Fire and Ice-Cream Book Review

I don’t read as many books as I should, but I plan to change that in the upcoming weeks. Not all will end up with a review, but I just read this book and thought I would share. (This is also me putting off my writing for the day, but I digress).

Here’s my review of KM Carroll’s Fire and Ice-Cream.

 

Fire and Ice Cream (The Draconic Mysteries Book 1) by [Carroll, K.M.]

 

Tianna Tokala is starting a new life in Carefree, Arizona, working in an ice cream parlor. She also has the magical ability to turn into a small dragon called a drake. All she wants is a quiet life where she can make ice cream with her wonderful ice breath.

But when her manager is found dead with a bowl of Tianna’s Rocky Road ice cream beside her, Tianna springs into action. With a knack for observation and her enhanced drake hearing, she delves into her manager’s smoky draconic past.

Aided by a secretive drake, a single mother, and a four-year-old dragon shifter, Tianna must unravel the web of lies that surround this dragonic death … or there may be more fire than ice cream.

A cozy mystery with dragons and ice-cream–who could want more?

I really liked this book. The writing was as smooth as (dare I say it?) freshly churned ice-cream, and the world-building was phenomenal! You can tell the author took the time to think about these characters and how the shape shifting mechanics worked. I could actually imagine a place in Arizona where dragons and drakes are flying around somewhere.

My one criticism is that the mystery seemed to take a back seat in the first half of the book. I found myself more interested in the characters and their backstories and not really caring much about the mystery. The stakes didn’t seem high enough–maybe this is normal for cozy mysteries, but it struck me as odd.

During the second half of the book, however, the action, stakes, and mystery ramp up! It all culminates to an exciting clash that wrapped things up satisfactorily.

Here’s hoping the author comes out with book 2 of the series soon. When it does drop, I aim to pick it up.

4.5 stars.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Exciting Updates!

Sorry about the silence . . .

I made it through Hurricane Irma A-okay. Right now, I am in New York for a few months which puts most of my writing work on hold. But I have a few projects I plan to be working on while I’m up here.

One project is the Silver Foxes comic that I’ve been drawing. I took a little break from it, but plan to pick it back up while I’m away. I don’t have access to a scanner or anything for the moment, but I can at least get a lot of penciling done.

My second project is a bit of a secret right now, but I hope I can get it done by the new year.

Project three is working on marketing. I’ve been taking a class, and got some really good ideas about how to market my books. So far, I’ve learned about Facebook ads, how to leverage a Facebook page to make maximum impact for those ads, and BookBub ads and featured deals. Can’t wait to try out what I learned.

But the most important project is getting ready for my book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon. You see, when I was sent the galleys from my publisher to review–about 2 weeks ago–I overlooked the most important sentence of the e-mail. I have a RELEASE DATE! And what is it?

***Feb. 20, 2018!***

That’s when my book will be released. I am so excited! I’m going to spend the rest of September finalizing what I’ll do for promotions and then work on it from October onward. Look for posts involving crafts inspired by the book or character profiles or things like that in the near future.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

ECLIPSE DAY!!!

It’s finally here! Eclipse day!

This morning, I thought I was so smart. I thought to myself, “I’ll leave my house so I can get to the library at 10. That way, I’ll be at the front of the line.” Then I’d get my eclipse glasses, spend the day at the library until the event starts, and see the eclipse. Perfect!

Except people had the same idea as me . . . but better. Some were there at 6 and 7 in the morning. Others had chairs set up waiting to get glasses. Talk about DEDICATION! The line was sooo long, and the library wasn’t handing out glasses until 1pm. But my sister and I stuck it out, and they decided to give out tickets so we didn’t have to stand in line all day. So I got me a ticket for the glasses! YAY!

golden ticket
The golden ticket . . . except it’s blue.

So my sister and I did some work at the library while we were waiting until we heard the announcement to line up for the glasses. I was so excited I walked out with a bunch of unchecked out library books. But I got them checked out and got in line for the glasses. It was a MADHOUSE! Lots of people were there wanting glasses–most without tickets. My sister and I got ours. It was fantastic.

The eclipse has started now, and as I wait for the moment the moon will cover the sun the most, I want to share with you a little more about my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon.  I’ve been mentioning the book quite a bit because I’m excited for it. It was inspired by my eldest nephew and my only niece as well as the verse, Joshua 10: 12b-13a (NIV), which goes thusly,

     “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar.

I’ve always been fascinated by that verse and so many of the themes and royal titles in the story come from this.

