T.M. Caruana

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My TBR list 2019

 

There are a lot of books to be both written and read in 2019. It’s so hard to choose! But I have narrowed down a short list. I have chosen twelve books for this year, one a month, since I do have a busy lifestyle, but hope to be able to squeeze in one or two more. I will list them below so that you can read them with me if you like. I love to discuss books so don’t be shy. Visit my YouTube channel or my facebook page to share your opinions.

 

Okay, let’s get started!

 

January read: Son of Chaos by Lexi C. Foss

I have already finished my first book of the year, which was Son of Chaos. This was the third book in the series of the Dark Provenance by Lexi C. Foss. I loved this book, although now I will have to plan when I can pick up and read the first two books in the series. You can find my review on this book here.

Blurb: A simple mission turns deadly as the Daughter of Death is kidnapped by an old enemy seeking revenge. Now it’s up to me to find her and I will kill anyone who steps in my path. The Son of Chaos isn’t playing. I’m armed, I’m pissed, and I want my Evangeline back. It’s time for Heaven and Hell to meet the real Archangel inside of me.

Everyone will pay. Many will die. Silver will slay. And a new power will ascend from the Shadows…

*This book will be released exclusively with Wings of the Wicked on January 8th. Individual re-release will be in April 2019.

 

 

 

 

February read: Live fae or die trying by Jenna Wolfhart

I am very excited about this book after having read the prequel novella that Jenna provides for free when you subscribe to her newsletter. It will be released in February 2019 and I’m counting on a little mind reading fae to kick some serious butts in the aim to remain court-less.

Blurb: I’m a fae without a court, but that suits me just fine. Kind of. For years, I’ve hidden in my shabby East London flat, working as a private investigator for romantically-scorned supernaturals. The pay? Total rubbish. I’m broke as hell and almost homeless. But I’m stuck in this life. If anyone discovered my dark past, I’d end up dead.

But when a serial killer starts picking off London’s fae, it seems fate has other plans for me. Balor, a dangerous and sinfully enticing fae prince, wants me to help him hunt down the killer. Apparently, my mind-reading abilities would be an asset. Now, I’m being whisked away into a court of wealth and magic.

Problem is, I can’t read his mind, and I’m not sure I trust him. Worse, he knows I’m keeping a secret of my own, and he’s determined to figure it out. Despite his allure, I start to wonder if he’s behind the crimes. If he is, I’ll never make it out of the fae Court alive. 

 

 

March read: Winds of Change by Angela Sanders

This book seems to feature a strong heroine that I can’t wait to meet. I hope she will put her stalker in his place.

Blurb: At the age of twenty-one, Abigail Blanque is a fun-loving, naive, and carefree witch, having the time of her life, partying and hunting rogue vampires for the Hybrid Coven. That is until she learns of a murderous stalker who’s been watching her every move.

After two witches are murdered, all signs point to Abby being the next victim. In a dangerous turn of events, Abby’s life descends into chaos and she must summon an extraordinary power she never knew she had in order to fight a dark evil that wants her dead. Abby knows her life is about to change.

Darkness is coming… 

 

 

 

 

April read: Michael’s Passion by Joel Crofoot

Okay, let’s spice it up with some hunk hero as spring closes in on us. I will consider this my Easter Bunny present. I’m excited to read this after seeing all of its awards.

Winner of a Best of 2017, Reviewer’s Choice Award, from the Paranormal Romance Guild!
Winner of a Best Romance award from the Wild Dreams Publishing 1st annual Indie Awards 2018.

Blurb: When the archangel Michael is forced to rely on his estranged brother Gabriel for help after a demon attack goes wrong, Gabriel places him before the throne of God for healing and it doesn’t go quite as planned. Soon they find themselves cast out of heaven and at each other’s throats when Michael meets a demon that he can’t bring himself to kill.

Jahi is a demonic seductress who uses sex to steal people’s souls. It’s not exactly her dream job, but it keeps her boss at bay, until a chance meeting with Michael changes her fate forever.

