#BlogTour #Excerpt #Giveaway Sentinels by LC Conn @ConnLoraine @RRBookTours1

Today I have an excerpt from Sentinels by LC Conn and a giveaway to win a Digital Box Set of The One True Child Series (Books 1-3) (see bottom of the post) but first a little about the book:

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Title: Sentinels: Book 1 of the one true child series by L.C. Conn

Date Published: 14th February 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Description:

The world is new, created from a great explosion caused by Chaos in a childish rage. Order is born from the intense light of the explosion, sent as a balance to the Dark One. As the world is created around It, Order realises that It cannot stand alone and creates the Sentinels. Extreme beings with amazing powers, they shape and mould the world, creating creatures and plants to inhabit it. A world of light and love.

Chaos cannot understand why these beings will not bend to his will and worship him. He tries to destroy their work and riles against them. In answer, Order forms a plan. A being; born of two of the Sentinels, with abilities stronger than their own. A child in human form, who must be raised by The People in order to understand their race. The One True Child.

Carling is that child. Raised in the sacred valley in secret, along with her four brothers. Raised by Tarl’a, the Keeper of the Stones and her husband, Mailcon. Her life is quiet and uneventful, until she turns thirteen. It is then she learns of her true identity and purpose on earth. Now she must come to terms with this great change and prospect of finally being able to leave the valley to be taught her skills by the Sentinels. She must do this before Chaos can find her and attack before she is ready.

It is a story of learning and growing, of making mistakes and building on them. It is good vs evil, light vs dark and love vs hate. Carling’s very life depends on the love of her family and he soul-mate. It is also a story about how the world will only survive if we can control hatred and learn to love.

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CHAPTER EXCERPT:

Chapter Two

And that, my children, is how the world came to be,” Tarl’a told the boys, their eyes bright as they pulled the covers tighter over themselves. The wind howled outside the small hut.

Ma, we are descended from Red, then?” the oldest of the boys asked.

Yes, Galen; we are. We were born to look after the stones, but that is not for you or your brothers to worry about. It is always the women who watch the stones.”

But we have no sisters,” he spoke plainly.

I am still young enough to have more children, Galen. Now sleep, all of you.”

Tarl’a moved back to the fire and to the side of her husband, Mailcon. He put his arm around her as she began to sing a quiet song to send the boys to sleep.

There have been no more children for some time now, my love,” he said to her quietly once the boys were asleep.

There is still time, Mailcon.”

You should go to the stones and seek the Ancestors’ help. I am sure they will help you conceive the daughter you so desperately want.”

I will go next summer if there is no child before then. Loc is only two summers old now. There is still time,” Tarl’a said adamantly.

Mailcon drew her closer and they lay together beside the warm fire. He kissed her gently and they joined together as they had on so many long winter nights. But in her heart, she knew it would do no good. The feeling of no more children was overwhelming her; she had no daughter to pass the task on to, and that worried her the most.

In the morning as Tarl’a made the long trek up the hill to the sacred stones, she stopped at the spring, drank her fill, and then rounded the up-thrusting rock that protected the stones. Standing at the entrance, she waited. Normally her Ancestor would not take long to answer her call, but today she waited for a long time. She was about to give up when a shimmer of light flickered at the entrance and formed into a being whose light shone brightly.

Being so used to the red hue of her Ancestor, this one startled her and she took a step back at the staggering presence of Order.

Tarl’a, daughter of our son, you seek guidance.”

She sank to her knees and bowed to him, the One. Order came and lifted her up. “We do not seek your reverence; we do not seek adulation. We do not set ourselves up as gods,” It said gently.

I only sought guidance from my Ancestor; I never thought that you yourself would ever appear to me.” She still held Order’s hand, and slowly It drew her into the circle.

We came to seek your permission to put a plan into action,” Order told her as they reached the centre.

My permission?”

Yes child. We would not force this request onto you; we are not Chaos. This must first be agreed upon and discussed greatly before it can happen.”

What is it you wish from me?”

You came seeking understanding as to why there have been no more children for you in the last two turnings of the seasons. It is as we wish. If you say no to our request, you shall have the child you have wished for—a daughter.”

And what is this request?”

That, my child, is a great burden that we are afraid may be heartbreaking and hard for you to take on. If you take on our request, there shall be no more children for you and Mailcon. You have your four boys, one of whom the protector line shall pass through; this we have allowed. The task we ask of you is to foster a special child—a girl. The hopes and fate of this world shall rest heavily on her tiny shoulders.”

Who is this girl—where does she come from?”

The child will be born from two of our children, a true child. It has always been forbidden, this type of union, but she is a necessity. Chaos will become stronger and more of a threat to this world, and that cannot be allowed to happen. This child shall become even greater in the abilities than our children. She will come to possess the energy of the universe, and will hopefully one day defeat Chaos.”

Why do you wish for us to foster her? She should be trained by her parents, by you.”

Tarl’a, through the guidance of you and Mailcon, through your understanding and love for her, will she grow to have the traits that will be necessary. The child would not get that from her parents. She would be too much like them; though they are not arrogant, their sense of self-worth would be passed to her. We have thought long and hard about this child. You and Mailcon, as the descendants of their brother and sister, are the perfect pair to bring this child up. We do not ask you to take this on lightly; we ask you to go and think about it and talk with Mailcon.”

I will think about it.” Tarl’a nodded.

Order placed a hand on her head. “Our blessings and love be upon you. Go in peace until we meet again, Tarl’a. We will wait for your answer. Take your time and make sure you know what it is you are taking on.”

When Tarl’a looked up, Order was gone and she was left with a singing in her heart. As far as she could remember, no one had ever been visited by the Great Light before.

Mailcon stood at the door as his wife came back down the hill; he could see already that something momentous had been revealed to her.

Galen, take the boys and go collect deadfall for the fire,” he told his eldest son.

Yes, Da.” The young boy, only six summers old, gathered his brothers up; taking the youngest by the hand, he led them down the valley towards the woods that hid the entrance.

Mailcon waited for Tarl’a to get nearer, and she gave him a weary smile. “There was no need to send the boys off,” she said as she entered the small house.

The set of your face suggested otherwise to me. What did your Ancestor have to say?”

It was not Red I met with at the stones.” She turned to him with a worried frown.

Which one was it? Was it mine, Violet?”

No. Mailcon, it was Order.”

Mailcon stood looking at her. “Order? The Highest Being?”

