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New Release: Gears of Fate by Wilbert Stanton

Gears of Fate
Wilbert Stanton
(Forgotten Gods #1)
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: June 20th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Young Adult

Centuries have passed since the Fey conquered Earth, forcing mankind and gods alike to flee to the sky city Olympus. Forgotten gods walk amongst man, lost and powerless. Little do they suspect a second Fey war looms, and an unlikely duo will set in motion the gears of fate.

Zak Walker is a fringe rat living in the slums who would do anything to protect his sister, Alice. His neglectful father threatens to consign him to a life away from home on an airship, but he yearns for his life to mean something more than drudgery.

Princess Seneca Rose is the last surviving member of the Seelie royals. They tried to establish peace with mankind, but fell to the forces of Queen Mob and the Unseelie Court. Fleeing for her life, Seneca arrives on Olympus in hopes of uniting the forgotten gods against the oncoming Fey.

Zak couldn’t care less about the fate of Olympus, until faeries kidnap Alice. He doesn’t believe Seneca’s stories of faeries or gods, but soon has no choice but to accept their lives are intertwined. All his life, he’s dreamed of something more. If he cannot face the dangers that await down on Earth, the gods, mankind, and his sister Alice are all doomed.

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I watched helplessly as we flew further away. Alana and Gharis, fighting furiously side by side, hadn’t noticed me getting snatched. Seneca still struggled with Francis’s pack. I had to take matters into my own hands. I struggled under my attacker’s iron grip. He had me in a tight bear hug rendering my arms useless. I thrashed about until I broke free. The rust bucket flew away, and for a moment, it felt like I could fly. Gravity had a different plan in mind.

I’m going to die.

Clouds swallowed the world; the white darkness devoured me, the gushing air made my ears pop. I’d never get to kiss Abby; I’d never become a man; Most importantly, I failed to keep Alice safe. Alice, I’m sorry.

I closed my eyes and prepared to die. Until I heard laughing. I’m cogged. The wild laughter of a maniac got closer, closer, and closer still. Seneca burst through the clouds head first, her body straightened with arms pressed tight at her sides. Goggles covered her eyes, and her smile seemed to go for miles. She caught up and wrapped her arms around me, locking her body against mine.

Author Bio:

Wilbert Stanton was born and raised in New York City. From an early age, Wilbert decided he would either write books or take over the world; everything else was just a precursor to his end game.

Along the way, he has studied Psychology, English, and Computer Science. He’s held jobs in a wide range of fields and met people from all walks of life. Wilbert is constantly learning and growing as a person, in order to solidify his dreams.

In the end, world domination was a bit tedious, so he decided to focus on writing books.

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New Release: Shade of the Gods by Erin Hayes

Shades of the Gods
Erin Hayes
(Elysium Legacies #1)
Publication date: September 27th 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mythology

Caught between life and death, all Callie wants is to live again.

Homicide detective Callie Saunders knows that death isn’t all pearly gates and angels. After being hit by a bus, she finds that it’s the ancient gods and goddesses of Greek mythology who are in charge of everything.

So when Hades offers her a deal, she accepts. If she wants to be brought back to life, she’ll have to figure out who is trying to kill his son. But if she fails, both her soul and the world will be destroyed.

With the odds mounting against her, it’ll take everything she has within her to wake up from death. But the rules are constantly changing. And someone wants her to stay dead.

(This book was formerly titled Death is but a Dream. The covers and titles have changed for The Elysium Legacies, but the content is still the same.)

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“You’re blackmailing me,” I sneered at him, fury raging within me at the realization. “You want me to do something in return before you allow me to wake up.”

He raised his hand in a gesture of supplication. “Not blackmail,” he assured. “I’m looking to employ you for a time.”

I recoiled. “Employ me? As what? Muscle? Is this the Underworld’s version of the Mafia?” Now that I thought about it, Hades did remind me of a mob boss. He even looked like some I knew. “I don’t play that, sorry.”

Hades grinned. “I want to make a deal with you, Callista. You find out who is trying to kill my son. Give me a name and a motive. And I’ll restore you to life.”


Author Bio:

Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she’s an award-winning New York Times Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

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Blog Tour: Persephone's Orchard – read an interview with the lovely Molly Ringle!



About the Book

Title: Persephone’s Orchard

Author: Molly Ringle

Genre: Paranormal Romance / NA Fantasy

The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie.

An Interview with Molly Ringle!

Hi, Molly!  We would like to welcome you to Quesarasera Book Blog.  Thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions.

Where did the inspiration come from for this book?

