Monday, July 16, 2018

Figs, Vines and Roses - by Joy M. Lilley

Figs, Vines and Roses - by Joy M. Lilley

Joy M. Lilley’s first novel 'Figs, Vines and Roses' tells a moving tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.

In 1888 eight-year-old Issy Merryweather has a comfortable family life in Cobnut Hall, Derby. Sharing carefree summers with her brother Clarence, beloved dog Molly and cherished grandma Ella, Issy enjoys the freedom of childhood innocence. But as she comes of age a move to Kent changes her life forever.

When Issy meets Terence she is enraptured by him and despite his humble background an inseparable bond is formed in secret. But, it’s a secret which Issy will never escape after a heartbreaking turn in events…

Genre: Love, Romance, Fiction, Family Saga

Amazon Special Customer Review: Exceptionally well written, about a family in the 1800s, exciting, charismatic, immaculate detailed informative story!!

This story is an exciting period story, set in the late 1800s about a well-off family, there is Agnes & Ralph, two rather stoic parents, their son Clarence, and their daughter Isabella (Issy). Most of this is Issy relating the story, which I found heart-warming and one part in particular when she was remembering specific games they played as children, made me smile as I too had played the same games as a child.

It is a kind of coming-of-age tale, exceedingly well written, full of historical information with splendid attention to detail throughout the book.

Colorful characters, and the insight into the differences between well-off children and poor children, how the parents did not want their children mixing with each other. The children sneaking to meet each other to enjoy playing and having fun together. Rich kids tended to be snooty and aloof, so Izzy and her brother preferred to play with the poor kids, who were much more fun, more mischievous too.

The author has written an excellent book, with such finesse and attention to detail, which is very impressive.

In keeping with those times, Agnes and Ralph are very religious, and after the birth of both children, Agnes feels that her duty is done, and sex is off the menu. This, of course, leads to clandestine meetings between Ralph and one of his employees named Rose. Here we get a bit of romance thrown in but it does appear in other parts when the children's grandmother recounts her youth and her romantic liaisons.

Issy is a very kind, caring and giving person, she likes to help others, it's just her nature, where her brother Clarence is more inclined to look out for himself, he likes to be number 1.

The story has a lot of twists, turns, and surprises. It grips you from the start, those who love historical things will love this, but those who do not will not be put off the story as it is expertly placed within the story so much so that everything is believable and realistic. You almost feel transported back in time.

Reviewed by Lilian Flesher on 24 April 2015

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The Liberty Bodice - by Joy M. Lilley

Gloria Harris is born in Market Harborough in the United Kingdom, in 1922. She spends the first few years of life living with her parents and grandfather. Her siblings, an older sister and twin brothers, also share the household. The relationship between Gloria and her mother is strained much of the time.

The early days of her life are spent in considerable poverty, so much so that Gloria and her sister are sent away to Northern Ireland to be with their aunt and uncle, who are more affluent than their parents, due to the improving circumstances for the farming community in Ireland. Her aunt and uncle have a smallholding and keep a few animals and poultry that provide them with eggs and milk: the land produces enough fresh vegetables for themselves and for sale at the local market. Gloria and her sister Ann are made to work hard during this time, helping out on the farm and with the household chores. Their aunt and uncle have no children and are not particularly kind to the girls. The sisters have to stay in Ireland much longer than they had been led to believe they would, and it is several years before they come home.

On their return to Market Harborough they discover that their brothers have both been in considerable trouble, one having made a girl pregnant and the other having stolen from his employer. Gloria realises that these circumstances were part of the reason why the girls had to stay away for so long.

At the age of sixteen Gloria is sent to France on a student exchange, where she stays in Nancy with the well-to-do family of Chantelle Valvoire, whom she befriends. Gloria has a penchant for languages and these talents are vastly enhanced during this period, when she speaks almost exclusively in French. She also loses her virginity to a dashing Frenchman and is terrified of pregnancy, but after she returns home, to her great relief, the putative pregnancy comes to an end. As a result of this experience she vows to have nothing more to do with men until she is older. This resolve soon weakens when she meets Geoffrey, a school teacher from London whom she encounters on the journey back from France. Once home, Gloria practices her love of languages in some form or another on most days, regularly enjoying conversing with her sister’s Dutch boyfriend, who helps and encourage her linguistic achievements. He teaches French and German at the school she attended.

The Second World War begins and Gloria does her bit for the war effort by working on the land after leaving school. But she is restless, anxious to play a much more active role in fighting for her country. After hearing an appeal from the Home Office for foreign language experts to work abroad, she finds out all she can about joining the Special Operations Executive (SOE). After some considerable time, she secures an interview to join what became known as ‘Churchill’s secret army: the S.O.E. Her family are horrified at what their youngest daughter is letting herself in for and try their best to dissuade her, unsuccessfully.

After going through the rigid and arduous training to become an S.O.E. officer, she is sent into occupied France, where she is involved in a number of successful missions. Eventually she is captured by the Gestapo and sent to Fresnes prison in Paris, then on to the notorious Dachau Concentration Camp. In both places she is treated appallingly, being starved and tortured, and to avoid the likelihood of her inevitable death, she hatches a plan of escape. After doing so she has many trials and tribulations, after which she finally meets the brave Résistance leader and accomplished navigator, Sabien. He acts as guide for Gloria and some other stragglers through war-torn France and helps them back to England. Her feelings for him gradually turn from hate to love and they marry on the journey home. Sabien is subsequently summoned to the Normandy beaches to do vital Resistance tasks, and they part company until sometime later, when all hell is let loose.

