say that I am not that fan of sentences constructed with “was”. There are a couple of this in this book BUT these doesn’t destroy the beauty of this book. It’s just me.

Rating:  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ (GOOD READ, definitely!) If a not-so-fan of fantasy and paranormal enjoyed Listen by Sarah Doughty, I am sure you will too! So… I’d give this book four hearts so you better read it!

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty will be available here for FREE on October 03!!!


About the author: 

“My name is Sarah, and I’m not your average writer.

The night calls to me in moonlit whispers and my daydreams answer.

I suffer from extreme complex PTSD, depression, and debilitating anxiety. And if I don’t have a migraine, I have a headache. Every. Single. Day. Though I am terrified of the night, crowds, and much more, this darkness has become my home.

Conjuring words from the ether is like breathing — my weapon — my therapy. It allows me to weed through all the pain, in an effort to find myself again.

If writing is my breath, then my books are my life. They are a way for me to escape my mind and enter another, to experience an amazing, magical world and heal at the same time. I’ve shared them online for anyone who wants to read them — for free, to offer someone else hope, or the same, temporary escape as they did for me. Read a little more about them here.”

Liebster Award (3rd and 4th!)

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

With all the blessings and things that I am more than grateful these past 50 Days, it is now time to acknowledge the awards given to me last year. 🙂 Yep. Last year!

Sorry for the super late response, Caitlin, Anakhan, and Christopher! I truly appreciate your sweet gestures! ❤

For those who do not know Liebster Award, it is a blog award given by a blogger to his/her co-bloggers. This award’s idea is to let new bloggers be known to other writers around the World Wide Web.

The simple rules are:

  1. Thank and link the blogger who nominated you
  2. Answer their 11 questions
  3. Nominate 11 bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them
  4. Have your nominees answer your 11 questions
  5. Notify nominees through social media

Here are Caitlin, Anakhan and Christopher’s questions!

  1. What got you started with your blog?

I am a Journalism graduate and to be a writer has been my dream ever since. But it took me so many years before I started blogging.

My very first post Agony, described how I collected myself and braced myself for the unknown as I started blogging. I was full of fears and inhibitions. The quote,

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

…pushed me to take that leap and start writing for A Reading Writer.

  1. Post a link to your favorite blog post you have written and explain why it is your favorite.

Hmm. This is a bit hard. I love all my post, actually, because for me they’re my babies. 🙂 So let’s just consult the annual blogging report by WordPress!

And… the top three posts last year are:

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom 

Writing 101: Seasons (the beginning of a four-part series)

and Writing 101: The Yellow Bus.

  1. What is your favorite color?

It’s purple! 😀

Credit: This is actually my desktop background. 🙂
  1. Where do you get inspiration to blog?

Hmmm… I usually write my poems and fictional stories when I am in a bus. I don’t know why but maybe my 2-hour commute surely generate creative juices. 😀

Aside from the bus, my stories are mostly inspired by songs that I loved. Like Used to be Mine and Quite Like You.

  1. Where would you like to travel that you haven’t travelled to yet?

Outside the country, my answer is Nami Island in South Korea. 🙂

But I have no budget for such trips yet so realistically, I would want to visit Visayas’ stunning sandbar beaches like Kalanggaman Island in Leyte.

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  1. What was your favorite book or movie as a child?

I am not an avid reader when I was a kid, so I guess I’ll just share my favorite book as of now and that is The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom. 🙂

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

My favorite movie as a child is The Princess Diaries! 😀 I just love Mia Thermopolis! 😀

  1. What is your favorite season and why?

I love winter. Maybe because there is no winter here in the Philippines that is why it is my dream to see, feel, smell(?) snow! 😀

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  1. Any goals for your blog?

I’ve shared my plans for this year. I guess the most important is the last plan which is To follow more, comment more, inspire more, write more!

  1. Do you have a bucket list? What is number 1?

I have yet to formally list my bucket list (what? :D), but travelling is surely the number 1!

  1. Favorite thing to blog about?

Books! And fictions, song-based fictions. 😀

  1. What’s your dream job?

To be a newspaper reporter. 🙂 Specifically, a Philippine Star reporter. 🙂

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And my nominees are my NEWEST FOLLOWERS!

Thank you for following me, guys! I hope we can know each other better? 🙂

NOTE: If you are an award-free blog, that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I just want to show you that I appreciate your effort to click that FOLLOW button. 🙂

  1. Jah of Books Beyond Measure
  2. Where Dreams Collide
  3. Kim of Over the Bookshelf
  4. Laissez Faire
  5. The Lightning and the Fire
  6. Mark of Peace Hacks
  7. Sigfridsson
  8. Just a Small Town Girl
  9. Lauraline
  10. Brinicles
  11. Chrissi of Chrissi Reads

And..