I’ve loved the Greek myths since I first read about them as a little kid, and the story of Persephone in particular stuck with me. Way back in my youth in the late 1990s, I wrote the first version of this novel, a Persephone/Hades love story with tie-ins to modern characters. However, it needed a lot of work, so I shelved it, and finally came back to it a few years ago and rewrote it, a full update. I’ve since learned that the Persephone myth is the favorite for a lot of people, and has been written in a lot of ways by many authors! I’m glad to be part of the fandom.

What was your favorite school subject?

English, and also theatre and band, when I took those. Creative artistic endeavors bring out the best in me. My love of language also means I tended to enjoy my foreign-language classes too (Spanish and Italian), though I’m out of practice in actually speaking those.

What is your favorite color?

I would say green. I like living in the Pacific Northwest because we get to be surrounded by green most of the time. I doubt I could live in a desert, even though I enjoy visiting them. And maybe this preference is genetic, because green is the favorite color of both my kids too!

What is the hardest thing about writing?

For me it’s getting over the self-doubt. I’m constantly thinking my story’s not good enough, people won’t like it, my vocabulary needs tuning up, I should do more research on this topic I’m writing about, I don’t understand the publishing industry well enough, etc. I definitely have a personality prone to the “imposter syndrome,” and it can paralyze me in trying to do anything. The writing therefore goes most smoothly when I tell myself, “No one’s paying any attention; just write the stuff you love, the way you want to write it.”

What is your favorite food?

As a treat, a good-quality dark chocolate. I could pretty much live on cheese, fruit, salad, and bread, though. And tea! Must have tea.

Do you ever get writers’ block?

I don’t feel I’m ever blocked, but I occasionally come to a temporary standstill because I’m not sure what should happen next. Usually I can fix this by opening a secondary document and writing journal-style about the plot or the character or whatever I’m not understanding clearly enough. It also helps to remind yourself you always get to fix things in revision later!

Author Bio


Molly Ringle has been writing fiction for over 20 years, and her stories always include love and humor, as well as the occasional touch of the paranormal. Molly lives in Seattle with her husband and kids, and worships fragrances and chocolate.









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New Release + giveaway! Avenging Fate by Jennifer Derrick

Avenging Fate
Jennifer Derrick
(Threads of the Moirae #2)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: September 12th 2016
Genres: Mythology, Romance, Young Adult

Still reeling after killing the man she loved, Atropos turns her attention to the twin tasks of avenging his death and freeing humanity from the deadly grip of the Keres. When she sets out on a murderous mission to retrieve her shears, her only aide is her temperamental ex-boyfriend, Ares. He is fickle at best, traitorous at worst, and assistance from him may be worse than none at all.

Along the way, she allies with a group of powerful supernaturals and learns that the crimes of the gods are more twisted and far-reaching than she realized. What begins as a quest for vengeance becomes a journey through betrayal, loss, love, and hope. It ignites a war that will pit Atropos against the gods in a battle for the freedom of humanity.

Avenging Fate is the second book in The Threads of Moirae Series by Jennifer Derrick.

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When we reach Alex’s house, I’m not surprised to see that it’s been vandalized. With no residents to defend it, it was easy pickings. The front door’s been kicked in and the frame is splintered so it won’t close properly. A couple of the windows are broken, too. Once we’re inside, I’m relieved to see that most of the damage is limited to the kitchen. Whoever came here was looking for food and not much else. The presence of a rotting, stinking corpse on the kitchen floor probably made them hurry up and get out.

I leave Ares and Elaina to gather up any dog food and supplies they can find as I make my way down the hall to Alex’s room. Stopping in the doorframe, I grip it hard to keep myself upright. The memories and the grief come fast and hard, threatening to overwhelm me. The hospital bed is still in the room, as is most of the medical equipment that kept him alive those last few days. No one’s made the bed, so the sheets are still rumpled from Alex’s body.

The IV still hangs on the pole next to the bed, and the oxygen tank is on the floor under the bed. The needle and tubing for the IV and the cannula for the oxygen rest on the mattress where I dropped them the night I took Alex away from here to die in peace. The book we were reading together lies facedown on the mattress, open to the page where we left off. Everything is frozen in time, except the most important part. Alex is gone and he isn’t coming back.

Alex’s bookcases still droop alarmingly, although they aren’t as orderly as they once were. It appears the looters rifled through them, probably looking for stray cash tucked in the pages of the books. I force myself to cross the room and scan the shelves for anything that might indicate where Emily has gone. I also check the desk, but find nothing in either place.