Genre: Historical Fiction, Women's Fiction, Contemporary Fiction



Cold Coffee Press Spotlight Interview With Author Joy M. Lilley

Author Bio: Hello, My name is Joy Gerken, pen name Joy M. Lilley.

I write/blog [] and was a trained nurse, all my working life, until I retired in 2015.
My first novel is 'Figs, Vines and Roses' a tale of love and loss at the turn of the nineteenth century.

My second novel is called 'The Liberty Bodice'. This is a completely different genre to the first novel and follows the trials and tribulations of a young girl working for the Special Operations Executive [S.O.E.] in W.W.2.

You can also find my short story 'Lost and Found' published in Liphar short stories Vol 1. [Liphar short stories} by Liphar magazine.

In 2016 my novella 'Times pendulum swings again' was published. This tells of a hospital romance that starts well, until the truth about the surgical registrar admitting to his nurse girlfriend that he is married with two sons back home in Nepal.

I am hoping to release my forth publication 'Strawberry moon' a crime, mystery set in the Dordogne, France.


What makes you proud to be a writer? I am proud to write as it feeds my eternally active imagination.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I joined a book reading club. This in turn encouraged my reading. Always wanting to write but having little opportunity previously because of an exhausting full-time job. Since retiring I now feel more fulfilled and happy.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? Following retirement from a long nursing career, I wrote avidly thus resulting in three published novels.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing process? Having been traditionally published by two publishing houses.

How many published books do you have? Three.

Please list the titles of all your books: Figs, Vines and Roses, The Liberty Bodice and Times Pendulum Swings Again.

Please introduce your main genre and why you prefer to write in that genre? I don’t have a preference and the three stories written are all in a different genre.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not writing? Being a part of a large family with Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Travelling and being a voice over artist.

What one positive piece of advice would you give to other authors? Never, ever give up. Listen to wise advice on what works and what doesn’t work in producing the written word.

Who is your favorite author and why? Several, I enjoy everything I have read from Rose Tremain. She writes in the same fashion as I see the world. I admire the works of Patrick Gale. He writes exquisitely from the heart and the books I have read of his have inspired me and of course, the lengthy works of John Steinbeck. I could not put his Grapes of Wrath down.

Additional Questions or Information (Given by Author): I am a retire trained nurse, having worked for almost 50 years in the profession. I love the life I now have with time to read and write. I also spend a considerable amount of my time doing voice over works and have V. O’D a few children's stories, some of which I have also written.

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Sunday, July 8, 2018

Fairy Struck (The Twilight Court Book One) by Amy Sumida

The Twilight Court Series Has Nine Books

Fairy Struck (The Twilight Court Book One) by Amy Sumida

From the Award-Winning author of The Godhunter Series comes an exciting new Urban Fantasy series!

Would you like to hear a real fairy tale?

A story about the war between us and them. A war which led to a truce and a truce which led to the creation of a secret society. There are councils you know nothing about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held accountable to them.

If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy will come for you, but don't worry too much, it's hard to break laws concerning things you don't believe in. Fairies tend to break the truce more than humans and that's where I come in. I'm part of a military force which monitors the Fey.

When they cross the line, we extinguish their light... permanently. I'm Extinguisher Seren Sloane and I can tell you a real fairy's tale, if you're brave enough to listen.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Werewolves & Shifters

Cold Coffee Review:  This author states “all she's ever wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels.” Even though this is the first book that I have read from this author, her enjoyment of the writing process and creative mind shines through in this “Fairy Struck” story.

Chapter one begins with her character, Seren Sloane explaining a few theories surrounding the origin of these mystical creatures like himself, called the “Fey”. If like me, you are unfamiliar with the term “Frey” Seren’s explanation will helps. “No one knows the true origins of the fey, I don't think even the fey themselves remember, but theories abound. One has them evolving alongside us but where we advanced in groups, banding together to become stronger, the fey morphed out of those outcast predators who were too wild for a pack. Those who don't believe in evolution, think instead that the fey issue from divine creations, angels fallen from God's grace. Yet another tale insists they were gods themselves, or demi-gods, led by a mother goddess named Danu.”

I never thought about hunting fairies before, but if you need to then using an expert called an “Extinguisher” is the key. I also didn’t know that “all magic leaves traces of energy and when combined with the powerful aura of a fairy, the resulting glow reaches up and around its host like the Northern Lights.”

Here is a quote that might draw you into the story: “We made camp for the night in a little clearing. A massive purple and silver tent was erected for me to sleep in, despite my protests. A fairy princess doesn't sleep on a mat alongside her knights. It seemed like a waste of time and effort to me but they actually got it up pretty quickly and mine wasn't the only tent they pitched. There was a communal tent for the knights. I guess being closely attuned to nature didn't equate to wanting to sleep in her loving arms.
It was around dusk that a shivering coolness coasted over me and had me running from my tent. I had just changed into a new set of leather pants, which I'd chosen to wear along with short tunics for the journey. Thankfully, no one expected me to parade around in fancy dresses through the forest like some Tolkien elf. The belt I'd been fastening over my tunic, fell away as I rushed to the middle of our camp.
My skin was prickling and there were fluttering sensations at the edge of my consciousness, like something was trying to get my attention. My heart raced as I peered through the thick growth of trees and shrubs crowding around the perimeter of the clearing. Something was approaching, I could feel it coming at me from all directions.”

