So a couple of updates since my January post about my reading/blogging goals.
A gift of Short Story
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.
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.
My Goal: 20 Books
So far: 17 Books
Keep reading happy books
I think for the most part, 95%, I consider the books to be happy.
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
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?
First hurdle of his first year had been met. He’s 3 months old and still adorable. ^_^
Let’s see, as a mother, I was finally able to take a bath! Though, I fell asleep. The moment my body relaxed, so did my mind and I slept. That was an hour bath! Now, I know that Gardenia from Deity’s Soulmate loves baths and fell asleep in one scene, that doesn’t mean that I need to follow in her footsteps. 😉
He also became responsive to my friends. The first person to see his smile was Al, my editor. It was surprising. He showed up to pick up printed copies of my novels for an event and I showed Al to my son. My son smiled and laughed!!! What a memory. Every month, I create an album with Shutterfly and 3rd month of life has lots of photos of him smiling. I’m very happy and he smiles at everyone.
He also has an angry face! The angry face comes out before a bath when its absolutely naked. We try to show him that it’s okay to go to the bathroom when he’s not inside a diaper and he actually peas into the toilet before each bath. I heard that babies in US spend so much time in diapers that when they’re without diapers, they’re afraid to go to the bathroom so I make sure that he spends time naked for a bit before a feeding and after. He kicks my stomach a lot when hes that way but he’s happy. Anyway, he looks adorable when he’s angry. ^_^
Also, he outgrew his clothing of newborn and 0-3 months of age so I have to open the box that I have at the back of the closet to take out clothing for 3-6 month of age. Perfect timing. He’s growing well.
Now, onto the author portion. Virtual tours of my work is in the future! Did some editing of Into the Flames– finally started editing it again.
I’m hoping to get back to finishing the last short story. I’m really sorry for taking so long but between work, the baby, and promoting, it was hard to write it. Now, I got some inspiration for it so will be posting it soon.
I did do more reading. This month, I won an ARC by my favorite author and was super excited to read, provide feedback, and write the review. I’m also helping out with Dead Over Heels By Theresa Braun Book Blog Tour with R&R Book Tours. It’s a short story and so I thought to give something back to the community. The Tour can be found at R&R Book Tours.
Also, I’m part of the Launch Party Mega Blitz! Go here for more info!
My Deity’s Soulmate is going on tour with RABT Tours from June 12-July 21. 17 spots are still open. I’m super excited! Will post more in the future.
Also, back to Al. He went to the Silicon Valley Comic Con and showed off my books at a booth. 1 copy of each was sold and he sent me a photo of a fairy holding Deity’s Soulmate. There will be a guest post by Al in the future about the Con. ^_^ I’m hoping that I would be able to be at the next event. Couldn’t go myself because my son wouldn’t let me go. He loves his mommy. Super proud!
So yeah. Been one busy month. Me trying to catch my son’s beautiful smile. Working my day job. Promoting my novels, helping out with tours and emailing bloggers to say thank you for being part of the RABT Book Tours!
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
A delightful opening to an epic fantasy that features gods, dragons, and compelling characters, Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner is a brilliant story that will find a comfortable home with fantasy fans who adore mythology. Meet Gardenia, the daughter of Athena, a dare-devil kind of young goddess who defies Zeus and receives the discipline of the ages. It is after choosing to travel to earth without permission from Zeus that she is given an assignment that could take a century to complete. But what she does in return will surprise everyone, including Zeus. She sets out on a journey to find the mythical creatures, the dragons, who themselves are enemies of the gods. She wants to discover a secret they have kept for long. Watch as she faces insurmountable challenges thrown her way by Hera, and how she will find love with a mortal.
For readers who love great settings and extraordinary characters, Deity’s Soulmate will be a delightful read. It is interesting to see how Angelina Kerner weaves elements of mythology into this gripping story; her excellent prose is equally seductive. Her characters are awesome and I enjoyed Gardenia every step of the way. The plot is well-crafted with loads of surprises. The mission of the deity is not an easy one and the reader will love to watch as she grows through it, gaining courage, discovering her hidden skills, and maturing through the adventure. One has the feeling that something awful could happen any moment soon as one reads from page to page, engrossed in the exciting plot. This was a huge fantasy treat for me, a story I read in one sitting and I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Deity’s Soulmate is a spellbinding opening in the Goddess Training Trilogy by Angelina Kerner, an enchanting read for young adults who love mythology. Gardenia is the daughter of Athena with 100 years coursework of creating new worlds. But when she chooses to go to earth, defying the permission of Zeus, she meets a very harsh form of discipline. Zeus gives her a task that would take a century to complete, but to his great surprise, she offers to track down a race of lost dragons and to unveil the secrets they have kept for centuries. Watch a young goddess as she goes on an adventure of a lifetime, discovers the joys and perils of humanity, learns about love, while all the time having to deal with the deadly traps of the unforgiving Hera.
