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Author Interview: Kathryn Lee Martin

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Sixteen-year-old Rags is the most feared Rustler in the world, and for good reason. When she’s not raiding the post-Yellowstone Kingdom’s established settlements for supplies to keep her frontier, Rondo, alive another day, she’s fending off witch hunt-happy villagers who want her rare blue eyes in an unmarked grave.

But when the Kingdom strikes back, kills Rags’s best friend, and sends its second-in-command to destroy Rondo in four days, Rags must make a choice: seek revenge, or save her loved ones who are trapped in a town bound for slaughter broadcast Kingdom-wide. With little more than a stolen dream to guide her, and a growing attraction to a sly Kingdom informant, Rags is about to give the Kingdom four days it’ll never forget—if the bounty on her head doesn’t get her killed first.

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It’s the one place no rustler ever wants to end up.

Having survived Rondo’s destruction, sixteen-year-old Rags has been taken captive by the Kingdom and sentenced to ‘rehabilitation’ at the Kingdom’s Threshing Floor, a notorious prison camp for hardened criminals. Those who refuse to serve the Kingdom go in…no one comes out.

Faced with this nightmarish reality, Rags is forced to use everything she knows as a rustler to survive against starvation, a cruel ward master, and torture at the hands of the Kingdom’s ruler, Hyperion. Given only two options—death, or conformation to the Kingdom’s ways—she’s forced to play the Kingdom’s twisted game.

With the help of the Kingdom’s second-in-command, Henrick Oreson, and its charismatic luresman, Colton Caelan Fieldson, Rags must find a way to play a convincingly false role she was never meant to play and show the Kingdom she can be ‘rehabilitated’ to its standards. But with the deciding evaluation rigged in the Kingdom’s favor, failure is imminent…unless she can find a way to turn lies into truth and achieve the impossible: actually, escape the Threshing Floor.

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Author Interview:

What gave you the idea to write The Bone Roses?

I’ve always been a fan of futuristic “what if” stories which led to my love of wanting to write one of my own. I tend to favor underdogs and rebels in most of my works and wanted to put myself in the shoes of a young outlaw who might be struggling in a grim future where the law has gotten out of hand to the point where every day is a test of survival. I also have a love affair with the Yellowstone supervolcano, which lead me to base the story on the “what if” aftermath of such an eruption should one ever take place. I grew up with fantasy stories and in a small town and have always loved westerns so I decided to combine elements of them to create a dark world reflective of that. What I ended up with was The Bone Roses.

Who is your favorite character in The Bone Roses?

Even though I adore writing the stories from Rags’s perspective and I have so many favorites in the story, if I have to pick one, it would have to be Henny. Henny is such a versatile character to write and he’s got a lot of secrets to explore. He has two sides to him, the soldier capable of commanding the Kingdom Corps, and a much softer, rarely seen human side to him. He has a lot of personality for a young man who plays a mostly villain role in The Bone Roses, but as the series unfolds, you see a different side to his motives for being the way he is. He’s also just fun to write, especially his interactions with Rags and Colton.

Did you always know The Bone Roses would be a series?

No. Originally The Bone Roses was supposed to be a stand-alone story with a very different ending than the one it currently has. As I sat down to actually write it though, things just sort of got out of hand and the characters wouldn’t cooperate so it sort of took on a life of its own and became a series. In a way I’m glad that it worked out that way as I adore these characters, but it was unexpected at the time.

Do you outline before you write or just go for it?

A little bit of both actually. I’ll start with a reasonably long, fairly detailed outline, but that usually ends up getting away from me because of my characters doing what they want to do in the story. I do keep an outline of the entire series overview to stick to as much as possible so I know where I am at any given point and how to get to the next arc in the story, giving it some structure, but when it comes to each individual book, it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to happen since some parts I just go for and they work.

Garden of Ashes, the sequel to The Bone Roses is about to release, do you have a favorite between the two?

Between the two of them, I prefer Garden of Ashes. Not that The Bone Roses isn’t a good book, because it is in its own right, but when it comes to character development, a few key characters take the spotlight in Garden of Ashes and we get a more in-depth view into their personal lives. Henny and Colton are good examples of this and the stakes are considerably higher in Garden of Ashes than they were in The Bone Roses. It changes the perspective of how Rags views them from how they were portrayed in The Bone Roses. We also see Rags mature quite a bit in Garden of Ashes.

Do you have any other hobbies besides writing?

I have a few. I tend a small hobby farm with a goat, donkey, border collie, and four cats. I also enjoy gardening, especially with my rose bushes. When I’m not doing that, on my limited free time, I can be found playing video games.

What’s your favorite color?

I have quite a few favorite colors (lavender purple, sage green, cyan blue, and silver) but if I have to pick one, I love the color cyan blue. It’s just one of those cool colors that I’ve always liked.