Well-developed characters, good story telling, adventure, conversation, and a touch of romance kept me interested. If you enjoy fantasy and mythical creatures, you will love “Fairy Struck” which is the first book in this “Twilight Court” series.

Author Amy Sumida offers this book for Free at Amazon Kindle. This book also includes special “pronunciation guide” and sneak peeks at a few of Amy’s other books. She offers three chapters from Pixie Lead (book two in the Twilight Court series), three chapters from book one in the Godhunter series, three chapters from The Last Lullaby series, and two chapters from the Happily Harem After (A collection of RH Fairy Tales). This review was completed on July 7, 2018

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The First Book In This Twilight Court Series Is Free!


Pixie-Led (The Twilight Court Book Two) by Amy Sumida

Extinguisher Seren Sloane's life is on a new path. She has become Princess Seren Bloodthorn of the Twilight Court, Ambassador between the warring courts of Seelie and Unseelie, as well as between the Human and Fairy Realms.
Her life is complicated but it becomes even more so when she uncovers a fairy plot to destroy the human race. Soon the chase is on but will her path lead her to the villain or will she find herself pixie-led in a never-ending circle of confusion?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy > Fantasy, Romantic


Raven-Mocking (The Twilight Court Book Three) by Amy Sumida

Return to the Twilight Court.

Among the Cherokee there is a legend, a myth about witches who steal from the sick and dying. These witches are called raven-mockers, after the sound they make when they scour the night for victims. The legend is true but the Cherokee got one thing wrong about raven-mockers. They're not witches at all; they're fairies.

Now Seren must find proof of their crimes, so she can stop the raven-mockers from breaking the truce between fairies and humans. But what she finds is a truth far more shocking than she ever expected.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Shifters, Fantasy, Romantic


Here There Be Dragons (The Twilight Court Book Four) by Amy Sumida

Return to the Twilight Court with Princess Seren Firethorn!

"Adventurous and sexy, this book will keep you hungry for more!" ~ BooksYesICan

From the soaring spires of Castle Unseelie to the grandeur of the Court of the Nine Sons, Seren Firethorn seems destined to encounter dragons. But even surrounded by the fierce fairies, it's her uncle, the Unseelie King, who truly troubles her. Under the sea, manipulated by politics and plots, Seren strives to discover what Uisdean is really after. But each truth only reveals another layer of lies, creating a knot so tangled only dragon claws could sever it.

Artwork by Amy Sumida

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Romance, Fantasy


Witchbane (The Twilight Court Book Five) by Amy Sumida

Knowing is the heart of love.

The battle for Unseelie has been won, and Lord Raza Tnyn is now King Raza the Second. But Uisdean, the last king of Unseelie, is on the loose in the Human Realm with his resurrected wife, Rue, and an ancient fairy weapon.

The Councils and the Coven are on the case, and Princess Seren is happy to leave the problem in their capable hands. Until someone important to Seren goes missing and witches start turning up dead.

To save an entire race from the schemes of her evil relatives, the Twilight Princess will forsake her crown and return to her extinguisher roots. But defiance comes at a price, and in saving the witches, Seren may end up destroying herself.
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Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Fantasy


Elf-Shot (The Twilight Court Book Six) by Amy Sumida

Seren's heart is in their sights.

Moire Thorn, once a Countess of Unseelie, is now a fugitive of the Fairy Realm. Her niece, Princess Seren Firethorn, has made it her mission to find Moire, and bring her to justice. This mission becomes even more imperative when Moire forms an alliance with the elves, using their magical arrows to attack humans.
As Seren searches for the elusive Thorn in her side, she uncovers shocking truths. Loyalties are questioned, and hearts are challenged. From elf-shot to the arrows of love, it seems that everyone is aiming for Seren. But some wounds make you stronger, and the Twilight Princess is about to discover where her strengths really lie, and how many shots her heart can take.

Reverse Harem readers are sure to be thrilled by this latest installment in the Twilight Court Series! Scroll up and snag your copy now!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Epic


Fairy Rings and Dragon Kings (The Twilight Court Book Seven) by Amy Sumida

Never step in a fairy ring.

Those sweet little mushroom rings that seem so harmless are actually patches of Fairy bleeding over into our world. Under Council Law, these rings are pieces of Fairy, and anything that happens within them are outside of Extinguisher jurisdiction. So, when humans start disappearing and a connection is made to fairy-rings, the Human Council's hands are tied.
The Extinguishers can't protect humans who willingly enter Fairy... but Ambassador Seren Firethorn can. Seren is called in to investigate, and what begins as a case of missing persons progresses into something that may change her life forever.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Witches, Wizards, Werewolves, Shifters, Fantasy


Black-Market Magic (The Twilight Court Book Eight) by Amy Sumida

The Fairy Underground...a place of enchantment and horror.

Once it was secret, but its black-market magic is beginning to find its way to the surface and into human hands. Ambassador Seren must find a way to stop the sale of such volatile merchandise, and to do so she must venture into the most dangerous den of fairies in existence. Seren believes that she's strong enough to face whatever she may find there, but she'll need more than magic to unearth the truth hidden there.

Will she be able to navigate the maze of plots and pain, or will she become another victim of the Fairy Underground?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fantasy, Romantic, Paranormal, Urban, New Adult, College


Etched In Stone (The Twilight Court Book Nine) by Amy Sumida

In the riveting conclusion of the Twilight Court Series, Seren is faced with a ruthless enemy who seems to have discovered a way to steal magic from fairies.

All evidence points to Lana Clach—ex-queen of the Colorado Underground—but the Councils aren't convinced.

