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May 29, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: First Impression by Pauline Creeden

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First ImpressionFirst Impression: A Shadow Maven Paranormal by Pauline Creeden

Genre: YA Paranormal

Published: March 31st, 2014

Published by: AltWit Press

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20618864-first-impression

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/First-Impression-Shadow-Paranormal-Volume/dp/1495303942

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-impression-pauline-creeden/1119068029?ean=9781495303944

Chira Kelly thought she didn’t need anyone…until she met Ben.

Because of one ugly rumor, Chira lives as an outcast at her school. Which is fine with her, because she works better alone. Always has, always will. And at least she has her one and only true friend, Tasha. When Tasha insists that they join a group to visit a possibly haunted abandoned old schoolhouse, she’s wary, but joins her friend. Because of that decision, their lives are in jeopardy as a malevolent spirit targets the group. Tragedies and accidents pick them off one by one, and Chira finds herself drawn to the one person who can see the truth. But can he protect her?

About the Author

Pauline

In simple language, Pauline Creeden creates worlds that are both familiar and strange, often pulling the veil between dimensions. She becomes the main character in each of her stories, and because she has ADD, she will get bored if she pretends to be one person for too long. Pauline is a horse trainer from Virginia, but writing is her therapy. Her books have hit #1 on the Amazon Bestseller List and Armored Hearts won the 2013 Book Junkie’s Choice Award in Historical Fiction. First Impression: A Shadow MavenParanormal is her first mystery. It’s a dark urban fantasy and will be released March 24, 2014.

Website: http://PaulineCreeden.com

Facebook: http://facebook.com/PaulineCreeden

Twitter: http://twitter.com/P_Creeden

Teaser Trailer:

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Blog Tour
May 22, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Beast of Callaire Blog Tour: Saruuh Kelsey’s Top Ten Paranormal Reads

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The Beast of Callaire by Saruuh Kelsey

Published May 20th, 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy/Mythology

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20590654-the-beast-of-callaire

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Beast-Callaire-Legend-Mirror/dp/1291790608

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-beast-of-callaire-saruuh-kelsey/1119059310?ean=9781291790603

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Beast-Callaire-Legend-Mirror/dp/1291790608

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/424300

Yasmin is a descendant of the Manticore. A creature of Persian mythology. A Legendary.

But she doesn’t want to be. Unlike the Legendaries in The Red, Yasmin wants nothing more than an ordinary life. She tries to fool herself into believing that she doesn’t change into a beast every full moon and savagely kill innocent people.

But when Yasmin starts hearing a voice in her head and is drawn into dreams that aren’t her own, she is led to Fray—a girl who once saved Yasmin from hunters, who has shadowy memories that hint at her having Legendary magic—and Yasmin is catapulted into a life of Majick and malevolence.

Despite the danger around her and Fray, Yasmin might finally have a chance at being a normal girl with a normal girlfriend. But with Legendaries being killed, a war between the Gods brewing, and the beast inside Yasmin becoming stronger each moon, her mundane life is little more than a dream.

About the Author:

saruuh kelsey

Saruuh Kelsey is the author of the Lux Guardians series. Her debut and the first in series, THE FORGOTTEN, a YA science fiction set in Victorian London and London 25 years in the future, is out now for free. Book two, THE REVELATION, releases October 7th. THE BEAST OF CALLAIRE, the first novel of a new YA fantasy series, with a same sex paranormal romance, is out May 20th.

Website: http://saruuhkelsey.co.uk/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/luxguardians

Tumblr: http://theluxguardians.tumblr.com

Blog: http://syntaxreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

 

Top ten paranormal reads

  1.       The Lynburn Legacy trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan (a fabulous gothic setting, diverse characters, and sorcerers!)

Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy, #1)

2.      The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor (a heart-rending love story I will never recover from, a war that haunts, and prose that beguiles)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1)

3.      Angelfall by Susan Ee (an apocalypse caused by angels? Awesome! An apocalypse caused by HOT angels? Even better!)

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1)

4.      The Beautiful & The Cursed by Page Morgan (a wonderful historical Parisian backdrop, romance, and gargoyles to die for)

The Beautiful and the Cursed (The Dispossessed, #1)

5.      The Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr (political faery conflict, every kind of love interest imaginable – sweet, dark, sexy – and a story that’s as thrilling as it is eerie)

Wicked Lovely (Wicked Lovely, #1)

6.      Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge (A stunning retelling of Beauty and The Beast with mythology and unforgettable romance. It stole my heart and has yet to let go.)

