Happy Blogging Anniversary to me!

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In honor of today, I’m doing something different!

Leave a comment below. Let me know your 3 favorite:

  • writing tip that I posted
  • short story that posted
  • book review that I posted

 

After that, send me a message through the form (That way I’ll have your email address and it won’t be public) that you have left me a comment with a copy of it.  Also let me know which of my works – Deity’s Soulmate – or – Seven Hours: Challenge Accepted-  that you would like to receive as a Kindle Gift and I will send over the gift.

Thank you! I can’t wait to hear your favorites!

Angelina Kerner

My 2017 Reading/Blogging Goals Update

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So a couple of updates since my January post about my reading/blogging goals.

A gift of Short Story

Finished!

It took a lot longer than originally planned and I apologize to Nil and the rest. When I created the “A gift of short story,” I was pregnant and excited to be writing because I knew that I wouldn’t be able to read or write as much, but then the last months before my son graced me with his presence, made me very tired. However, all of the short stories have been posted and could be found here.

Blog Tours

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Coming soon!

seven hours tour

Discussion posts

I haven’t really made any so far this year so this is on my To Do list! What do you guys want to discuss. You can point me in the right direction and I’ll set it up.

Goodreads Challenge 

My Goal: 20 Books

So far: 17 Books

17 books

Keep reading happy books

I think for the most part, 95%, I consider the books to be happy.

Piggy bank

It’s where you drop a dollar in a jar or a piggy bank every time you finish a book! So far I have $17!

Publish 2nd edition of Deity’s Soulmate

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How are your goals going? Accomplished much yet?

The gift of short story for Nil

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Winter’s Revelation

The flickering flames warmed my frozen fingers and I breathed a sigh of relief leaning back and resting against my horse’s legs. I found some scraps of food left in my bag and had the last of the water. The storm was in for the night and would be too dangerous to carry on. Adding more wood onto the fire, I took out the map of the kingdom, studying it and working out my next route.

“Soon your blood will be on my hands and I will dance on your rotting corpse.”

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On the third sunrise, I edged out of the forest and overlooked the snow covered town of Ewhurst. I petted Rain’s neck and lightly kicked him down the slope, keeping to the stone path. My eyes were scanning the landscape when I heard snap of a branch and un-moving I carried on watching Rain’s ears twitch.

Fools.

The ambush came moments later. Rain first kicked the man in front of us and then the man behind us. I quickly cartwheeled off and gripped my two daggers. While the two man lay moaning in the dirty blood covered snow, the others went for the kill, or so they thought.

The fight ended minutes later. Rain and I went off after taking their gold coins. We traveled fast and swift with no more stops. It was night when Bodiam Castle of England loomed over us.

Moat? Why is it always moats? Though I did like the look of that ice.

I needed to find a place to keep Rain. I brushes his main and smiled. Rain was like me, an orphan and had trust issues.

When I was young, a guild had stolen me from mine in revenge towards the master. I was kept tied to a pole for days with only water to kill my thirst. Rain had been stuck there, too. A horse that was meant to be broken but was stronger than anything they threw at him.

At night, my guild saved me along with Rain. I was the only one that Rain allowed to come to him so I learned from the master how to take care of him and we bonded. That was when the master started training me in the arts of war. Sure, I was a girl, but he wasn’t gender biased which was rare for our time. He wanted me to be able to defend myself. I respected him for it and accepted assassination jobs when I turned sixteen. And when I turned eighteen, I started training for my biggest assassination job assigned- killing the king.

Five years had passed since I had started training to kill him. One would think that it was weird to train for so long because most assassination jobs didn’t really need much preparation, but the king was a special case and the man who requested it, gave a deadline of six years. My master told me that the man would use that time to gather allies so he would take care of the kingdom. My master and father respected the man, not the just the money and accepted the job. He gave the job to me.  

It was easy. Dressing up in huge dresses. Flirting with men with status and getting them alone. It didn’t sit well with me in the beginning, I admitted. Letting men touch my arms and allow them to run their fingers up my thigh when they thought that I was a harlot. I actually hit the first man with a broom. My master was close by and he finished the job. It was embarrassing, but soon I learned that their advances were nothing when I had the full control. Alone was when I went for the kill and no one ever linked me to the crimes, unlike my brethren of the guild. Now, my task was to assassinate the king and I needed to get inside the castle.

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Bodiam Castle wasn’t the king’s but that of his former knight, Sir Edward Dalyngrigge. It had various chambers built around the outer defensive walls and inner courts. High towers were at the entrance and the corners, topped with crenellations. It’s those square wiggly formations at the top that children would draw whenever they would be thinking about castles. And tonight, horses and horse led wagons rode through the entrance. I wasn’t stupid. The best way to get in into a castle like this was during a party.

My master had arranged me an escort who was due to show any minute now. I was to change in the wagon while he was to ride at the front. The man only agreed because he owed my master a favor. I hid Rain and waited by the road.