Can Ambassador Seren prove Lana's guilt before it's too late?

Or is the future already etched in stone?

Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction


The Godhunter Series (23 Books)

Myth and magic collide in this award-winning, action romance where gods manipulate the human race, and one witch stands against them.

When Vervain uncovers the truth about the Gods, she is forced into the role of a vigilante witch; hunting the Gods before they can hunt her. But as the Godhunter falls deeper into the world of Immortals, she finds herself in the middle of war where she may just become humanity's greatest weapon... in the hands of a sexy, rebel god.

Cover Art by India Jones and Amy Sumida

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban

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Of Gods and Wolves (The Godhunter Book Two) by Amy Sumida

Vervain Lavine finally has a moment to relax. She's defeated Aphrodite, reclaiming the magic that the goddess stole from humans. Now the Godhunter holds the powers of Love, Sex, War, and Victory inside her but she's not really sure if that makes her a goddess. She is fairly certain that she's still mortal, but her new immortal boyfriend, Thor, doesn't seem to be worried about it.

What he is worried about is Vervain's bond to a werewolf Prince, and the fact that said Prince is the first-born son of Fenrir, the Wolf God. Then there's the minor issue of a Harvest goddess whose daughter Vervain liberated, and the angry Aztec god who hasn't been seen since the last time the Godhunter ruined his plans to launch the next world war.

All good reasons for concern, but why should Vervain waste her time worrying? The best laid schemes of gods and wolves oft go awry.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Oathbreaker (The Godhunter Book Three) by Amy Sumida

From Lion Shifters to Viking Gods, Oathbreaker has it all!

Vervain Lavine needs a little time to figure things out. Things like how to control the multiple beasts and magics inside her. Or how to lead a Pride of werelions who act more like a bunch of frat boys than grown men. She needs to work out her relationship with Trevor, the werewolf Prince bonded to her, and figure out if his grandfather, Loki, is serious in his repentance or is just up to more of his tricks.

Demeter's still on the run after her attempt on Trevor's life and it'd be great if Vervain could figure out where she's hiding before the goddess tries to kill her too. The Godhunter would also like to know why a bunch of vampires keep following her around. What's all that about?

Then there's Odin, leader of a faction of gods opposing Vervain in the God War. He needs the Godhunter's help and he's willing to pay for it, but can Vervain trust her enemy, a god referred to as the Oathbreaker? Odin has helped her in the past and she owes him, but the way Vervain feels around him is a complication she just doesn't need... and one more thing for her to figure out.

Yeah, the Godhunter could really use some time to think things through, but it doesn't look like she's going to get it.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Marked By Death (The Godhunter Book Four) by Amy Sumida

The cold is spreading.

After the battle in Asgard, Vervain Lavine, the Godhunter, just wants to celebrate the victory with her friends and family. The fact that those friends happen to be gods, and her family is a bunch of werewolves and werelions, only makes the victory that much sweeter. But the wound she took from Anubis' blade has scarred over, and the cold beginning to spread from it is worrisome. Not to mention the link it's established between her and the Egyptian God of the Dead, who seems intent on making her pay for having the audacity to attack him.

Then there's Demeter, still out to get Vervain, and Ares who may be holding a grudge over the loss of his lover and his left hand. Besides the gods who want her dead, there's the goddess who wants Vervain's help stopping a drug lord who also happens to be a god.

So it's a little hard for the Godhunter to celebrate, in fact she can barely sleep, ever since the night that she was marked by Death.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Green Tea and Black Death (The Godhunter Book Five) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter tries to catch a Tiger Goddess by the Toe!

One sip from the Grayel has made Vervain Lavine immortal. She's finally a true goddess, but that doesn't mean she can't die, just that the task of killing the Godhunter has become much harder for those who want her dead.

Vervain's list of enemies keeps getting longer and the latest name on it is Xi Wangmu, the Chinese Plague and Tiger Goddess. Xi Wangmu has come to Hawaii, and she's brought Black Death with her.

As the Godhunter races to catch a tiger by her toe, more and more obstacles are thrown in her way. From an unhappy alpha werewolf to the headaches of her human family, it looks like Vervain's going to need a little help this time.

Being a goddess isn't all it's cracked up to be.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


A Taste For Blood (The Godhunter Book Six) by Amy Sumida

Find your taste for blood with the Godhunter.

Vervain Lavine has been through Hell. Two Hells actually, one of which she's been barred from. Despite all that, things are going pretty well for the Godhunter. At least they were until she turned on the news.

Crops across America are dying, children in Hawaii are missing, and havoc is being wrecked upon her nightclub, Moonshine. It's obviously God messing with her again but which one is it this time? There's so many gods who want her dead these days.

Then one wrong word sends her tumbling into an unknown realm. A strange place filled with even stranger beings who seem to hold the answers to her past. With the promise of a new life lingering like the taste of blood on her lips, Vervain must decide what she values more, the life she's built with the men she loves, or the call of the blood.

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


The Tainted Web (The Godhunter Book Seven) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Saga heads into a new realm!

Married life has proven to be complicated for Vervain Lavine. Maybe it's the pressure of being the last dragon-sidhe in existence, the hope of an entire race of faeries. Or maybe it's the fact that her husband lives in the Faerie Realm where he rules the Kingdom of Fire. Or then again, it could be because he married her after abducting her and stealing her memories of her four other lovers.

That's a tough one.

He did do a lot to make it up to her though, and she's forgiven Arach but that doesn't mean that the Godhunter is ready to hang up her fighting leathers in exchange for becoming a dragon mommy.

