5 star book review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

books featuring female protagonistsAnother great review from Books and Authors Spot, this time for Book 2 in the Five Kingdoms series, Henrietta and the Dragon Stone.

REVIEW

Henrietta And The Dragon Stone is the second book in The Five Kingdom series by Beth Barany. I have read and reviewed the first book, Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, and as compared to the first book, this book was verrrrry fantastic. The first book’s ending got me really excited, and thanks to Beth that she sent me both books of the series together, so I didn’t had to wait!

Henrietta And The Dragon Stone starts with a new quest for Henrietta. She is no more a dragon slayer but now the ambassador of Oro Islands. Not only she is struggling to control the Dracontias but also trying not to fall for Franc. With a new quest and a starting of a relationship, this book is a killer!

Henrietta has a girly side too! I never knew that. Henrietta has been given the responsibility of passing an important message from Jaxter (King of Oro Islands) to King Mattias. If she didn’t pass it in time, a war can occur. Franc as her guard is always with her and she doesn’t mind! Shocked right?
Henrietta is controlling her feelings for Franc. Aside from this some powerful sorcerer is after Henrietta, as he wants the Dragon Stone (Dracontias) from her. If that sorcerer united the five powerful stone he will become the ruler of the Five Kingdoms. Henrietta also gets kidnapped, and she and Franc struggle to get out together. The relationship was confirmed in that scene. I knew that they were gonna be together one  day or another. The little brave boy, Antoine, and Leoni were very nice additions. Can’t wait to read that how Beth is gonna make Henrietta finish the sorcerer. *bites nails*
I definitely loved the sayings, legends, chantings etc… above the starting of every chapter. Books featuring female protagonists are always adored by me, and this series is one of them.
So, I loved reading the second book of this series and yearning to read the third book, which is in the editing process. I hope the third book will be awesome like the second book and that Henrietta fans like it! Click here to read my review of Henrietta The Dragon Slayer, book 1! Henrietta Rocks!
Happy Reading! <3

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5 Star Review for Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

"If you are a sucker for brave female protagonist, then this book is perfect for you." -- Book and Authors spot
“If you are a sucker for brave female protagonist, then this book is perfect for you.” — Book and Authors spot about Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany

Such a lovely review from Books and Authors Spot.

REVIEW

Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany was an amazing and exciting read.
The cover totally fits the book. The story was perfect and as it represented a kick-ass female protagonist, I knew that this book was gonna rock. It’s adventurous, amazing and really unique. Henrietta reminded me of a character Kiatana from Kiatana’s Journey. Seriously Henrietta is a mix of Lara Croft and Beatrice Prior. If these characters ever met, they’ll become best friends! LOL!!
The story was very gripping at some parts. The plot is amazing, and I loved Beth’s writing style. The story was written in such an easy manner, that I found myself totally connected to Henrietta. Okay, so there were some parts where I got bored. It’s not like that every paragraph was described extra or the characters became boring. What happened was that sometimes, the story got dragged.
The ending was so full of suspense. A new quest is waiting for Henrietta, so its a huge cliffhanger. I read all the praises for the book, and they all said that this is one amazing read! Seriously you won’t regret reading it!
If you are a sucker for brave female protagonists, then this book is perfect for you!
Happy Reading! <3

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A lovely 5-star review of Touchstone Series by a first-time romance reader

Touchstone Series by Beth BaranyA lovely 5-star review of Touchstone Series by a first-time romance reader at Where Stephanie Reads! Thanks Stephanie!

5-star review on Amazon for TOUCHSTONE SERIES

 

 

 

In this review I decided to give my thoughts as a whole since most of them were positive. Each of the stories are unique and keep you guessing. After I read through stories I found details in each where each story is connect from characters that pop up in each of the stories and mystery pieces that tend to unfold. My favorite two stories from the book were both A Touchstone of Love and A Christmas Fling. A Touchstone of Love was a romantic story about love and it had me routing for the characters to be together. I also like time travel so that is a bonus. As for A Christmas Fling, I like Christmas and I like elves. I also like the connection between the two main characters and how they interact. The only I wished was maybe to have more scenes with Santa since he is so cool. But overall I love the stories from the book. For those looking to pick up the book and read the series I would stay tuned this week and check it out. As always keep on reading.

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Party, Prizes, an Play: Join us for a Party Today

Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story Celebrating today on Facebook: Touchstone Series, Romance Novella Books 1-4 (Plus Bonus Short Story)

Join us for fun, goodies, giveaways, surprises, and more fun!

