Cover Reveal: Our Last Chance

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Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing

Date of Publication: December 15th, 2020

Rule one: Soccer is life.

Rule two: Forget boy drama.

Rule three: Stay out of Trouble.

Lana Reyes has no intention of breaking her own rules for senior year. That is until she doesn’t get her soccer scholarship—the one and only shot of getting out of her small town. With only one more showcase to make a name for herself, she needs help to increase her speed and agility—a skill set touted by her ex-crush and hottest guy at school.

Dylan Cadwell’s perfect spirals and chiseled features can’t erase the struggles he faces at home or in the classroom. With failing grades and parents who engage in constant yelling matches, the dream of playing college football is his only escape—one that could easily slip through his fingers if his lackluster grades aren’t pulled up immediately. If he loses a full-ride scholarship, he’s destined to be stuck in their small town forever.

When Lana and Dylan discover each other’s situation, they hatch a plan: He’ll train her; she’ll tutor him. It’s a seamless strategy, designed to help each other keep their eye on the prize—until rekindled feelings emerge and the greatest prize of all could be the love playing out between them.

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Review: Teeth in the Mist

Title: Teeth in the Mist

Author: Dawn Kurtagich

Date of Publication: June 11th, 2019

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Goodreads Summary:

Before the birth of time, a monk uncovers the Devil’s Tongue and dares to speak it. The repercussions will be felt for generations…

Sixteen-year-old photography enthusiast Zoey has been fascinated by the haunted, burnt-out ruins of Medwyn Mill House for as long as she can remember–so she and her best friend, Poulton, run away from home to explore them. But are they really alone in the house? And who will know if something goes wrong?

In 1851, seventeen-year-old Roan arrives at the Mill House as a ward–one of three, all with something to hide from their new guardian. When Roan learns that she is connected to an ancient secret, she must escape the house before she is trapped forever.

1583. Hermione, a new young bride, accompanies her husband to the wilds of North Wales where he plans to build the largest water mill and mansion in the area. But rumors of unholy rituals lead to a tragic occurrence and she will need all her strength to defeat it.

Three women, centuries apart, drawn together by one Unholy Pact. A pact made by a man who, more than a thousand years later, may still be watching…

My Review:

I really, really loved And the Trees Crept In, so I had to read this bad boy! It was another very atmospheric read but this time with past and present POVs!

Let me start with Roan! I seriously loved her POV, and that one was a five star read for me! Her story was addicting, and there was all kinds of weird crap going on, and the romance parts were on point! Rapley was so adorable and lovely! Just brilliant!

I didn’t connect with Zoey’s POV chapters as much, only because I’m kind of confused by them and I’m still confused about another character who showed up out of no where. Also, the romance in these chapters felt off for me, but I think it was just because it felt very insta love? I don’t even know! But the story there was still very interesting!

From the ending, I think there is supposed to be another book? Or I hope there will be one! I definitely recommend Teeth in the Mist because the writing is awesome, the story unique, and there were characters that I loved so much!

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Author Interview: Jenny Hickman

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SINCE HER PARENTS WERE KILLED, VIVIENNE HAS ALWAYS FELT UNGROUNDED, SHUFFLED THROUGH THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM. JUST WHEN LIBERATION FINALLY SEEMS POSSIBLE—DAYS BEFORE HER EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY—VIVIENNE IS HOSPITALIZED WITH SYMPTOMS NO ONE CAN EXPLAIN.

THE DOCTORS MAY BE PUZZLED, BUT DEACON, HER MYSTERIOUS NEW FRIEND, CLAIMS SHE HAS AN ACTIVE NEVERGENE. HIS FAR-FETCHED DIAGNOSIS COMES WITH A WARNING: SHE IS ABOUT TO BECOME AN INVOLUNTARY TEST SUBJECT FOR HUMANITARIAN ORGANIZATION FOR ORDER AND KNOWLEDGE—OR H.O.O.K.

VIVIENNE CAN EITHER ESCAPE TO NEVERLAND’S KENSINGTON ACADEMY AND LEARN TO FLY (DID HE REALLY JUST SAY FLY?) OR RISK STICKING AROUND TO BECOME A HUMAN LAB RAT.

BUT ACCEPTING A PLACE AMONG THE P.A.N. MEANS VIVIENNE MUST ABANDON HER LIFE AND FOSTER FAMILY TO SAFEGUARD THEIR SECRETS AND HIDE IN NEVERLAND’S SHADOWS… FOREVER.

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Author Interview:

How did you come up with the idea for The P.A.N.?

I’ve always loved the Peter Pan story. One day I started imagining a world where Peter Pan was real and what he and other immortal teenagers would be up to today. And it all spiraled from there.

Who is your favorite and least favorite character from The P.A.N. and why?