When a wagon pulled up, a hand made our signal through the blinds and I got inside while a middle-aged man got out and jumped to the front seat.

I found a gorgeous dress which I put on fast. I had kept my leg ties where I slid in my daggers. After I checked myself all over, I pulled my head out and signaled for the man to return inside.

The road was bumpy and we didn’t speak. Less chance of remembering our voices that way. At the entrance, the guards checked the wagon and my escorts invitation. I stayed silent then as well while being ‘thankful for the heavy dress.’ The heat was welcoming. In a way it was warmer than my riding clothing. I hoped that Rain would be okay and that the winter evening wouldn’t turn into a storm.

After we finally entered the ballroom, I looked around the extravagant party before eyeing the place of honor, where sat the king. I had never seen him before so his features shocked me, he reminded me of me. The only difference was the hair. While his was smooth and golden, mine was curly and black as the night.

My escort showed me around and introduced me to his friends. He had many. I nodded, smiled, and responded when prompted. After a time, paintings and trinkets had begun making me uneasy. It felt very deja vu and I hated it. The longer I stood by any of the paintings the more I would remember of a child’s laughter, sounds of little feet running on the cold floor, and heat from the torches.

How could I have these memories when I had never been here before?

After a while, my escort and I got close enough to the king to overhear his conversations. The king was telling of his last hunt. The men laughed at his inserted jokes and I tried really hard not to roll my eyes. The mingling was tiring as always and I started of daydreaming about snuggling next to Rain and playing chess with the men of the guild. However, something weird happened. A knight came up to me and told me to follow him to a chamber where I would gain audience with the king. My eyes widened and I questioned their intentions. The knight assured me that the king had questions about my escort. He wanted to know if my escort would be a good knight and needed my advice as seeing that I was his lady.

Reluctantly, I followed the knight all the while signalling my escort to stay at the party. The king was giving me a chance to murder him without realizing.

My uneasiness grew as walked down hallways and up the stairs. Scents fumed around us that also reminded me of my past. I spied our destination and sighed. I remembered those doors. I remembered their creaks and their soft handles. There was no more denial left in me. I knew this place. I didn’t know how or maybe I didn’t dare to say it out loud, much less think it.

The doors swung open from the inside, two ladies in waiting bowed and showed us. The king and queen entered through another door into the chamber.

We surveyed each other without moving and then suddenly, the queen rushed to me and started crying.

I stood there like a statue, even when the queen was crying hysterically and telling me how I was their long lost daughter.

The story was that the king never found out who kidnapped their daughter and they thought me to be lost to them forever. The queen told me about the room that she created and how it had never been  used. In every castle, there was a room meant for me so I would feel comfortable. I asked them both of why thought me to be their daughter and both answered, simply. The birthmark on my shoulder. They noticed it when I was dancing with my escort. They couldn’t understand why I was emotionless.

They didn’t understand that all of my life that I could remember I had only one master who said he was my father. I had one family, the guild. I came here on a mission, but could I go through with it? The guards, the ladies in waiting… I would have to end them as well. I didn’t know who requested the death of the king. However, I knew that what they told me was the truth. I was their daughter. But, how was I supposed to not to go through with my mission? I loved my master. He was never bad to me. He took care of me. He allowed me to have my best friend, Rain. Why did he take me? I asked if someone asked gold in exchange for me. My parents said no.

After I continued, thinking, I saw uncomfortable fear in my parents eyes. I had a mother…who actually wanted me. I didn’t need to kill any of them, except for my father. If only I could stay here a couple of days and find a moment where I…. what I was thinking? How could I murder a man who looked at me with so much love?

I was stuck. The man who I called father would hate me for not getting the job done. The man who ordered the hit, would order a hit on me. I was done for, either way. Either to have my real father’s blood on my hands or to pay for the sin of accepting the job in the first place. For the first time in years, I felt myself shaking. When my mother reached out to pull me back to her, I stepped back. I saw the hurt in her eyes, but I couldn’t let her console me. Not when I had such thoughts in my head about her husband.

Thinking that I was closed off because of the audience, my father sent the guards and the ladies away. It was not the three of us, big mistake. Minutes passed before my escort joined us in the room. We made eye contact, but before I could stop, he charged with his sword at the king. I reacted by pulling out my dagger and blocking the sword in the last seconds. My mother let out a scream for which my escort hit her over the head with a hilt of another sword after she ran up stupidly to the confrontation. Using those seconds of distraction, I freed his other sword and a full blown sword fight erupted. We exchanged a heated argument over the mission and my finding my parents. The escort didn’t care and confessed that he killed the real one and took his place. He was sent by the man who ordered the hit on the king to make sure the job was done.