What other upcoming books do you have planned?

There are two more books in the Snow Spark Saga planned. They are Stars Over Zephyr and Count the Rain. I also have another super-secret, special project I’m ultra-excited about and have been working on called Phirestag. It’s a higher level of steampunk fantasy and the first in a series known as the TimeFeather Chronicles that I’m hoping to share with the world relatively soon. Beyond that, there are a few other projects in the works, but right now my focus is on the Snow Spark Saga and TimeFeather Chronicles.

If you could re-read one book forever, which one would it be?

Quite honestly, this was a tough one because I haven’t really found that one special book yet that I’d want to re-read forever. One of these days I’ll find it but for now, I’m just enjoying the wide variety of amazing works that many amazing writers are putting out there into the world.

What advice do you have for other writers?

Practice your craft as much as you can and don’t let the bad parts about it discourage you from writing. It’s tough out there in the publishing world and not everyone is going to like your work, accept it, want to read it, etc. Many people will love it of course, so don’t think it’s all doom and gloom because it isn’t but writing is not for the faint of heart. You will have days where you feel like giving up, aren’t good enough, and so on. Just remember during those times that you’re writing, you’re creating something amazing, and it’s all being done by you. Enjoy the journey. Learn to dance with the words you’re writing. Embrace your craft and realize that no matter what, you’re a writer and one way or another, you’re going to make it. You have something only you can write to share with the world and that makes it all the more special.

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Author Bio:

Kathryn Lee Martin, known as ‘Ryn’ by friends and colleagues, spends her days saddling up the literary horse and hitting the “what if” trails on a quest to tell the outlaws’ and underdogs’ stories. Not one to shy away from the darker side of stories for the older young adult audience, her works often explore impossible odds and dire futures, falling into a fusion of post-apocalyptic science fiction meets the gritty lawlessness of the old west with a dash of fantasy and steampunk. Putting her unfortunate characters in situations where faith and fighting often go hand in hand, she’s not afraid to make things difficult for them and when she’s not corrupting society on paper, she’s usually leading the rebellion to save it.

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Website: https://www.rynleewrites.com/

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Stolen: Cover Reveal + Author Interview with Marlena Frank

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About Stolen:

It’s difficult taking care of a delusional father by yourself. Sixteen-year-old Shaleigh Mallet would rather explore and photograph dilapidated buildings than cater to her father’s dark episodes. But when she’s kidnapped by a creature who carries her atop a flying bicycle into another world, she realizes this wasn’t the escape she wanted.

In a kingdom known as the Garden, where minotaurs pull carriages and parties are held in hot air balloons, Madam Cloom and her faerie servant, Teagan, rule over the land with incredible but terrifying magic. Shaleigh must prove that she is the reincarnation of a long-dead ruler, not because she believes it, but because it’s her only chance to survive. With the help of a trespassing faerie, a stoatling, and a living statue, Shaleigh hopes to outwit everyone. She aims to break the bonds of servitude and finally make her way home. What she doesn’t realize, however, is that she’s playing right into the hands of a far worse enemy…

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About The She-Wolf of Kanta:

“A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.”

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

Intro for The She-Wolf of Kanta:

The crickets were deafening as moonlight streamed down through the branches. Mercy’s pulse rang in her ears and her entire body was tense. Her left calf kept cramping up, but she ignored it. A moment’s delay when the beast showed its face could mean a gory death. She couldn’t fail tonight, not after months of practice. Behind her she knew Father was watching, and she wondered if he felt as nervous. The forest was deceptively peaceful, but Father said they were close, and that if she remembered her training, she could hear them, too.

She got into position in the middle of the clearing with her foot poised above the pedal switch. She tried to calm her mind and focus. The clamor of crickets surrounded them, but that was merely wrapping the noises beneath. She tried to listen closer. She heard an owl in a tree, her father’s raspy breaths, and the heavy, padding paws of the beast stalking her. Her mouth was dry and her body began to tremble. Father had said she would panic, that it was a normal reaction to facing one in the wild for the first time. That was the deciding moment, he had said. She needed to keep control of herself, but that was so much easier when she knew they weren’t near, when she knew it was safe.

Then she saw it. Through a thick patch of bushes, a pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked on to hers. Mercy froze. It was said when you looked into a werewolf’s eyes, you felt how easy it would be to become its prey. Facing one required both a strong mind and a strong body. It was as much a mind game as a physical one, and never had Mercy felt so small and insignificant. She had a very sensible and primal urge to run away. There was no way to prepare for that moment, Father had told her. That was the gamble of going trapping to begin with, whether or not you would be able to contain the urge to flee. She felt her legs shake but forced herself to stay rooted to the spot. If she ran, both she and her father could be torn apart.

When the werewolf lunged forward, the only thing Mercy could think of was how big it was.