Yes.” Tarl’a sat by the fire and stirred it to life, placing a pot on the edge.

Why would Order appear to you? Order has never done this before.”

No, not to my knowledge has anyone been so blessed. But I was today. The power that emanates from the Being is immense.”

Are you able to tell me what Order wanted?”

Yes; we need to discuss this very carefully. It is a great honour that will be bestowed on us, but one that comes with disappointment, I think, for you.”

What is it? You are scaring me.”

Order wishes us to foster a girl, a very special girl.”

Is that all? Of course we will take her in.”

Mailcon, it would mean there would be no more children for us. If we refuse, we will have one more child—a girl. But if we take this child in, she will become our daughter.”

Who is this girl and why are we being asked?”

A true child of the Ancestors. Born of two from Order, not from a mere mortal. She is needed to battle Chaos; her abilities will be great and stronger than the Ancestors themselves. We have been asked to take her in and raise her as our own, to give her the necessary human traits that Order thinks she will need to defeat Chaos.”

Mailcon sat beside her as he poked the fire. Tarl’a started to place grain and meat into the boiling water in the pot, beginning the meal for the evening.

Think on it, Mailcon. It is something we must agree on together,” she told him and then stood to see where the boys were.

In the quiet of the house with just the crackling of the fire, he contemplated the great task that lay before him and his wife. The prospect of not having any more children came to him, but either way there would be one child, a girl. He poked the fire one more time, watching the embers flare and glow brightly.

My son,” a sweet voice said beside him. He looked up and saw the softly glowing form of Violet. She sat beside him and smiled.

My Ancestor, you do me honour by visiting me here at our hearth,” he greeted her.

I sense a great worry in you, my son. I have already talked to the two who have been asked this task and assured them that their child would be in no better hands than those of yourself and Tarl’a. Red is of the same opinion. I feel your hesitation.”

When you sent me here, I thought I would be given some great task. Instead I found myself falling in love with Tarl’a. Is this the task you sent me here for? To raise this child?”

It is, my son. We have been planning this child since Order first made us aware of her necessity.”

I am not worried about having no more children; we have our four boys. I am only worried for Tarl’a’s sake.”

Your wife will love this child without question or hesitation. She is waiting for you alone to make the decision. She comes back.” Violet stood and waited for Tarl’a to duck under the doorway.

As she straightened up, her eyes grew wide.

Violet, you do us a great honour.”

No, daughter of my brother, you and my son do us a great honour by even considering what has been asked of you.”

We have not decided,” Tarl’a told her.

No, you have not, and we await your decision eagerly. I will leave you. My blessings on you both and your sons.”

Thank you, Violet. Until we meet again,” Mailcon said, coming to his feet and standing with his wife.

The Ancestor disappeared, and they were left alone. The noise of the boys coming back to the hut floated in through the door, and Tarl’a turned to her husband.

Was she demanding an answer?”

No. She would not do that. Only encouraging. I think either way we will have a daughter. We should be honoured that we have been asked to take on the role of parents to the child. Will you be all right, knowing you did not birth her?”

A little saddened that the line will not follow my own true daughter’s. But Order told me that it shall pass through one of our boys. Are you sure you want to take this on, Mailcon?”

He took her in his arms and held her. “Yes, I am sure. She will be loved and cared for, and she will be well protected until she comes into her abilities.”

Then it is settled. We will go to the stones tomorrow and let them know,” Tarl’a declared.

Da, Ma!” The call came from outside, and Galen put his head in the doorway. “We have visitors.” He ducked back out and the couple exited.

Before them stood a dazzling array of colour in a semi-circle around the house. They came towards the couple, and as they closed in together they merged into the one light. Order held out Its hands to them both.

Thank you, our children. It has gladdened our hearts to know that you will look after this child.”

It is our honour, Order,” Mailcon told him.

The child will be born, as is the order of these things, in nine months hence. When we leave, we shall leave the two that are to birth her for you to get to know. A protection shall be placed over this valley. It shall only be allowed to be entered by those who come to seek true knowledge from the stones and protect you from those of ill intent, including Chaos. The child must grow up here in this valley for the protection to work. She cannot leave, or we cannot guarantee that Chaos will not find out about her.”

We understand,” Tarl’a said.

Order turned and looked at the four boys all lined up in order; he came to stand in front of Galen, the eldest. “Galen, you shall be a great warrior with strength and flight abilities, and a protector.” He went to the next. “Ru, I see a guide with stealth and tongues, a peacemaker also; your life will take you far and wide. Uven, a healer and mind touch—perfect for an advisor. And finally, Loc. Animals will come from near and far to talk with you, but be careful you don’t fall too deeply into their midst; you shall also possess the ability of foresight.”

Each child looked up in awe at the magnificent being. The blessing Order had bestowed on each boy was more than they would have gotten in the normal way.

Each of these abilities will be necessary for the protection of the child. I must go now and leave you all to your lives. Yellow and Blue will tell you more. My blessings and love are on you both, Tarl’a and Mailcon.” Order’s last words floated away as It disappeared, and in Its place were two.

Yellow and Blue stood before them. “We find, Tarl’a and Mailcon, that we are in need of your guidance,” Yellow said softly, blushing.

Tarl’a’s view of the Ancestors changed that afternoon. While she had always thought of them as being all-knowing and aware, she now found that when it came to relationships between women and men, it was a different story. This confused her and she tried a few times with Yellow to find out how they had mated with the people, always stopping herself, unable to put it into words.

Is it always necessary to have affection for the person you wish to mate with?” Yellow asked naively.

No. Most find that it is a necessary part of the process,” Tarl’a said, embarrassed to be talking about it. “Sometimes a man can mate without consideration for his partner’s feelings or wishes.”

He can force himself on a woman?”

It has happened and sometimes the other way around as well. A man can be led easily into that state.”

As you have suggested.”

Yellow, may I ask you a question that may seem to be intrusive?”

You may, Tarl’a.”

How is it you have mated with the people but are so unaware of how to go about it?”

Ah, yes, that word may be a little misleading. We do not mate as the people do; we are not built the same as you. This form is my own choosing; I can change it as I see fit.” Yellow’s body evolved fluidly into that of a tall, muscular, and very good-looking man and then changed back. “As you see. When we mated with the nomadic people who came to our lands, we put an essence of ourselves inside each child as it lay in the womb. We passed the abilities that way, some of us more strongly and some of us more frequently than others.”

Is that still the case with each child?”