SCHEDULE for the FACEBOOK PARTY (Pacific time zone)
10am: Beth Barany, Guest of Honor

11am: Celia Breslin, author of DIAMOND MOON, in her Black Hills Wolves series

12noon: Terra Kelly, author of THE WINTER FAMILY SERIES

1pm: Pamela Taeuffer, author of SHADOW HEART

2pm: Carol Malone, author of LADIES NIGHT

3pm: PJ Ferguson, author of THE SHORTCUT TO HAPPINESS

4pm: Beth Barany again!

Book Launch Party for Touchstone Series, Romance Novella Books 1-4 (Plus Bonus Short Story) by Beth Barany
Join us!

 

TOUCHSTONE Series is on Sale for $2.99 until Friday, April 24th. http://amzn.to/1ye0yGW

Get 4+ stories for the price of 1 book!

Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story by Beth Barany
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More details about Beth’s romances here: http://author.bethbarany.com/romance/

ABOUT

Travel to worlds where anything is possible—time travel to Medieval France; a cute Santa’s elf hiding in plain sight in San Francisco; a mystery under the city of Paris that only love can unlock; and, love, destiny, and a labyrinth.

FOUR STORIES PLUS BONUS SHORT STORY

Four romance novellas and bonus short story in the TOUCHSTONE series, by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany.

 

TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE
A time-travel romance. When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

A CHRISTMAS FLING
A Christmas Elf romance. What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?

Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial district with no time for love, will her Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?

Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party. Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn his life upside down?

PARISIAN AMOUR
A Fairy Tale romance. Sarah Redman, a bank project manager, wants adventure in her life. Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at a Paris conference to land more clients and save his company. Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

A LABYRINTH OF LOVE AND ROSES
A Fairy Tale romance. What if what you wanted got in the way of your destiny? French MBA grad Lili Grenault needs to succeed at her last pitch meeting to fund her international green tech business. But her grandmother tells her to drop everything, find her one true love, and embrace her magical legacy by Beltane, in one week, or chaos and failure in her life will ensue.

San Francisco investor Brett Barnaby wants to find his great-grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of World War I. Family legend says that purpose, greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when he finds that grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to local Lily Grenault for help.

Can these two independent freethinkers work together to prevent chaos from triumphing and find love in time in the labyrinth of roses?

And BONUS short story: FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
A time-travel-esque romance. Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien has to rely on his fiancé. Rose to adapt to a 21st century life, to learn English, and find his place in a modern world. Software expert Rose has no time to spare with two jobs to support her and her fiancé Julien in expensive San Francisco. Will a weekend getaway rekindle the spark so these two time-crossed lovers can fall in love again?

TOUCHSTONE Series is on Sale for $2.99 until Friday, April 24th. http://amzn.to/1ye0yGW

 

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Let The Flowers Inspire You

IMG_2453-drop-shadow-rosesI love the flowers in our neighborhood right now. And I love taking pictures!

The flowers pop this spring time.

I love roses, dahlias, tulips, cherry tree blossoms, California poppies, and others that I don’t know the name of.

I hope you’ll enjoy them too.

What kind of flowers do you like? Do tell in the comments below!


 

Here’s some more for you to enjoy.

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REMINDER

On pre-order for only $2.99. Get 4+ stories for price of 1! Touchstone Series by Beth Barany I’m so excited! The Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story, is now on pre-order at Amazon.

 

And on sale for only $2.99. For a limited time only. (That’s the price of one book. So you get four of my novellas for the price of just one!)

More vendors coming soon.

About the book

Travel to worlds where anything is possible—time travel to Medieval France; a cute Santa’s elf hiding in plain sight in San Francisco; a mystery under the city of Paris that only love can unlock; and, love, destiny, and a labyrinth.

Four romance novellas and bonus short story in the TOUCHSTONE series, by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany.

TOUCHSTONE SERIES by Beth Barany-On preorder until April 20 2015

More about TOUCHSTONE SERIES here.

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Peek into the Creative Cauldron: How I Get My Writing Done

N-150x150 image "No – say it and mean it" by Beth Barany, as part of the Blogging from A to Z April 2015 ChallengeHello my friends! Today I share a peek into my creativity cauldron, how I get my writing done.

I popped over to the Guelph Write Now blog and shared about the word No and how it relates to getting my writing done, about Saying No and Protecting Your Creative Self.

You can read the rest of the article here. I hope you enjoy it!

