Reviews to come!

I’ve gotten a little behind on my reviews. Sorry about that! I’ve still been reading lots, but sometimes I just don’t know where to start with a review because I have so much to say. Instead, I just put that one aside until later.

I need some help! Tell me which one to review next and I’ll get onto that one:

Conspiracy and Blood & Betrayal, both by Lindsay Buroker – both steampunk

Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb – fantasy

Sixth of the Dusk by Brandon Sanderson – fantasy-ish

Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body by Simon Petrie – mystery/sci-fi

Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis – non-fiction

The Innocent Flower by Charlotte Armstrong – mystery

The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg – YA fantasy

A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen – MG historical fiction

 

If no one votes, I’ll probably review the Simon Petrie book next. Now maybe I need some help on what to read next! My review pile is mounting up and I’m getting kinda stressed about it.

Contest 🏆 Winner!

51zdhuggq6lWe have a winner! Using random number generator, I plugged in my number of followers and came up with ……

Susandyer1962.

Susan, if you send me your address I will get this in the mail this week. Congrats on winning! I’ll be doing another giveaway next month, so if you didn’t win, stay tuned for your next chance.

Contest Reminder!

Just 3 days left to enter my contest. As a reminder, I’m doing a drawing for a signed copy of The Fifth Doll by Charlie N. Holmberg.

How To Win

  1. You must follow my blog.
  2. You must like this post.
  3. You must follow me on twitter – @Cindy_Bohn
  4. Ages 16 & Up, United States and Canada only (sorry, but I can’t afford Intl Shipping)

 

I finished the book and let me say it was so much fun! I loved the setting and the idea. I really liked Matrona, the main character. If you like your YA with some fairy tale/folk tale elements, you would definitely enjoy this. Good luck on entering!

Contest Reminder!

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Charlie Holmberg at the AF Library

Hey, just a reminder for all of you — you have about 2 weeks to enter to win a copy of  Charlie N. Holmberg’s newest book, The Fifth Doll. I’ve just started it and it’s amazing so far. If you read YA, you’re going to want to get your hands on a copy of this book, and I can help you with that.

Here’s a link to the contest rules:

The Fifth Doll Giveaway

Reminder, you must be following my blog to win. Good luck!

About the book …. Oops

I just realized that I forgot to tell you about the book! So let me fix that. Here’s what the book is all about!

 

The bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series transports readers to a darkly whimsical world where strange magic threatens a quiet village that only a courageous woman can save.

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

 

Now are you excited? It sounds cool and creepy to me. I can’t wait to read it.

The Fifth Doll!

Ta-Da! I just realized that I sorta spilled the beans a couple weeks ago (oops) so it wasn’t as much of a mystery what the book was as I wanted it to be, but I hope it’s been fun anyway! Here is your big giveaway! All signed by the author, Charlie N. Holmberg, as promised.

So the book signing was lots of fun, mostly friends and family (and me, who is neither), all squeezed into the little American Fork Library. Charlie bubbled around, greeting everyone. There was a table with Matryoshka dolls set up and cool stuff like that. And EVENTUALLY the books showed up.

Anyhow, Charlie was great, the book sounds great, and I snagged a copy to share. First I will give you a brief Q & A I put together based on the event, then I’ll tell you how to win a SIGNED COPY of this awesome book!

Questions and Answers

charlieeditedweb.jpgWhere did you get your inspiration for this book?

I was doing a class for the BYU Worldbuilders thing on magic systems and had an idea for how you can build a magic system around anything, like salt, or thread, or Matroyshka dolls, and then I thought, “Nope, I’m keeping that one.”

Where did you get the name for the main character? 

Her name is Matrona, which means woman in Russian and it’s also the root for the Matroyshka dolls, which I thought was really interesting.

How many projects are you working on right now?

About 6 different things.

What book do you wish you had written?

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I love the magic system.

How To Win

  1. You must follow my blog.
  2. You must like this post.
  3. You must follow me on twitter – @Cindy_Bohn
  4. Ages 16 & Up, United States and Canada only (sorry, but I can’t afford Intl Shipping)

That’s it! Pretty simple! I will draw a winner on August 14th. Feel free to share this anywhere you like, tell anyone you like, and good luck to all!

 

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New Giveaway!

I’ve decided to do a signed book for my next giveaway and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled when you here more about what I’ve chosen. Local author Charlie N. Holmberg is doing a book release party at the American Fork Library to celebrate her new book, The Fifth Doll. There will be a reading, a signing, giveaways, Matryoshka displays, and a little bird tells me crafts for the kiddos.

About The book

Matrona lives in an isolated village, where her life is centered on pleasing her parents. She’s diligent in her chores and has agreed to marry a man of their choosing. But a visit to Slava, the local tradesman, threatens to upend her entire life.

Entering his empty house, Matrona discovers a strange collection of painted nesting dolls—one for every villager. Fascinated, she can’t resist the urge to open the doll with her father’s face. But when her father begins acting strangely, she realizes Slava’s dolls are much more than they seem.

When he learns what she’s done, Slava seizes the opportunity to give Matrona stewardship over the dolls—whether she wants it or not. Forced to open one of her own dolls every three days, she falls deeper into the grim power of Slava’s creations. But nothing can prepare her for the profound secret hiding inside the fifth doll.

About the author

Charlie is a local Utah author, Author of The Paper Magician series; Followed by Frost; and Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet. Amazon and Wall Street Journal bestseller. I think – but I’m not certain – that all her books are available from Kindle Unlimited. They are each creative and original. And she’s a sweetheart, going to all the writer’s events. Really warm and friendly.

Anyhow, the event is

Tuesday, July 25 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
American Fork Public Library
I will be there AND get a signed copy of her book to Giveaway. As before, you’ll have to follow my blog if you want to win.