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Author Interview:

How did you come up with the idea for She-Wolf of Kanta?

So people are usually surprised that research into the history of slavery led to the creation of Mercy’s story. In the novella, I focus on werewolves not only as monsters, but as metaphors for human trafficking. I thought of a city that depended on werewolves in order to survive, and the limping city of Kanta was born.

What did you love the best about the main character in She-Wolf of Kanta?

I love Mercy’s fearlessness. She has hurdle after hurdle thrown at her, and yet she refuses to give up. So many times in her story it would be easier just to stop fighting, but she doesn’t. She’s both inspiring and at times a little terrifying in her determination, and I love her for it.

Do you outline before writing or just go with it?

I try to outline at least the first few chapters before I hop in to start writing. That way if I struggle trying to get the storyline to start, I can fall back on the outline to remember my direction. Usually I already have in mind what beats I need to hit throughout the novel. I know where the characters need to go, but not always how to get them there. Toward the end of the book, I may go back to outline the ending as well, especially if it is a complex ending.

What made you decide to want to be a writer?

I was an avid reader as a kid. Once I got done with classwork, books were my reward, and I devoured so many of them. My passion for writing went in and out over the years, and then I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time in 2010. It gave me such a confidence boost to finish the first draft of an original novel that I decided to try writing short stories. Now I’m writing novels on a regular basis.

You have a new book coming out next year titled, Stolen. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Stolen is my debut novel that is coming January 22nd from The Parliament House. It’s about Shaleigh, a young, black urban explorer who prefers to investigate and photograph abandoned buildings instead of dealing with her delusional father. It tackles some pretty heavy topics of mental illness and what it’s like to be the child taking care of a parent. Then Shaleigh gets kidnapped by a creature that clearly isn’t human.

Taken away from her friends and family, Shaleigh finds herself in a land filled with dangerous creatures and untrustworthy people. She must navigate the tricky political world of the Garden and prove that she is the reincarnation of the previous Master of the Garden. Along the way she befriends a talking statue named Mawr, a stoatling named Colin, and a trespassing faerie. She plans to outwit the dangerous Madam Cloom to make her escape back home.

Stolen is book one of a three-part series, which I’m happy to say will all be released from The Parliament House. The cover is just fabulous and I can’t wait to introduce readers to this unique and fantastic world!

Who is your favorite character in Stolen and why?

That is a tough question because I love all of them so much! But if I had to choose, I think it would be Talek, the trespassing faerie. He’s quite the character and shows up just in the nick of time to help out. He works closely with Shaleigh to assist her on her journey. He’s sexy, determined, and charismatic – what’s not to like?

What other future books are you working on next?

I’m actually working on the sequel to Stolen, titled Broken. This will be a continuation of the Stolen Series and will be coming soon from The Parliament House – as soon as I finish them of course!

I’ve also recently finished another YA Horror novel titled The Seeking, about a young teen who must hide with her siblings once a year to keep from being captured by her hometown. I’m hoping to be shopping this book around soon, so expect to see more about this one!

What hobbies do you have besides writing?

Outside of writing, I love watching movies. Anything with fantasy, or even better dark fantasy, grabs my attention immediately. Horror movies that border the fantasy line like Pan’s Labyrinth for example are absolutely fantastic to me. I guess I grew up in the 80s and got exposed to some fantastic dark fantasy children’s films so I was a little spoiled!

I’m also an active member of the Atlanta cosplay community! I cosplay both anime and comic book characters – usually the villains. You can usually find me at the big conventions around Atlanta, including DragonCon, MomoCon, and AWA. I’ve also organized and presented fan panels at conventions, put together a Cosplay Music Video, and been a photographer for our cosplay troupe, Black Knight Productions Cosplay.

If you could be one other person for a day, past, present, or fictional, who would it be?

I would actually love to be Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Not only would I get to be sexy and sleuthing around the streets of Toon Town on a regular basis, but I also would get to be a jazzy lounge singer. That honestly sounds too cool!

What’s your favorite color?

I would just say green, but it’s a very specific green. It’s the color of the first leaves in spring, that light yellow-green color that signifies that winter is finally ending. I love it.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t give up. Being an author today is an uphill battle the whole way. Keep reading, keep writing, and keep learning about the industry. There are so many ways to get your works out there! Find what works best for you and figure out how to make your dreams come true.

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Marlena Frank has always been fascinated with monsters, and now gets to write about them. She has been writing spooky and fantastic stories since 2010 and has had her short stories published in a number of anthologies, from Heroic Fantasy Quarterly to The Sirens Call.
Her YA Dark Fantasy novella, The She-Wolf of Kanta, was released in April 2018 from Radiant Crown Publishing. Her debut novel, Stolen, book one of a three-part YA Fantasy series, is coming out January 2019 from The Parliament House. When she isn’t thinking up strange tales, she loves watching movies and she’s an active member in the Atlanta cosplay community.

