Reaper of Souls

Today, February 16th is Release Day for Rena Barron’s Sequel to Kingdom of Souls.

Power is a gift—and a curse.

In this explosive sequel to Kingdom of Souls, Arrah has the one thing she’s always wanted—at a terrible price.

The above snippet is from http://kingdomofsoulsbook.com

You can also take a Character Quiz to find out which character you would be from the series.

I got The Demon King who I just had to cosplay in the freezing snow.

The Demon King
Determined and unrelenting, the Demon King gets a bad rap because of his insatiable thirst for souls. But there’s more to him than that. He is deeply loyal, protective of his people, and believes that the end justifies the means. He can be vengeful and petty at times but only if he’s pushed to extreme measures. Most of all, he values love, peace, and rest.

I recommend buying this book if you haven’t gotten it already.

Trust No Witch

I’m not sure how many read my interview with Obsidian Moon Crate.

They are a new book box that had their debut box release in December, Winter Solstice Blessings.

Well on January 1, 2021, they announced their first Special Edition (SE) box! It will be the debut fantasy, Witches Steeped in Gold by Ciannon Smart.

Image from Obsidian Moon Crate IG
Graphic by AleyasWorld

Obsidian Moon Crate (OMC) is working in direct collaboration with Ciannon which means that she gave her approval and insight on every item that will be featured in the box. Not only that, but each item, including spoiler art has been curated with POC/BIPOC shops or artists.

Oh did I forget to tell you?

Witches Steeped in Gold is about Black (emphasis on the”B”) witches and Ciannon is a Black author. It’s about time I get some melanated witches (I haven’t forgotten Bonnie Bennet from TVD tv show or Prudence Blackwood from CAOS or Marie Laveau). I’m just saying we need more, a whole world more.

This is the stunning US cover .
My recreation of the cover

Am I getting the book just because it’s Pro-Black? No, I am getting it because the vibe from the cover to the synopsis and the little hints we get from the author is AMAZING!

Synopsis:

This Jamaican-inspired fantasy debut about two enemy witches who must enter into a deadly alliance to take down a common enemy has the twisted cat-and-mouse of Killing Eve with the richly imagined fantasy world of Furyborn and Ember in the Ashes.

Divided by their order. United by their vengeance.

Iraya has spent her life in a cell, but every day brings her closer to freedom—and vengeance. 

Jazmyne is the Queen’s daughter, but unlike her sister before her, she has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power.

Sworn enemies, these two witches enter a precarious alliance to take down a mutual threat. But power is intoxicating, revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain—except the lengths they will go to win this game.

Just look at this review,

“A bloody and deadly delight, Witches Steeped In Gold puts power into the hands of Black girls — the true, beating heart of magic!” — Dhonielle Clayton, New York Times bestselling author of The Belles series

Cosplaying as Jazmyne from WSIG
Cosplaying as Ira from WSIG

The box will be priced at $55.99 USD before shipping/taxes. It will ship as close to the release date as possible. Which means late April or early May.

There will be a presale on January 23rd for all OMC members who bought the debut box and/or are on the waitlist.

General Sale (public) will be January 30th at 6PM EST .

New Year, New What?

How many times do we say, “It’s a New Year, a new me” ? How many times do we make a resolution only to give up by Spring?

I told myself that I wouldn’t cry. I told myself that I would focus on me. I knew I was lying to myself.

After so many years of building a wall and not letting people see how broken I am, it’s failed. Now I have so many people who care and with one look, I just break down. I care too much sometimes, so I can’t just focus on me. Or maybe I’m so scared I’m afraid that if I focus on myself, I’ll realize just how unimportant I am.

This is in no way written to make people feel sorry. It’s simply a way for me to write out my feelings because only a few people look at my blog anyways. What harm does it do, just being unapologetically real?

New Year’s Day. The day many people nurse a hangover. The day that is supposed to be about starting fresh.

How can I start fresh, when its also the day I was born?

Yup, I’m a New Year’s Day baby.

An unwanted one.

I come from a dysfunctional upbringing. I’m a foster kid…no, I used to be a foster kid. It’s funny that even all these years later how some labels stick. How words have a way of attaching themself and we let them define us.