Before she can decide what to do about the Faerie King, another problem arises in the form of a god who seems to be able to control the Internet. Internet crime takes on a whole new meaning under his influence and it becomes clear that his nefarious deeds must be stopped.
But can the Godhunter find a way to destroy the God of the Internet before she's caught in his Tainted Web?

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Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Harvest Of The Gods (The Godhunter Book Eight) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Series takes a unique turn in this innovative Split Story!

A unique way of reading; you can enjoy this book alone or read it together with A Fey Harvest, jumping between books. If you'd prefer to read one long, continuous story without jumping between books, please check out the combination book of: Harvest of the Gods and A Fey Harvest.

Demeter, the Harvest Goddess, is on the run. The wolves are on her trail, but even with the best tracking abilities in all the realms they can't seem to locate her. Now the trackers are turning up dead, and the Froekn are turning to the Godhunter for help. Vervain knows this long-overdue reaping is hers, that she must be the one to pick the bitter fruit of vengeance, but when a darker magic comes into play, she grows less certain over what the harvest shall bring... and who will be the harvester.

The first book in the Godhunter series split, Harvest of the Gods can be read alone OR in conjunction with A Fey Harvest. Harvest of the Gods is set entirely in the God and Human Realms but if you wish, you may follow Vervain from Harvest of the Gods to A Fey Harvest by switching books whenever Vervain declares that she's off to the Faerie Realm and then switching back when she returns. This way, you may experience events as she does. Or you may read the books independently and enjoy each story separately. Just be sure to read Harvest of the Gods first.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


A Fey Harvest (The Godhunter Book Nine) by Amy Sumida

The series splits into two books you can read together or apart. If you'd prefer to read one, continuous story, without jumping between books, please check out the combination book of: Harvest of the Gods and a Fey Harvest.

After five-hundred years, the Faerie Realm is open once more. A shaky truce has been made between the gods and the fey and hope has begun to grow for a peaceful future between all races. Vervain Lavine, Godhunter and now Faerie Queen, desperately wants the truce to work. Her life and loves in both realms depend on it but now faeries have gone missing and an unknown magic seems to be involved. Someone is harvesting the fey and it's up to Vervain to show them what a bitter and deadly fruit faerie can be.

The second book in the Godhunter series split, A Fey Harvest can be read alone or in conjunction with Harvest of the Gods. A Fey Harvest is set entirely in the Faerie Realm but if you wish, you may follow Vervain from A Fey Harvest to Harvest of the Gods by switching books whenever Vervain declares that she's off to the God Realm and then switching back when she returns. This way, you may experience events as she does. Or you may read the books independently and enjoy each story separately. Just be sure to read Harvest of the Gods first.

Hurry and grab your copy of this unique book!

The series split brings a fresh perspective to reading!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Into The Void (The Godhunter Book Ten) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter defies death itself!

The second series split will leave you reeling with delight!

The Void, the source of all souls, is a place very few gods remember anymore. It's also the one place Vervain Lavine needs to find if she wants to bring Odin back to life. There's only one god who can help her, a god who not only remembers the Void but has been there himself. Lucifer Morningstar, Satan, Beelzebub, the Devil, yeah that guy. He also happens to be her boyfriend's father.

Maybe getting Odin back won't be so hard after all.

Sure, no problem, if only the Godhunter's life wasn't going to Hell in a handbasket. First, she ends up on an archangel watch list, then mermaids start washing up with beached whales, and finally some idiot god tries to start a zombie apocalypse. Vervain barely has time to breathe, how will she ever make it into the Void?

Into the Void is part of a series split. It can be read alone or together with Out of the Darkness. It features a split cover which can be placed beside Out of the Darkness to create a full picture.
This is the last series split in the Godhunter Saga, don't miss your opportunity to experience it!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Out Of The Darkness (The Godhunter Book Eleven) by Amy Sumida

Winter is coming to Faerie and the Godhunter is left in the cold.

This second series split is the best yet!

Seasons have returned to Faerie and the fey are not happy about it. There hasn't been anything but summer in the land of the fey for thousands of years, so long that most have forgotten what the seasons are. The nights grow longer and Faerie grows colder as winter approaches. It falls upon Vervain to help the fey through these changes. As if that's not enough, a murderer is on the loose and everyone seems to think it's her. Can the Godhunter find her way out of the darkness or will Faerie be lost to her forever?

Out of the Darkness is part of a series split. It can be read alone or together with Into the Void. It features a split cover which can be placed beside Into the Void to create a full picture.
This is the last split in the series, don't miss your opportunity to experience it!
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Perchance To Die (The Godhunter Book Twelve) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter enters the Realm of Dreams.

The excitement continues as Vervain discovers that even her dreams are no longer safe.

Vervain Lavine, Godhunter, Witch, Shapeshifter, Goddess, and Faerie. Life has become a little confusing with so many titles but the one place Vervain could always find sanctuary was in her dreams. Now even that is taken from her when an unknown god starts hunting the Godhunter in her sleep.

Then there's Odin, or rather Griffin, who has yet to remember his true past or the part Vervain played in it. Add to that the assembling of a mutant army led by a sharp-dressed and sharply coiffured Indian, and you have a recipe for an epic nightmare. If only she could get a moment's rest, Vervain might be able to deal with it all but even in Faerie she can't escape. The newly created dark fey are having problems controlling their element. Between the dark fey and her dark dreams, the Godhunter's unable to find any solace and sleeping has become only another way to die.