No. The abilities are now in the people. They will remain so until such a time that all necessity for the abilities is at an end—and Chaos has been defeated and cast out of this world for good.”

Will such a day come, Yellow?”

We hope with our child, the One True Child of the Ancestors, that it will be so.”

You would give up your child to be fostered by us?”

Yes. It is necessary for us to do so. I am not equipped to bring up a child properly who will be one of the people. I have already seen that I will love her and care for her down the ages. Her spirit will remain the same, as will her name.”

You have already chosen it?”

Very carefully, Tarl’a.”

Can you tell me her name?”

No, not until I place her into your arms. If I speak her name, she will already be in danger. A name is a great talisman for her. Her true name, when spoken, is a herald of her abilities. There will be a time in the far-off future when she will be called another name, but her true name will always be there, written across her spirit.”

You speak of a future; how can she live to be that old?”

You have foresight, Tarl’a; cannot you see the future for my daughter?”

I cannot; I have not met her yet.”

We shall talk again when I bring her to you and you will see what I see. She will be a great woman with a great capacity for love, and it is love she needs to deal with her tasks and trials.” Yellow stood from the meadow where she had sat with Tarl’a.

The sun was beginning to go down on such a strange day; the final rays over the tops of the forest at the valley’s end were orange and golden laced with purples on the clouds above. Yellow faced the sun and breathed in deeply, the swirling colours under her skin bright points of light that glowed momentarily.

Thank you, Tarl’a. I understand now the relationship between a woman and a man. I understand now more greatly the way a child is conceived. How I envy your ability to love a single man.”

You do not feel love for Blue?” Tarl’a asked, standing now before Yellow.

I feel affection for my brother, but not the love you so evidently have for your Mailcon. We are not permitted that kind of love. We are Sentinels. Guardians, Coimheadair, Ancestors, Ancient Ones are how we will be known. But as Sentinels it is our purpose to protect the world, guarding against Chaos, who inadvertently created both Order and us.” Yellow looked up and saw Blue and Mailcon walking towards them. “Would you consider Blue to be handsome?”

Tarl’a turned and watched the pair walk towards them. “Amongst The People, some would consider him to be an extremely handsome man, and many a heart would flutter over him. For myself, I find that he is too handsome.”

Thank you for your honesty,” Yellow said and went to meet the pair.

Blue held his hand out and she placed her own in his. To Tarl’a it almost appeared as if Yellow were blushing at the physical contact. Within moments, both Ancestors had vanished from sight with the last of the sun’s rays. Mailcon came to her side and placed an arm around her waist.

That had to be the most embarrassing conversation I have ever had.” He smiled as they walked back to the house.

You will have four more to make as they grow.” Tarl’a laughed, watching their boys playing around the house.

At least now I have had some practice.” He joined her laughter.

Tarl’a sat up in the middle of a stormy night; a voice had called to her in her dream and she was compelled to answer it. She got up and started to gather some things around her.

Mailcon woke with her movements and watched her for a moment before speaking.

What are you doing?” he whispered so as not to wake the children.

I have to go to the stones,” she told him, standing, now prepared.

It is the middle of the night and there is a storm.”

It is important, Mailcon. It’s the child,” she said and ducked out the door.

The wind whipped up around her, throwing sheets of water into her face and drenching her within moments, pulling and tearing at her clothes. Pushing through the tempest, she headed to the track on the hill, knowing where she was going in the inky darkness of the night. At the base of the hill a light shone into the blackness, a dark and deep colour; Indigo nodded as Tarl’a passed her and followed on up the track. At the next switch was Violet, a soft, warm light emitting from her. At each turn she was met—Green, Orange, Red, and finally Blue. At the last turning she was met with Order, glowing brightly and illuminating the way to the great circle of stones.

In the centre she found Yellow; the swirling colours under her skin raced now with the effort she was feeling of birthing the child. Tarl’a did not notice the drop in the wind or the absence of the rain as she entered the circle, coming to the Ancestors side.

How far along are you?” she asked the woman.

I don’t know; help me, please, Tarl’a. I was not meant to give birth.”

Let me check.” Tarl’a’s experience with her own four births came back to her as she checked Yellow. “It won’t be long; I can already feel the head.”

Yellow’s brothers and sisters all stood around the circle, placing themselves in between the great tall standing stones. Order had taken the place that would normally have been taken up by Yellow. All the Sentinels raised their hands and started to chant, the language unknown to her and unheard, as Tarl’a concentrated on Yellow and helping her.

The birth was long, and the storm that Yellow’s emotions had whipped up raged outside the circle. Inside she screamed out to the world, her hands grasping at the grass underneath her until with one great, final effort the child was born into the hands of the woman who would raise her. Tarl’a wiped the child and bundled the little girl up into the blankets she had brought, and then handed her to Yellow to hold.

Carefully, Yellow unwrapped the girl and stood. The parts of her she had changed so she could carry the baby were now gone, no longer needed. The pain she had felt was forgotten and was never to be remembered. But the love she instantly had for the little girl in her arms was immense, and she transferred as much as she could to the child.

Tarl’a stood back as the Ancestors all drew in close to see the girl, to bless her. Yellow passed her into the arms of Order and It held a hand over her tiny head; with eyes closed, Order saw the potential in the child and all the children down her line. Order nodded and smiled, then handed the child to Blue.

His own blessing he made on his daughter as he bent down and kissed her forehead. His own love he passed to her to join that of Yellow’s, then passed her to her mother.

Tarl’a, it is time,” Yellow said as she still gazed into the blue eyes of her daughter.

Tarl’a came forward now and stood before them all. As each passed her and stepped out of the circle, they gave her their own blessing. With just Blue, Yellow, and Order standing before her now, she accepted the child into her arms.

The child has a name; we spoke of it once before. It is now passed to you, but still you must not speak it until you are safely back inside your house. Take care of her, Tarl’a; let her know her parents love her.”

I will, Yellow. I will love her and protect her, but also let her know how special she is.”

No; she must grow with no preferential treatment, no special notice. The girl must grow strong in love of a family. We place her in your care along with Mailcon’s to raise her as your own,” Order told her.

We will do so.” Tarl’a bowed her head. When she looked up, the three had already started to move to the entrance and she turned to follow them.

As she descended with the precious bundle in her arms, the Sentinels once more guided their way in the dark of the night, their lights shining the path for her. The storm had abated and the clouds gave way to the starry sky above, a meteor show streaking golden across the inky sky. But she had no eyes for the wonder of the sparkly display.