 

 

May read: Dark Promise by Nikki Landis

Let’s twist the heat up a bit and stay indoors to read some more Paranormal Romance whilst we shape up our summer bodies for the beach. This book was 2017 IPPY Award Winner, Gold Medalist Best Romance/Erotica.

Blurb: A love story between two people who live in two very different worlds; is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love? Can the darkness survive in the light?

Mare’s life is in danger. An unknown enemy seeks to destroy her, only months after her mother’s brutal death. When a handsome stranger saves her life everything she has ever known will be put to the test. Dare she trust her life – and her heart – with a man who walks the endless night?

Andre stumbles upon Mare’s attack, saving her life, immediately drawn to the innocent beauty. Cursed and soulless, his existence has never meant so much or brought him so close to salvation. His dark promise, hidden in the deep recesses of his heart, becomes his only objective. Can he save Mare in time? Or will he be lost, forever damned, in his pursuit to have her at any cost? Can love survive the impossible?

 

 

 

June read: Black Prism by Brent Weeks

As I have listened to book vloggers on YouTube this book keeps coming up as a great read with a complex magical system. I can’t wait to see what it has in store to sweep my imagination away to the world beyond ours.

Blurb: Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. Yet Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live.

When Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

 

 

 

 

July read: Wiccan Wars by Heather Marie Adkins

This cover looks so cool and I have a good feeling about the story. I will be diving into this wiccan war in the summer.

Blurb: Ever O’Connell prides herself on being a good Wiccan, and her coven follows the path of the Goddess with love and light. But the “dark” witches in school—the BlackMags— keep pushing her toward the edge, until Ever finally finds herself at war.

Cade Bourdain inherited his father’s thirst for power, drawing him into darker areas of magick. Despite his dislike for the “Fluffy Bunny” Wiccans, he feels an unearthly connection to Ever.

When the two strike up a secret relationship the real magic between them is ignited, generating a power that a dangerous warlock yearns to take for his own. Ensnared by the warlock, Ever and Cade’s conflicting covens must work together despite their differences—or else be destroyed by a common enemy.

The line between light and dark has never been so unclear.

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August read: Demons and Deception by Katerina Martinez & Tansey Morgan

This looks like an angry girl series where you shouldn’t be out playing if you can’t stand the heat. The blurb indicates a forbidden love romance. My favourite!

Blurb: In London, I have my dream job: stacking books in a University Library. Even though I’m a mage, I have a quiet life these days. At least, until Levi shows up. Immediately, I know he’s trouble. He’s too sexy by half, and I can tell he’s dangerous. Worse, he wants a forbidden book in my library. No way in hell am I going to give it to him. It’s my job to protect it.

But now, Levi won’t let it go. And it turns out, he’s not the only person who wants the book. All of a sudden, enemies are closing in on me, trying to get the book.

I need to figure out what the hell is going on if I want to live. I’m about to head right into a storm, I think the only way out, is to fight through it.

 

 

 

 

September read: The forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton

A spell gone wrong and an inexperienced girl in the deep end. I will be picking this up when the kids are back in school after the summer.

Blurb: At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her. Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons are soon joined by the company of otherworldly creatures, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

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October read: Rune Awakening by Genevra Black

This is my contribution to read a book from a debut author. I believe this is her first book and it sounds super cool. It’s a bit darker than I normally read, but hey, I got to try right. No better time to read it than when the autumn darkness kicks in.

Blurb: Edie Holloway longs for an exciting life. Instead, she’s lost her job, her band is going nowhere, and her hamster just kicked the bucket. Or did he? Because he’s breathing again.

When a mysterious man with magical powers saves her from an otherworldly attack, Edie gets more excitement than she bargained for. Turns out, she and Marius are on opposite sides of an apocalyptic battle between the forces of good and evil—and he wants her dead.

To make matters worse, a gun-toting zombie shows up in Edie’s living room—an undead servant inherited from her father. And he’s not all she inherited. Edie can raise the dead, a power that places her squarely on the side of evil. The only way to change that destiny is to assemble a team of supernatural warriors, revive an ancient faction, and stop the oncoming war.

If Edie screws up, it could literally mean the end of not just the world, but everyone she loves. And this time, everything will stay dead.