The feeling of shock was my first mistake in a long time. In those seconds while I pondered his words, he attacked and I wasn’t prepared. The king, my father, jumped in front of me to save me and I watched in slow motion as the sword cut through his shoulder. My sword that I stole dropped to the ground as I leaped to catch his falling body. The fake escort laughed and ran off. He knew that the deed was done. After all, we lived in the time where medicine didn’t fully come to fruition.

Snow. Falling snow was the last thing that my real father saw before saying goodbye to his wife and newfound daughter.

 

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For Nil

Book Review: Killer Cupcakes

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Book Title: Killer Cupcakescupcakes

Book Author: Leighann Dobbs

Source: Free on Amazon.

Rating: 5 Dragon Paws 5 paws

I adore free books, especially if they are by one of my favorite authors. I believe this is a first book by Leighann that I read that didn’t have a paranormal aspect to it which is also fun.

First of all, the cover is very cute. The cupcakes don’t look killer at all and it promises to be a good read with all that pink.

Second of all, I miss my grandmother. She would have liked to hang out with the modern tech-savvy elderly ladies of the Ladies Detective Club. That made this cozy mystery all the better! I had it all pictured in my head when Lexy learned about her grandmother’s activities and that they have the latest iPad’s. Priceless!

So a bit about the book. Someone gets killed. Lexy is a top suspect and the cop in charge is her hot next door neighbor. Lexy owns a bakery and wants to solve the case before the cops cause it’s hurting her business so she seeks advice from the club, thinks up suspects with her best friend/employee, and eats burgers with the cop. What a fun mix. ^_^

Also, I loved the play on the word- Darling. That was a really nice touch!

Highly recommend to cozy mystery lovers!

 

 

Book Review: Chasing the Omega

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Book Title: Chasing the Omega omega

Book Author: Jessica Edwards

Source: Kindle Unlimited and I heard about it on Goodreads

Rating: 3.5 Dragon Paws 4

For 18+. Has a sex scene.  

Hmm. What to say? What to say?

I chose to read the book because the author promoted in a Goodreads group I am part of and because I liked the title. I haven’t read about werewolves lately which was a needed change. I needed a simple, easy-going read over the weekend for when I was walking my son and this turned out just that. It did have some typos but they didn’t stand out too much.

The characters were all different and I liked that the main character was named Alice. A nice change to fancy names that pop up in books lately. My favorite character was her best friend, Sam. She was a nice treat though had a mouth on her. Alice is a strong character, though believed fast into what happened to her. It felt a little rushed, but worked out pretty okay, especially when she started to get to know Ryder and the rest of the characters.

So a little bit about the book. It has werewolves, learning about how to be a wolf, and a string of murders. The string of murders isn’t the only thing that needs to be solved for Alice. Alice also needs to solve the mystery that is Max. So that’s two mysteries which create a pretty strong story line. This is book 1 of the series and looking forward to reading book 2.

Warning: It does end on a cliffhanger so be prepared to wait for book 2.

 

 

Deity’s Soulmate Reviewed By Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

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Reviewed By Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite

Deity’s Soulmate: Edition 2 by Angelina Kerner is Volume 1 of The Goddess Training Trilogy. Athena’s daughter, Gardenia, takes up a dare to see the worst of mankind and heads down to Earth. Not happy with what she sees and thinking that she can do so much better, she decides to reform the whole galaxy. The trouble is, she didn’t get permission from Zeus to do this and, as a punishment, she is given 100 years of coursework to complete on how to create a new world and subjects. Gardenia opts to complete the coursework by tracking down a race of dragons believed lost and, in the process, discovering ancient secrets. The last thing she needs to worry about is tracking across the universe to meet a dragon though; there are long-standing tensions between the deities and the dragons and Gardenia is at risk of attack. This doesn’t stop her and so she meets Ri, the dragon she has been seeking, the man of her dreams, or both. With Hera setting traps at every turn and the Fates plotting their own plans, what is Gardenia to do? Stay and fight or turn tail and run?

Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner is a unique tale, a completely fresh look at the gods and the goddesses. It was an amusing read, a modern twist on ancient history, and the way it was written makes it all feel so real. There is plenty of description in the book to bring things to life, but not so much that the story is overwhelmed. This was an interesting read, more of a coming-of-age style of story with an ancient touch. The character development was excellent, leaving me in no doubt whatsoever who each of the characters was and what made them tick. I found the story slowed down a little in the middle, but it soon picked up again. Looking forward to reading the next one in the trilogy! Highly recommended for any reader who wants an in-depth but light look at the deities, and the addition of dragons lends it an even more mystical air.

Deity’s Soulmate has Readers’ Favorite sticker!

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As a happy author, I can easily say, “Whoo hoo!”

Readers’ Favorite reviewers have been fantastic! And with their awesome reviews, I was able to receive that shiny sticker which is now on all of the printed copies that I have. Those copies are for friends and for future giveaways! ^_^

Looks awesome, yes?