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Author Interview: Brandy Woods Snow

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Rayne Davidson is perfectly happy fading into the background. Her mama’s antics garner enough attention in their small Southern town for the both of them, but when Rayne catches the eye of all-star QB, Preston Howard, she’s enamored with the possibilities. Too bad Preston doesn’t make her heart thump—but his brother does.

Gage Howard doesn’t mind the town’s stares, probably because he doesn’t get them. Growing up in his older brother’s shadow, Gage shrugs off the endless parade of girls Preston brings home—until Rayne.

But there are unwritten rules that shouldn’t be broken, like cheating on your boyfriend or betraying your brother. Rayne and Gage deny their growing attraction, neither willing to hurt Preston—until the town finds out.

They think overcoming the gossip will be the hardest obstacle.

They’re wrong.

Rayne’s mama has a secret, and its revelation could divide the town, the families, and the new couple.

Can love really exist if it’s all built on a lie?

 

Author Interview: Brandy Woods Snow, author of MEANT TO BE BROKEN (a Carolina Clay novel) released July 2018 from Filles Vertes Publishing

What was the inspiration for Meant to be Broken?
I originally wrote a prologue for MEANT TO BE BROKEN more than 12 years ago while sitting in a tiny, blue cubicle on my lunch break from a corporate job. I sent the file to my email where I let it sit until 2015 when I finally began writing the actual story. (Ironically that terrible prologue didn’t make the cut!) I guess my inspiration really came from something as simple as wanting to write a small-town love story. It was when I actually started writing that some of the underlying themes began to come out—the love/hate relationship with a small town; Southern culture and how it affects expectations of behavior; the thin line between truth and lies; and even religious undercurrents. Growing up in a place where everyone knows your name can be both comforting and constricting. I found my characters doing exactly what I was doing at the time of writing—stepping out of “my box” and embracing my true self. Some people support that, and some people don’t.

Do you have a favorite character in your book? Who and why?
Of course, I love both Rayne and Gage. They are so special to me (see how I talk about them like actual people?). If I have to choose, though, I’d say Rayne, for the simple fact that she reminds me so much of myself. She tries to be confident but the insecurities creep in; She has strong opinions but she’s afraid to voice them all the time; She says she doesn’t care what people think of her but she spends her life worrying what everyone will say. I like to think that while I was writing this, she and I grew up together and finally found our true selves.

Do you usually outline or just go with it?
The first draft of MEANT TO BE BROKEN was completely pantsted. I had an overall idea of what I wanted the main turning points to be, but that was pretty much it. After that first draft “wasn’t working” though, I took it back to basics and plotted out some new scenes and put it all into a very formulaic pattern. The flow and pacing improved significantly. It was a learning curve. As I write now, I plot most scenes and turning points with the plot and character advancement goals for each, but I can honestly say I’m not tied to anything. If I begin writing and a character begins pulling me in their own direction, I go. It’s more important to be true to the character and story than some random notecard I put together in the beginning.

Without me giving spoilers, did you always know who Rayne would end up with or did you question yourself at time?
I always knew it would be HIM.  I’m a bleeding heart romantic who fully believes that the decision your heart (not your head) makes is the right one—you know, that whole “love” versus “in love” thing. The guy Rayne chooses in the end is the one who knew her—all of her—and still wanted more. He wasn’t the popular choice, but he was her choice. Rayne had to learn to get herself and other people out of her own way to become the person she was meant to be in order for it to finally work. Sounds easy enough, right? But try growing up in a small town where everyone has an opinion. Sometimes it becomes a matter of “do I live their version of life?” or “do I live mine?” When Rayne finally makes that decision, the choice is clear.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Since age 4 when I read THE POKEY LITTLE PUPPY. It was the first book I ever read by myself, and I was sold on the wonder of books. At age 6, I begin typing out stories on a typewriter and illustrating them. I dabbled in poetry a bit in elementary school and wrote several emotionally-charged pieces about navigating bullies in high school. I majored in English and Writing at Clemson, though I pursued a journalism focus since everyone warned me that you can’t expect to make a living writing books. I’ve worked in corporate communications, marketing, and magazine writing/editorial for nearly 18 years now but the desire to write a novel never left me. In 2015, I moved that dream off the back burner, and here we are today.