The saga continues, taking the Godhunter across the realms and through her dreams. Join the adventure, hurry and grab your copy today!

Cover art by India Jones, you can find her on Twitter @_IndiaJones

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Tracing Thunder (The Godhunter Book Thirteen) by Amy Sumida

Olympus is calling!

The thirteenth installment of The Godhunter Series takes us through the Greek pantheon reaching ultimate highs and surprising depths.

Ambrosia, the source of immortality for the Greek gods. Its creation is a secret, held only by Zeus himself, and he's held that secret over the heads of his fellow gods for years, giving ambrosia only to those who agree to serve him. Now the Godhunter has gotten wind of his monopoly on immortality and although she normally fights for humanity, this time she's going to make an exception and fight for the gods. But Zeus isn't the only storm brewing, Vervain is having strange visions, her nine-pointed star is behaving oddly, and something powerful is stirring in the Faerie Realm. Like tracing after thunder, the solution to all her problems seems to be just beyond her reach.

Carry on the fight with Vervain and grab your copy of Tracing Thunder!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Light As A Feather (The Godhunter Book Fourteen) by Amy Sumida

Magic has no weight. It has no volume or substance. The most powerful of magics can be housed in something as light as a feather... and it is.

One black and one white. The two magic feathers of Tobadzistsini and Nayenezgani, twin Navajo gods. The white feather holds the power to heal all wounds and black can vanquish all enemies. Together they are virtually unstoppable but for the Godhunter the real difficulty will be deciding whether to fight the Navajo gods or join them.

It all comes down to the color of Vervain's convictions. Although the feathers are black and white, her choices have all blurred to gray and choosing the wrong shade could mean the extermination of an entire race.

Book 14 in the Godhunter saga is full of action and revelations. Grab your copy now and sharpen your claws, the God War continues.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Rain or Monkeyshine (The Godhunter Book Fifteen) by Amy Sumida

The Godhunter Series continues with Book 15!

The Godhunter is on lockdown, her lovers gathering around her in preparation for some unknown trouble lurking on the horizon. So, when one of the Dark Horses is abducted by a Hindu monkey god, Vervain is kept out of the rescue mission.

Hiding doesn't work for the Godhunter though and soon she is drawn into a strange world where monkeys fly, snakes rule underground cities, and birds prey on the weak. Her self-control and strength will be tested as she goes up against one of the largest god armies she's ever seen. Is this the danger she's been warned of or is there an even greater battle to be fought... within herself?

Scroll up and grab your copy today to see what the Godhunter does next!

Cover art by India Jones

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Blood Bound (The Godhunter Book Sixteen) by Amy Sumida

The Award Winning Godhunter Series Continues!

Pregnancy is hard on any woman but for the Godhunter it presents a unique set of problems.

Like literally burning indigestion, magically induced mood swings, and overprotective alpha males. Then one wrong decision sets Vervain down a catastrophic path and singed furniture becomes the least of her concerns.

With bloodthirsty enemies breathing down her neck and a volatile dragon baby growing within her belly, Vervain must find a way to save the future... by venturing into it.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Eye Of Re (The Godhunter Book Seventeen) by Amy Sumida

The Award Winning Godhunter Series Continues!

Vervain Lavine is finally about to become a mother. But she's also preparing for marriage... to four men... all at once... and the baby's father isn't one of them.

As if all that isn't complicated enough, the memories she brought back from an altered future have found their way into the dreams of her favorite sun god.

All she wants to do is forget the horrible fate that she's escaped but now it looks like she may have to face it all one more time.

Will the Godhunter be able to put the future in her past or will she be lost forever... within the Eye of Re?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


My Soul To Take (The Godhunter Book Eighteen) by Amy Sumida

The Award-Winning Godhunter Series continues!

With the birth of her twins, the Godhunter has begun a new phase of her life.

Unfortunately, this phase may be her last if she doesn't figure out how to fix her shattered star. And then Yemanja, a goddess Vervain owes her life to, comes to her for help. Vodou practitioners are being murdered, their souls summoned back to earth and forced into slavery.

Now the Godhunter must save those taken souls while she searches for a way to save herself.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


As The Crow Flies (The Godhunter Book Nineteen) by Amy Sumida

Her star may be broken but her spirit isn't.

When the man she loves and her twin sons are threatened, the Godhunter is determined to protect them at any cost.

Her enemies seem obvious to her, but as she chases the Battle Crow, Morrigan, Vervain discovers that the crow doesn't always fly straight. And it's not the only bird who feeds on carrion.

Grab your copy today and delve back into the Godhunter world!

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Cry Werewolf (The Godhunter Book Twenty) by Amy Sumida

The Wolves are being hunted!

Vervain Lavine's nine-pointed star is whole again.

A victory indeed, except the Godhunter still doesn't know exactly what it's capable of. Distracted by pregnancy issues, she just doesn't have the time to search for answers. But when her Froekn family is attacked, then accused of nefarious deeds themselves, she is thrust down a road which leads her straight to the destiny she's been chosen for.

Myth and magic turn against the Godhunter, and the only hope she has of saving those she loves lies in learning secrets of her star.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Pride Before A Fall (The Godhunter Book Twenty-One) by Amy Sumida

The Pride is on the hunt!

Vervain is preparing for the arrival of her third child, but not in the usual manner.

Her daughter, Lesya, has been growing in a god-powered incubator, and the time has finally come to remove Lesya and take her home. But life is never smooth for the Godhunter, and as she dreams of holding her child at last, her enemies dream of destroying her. Vengeance draws near, and war threatens the realms.

