A New Host

So, here we are. Me being me and jumping the gun before I was ready for it. I have moved my website over to a new host and have a whole new look. Unfortunately, I couldn’t take my followers with me. 😦

Please head on over to adropofinkreviews.com and join me there. There’s even a fresh new review waiting!

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Paladin by Sally Slater

It’s a new year and a new blog. It’s only fitting to start off with a new and unknown author. This will be a rare occurrence as her book isn’t even available anywhere yet except on Wattpad. As a matter of fact, it’s undergoing edits and polishing as we speak and will be updated within a few months. However, that’s okay. Today, anything goes!

Paladin by Sally Slater

Sam is the most promising swordsman among this year’s crop of Paladin trainees… and knows it. Brash, cocky, and unbeatable with a sword (well, almost), Sam is the kingdom of Thule’s best hope against the violence wrought by demons. The only problem is that Sam is really Lady Samantha, daughter of the seventeenth Duke of Haywood, and if her father has his way, she’ll be marrying a Paladin, not becoming one.

But Sam has never held much interest in playing damsel-in-distress, and so she rescues herself from a lifetime of boredom and matrimonial drudgery.

Pity that Tristan Lyons, the Paladin assigned to train her, is none other than the hero of her childhood. He hasn’t recognized her as Lady Samantha –yet– but if he does, he’ll take away her sword and send her packing.

Sam is not the only trainee hiding secrets: Braeden is a half-demon with a dark past that might be unforgivable.

Sam, Braeden and Tristan set out for the western coast, charged with rooting out an infestation of demons that has made the West unlivable. As they travel, they uncover a deep-seated corruption of power that threatens to derail everything they stand for. Rebellion stirs, led by a rival faction of warriors who tempt Sam to join them with an irresistible offer. A war between men is coming, and Sam must pick a side. Will saving the kingdom cost her life — or just her heart?

Reminiscent of Mulan, but with a medieval fantasy twist, Paladin is a tale of adventure, action, and romance.

(taken from author’s website – Goodness knows I couldn’t improve on that!)

My Review

5 star

I have read this as it stands at this moment. I will start by saying that whether she finds a traditional publisher to take this on or she publishes it herself, I WILL add it to my collection of books. I started reading this and couldn’t put it down until I reached the last page. It was absolutely hilarious and had me gasping at all of Sam’s close calls when it seemed she was about to be found out. It has been a long time since I read a book I have become so involved in. When it ended, I wanted to scream “NO!” and demand the next part. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be a series. *sad face* However, I’m eagerly awaiting the time when Sally tackles the next part and gets it ready. If her stats on Wattpad are anything to judge by, I’m not the only one waiting for the final product and the next book.

I would judge this book to be more for older teens and adults. She has several innuendos all the way through that are more fun if you know what’s going on. It definitely adds to the ‘hilarious’ factor.

If you’re interested in reading this book, you will need to sign up for a free account at Wattpad. However, it’s easy enough to do and definitely worth it for this book alone. It has held the #1 spot in fantasy and adventure for a good reason.

Be sure to check out Paladin. Sally Slater is definitely a star on the rise and it will be fun to watch her reach the top.


Submission Guidelines

I have several people already interested in my reviewing their books, so I thought I’d get the guidelines out there now to avoid any confusion.

1. I will not review GBLT literature. Sorry if this offends anyone, but that’s how it is.

2. I prefer not to be reading along and come across any gratuitous scenes that are not necessary to the story line. You know the ones I mean.

3. Please no erotic fiction. I want this blog to be open to anyone and that includes children. Call me a prude if you like, I don’t mind.

4. Do not be afraid to have me review a YA book. As a matter of fact, it’s one of my favorite genres.

5. I’m also fond of fantasy. Though I read lots of other books that fall into other categories.

6. I hate to do this, but no fan fiction. You can email me and ask if I’d be interested in reading it, but I tend to shy away from it. Just an upfront warning.

7. ALL reviews are my own opinion. I am only one reader among millions. What interests me may not interest another reader and that’s exactly how it should be.

8. I offer this service 100% free of charge. I will post my review here, on Amazon, and Goodreads if the book is ready for it. I might expand where I post the review as I get going.

All in all, use your best judgement when submitting your work my direction. I will do my best to give you an honest and fair review. I have yet to fully decide if I will also include negative reviews on my site. If I do, know they will be fair and not just come out and say, “It stunk” and leave it at that. That helps no one. I do have experience with constructive criticism and hope to continue that trend.

If I meet your needs, feel free to send me an email. As I do not charge for my review services, I will not buy a book to review it. I accept pdf files and will happily download any book I can get free. I will begin getting the Kindle Unlimited service when it’s called for. So please have your books available in one of those formats. Thanks!


Welcome to a Drop of Ink Reviews

*dusts off blog*

I’m going to re-purpose this blog into something brand new and wonderful. I love to read and I love to write. Unfortunately, I’m more of a dabbler when it comes to writing than anything else, but I still love it. I figured I could use this to help other writers get a leg up. Since I have written a couple of novel length manuscripts, I understand how difficult it is to get them done. I also understand, from reading online, how difficult it is to get honest reviews of a piece. So I figured why not combine what I love doing most and help out others at the same time?

I will start off by reviewing some books I already own. In time, I will put a call out to accept manuscripts ready to be submitted for self-publishing and those who might have just signed a publishing contract. I will also happily share these reviews with Amazon or any other reviewing site as requested (e.g. Goodreads).

I am currently working on the 2015 Reading Challenge.  The reviews will vary widely across entire genres as I read to satisfy the criteria. Hopefully this will give others the chance to see my reviews and seek out my wonderful services. 😉 Starting January 1, 2015, I will launch my first review. Hopefully it will be the first of many to come over the years.