What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year? And what’s your favorite book ever?
My favorite book I’ve read this year has to be WORDS IN DEEP BLUE by Cath Crowley because it deals with true love finding its way back after so many emotional hurdles. And who doesn’t adore love letters?
I have two favorite books of all time: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (obviously) and THE GRAPES OF WRATH. I’ve always adored these books and now, looking back, I can guess why. One deals with finding love and one deals with emotional suffering and finding your way as a family through various trials. Both are right up my alley.
What future books do you have planned next?
I’m currently writing Book 2 in the Carolina Clay series, which will focus on the rejected brother and his HEA/HFN.
I’m also querying another completed YA contemporary romance as we speak and have put down extensive notes and a rough first chapter on “the book of my heart” that deals heavily with an issue close/dear to me. I’m being intentionally vague here because right now, I’m keeping it under wraps. 

If you could live in any year or another fantasy world, what would it be?
I’ve always thought it would be so much fun to live in the 1950s and 60s with all the big hair-dos and drive-ins and rock and roll music. Maybe that’s from listening to a crap-ton of oldies growing up? LOL

I know you’re a Southern girl, what’s your favorite part about it?
The lifestyle. I feel like I have the best of all worlds here. From big city to rural backroads, you can go from one extreme to the other in a matter of miles. The food. The weather. The fact that strangers still wave to each other and say hello. The unique places. My biggest dream is to drive cross-country and see everything America has to offer, but there’s no doubt in my mind that the South (and more specifically, South Carolina) is my home and my heart.

What’s your favorite color?
I have two, blue (any hue) and orange (Clemson Tiger orange, to be specific!).

If you were trapped on an island with one person, one object, and one food, what would they be?
This is so easy—my husband, notebooks (and pens!), and macaroni and cheese (not the box variety but the good Southern kind in a casserole dish).

Do you have any advice for other writers out there?
There are four points of advice I always tell writers, and I don’t foresee this ever changing.
1. Find your tribe
Critique partners are the bee’s knees, y’all! Don’t trust yourself to see all the mistakes and plot holes in your own work because it’s not going to happen. The book you’re writing is already in your brain but you cannot see if you’re translating it to the paper efficiently. Fresh eyes make all the difference. Find a core group of honest, talented CP’s and your writing life will change for the better!
2. Read in your genre
Please do this. You want to learn how to show and not tell? Read. You want to know how to develop character voice? Read. You want more information on building character motivation? Read. See what other authors are doing. See what publishers are looking for. Gather all this great information while also taking in a great story, and then use that to hone your own craft. Gold mine!
3. Throw away limitations
You know that whole quote about “dance like no one’s looking”? Well, modify that to “write like no one’s looking.” I can’t tell you how many times in the beginning I found myself censoring my own words because someone I knew might not like what I was saying. For real, y’all. There goes those weight of expectations again, thrown all over your shoulders. Brush that junk off and write what’s in your heart. Quit caring if Aunt “sew and sew” will banish you to Hell or tell the Ladies League about your “free-wheeling” style. WRITE.WHAT.YOU.WANT.
4. Persevere
You’re going to want to give up. You’re going to feel defeated, rejected, worn out, and sometimes unloved. It’s a part of the whole experience. But this is your dream. Remember that when the sucky stuff happens. And just like I tell my kids, “Any dream worth having is worth fighting for.” It’s not going to be easy…it’s not supposed to be. If it were easy, everyone would do it. You are not “everyone.” You’re an author, so get back up and see this through!

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About Brandy:

Brandy Woods Snow is an author and journalist born, raised and currently living in beautiful Upstate South Carolina. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Writing from Clemson University. While creative writing has always been her first love, the media has been her home for more than 17 years, during which time she has built a strong platform that includes articles in Delta Sky, Greenville Business Magazine, Columbia Business Monthly, and Home Design & Décor magazine (Charlotte, Raleigh). She has also worked in corporate communications, public relations and business development for international and regional companies. Her first novel Meant To Be Broken, the first book in the Carolina Clay series, was published by Filles Vertes Publishing in July 2018.

When Brandy’s not writing, reading, spending time with her military husband or driving carpool for her three kids, she enjoys kayaking, family hikes, yelling “Go Tigers!” as loud as she can, playing the piano and taking “naked” Jeep Wrangler cruises on twisty, country roads.

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Review: Relics of the Underworld

Title: Relics of the Underworld

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: August 21st, 2018

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Freya and Brennan barely have time to settle in their new romance when tragedy strikes. Sick of waiting for the axe to drop, Freya convinces her partner it’s time to fight back. Armed with only the knowledge gained from their respective objects of the power, the two start on a perilous journey to find and destroy the Relics of the Underworld.

Unfortunately, they are not the only ones in search of the mythical treasures. The demon Raksh, more determined than ever to free Set, comes up with his most evil plan yet.

From Scotland to Slovakia and Egypt, this last installment is packed with action and surprises at every turn., while the gods observe their champions and each challenge they face. As Freya and Brennan get closer to their goal, neither is aware of the ultimate sacrifice awaiting them – nor the ancient god pulling their strings.

My Review:

This final installment was just as awesome as the last two, and it left me with all sorts of feels! Seriously, these characters are my little babies. Bren and Freya are such great characters! Their chemistry is just perfect!