Cruel Beauty

7.    The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (who hasn’t wanted to read about a house full of psychics, a search for a long forgotten mythological figure, and a slow burning true love?)

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

8.      The Demon’s Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan (another dark and magically lush trilogy from Sarah Rees Brennan. My favourite series ever – magicians, demons, heartache, and self discovery!)

The Demon's Lexicon (The Demon's Lexicon, #1)

9.    The Weight of souls by Bryony Pearce (a modern day ghost story with mythology,  a protagonist of colour, and a dangerous quest for justice)

The Weight of Souls

10.  The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare (timeless historical fantasy with a cast of characters as varied and colourful as they are unique, and a superbly original paranormal threat)

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1)

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May 20, 2014 posted by Nichole

The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

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About the Book

Title: THE LOVELY AND THE LOST

Author: Page Morgan

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Pub. Date: May 13, 2014

Pages: 368

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For readers of Lauren Kate’s Fallen series comes the sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed, The Lovely and the Lost finds the Waverly sisters in mortal danger and able to trust no one.

Ingrid and Gabby Waverly moved to France expecting a quiet reprieve from London gossip, but the truth they face in their new home has a sharper—and deadlier—sting.

Paris is plagued by an underworld of demons and gargoyles who all seem to want something from the Waverly girls. Saving Ingrid’s twin, Grayson, from the fallen angel Axia nearly killed them. And they’re still being hunted—only this time, demons aren’t their only predators.

Ingrid’s blood is special: it bestows the power to command gargoyles. It’s an ability no other human has, and in the wrong hands, it could be used to send her cursed guardian, Luc, and his fellow Dispossessed to extinction. There are those who will do anything to get Ingrid’s blood—and they see no value in human life.

The Alliance has vowed to protect the Waverlys, and a new gargoyle has been assigned to guard their abbey home alongside Luc. But no one can watch over Ingrid, Gabby, and Grayson all the time—which means the three must learn to fight for themselves.

Because darkness follows the Waverlys. And sometimes darkness comes in the form you trust the most.

 

My Review:

My heart…I just…I don’t….I can’t….How do I explain this book in words? And that ending? THAT ENDING?! Oh my goodness.

The Lovely and the Lost is the sequel to The Beautiful and the Cursed. It occurs fairly soon after the ending of the first book, with Ingrid and Gabby both training for the Alliance and honing powers. There are also some new characters and relationships introduced, such as Gabby and Ingrid’s father.

Page Morgan’s writing is so exceptionally well done. I honestly think that’s what makes this series so amazing. I say that because I’m really not the biggest fan of historical fiction. I often find it stuffy and obviously outdated, but Page Morgan brings life to every aspect of these books. More specifically, Morgan creates characters with such life and such passion that it’s almost impossible to not fall in love with them. Honestly, her characters are some of my all time favorite characters.

Of course I have to give a major shout out to my favorite couple of all time, Gabby and Nolan. Oh how they stole my heart all over again in this book! However, I do wish that they had just a few more scenes to themselves in this book. I felt a little robbed ]= HOPEFULLY they have more face time in the third book. AND THAT ENDING? YOU BETTER FIX THAT, PAGE!

And then there was Ingrid and Luc and Grayson and Chelle. Seriously, I could just talk about these relationships for hours. I’m so invested in all of these characters. It honestly just feels like my heart is breaking over and over and over again because I want everything to be perfect for them. All of the characters were pure perfection.

The reason that I docked The Lovely and the Lost a star was because there were some moments that were teetering on the edge of boring. Now, I’m not saying that this book was boring, because it wasn’t. However, there were some moments that I wished things would speed up a bit. I also can see why some people might have trouble getting into it. Personally, I’m not one of those people. I love this series.

What I loved about this book was that there were so many things that happened that I didn’t expect to happen. This book is definitely not predictable or cliché. There were several times that my mouth just dropped open and I stared wide eyed at the page in front of me. For example, there’s this one scene toward the end that I was like HOLY SHIT. ARE YOU SERIOUS. I didn’t see it coming AT ALL. There were also a couple things that happened in this book where I was like NOOOOOOO. Sad moments ]=

The ending of The Lovely and the Lost was absolutely heart breaking for more than one reason. I’m going to be strong and not give away anything but be prepared for your heart to break into several hundred itty bitty pieces. And then be prepared to mourn for days. And THEN be prepared to be absolutely devastated when you realize that you probably have to wait about another year for the third book. That’s about the sequence that it will happen.

