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Author Interview: Leslie Rush

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The danger isn’t walking into a dream. It’s escaping the nightmare.

Between working in her mom’s Tarot shop and trying to graduate before her nine-year-old genius brother beats her to it, Vivian Night Hawk has only one escape from her tiny New Mexico town: the ability to control her dreams, a gift she inherited from her Apache father. But lately that control is slipping, stranding her in a nightmare that seems to follow her even when she’s awake.

When she finds a jacket she suspects belonged to her dead father, Vivi steps beyond her usual lucid dreaming and discovers the electrifying secret of Dreamwalking—the power to control the dreams of others. But with it comes a deadly menace: a top-secret CIA plot that threatens her brother, Brian.

Sought out by fellow-dreamwalker Lucas, who is convinced their fathers are still alive, Vivi ventures deep into Dreamland to find a way to protect Brian. As the bond between Vivi and Lucas ignites, the conspiracy linking them together closes in, and Vivi must unlock the darkest power of all–a power that begins with her father’s quiet words: Walk with me.

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Publisher: Filles Vertes Publishing

Author Interview:

How did you come up with the idea for Dreamwalkers?

Originally, I thought I wanted to write a romance where the lovers could only meet in their dreams. Conversations with Apache friends and some of my students from the Tigua and Dine (Navajo) nations about the significance of dreams in their cultures sent me in another direction. Some of those same Native students were from military families, and their resilience in the face of uncertainty and loss inspired me. I wanted to speak to that. Plus, as corny as it sounds, I started dreaming about it!

Who is your favorite and least favorite character from Dreamwallkers and why?

I love them all, even the bad guys! My favorite besides Vivi is probably Brian, her little brother. He was the easiest to write, because he’s so pure and open in his motives and feelings. Jackson Connor was hard to write, because he’s the opposite. I wanted him to have more depth than just the Charming Menace. He wasn’t always so cold blooded!

If you could put Dreamwalkers into three words, what would they be and why?

Love conquers all. The love of a parent, the love of a sibling, and the all-in chemistry of first love can transcend everything we know—time, consciousness, and even death.

What is your writing process like?

I like to imagine a scenario, a “what-if” situation, and then let the main character grow from that. I write a brief outline, which gets filled in more as we go. As soon as I hear that MC’s voice, it’s time to write. Vivi was so compelling to me, I was dreaming about her before I’d drafted the first chapter! I’m a slow drafter, because of the time constraints of teaching, but I’m a quick editor.

Do you prefer stand alones or series?

I like to read standalones, mostly. I do love a series where each book is connected but is its own story. I like writing that too, because I’ve already created a world that surely has more than one story in it! But I hate cliffhangers!

Name three books you could read over and over again.

When I had more time to read, I reread Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird every few years. I’ve reread Ann Rice’s The Witching Hour several times. The imagery and atmosphere of New Orleans through several generations is completely immersive. Even if it is the first in a series!

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

Lucas Wolfsong. The amount of anguish and loneliness I heaped on his strong shoulders broke my heart! I’d like to apologize and let him to know that the love he finds with Vivi will make up for most of it.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

I was pretty pantsy writing Dreamwalkers. I had about six plot points on a bullet list, and that was it! Pacing is my challenge, and I realized that refining the list into a flexible map in the beginning means a tighter draft and slightly easier edits. So I’m a bit more plotty writing book 2!

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

Purple. The color of twilight skies and the entrance to Dreamland.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Don’t do this all alone. Find a trusted partner or a writers’ group to trade words with and bounce ideas off of. Above all, don’t give up!

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Leslie Rush grew up near Philadelphia, spending much time at the Jersey Shore. She moved to El Paso and fell in love with the desert Southwest. Disguised as a history teacher, she spent years eavesdropping on her future readers. When she’s not in her classroom, Leslie can be found on the road with her husband, exploring the desert and the world of dreams.

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Review: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

Title: The Reckoning of Noah Shaw

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Date of Publication: November 13th, 2018

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Goodreads Summary:

Noah Shaw doesn’t think he needs his father’s inheritance.
He does.

Noah believes there’s something off about the suicides in his visions.
There is.

Noah is convinced that he still knows the real Mara Dyer.
He does not.

Everyone thought the nightmare had ended with Mara Dyer’s memoirs, but it was only the beginning. As old skeletons are laid bare, alliances will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one will be left unscarred.

My Review:

I love the Mara Dyer first trilogy so much! I had a problem with the last Noah book, which is why it took me so long to read this one, but finally we’re back in the game!

Noah will always get five stars from me because I love him so much. His head is an interesting place to be because he isn’t perfect but he’s perfect to me! The friendship he has with Goose is my favorite thing in the world! Their chemistry is just spot on.

In this whole series there is stuff I don’t quite understand, but the weirdness of it all is what keeps me turning the pages! My one con in this book is that Mara wasn’t there, and I would have liked to have been dual POV, but it was still awesome! I just missed them together! Michelle just has such addictive writing along with the best dialogue. Now, I seriously need the last book after that cliffhanger!

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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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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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Come join Katya De Becerra and I once again for another #SpecLitChat tonight on Twitter at 7PM CST! Just drop the hashtag on Twitter to find us or go to our profiles! This is going to be a whole lot of fun!

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Review: The Shadow Society

Title: The Shadow Society

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Date of Publication: October 16th, 2012

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Goodreads Summary:

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .

