Perhaps you grew up hearing your parents read to you before bedtime. Perhaps you listened to your spouse read or maybe you enjoy a good audio book on your way to work. Perhaps you never had someone read to you and you crave it (like me). Whatever your reason, you are needing a moment away with a book. Welcome to Story Time.
The concept is quite simple. I love being read to and, although I enjoy reading to my children, I wish I had someone to read to me. So I am reading to me and I figured, other adults out there want to be read to too 🙂
Magic-Price (The Crown of Stones Book #1) by C.L. Schneider
Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races.
Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war, and pays a terrible price.
A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian’s past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end.
With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy, and his people’s future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.
Magic-Price is the first installment in The Crown of Stones trilogy.
Dolor and Shadow (Tales of the Drui Book #1) by Angela B. Chrysler
As the elven city burns, Princess Kallan is taken to Alfheim while a great power begins to awaken within her. Desperate to keep the child hidden, her abilities are suppressed and her memory erased. But the gods have powers as well, and it is only a matter of time before they find the child again.
When Kallan, the elven witch, Queen of Lorlenalin, fails to save her dying father, she inherits her father’s war and vows revenge on the one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But nothing is as it seems, and the gods are relentless. A twist of fate puts Kallan into the protection of the man she has sworn to kill, and Rune into possession of power he does not understand.
From Alfheim, to Jotunheim, and then lost in the world of Men, these two must form an alliance to make their way home, and try to solve the lies of the past and of the Shadow that hunts them all.
Broken by Angela B. Chrysler
Finalist in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards (2015)
And Death it calls as the stone crow breaks. Streaks of blood malform its face.
Death becomes its withered eyes and the shadows whisper, “Lies.”
When a young journalist, William D. Shaw, seeks out Elizabeth, an acclaimed author, in hopes to write her biography, the recluse grants him twenty-four hours to hear her story. What unfolds are events that teeter on the edge of macabre and a psychological thriller.
Together, they descend into the bowels of psyche and examine her past filled with neglect, rape, abuse, torture, and pedophilia to explore the psychology of a human being who has lived her entire life without love, comfort, family, physical contact, affection, therapy, or medication.
As William tries to understand Elizabeth’s decisions to embrace an isolated life, he witnesses Elizabeth’s multiple mental conditions that send her spiraling into the worlds of her psyche all while toggling the lines of insanity. Broken takes you inside the mind of a trauma survivor while one survivor relives the memories that resulted in her mental conditions. Experience what BPD and PTSD is like from the inside.
Along Came A Wolf by Adam Dreece
Nikolas Klaus, brilliant inventor and loving grandfather, is the target of someone seeking to steal the first ever steam engine plans. His daughter, Tee, and her two best friends, are caught in the middle and come together as the Yellow Hoods. While their lives be lost because of secrets Klaus was hoping to keep buried?
What books will you be reading?
Whatever I feel like. I do have a list and will probably consult that list. The list is posted on this page under “What books have been approved for reading.”
Can I request a book?
Yes, but I consult my TBR list when selecting a next read and will consider any recommendations. But ultimately, if it is not on my TBR and if it is not approved by the author, then no. I most likely will not read it.
What book will you read next?
You can view the schedule on this page. When I announce my next read, I post the playlist so it’s ready to go!
What genres will you be reading?
Mostly Fantasy. Some Science Fiction. Maybe some romance (I do not read anything that will make you or I blush). Definitely some classics that are not held under copyright laws due to their age like Beowulf. I would love to read Beowulf! or Shakespeare! Candide! Oooooh!
How often do you upload a new chapter?
Story Time is live! 1:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday, you can catch Story Time Live right here as well as on YouTube and Google+. The links will be posted here. Just stop in at 1:00 PM EST to catch the next chapter. I do not post on weekends.
Will you read my book?
I am open to suggestions, but I prefer hand selecting my next read from my TBR list. If your book is on my TBR list, then I will be contacting you, the author, for rights.
Will you read Harry Potter, The Hobbit, or Game of Thrones?
No. Not unless you can get a hold of the authors and have them email me with approval. Legally, I can not. Sorry. It makes me sad too. I can read classics with expired copyrights! If you have one in mind, consult this list, confirm it has an expired copyright, and email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org I have The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux slotted to read!
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