If you haven’t read the Dispossessed series by Page Morgan, then you’re seriously missing out. DO SO. READ THIS SERIES. You won’t be disappointed!

 

Pages: 368

Publication Date: May 13th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Rating: : ★★★★☆

 

About Page:

Page Morgan

I’m the author of The Beautiful & The Cursed, a young adult novel about two sisters who, on their mission to find their missing brother, discover a veiled world of gargoyles and demons in the city of Paris. I’m currently writing the second and third novels in this series, which saps most of my brainpower. I live in New England with my husband and our three children, along with our ancient dog and arrogant cat, quickly sap the rest of it. I accept virtual gifts of coffee, chocolate, and cupcakes.
Website  |  Blog | Facebook  | Twitter  | Pinterest Goodreads

Giveaway Details:

1 signed paperback of THE BEAUTIFUL & THE CURSED and a signed hardcover of THE LOVELY & THE LOST plus signed swag (US Only)

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Tour Schedule

 

Week One

5/12/2014Dark Faerie TalesGuest Post

5/13/2014Alice Marvels – Guest Post

5/14/2014Lili’s ReflectionsReview

5/15/2014Book SwoonReview

5/16/2014FiktshunInterview Luc

Week Two

5/19/2014Bookhounds YAReview

5/20/2014YaReadsReview

5/21/2014Tales of the Ravenous ReaderInterview

5/22/2014Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post-Nolan

5/23/2014Refracted Light ReviewsInterview

 

 

Blog Tour
May 19, 2014 posted by Nichole

Book Blitz: Hold Me: life after the outbreak, book 3 by LJ Baker

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Hold MeAbout the Book:

Hold Me: life after the outbreak, book 3 by LJ Baker

Genre: YA Dystopian Romance

Published: April 16th, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21826329-hold-me

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hold-Life-After-Outbreak-Book-ebook/dp/B00JRGBON0

Synopsis: Nothing comes easy in a post-zombie-apocalyptic world and Andi is used to losing the people she cares about. But when Will gets infected so soon after getting him back, she can’t accept the possibility that her life may have to go on without him. She clings to Dan for support through one impossible situation after another, and although there are some bright spots, the darkness just keeps rolling in.

When finally things seem to be settling down, and she thinks she might actually have a shot at a normal life, the unthinkable happens. She struggles with knowing nothing will ever be the same again and moving on to honor the memory of the one person she thought would always be there. But that’s easier said than done, and Andi finds has to fight harder than ever just to hold on.

About the Author:

LJ Baker

L J lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, four kids, two cats, and an inherited dog from hell (a.k.a. the sewer gremlin). Though writing has always been her first passion, she got a degree in psychological counseling and worked in the mental health field for awhile, which she finds very helpful in dealing with her crazy family. She is a lover of all different types of music and books, switching between genres so wildly it sometimes makes people wonder if she has multiple personalities. She is most likely to be found writing romance stories of all kinds (contemporary, erotic, new adult, young adult, fantasy, etc.) and enjoys jumping genres just for the fun of it. When she’s not writing, she prefers to spend her time reading, taking photos, or spending time with her family.

Website: http://www.lj-baker.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorLJBaker

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLJBaker

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/LJBakerBryk

Instagram: http://instagram.com/authorljbaker

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+LisaBryk/posts

 

Read below for an excerpt from Hold Me:

Dan and I found the parts we needed, a small cache of fuel, and even a few cans of beef stew, just in time for the rain to begin. I was actually used to walking in the rain, but he insisted we hang back a bit and wait for it to slow down. We found an abandoned hardware store to sit in until the big baby decided he wouldn’t melt in the storm.

The store was a mess, shelves knocked over, most of the good items cleaned out, but scattered around in the mess, there were still some usable finds. Dan found a canvas tool bag halfway under one of the fallen shelves and he pried it loose to fill with whatever he found that might be useful. I wasn’t really sure what most of it was, but he seemed to have an idea what he was doing so I left it to him.

In front near one of the large windows, there was a workbench and stool, so I made myself comfortable and sat down to wait. There were names carved into the wooden top of the workbench with dates and little sayings. Some were written in pen, listing the date they were there, and others were carved in with whatever tool they might have had at the time. There were a few dates that were recent, but most of it looked to be from before the outbreak. The kind of thing teenagers did to leave their mark on the world. Back when it seemed like that was so important.