They stayed with her until she reached the little house. Each once more blessed the child as she passed them on her way to the door, last of all Yellow with one final kiss for her daughter.

Tarl’a entered the house and found the fire built up and glowing brightly. At the side was Mailcon, dozing with his chin on his chest. He woke with a start at her touch and she sat beside him, unwrapping the child.

What is her name?” he asked her with wonder as he took the baby from her arms.

Carling.” The name came to her as clearly as if it had been called out into the room. “Carling is her name.”

Little Champion. It is truly a fitting name for her. She is so beautiful and perfect.”

About The Author:

L.C. Conn grew up on the outskirts of Upper Hutt, New Zealand. Her backyard encompassed the surrounding farmland, river, hills and mountains which she wandered with her brothers andlc conn - author photo fed her imagination.

After discovering a love for writing in English class at the age of eight, she continued to write in secret. It was not until much later in life that L.C. turned what she thought was a hobby and something fun to do, into her first completed novel.

Now married, L.C. moved from New Zealand to Perth, Western Australia, and became a stay at home mum. While caring for her family and after battling breast cancer, a story was born from the kernel of a dream. The first book of The One True Child Series was begun, and just kept blooming into seven completed stories.

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Title: Fountain Dead by Theresa Braun

Expected Publication Date: 20th November 2018

Genre: Mature YA, Horror/Paranormal

Description:

Mark is uprooted from his home and high school in the Twin Cities and forced to move with his family into a Victorian in Nowhere-ville. Busy with the relocation and fitting in, Mark’s parents don’t see what’s unfolding around them—the way rooms and left behind objects seem alive with a haunted past.

Of course, Mark keeps his ghostly encounters to himself, all the while sinking deeper into the house’s dark, alluring, and ultimately terrifying history. As romantic entanglements intensify, the paranormal activity escalates. Past and present come together. Everything is connected—from the bricks in the walls to the hearts beating in their chests, all the secrets of Fountain Dead are finally unearthed.

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Review:

Forced to move by his parents to a new town, to a new house is probably every teenagers nightmare but that’s just the beginning for Mark. He knows there’s something not right with the house, especially the basement and the neglected fountain outside but his parents ignore his pleas.

As ghostly visions and strange things start happening in the house, Mark must delve into the past and uncover the house’s secrets.

I want to reiterate the fact this is definitely the more mature end of the YA spectrum with plenty of mature themes and gruesome scenes that are not suitable for younger readers.

There are two timelines in the story, the first is Mark back in the eighties and the other is Emma eighteen sixties. While both timelines seem really well researched, I have to be honest I preferred the eighties timeline mainly because I actually got some of the reference, yay!

Both Emma and Mark well really well drawn characters, in a way I felt they were coming of age within the story. Emma wants nothing more than to become a teacher and get away from her horrible father and brother. She also quite a feisty character, gambling when it was frowned upon for women and she’s crack shot with a pistol. Mark is a little more sensitive, a bit angry, and is trying to figure out who he really is.

The problem I did have was keeping each timeline straight in my head, because of the back and forth between the two eras but that’s probably more to do with my terrible memory than the actual book!

Fountain Dead is that combines the supernatural with teenage angst to create a spooky, if not slightly gruesome, read.

About The Author:

Hmmm. What’s this? Looks like Ms. Braun left her computer on and her Goodreads bio open.

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What can we say about Theresa? I mean other than the fact that she’s weirdly obsessed with smiley faces :-). Like, seriously obsessed >:-*. It’s kinda scary :-O.

I think she thinks she’s from Renaissance England or Venice or something. I never could figure out which one it was. (She’s really bad at doing accents.)

She likes romance novels and crime TV, which are pretty much the same thing when you think about it. Ha! Am I right?

She has a hell of a singing voice. Seriously. It’s, like, seventh circle of hell bad.

She likes editing. A lot. Just wait till she get’s a load a this.

Cats. Shoes. Chips and salsa. In that order.

Yeah, that last part didn’t make sense to me either.

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#BlogTour Q&A The Kithseeker by M.K. Wiseman @rararesources @FaublesFables

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Today I’d to welcome M.K Wiseman to my blog and I want to thank Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me on this blog tour. I have an exclusive Q&A with M.K. but first a little about her new book:

Title: The Kithseeker by M.K Wiseman

Date Published: 21st August 2018

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Description:

France, 1680

Liara’s defense of the Wizard Nagarath has rendered Anisthe incantate–bereft of magick–but even this cannot guarantee her safety. Because the death of her father-in-magick would seal the girl’s fate, necessity demands she and her wizard maintain a watchful eye on the war mage, while protecting her from his dark designs.

Anisthe has embarked on a journey across Europe, aided by his half-fey manservant with an agenda all his own. They search for a legendary mirror that contains the world’s most powerful magick. Although the stuff of fairytales, the possibility of its existence compels Nagarath and Liara to seek the artifact themselves. Both know that should Anisthe lay claim to that power, Liara would be at his mercy and not even Nagarath could save her.

Thus, the pair find themselves at Versailles, surrounded by agents who ferret out magick users and destroy them. Uncertain who is friend and who is foe, with their rival on their heels, they must discover the mirror before Anisthe releases its evil, or worse, it lays claim to Liara’s magick and brings doom upon them all.

You Can Buy Your Copy Here:

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Now for my Q&A with M.K. Wiseman:

Can you tell me a little bit about your book?

Sure thing, The Kithseeker is the second in the Bookminder series. Continuing the story of Liara and Nagarath (and their enemy, the now incantate war mage, Anisthe of Vrsar) the stakes are raised and the world established in book 1 widens.

Where did the inspiration for your book come from?

Bookminders inspiration is three-fold. The “guts” of the plot-driving magick system came from a combination of a dream in 2004 and my job in the book assessment department of the main campus library. Add to that my Croatian heritage and, poof!, historical fantasy. (It was, of course, not that easy to develop from there. But the origins of the story are essentially as simple as that.)

If you could describe your book in one sentence what would it be?

17th century wizards fighting amongst themselves and causing chaos.

What is a typical writing day like for you?

