Book Blitz: The Elementalist (Ransomed Souls #2) by Melissa J. Cunningham

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Title:  The Elementalist
Series:  The Ransomed Souls Series #2
Author:  Melissa J. Cunningham
Published:  March 3rd, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA paranormal romance
Content Warning:  Violence and minor language
Recommended Age:  14+
Synopsis:  Deceased Alisa Callahan thinks nothing could be worse than watching the boy she loves move on in his life without her… until she is ripped from her less-than-peaceful existence in Elysium to be trapped… in someone’s else’s body.
Seventeen-year-old Claire Balister wants only one thing. To master the art of Elementalism. To accomplish this, she must learn to control a damned soul. Her old classmate and suicide victim, Alisa Callahan, is the perfect candidate. But when the spell goes wrong, Claire finds herself in the worst possible situation… sharing her body with an unwanted guest.
Everything swirls out of control when Alisa learns the terrifying truth about her entrapment. Her only hope rests with a boy who can’t remember her, his past, or more importantly, who he really is…
One of the bad guys.
Excerpt from The Elementalist by Melissa J. Cunningham:
She cursed under her breath. It could only be one person, she chose to ignore him, but the banging continued. She glanced at the clock. Five minutes left. She had time to quickly tell Jamie to leave.
Claire hurried across the hall and into her room. Unlatching the window she let it swing open. “Jamie, I can’t talk right now.” She tried to shut the window, but he blocked her efforts with his arm.
“Wait. You don’t even know why I’m here.”
“It doesn’t matter. You have to go.” She pushed on the window harder, but instead of backing away like he would have in the past, Jamie climbed inside. He stood in her room as she stared him down, her jaw clenching.
“I don’t have time for this!” she yelled, and ran back into the bathroom, slamming the door behind her and locking it.
Three minutes were left on the timer.
“Are you okay?” Jamie asked from the other side of the door.
“Damn it, Jamie. I need you to go away!”
“Are you sick?”
“Argg!” She refused to explain. It was none of his business. Why wouldn’t he just leave? She could hear him on the other side, his feet shuffling.
“I’ll just wait in your room then. I want to tell you something important.”
“Just go home!” she yelled, counting down the seconds. Thirty, twenty-nine, twenty-eight…
“I saw that guy come over here. I saw him come into your house, Claire. I have a right to know why he’s here. I know he’s not here for your mom. I saw her leave.”
Claire gritted her teeth, refusing to be baited by his jealousy. He was watching her house now? She’d known he would be like this if they got too serious, and now she regretted their budding romance.
“After the other night, I have the right to know if you like him. I mean—”
“Oh my gosh, Jamie!” she screeched. “I don’t. Have. Time!” Fourteen, thirteen, twelve.
Jamie’s fist banged against the door in frustration, and Claire jumped, startled, her heart racing from more than just this intrusion and the timer flew from her fingers into the bathwater with Brecken. Face up, it continued to count down, even under the water. Five, four, three.
“Is he in there with you? Oh hell, Claire. Please tell me he’s not in there with you.” The defeat in Jamie’s voice was almost her undoing. She was already two seconds over the limit.
With shaking hands, she grabbed Brecken by his T-shirt and tried to pull him up, but he was much heavier than she’d anticipated, due either to dead weight or the water in his clothes, maybe both, and he fell back under the water causing waves to spill over the side of the tub and drench her shoes.
She screamed in fright, because the spell only protected him for exactly ten minutes.
“Claire? What’s going on? What happened? Water just came under the door!” Jamie pounded on the other side, his hammering like thunder in her ears, her complementing shrieks producing the perfect storm.
Grabbing Brecken behind the head, she sat him up in the tub, but he was slippery and hard to hold. His head lolled forward and water spilled from his mouth and nose. “Brecken! Wake up!” she screamed, trying to slap him to awareness, but the only thing her struggles did was make him slip out of her grasp and back under the water.
“Jamie!” she screeched. “Help me!”
The door burst open one second later.
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Melissa J. Cunningham began writing five years ago when she decided, out of the blue, to enter a community writing contest and won first place. From that moment on she had a new love: Writing. Melissa is a member of the League of Utah Writers. Her past publication experience includes a recurring opinion column called Writing Reality, for her local newspaper: The Leader
Melissa’s first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013.
When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her family and her horses, cats, dogs and chickens or reading. Melissa is also a local music teacher.