Here are the same questions for you. ❤

  1. What got you started with your blog?
  2. Post a link to your favorite blog post you have written and explain why it is your favorite.
  3. What is your favorite color?
  4. Where do you get inspiration to blog?
  5. Where would you like to travel that you haven’t travelled to yet?
  6. What was your favorite book or movie as a child?
  7. What is your favorite season and why?
  8. Any goals for your blog?
  9. Do you have a bucket list? What is number 1?
  10. Favorite thing to blog about?
  11. What’s your dream job?

That’s it!

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Writing 101: #IamPresto

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To my beloved author,

It was Tuesdays with Morrie, that made me an avid fan, I didn’t know that you will write a story about Frankie. So yes, I am not excited to know #frankiepresto.

It was August 2014 when I read The First Phone Call from Heaven, so no, I’m not excited for #frankiepresto.

It was more than a year when I last read your words, Mitch. But no, I’m not excited for #frankiepresto.

It was July 2015 when I learned that a new book is coming, but still, I’m not excited for #frankiepresto.

I went twice in National Bookstore to ask for a pre-order, but that doesn’t mean I was excited to read #frankiepresto.

Just yesterday, I hurriedly went straight to the bookstore after office. Still, that doesn’t mean I’m excited for #frankiepresto.

A wide smile painted itself, as I see a lot of The Magic Strings copies displayed on book stand. Nope, that doesn’t mean I’m excited for #frankiepresto.

Finally, I have #frankiepresto. I am not excited for your new story, Mitch.

Because ‘excited’ is actually an understatement.

I am Rosema from the Philippines. And #IamPresto.

Photo’s mine.

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©2015 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.


In response to Writing 101:

Day 8: Reinvent the Letter Format

Some might say a post in the form of a letter is trite and overdone. But with the right approach and tone, a letter can tell a great story and get your message across (and it doesn’t have to be negative or bring shame upon another).

BOOK READS: A Review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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A refreshing read with a unique premise but the twist is…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2015
Rating: 💖💖💖💖 (MUST-READ)

THE STORY:

Madeleine Whittier has an odd illness that confined her in her own little home. For 18 years, she has never been outside her house filled with filtered air.

She doesn’t long to be outside her home until she saw her new neighbor, Olly.

Olly’s arrival introduced her to a life she doesn’t know she wanted to have.

THE BLURB:

After I have read a lot of good reviews for this book, I am now convinced that it is indeed a good read.

First, the premise is interesting and unique. I have never heard of SCID until I read this novel. So I commend how Nicola Yoon researched for this book.

Second, her characters are relatable. Maddy is just any teenager who first experienced falling inlove, jittery and nervous but definitely in a bliss.

The people the surround Maddy are all relatable, too, Carla and even Olly and his family.

I also love the doodles/illustrations included in between some of the pages which are drawn by Nicola’s husband. They made the book more refreshing.

Finally, I like Yoon’s simple choice of words. She has selected just the right adjectives in illustrating the characters’ emotions, especially Maddy’s.

So…  you are now asking why on earth did I gave it only four hearts.

Well… until now, I am not quite sure if I like how Yoon twisted the story. I don’t like to tell any spoilers but I kinda felt that there is something wrong.

Also, I almost predicted the ending. And I don’t like knowing how a story ends before I reach the final pages.

THE WISE WORDS:

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

“In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”

THE WRAP:

I think Yoon ended the story in a way that her readers would be happy.

It was ok but it doesn’t end up as strong as I hoped it would be.

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BOOK READS: A Review of The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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Oddly structured. Poignant yet inspiring.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Color Purple
Genre: Fiction. Epistolary novel
Published: 1982
Rating: 💖💖💖💖 (MUST-READ)

THE STORY:

Celie, a ”colored” woman, told her life’s tale including the injustices that she has been through.

Set in Georgia, she told her story through letters addressed to God.

From a woman who felt worthless, she slowly find her true value, both as a ‘colored’ lady and as a person.



THE BLURB:

The Color Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for a lot of reasons.

Yes, the book contains some explicit content especially about the abuses against ”colored” women but these actually make the story more moving.

Celie’s tales and her sister’s, named Nettie, experiences in Africa are gruesome especially the woman’s ”circumcision” which has been a tradition for some African tribes.

These ugly incidents can really make you cringe as a reader. But I think they make the ending more inspiring.  

THE WISE WORDS:

THE WRAP:

After reading the numerous tragedies the characters have been through, the ending became more heartening.


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BLOG AWARDS: The Encouraging Thunder Award

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

I have been very busy with a looot of writing exercises courtesy of Blogging University’s WRITING 101. (I am enjoying it, actually. :))

Now, it is time to say my biggest thanks to Aliza Shandel who recently nominated me with The Encouraging Thunder Award.