I think my favorite character has to be Deacon. He has a problem with authority and an affinity for pranks which made him the most fun to write. As far as my least favorite character goes, I suppose I’d have to say Lawrence Hooke, but only because he’s an overall nasty person 

If you could put The P.A.N. into three words, what would they be and why?

Peter Pan Reimagining

The “why” is fairly self-explanatory. This isn’t a retelling of a popular fairy tale, rather a reimagining putting Peter and the lost boys and girls in the 21st century.

What is your writing process like?

In general, I don’t start with an outline—that comes later in the process as I decide how to torture my characters. The first thing I usually write is the dialogue because it’s what I love most about books—seeing the interactions between the characters and how their voices develop. Then I flesh out the scenes from there.

Do you prefer stand alones or series?

Series. There’s something special about getting to revisit characters and seeing how their lives play out and I think the timeline is a bit more believable in romances. 

Name three books you could read over and over again.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Emmie and the Tudor King by Natalie Murray

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

If you could take one character from any of your books and bring them to life, who would it be and why?

Deacon. The world needs more handsome guys who can fly (ha-ha)

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Pantser all the way. Trying to plot hinders my creativity. I usually have the beginning and end scenes in my head and then let my characters dictate the middle.

If your writing could be described as a color, what would it be?

Green

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you love so it doesn’t feel like a chore.

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Jenny grew up in Oakland, Maryland and currently lives in County Tipperary, Ireland with her lilting husband and two tyrannical children. Her love of reading blossomed the summer after graduating high school, when she borrowed a paperback romance from her mother during the annual family beach vacation.

From that sunny day forward, she has been a lover of stories with Happily-Ever-Afters. In early 2008, she wrote her first novel, The Mirrors at Barnard Hall. But it was not until she moved to Nashville, TN and met her mentor, Billy Block, that she was encouraged to self-publish the work in 2012.

Seven years, and two additional self-published works later, Jenny has signed with Filles Vertes Publishing for her next novel, The Pan, the first book in a NA Sci Fi-Romance trilogy.

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Review: And The Trees Crept In

Title: And The Trees Crept In

Author: Dawn Kurtachich

Date of Publication: September 6th, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

Stay away from the woods…

When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the manor is cursed. The endless creaking of the house at night and the eerie stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too—questions that Silla can’t ignore: Why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer? Who is the beautiful boy who’s appeared from the woods? And who is the tall man with no eyes who Nori plays with in the basement at night… a man no one else can see?

My Review:

I’ve been going back and forth with being in a book slump lately, but holy moly did I love this story! I loved the weirdness, the dark aspects, the sister bond, the romantic bond, and the atmosphere in general.

Silla was a character that had her struggles, so many struggles, and sometimes she was likable and sometimes she was not, yet I loved her and being inside her head. Nori, her sister, was just sweet as pie, the cutest little thing ever! And Gowan really brought a lot to the story, with his humor, his determination, and his strength.

The idea of the trees creeping in closer was just really cool, because trees are just awesome in general. I pretty much knew the twist early on, but it didn’t take away from the story—it just made me want to know if I was actually right. There were some other cool things I didn’t guess, though. Oh, and it takes a lot for me to cry during books, yet I did shed some tears during this one! I will definitely be reading more from this author!

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Author Interview: Merry Jones

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The wife of a lawyer and mother of two girls, Nora Warren slides under everyone’s radar, never revealing what she truly is–a murderer. How far will she go to protect the life she has built for herself?
“Twisty and compelling…a powerfully told story in which nothing is as it seems.” Karen Dionne, #1 international bestselling author of The Marsh Kings Daughter.

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Cover Reveal: Link by Link: A Spirited Holiday Anthology

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“‘I wear the chain I forged in life,’ replied the Ghost. ‘I made it link by link…’”
Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Link by Link is a collection of 11 stories of ghosts, spirits, and creatures unnamed, all come to teach lessons we won’t soon forget. From sweet Christmas tales to terrifying holiday hauntings, these stories take a dive into the past in the hopes of creating a better—or at least different—future.

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The anthology features short stories from these authors: M. Dalto, Pam Dunn, Myra Fiacco, Marlena Frank, Kristin Jacques, C. Vonzale Lewis, Jess Moore, Candace Robinson, Leslie Rush, Lauren Emily Whalen, Beth Worsdell.

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Queen to Ashes: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Are you ready for the next installment in the Black Dawn series?

Check out Queen to Ashes by Mallory McCartney — Read the excerpt and enter the giveaway to win a signed hard copy of the book!

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Queen to Ashes (Black Dawn #2)

Publication Date: April 21st, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy

“You lived your entire life feeling like half of you was missing. Fight for the missing part. Fight for this.”