I cross to the bed and can’t help myself. Picking up the pillow, I hug it to my chest, burying my nose in it. I catch the last whiff of Alex’s shampoo, the same fruity-spicy scent he always used. I’m aware this isn’t good for me and it’s not helping us with our mission, so I reluctantly put it down. But I can’t resist one other thing. Grabbing the book, I fold down the corner of the page we were on and tuck it in my waistband next to the gun. It’s sentimental and dumb, but I want to remember our reading time.

When I turn to leave, Ares is standing in the doorframe, watching me with an expression that is both pitying and concerned. I can stand the latter, but I don’t need his pity.

“Don’t say anything,” I warn as I push past him and head down the hall toward Emily’s room.

“I just came to see if you’re okay. I figured this would be hard for you.”

“Just getting up in the morning is hard for me, but I do it,” I say. “I’ll be okay.”



Author Bio:

Jennifer is a freelance writer and novelist. As a freelancer, she writes everything from technical manuals to articles on personal finance and European-style board games. Her interest in storytelling began when she was six and her parents gave her a typewriter for Christmas and agreed to pay her $.01 per page for any stories she churned out. Such a loose payment system naturally led to a lot of story padding. Broken Fate, her first novel, earned her $2.80 from her parents.

Jennifer lives in North Carolina and, when not writing, can often be found reading, trawling the shelves at the library, playing board games, watching sports, camping, running marathons, and playing with her dog. You can visit her at her official

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4 Star Review of Immortal’s Spring by Molly Ringle

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Immortal’s Spring (The Chrysomelia Stories #3)

Author:  Molly Ringle

Publication Date:  June 1, 2016

Genre:  Mythology & Folklore

Synopsis:  Sophie Darrow said yes once to a young man offering a realm of Greek gods and immortality. Now her home has been shattered, and her friends and family pulled along with her as they run from an evil cult and take shelter in the gloomy Underworld. To love, trust, and smile again seems almost out of Sophie’s reach. But remembering the life of the original Persephone and her fellow immortals long ago may prove the best therapy, as well as their key to victory. In ancient times too, the murderous cult Thanatos attacked and eventually wiped out the Greek immortals who sought to bring good to humankind. But those immortals planted seeds in both their realm and ours to ensure that their season would bloom again someday. And spring is finally coming.

My Review:

4/5 Stars!

Immortal’s Spring is the third book in The Chrysomelia Stories and my favorite of the three.

This time, the entire gang is in danger from a cult, enemies below and above.  Long ago, Thanatos succeeded in wiping out the Greek immortals who wanted goodness and peace.  Those immortals set up a fallback plan.  Now Sophie, Adrian and the gang have fight for their spring.

Immortal’s Spring has action, adventure, danger and romance.  No one is safe, but they work together against the odds.  I’ll say it again.  This one is my favorite.  Each book in the series improves and Molly Ringle brings Greek mythology to life on the pages of the book.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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4 Star Review: Underworld’s Daughter by Molly Ringle



Underworld’s Daughter (The Chrysomelia Stories #2)

Author:  Molly Ringle

Release Date:  June 1, 2014

Genre:  Mythology & Folklore

Synoposis:  New immortals are being created for the first time in thousands of years thanks to the tree of immortality discovered by Persephone and Hades. But Sophie Darrow is not one of them. Nikolaos, the trickster, has given the last ripe immortality fruit to two others, the reincarnations of the gods Dionysos and Hekate: Tabitha and Zoe, currently Sophie’s and Adrian’s best friends. While the disappointed Sophie struggles to remember Hekate and Dionysos from ancient Greece, she must still face her daily life as a mortal university freshman. Tabitha and Zoe have their own struggles as they come to terms with being newly immortal and their own haunting dreams of past lives and loves. The evil committed by Thanatos invades all of them in heartbreaking memories, and worse still, Sophie and her friends know their enemies are determined to kill again. And even the gods can’t save everyone.

My Review:

4/5 Stars!

Okay, let’s start with that gorgeous cover!  Beautiful.  Right?!

Underworld’s Daughter is the second book in The Chrysomelia Stories.  The book picks up shortly after the end of Persephone’s Orchard.  Sophie and Adrian are happy, but Sophie is still not immortal, especially after Nikolaos gives the last fruit from the Tree of Immortality to Tabitha and Zoe, Sophie’s and Adrian’s best friends.  Sophie is still going to college and struggling.  Zoe and Tabitha are struggling with immortality.  Thanatos is wreaking havoc all over the place.  Everyone’s lives are in danger.