I’d actually been in that particular store a few times with my Dad when I was younger. Even if it was just to run a small errand or pick something up for Mom, he usually brought me with him. I could remember when I got to the age where it was more of a chore than it was cool to hang out with my dad. In another life, I might have been one of those kids carving their name into the work bench, counting the minutes before I could get back home to complain to my friends about the agony of my wasted time.

I pulled out my knife and absently carved my name into the splintered wood. Making a mark on the world was so much more important since the outbreak than ever before, because life was so much more uncertain. Not that carving my name into an old piece of wood would make my existence mean something. It didn’t. But I wanted there to be some evidence in the world that I was there. That I existed. That I mattered.

“Whatcha doing, love?” Dan came up from behind me and peered over my shoulder.

I shrugged and continued carving the last letters of my name. “Making my mark.”

Dan raised an eyebrow and sat down next to me. He looked like he was about to say something, maybe tell me not to worry or that we weren’t all going to die, but instead, he pulled out a screwdriver from his newly collected hoard, and started carving his name in next to mine.

Andi Sheppard and Dan MacNamara. Our names immortalized forever in a useless wooden table.

I looked over the words and pressed my finger to the indentations in the wood. It wasn’t much, but it was something. If the world ever went back to something resembling normal, it was something to let them know we were there. I wanted to do something important. Something that would be remembered.

But what?

“Do you ever think that there is no point to all of this?” I tilted my head up and looked at Dan. He narrowed his eyes and glanced over me like I was a little nuts. “Like… everything we go through… then we die and it’s like we were never even here. We don’t matter.

“Of course we matter. Just as much as we ever did. You think that because there are zombies that everything that was important before, just isn’t anymore?” He turned to face me and trapped my legs between his knees.

“Yeah, don’t you?”

“No, I do not. If we were ever anything more than insignificant blips in time, then we are much more important now, than we ever were. What we do in this life matters, Andi. The people we help, the differences we make, just the fact that we survive at all, is important. You are important. You will be remembered and missed and thought about after you’re gone. The same way you would have been if that virus never took over and the world was exactly how it was two years ago.”

Dan took my hands into his and looked for a long moment into my eyes. “What did you want for your life before the outbreak?”

It was a valid question. I didn’t have a real answer, but it was valid.

“I don’t really know, I guess. To go to college, find a career, get married, have children. The usual stuff.”

“Okay, so you might not get to go to a traditional college and have that whole dorm experience, but tell me why you can’t do every one of those things now?”

“Don’t be insane. I can’t…”

Can’t what? Go to college. But, I’d learned more in the two years since the outbreak than I ever would have at college. Find a career? I’d almost joined the military and after my stint at the infirmary, I knew I had options. Get married… well not legally, but that didn’t even matter since there was no real government and law anymore.

“Well…?”

“I don’t know. I mean, I guess that makes sense. It’s just that… I don’t even know.”

Dan smiled and lifted my chin up to look at him. “Sweetheart, you can do anything you want to do. As much as things are different, they’re the same. It’s whatever we make of it. We are the pioneers of this new world. Like Ben Franklin and shit.”

We both laughed at his ridiculousness, but he was right. I was focusing on all the wrong things. If I wanted to leave a mark, there was so much more I could do besides carve my name into a forgotten workbench in a ransacked hardware store. I could find a way to really leave a mark.

 

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Author Interviews
May 14, 2014 posted by Nichole

Revelation Blog Tour: Interview with Randi Cooley Wilson

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About the Book:

Revelation, (The Revelation Series, Volume One)

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Published: May 1st, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20787232-revelation

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/revelation-randi-cooley-wilson/1119059118?ean=2940045798358

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/revelation/id850865950?mt=34

A DIVINE SECRET,

A LOYAL PROTECTOR,

A FORBIDDEN LOVE.

Eve Collins starts her freshman year at college blissfully unaware that one revelation will challenge everything she’s believed to be true about her family, life, and future, and right in the midst of it all is Asher St. Michael.

Mysterious and aloof, Asher is appointed to protect Eve at all costs. Bound by his oath of loyalty to mankind, loving her is forbidden.

Dark and enigmatic, Gage Gallagher may be even more dangerous to Eve than the demonic army that hunts her.