Honestly, for me, a typical writing day is often punctuated and uneven. My dedicated writing time may grind to a halt under the siren call of emails or lawn mowing. (The perils of working from home.) That said, I don’t suffer from as much “Internet distraction” as others. Sure, I positively live on Twitter but I actually try to do my drafts on little yellow legal pads. No muss, no fuss, no stopping to watch cat videos. (Of course, I may someday be crushed to death by the stack of filled notebooks that live in my office closet.) For variety—and practicality, as I am a lefty with atrocious handwriting—I also have a 1937 Royal on my desk and a well-travelled laptop. Sort of depends on the scene and the deadline. If I’m thick in edits, I’ll usually jump right into a fresh document on my computer, just to save myself the extra work of transcription.

If you could recommend just one book to read what would it be and why?

Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams

What. A. Ride.

Seriously, if I can recommend just one book, just one, I’d have to say this one because you’ll get the most milage with it. It’s just . . . beautiful, hilarious, poignant, and exceptionally weird. It will stick with you. It will keep you up at night. And if you’re like me, you will return to it every few years and it will always bring a smile to your face.

Who are your favourite authors?

Laurie R. King; Orson Scott Card (his earlier work, specifically); Carol Kendall; Ursula LeGuin; Madeline L’Engle; J.R.R. Tolkien; Douglas Adams; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; & Adrian Conan Doyle

Tell me something interesting about yourself (that’s not in your author bio!)

I can’t swim/I sink in water. (Yes, I have been called to demonstrate this fact to the disbelieving. It is a bit of an Issue in my life, considering my love of sailing and fishing. No, I have not yet found a solution other than floaties and generally avoiding swimming pools.)

What are you currently working on?

Am currently working on Fatewreaker, book 3 of Bookminder, interspersed with a bit of work on other ‘back burner’ projects. I tend to work straight through a draft so as to not dawdle along the way or lose the voice of the particular project. But sometimes, my brain needs a break and so I dive into something else with unmatched fury, giving myself whatever it is I need to then go back to the actual task (with actual deadlines!) at hand.

Thank you M.K Wiseman for your great answers! I love that you recommend Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams, I haven’t read it years but I agree it is a great book!

Author Bio –

M. K. Wiseman has degrees in animation/video and library science – both from the University ofThe Kithseeker - MKWiseman_pic Wisconsin-Madison. Today, her office is a clutter of storyboards and half-catalogued collections of too, too many books. (But, really, is there such a thing as too many books?) When she’s not mucking about with stories, she’s off playing brač or lying in a hammock in the backyard of her Cedarburg home that she shares with her endlessly patient husband.

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#Review The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert

Title: The Hazel Wood (Hazel Wood #1) by Melissa Albert

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 8th February 2018

Genre: YA Fantasy

Description:

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice’s life on the road, always a step ahead of the strange bad luck biting at their heels.

But when Alice’s grandmother, the reclusive author of a book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate – the Hazel Wood – Alice learns how bad her luck can really get.

Her mother is stolen, by a figure who claims to come from the cruel supernatural world from her grandmother’s stories.

Alice’s only lead is the message her mother left behind: STAY AWAY FROM THE HAZEL WOOD.

To retrieve her mother, Alice must venture first to the Hazel Wood, then into the world where her grandmother’s tales began . . .

Review:

Alice has spent her life on the road having to move from place to place after strange incidents and bouts of bad luck. Her mum Ella is the only family she has after being estranged from her grandmother, writer and recluse Althea Prosperine who wrote a book of fairy tales that are so rare that anyone who gets their hands on them becomes obsessed with them.

A letter arrives announcing the death of Althea and telling them that they have inherited her estate, the Hazel Wood. Ella takes this as a sign that their luck has changed and settles in New York, not wanting anything to do with her mother’s estate, but suddenly she vanishes. Strange things start to happen as Alice begins see people from her grandmother’s stories walking around the city.

As the real world and the fairy tale world collide, Alice embarks on a treacherous journey to find her mother with the help of her friend Ellery Finch.

So I decided to take a break from my usual crime fiction and delve into a bit of fantasy, a genre I haven’t read for a while. This book is also young adult but I’d say it’s at the older end of the spectrum just because there is a bit of bad language and violence.

I love the writing style, there’s this almost poetic feel to the whole book. My favourite part had to be the very creepy fairy tales that are scattered through the book, which are really dark and twisted with no sort of moral to the story. I really hope the author releases them as a separate companion book in the future.

It took me a little time to warm up to Alice, just because I found her to be quite angry and standoffish. Her relationship with her mother could also be categorised as seriously clingy/sisterly which I always find a little cringe worthy. I did however like Ellery Finch, Alice’s friend, who hides his sadness under a smile and even though she keeps being horrible to him, he’s there when Alice needs him the most.

Yes there was the standard YA trope of the mum getting kidnapped but I can forgive that because the story is so twisty and absorbing you kind of forget.

The Hazel Wood is original, enchanting and a little mind bending too.

I know the next book is due out next year and I’m interested to see where the author will take it next as I felt that it kind of round off the story at the end of the book.

Rating: 4.5/5

About The Author:

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for McSweeney’s, Time Out Chicago, MTV, and more. Melissa is from Illinois and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

#BlogTour #Review The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson @bookouture

Title: The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker by Kerry Wilkinson

Publisher: Bookouture

Date Published: 26th July 2018

Genre: YA/Mystery/Paranormal

Description:

I will never forget the night I drowned…’

Seventeen-year-old Eleanor Parker wakes up cold and alone in the river that twists through her quiet village. She remembers a hand on her chest, another on her head, water in her throat, those final gasps for air…

Her brother’s girlfriend was drowned in the same river the summer before, held under the water by an unknown killer.

Determined to unlock the mystery of what really happened that night, Eleanor can’t escape the feeling that something terrible links her to the previous summer’s murder. But will she discover the shocking truth, before it’s too late?

A gripping and extraordinary coming of age novel that will keep you guessing until the very end. 

Review:

Eleanor Parker wakes up on the side of the river, the same river her brother’s girlfriend Sarah died in the summer before. She can’t remember the previous night just someone holding her under the water until she died…but somehow she’s still walking, talking, breathing, how is that possible?

Eleanor doesn’t feel right. She can’t eat or smell or even sleep. The only way she’s going to find peace is to find out who killed Sarah and who tried to kill her.

Now Kerry Wilkinson has been on my radar for a while now but this is actual the first book I’ve read by him and it definitely won’t be the last! This death and life of Eleanor Parker is the kind of novel that you can’t really pigeon hole into one genre, in a good way, it’s young adult, mystery with a hint of paranormal.

There’s also a mystery within a mystery. First there’s who tried to kill her, then there’s how is she still walking and talking? Is she a zombie or something else?

