Dana Swift’s Debut YA Fantasy Romance

The Novel is being published this year November 17th, 2020! You can follow Dana on Twitter here
Keep reading for a full synopsis!

Cast in Firelight

by Dana Swift

A YA fantasy about two teens destined to inherit a magical empire, who must put aside their misgivings about each other when a deadly plot is unearthed.

As a powerful witch and heir to the throne, Adraa has been groomed to be Belwar’s next leader. She studies all nine colors of magic, trains in diplomacy, and reluctantly accepts an arranged marriage to the arrogant boy from the neighboring land. But Adraa soon finds not all problems can be solved from the safety of the palace. When she learns that the Vencrin, a group of drug-selling thugs, are destroying her people’s magic she dons a mask and takes to the streets to stop them.

Keeping her identity hidden and herself in one piece in the midst of an underground fighting ring is hard enough, but once her fiancé returns home, a royal guard shows up, insisting on joining her mission. Unaware of Adraa’s true identity, he becomes her partner and newest problem. But before they can uncover the Vencrin’s plans, this mismatched pair of vigilantes will need to learn who they’re teaming up with and, just possibly, falling for.

The Camelot Betrayal Book Cover Reveal!

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I am so in love with this cover! Kiersten White  dropped this cover reveal on her Insta this morning and we are shook! The first book in this series The Guinevere Deception is an amazingly fantastical retelling of King Arthur’s Court. It was one of the first books I read at the beginning of 2020 and I’m so excited that the next installment of the, A Camelot Rising series will be out November 10th of this year (2020) !
Continue reading for a synopsis!

The Camelot Betrayal
(Camelot Rising #2)
by Kiersten White 

The second book in a new fantasy trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White, exploring the nature of self, the inevitable cost of progress, and, of course, magic and romance and betrayal so epic Queen Guinevere remains the most famous queen who never lived.

EVERYTHING IS AS IT SHOULD BE IN CAMELOT: King Arthur is expanding his kingdom’s influence with Queen Guinevere at his side. Yet every night, dreams of darkness and unknowable power plague her.

Guinevere might have accepted her role, but she still cannot find a place for herself in all of it. The closer she gets to Brangien, pining for her lost love Isolde, Lancelot, fighting to prove her worth as Queen’s knight, and Arthur, everything to everyone and thus never quite enough for Guinevere–the more she realizes how empty she is. She has no sense of who she truly was before she was Guinevere. The more she tries to claim herself as queen, the more she wonders if Mordred was right: she doesn’t belong. She never will.

When a rescue goes awry and results in the death of something precious, a devastated Guinevere returns to Camelot to find the greatest threat yet has arrived. Not in the form of the Dark Queen or an invading army, but in the form of the real Guinevere’s younger sister. Is her deception at an end? And who is she really deceiving–Camelot, or herself? 

Among the Beasts & Briars: Also by Ashley Poston

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I’m excited to check out this new move by Poston. Usually, she’s more of a SYFY vibe so I’m very intrigued to see this side of her writing. The pub date is October 20th, 2020, and I have a feeling it’s going to give off major Fall-Feels! Keep reading for the full synopsis.

Among the Beasts & Briars

by Ashley Poston

Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.

Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.

As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.

Once Upon a Con #3

Bookish and the Beast

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I can’t wait for June 16th to roll around! I absolutely adore the Once Upon a Con series by Ashley Poston. If you know me at all, you know I love me a good Beauty and the Beast/ Hades and Persephone retelling! Check out the synopsis below!

Bookish and the Beast

(Once Upon a Con #3)

by Ashley Poston

In the third book in Ashley Poston’s Once Upon a Con series, Beauty and the Beast is retold in the beloved Starfield universe.

Rosie Thorne is feeling stuck—on her college application essays, in her small town, and on that mysterious General Sond cosplayer she met at ExcelsiCon. Most of all, she’s stuck in her grief over her mother’s death. Her only solace was her late mother’s library of rare Starfield novels, but even that disappeared when they sold it to pay off hospital bills.

On the other hand, Vance Reigns has been Hollywood royalty for as long as he can remember—with all the privilege and scrutiny that entails. When a tabloid scandal catches up to him, he’s forced to hide out somewhere the paparazzi would never expect to find him: Small Town USA. At least there’s a library in the house. Too bad he doesn’t read.

When Rosie and Vance’s paths collide and a rare book is accidentally destroyed, Rosie finds herself working to repay the debt. And while most Starfield superfans would jump at the chance to work in close proximity to the Vance Reigns, Rosie has discovered something about Vance: he’s a jerk, and she can’t stand him. The feeling is mutual.

But as Vance and Rosie begrudgingly get to know each other, their careful masks come off—and they may just find that there’s more risk in shutting each other out than in opening their hearts.

The Silvered Serpents Cover Reveal!

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One of my most anticipated reads of the year! I love this cover so much, and can’t wait to be in this world again!

The Silvered Serpents

(The Gilded Wolves #2)

by Roshani Chokshi

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumoured to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

Jungle Tribe LA Penny Rocker

 

I literally can not say enough good things about this bag! The Penny Rocker is completely designed for the fashion-forward biker chick on the go. The best part about it is its versatility. I was amazed at how seamlessly I was able to switch from wearing the bag as a side-hip pouch to using it as a regular purse.

Jungle Tribe LA’s products are such hot, sought-after products because of the quality craftsmanship that is put into each item. at Arizona Bike Week there were many vendors trying to sell their knock-off version of the Penny Rocker. Some were even asking double the price of the original and they seemed to have been mass-manufactured out of cheap fabrics. They weren’t even made out of leather!