Please do visit her super nice blog which is packed with awesome book reviews and book thoughts that you will all surely love. 😀

Here’s how this award works:

  • Thank your nominator.
  • Display the logo.
  • Talk about your purpose in blogging.
  • Nominate.

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WHY I AM HERE?

  • Because for me, “Writing is like breathing with words.”

As A READING WRITER, I really breathe with words. I cannot imagine living a life without reading and writing.

    • Because I have ended my Agony against criticisms. I have braved to go online and posts my thoughts because I believe that that is what I am, a writer whose open to both praises and rejections.
  • Because I have a story to share. 🙂

– I am not that good in oral communication, especially in English. I’ve got nerves that made me stutter once I started speaking. But when I am writing, it feels like my fingers have minds of their own.

IT’S YOUR TURN:

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I would love to know you, fellow book bloggers! 🙂

If you don’t do blog awards it is perfectly fine. Though I would love to read more you!

Let’s be friends. 🙂

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BLOG-A-VERSARY: Agony turns into Bliss

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After a year of taking that leap of faith to end my AGONY, now I feel pure BLISS. It was all worth it. – rosemawrites

It was August 28, 2014 when I first published A READING WRITER’s first post, Agony.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

My first readers know that I am Journalism graduate who really want to chase that elusive dream of being a writer.

A year after I started this blog, I can now call myself a WRITER. A PR writer, yes. Not a newspaper writer, yes. But I am now living the dream that I thought was not possible.

(Sorry for getting too sentimental, guys!)

I am just so happy to have this blog and to have those more than 100 followers. Yeps. I know 100 followers is not a big thing, but I am still thankful for that.

As my way of looking back on my blogging journey, expect more BLOG-A-VERSARY posts on the coming days!

It was such a great feeling to overcome that AGONY. But it was the best feeling to know a lot of book bloggers who I can consider as my virtual friends. It’s just pure BLISS!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: 32nd and 33rd books

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A book with non-human characters and a book with more than 500 pages.

It has been a long time since I published an update for my 2015 Reading Challenge. It is because my reading pace has slowed down 😦 because my writing job is just so draining.

On a positive note, here are my recent reads for these categories:

A book with non-human characters (32nd) – Every Day bDavid Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Synopsis: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I consider the main character of this awesome book a non-human because I can’t even determine what should I call him/her or it.

But that doesn’t mean this novel by David Levithan is not great. It is actually unique and thought-provoking. I cannot wait for the sequel, actually! 🙂

A book with more than 500 pages – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Synopsis: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It took me also a month to finish this book because of my busy schedule and because of its more than 500 pages.

On the other hand, The Book Thief is not short on sense and depth. It is one of those few books that can move you not in a so blatant manner.

Zusak has subtly described the violence during the Holocaust era in Germany and his main character, Liesel, and his storyteller, Death (yes, you’re reading it right), makes this story an emotionally gripping novel.

(I will be posting my review for this book soon.) 🙂

So there!

Till my next update. 🙂

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Tagged: The Emoji Book Tag

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So I was tagged by Dimple of Enthralling Dimple with The Emoji Book Tag! So thanks Dimple! 🙂

This book tag is made by seven booktubers namely; Liz from lizlovesliteratureJenny from JellafySanaa from InkBonesBooksDylan from dylanbooksMax from WellDoneBooksVilde from vforvilde and Scott from Scott Place. 

The rules are simple, you just have to relate your five most-used or latest-used EMOJIs with your read books.

And because I am a certified emoji junkie, yes I love emojis, I am really giddy to do this tag.

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  • Laughing Emoji 

Stupid is Forever

Stupid is Forever by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago 

“Of course, I make no claim to originality in this compilation of my epigrams. My supporters find them funny, and my enemies presumably find them revolting. That’s because those villains are hardwired only for self-adulation.”

Witty pick-up lines and funny yet factual political sentiments and observations from no less than the best Filipino Senator! This laughter-inducing book is amusing but it doesn’t mean it’s non-sense! It isn’t!

  • Blushing Emoji

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)

Stargirl bJerry Spinelli

“Her smile put the sunflower to shame.”

“She laughed, and the desert sang.”

“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Isn’t it just so sweet! (blushes)

  • Screaming Emoji

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“I felt a queasy mixture of relief and horror: when you finally stop an itch and realize it’s because you’ve ripped a hole in your skin.”

What’s creepier than a psychotic woman who kills?

  • Sobbing Emoji

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You bJojo Moyes

I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual.

If you are not a crier, try reading this book. And then tell me if it was just me or this story is really heartbreaking.

  • Winking Emoji

I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

“It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true–big things are often just small things that are noticed.”

This is not a love story, so how is it related to the winking emoji? It’s because I fallen in love for Markus Zusak because of this book. Now I am reading The Book Thief! ❤

So there!

Now it’s your turn awesome bloggers:

Spread the blog love!

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