As for the inspiration from my niece and nephew: when she was a baby, my niece used to sleep all day and be active at night. My nephew, being older, did the opposite. So that gave rise to the story concept of “day people” (those who get energy from the sun and sleep at night) versus “night people” (those who gets energy from the moon and sleep during the day).

In any case, as I’ve mentioned before, the book contains a solar eclipse which is why I’m thinking about it today. And to celebrate the eclipse here is a book blurb of Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon–the one I originally wrote. I’m still in edits with my publisher, so it may not be the final version, but this is the spirit of the book:

For years the Moon Palace in the Valley of Aijalon and the Sun Tower in the Plains of Jashar has stood as testaments to the power of the sun and the graciousness of the moon.  Helio and Lumina, Guardians of the sun and moon, kept watch over them and the Prince and the Princess who ruled them.  But the Prince and Princess are missing, and the sun is exhibiting strange behavior.

Now Joshua and his younger sister, Deborah, must untangle a web of lies and deceit to uncover the secret of who they really are and save their world from an imminent disaster brewing in the heavens.  And they must hurry.  Between the earthquakes, the sun and moon standing still in the sky, and the planet Jants hovering closer than it’s ever been, the planet could be torn apart before they have a chance to do something about it.

So that’s that! I can’t wait to share more with you about this book and its release.

And now . . . I go outside to enjoy my glasses.

Until next time,

*heart* M.R. Anglin

Eclipse and Books

The Eclipse is coming! I’m so excited for it. I’ve always wanted to see a total eclipse. Unfortunately, I won’t be in an area where I can see the total eclipse, but I will be able to see a partial one. Monday morning, I’m heading out to the library to go to their viewing event. Free solar eclipse glasses FOR THE WIN!

“Coincidentally” my upcoming book, Prince of the Sun, Princess of the Moon features a solar eclipse as a main plot point.  I don’t have a release date yet, but this is too good a chance to pass up. So to celebrate, I’ll be disclosing the tentative book blurb and perhaps post an excerpt from the book.

Hopefully, I’ll remember to take good pictures of the eclipse to post here, too. I’m so excited! XD

I hope you’ll join me Monday!

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

Fail Week

This week was rough. It seemed like everything I did failed.

A prime example of how my week went is my crochet project. You’ve seen the pictures I’ve posted of my current crochet projects, right? Well, I have to rip out two of them and start all over. Turns out I made a tiny mistake at the beginning which compounded until I couldn’t move on in the pattern. Six weeks’ worth of work down the drain.

It was a CAL (crochet along) so the pattern was only released a week at a time, but it was devastating to have to rip all that out. I’m almost caught up with one of them, and the other I’ll have to get to next week.

Yeah, so that was an example of my week. But ah, well. It’ll be alright. They can’t all be great weeks. May God be praised in the good and the bad.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

What I’ve Been Up to

So this week I started/continued some new projects.

  1. Of course, I’m still working on my SF comic. It’s being uploaded on dA.
  2. I’m working on a book for my mother’s church. I’m also illustrating it. I’m not so confident in my art skills, but I’m moving forward.
  3. I’m working a new ministry/volunteer project. I don’t want to give details until at least next year, but if you have suggestions for any type of children’s, YA, and MG books, please let me know. All genres, please–including non-fiction.
  4. I’m working on two crochet projects. One is: http://www.redheart.com/free-patterns/persian-tiles . It’s nice.

The other is this one:Week 3 CAL

It’s part of Dearest Debi’s Crochet-a-long  here: http://dearestdebi.com/garden-romp-crochet-along-2017. She’s also uploading the pattern a week at a time on her youtube channel. It looks even more amazing in real life. And it’s gorgeous even though I messed up. By far, it’s the most intricate thing I’ve ever crocheted, and it’s so interesting to work on.

Anyway, so that’s what I’m up to.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin

 

Staycation

So last week I went on a “staycation” and watched SGDQ2017 (Summer Games Done Quick)–the speedrunning marathon for charity. It’s a bunch of people who play video games really fast while other people donate. So much fun to watch. While watching I completed my latest crochet blanket.

It’s so pretty in real life. I’ve got to learn how to take model shots so you can get a full representative of it.

Anyways, I received edits back from my publisher this week, but because I put myself on vacation, I haven’t looked at them yet. Monday, I’ll get back to work. I’m nervous; it’s never easy to look at what others think of your work, but I have to believe that it’s going to make the story better. Hopefully, by Friday, I’ll be able to tell you all how it went.

In addition, I plan to upload more about the characters from this book and a little about the world–no spoilers, though . . . obviously.

Hope you’ll join me for the ride.

-*heart* M.R. Anglin