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What I love best is that this series is YA and actually feels like YA. What I mean is the teens act like teens and not like they’re twenty years older. You get action, history, unique stuff—what’s not to like? Now, I want to go travel the world—like right now!

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The Prince: Review + Excerpt

 

From #1 New York Times Bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout, comes THE PRINCE, a new novella in her Wicked Series, brought to you by 1,001 Dark Nights! Be sure to grab your copy today!

 

From #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout comes a new story in her Wicked series…

She’s everything he wants….

Cold. Heartless. Deadly. Whispers of his name alone bring fear to fae and mortals alike. The Prince. There is nothing in the mortal world more dangerous than him. Haunted by a past he couldn’t control, all Caden desires is revenge against those who’d wronged him, trapping him in never-ending nightmare. And there is one person he knows can help him.

She’s everything he can’t have…

Raised within the Order, Brighton Jussier knows just how dangerous the Prince is, reformed or not. She’d seen firsthand what atrocities he could be capable of. The last thing she wants to do is help him, but he leaves her little choice. Forced to work alongside him, she begins to see the man under the bitter ice. Yearning for him feels like the definition of insanity, but there’s no denying the heat in his touch and the wicked promise is his stare.

She’s everything he’ll take….

But there’s someone out there who wants to return the Prince to his former self. A walking, breathing nightmare that is hell bent on destroying the world and everyone close to him. The last thing either of them needs is a distraction, but with the attraction growing between them each now, the one thing he wants more than anything may be the one thing that will be his undoing.

She’s everything he’d die for….

 

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My entire body jerked at that comment, striking too close to home for comfort. “Let go of me.”

He held my gaze as he slowly lifted one finger after another, releasing my wrist. That bitter knot was back in my throat. The Prince had let go and his heavy lashes lowered, shielding his powerful gaze, but I swore I could still feel it. “My apologies,” he murmured. “That was uncalled for.”

A feather could’ve knocked me over right then. He was apologizing? The Prince? “Yeah, it was.” I swallowed hard, taking a step back from him.

“Even if it is true,” he added.

“Wow. Way to ruin an apology,” I muttered. “Not that you probably even know why you just apologized.”

“I do. It hurt you. Those words.”

“What? You can smell that, too?”

Those heavy lashes lifted, and the intensity of his gaze pierced me. Suddenly I thought back to the day I woke up in the hospital, to those eyes. “I can sense many things.”

Oh.

Oooh.

I had the distinct impression that he was talking about earlier, when I was thinking about the dream I had. And boy, didn’t that make me want to crawl up in a hole somewhere. At that moment, I made a mental note to legit not feel anything when I was around him or any other fae.

One eyebrow, several shades darker than his golden hair, lifted.

“Wait. Can you guys read minds?” I asked, voice hushed and thinking I didn’t know nearly as much about the fae as I thought I did.

“We don’t need to.”

Relief hit me, but it quickly faded when his words cycled back through my head. We don’t need to. Meaning picking up on our emotions probably gave them enough insight on what our thoughts were.

Nice.

“Well…” I held the folder closer to my chest. “That’s freaky.”

His lips twitched.

“And I need to go.” I started to turn once more, ordering myself not to run out of the lobby like it was on fire. But I stopped, facing him again. “I do care about these younglings. I will find them or I will find out what happened to them.”

The Prince inclined his head. A moment passed and then he nodded. Thinking this super awkward face to face was now, thankfully, over, I started to turn away again.

“Brighton?”

Desperately ignoring how the way he said my name made me think of stormy summer nights, I faced him, even though common sense screamed that I shouldn’t. I just couldn’t help myself. It wasn’t a compulsion. It was apparently really bad self-control. My wry gaze flickered over his face, and I bit back a sigh. He was the strongest, the deadliest of his kind, and that knowledge did nothing to dampen my appreciation of his masculine beauty.

“The red hair was a nice touch, but I prefer it this way.”

And then with those parting words, he turned and stalked off, leaving me standing there knowing one thing only.

The Prince knew it was me Saturday night.

My Review:

I’ve read pretty much all of Armentrout’s books, and this novella did not let me down! The Wicked series has been an awesome ride, so I was pretty ecstatic to see the Prince was getting a novella along with Brighton.

The Prince is a unique character that we learn more about as you get into the novella. As for Brighton, I loved her! Plus, we get more of Tink and his awesomeness. What I liked about this novella was it wasn’t just about a romance. It had a great story and a bond that slowly progresses!

Jennifer has created a unique spin on the fae, and I always love her writing and characters! I will say from the ending, is there more? There’s more, right? Highly recommend this one!