Caught in the middle of a centuries old war, Eve must choose sides knowing that the wrong choice will cost more than just her life.

Can Asher and Eve fulfill their destinies or will their love destroy everything?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

This is volume one of a series.

About the Author:

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Randi was born and raised in Massachusetts where she attended Bridgewater State University and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies. After graduation she moved to California where she lived happily bathed in sunshine and warm weather for fifteen years.

Randi and her husband recently moved back to Massachusetts with their daughter where she was encouraged to begin writing again.

Revelation is her first novel and The Revelations Series is her first New Adult Paranormal Romance book series.

“I’ve had a love affair with books, writing and storytelling since childhood. It has been a dream of mine to introduce this world and these characters to you. I hope I’ve done them justice.”

Randi loves to hear from readers, you can reach out to her via Twitter: R_CooleyWilson and/or Facebook: authorrandicooleywilson

Website: http://randicooleywilson.com/

Author Interview:


Can you tell us about your book, Revelation, in 15 words or less?

Revelation is a journey of self-discovery, love, and sacrifice.

What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene to write was the beginning of chapter 14. It’s a scene set in a college library with Eve (main character), Aria (her best friend) and Leo (Aria’s boyfriend) it was just light and fun. The banter between the three had me laughing for days.

What was the hardest scene to edit out?

There was a steamy scene between Asher and Eve toward the end of the book that we edited out because we felt they were moving too fast. I might post it on my website though at a later date. ;)

How many books will be in this series?

At the moment there are five books slated. Restraint (book #2) is releasing in August of 2014 and Redemption (book #3) will be releasing in November or December of 2014.

Are you currently working on anything else?

Yes! I have two stand-alone new adult romance projects going on that I’m very excited about and look forward to releasing.

What is one of your favorite quotes from Revelation?

It’s actually a quote from Gage. “Those who we care for, who hide things from us, take away our free will to decide what our destiny should be.”

Are there any hunky male characters that we should look forward to in Revelation?

Revelation is packed full of hotties. I hope readers will find themselves drawn to the dark and intense elements of Eve’s protector, Asher St. Michael and also the always sexy and mysterious Gage Gallagher.

What is the best book you’ve read recently?

I just read Collision Course by S. C. Stephens who is one of my favorite current authors. It was really good.

What is currently in your TBR pile?

Gosh, I’m so behind on my reading. Under The Never Sky by Veronica Rossi is next up on my list. I’m also looking forward to reading Entice (Eagle Elite #3) by Rachel Van Dyken, whom I adore, as well as, salivating for Iniquity by Amy Bartol. Hurry up Bartol!

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April 30, 2014 posted by Nichole

A Life, Forward Blog Tour: Top Ten Quotes from A Life, Redefined and A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer

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A Life, Redefined by Tracy Hewitt Meyer, book ONE in the Rowan Slone Series

Published June 21st, 2013

Published by Cerulean Publishing

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18111627-a-life-redefined

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Redefined-Rowan-Slone-Novel-ebook/dp/B00DL5XGYI

Seven years ago, an innocent act by Rowan Slone turned her life into a nightmare. Since the age of ten she’s lived with the burden of her baby brother’s death. Now she is seventeen and all she wants to do is graduate high school, go to college, and escape the loveless family she has endured all these years—the same family that holds her responsible for his death. But no one holds her responsible more than herself.

When long-time crush Mike Anderson invites her to the Prom, suddenly her future looks brighter. Rowan’s younger sister, Trina, however, is determined to ruin her new-found happiness, no matter the cost. And when Rowan discovers her mother’s long-held secret, she finds herself teetering on the edge of an abyss. Can Rowan find the strength to move toward the future or is she doomed to dwell in the past?

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A Life, Forward by Tracy Hewitt Meyer, book TWO in the Rowan Slone Series

Genre: New Adult

Published: April 7th, 2014

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21852694-a-life-forward

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Life-Forward-Rowan-Slone-Novel-ebook/dp/B00JHRYEJA

A New Adult Novel

Her father is gone. Her mother is in jail. And Rowan Slone has left her dysfunctional, violent past behind. With college looming on the horizon, she has a new job that she loves, and a safe place to call home. She is close to achieving everything she ever wanted-a sense of family, a sense of purpose, and a sense of self.

But there are cracks in Rowan’s life that threaten to send her future crumbling to the ground. When her relationship begins to suffer, her father returns and her long-held secret is discovered, Rowan must find the courage to fight for the most important thing yet-herself.