Twenty-nine years ago, a surprise was born to an unwed teenage mother. A surprise with tawny skin, a contrast to the woman of beige complexion who birthed her. From the moment she could comprehend words, she knew what she was Unwanted, Different, and a lot of times Unloved.

The greatest sin was me being born Black into a racist home ruled by an unhappy woman who I happened to be related to. Just because we share blood, does not make us family.

An innocent child who is hated because of who her father is. A child who is told over and over again that being Black is a bad thing. A child that is told over and over again they shouldn’t have been born. A child told over and over again by those closest related that they don’t like you because you are Black.

Does it matter that the “family” you are born into are mixed Native American and Hispanic/Latinx?

Does it matter that growing up you knew you were Black, but not what it actually meant?

Does it matter that as much of the traditional Native American/Indigenious you grew up learning, you still didn’t feel welcome?

I was too Black for the Native/Hispanic side, but I was also too Native/Hispanic when I tried hanging out with the few Black kids in the neighborhood.

I don’t know my Black side, my father’s identity remains a mystery to me.

What I do know is that despite the harsh labels and hurtful words I’ve grown up with. 2021 will be the year that I won’t be fearful of who I am.

I am Black. I am Indigenious. I am Latinx. I am Me.

I am anxiety. I am depression. I am insecurity. I am stubborn. I am broken. I am me.

So this isn’t New Year, New Me.

It’s New Year, Unapologetically Me!

It’s ok not to be ok

It’s been way too long since I posted on here. Honestly it’s easier just to post a quick picture on IG than to write a complete blog post here.

I have been severely depressed the last few weeks, but you wouldn’t be able to tell it from pictures I post. Plus filters also make things 1000 times better.

I have low self esteem. I second guess everything I do. I don’t want to be a burden to anyone. I keep a lot of how I’m feeling bottled up. I’ve been betrayed in the past and I don’t want to be vulnerable.

The holidays around this time honestly suck for me. I put on a cheery attitude and try to make it perfect for my kids. I want them to have fun and sentimental memories of this time.

Yes, there are days I lose my shit. It’s hard to constantly fake happiness when inside all you feel like doing is crying. Days where I know I need to be productive but I just don’t have the right mentality to follow through.

I want to cut off all my hair, but I like being able to do various styles to it. I want to lose weight, but I want comfort food. I want to be vulnerable, but I don’t want to hurt again. I want to just sleep, but my mind won’t stop racing.

My daily struggle is my own mind. To give in to the depression or to keep fighting through it.

I had a two hour long anxiety attack. I could not stop shaking. You wouldn’t be able to tell from the pictures I took that it was a battle just to finish.

Yes, I take medication, I have a therapist, I have some people to talk to. But that’s the thing, I don’t want to rely on others. As much as I appreciate those who offer support, I don’t want to burden them.

I’m not ok, but that’s ok. Because I’m still here. That’s what counts.

Something Else, Really?

Earrings from Indigenous Intentions (they can be found on IG and Etsy)

In light of CNN and them labeling the Indigenous community as Something Else, I thought it was appropriate to wear my ‘LANDBACK’ earrings from @indigeniousintentions.

My thoughts:

Are we that much of a threat?

You come onto our land,

Change our way of life

Kill so many of us

Take our children

And still we survive.

You call us

Savage

Ungodly

Injun

And now Something Else

We are

Resilient

Spiritual

Indigenous

And more than You

Why do you try so hard to erase us from history?

Fear because we refuse to go silently

Fear because we refuse to go away

Fear because we refuse your ways

The last straw w/ OwlCrate

I have been a subscriber of a book box, OwlCrate for two years. 2018-2019 I usually quite enjoyed the boxes they curated. However September 2019- Now, the boxes have been hit or miss. Quality of items has gone down and also lack of BIPOC books/shops chosen.

This month’s box was the final straw. I filmed an unboxing that I posted to YouTube.

If you click the YouTube icon below, it will take you directly to the video.

Thank you for taking the time to watch it. If you want to share it, I would truly appreciate it.

