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Song of Sovereign (Songs of Everealm #1)
 J.D. Wright
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 2016
Buy Links: Amazon

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Princess Sarita has everything. Loving parents, a castle fit for royalty, fine clothes, loyal friends, and an exciting job as a scholar of magic. At eighteen years of age, one might think that she would be content with her position. But one thing has always been missing from her life... full magic, itself.

When a strange old woman gave Sarita a secret spellbook as a child, her entire life was changed. The book contains spells, songs, and stories. But most of all, it provides a path to gaining full magic, the only thing that Sarita still needs to feel complete. And now, she has finally prepared to leave her home in search of the Stones of the Divine, the final ingredient she needs to gain magic.

Gabrielle has been known as the sister of a knight and best friend of the princess for as long as she can remember. Now an experienced healer's assistant, she is desperate to find her place and purpose in Junacave. An adventurous mission to help Sarita locate a mystical stone may be just the change in her life that she is looking for.

King Cassidy is still alone, but not for a lack of trying. His attempts to convince the Princess of Junacave to marry him over the past ten years have been for naught. And being twenty years old, with no heir, he is running out of time. If he can't win the heart of the princess, he may have to face a future without the love of his life.

Adventure, romance, and magic await as we travel through Everealm with royalty, wizards, fairies, and more, in the fantasy-romance Songs of Everealm, a five book series by J.D. Wright, author of the Everealm Series.

Note: Adult Content

Songs of Everealm Series is the second series set in the fantasy-filled Everealm. It begins 8 years after the conclusion of the first series, the Everealm Series. 

Song of Sparrows (Songs of Everealm #2)
Genre; Adult Fantasy
Release Date: July 2016
Buy Links: Amazon


The journey across Everealm to find the magical stones has not come without its challenges. After being plagued by unwanted guests, disagreements, and accidents, Princess Sarita is beginning to wonder if her dream of gaining magic is a fantasy that can't come true. 

Along the way, new friends and rekindled sparks between old flames have caused quite a stir within the group. As a new wizard joins the effort and gives the princess a reason to continue, the quest for the next stone ensues...

As the sun rises over the ridge, our story continues into the Song of Sparrows!

Adult content. Intended for mature audiences. 

(I received these books free from the author in exchange for my honest review)
My Rating★ x2
(This is a combined review)

This was a different read for me, mostly because I've been on a YA paranormal and manga kick. It's been a while were I've read something that was purely about magic, and gaining magic. I fell in love with this series from the start. 

Though I didn't read the Everealm series, I felt that I didn't need to, (but now I have to go back and read the Everealm series to get my fill of this magical world.) I wasn't confused, there wasn't anything that made me feel like I missed a part of the story or had me feeling lost, (and believe me I've accidentally read the second book in a series before, so I know all about feeling lost.)

This series was a magical world wind of adventure that sucked me in and didn't left go, and to tell the truth it still hasn't. I want to forever be apart of that world and I really wish there was a way I could go. But the real world seems to have gotten in the way. 

I loved the writing style and the flow, it was smooth easy on the eyes and wasn't what I call broken. Sometimes you get these books, that have wicket plots but the writing feels like it was piece together form a child's cross world. I was impressed and as I said, I will be reading more from this Author. 

I fell in love with all the characters, they weren't 2D, they grew, no it was more like they were alive on the pages. It hard to find books like that, but this one had it all 

In all I highly recommend this series, it's a beautiful magical world that will have you wanting to be written in. This is truly one of a kind!