Like I said before, this bag is so amazing! I find myself reaching for it even when we aren’t on the bike. There’s a pocket for everything you could need, while still keeping a low profile. I love it, and I highly recommend getting your hands on one!

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What It’s Like Living with Anxiety And OCD

High Anxiety

Hi, my name is Sasha and I have anxiety. It’s hard for me to remember a time when I wasn’t anxious. I know when it started to get bad, like really bad. But I don’t know what it was that set me off into the dark abyss that is anxiety.
 I was always a nervous child. I remember I never wanted to be alone I followed my parents and my grandparents around the house constantly. Just the thought of being alone in a room as a child scared the living s*** out of me. My grandmother called me her “Shadow” and that nickname stuck all throughout my childhood and adulthood.

 Out Of Physical Harm

I’m by no means anything close to a psychologist, but I’m pretty sure my OCD is deeply rooted in my anxiety. I always think how funny it is when people have this perception of OCD. The common misconception is that I obsessively brush my teeth every day or that my kitchen is meticulously organized. Unfortunately, my reality of OCD was nervously picking at the dead skin on my big toes until they bled, or tearing out my hair until a bald spot magically appeared on the back of my head near my neck. I’m sorry if that’s graphic or too real, but that can be what 0CD is sometimes, really graphic and too real.

Psychological Warfare

The previously mentioned traits of OCD in the last paragraph I’ve actually since overcame, but between the ages of 4 and 18 these two instances of self-mutilation were pretty much an everyday occurrence.
Fortunately, I’ve moved on to a more psychological form of OCD in my late twenties. I own a house now so my priorities have changed. Now instead of picking at my toe skin, I have to touch the front door handle 9 times before I’m able to leave the house. Instead of tearing out my hair I obsessively check the stove before I leave in fear of a fire bursting randomly from the oven while I’m not home.

Tell Me Sweet Little Lies

For a long time, I used to lie to myself and justify the reason for my anxiety and OCD. I had convinced myself that I was just overly cautious. I didn’t have a disorder! Everything all came to a head when my boyfriend showed me a video taken from our front door security camera of me trying to leave the house and touching the front door handle about 28 times at about 5:30 in the morning while I was trying to go to work.

Are You Happy?

I knew something had to be done. I knew I didn’t want to live in fear for the rest of my life. Nobody wants to feel anxious all the time, or ever for that matter, it’s not a fun thing. Panic attacks and anxiety attacks are real and they suck. So I started looking into activities that could help me calm down. A lot of people would say, “First off lady, you need to start smoking some weed!” Which I would totally be down for. . . If I didn’t absolutely despise the smell of weed. So that was out.

Yoga With Adriene

Luckily, I found Adriene on Youtube and she taught me the ways of yoga. And not just yoga but breathing practices and ways to relax. Yoga has done wondrous things for my anxiety and OCD. I don’t know if it will ever truly be gone, but at least now I have a coping mechanism. If I freak out I know that if I breathe 10 times deeply I’ll be okay. And I’m not saying that yoga is the end-all-be-all for anxiety. What I am saying is find something that you can escape into. Read a book, paint a picture, clean the house, well maybe that’s not such a great idea… Just look for your Escape. it will do wonders for your mind and soul.

Best Vegan Spots In Las Vegas

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Let’s talk for real for just a sec. Like most of you out there, I didn’t grow up on a vegan diet. In fact, I’m pretty sure my mother is still confused about what tofu really is. So when I became ‘hella-woke’ and started to make more ethical food choices, I’m sorry to admit, there were a lot of meat and poultry products that I really missed.

Fortunately, I started to venture out and discovered that Vegas has so much to offer the common vegetarian or vegan.  I decided to share some of my favorite veggie eateries for those of us Las Vegans that are just starting out in the veg-game.  All of the places I’ve listed below are great in their own way, but the common thread between them is that they don’t sacrifice great flavor in order to be vegan.

Vegenation in Las Vegas, NV 89101

VegeNation

When I first decided to start eating more ethically, VegeNation was the first place, other than my own house, that I ate at. Located in the heart of old Vegas on Carson Ave, you couldn’t ask for a better spot to grab some great vegan foods. If you’re ever in the neighborhood during breakfast hours, be sure to try one of their tofu scramble bowls. They’re Lit!

Violett’s Vegan Organic Cafe And Juice Bar

Before you were vegan or vegetarian did you enjoy a BLT every once in a while? Or a soul-warming bowl of chili? I know I did. Cut to Violett’s Vegan Cafe. Along with a great selection of freshly blended juices, this cafe also makes some of the best cafe classics, vegan style. Located off West Desert Inn Road, some great vegan food is just a hop onto the DI away!

 

Vegeway

VegeWay

VegeWay appeals to my very lazy, sloth-like temperament. Anytime I can get a vegan meal without having to get out of my car, I’m Down! Their burgers are comparable to that of IN-N-OUT, and their zucchini fries are bangin’! Do yourself a flavor and get to a VegeWay drive-thru ASAP! They currently have two locations. One on South Jones Blvd and another on North Durango Drive.

Panchos Vegan Tacos

The one thing that I missed more than anything when I stopped eating red meat was tacos, carne asada, el pastor, etc. . . So I thank the powers that be, Panchos brought all those and so much more back into my life, and my stomach. If you’re looking for great Mexican food period, vegan or otherwise, I highly recommend you head over to South Pecos Road and see what they got going on at Panchos Vegan Tacos.