Cover Reveal & REVIEW: To Discover A Divine(Rise Of The Stria Book 1) By Tessa McFionn

to discover a divine
Fiery Seas Publishing
March 20, 2018
Sci-Fi Romance

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, freedom-fighting leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship controlled by the Rimmarian Thrall, he only expected to rescue two of his crew. But when he discovers a terrified female during his escape, he is immediately captivated by her unique beauty and makes a snap decision to take her with him. However, his good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize.

Down to her last dollar, Evainne Wagner expected nothing out of the ordinary when she stepped out of her Boston apartment. Instead, she found herself in the middle of an intergalactic firefight, complete with strange soldiers with deadly weapons pointed directly at her. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

Safely on board his ship, he learns more about her and her rare skills, triggering the memory of a half-forgotten prophecy spoken at the time of his cursed birth. Outcast because of a cruel twist of fate, he finds unexpected acceptance, even affection, from his new passenger.

Could she be the one who holds the future of his people, as well as his own heart, in her tender hands?

*Note: Thank you to Fiery Seas Publishing for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (posted below).*

I gave To Discover A Divine (Rise of the Stria Book 1) a very sound 4 out of 5 stars in the SciFi Romance genre. 

In what was supposed to be the straight forward prison break of his crew members , Kahlym’s plans quickly go sideways. Caught in the middle of all the melee is a civilian (gorgeous no less). In an unexpected gutsy move she saves his life- meaning that for royal outcast Kahlyn, this beauty now holds his blood debt. 

Things aren’t exactly hunky dory for the civilian Evainne Wagner. The shit hit the fan big time! She literally walks out of her mundane life right into a dream or perhaps it’s a nightmare? Yikes! Thrust into an alien world, she struggles to find answers but don’t be mistaken, Evainne is no damsel in distress. 

Flames of passion are blazing between Kahlyn and his ziat’xahn” (little one) but his foul-mouthed, sassy guest is so much more than he could have imagined. Evainne, his Earthly civilian romance is also a Divine Healer and the key to his destiny.  

To Discover A Divine is intergalactic magic. It is fun, engaging and filled with action right from the very beginning.  Author Tessa McFionn provides an exquisitely detailed alien world and allows us to be awed along with Evainne. I have a deep appreciation for the headstrong, saucy spunk that Evainne’s character unapologetically brings to the story.

This an action packed sci-fi adventure with an abundance of hot under the collar romance. It will get you invested in Kahlyn, Evainne and their crew, and leave you positively ravenous for the next installment in the series! 



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About the Author:

Tessa McFionn is a very native Californian and has called Southern California home for most of her life, growing up in San Diego and attending college in Northern California and Orange County, only to return to San Diego to work as a teacher. Insatiably curious and imaginative, she loves to learn and discover, making her wicked knowledge of trivial facts an unwelcomed guest at many Trivial Pursuit boards.

When not writing, she can be found at the movies or at Disneyland with her husband, as well as family, friends or anyone who wants to play at the Happiest Place on Earth. She also finds her artistic soul fed through her passions for theatre, dance and music.

A proud parent of far too many high school seniors and two still living house plants, she also enjoys hockey, reading and playing Words With Friends to keep her vocabulary sharp. She is currently the treasurer of the San Diego chapter of Romance Writers of America and loves spending time working with such amazingly intelligent and creative writers.

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Review: The Seven by Courtney Praski

After the nuclear apocalypse of 2100, now referred to as the Great Fire, Oloris—the last habitable land in the world has become mankind’s last chance at survival. This topographical phenomenon is home to seven vastly different climates—a freezing tundra in the north, a dark murky swamp in the west, a vast mountain range in the south, a subtropical sand filled beach in the east, and at its center lays a sweltering desert, gentle rolling plains, and a bioluminescent tree filled forest. Once home to only a few hundred survivors of the Great Fire, Oloris is now entering its eight-hundredth year and is home to over a million citizens.

Separated into seven nations, and ruled by seven very different factions, the land is monitored by a group of magically enhanced individuals called the Seven. Through the time-honored tradition of passing their mantle to a younger counterpart from their home nation every thirty years, the Seven have ensured Oloris’s peace for nearly half a millennia—until now. A power-hungry queen in the north will stop at nothing until all of Oloris is hers to rule. She is gathering her forces, making allies and planning the Seven’s demise. Her thirst for power couldn’t have come at a worse time. The current Seven have reached the end of their service and must choose their successors. Now, the sanctity of Oloris will be entrusted to a group of individuals who most perceive as children—not warriors.

A blind orphan, a rich highborn, a slave, a gentle hunter, an enlightened blacksmith, a warrior, and a queen long thought dead—are thrust into a world of magic, power, and deception. Enemies are lurking in the shadows, allies are rallying their forces, and nations are struggling to choose sides in the coming war. Carefully navigating Oloris’s politically charged climate, these young protectors must learn not only their place in the world but how to save their world as they know it.

Published: January 17, 2018

Rating: 3 1/2 ( out of 5)

Recommended for: Young Adults, Fiction readers, Fantasy Fiction readers


I was lucky to have caught The Seven on sale on Amazon. Touted as a dystopian young adult novel, it provided a wonderful mix to my February reading material.

Determination, several cups of tea (and too many scones) and attempt number three finally lead me through the first few chapters of the book. Needless to say, I struggled with powering through the slow start. Once the story is set up, author Courtney Praski actually did a stellar job of building a fantasy world with impressive detail. The characters are likeable and are written with a depth that invited me to become invested in their journey.

Ever preparing for the war, the action seemed to be forever on the horizon. Cue wavering attention. There was a constant build up with few minor battles and the climactic, exciting fight scenes don’t present themselves until the very end of the book. As well written as The Seven was, I would have liked to see more action throughout the book.

The Seven is not a stand alone book. The author has displayed such a wealth of talent in building a fantasy world, characters that have dimension and wonderful writing. My issue with the book is that it was used solely as a buildup for the next book in the series, and missed the action that was needed to really keep me interested  from stopping to do laundry.

All being said, the end of The Seven leaves me wondering where the next book in this series will go. I will be willing to read that installment, and would recommend you go in with the expectation that you are preparing for the next book.

Happy reading Sparklers !