In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

My Review:

The Winner’s Trilogy is one of my favorite series of all time, so I finally decided to give this one a shot! This book felt very different from her other fantasy series because it was more of an urban fantasy or paranormal. But I really loved the vibe an uniqueness of the alternate world!

Darcy was easily likable. She has a complicated history that she has yet to discover and I was with her every step of the way as she uncovered more and more about herself. She was super strong and not in the physical way but in the smart sort of way! Conn had an interesting story as well, and I really liked the chemistry between him and Darcy. But at first it was very insta-love, which is fine, but I still wanted more development between them later on.

My favorite part for me was actually the Shades and learning more about them. They were just super cool and I wish I could just go invisible at any time! There were twists and the writing was fabulous. Toward the end things got a little weird but it ended on a great note. I know this is a stand alone but I really wish the Marie would have written a book two because I have unanswered questions!

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Cover Reveal: Lyrics & Curses + Giveaway

Lyrics & Curses
Candace Robinson
Published by: Filles Vertes Publishing
Publication date: November 10th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult

Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

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Author Bio:

Candace Robinson spends her days consumed by words and hoping to one day find her own DeLorean time machine. Her life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, watching classic movies, and living with her husband and daughter in Texas–where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next!

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Review: Holding Smoke

Title: Holding Smoke

Author: Elle Cosimano

Date of Publication: May 3rd, 2016

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Goodreads Summary:

John “Smoke” Conlan is serving time for two murders but he wasn’t the one who murdered his English teacher, and he never intended to kill the only other witness to the crime. A dangerous juvenile rehabilitation center in Denver, Colorado, known as the Y, is Smoke’s new home and the only one he believes he deserves.

But, unlike his fellow inmates, Smoke is not in constant imprisonment. After a near death experience leaves him with the ability to shed his physical body at will, Smoke is able to travel freely outside the concrete walls of the Y, gathering information for himself and his fellow inmates while they’re asleep in their beds. Convinced his future is only as bright as the fluorescent lights in his cell, Smoke doesn’t care that the “threads” that bind his soul to his body are wearing thin-that one day he may not make it back in time. That is, until he meets Pink, a tough, resourceful girl who is sees him for who he truly is and wants to help him clear his name.

Now Smoke is on a journey to redemption he never thought possible. With Pink’s help, Smoke may be able to reveal the true killer, but the closer they get to the truth, the more deadly their search becomes. The web of lies, deceit, and corruption that put Smoke behind bars is more tangled than they could have ever imagined. With both of their lives on the line, Smoke will have to decide how much he’s willing to risk, and if he can envision a future worth fighting for.

My Review:

I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Elle so far and this one was probably my favorite! The grayness aspect of it was so good. Characters that are neither black or white are my favorite.

And John! I was so happy to get a book told entirely from a guy’s perspective. Those seem rather rare in YA. I couldn’t help but feel for him because he’d been through so much in his life. Pink was awesome too. She was tough and sweet and reliable!

The paranormal aspect was super great. It was neat seeing John be able to leave his body and try to solve the mystery of the murder he was framed for. There was just so much coolness and emotion here and I highly recommend it!

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Hey guys! I’m having a cover reveal for Lyrics & Curses on May 12th and I’m so excited for you all to meet Lark and Auden! This is one of my favorite books I’ve written and it would be super awesome if you could help me by signing up for the reveal for my new YA story!

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Lark Espinoza could get lost in her music—and she’s not so sure anyone in her family would even care to find her. Her trendy, party-loving twin sister and her mother-come-lately Beth, who’s suddenly sworn off men and onto homemaking, don’t understand her love of cassette tapes, her loathing of the pop scene, or her standoffish personality. For outcast Lark, nothing feels as much like a real home as working at Bubble’s Oddities store and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy who works at the Vinyl shop next door—the same one she traded lyrical notes with in class.

Auden Ellis silences the incessant questions in his own head with a steady stream of beats. Despite the unconditional love of his aunt-turned-mother, he can’t quit thinking about the loss of his parents—or the possibility he might end up afflicted with his father’s issues. Despite his connection with lyric-loving Lark, Auden keeps her at arm’s length because letting her in might mean giving her a peek into something dangerous.

When two strangers arrive in town, one carrying a mysterious, dark object and the other playing an eerie flute tune, Lark and Auden find that their painful pasts have enmeshed them in a cursed future. Now, they must come to terms with their budding attraction while helping each other challenge the reflection they see in the mirror. If they fail, they’ll be trapped for eternity in a place beyond reality.

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Review: The Uninvited

Title: The Uninvited

Author: Cat Winters

Date of Publication: April 11th, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

My Review:

I really loved this book. It started as a small flame and burned brighter and brighter as I flipped from page after page! It has a contemporary vibe with a touch of the paranormal in a historical setting that could very well be considered scary because of the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Ivy was a great character because she had been so introverted in her life, but she grew as her story unfolded and became bolder and bolder. And my boy! Daniel! He needed so many hugs! Lots of hugs with all he’d been through! I love the chemistry between them and the musical chats. My only complaint is I really wanted to see more of the romance scenes versus fading to black!

Cat Winters writes incredibly well and I can tell she really does the research when writing her stories! There is also a nice little plot twist that I thoroughly enjoyed! The Uninvited is definitely a story that will stick with me for a long time!

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What’s your favorite ghost story?