🌹 Reviews: Waking Up The Sun

Waking Up The Sun front loads a protagonist who has anxiety and has already learned ways to cope with it. It mentions magic almost right away too, but my favorite part of that is that a potion is considered magic instead of just having a spell go “cure” him. It’s a great bit of world building I wish more things had. Having a lead character who has to consider their racing thoughts and find medicine because that’s part of their basic needs is so a plot point, instead of a casual one off line. That’s amazing to see.

Around the 20% mark you see the consideration of being lost in the woods and having to wash your clothes. These are such small things that most writers just ignore because they think it will ruin— whatever. But these are the exact things that makes Waking Up The Sun real and something that feels new.

The only criticism I have of this was I thought the writing could be tighter. Sometimes I thought why is this being mentioned now, or at all. It may not be the best read for the sex repulsed for similar reasons but maybe this review can serve as your content warning.

With that said, this book is why I like to read from LGBTQ authors, generally found from small publishers. They have a number of important things that aren’t found elsewhere. Both men in the pairing are sweet. Awkward only in an realistic way instead of being an often sexist adorkable trope. I think my favorite thing is how much they check in with each other, ask if the other is okay.

[Learn more or buy your own copy here.]

Sachael Desires Soundtrack

Today I sadly have no puns for you. I do however have the soundtrack to Melody Winter’s Sachael Desires so that’s better anyways! And remember Sachael Desires is now available and you can still enter this huge giveaway!

SD2 SONG LIST

Even better than jamming out to some of these killer song choices is the why behind them.

Take That – Rule the World 
The overall theme for Sachael Desires. To me, this is all about how Azariah feel’s about Estelle. It also hints at what’s to come.

Nickleback – If Everyone Cared 
A great song for a moment a chapter that see’s Estelle struggling with other people’s reactions. She doesn’t always agree with the ways in which Sachaels live.

OMD – Our System
I love this song and it fits the moment when Estelle and Azariah prepare for the full moon submergence.

Ben Montague – Miracle 
The perfect song for the perfect moment between Azariah and Estelle.

Linkin Park – The Catalyst 
The Ultimate song about war and revenge. Here comes Orontes!

Evanescence – Secret Door 
When I listen to this I always imagine that I’m under water, traveling to a place that is hidden away from anyone who doesn’t know it exists.

Melanie C – Stupid Game 
Kaimi’s song. This is the song that makes me think of how Estelle would approach him.

Metric – Good Guns Girls 
Another fast and upbeat song which fits the moment when Estelle has more decisions to make.

Enya – Stars and Midnight Blue 
I always think of Enya when I write submergence scenes. The haunting and melodic tunes always transport me to the magic that surrounds Estelle on these nights.

30 Seconds to Mars – Stranger in a Strange Land 
A song that grinds along, threatening what you’re going to do with your enemy. Be careful Orontes!

Paramore – We are Broken
When the person you love is so damaged and broken, they break you as well. The ultimate song for broken hearts.

Bailey Tzuke – Strong 
Quite the reverse of the previous song. The lyrics to this are a wonderful fit for one of the final chapters of Sachael Desires. In the end, when you have a love that’s strong, nothing can break it.

*Disclaimer: This blog is not responsible for any songs getting stuck in your head

Sachael Desires Cover Reveal!

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About Sachael Desires 

During her ordeal with the Sect, Estelle Bailey dreamt of escaping back into the arms of the sea—and Azariah. But freedom came at a price, and though she’s back with the Sachael who’s stolen her heart, she’s also land-bound until the next full moon. And with the threat of Orontes looming ever larger behind them, Azariah, Estelle, and Michael—her once-captor turned rescuer and friend—are on the run.

Following Michael’s lead, they seek sanctuary amidst the natural beauty of the Orkney and Shetland Islands until Estelle can complete her next submergence ritual and Azariah can whisk her away to the safety of Saicean.
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Secrets, betrayals, and old enemies await them, though, and as events spiral out of control, Azariah makes a decision that puts all their lives at risk, forcing Estelle to face a journey she never wanted to take. With time running out and tempers running high, her only hope to save the man she loves lies in a reconciliation between two kingdoms who despise each other.
Book Two in the Mine Series, Sachael Desires further expands on the intricate underwater world of the Sachaels, and the hostility and isolation of not belonging.​ | Add to goodreads

About Melody Winter: 

Growing up, Melody Winter showed a natural ability in art, a head for maths, and a tendency to write far too long English essays. Difficult to place in the world when she graduated, she pursued a career in teaching, but eventually ended up working in Finance. Melody is convinced the methodical time she spends working with numbers fuels her desire to drift into dream worlds and write about the illusory characters in her head.

Melody Winter lives in North Yorkshire, England, with her husband and two sons. When not dealing with football, rugby, and a whole plethora of ‘boy’ activities, she will be found scribbling notes for her stories, or preparing for another trip to the beach. With an obsession for anything mythical, Melody revels in reading and writing about such creatures. In fact, if she wasn’t such a terrible swimmer, she’d say she was a mermaid.

Sachael Desires is her second book in the New Adult Romantic Fantasy series – the ‘Mine Series’.
Learn more about Melody Winter on her website, twitter or facebook.