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I'm on vacation! And so is the blog.

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-09-12

Like the title says, I'm on vacation. This one's long weekend to play all the roller derby! As such, I'll be away from my computer a bunch, so I'm putting the blog on vacation too. Regular posts will resume on Friday, September 20th.


*No, that isn't me in the gif above. Although, I have been known to do my best impersonation of this move when forced to wear the star and be the jammer.

Three magic academy books to try

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-09-09

Lately, I've been getting into magic academy books, which seems to be the latest hot new sub-genre within the larger fantasy space and especially within paranormal romance and urban fantasy. So, I thought I would share my three favorites with you!

A few quick disclaimers before we get into it. First off, I haven't dipped my toes into the whole reverse harem scene. I'm a "one true love" type of gal, so reverse harem hasn't struck my fancy. I'm not saying I'll never read it. It's just not high on my list. Secondly, I've only been reading the most popular titles so far. So, it is entirely possible that I'm late to the game with these picks. C'est la vie, I guess.

Oberon Academy Book One: The Orphan by Wendi Wilson

  • In a nutshell: Dark fairies have taken over the world to save the planet from climate change. But who can save humanity from the dark fairies? A young adult magic academy tale with sweet romance.
  • Series Name and Number of Books: Oberon Academy, 4 books (as of the date of this post)

Supernatural Academy: Year One by Jaymin Eve

  • In a nutshell: Twenty-two-year-old Maddison finds out she's a supernatural and is thrust into an academy with shifters, vampires, magic users, and the fey. But something's blocking her abilities and super-hot Asher wants to find out what. Recommended for 17+. More swearing and steamier than Oberon Academy.
  • Series Name and Number of Books: Supernatural Academy, 2 books (as of the date of this post)

Darkblood Academy: Book One: Half-Blood by G.K. DeRosa

  • In a nutshell: Half-human, half-witch Luna ends up at Darkblood Academy, thanks to her bio-dad pulling some strings (he's never been around). Now, she's supposed to join shifters, fae, witches, and vampires to save humanity from demons. Recommended for 16+ with steaminess increasing through the course of the series.
  • Series Name and Number of Books: Darkblood Academy, 3 books (as of the date of this post)

Looking for more book recommendations? Check out the latest recommendations from my readers.

Freebie Friday

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-09-06

This week, I've got free urban fantasy book about a werewolf academy, an expiring giveaway filled with free teen and young adult books, and a variety of other giveaways featuring free fantasy reads and more!

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Off to play roller derby!

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-09-02

First off, happy Labor Day to those of you in the US!

And now on to today's goods. If you've been following me for a while, you know that my passions are reading, writing, and roller derby (exact order changes daily if not by the minute :p). Well, my team, the Ann Arbor Brawlstars is headed to international roller derby playoffs. Out of more than 300 ranked teams in the world, we're #25!

To celebrate this season and going to playoffs, one of my teammates made this sweet hype video. I'm #48 in white and the one doing a split jerk in it. :)

Pssst...want to help us get to Seattle? Or just want a cool shirt or sticker? Go to to get your limited-edition shirt or sticker today!

Freebie Friday

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-30

This week, I've got three expiring giveaways chock-full of free paranormal romance, science fiction, fantasy, horrors, and thrillers! Check out a couple of giveaways featuring free teen and young adult books too.

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September 2019 goals

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-26

It's the end of the month, which means it's goals time! This month, we're a little early due to the upcoming labor day holiday here in the US. Because of that, I might project what I think will get done this week here and there.

As usual, I'll update the progress on August's goals, then set new goals for September.

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Freebie Friday

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-23

This week, I've got an email list you can join to be the first to know about free books and a variety of giveaways featuring heroes, heroines, and thrilling sci-fi and fantasy books!

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Recommendations from The Troupe

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-19

One thing I'm always looking for is my next really-great, can't-put-it-down-for-a-second, oops-I-forgot-to-eat book. After all, that's one thing we share: a love of books and stories.

However, I'm not the fastest reader by any stretch of the imagination, so I can't always get through all the book recommendations I receive (and certainly not in a timely manner). So, I periodically gather them all together, then pass them on to you! You may—okay, probably—read more books than I do.

Without further ado, here are ten books Troupe members have recommended to me over the past several months.

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Freebie Friday

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-16

This week, I've got a free young adult dystopian book filled with headstrong heroines and incredible monsters and a variety of giveaways featuring heroes, heroines, and thrilling sci-fi and fantasy books!

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Vacation-in-the-UP pics!

written by Betsy Flak on 2019-08-12

Just like that, I'm back from my vacation to the upper peninsula of Michigan. It was beee-yoot-iful up there. The weather was gorgeous the vast majority of the time with temperatures in the low 80s and high 70s (Fahrenheit). With only a couple of stormy evenings, it was pretty much ideal.

So, we were able to do all the things!

We hiked a bunch, including one day with a trail that was marked as "moderate" at the bottom and "difficult" at the top and another day of almost 10 miles and 25,000+ steps according to my phone. (Keep in mind I've only done a couple of hikes before this trip. Ever.)

We kayaked around Pictured Rocks (the pictures in the link below honestly don't do it justice).

We wandered around Mackinac Island to see all the things (and the horses!). We biked around the outside of the island too—which included me re-learning how to ride a bike since it's been about five years.

We watched ships go through the locks at Sault Ste. Marie.

And we even got some relaxing in! In between delicious meals, I finished Unnecessary Magic, then read all of Louisiana Bigshot (a mystery, a genre I rarely read), and then started in on Empire of Storms, the fifth book of the Throne of Glass series.

All in all, it was a great vacation. :)

Check out my favorite pics (out of over 500, lol) here or below.