Indigenous People’s Day

I am a proud member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.

I choose to highlight these books/graphic novel by Native American/Indigenous Authors/illustrators.

Kagagi: The Raven by Jay Odjick & Patrick Tenascon

The Brave by James Bird

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Today is Indigenous People’s Day in the U.S.

It used to be called Columbus Day, or is still called that by people.

However why should we celebrate a man who got lost on his way to a different destination.

A man who set into motion the genocide of a nation of people and the forced assimilation for generations to follow.

Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when the elders on my maternal side would still recount their siblings being taken to boarding schools to kill the Native within.

Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when Natives/Indigenous are still being treated as less than.

Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when so many tribes have been forgotten.

Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when our beliefs are still mocked.

Don’t tell me it’s in the past, when you know nothing of the pain.

September book haul

Hocus Pocus headband from Fablebands.
Pink Batillac Sunglasses from MissToshCollection.
Sugar, Sugar Tee from Flyrhopa.

Fall is my favorite time of the year. September and October equal two months of Halloween and fall vibes for me.

I got most of these books because the preorder incentives were pretty or the edition of the book was pretty.

Bruja Born, Labyrinth Lost, & Wayward Witch by Zoraida Cordova are part of her Brooklyn Brujas series. I ordered them because the preorder art print was absolutely beautiful, they are all signed and duh, BRUJAS!

The Hunter and the Mage is book 2 of a series by Kaitlyn Davis that I have yet to read but the preorder art prints were too pretty to pass up.

I had already ordered Cemetary Boys by Aiden Thomas from Illumicrate, but after a friend showed me the cover of the Barnes&Noble version, I couldn’t pass on another copy. The preorder is also amazing as well and again Brujería.

Horrid by Katrina Leno is actually part of my book subscription box with Owlcrate.

Vampires Never get Old is an anthology of vampire stories by a diverse group of authors. I ordered it to support several #OwnVoices and the preorder incentive interested me. Three tarot cards based on the characters in the book.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson I got because the author is BIPOC and the book has BIPOC witches. Definitely interested!

Legendborn by Tracey Deon is a new version of a modern King Arthur retelling with BIPOC characters and written by BIPOC author. The cover is absolutely stunning.

Last, but not least Greythorne by Crystal Smith is book 3 in a series I have yet to read. I honestly bought this because I wanted the cameo that came if you preordered. I have a problem I’m aware. Lol

Inside Obsidian Moon Crate

Obsidian Moon Crate is a new Book Box Company, whose first box will debut December 2020. It was announced earlier this week that the sale date for the box will be November 7th at 0930 EST, so that international buyers have an opportunity to purchase.

I personally am super excited for it, as I know many others are as well.

Taylor Nelson or most known as _the_literary_witch_ on IG is the owner behind Obsidian Moon Crate (OMC).

Here is a Q&A, that Taylor was gracious enough to participate in.


Q: When did this idea first come about?

A: I had been think about it for a little over a year, but there was another book box very similar so I didn’t want to step on any toes by starting this one. But, that book box seems to have stopped responding and selling boxes. So, I jumped on the chance to start this one as soon as I realized that spot in the book box world had been left empty.
Q: How do you differ from other book boxes?


A: Hmm, besides the fact that Obsidian Moon Crate is the only witchy, dark box that I’ve seen.. I’d say my commitment to 100% transparency and honesty. As well as, my dedication to include LGBTQIA+ and POC/BIPOC authors/shops as much as possible, and NOT just when it’s trending.
Q: What books (genres) will you include?


A: Fantasy, Hi-fantasy, grimdark, maybeeeee a thriller or horror book here and there. But, mainly fantasy and Grimdark. Anything with a darker feel.
Q: What types of items people can expect, info about her, her favorite books, stuff like that? (Question from @ darjeeling_and_jade )


A: Awesome ones! Lol!
Definitely useful items. Obviously, candles, crystals, and other witchy things. But I’ll also include some other crafts from around the world as well, like voodoo, hoodoo, and others.

Maybe some wax/oil burners, book sleeves, enamel pins, metal bookmarks, magnetic book marks, definitely mugs and other drink ware, blankets, consumables like tea/coffee/hot chocolate.. Honestly I’m open to any and all suggestions for items. My main priority is including high quality items that YOU actually want.

