I am not lost…

September 20, 2017


TAG TEAM ATTACK! Books two and three in the Blood Ladders trilogy I’m tossing into one review, not because I don’t think they’re worth their own, but because I read them in such close proximity to one another, my mind is having trouble keeping track of what happens when. As such, I’d rather just summarize here, because as you all know, if left to my own devices, I’ll talk for days about MCAH and her writing, and…well, I’m more than happy to, but perhaps you aren’t. So without any spoilers (which will already cut a chunk out) here’s what my thoughts are. (However, if you haven’t read book one, I don’t recommend reading this, unless the potential for spoilers in THAT book doesn’t bother you. JUST AS A WARNING.)



August 30, 2017


Guess what! Just what you’ve all been waiting for! ANOTHER MCAH REVIEW no but seriously, I’ve gotten a new trilogy of hers, and she’s got a big promo for one of them right around now, and THIS IS THE TIME TO BE TALKING ABOUT MICAH. *coughs* Just saying.

In any event, if you’ve been on the blog for any length of time, you’ll know that M.C.A. Hogarth is one of my all-time favorite authors. I’ve always up to read and review her work, and it’s been a while since I delved into anything. (Mea culpa, mea culpa.) Having spent as much time in her Pelted universe, stepping outside of it–no matter how sure I am of her talent–is a little unnerving. The Blood Ladders trilogy is definitely not the Peltedverse, and AN HEIR TO THORNS AND STEEL is book one of Morgan Locke’s adventure into worlds he truly never believed to be completely real.


August 28, 2017

Fifty Shades of Love (no seriously)


Hah. Remember when I said I was going to get back into this? Yeahhhhhhhh I did really well with that. But hey! I’m trying? Points for effort?

I feel like I had a topic I wanted to talk about here, but now I can’t remember what it was, so I’m going to talk about something. (This summarizes most of my life, honestly. As my grandmother would always say, “If you’ve forgotten what you were going to say, it was probably a lie.”

Can’t tell where my sense of humor comes from, can ya?

In any event. I’ve been reading (guess. Go ahead. Guess.) a M.C.A. Hogarth trilogy (bet you never would have guessed) and something has come to my attention that I’ve seen a lot in real life, but never had a good way to talk about it in terms of literature, but Micah has provided several characters that I can use to discuss this. So let’s just jump into it.

Non-romantic and/or non-sexual physical contact.


March 27, 2017

Let’s Talk Favorites

One of my most dreaded questions whenever someone finds out that I’m a reader is “so what’s your favorite book?” or its brother question, “so who’s your favorite author?” I have absolutely no idea how to answer this question, because for most of my life, I’ve never had an answer. I have someone I could probably point to as a favorite author now, but a favorite book? With a gun to my head, I’m not sure I could choose just one.


September 12, 2016

Bad Blurbs Don’t Sell Books

This has been something stewing in the back of my mind for quite a while now, and I’ve actually talked about it so many times in so many different places, I just went back to make sure I hadn’t actually written the blog already. I think I’ve talked before (I know I have on the YouTube channel) about the fact that I get a daily newsletter from Bookbub, showing me free and discounted ebooks. I’ve found some interesting titles from there…and some really unfortunate sounding ones as well. (This is where I’ve found that apparently, shape-shifter romances are BIG. I guess.)

But the deal with me is that if the Bookbub blurb gets my attention, I’ll click on the Amazon link. If the Amazon blurb sells me, I’ll download the book.

If ever I needed a case study for why your blurbs should be looked after carefully, this is it.


June 8, 2016


Yup, it’s everyone’s favorite time again: time for Rion reviewing one of Micah’s books. Now, for the observant reader, you’ll remember my review of SOME THINGS TRANSCEND, the second book in the Princes’ Game series. This is book 3, and one I was a bit concerned about. I had some reservations about TRANSCEND, and I wasn’t sure how AMULET was going to clear them up.

But, as always, I trusted Hogarth’s deft hand, and she did not let me down.


April 23, 2016


Been a while since I did one of Micah’s books, isn’t it? For a while I was waiting for paper versions of books so that I could add them to my bookshelf, but I got impatient and Maggie could use some uplifting stuff as her job situation changes, so OFF TO THE E-BOOK STORE I WENT.

Lord, I’ve missed the Eldritch.

This is the second book in the Princes’ Game set, the first of which was EVEN THE WINGLESS, which I’ve linked there to my review of it. (God, was that really 2 years ago?) There will likely be Wingless spoilers in here, and possibly some Mindtouch/Mindline spoilers…? This is where the books start to mush together. Read on with discretion. I’ll try to keep spoilers to a minimum.


August 21, 2014

Blog Hop Stop: Here Off the Beaten Path

Well, I don’t quite have the accolades that my dear friend Amanda over at The Spotted Writer has, but I’ve been dutifully plugging away at this blog consistently since January of 2013, and off and on since 2008. I have no awards save my NaNoWriMo winner sheets, and haven’t done much in the way of surveys to let people know who I am. (Though I do hope the type of thing I talk about has given you some insight! Maybe I should work on that…) But since Amanda gave me such an amazing shoutout on her blog (goodness, I’m blushing) I felt I should tag along off of her Blog Hop and write about my process.


July 30, 2014

Inspiration Wednesday: Other Authors

All right, I promise that one of these days I’ll stop harping on and on about one author over and over again. But I wanted to write this up, and this seems like a good enough place. It almost takes over Thursday’s post about writing as well, but I won’t let it. But the simple version of this week’s inspiration is just this: In order to be good writers, we not only have to write a lot…but we also have to read a lot. It’s one of the most commonly repeated bits of advice I’ve heard in all my various sources and talks and classes. It’s a simple equation: if we want to write books, we have to read some to know what we’re writing. And what better way to find inspiration than in some of our favorite authors? I’ll be looking at a few authors over time, but this post is devoted to the one author I’m sure my readers are absolutely sick of hearing about: M.C.A. Hogarth. (I’M SORRY. I JUST REALLY LIKE HER.) But she’s getting this honor over the others for a very interesting reason.


July 29, 2014

Book Review: Spots the Space Marine

This is an interesting review to write. It’s very long coming (since I finished it probably months ago now), and it’s not a style of book I’ve read often, but it’s M.C.A. Hogarth, and…well, if you’ve been around long enough, you know my opinion on her. (If you haven’t, it’s that I’ll read anything Micah puts out, probably more than once and then buy eighteen copies of all her books to toss at my friends.) But on top of my love for this author, Spots the Space Marine got Micah a decent amount of press when Games Workshop decided they were going to take umbrage with the term “space marine” in regards to their copyright. So when Space Marine Liberation Day (our celebration for the vanquishing of our foes) came around, I bought the book. A worthy cause, I thought.

I had no idea what I was in for.


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