 

 

November read: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

On a YouTube channel that I followed called ‘What Cass read‘, Cass states Robin Hobb is her favourite author and that this series is amazing, hence I better check it out so that I don’t miss out.

Blurb: Young Fitz is the bastard son of the noble Prince Chivalry, raised in the shadow of the royal court by his father’s gruff stableman. He is treated like an outcast by all the royalty except the devious King Shrewd, who has him secretly tutored in the arts of the assassin. For in Fitz’s blood runs the magic Skill–and the darker knowledge of a child raised with the stable hounds and rejected by his family. As barbarous raiders ravage the coasts, Fitz is growing to manhood. Soon he will face his first dangerous, soul-shattering mission. And though some regard him as a threat to the throne, he may just be the key to the survival of the kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

December read: Moon Tortured by McKenzie Hunter

This is the series that I have been most excited about this year and hence am leaving the best for last. This will be my Christmas present!

Blurb: Sky Brooks’ life started with a death – her own. Sky’s spent the first 23 years of her life unaware of this, among other things. She always thought she was just a shapeshifter until she wakes up in a strange house in rural Illinois – battered, bruised, and with only vague memories of her mother’s death at the hands of vampires.

At the request of a powerful witch, Sky is put under the protection of the Midwest Pack. But she isn’t sure she can trust them, especially after she meets the dangerously sexy Ethan, a pack member who’s known for being more ruthless than altruistic. After she’s attacked by a necromancer, a mercenary, and the vampires who killed her mother, she has no choice but to accept the pack’s help.

The Midwest Pack aren’t quite what they seem – but then again, neither is Sky. As they form an uneasy alliance to search for the reason behind the vampires’ vicious attacks, it becomes clear that Sky possesses magic no one has ever seen – and it all started with what happened at her birth.

 

 

HAPPY READING 2019


So let me know what you think of these choices, and if you have read them already share your opinion with me!

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Guest Article

Nick Stephenson

I am very delighted to be featured with my guest article on Nick Stephenson’s blog. My article gives tips on how to make your everyday life more efficient so that you will find more time for writing. I hope that it will inspire and help other authors. Read full article here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author Spot Light

Book viral 

Mystery, passion, magic and the fringes of science fiction meld together in Symmetry, the new novel from author Therese Caruana. An original telling of an apocalypse foretold and an enlightening quest that sees her young protagonist questioning the facts and fictions of her known world. It’s an ambitious tale, both in terms of scope and action that Caruana tells with confidence. Her characters are aptly formed and interesting in their roles with her main protagonists subtly conveying their otherworldly origins through multiple narratives and perspectives. It is certainly an intriguing read, with her judicious use of poetry and biblical reference adding a beguiling depth of mystery. A read that doesn’t suffer from complexity of plot, which is easy to envisage and might easily be transitioned to wider mediums. 

Written as the first book in her Science series, Symmetry marks a notable debut for author Therese Caruana and is sure to spark interest in her coming books. It is definitely recommended. In the spotlight.

Read and pass on

I have started one of those read and pass on to see how far my book will travel. I am excited to learn about its adventures and hope that the readers send me a picture of them in the world. I have started by sending a copy with a friend to Poland. Let’s see how it goes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book Fairs

WHSmith book fair

 

Thank you to Suzanne and the organisers of the WHSmith book fair and signing in Casemates. I had an enjoyable day and met a lot of great people.

World Book Day

World Book Day 2018

Thank you to the organisers of World Book Day 1st of March 2018 in John Mackintosh Hall. You had made a great effort with the Harry Potter room. And a special thank you to the local author Mark Randall. It was a pleasure to meet you and hear all about your adventures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Book Day 2014

Thank you to the organisers of World Book Day 6th of March 2014 in John Mackintosh Hall. You had made a great effort with your exhibition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Thank you The Chronicle for the nice comment in your paper.

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaways

Win Books – Summer 2017

Marianne Sidén-Persson is the lucky winner of ‘Win Books – Summer 2017″, to win my books Symmetry and Chromosomica in the Science Series. “I am really greatful to have won. Thank you”