I wanted to share a little more of my process with you because I realized I don’t often share my creative process here on my author blog. In fact, I don’t think I have ever. The reason is this is the place I want to share with you the finished and polished project. (But if you want to see in progress work, please do let me know in the comments below!)

What do you guys think? I believe no matter who you are, you need to have boundaries up so you can get done what you want to get done. You need to shut the door, tell others to not bother you, set the timer, put in a headset, leave the house, etc.

Now I’m not talking about times when you need to be available to others. That happens. If the phone rings, and I’m writing, but I see it’s my mother/father/husband/sibling or other close family member calling, I’ll drop everything and answer the phone. (Luckily, they don’t call that often. And they know that i might be writing. I’ve trained them well!)

Some of the things I do to make sure I get my writing done, so you guys get good stuff to read!

I block off time on my calendar, and I often pair my writing time with a walk first.

I sit so much as an author, and as an online entrepreneur and coach, I need to move more.

To support me in that I finally downloaded the app, Steps, from the App Store. Since I downloaded it a week ago, my progress is up and down.

I use walking a way to create a boundary between my activities. What do you do to create a boundary between one activity and another?

toy blocks word noAnd, how do you say NO to the things you don’t want so that you can say YES to the things you do want?

I find it helps having a really clear idea of what I want to do in the short term — like want to work on the next planning step in my next paranormal romance (like today!). And it helps remembering the Big Picture: that I want to publish three more paranormal romance novellas this year! :)

Oh! If you want to be notified when my next books are published, and have a chance to get fun extras and first-looks, be sure to sign up for my newsletter here.

REMINDER

On pre-order for only $2.99. Get 4+ stories for price of 1! Touchstone Series by Beth Barany I’m so excited! The Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story, is now on pre-order at Amazon.

 

And on sale for only $2.99. For a limited time only. (That’s the price of one book. So you get four of my novellas for the price of just one!)

More vendors coming soon.

About the book

Travel to worlds where anything is possible—time travel to Medieval France; a cute Santa’s elf hiding in plain sight in San Francisco; a mystery under the city of Paris that only love can unlock; and, love, destiny, and a labyrinth.

Four romance novellas and bonus short story in the TOUCHSTONE series, by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany.

TOUCHSTONE SERIES by Beth Barany-On preorder until April 20 2015

More about TOUCHSTONE SERIES here.

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Touchstone Series on Pre-Order Now!

On pre-order for only $2.99. Get 4+ stories for price of 1! Touchstone Series by Beth Barany I’m so excited! The Touchstone Series: Romance Novella Books 1-4, plus a bonus short story, is now on pre-order at Amazon. More vendors coming soon.

About the book

Travel to worlds where anything is possible—time travel to Medieval France; a cute Santa’s elf hiding in plain sight in San Francisco; a mystery under the city of Paris that only love can unlock; and, love, destiny, and a labyrinth.

Four romance novellas and bonus short story in the TOUCHSTONE series, by award-winning novelist, Beth Barany.

TOUCHSTONE OF LOVE
A time-travel romance. When a thunderstorm transports software expert Rose Waldman to thirteenth century France, she meets hunky stonemason Julien, who is secretly creating a gargoyle in defiance of his master mason. Can independent gadget loving Rose trust her life and heart to Julien, and can she really never go home again?

A CHRISTMAS FLING
A Christmas Elf romance. What if falling in love put the life you cherished in jeopardy?

Dahlia, a Santa’s Elf, has 21 days left before Christmas to create the best toy in the world without using magic or revealing her true identity. Stuck on how to complete the prototype, and working as a temp in San Francisco’s financial district with no time for love, will her Christmas fling get her unstuck, or will she turn her back on her beloved career for her heart?

Liam, an up-and-coming financial analyst, swore off women after getting dumped by the love of his life. He just found out his ex is going to the company Christmas party with his rival Michael Hendricks. Up for promotion against Hendricks, Liam has to win the favor of his boss. His best bet is to invite the vivacious secretary Dahlia to the party. Will Dahlia be a welcome distraction, or will she turn his life upside down?

PARISIAN AMOUR
A Fairy Tale romance. Sarah Redman, a bank project manager, wants adventure in her life. Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at a Paris conference to land more clients and save his company. Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all?

A LABYRINTH OF LOVE AND ROSES
A Fairy Tale romance. What if what you wanted got in the way of your destiny? French MBA grad Lili Grenault needs to succeed at her last pitch meeting to fund her international green tech business. But her grandmother tells her to drop everything, find her one true love, and embrace her magical legacy by Beltane, in one week, or chaos and failure in her life will ensue.