Emory Fae has abandoned everything she thought she knew about her previous life on Earth. Stepping up to her role as Queen of Kiero she makes a startling sacrifice- feigning her allegiances to Adair Stratton, the man who murdered her parents and casted Kiero into ruin. Emory’s memories slowly piece together, and she soon realizes the Mad King may not be all he seems— and the man who was once best friend, may be fighting beneath the surface.

With the King’s attention on her, can she buy Black Dawn Rebellion enough time to recuperate their forces? And when the times comes, will she be able to kill Adair, ending his tyranny and rising herself as the rightful Queen? Fighting to hide her secret, Emory navigates the brutal trials of the Mad King, trying not to lose herself in the process.

Sequel to Heir of Lies, now a bestselling series, the sparks are ignited, as Emory learns the cost of freedom, and her heritage. Will the rebels unite in time? A sinister force has spread across the land, stripping everyone bare- their betrayals, their secrets, their intentions. But above all, what will their decisions cost? By refusing to give in to the darkness, will Emory rise as Queen?

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The darkness kissed her, embraced her. Squinting, Emory tried to make sense of where she was but was met with a black, dense wall. Sweat pooled at the base of her neck, warmth flaring through her body. Fear choked her then as she gulped down stale air. She knew she wasn’t alone because she felt them before they said anything. “Emory, you need to wake up.” Memphis’s voice, just barely a whisper, caressed her. Right beside her left ear, another voice sounded. “Em, wake up.” Brokk’s rough voice was harsh and clear, but she felt her body still being pulled, pulled down into the black abyss. A third voice then sounded; one she could only recognize from her dreams. “Emory, darling, wake up.” Her mother. Her voice danced all around her, and she clawed blindly, trying to connect with her lost friends and family. Trying to find them. Silence landed heavy, and a putrid smell enveloped her senses. It smelled of rotting meat. Bile rose in her throat as a she felt a slimy, boney hand wrap hard around her wrists, pulling her toward it. She couldn’t scream; she couldn’t move. Sweat drenched every inch of her body as the creature she couldn’t make out leaned closer, whispering right in front of her, “Emory, I have found you.” Swivelling around, she was met with darkness until the monster pulled her closer, its breath tickling her ear. “And you belong to me.” The knife slid in between her ribs, pain blossoming, and cackles spun around her. Then, she was dragged down into the darkness.

Screams tore from her chest as she shot up. Drenched in a cold sweat, it took her several minutes to register where she was and the guard standing at the foot of her bed, arms crossed and eyebrows raised. She screamed again, pulling her blankets around her, her nightdress clinging to her curves. “Who gave you permission to be in here?” she demanded. Smirking arrogantly, he said, “I did.” Blinking, she recognized the man as the same one that guarded her down in the cells. Rubbing her eyes, she tried to shake the feeling of that damp death-like hold of the creature in her dream. She pointed to the door. “Get the hell out.” He scoffed, rolling his eyes. “It’s time to start your day. The king awaits.” Throwing a bundle at the bottom of her bed, he turned his back, briskly stating, “You have five minutes to get ready. I’ll wait outside.” Shutting the door, he left her in stark silence. It was time. Panic clutched her heart, squeezing it, threatening to break it. She couldn’t breathe. The walls seemed stretched too thin.

She could do this—she had to do this. Emory would grant the rebels the time they needed, the time she needed. Dying wasn’t an option. Besides, she was already dead to the people who had believed in her. Leaning forward with shaking hands, she opened the parcel. Several stacks of light black clothes spilled out, including shirts, pants, and undergarments. A blood red sash sat atop them all. Lovely. Sitting on top all of this, though, was a light, sheer, gold chest plate. Squinting, she leaned closer to inspect it. Markings she didn’t recognize adorned all the edges, and its sheerness was unearthly. She was so close, her breath was fogging it, her reflection lost. Strong leather buckles joined at the shoulders; its back plate just as impressive. She shimmied out of bed, quickly dropping the armor. Emory went through the motions of getting dressed numbly. Braiding her long ebony hair back, she looked in the mirror behind her. She didn’t recognize the woman standing before her, the stark cheekbones, emptiness in her eyes, bruised skin underneath them. Tying her sash tightly, she set her resolve. Emory Fae of Earth was dead. Everything had led up to this moment. Her parents shaped their world, defying the paths they were told to go down: A warrior from the Shattered Isles and a Prince of Kiero were never supposed to break away and build a refuge— The Academy—for peace. In her heart, Emory knew they had made mistakes, but their life’s dream was to fight and to ensure everyone, no matter their ability, would have a place to call home. Emory loosened a breath. She would not let her parents’ dream die. If Adair wanted a challenge, he would get one. She would make him pay. For her family. Her friends. For herself.

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About the Author

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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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