 

 

Quotes from A Life, Redefined, Book #1 in the Rowan Slone Series.

  • Rowan, the main character in the Rowan Slone Series, writes poetry. This poem begins the first book:

When the darkness is too great,

When the pain is too real,

There is nothing but sharp edges,

Razor slices,

To remind me that I am alive.

  • Scene between Rowan and her guidance counselor, Miss J.:

“It wasn’t your fault. You never should’ve been left alone with an infant. You were only ten. It’s time to leave that to the past so that you can have a future.”

“I’m fine. Just fine.” My heart threatened to stop working the way it did anytime the past was brought up. “I’m making the grades. Doing fine. Why are we talking about this?”

She stepped toward me. “You carry the past with you like it’s a bag of heavy stones weighing you down. I can see the strain on your face every day. You have to move on or you won’t be able to have a future.

I slammed the door on my way out.

  • An exchange between Rowan and her younger sister, Trina, over the death of their baby brother and the effect it had on the family.

 

“It changed everything didn’t it?” Trina released her words in shorts spats. I could almost see them; like when they left her lips, they took on a physical form. Little balls of crusty blackness, their insides full of hidden, yet raging lava. And that lava shot out of the blackness as she spewed words at me.

  • Scene between Rowan and Mike:

“Yes.” Mike crossed his arms over his chest. He kicked his back-pack away from his feet. Leaning down into my face, his eyes level with mine, he said, “Yes.”

“Yes, what?” I managed.

“Yes, I do care about you that much. And you know what else?”

I shook my head.

“You’re beautiful.”

I burst into tears.

  • Rowan battling her demons and struggling to cope.

It was quiet inside the stall. The metal wall was cold against the heat of my palm and I rested it there for a long time-taking in, then releasing, deep breaths. My mind cleared. The anticipation built with each breath I took; the anticipation of the oncoming release. By the time I slipped my hand into my pocket and pulled out the cold, sharp razor blade, I was almost giddy.

Quotes from A Life, Forward, Book #2 in the Rowan Slone Series.

  • Poem that begins the second book:

It shines ahead.

A glimmer. A flash.

Then it is gone.

Like it never existed.

But I saw it.

And it changed me.

  • Rowan is trying to have breakfast with her best friend, Jess, and her sister comes bounding into the restaurant:

“Rowan!” Trina squealed again, as if the first time she said my name wasn’t enough. She bounced toward us, her face lit up with teeth and lipstick, and bright splashes of blush.

Her blonde ponytail flapped behind her like a windshield wiper as her hips swayed in a way no sixteen-year-old’s should. I slouched down into the booth. My sister was the last person I wanted to see.

Why?

Because I hated her.

  • Another of Rowan’s poems:

Will winter be gone,

Or will it always reside?

Will the darkness flitter away,

Or will it never subside?

  • Rowan is reflecting on her time living at the Anderson’s:

This room, this house, had become my safe zone; Mike and his family my salvation. Where would I be if they hadn’t taken me in? Would I still be in that run-down home where the shadows of my childhood were a permanent fixture on the walls? Would I be in the hospital sharing a room with Trina, both of our wrists cut, bleeding, our souls dying?

  • Rowan, thinking about her father, talking to her grandmother:

“See? He loved you, honey. Always.”

I collapsed into my Gran’s arms. At some point she eased the paper out of my hand so my tears wouldn’t smear the drawing.

What did this mean? My dad had loved me? He’d been happy enough to have a baby daughter that he drew a picture of me? And was it him I was smiling at in the picture?

This changed everything. Everything.

Thank you, YA Reads, for having me today!

 

About the Author:

Tracy Hewitt Meyer

Tracy Hewitt Meyer is a multi-genre, multi-published author of new adult fiction as well as adult paranormal and contemporary romance. She has a B.A. in English and a Master of Social Work, both of which feed her true passion-a love of writing. Born and raised in the beautiful state of West Virginia, Tracy now lives in the mid-east with her family, a goldendoodle, and a bearded dragon.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5323127.Tracy_Hewitt_Meyer

Website: http://www.tracyhewittmeyer.com/

Twitter: @TracyHMeyer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TracyHewittMeyer

 

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Author Interviews
April 28, 2014 posted by Nichole

Blog Tour: The Shadow Prince by Stacey O’Neale Review + Author Interview

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20542942This prequel novella is FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he’s capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

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My Review:

The Shadow Prince started out really well done. It was full of detail and high fantasy elements that immediately captured my attention. I loved the whole concept of Avalon and elemental creatures. In fact, I would definitely say that The Shadow Prince was very similar feeling to the Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa and the Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer

A slight problem that this novella had was that there was a little too much detail crammed into this tiny novella. On one hand that’s awesome because that means that the first book is going to be perfectly set up to just jump into action. On the other hand, that also means that the novella itself was a little too squished together for my personal taste. I did really enjoy the book, but I also feel that the novella should have just been a whole first books so that it had more room to grow.