San Francisco investor Brett Barnaby wants to find his great-grandfather’s gravesite in Amiens, France, one of the primary battle sites of World War I. Family legend says that purpose, greater mission, and perhaps even untold riches, will be unlocked when he finds that grave. But his search in Amiens brings up fear, anger, and dire warnings about some wild Green Man. He turns to local Lily Grenault for help.

Can these two independent freethinkers work together to prevent chaos from triumphing and find love in time in the labyrinth of roses?

And BONUS short story: FALLING IN LOVE AGAIN
A time-travel-esque romance. Sexy Medieval stonemason Julien has to rely on his fiancé. Rose to adapt to a 21st century life, to learn English, and find his place in a modern world. Software expert Rose has no time to spare with two jobs to support her and her fiancé Julien in expensive San Francisco. Will a weekend getaway rekindle the spark so these two time-crossed lovers can fall in love again?

TOUCHSTONE SERIES by Beth Barany-On preorder until April 20 2015

I’ll be having a special Book Launch Party on April 22nd. Location: Facebook events page. Click here to join us. I’ll have goodies, giveaways, and surprises!

List of Books (in order of publication & appearance in the collection)

  1. Touchstone of Love (July 2013) => Read an excerpt here.
  2. A Christmas Fling (December 2013) => Read an excerpt here.
  3. Parisian Amour (May 2014) => Read an excerpt here.
  4. A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (September 2014) => Read an excerpt here.
  5. Bonus short story, “Falling in Love Again,” a continuation of Rose and Julien’s story that started in Touchstone of Love. The short story first appeared in the compilation, Autumn’s Kiss.
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Romance Collection, Touchstone Series, coming soon!

Draft to TOUCHSTONE SERIES, Novella book 1-4, plus bonus short storyI’m excited to announce that my first romance collection, Touchstone Series, is coming soon. Inside you’ll find my four romance novellas and a bonus short story.

I’ll let you know as soon as it’s on pre-order, probably the first week of April.

List of books (in order of publication)

  1. Touchstone of Love (July 2013) => Read an excerpt here.
  2. A Christmas Fling (December 2013) => Read an excerpt here.
  3. Parisian Amour (May 2014) => Read an excerpt here.
  4. A Labyrinth of Love and Roses (September 2014) => Read an excerpt here.
  5. Bonus short story, “Falling in Love Again,” a continuation of Rose and Julien’s story that started in Touchstone of Love. The short story first appeared in the compilation, Autumn’s Kiss.

Inside Look

The cover is my art, a piece of a large painting I made at Chris Zydel’s Wild Heart Painting.

Here’s me in action:

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Young Adult Science Fiction Multi-Author Event

Science Fiction is the hottest genre right now.

Add in some best selling authors and Young Adult books and you have an event not to be missed.

So come celebrate these awesome YA Science Fiction Authors with us!

Giveaways, book exclusives, games and more!

Young Adult Science Fiction Multi-Author Event:

March 19th from 5:30-9PM.

You can enter the big $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Don’t miss it!

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Join the event!

The authors are excited to see you on the 19th but in the meantime, check out these amazing titles!

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Schedule of events!

5:30-6:00 – Angela Scott
6:00-6:30 – Laxmi Hariharan
6:30-7:00 – Theresa Kay
7:00-7:30 – Lee Strauss
7:30-8:00 – Pavarti K Tyler
8:00-8:30 – Susan Kaye Quinn
8:30-9:00 – Joel Ohman
9:00 – Pavarti (Announce Rafflecopter winners – Enter at the bottom of this post!)

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“Powered By Love” February Campaign & Giveaway

Campaign & GiveawayFor this week’s “Powered By Love” February 2015 Giveaway, post your memes (pictures with words) about an act of love and kindness that you observed or participated in or were the recipient of.

ENTER: To enter, post on my page here https://www.facebook.com/bethbarany/photos/p.793453147356919/793453147356919/?type=1&theater or post on your page and tag this one. I’ll see it that way too. smile emoticon

PRIZES: You can win any one of my romance novellas or YA fantasy novels, or even nonfiction books. Your choice!

Yes, I’ll ship internationally for the print books. I have ebooks only for some of my books and some of both in print and digital.

Romance: http://author.bethbarany.com/romance/
YA Fantasy: http://author.bethbarany.com/ya-fantasy/
Nonfiction: http://www.bethbarany.com/products/products.htm

I’ll pick two winners at random by Sunday, Feb. 15, 9pm Pacific/12midnight Eastern here.

Thanks, and much love,
Beth

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