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Jennifer L. Armentrout’s THE PRINCE – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

August 15th

A Beautiful Book Obsession – Review

Besties, Books & Sunshine – Review & Excerpt

TheReadingRealtor – Review & Excerpt

Crazy Love 4 Books – Review & Excerpt

Garden of REden – Review

JordansBookReviews – Excerpt

Literaria – Review

Read-Love-Blog – Excerpt

Stuck In Books – Review & Excerpt

What’s Your Story Reviews – Review & Excerpt

The Cover Contessa – Excerpt

August 16th

A Sky Filled with Sparkling Stars – Excerpt

Blushing babes are up all night – Review

Books & Other Pursuits – Excerpt

ClaryNathanWill – Review & Excerpt

East Coast Book Chicks – Review & Excerpt

I Smell Sheep – Excerpt

Krystal Loves Books – Review & Excerpt

Perpetual Fangirl – Review & Excerpt

Readers Live A Thousand Lives – Excerpt

Red Hot + Blue Reads – Review & Excerpt

Zili In The Sky – Review

August 17th

Ali’s Reviews and More – Review & Excerpt

Books are My Life – Review & Excerpt

Desperately Seeking HEA’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

K-Books – Review

Little Red Reading Hood – Review

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Then There Were Books – Excerpt

Words are Life – Excerpt

Cocktails and Books – Review & Excerpt

August 18th

a GREAT read – Review & Excerpt

Book Angel Booktopia – Review & Excerpt

Cinta Garcia de la Rosa – Excerpt

Greyland Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Lisa Loves Literature – Review & Excerpt

Nose Stuck in a Book – Review & Excerpt

Simply Crystal – Excerpt

The Cozy Reading Corner – Excerpt

The Fancy Nerds – Review & Excerpt

August 19th

Alphas Do It Better Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Becky on Books – Review & Excerpt

Declarations of a Fangirl – Review & Excerpt

Kiss and Tell Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Literary Misfit – Excerpt

Reese’s Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Saga Lux Spain – Review & Excerpt

The Phantom Paragrapher – Review

Vera is Reading – Excerpt

August 20th

A Chick, Her A Dog and A Blog – Review & Excerpt

Books 2 Blog – Review & Excerpt

FOUR CHICKS FLIPPING PAGES – Review & Excerpt

Ginreads – Review

Incidental Inspiration – Review & Excerpt

JOJO THE BOOKAHOLIC – Review & Excerpt

Lo’s Lo-Down on Books – Review

The Blonde Book Lover – Review & Excerpt

Wicked Reads – Review & Excerpt

YA FANTASY WORLDS – Review & Excerpt

August 21st

A Fortress of Books – Review & Excerpt

Book Bite Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Friends Till The End Book Blog – Excerpt

Julalicious Book Paradise – Excerpt

Kalli’s Book Nook – Review & Excerpt

Milky Way of Books – Excerpt

Nerdy Soul – Review & Excerpt

Onceupon_a_bookdream – Review & Excerpt

Ruby’s Books – Excerpt

Take Me Away To A Great Read – Excerpt

August 22nd

3 degrees of fiction – Excerpt

All Things Dark & Dirty – Review & Excerpt

Book Butterfly in Dreamland – Review

Jax’s Book Magic – Excerpt

Love Between The Sheets – Review

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Review & Excerpt

The Bo0ki3 – Excerpt

The Heathers’ Blog – Review & Excerpt

Travels N Reads – Excerpt

What’s Beyond Forks? – Review & Excerpt

August 23rd

A British Bookworm’s Blog – Review

Book Crook Reviews – Excerpt

Book Enticer – Review & Excerpt

Dark Faerie Tales – Review & Excerpt

KsiążkowaPasja – Review

Literary Dust – Review & Excerpt

Mama Reads Blog – Review & Excerpt

Pages to Explore – Excerpt

The Book Dutchesses – Review & Excerpt

August 24th

Alpha Omega & In Between – Review

Book Mania – Review & Excerpt

Buttercup’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Cupcakesandbookshelves – Review & Excerpt

Fictionally Sam – Review & Excerpt

Never Sleep Book Blog – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Romance Schmomance – Review & Excerpt

SA Clayton – Excerpt

The Lux Fangirl – Review & Excerpt

 

About Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV. She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.

 

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Review: The Dragon Manuscript

Title: The Dragon Manuscript

Author: Alexa Whitewolf

Date of Publication: March 5th, 2018

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The fight with the Vikings may have been successful, but there is no rest for the wicked – and Freya is about to find out just how wicked they can be.

Merely weeks after the victory with Cadmael, the young Sage is recovering in Scotland by day, and playing with newfound powers by night. The fun cuts off abruptly when Sam returns with worrying news of a conquistador rallying all the ghosts of Spain in the thousands, and Seamus calls Brennan to help on the new mission.