The story is told from the point of view of the protagonist and in a compelling first person narrative voice. The references to Greek mythology and the galactic setting make the work a perfect fit for readers who love gods and goddesses, nature, and dragons. Angelina Kerner knows how to make readers navigate different exciting worlds because of her awesome characters and her captivating setting. The writing is wonderful, punctuated by powerful descriptions and great conversations. Gardenia is a character that readers will adore and they will love her care-free attitude, her love of adventure, and her courage to even develop feelings for a mortal being. The pacing is fast, and each chapter ups the conflict, featuring dramatic moments that quicken the reader’s pulse and indulges them even more. Deity’s Soulmate is a great fantasy, modeled after Greek lore and mythology; a fascinating read, indeed!
Reviewed By Sefina Hawke for Readers’ Favorite
Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner is a second edition of the first book in the young adult fantasy series known as The Goddess Training Trilogy. This is a book that would appeal most to a young adult audience made up of those who do not mind reading about some implied sexual situations and who enjoy fantasy with a female as the main character. Gardenia is the daughter of Athena and has grown up surrounded by Gods and Goddesses. Gardenia is a Goddess of creation, yet she is unsure if the fate she was born with is one she wishes to embrace or not. When one of the Fates sends her to Earth to see the bad side of humanity, instead of just hearing about the good, it sets her on a path to create her own creation before she had obtained approval from Zeus. For her folly, Zeus punished Gardenia with a 13-fold creational lesson that should take her at least a century to complete, yet her punishment might be just what Gardenia needs to discover herself and her purpose.
Deity’s Soulmate by Angelina Kerner was a well-written fantasy book that reminded me a bit of The Lightning Thief except that instead of half-blood main characters, the characters were instead Gods, Goddesses, and dragons. The addition of dragons as a race that was on par with the deities and Fates was an interesting twist that allowed the plot to deviate from other fantasy books. I personally loved how there were illustrations scattered throughout the book and that they were all done in the same artistic style as the cover. Gardenia was a character so very different from all of the other deities that I could not help but love her. I felt awful for her when she visited Earth and was chased by a man who wanted to rape and kill her; her fear was so realistic that in her terror she forgot at first that she could will herself away. That was the moment when I formed an emotional connection to the character that gave me a drive to find out what would happen to her.
Reviewed By Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
Deity’s Soulmate: The Goddess Training Trilogy Book 1 – 2nd Edition by Angelina Kerner is the story of a young goddess by the name of Gardenia, daughter of Athena. She spent her life as a sheltered little girl living with gods and goddesses who think a little too much of themselves. She wants something better from her life; she wants to do something else that will give her fulfillment. When a dare sends her to Earth to see the true face of humanity, she vows to make a better creation.
In fact, she goes on to form an entirely new galaxy; however, she made one big mistake: she did not get the go-ahead from Zeus. And Zeus – being Zeus – gave her a lesson which will take a century for Gardenia to complete. But she is not giving up this easily; she is ready to take on her charge and create a better galaxy that will have a better mankind. So she gave Zeus her own choice; she will find the dragons who have the knowledge to help her with Zeus’s lesson. Finding the dragons is not easy, especially since dragons and gods and goddesses don’t get along. Gardenia can even lose her life. What will she do when she is faced with such a big challenge? Can she do it?
I love mythology and novels such as Deity’s Soulmate always make me very happy and satisfied. I loved Gardenia, she was strong, resilient, and her determination made her get in touch with her humanity and humility. Her reaction to Ri was fantastic and very convincing; she didn’t fall head over heels for him, but she didn’t just stay back. She was curious and so was Ri. They had a chemistry that was fully explored by Angelina Kerner and that is what made this novel even more interesting. Very well-constructed, believable characters and story line.
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If you guys remember, I talked about touring my novels in January. Well, I’m finally doing it with Deity’s Soulmate. Seven Hours will be going on tour, too, in the future so that’s coming to fruition.
I adore Cami. She’s been very professional and awesome. I highly recommend them. Check their website out here! Let them know that I recommended you ;). You really need to book a tour with them for your books!
Cami took care of everything for me! I just have to answer questions and remember to send out the ebooks for the giveaways. I’m super happy (which is why I decided to write this post at 10:45pm). The service is superb and Cami made it easy for me. I never done a tour before and was afraid to start, but with her help, I gained confidence and belief that bloggers would want to be part of the tour. There are still spots open!
Thank you to Cami and her team. I really appreciate all the hard work. Thank you for the signed up bloggers in advance. I can’t wait to work with you!
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