I wish that the author would have turned this into a high fantasy book instead of more of a urban paranormal book. I say this because the high fantasy elements that were included in this book were amazing. What needed to be done is the modern day qualities needed to be completely wiped from this book and it needed to be more focused on a different world with unique creatures and powers. If it would have stuck to that field, I would be sitting here gushing about the Lord of the Rings qualities that the book had. However, the modern day qualities tended to give it a cheesy type of feel that did not appeal to me.

I really enjoyed the characters. I liked how there were the good guys and then the really bad guys. I kept having a slight problem with the main character, because he seemed a lot older than I think he was supposed to be portrayed as. I kept thinking he was around 25, but I think he was realistically supposed to be around 16 or 17. It’s not really a complaint of the book, but I kept getting confused why the main character was interested in a 15 year old girl. I think that he was just portrayed as a little too mature for his age.

Overall, I thought that this was a good book that definitely has the potential to be expanded. This series is going to appeal to many readers, especially high fantasy lovers!

 

Pages: 111

Publication Date: March 25th 2014

Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing

Rating: : ★★★☆☆

 

Author Interview with Stacey O’Neale

unnamed (1)Stacey O’Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.

Can you tell us about your novella, The Shadow Prince, in 15 words or less?

I think THE SHADOW PRINCE at its core is about friendship, making tough choices, and survival.

 What genre is The Shadow Prince?

Upper YA Paranormal

When will the first book in the Mortal Enchantment series be released?

May 20, 2014

Will the first book take place immediately after this novella or will some time have passed?

The first chapter of MORTAL ENCHANTMENT is basically the last chapter of THE SHADOW PRINCE, but it’s in Kalin’s point of view. It continues forward from there.

Do you intend to write more novellas for the Mortal Enchantment series?

I’ve been asked by a few reviewers to write Marcus and Ariel’s story. If I do, it will be something I offer to readers for free like THE SHADOW PRINCE.

 Is Marcus gone forever or can we expect to see more of him in the future? Will he ever get Ariel?

Marcus will be in MORTAL ENCHANTMENT. He comes back into the story in a really special way. It made one of my beta readers cry. I’m not going to tell you if he gets the girl. ;-)

When The Shadow Prince took place, Rowan seemed to have some concrete decisions about what he wanted to do with his kingdom. Toward the end of the novella, though, he seemed to just abandon those thoughts. Did his punishment bring about that decision or was it something else?

He never abandoned those thoughts. By giving up the crown, he made the ultimate sacrifice. When he decided to watch over Kalin, he believed he was doing what was best for his people. Meaning, he thought he was acting as a king would. And, judging by the events in the last chapter, he was right.

What can we expect from Rowan and Kalin throughout the series?

Lots! It’s interesting because Kalin is completely unaware of what’s happened over the last year. King Taron told Rowan he never wanted her to know, so when certain events happen, their perspectives are quite different. There will definitely be lots of friction.

Are you currently working on anything else?

I’m halfway through an adult science fiction romance. It’s the first book in a trilogy. It reminds me a bit of the 90’s show, Roswell. After I finish, I have to write book two in the MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.

What do you have planned after this series?

I’d like to bounce between YA and Adult Paranormal Romance. Once I finish the two series I mentioned in #9, I have a YA Urban Fantasy series I’m chomping at the bit to write.

 What is the best book you’ve read recently?

WHITE HOT KISS by Jennifer L. Armentrout! I absolutely love Roth and I will fight dirty if anyone tries to claim him. ;-p

What is currently in your TBR pile?

LOL! I have over 300 books on my TBR. I read anything YA or Adult in Fantasy, Paranormal, Steampunk, Dystopian, Science Fiction, and even Contemporary Romance! I try to read a book a week. The only time I don’t is when I’m close to a deadline.

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