Once again, Molly Ringle brings Greek mythology to life in her exciting books!  The characters are engaging.  There is danger, romance, and fantastical creatures.  What more can you ask for in a book!

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3.75/5 stars for Deer in Headlights by Staci Hart


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Deer in Headlights

Author:  Staci Hart

Publication Date:  February 10, 2013

Genre:   Romance, Mythology & Folk Tales, Humor


Lex is everything Dean needs — but he can’t have her.

It doesn’t matter that she’s beautiful or that her art and poetry speak to his shredded heart. She’s the new drummer’s girlfriend, the latest in a long line of drummers past. He promised the band he’d stay away to protect their record deal, so he’s left with no choice but to deny his heart for the sake of their music.

Dean is everything Lex wants — but she can’t take the risk.

When Lex meets Dean, she’s sure it’s only attraction that has her so hung up on the dark, damaged lead singer, but the more she learns about him, the more she wants him. Love has never been worth the sacrifice, until now. But she can’t put her heart on the line — she won’t — even though she wants to for the first time.

If only they knew they were just pawns in a much bigger game. And in this game of love, Aphrodite never loses.


My Review:

Rating: 3.75/5 stars

Deer in Headlights is a fun take on Greek Gods.

The story starts in Olympus with the Gods all sitting around acting like normal human beings.  I’m not kidding you.  They were drinking coffee and watching TV.  It was hilarious in a good way.  I thought it was really clever to portray the Gods that way.  They are supposed to be immortal and one would assume they would change with them times.  Anyway…so the Gods are in constant competition with each other and the competition this time around is between Aphrodite and Apollo, who themselves have a complicated history.  Of course the competition is about putting two humans together or, in Appollo’s case, keeping them apart.  The couple in question is Lexi, a girl with a boyfriend and trust issues, and Dean, a gorgeous rocker with commitment issues.

The book alternates between Olympus and New York (where Lexi and Dean) lives.  We get back story on the Gods and their complicated, intertwining pasts.  There is mortal and immortal influence playing into the competition.  In the end, there are more than one happily-ever-afters and a tiny little cliff-hanger to lead into book two.

Staci Hart’s writing is always good.  My only complaint would be that it was just a little on the long-side.  There is a lot going on and at times I found myself wanting more of the humans and less of the Gods.  Otherwise, a pretty great book.


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Review: Persephone’s Orchard by Molly Ringle


  Persephone’s Orchard

Author: Molly Ringle

Release Date: June 1, 2013
Book 1 of The Chrysomelia Stories
Genre: Mythology & Folk Tales, Fantasy

Synopsis: The Greek gods never actually existed. Did they? Sophie Darrow finds she was wrong about that assumption when she’s pulled into the spirit realm, complete with an Underworld, on her first day at college. Adrian, the mysterious young man who brought her there, simply wants her to taste a pomegranate. Soon, though she returns to her regular life, her mind begins exploding with dreams and memories of ancient times; of a love between two Greeks named Persephone and Hades. But lethal danger has always surrounded the immortals, and now that she’s tainted with the Underworld’s magic, that danger is drawing closer to Sophie. Night Owl Reviews Top Pick (Persephone’s Orchard) Long and Short Reviews Book of the Month (Persephone’s Orchard)

My Rating:  4/5 Stars

My Review:

Persephone’s Orchard is a sweetly, romantic retelling of the Greek myth of Hades and Persephone.

I loved studying Greek mythology back in high school. Did you?  Do they still learn about that these days?  I really hope so.  Persephone’s Orchard was a fun look at one of my favorite Greek myths.
Sophie/Persephone is just a regular, everyday college freshman until an odd encounter pulls her into a fantastical world of mythical beings and long-dead loved ones. Her guide on her journey is Adrian/Hades. Sophie has no idea she is Persephone, but Adrian knows Sophie is Persephone and that he has loved her for many lifetimes. But as the story goes…well, you’ll have to find out for yourself.
I loved the way Ringle retold the myth, paying careful attention to keep details of the myth intact while still adding her own spin to it.  The love story between Adrian/Hades and Sophie/Persephone takes center stage and I loved how Sophie rediscovered who she was without giving up who she is.  There is mystery and a little bit of danger to add just the right amount of excitement.

Persephone’s Orchard is the first in the Chrysomelia Stories series .  Book Two, The Underworld’s Daughter is also available.  Book three, Immortal’s Spring will be released on June 1, 2016.  Persephone’s Orchard is just $0.99 for the Kindle Version on here.