I loved Eleanor or Ellie as she’s called through most of the book. She’s funny, sarcastic, massively overthinks things and has to deal with bullies, a normal teenager really. She’s also not perfect either, regularly arguing with her mum and brother.

Kerry Wilkinson really captured the slightly claustrophobic atmosphere of a small village where everyone knows everyone and anything that goes wrong is blamed on strangers because it couldn’t possibly be someone they know.

This book ended up being a complete breath of fresh air, which although I did figure out who the killer was (eventually) it kept me guessing. I’d recommend this for anyone who wants to read a unique and out of the box mystery.

Rating: 5/5

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Author Bio:

Kerry Wilkinson has had No.1 bestsellers in the UK, Canada, South Africa and Singapore, as Kerry Wilkinsonwell as top-five books in Australia. He has also written two top-20 thrillers in the United States.

As well as his million-selling Jessica Daniel series, Kerry has written the Silver Blackthorn trilogy – a fantasy-adventure serial for young adults – a second crime series featuring private investigator Andrew Hunter, plus numerous standalone novels. He has been published around the world in more than a dozen languages.

Originally from the county of Somerset, Kerry has spent far too long living in the north of England, picking up words like ‘barm’ and ‘ginnel’.

When he’s short of ideas, he rides his bike or bakes cakes. When he’s not, he writes it all down.

Recent and upcoming UK releases:
Eye For An Eye (Jessica Daniel): Out now
Last Night (standalone): Out now
The Death And Life Of Eleanor Parker (standalone): July 2018
To Have And To Hold (standalone): October 2018

Author Social Media Links:

http://kerrywilkinson.com

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#BlogTour #BookSpotlight w/ #Giveaway Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars by Zoe Baxter @zoebaxterbooks @rararesources

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Title: Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars by Zoe Baxter.

Date Published: 23rd March 2018

Genre: MA/YA Fantasy Adventure

Description:

Four Teens: One Quest: A World of Magic and Adventure

It was no ordinary zipwire flight. Thrust into the magical world of Hadrixia, flame-haired Zara Bulmer and her three teenage companions must thwart the Dark Ruler of Hadrixia in their quest to locate the Stone of Exerith. The fate of the Empire depends on their success…and safe return to Star Camp.

On their journey, the foursome must tangle with vicious creatures like the horn-headed Warnoks and the venomous web-tailed Tarquids. Will they succumb to the persuasive chants of the fire-loving Brozigs or be mauled to death by the tree-swinging Harnts?

The friends join forces with Hadrixian teenager, Quinn, and encounter the kindness of Semyon, an aged wizard potionmaker. 

Will Zara fulfil the destiny bestowed upon her before the sun sets on the last day of July? Or will the Portwall to the Outside remain sealed, imprisoning the four intrepid teenagers in Hadrixia, consigning them to a future of chaos, destruction, or even death?

There’s only one way to find out: 
Welcome to the perilous world of Hadrixia…

Purchase from Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Star-Jumpers-Roars-Zoe-Baxter-ebook/dp/B079WY6T8Z/

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Author Bio –

Zoe Baxter is the author of the Star Jumpers series, a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure set in the Dark Sky Park of Northumbria. An avid scribbler, she lives in a world filled with vicious and venomous creatures breathing down her neck, and has even been known to take the odd zip wire flight in the name of research.

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#CoverReveal When The Fire Rains Down: A Kingdom Come Novel (Book #3) by Cecelia Earl @authorcecelia @shanannigans81

Today I’ve very excited to bring you the cover reveal for When Fire Rains Down with an exclusive excerpt and a Giveaway, just scrolled down to find out how to enter!

Title: When Fire Rains Down: A Kingdom Come Novel (Book #3)

Author: Cecelia Earl

Release Date: July 27, 2018

Genre: YA/ Paranormal/ Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

The little town of Shady Creek is under attack by Lucifer and his demons. To save the people she loves, human-angel Hybrid Julia must rescue their kidnapped Guardian Angels, even when it means defying her father.

Trouble is, he knows only too much about Hell’s perils. When a demon sucks Julia into a cosmic vacuum, the experience leaves an indelible blight she dares not mention for fear of losing her place on the angelic rescue team.

As a growing demon army surrounds Shady Creek, Julia’s feelings for her own Guardian become all too real and dangerous. But the cosmic imbalance fueled by Hybrid Angels, Rogue Guardians and Warriors is already depleting the strength of the Rescue Team. And there’s no room for distraction when the mission is to get into Hell—and out again.

For the sake of the mission, Julia must face the truth of the Hybrids’ existence. Because nobody will be safe unless she can trust the gift of free will—for others and for herself—in this end-of-the-world finale to The Legend of Shady Creek Trilogy.

*Stay tuned for another trilogy in the Kingdom Come Series: The Stories of Summersby Corner

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32611801-when-ash-rains-down?ac=1&from_search=true

Pre-Order Links:

(US) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07FGDD42G/

(UK) https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07FGDD42G

(CA) https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07FGDD42G
Paperback will be available July 27th!

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The author will be hosting a Facebook cover reveal event today (june 25) (https://www.facebook.com/events/612550709103891/) with giveaways, trivia, excerpts and more!

Now here’s the gorgeous cover:

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Exclusive excerpt from the book:

“Nicholas can teach you to use the demons’ weapons against them. You may become an expert, the best. Cole and I can get you inside. We can provide detailed descriptions of Hell and instruct you on how to find Tobias and the others, but we were there for months, for years, and we are blessed to miraculously be sitting here before you now.

“There’s a slim chance you’ll get in and an even slimmer chance you’ll get out. Especially with all the Guardians. An attack from the inside out is the only way, but some of the Guardians have been there a long, long time. There’s no telling how beat up they are, and I don’t mean bruised bodies, I mean tortured minds.”

His words are met with a hushed silence.

I expect Nicholas to look defeated, but he rises again, and his voice is as strong as ever. “It will not be easy, and none of us can expect it to be. We’ve all fought demons before, and we know as well as anyone how they can manipulate, deceive, and pervert truths. We know how nearness to them for any short or lengthy period of time can affect the strongest of angels.”

He doesn’t look at Cole when he says this, and Cole doesn’t appear to be offended. I suppose they’re too timeworn and wise to mind obvious truths and overlook what humans might take as a slight.