Will her Pride blind her to the truth, or will they save her from a fall?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Monsoons and Monsters (The Godhunter Book Twenty-Two) by Amy Sumida

As strange rainstorms and power outages spread across America, Vervain's personal life hits some stormy weather as well.

Magic and love are hopelessly intertwined for the Godhunter, and it begins to take a toll on her heart as well as her relationships.

Can Vervain weather the storm or will she fall prey to the monsters lurking within the mist?

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Blessed Death (The Godhunter Book Twenty-Three) by Amy Sumida

Sometimes Death is a blessing.

Death was once something for the Godhunter to fight, but now she knows him intimately. She knows that the Angel of Death can be beautiful, charming, and irresistible.

Sometimes Death is a blessing, and at other times he can be a curse, but Azrael is always loyal and always loved.

Until he resigned, that is. Then the Angelic Host was sent after him. But there is more to their actions than simple retribution.

Someone is manipulating the Host, and if Vervain wants to save her husband, she must first discover the secrets of Heaven, Hell, and the heart of Death himself.

Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dragons, Mythical Creatures, Paranormal, Urban


Beyond The Godhunter Series (Two Books)

A Darker Element (Beyond The Godhunter Book One) by Amy Sumida

“Long ago, when magic still roamed freely, without restraint or purpose, it delighted in the elements. It flowed through them, saturated them, and then became aware of itself. Faerie was born but within her and the elements was a seed of loneliness. This seed grew and multiplied into the darker emotions. When Faerie decided to create the fey to relieve her loneliness, she separated those darker emotions from the elements so that the fey were born pure.”

That's the story most fey tell about their creation but our creation, that of the dark fey, goes further. You see, we were those dark emotions which were so carelessly cut away from the other elements. Faerie didn't even realize that the Darkness was an element until we threatened her very existence. Then she saw what we needed; physical form like that which had been given to every other element. So we were finally created. Twenty-one dark-sidhe, each with the power of a dark emotion.

My name is Liatris and my emotion is Shame. It's all I've ever known and even with the freedom of the flesh, I can't seem to live beyond it. I don't expect a lot from this life but I have desires just like everyone else. Happiness, safety, love. Simple things but I know they'll never be mine. How can Shame coexist with happiness? How can a thing of Darkness ever feel safe? And how can I ever have love when the only man I want is our king?

A Darker Element will take you into another side of the Godhunter's world. Experience it all fresh from the perspective of a faerie whose life has just begun. Go beyond the Godhunter with this first book in the spin off series and delve deeper into the realm of Faerie. Grab your copy today!

The author recommends that you read this book between books 14 and 15 in the Godhunter Series

Cover art by India Jones

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Vampires


Out Of The Blue (Beyond The Godhunter Book Two) by Amy Sumida

From the author of the Godhunter Series comes a Series highlighting your favorite Godhunter characters! The second book tells the tale of Huitzilopochtli aka Blue and his romance with Eztli, the Vampire Queen.

Eztli once believed her life was blessed. Her name in the Aztec language meant blood and blood was exactly what her god needed. It seemed destined that Huitzilopochtli should choose her to become his lover and together, they were very happy. Until the day he turned her into a monster.
Her name became a curse and her life, a nightmare. Still, she survived. She grew stronger, shedding the shackles of her old life along with her old name. Her name is Tilly now and out of the blue, Tilly has been given an opportunity for revenge. After 500 years, Huitzilopochtli is finally within her grasp. But the closer she gets to destroying him, the more she wonders if it's his destruction that she truly wants.

The author recommends that this book be read between books 17 and 18 in the Godhunter Series.

Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Psychics, Witches, Wizards, Vampires


The Spellsinger Series (Four Books)

The Last Lullaby (The Spellsinger Book One) by Amy Sumida

Beneath your world lies another, a world of magic, monsters, and immortals.

I am the rarest of these; a spellsinger, able to weave music into magic. With the right words, and for the right price, I can do anything.

Now a fairy duke has come to hire me, promising me a fortune in exchange for one man's life. But this man is a king, one of the most powerful Shining Ones in existence.

I could kill him with a song or things could go horribly wrong. Hopefully, this job isn't my last lullaby.

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction


A Symphony Of Sirens (The Spellsinger Book Two) by Amy Sumida

To sing with your heart you must first learn to listen.

Sirens are some of the most dangerous denizens of the Beneath. So, when they start going missing, it's assumed that a supremely powerful being is behind the disappearances. But who and why?

As Elaria struggles to find answers to the siren situation, even more questions arise. Questions like: what kind of magic did the witch relic leave within her? And: what should she do about the three men who have become so important to her?

One is her past, one: her present, and the third wants nothing more than to be her future. Can she find the solution in time to save her family? Or will love turn her symphony sour?

Playlists for all of the books in the Spellsinger Series can be found on Spotify by searching for Amy Sumida or the book's title. Listen for free and sing along with the Spellsinger.

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction


A Harmony Of Hearts (The Spellsinger Book Three) by Amy Sumida

Harmony can be hard to find.

As the spell inside Elaria begins to burn out, taking her with it, she becomes desperate to find the third lover the spell needs to fuel itself. But love isn't the only thing eluding her. Someone is setting monsters loose on Earth, and even her spellsinging seems to be failing her. Can she stop the attacks before the spell stops her heart?

Playlists for every book in the Spellsinger Series can be found on Spotify under Amy Sumida, or by searching for the book title.