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Book Review: King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

Originally posted on The Grimdark Review:

“Give an inch, give any single man any single inch and the next thing you hear will be, “One more, Jorg, one more.” And in the end what you love will burn.” –Jorg Ancrath

King of Thorns is the second book of the brilliant series ‘The Broken Empire’ by Mark Lawrence. The first book left me awestruck, and this one made me a superfan of Jorg and the series. I was cursing Jorg for being an evil sociopath into the first few chapters of Prince of Thorns, and I became a raving fan before I read half of King of Thorns. Mark Lawrence is that good of a storyteller. I have read a lot of fantasy books and I can safely say that I haven’t seen a character quite like Jorg. Elric and Raistlin come somewhat close, that’s about it.

In this book we get to see into Jorg’s mind…

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Review: Rise of the Legend


Another wuxia epic tale based upon the life of Wong Fei-Hung- who was a real person but whose life has taken on an almost mythic quality in Chinese culture.

(Apologies for the stupid DC rider; it’s already attached to the trailer)

In this film, Wong is the son of a humanitarian doctor (Tony Leung) who administers to the poor and shelters orphans. He becomes close friends with three of the children, including one boy whom he helped his father to save- his best friend, Fiery. Even so he can’t always protect the ones he cares about and one of them, Little Fa, is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. After an act of sabotage destroys the orphanage and kills Wong’s father, Wong and Fiery swear revenge. Fate intervenes as a monk takes in Wong and Fiery, training them and helping them understand what it is they truly mean to accomplish.

Years later, Wong (Eddie Peng Yuyan) is brought in along with several other fighters to hunt down and kill the leader of the rival gang on the docks; whoever does so gets promoted to an Underboss under Master Liu (Sammo Hung)- adopted as his Fourth Son. Having done so, Wong and his friends set in motion their plans to bring down the Black Tiger Gang. Wong plays them against each other, preying upon their insecurities and vices in order to destroy them from within. But being heroes means there’s always a heavy price to pay- especially in Chinese cinema.

The plot unfolds in typical Chinese cinema fashion- flashbacks interlaced with current events, revealing the entire story in pieces. One thing I’ll add is I really liked the cinematograpy. A few things that stood out about it were the use of a POV angle during the early fight scenes- later abandoned, don’t know why- which was an interesting change of pace. Another was the waves of Chi energy emanating from some of the moves and weapons used during fights. Third was the CGI during the climax inside a burning warehouse. Even though it was really fake looking at times, I still kinda liked it and the way it affected the battle. Nice touch. And it’s always fun to see Sammo Hung flying through the air with the greatest of ease! He brings gravitas to the proceedings but you can’t help but think inside he’s smiling the whole time.

It’s not a very original movie, and it’s stuffed full of tropes, clichés and pop culture references- you can’t help but notice the Bruce Wayne/Batman similarities in the story arc as well as the Hunger Games style music cue- but it’s also a lot of fun! It’s great entertainment, if a little hard to follow sometimes. Definitely worth watching.

A Taste 4 Jazz ~ EZ PZ “Rawsome Vegan Lasagna Recipe” and 4 Somethin’ Sweet a Rawsome Red Velvet Beet Cake

Originally posted on Fifty Shades of Jazz| Improvising Life Through Jazz:

Hey JazzFoodies Wake Up For March Madness ~Wellness in Mind~Body~Spirit is the Thing!  Most of you hip folks want it but figure it’s a hassle to make it a natural part of every day.   I know I did.  Mindfulness eating means choosing foods that balance nutrition suited for your unique body filled with enticing flavors to create an indulgent way to enjoy a healthy lifestyle.  Breast Cancer motivated me to listen to my body and to feel good and strong despite the limitations it has imposed in my life.  Nutritious sustainability is one of the secret habits of jazz living. Coming up with mack dishes on a budget.  To wit:  Here is a super nutritious EZ PZ Rawsome Vegan Lasagna Recipe and finish off with a Rawsome Red Velvet Beet Cake.  Bon Apétit!  Peace & Out!  JBC 8-) & <3

And the Pié de résistance Red Velvet Beet Cake!…

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An interview with Charlene Baker from

Originally posted on Digital Dimensions:

Welcome to the first interview in this blog. Today I am proud and happy to introduce Charlene Baker, who is a versatile blogger, online marketer, entrepreneur and mentor. She is currently the owner of

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1.Can you please introduce yourself in case some of my readers don’t know you?

Certainly. First and foremost I am a wife and mom of two beautiful toddler boys. I love God and seek to live a fulfilled and purposeful life while inspiring others to do the same! I am a Professional Blogger and Internet Marketer as well as a consultant in a popular network marketing opportunity. I truly love what I do because I know that I am making a difference by educating and training others how to build a business online through blogging and online marketing techniques. It’s awesome to be able to work from home, be there for your family, do what…

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