Dad’s looking at his folded hands, clenching his jaw. I feel bad for him. With what he saw and felt, it’s no wonder he doesn’t want me to go. I want to wrap my arms around him now and put my forehead to his like I did when I was a little girl. I want to remove those memories as much as he wants to save me from experiencing them.

“But in knowing this, I hope we will become stronger, more prepared, more resolute. Even though it is dangerous and will be difficult, knowing what being near Hell does to our Guardians, we have all the more reason to rescue them. I am still all in for this mission. My plan to take a small team in order to get in without detection, accomplish our mission, and get out, stands.

“With so many Guardians in captivity, we cannot simply sneak them out. Our breakout will be catastrophic. It will be an upset. We will go in small, like a whisper, but we will come out shouting in victory.” He pounds on the table. It shakes and the sound echoes throughout the cave. Once it’s quiet, he asks, “Who is with me?”

Stunned, we all sit in silence. But after a moment I realize he is waiting for us, for at least one of us, to respond.

I don’t look at my dad before I rise. “I am with you.”
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Shady Creek gets a whole lot scarier after Julia learns she’s part angel, especially since the only person she can trust is an angel who’s as infuriating as he is attractive.

Julia received a necklace containing the songs of the angels from her dad when she was four. When she was eleven, he abandoned her family and the necklace went silent. At seventeen, Julia’s doing everything she can to maintain security for her family, but now her necklace seems to have come to life once again. And that’s not all that’s changing.

When a robber attempts to steal from their diner, the necklace blazes and burns her chest. Pain in her back is nearly unbearable as the thief transforms before her eyes… into something demonic.

Demon after demon threaten Julia’s home, family, and friends, and she realizes there may have been something more behind her dad’s disappearance. And now there may be something–or someone–dangerous after her.

Julia has to accept that she is not quite human. Will her infuriating but attractive Guardian Angel be able to prepare her for the battle to come?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32611801-when-ash-rains-down?ac=1&from_search=true

When Smoke Rains Down (Book #2)
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If only humans knew the invisible danger lurking around them…

In the aftermath of an explosion and Homecoming battle, Julia tries to form some semblance of a routine: work, study, and visit her brother who remains hospitalized. Unable to confide in anyone about her double life of being both human and angel, and fearful she’ll bring more death and destruction to those she loves, she pulls away from her family and best friend.

When demons once again start to show up at every turn, seemingly bringing about her brother’s deepening depression, she demands her sword from Nicholas. Ever the stern Guardian Angel, he forbids her from using it. Isolated, she takes protecting her brother into her own hands. But when demons show they have evils hidden within their weapons in addition to their ability to siphon souls from the living, Julia’s not sure she knows the best way to handle saving him any longer. Especially when ash-colored lines begin to appear on humans, lines of demonic poison that travel through their veins toward their hearts and alter their moods.

Thrust into a dark world of conspiring demons, Julia is in more danger than she ever imagined possible. To stop evil from spreading and overtaking those she loves, she’ll have to seek out the one person she mistrusts most–especially when a line appears on her own arm, and her apathy toward doing much of anything, including saving anyone, grows.

Enter a complex world where humans, demons, and angels collide, all battling to rule the Earth.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34902957-when-smoke-rains-down?ac=1&from_search=tru
About the Author:

Cecelia Earl graduated with a degree in education and has been teaching ever since. She’s a wife, a mom of three boys, and an owner of a magical laundry pile that never stops growing. Author Pic (2)She lives near enough to Green Bay, WI that her refrigerator is always stocked with cheese, and the first colors her children learned were green and gold.

She’s a first grade teacher in a Catholic school by day, a mom always, and a writer in her sleep, but that’s okay because being an author is a dream come true. She writes angel fantasy books for young and youngish adults. If you feel young, she writes for you—whether or not you feel particularly angelic.

Author Links:

Website: http://ceceliaearl.com

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Bedtime Book #Review: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell #YAFiction

Title: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

Date Published: 10th September 2013

Genre: Young Adult

Description:

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they’re off to university and Wren’s decided she doesn’t want to be one half of a pair any more – she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It’s not so easy for Cath. She’s horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she’s experienced in real life.

Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She’s got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

Now Cath has to decide whether she’s ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she’s realizing that there’s more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .

A love story about opening your heart by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.

Review:

You can read my previous Bedtime Book Review, The Chalk Man, here.

Cath is off to College, which would be alright if her twin sister Wren hadn’t decided to put as much space in between them as possible. Out of her comfort zone, sharing a room with a surly girl named Reagan who’s endlessly cheerful boyfriend Levi is always hanging around, Cath turns to her one obsession; writing fanfiction about her favourite characters Simon Snow and his arch nemisis Baz.

Okay I’m going to start by getting something off my chest, this book made me feel so old! Usually I don’t made a good bit of Young Adult fiction but I probably shouldn’t have read this a month before my birthday, a yearly reminder that my life is slipping away…

Okay, enough of the self pity! I adored Cath, she is awkward, shy, naive and prefers a fictional world to the real world, I mean who doesn’t? Also her mum left when she was young leaving her and her sister with her mentally ill dad (I believe he’s meant to be bipolar) who’s health is up and down. It shows that even though she had to take on the role of parent and carer and matures quickly, underneath she’s still that abandoned little girl who has trouble trusting anyone.

Most of the people around her I would have liked to have given a good slap to, her sister and her writing partner/self involved wannabe author Nick are two standouts. But then we have Levi, always smiling, always kind even though Cath tries her best to push him away.

Throughout the book, there’s little excepts of the ‘real’ Simon Snow books and Cath’s fanfiction which I found a nice little touch. Simon Snow seemed to be, to me anyway, inspired by the Harry Potter series with just a hint of Twilight in there. People reading Fangirl may have an issue with the fact Cath writes stories where Baz, Simon’s arch nemesis, and Simon falling in love. A straight girl writing gay fiction about two boys, I hear you cry, I urge you to check out fanfiction sites it’s quite a common occurrence.

I wouldn’t say there’s a whole lot of drama throughout most of the book and I did find the first half of it a little slow going but it ended up being such a sweet coming of age story I kind of forgot about most of the books faults. I’m actually quite shocked hasn’t been made into a movie!

I know Carry On, the fanfiction that Cath writes throughout the story has also been published as a book, I might have to pick it up.

Rating: 4/5About The Author:

Sometimes she writes about adults (Attachments and Landline).

Sometimes she writes about teenagers (Eleanor & Park, Fangirl and Carry On.).

But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they’re screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she’s not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguing about things that don’t really matter in the big scheme of things.