This time, there is more at stake than the fate of the world. Evil awaits galore, safely hidden in the confines of the old city. As they battle attacks from all sides, and hopelessly try to rescue one of their own, Freya and Brennan will have to work together more than ever before. Their pasts will become more intertwined than their futures.

And through it all, the dragon manuscript will guide them to survive…or bring them to their doom.

My Review:

This book was so freaking fun and good! Definitely my favorite so far! I loved the bickering and banter along with the chemistry between Freya and Brennan! I kept chanting, kiss, kiss, KISS—dang it!

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The concept of ghosts along with history makes these books truly unique. Last time we had the Vikings, this time we get Conquistadors! There’s action, great characters, and superb writing! Freya’s personality is one of my favorites because she’s super feisty yet awesome at the same time! I’ve really connected with her in both books so far!

Also, can I also just say I love the little ghost Sam! He’s seriously my little baby! I’m anxious to dive into the next book and see how this trilogy concludes!

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Renegade: Release Day Blitz + Excerpt + Giveaway

I am so excited that RENEGADE by Mallory McCartney is available now and that I get to
share the news!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful
book by Author Mallory McCartney, be sure to check out all the details below.
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a copy
of the eBook courtesy of Mallory and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a
chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

Title: RENEGADE (Black
Dawn 0.5)

Author: Mallory McCartney
Pub. Date: July 3, 2018
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Formats: eBook
Pages: 250
Find it: GoodreadsAmazon
“The time for Kiero’s reign in prosperity is
over.”
Six years before the Black Dawn Rebellion, Adair
Stratton and Emory Fae are following in their parent’s footsteps and living at
The Academy, a home for those who are gifted.  The pressure to uphold the
future of their parent’s dream falls on them. An outcast and feared by most,
Adair longs to break away from the expectations dictating his future. Even if
Emory tries to make him see differently. An unexpected group of friends keep
him there, but as whispers of unexplained disappearances start reaching from the
capital, Adair starts to doubt The Academy is all it seems.
An unexpected visit ignites new tensions as the
roguish king from across the Black Sea, Tadeas Maher of the Shattered Isles,
and his heir, Marquis Maher sail to Kiero. Notorious for their pirating and
wrath- for the first time in years, they demand the Fae’s listen to their
proposition for a new treaty, holding the news of Nei’s father’s abrupt death
over them. Caught in the middle of politics- Adair and Emory, with the help of
their best friends Brokk and Memphis search for the one thing that matters
most- finding out the truth.
In this gripping prequel to Black Dawn, their
world is tipped upside down as unlikely alliances are made. War ravages through
Kiero and is torn apart by acclaimed Kings. Through the throes of betrayal,
lies, hidden magic and love, Adair is faced with a life changing decision- to
fight or to bow to the darkness within him.

Title: BLACK DAWN (Black Dawn #1)

Author: Mallory McCartney
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Clean Reads Publishing
Pages: 352
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Find it: Amazon, B&N, Goodreads
Emory Fae enjoys
leading a quiet, normal life. That is until two mysterious, and handsome
soldiers show up at her apartment, and the life she knew is instantly whisked
away. Memphis Carter and Brokk Foster come from the magical and war ridden world
of Kiero, and bringing Emory back she will discover she is the long lost heir
to the Royal Line and is thrown into the Black Dawn Rebellion with a dynamic
role to ignite the rebels and reclaim her throne.
With both men being
darkly woven in her past Emory uncovers hidden secrets, a power held long
dormant, and will soon realize there are worse things than supernatural humans,
love, loss, betrayal, and a Mad King.
Some things are better
left in the shadows.
Exclusive Excerpt!

Exhaling, the prince took him off guard as he lifted his eyebrow. “What I
don’t understand is how the Faes have achieved such loyalty. What did they do?”

He chewed his bottom lip as he hopped over a fallen tree
trunk. He looked to Marquis. “They were the dreamers in a time when culture,
creativity, and equality were being butchered. The Academy was the foundation
of that dream, for desolates, for the people with weaker abilities. For
everyone. The people of Kiero followed Roque because they can’t fear him, they
can only admire him. How brave he was for standing up to his father, for
breaking free of his reign to start his own.”

Marquis chewed his lip. “It sounds like you have a different
opinion of him.”

He threw out his hands. “I was born at the Academy. Raised
in the Academy. Who am I to doubt the intentions of the Faes? They are
practically family.”

Shrugging, Marquis cooed, “Sometimes it is the ones closest
to us that betray us first.”

About Mallory:

 

Mallory
McCartney currently lives in Sarnia, Ontario with her husband and their three
dachshunds Link, Lola and Leonard. When she isn’t working on her next novel or
reading, she can be found day dreaming about fantasy worlds and hiking. Other
favorite pastimes involve reorganizing perpetually overflowing bookshelves and
seeking out new coffee and dessert shops.






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