Let’s see.. info about me.
I’m from Georgia, USA.
I’m 28, married with two monsters masquerading as little boys.

I love books with complex villains. I’d rather an anti-hero than your typical, lovable MC.

My favorite book series are; All for the Game by Nora Sakavic, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, and Shades of Magic by VE Schwab.
Q: What won’t you ever include in boxes?

A: Harry Potter items, licensed or not. I do not ever want to encourage anyone to give that TERF money, and I feel like I would be if I allowed any of the items in my boxes. I’ll also never include books/items from any racist, anti-BLM, homophobic, or transphobic authors/shops.
Q: What do you hope OMC will give to the community and why did you want to start it? (Question from @bookworm_panda)

A: Honestly, my main goal is to provide a spot for those of us that have been overlooked by the bigger boxes.

I wanted to create a box for the POC/BIPOC/LGBTQIA+ readers that the rest of the book community seems to have forgotten.

I wanted a box for those of us who like the darker aspects of life.

Not every book needs to be fluffy and feel good, with a straight, white Mary Sue MC. Not all the items need to be cutesy and prissy.
(NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THOSE THINGS!!) but, personally 🤷🏻‍♀️, give me gay love, POC/BIPOC MC’s, skulls and bones, real tarot cards, and crystals, Spell candles and protection bags.. herbs, flowers, and salts, and other usable items.. ya know, the good stuff.

I have been in the works to open a non-for-profit rec-center/bookstore/safe space for LGBTQIA+, POC/BIPOC and Foster teens in the Metro-Atlanta area, but with Covid it has been put on hold indefinitely. So, I thought I would take that dream of mine and turn that towards a book box.
Q: When will boxes typically go on sale?

A: The first week of the month before shipping. So, my 2021 boxes are planned for March, June, September and December. Which means they will go on sale the first week in February, May, August, and November respectively.
Q: Any plans for subscriptions?

A: Yes, but initially, no. I want to build a strong foundation of trust with my customers before I offer subs. So, hopefully, if everything goes smoothly, starting late 2021 or early 2022 I will start to offer subscriptions.

If this box sounds like something you’re interested, then I suggest you check out their website https://www.obsidianmooncrate.com . You can find them on Facebook, Obsidian Moon Crate. As well as on Instagram.

Instagram Photo Challenge

Graphic by @ pagebound.reader

🎃 October Photo challenge and giveaway🎃

Get your witch hats on and your broomsticks out! It’s time for the best month of the year – October! My friends and I are so excited to share with you a fun spooky photo challenge! All the prompts revolve around our favorite spooky themes and fandoms.

🎃 How to Participate 🎃

We’d LOVE to see people participating in our photo challenge! You can participate in as many or as few days as possible and interpret each prompt as you would like to. Each day that you post a photo of how you interpret the prompt, you will earn one entry into the giveaway. Jut make sure that you use our hashtag – #OctoberCovenGoals – so we can see your image!

EDIT- For the sake of the LGBTQIA+ Community, we kindly ask you to refrain from using any Harry Potter books/merchandise for our challenge. We will remove you from the challenge if need be.

🎃 The Prize 🎃

One winner will be randomly drawn to win a $20 gift card to Amazon! This is open internationally as long as you can receive amazon gift cards. No purchase necessary, and this giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram or Amazon in any way. Must be 18+ to win.

🎃 Extra Bonus Entries! 🎃

To earn extra entires, simply follow all of the challenge hosts! One extra entry for each account that you follow! (And no following to unfollow, please. It’s rude and will disqualify you from future giveaways from us!)

@_the_literary_witch_

@bookedbyheather

@bookishbitchywitchy

@bookish_inf

@bookshelf.rebel

@bookworm_panda

@darjeeling_and_jade

@firestorm_of_books

@gingerly_reading

@kathreadsya

@lea.pearl.reads

@odette.lit

@pagebound.reader

@reading_with_abby

@riddikulusreads

@theink.slinger

We can’t wait to see what you post!