She lives in Nebraska with her husband and two sons.

#BlogTour #Review Proof Positive by Lucy V Hay @LucyVHayAuthor @rararesources

Title: Proof Positive (the intersection series book 1) by Lucy V Hay

Date Published: 28th May 2018

Genre: Young Adult

Description:

On the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lizzie finds herself pregnant: she’s literally days away from her exam results and university beckons around the corner. The bright Lizzie has big plans, but can she have the life she wanted, with a baby in tow? What will her family and friends say? And what will the baby’s father choose to do: stay out of it, or stand by her?

An exciting “What if…” journey in the style of “Run Lola Run” and “Sliding Doors”.

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Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/ProofPositive

Review:

Lizzie has always been the sensible one, the one that never rocks the boat but she finds herself at almost eighteen, pregnant and unsure what to do. This story follows the different paths that she could take and shows what the outcomes could be.

Now this book brought up a lot of emotions for me, as at eighteen on the verge of going to University much like Lizzie, I also found out I was pregnant with my son. It opened up a lot of issues I had at the time. Could I have had an abortion or given him up for adoption? The answer to that was no and I’ve no regrets (well going to University the year after he was born is one but we live and we learn) but would I have liked to know the different outcomes, hell yes!

The book is quite short, around two hundred pages, then split into different sections, each starting with Lizzie receiving a phone call from a different person. First, her younger sister Sal, then her mum, then her boyfriend Mike, then her her best friend Shona. It was interesting to see each outcome changed slightly by whoever she told.

Lizzie is a likeable character, even though she is a little self involved, she’s very naive and easily led. She had quite a complicated relationship with her mum, wanting her to take change but feeling that she was overbearing at the same time.

In one of the sections, Lizzie has her baby and this really reminded me of when I first had my son. The author really captures the feelings tiredness, loneliness and isolation of being a young mum sometimes especially if you have no friends with kids. The only thing it was missing was the looks and snide comments that I used to get.

This book covers a very sensitive subject and the ending is a little ambiguous so it won’t be for everyone. But if you give it a try it will really tug on the old heart strings and you will root for Lizzie no matter what her decision is.

Overall an emotionally absorbing book that I think teenagers and parents alike should read.

Rating: 4/5

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Lucy V. Hay is a novelist, script editor and blogger who helps writers via her Bang2write consultancy. Lucy is the producer of two Brit Thrillers, DEVIATION (2012) and ASSASSIN me in front of BISR powerpoint(2015), as well as the script editor and advisor on numerous other features and shorts. Lucy’s also the author of WRITING AND SELLING THRILLER SCREENPLAYS for Kamera Books’ “Creative Essentials” range, as well as its follow ups on DRAMA SCREENPLAYS and DIVERSE CHARACTERS. Her debut crime novel, THE OTHER TWIN, is now out with Orenda Books and has been featured in The Sun and Sunday Express Newspapers, plus Heatworld and Closer Magazine. Check out all her books, HERE.

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Title: The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise by Bob Collopy

Publication Date: 23rd June 2017

Published By: The Department of Smoke

Genre: Dystopian/ YA/ Sci-Fi

Description:

New San Francisco is the last city standing on a world ravaged by storms of ash and debris. The city survived by putting the ideals of the American dream on steroids and inspiring its people to persevere, though they have become ruthless in the process. Its citizens are ruled by the General, who has made sure that his people understand that gentleness and pity have become weaknesses that nature no longer tolerates.

Now Steve and Leslie must choose whether they will apply for the General’s once in a lifetime opportunity to “Rise from the Ashes” and join the Inner Circle that rules the city. If they don’t, they will be damned to spend the rest of their lives in the ghettos of Edinburg, a place where virtual reality has become a government-subsidized addiction.

For Steve, the choice is easy. His loyalties lie with the IRA, a revolutionary army led by a voice only known as “Mom.” They are trying to overthrow the General and free the people of New San Francisco from the cruelties of the City Guard. Steve’s mission is to broadcast a recording of a speech that a famous philosopher died to tell. Many thousands have and will perish to get this message out, but is anyone willing to listen?

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35148208-the-phoenix-cycle?ac=1&from_search=true

Excerpt

Every wrist in the stadium beeped. Every boy and girl glanced down at the face of their watch. “00:10” then “:09” then “:08.” Everyone turned their heads to the west. There it was. Right on time, as always. The nightly storm. A wall of blackness had lurched up into the sky, swallowing the setting sun. The hairs on Steve’s neck stood up, urging him to get the hell out of there.

Instead he grabbed Leslie’s hand, who sat quietly quivering next to him, instinctively pressing her bow into her head for comfort. Steve knew her shaking wasn’t coming from Line’s yelling, the storm, or even the tank pointing at them. Her quivers never came from the barrel of a gun, no, the ragging agony she held within her was the very same thing that pushed him back into the sheets when the sun finally rose—are we going to lose each other?

Leslie’s mind pushed the feeling away for at least another moment. “It’ll be all right,” she whispered. Her brown eyes guided him to the dozens of mortar tubes pointing upward and outward on the vibrant green field and then to the perfect line of churning ash that approached the stands.

Unity can only be achieved and be maintained when it is the STRONG who come together and fly under one flag! We, like no other in the world, have created a unity that has never broken, has never FLINCHED! When the rest of the world saw THAT—” Line’s long arm pointed at the coming avalanche of black— “They all fell to pieces!”

The earth began to quake as the wall rose over them. Someone screamed. The mortars on the field fired as one at the roiling sky. The blackness spilled over the stadium, then slid over the perimeter of the frizzing wall of static that had encapsulated the field. No Phoenix Cycler had seen—only heard rumors from past Cycle Pref parties—this blackness that was sliding over and them whispering their deaths.

– The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise

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About the Author:

Bob is pretty dope. Firstly, his name is Bob, so…yea. Second, have you seen him rock that suitAuthor Pic while in a maximum security prison? Epic.

Yea. That’s Bob. No psychological scarring with that author. Nope. Totally fine.

Gosh he looks good in suits.

Hey Have you read The Phoenix Cycle? He wrote that.

One suggestion before you read it and become one of those fans that leaves him roses by his doormat. Read her slowly. This book is not Twilight. She’s deeper than that. Take your time with her. Show the book you care. Cradle it and make it feel loved. If you do, she’ll be good to you. Go too fast and you’ll have no idea why she’s acting so crazy.

Website: http://www.philosophiesdead.com

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