Happy Reading

-E.A. Walsh

Song of Sovereign
(Book One of the Songs of Everealm Series)
Excerpt One
Cassidy smiled, walking toward her. He leaned against the table closest to her desk and studied her. She was so beautiful. He thought she looked a lot like her mother, but she had Rowan’s soft brown eyes. Her long and slightly curly hair was still blonde, though. It hadn’t turned auburn like Bree’s or brown like Rowan’s. It stayed blonde all through her childhood and to now. And it suited her other soft features. To most, the princess might appear delicate. He had angered her enough to know that she wasn’t. And she was just remarkable when she was angry.
Her gown was plainer than the ones he usually saw her wearing, but he rarely entered her space when she was working during his visits. He figured she would probably change into something more formal before supper. And she would be just as striking in an elaborate gown as she was in her riding clothes. Which reminded him…
“I wanted to know if you were up for finishing our race. I brought Stallion with me, this time. So think carefully before you accept. I would hate to make my princess cry when I leave her in my dust.”
Sarita narrowed her eyes at him, then stepped closer.
“I am not your princess and Stallion will never win against Dragonfly. My horse practically flies, hence the name.”
Cassidy snickered. “Does she fly like a dragon or like a fly? Because one doesn’t exist and the other is a giant nuisance.”
She smirked at him. Well played, Your Majesty. “Either one would be faster than your precious Stallion.”
“Is that so?”
“Yes. I think we both know that you will be the one in my dust. I hope you choke on it.”
“I love it when you wish harm to come to me.”
“Then you should be the happiest king in the realm because I wish harm on you almost every day.”
“Oh, I am insanely happy. Especially, right now.”
Sarita’s eyes widened. She suddenly realized just how close she had gotten to him. She wasn’t sure how long she had been standing there or when he had put his hands on her waist. Yet, looking down, almost her entire body was pressed against him. She quickly backed away and turned toward her desk.
“I will take that as your agreement to my challenge,” he said, turning to go.
She stared at him as he walked out of the room. When she was alone, again, she sank into her chair and dropped her head onto the desk. This was going to be a disaster. Sneaking away before the tournament was over would be nearly impossible. She wouldn’t get far before Cassidy would realize she was gone.

Excerpt Two
Finally, she saw it. The tower. It was tall and thin but widened at the top. The roof was pointy and the outside of the tower was weathered. Clearly, it was in need of serious upkeep having been abandoned for some twenty years, according to Leitis.
She took the vial of potion from a bag tied to her belt. Leitis had given her strict instructions to pour the potion onto the ground in front of the door. So she did. Then she saw a sparkling blue veil appear, covering the entire tower. It slowly began to melt away, disappearing into the ground. Smiling, she reached out to open the door.
“You don’t plan on going in there, do you?”
Sarita jumped when she heard his voice. She spun around and glared at Cassidy.
“What are you doing here?”
“I am currently wondering if you have lost your mind. You don’t know what is inside of that thing. There could be traps.”
“Leitis has been inside it, Cassidy. He is a wizard. If there were traps, he would have known.”
He wasn’t convinced but didn’t say anything else as he watched her open the door and walk inside. He sighed and entered behind her, climbing the winding and dirty stairs to the room at the top. Slowly, Sarita pushed the creaking door further open and stepped inside. It was dusty and smelled like old books. Sarita was thrilled.
Her smile faded when she heard the door close behind her.
“Please tell me that you didn’t close that door,” she said, without turning around. “Please tell me that you didn’t just lock us in here, Cassidy.”
“Uh…” He turned around and jiggled the door handle. “Oops.”

Writing has always been a hobby of mine, beginning as a young child. It was a way to cope with losing my father at seven years of age. I started with poetry and was featured several times on the amazing poetry blog, Autumn Leaves, by Sondra Ball. My love for poetry soon led to writing songs in middle school and beyond, which I still do occasionally. Music has always been an important part of my existence, so writing songs came naturally to me. In high school, I started my own novel, however, life got in the way and I never finished it.

Fast forward many years later and I find myself married with three children, absorbed in my busy life with commitments to my family, work, school, church, and charities, among other things. One day I came across my old binder, with notes from my first novel, and it was with those notes that I conjured up the elusive Everealm.

I write to please readers such as myself, who have a love for fantasy and romance, but like a little danger and sex in their reading. I wrote the book with a mature audience in mind, who can appreciate a hearty imaginary world with magic and the unknown, but want more than fluffy love stories with wizards in them. They want the romance, magic, and danger, all wrapped into one.

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