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction


Primeval Prelude (The Spellsinger Book Four) by Amy Sumida

In pursuit of an enemy, Elaria and her friends enter Primeval—the ancient forest that covers most of Tír na nÓg.

But priorities soon shift as a much larger danger arises.

Primeval is dying and growing all at once; threatening to consume the Jewel Kingdoms.

Can the Spellsinger save the forest or is this only a prelude of the destruction to come?

Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban, Teen, Young Adult, Science Fiction


Happily Harem After Series (collected short stories, all fairy tales
that have been redone. Book 2 is currently in the works)

Happily Harem After (Five Classic Fairy Tales With A Reverse Harem Twist) by Amy Sumida

To live happily harem after, you have to fight for your fairy tale.

Five classic fairy tales take on a reverse harem* twist in the first installment of Happily Harem After. Experience Alice in Wonderland, The Four Clever Brothers, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan, and Cinderella in ways you never have before.

Discover a Wild Wonderland along with Alice as she returns home to reclaim her throne with the help of the last Cheshire knight and the loyal Card Kings.

In The Four Clever Brothers, Princess Adelysia is rescued by four, magically talented brothers who discover that she is far more than your average princess.

Beauty and the Beasts follows the brave Sylvaine on her quest to free three cursed princes, who must not only find a woman to love them but must learn to share her as well.

Pan's Promise is the story of Pandora, her lost warriors, a vengeful sea captain, and the magical island they can never leave.

Then, The Little Glass Slipper shows us how life can be transformed by bravery, love, and the right pair of shoes.

*Reverse Harem is a romance genre featuring love between one woman and several men.

Genre: Mythology, Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Science Fiction, Fantasy
Mythology & Folk Tales


Cold Coffee Spotlight Interview With Amy Sumida

Amy Sumida is the Internationally Acclaimed author of the Award-Winning Godhunter Series, the fantasy paranormal Twilight Court Series, the Beyond the Godhunter Series, the music-oriented paranormal Spellsinger Series, and several short stories. Her books have been translated into several languages, have made it to the top sellers list on Amazon numerous times, and the first book in her Spellsinger Series won a publishing contract with Kindle Press.

She was born and raised in Hawaii and brings her unique island perspective to all of her books. She doesn't believe in using pen names, saving the fiction for her stories. She's known for her kick-ass heroines who always have a witty comeback handy, and her strong, supporting male characters who manage to be sensitive and alpha all at once.

All she's ever wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels. To be able to do so for a living is a blessing which she wakes up thankful for every day. Beyond her books, she enjoys collecting toys, to keep herself young, and cats, to keep herself loved.


What makes you proud to be a writer from (Salem, Oregon)? Well, I just moved to Oregon in April, so I don't know if I'm allowed to be proud of it yet. I'm from Hawaii originally, and I think that gave me a unique perspective on writing paranormal fiction. There are a lot of superstitions in Hawaii, including fairy-like creatures and powerful gods who interact with humans but all with a tropical twist. Our melting pot community made me very interested in other cultures and their myths. So, Hawaii definitely shaped my writing style and that's something I can be proud of.

What or who inspired you to become a writer? I've always been a story teller. I remember getting into trouble in first grade because I convinced the other children that there was a monster in the field beside our playground. You may call that lying, but I call it writing. I started submitting novels to Harlequin by age 12 and when I was in High School, I wrote a book that my English teacher ended up passing around to her friends. It was only half done, so I had teachers I didn't know come up to me in the hall to beg me to finish the story because they had to know what happened. That was the first time I thought that maybe I could succeed at this.

When did you begin writing with the intention of becoming published? As mentioned in the last answer; in High School.

What has been your most rewarding experience with your writing and publishing process?
When I started receiving emails from women thanking me for writing books that made them feel empowered and helped them overcome tragedy. I've been contacted by rape victims, manic depressive people, and even a father who used my Godhunter Series as a way to bond with his Autistic son. To have someone connect with me through my words and not only be entertained by them but changed positively by them is the most humbling and rewarding experience.

Additional Questions or Information (Given by Author):

I love strong women, so all of my characters are ladies with backbone. They don't usually begin as physically strong, but they are definitely fighters. They are women I'd like to be, experiencing things I'd like to experience (for the most part), and that's makes me love writing so much. I can create a world I want to live in and be someone—anyone—I wish to be.

I'm a hybrid author; Amazon's Kindle Press published the first book in my Spellsinger Series: The Last Lullaby, but the rest of my books are independently published. I love the freedom of publishing independently, but Amazon really helped to get my name out there.

Author Amy Sumida Has Five Series and Some Stand-Alone Books

The Twilight Court Series: Series about a human psychic who polices the Fey on Earth, just concluded with book 9.

The Godhunter Series: Amy’s first series, about a witch who hunts gods, is 23 books in and still going strong.

Beyond the Godhunter: A spin-off from the Godhunter Series has only 2 books so far.

Happily Harem After Series: Series of collected short stories, all fairy tales that have been redone. Book 2 is currently in the works.

The Spellsinger Series: Starts with The Last Lullaby (the book published by Kindle) and I'm about to release Book 4. It's about a woman who is half witch and half siren, with the ability to create magic through music lyrics. Each book comes with a playlist you can listen to on Spotify.

You Tube Video Links

Book Awards: I was awarded Best Paranormal Romance of 2014 by BookHippo.

Professional Website

Professional Blog: And follow her blog on Tumblr for a deeper glimpse into her daily life, her interest, photos of places and characters in the books, and general information about gods and witches.:

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Amy's Imaginary Worlds (a Facebook group where you can discuss all of her books)

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