Category: Fantasy


#GuestPost: The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne #Spotlight

Posted 1 June, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Interviews, Middle Grade, Spotlight / 0 Comments

Today I’m pleased to welcome a special post about Kat Hawthorne’s book The Boatman. Here she explains what it was like working with an illustrator when putting the story together.

The Weirdness of Working With an Illustrator

By: Kat Hawthorne

As you may or may not know, my book, The Boatman, was illustrated by the wonderful and talented artist, Dora Mitchell (www.doramitchell.com). This was a first for me, working with an illustrator, so today I’d like to explore how weird it was for me, the author, to see my characters come to life in a visual way.

I’m not sure if this is a well known fact, but I am also an editor. I went to school for copy, stylistic, and substantive editing, and then attained a specialization in editing books intended for young readers. Part of my education involved taking the text of picture books, breaking it down, and choosing the artists I felt would do the best job of helping the writers tell their stories. This was a lot of fun, but an utterly foreign concept to me. After all, I am a writer. I had never considered the power of a bunch of pictures.

After all, writers are solitary weirdos, eccentric to the extreme (or at least that’s what I was going for), and not dependent on anyone else to tell their tale, thank you very much. But when I was in school and I saw the way those picture books came to life once they were illustrated, the way they changed after the process (just take Jon Klassen’s This is Not My Hat, for example, in which the text tells us one thing, but the images tell us something else), I understood how wrong I’d been.

I knew right then that I needed my next book to be illustrated.

It has been brought to my attention (*cough* on more than one occasion *cough*) that I am a little bit tricky to work with. Being an editor means that I am also something of a perfectionist, and yes, I challenge many things. Originally, I thought I’d do the illustrations myself, and actually did come up with a few images that might work. But…they weren’t enough. I needed a professional.

This was a big deal for me and a very weird bit of letting-go-of-the-reins. For the first time ever, I found myself counting on someone else to interpret my words—to change my book, to help me tell the story. I was excited, but also rather freaked. Regardless, after she (foolishly) agreed to work with me, I gave Dora the manuscript, and then didn’t hear from her for a few months.

And then I received the image of Aunt Slaughter.

Not only did Dora manage to capture the character’s features in the way I imagined them, but she got something else, too. Aunt Slaughter’s posture, the furniture upon which she sat, the sidelong glance she is giving the viewer. This image told as much about Aunt Slaughter’s character as I had in the text. I. Was. Blown. Over.

I hope, when you read my book (you ARE going to read it, right?) when you see each of the characters’ images, you learn something new about them. Why do they dress in the way they do? Why do they hold themselves as they do? What circumstances led them to those physical traits that can only be learned through their pictures?

Though it was utterly weird for me to have allowed it, I know that Dora’s work made my book even more wonderful than it was without her. It was weird to trust someone else with my vision, but I am endlessly glad that I did.

Author Bio:

TheBoatman_KatHawthorneKat Hawthorne tends to lurk (somewhat menacingly) in the darker corners of the literary world. In addition to a smattering of published poetry, Kat’s short fiction has appeared in such literary magazines as Underneath the Juniper Tree, Thrills Kills and Chaos, Infernal Ink, Dark Edifice, Shadows Express, Fiction and Verse, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Her literary novelette, The Oddity, was published by MuseIt Up Publishing on July 11th, 2014. In partnership with Enter Skies Entertainment, Kat wrote the narrative portion of Fearless Fantasy, an online role-playing game published by tinyBuild Games and hosted by Steam. As well as being a nerd of the highest order, under her “day name” Kat is a graduate of Ryerson University’s copy, substantive, and stylistic editing programs, and has since earned a specialization in editing books intended for young readers. She is an acquisitions, stylistic and copy editor at BookFish Books LLC and runs her own business where she offers her editing services on a freelance basis.

Please visit www.katmhawthorne.com for more information about Kat’s writing, or www.movetothewrite.com to learn about her editing work.

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About The Book:

boatman full cover_RGB_blurb (1)Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her only friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier.

Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never lets them go—probably wasn’t one of her better ideas though. 

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#CoverReveal: The Boatman by Kat Hawthorne #MG #Fantasy

Posted 16 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Middle Grade / 0 Comments

  Here at Book Nerds we’re happy to give you a treat: The beautiful cover of Kat Hawthorne’s is up and coming illustrated novel The Boatman.

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Isabel Wixon is weird. Not only does she see dead things, but her list of friends consist of a talkative ventriloquist’s dummy and the gentlemanly spider that lives in her hair. Real friends? Too hard. Inventing friends is much easier.

Inventing the Boatman—a terrible monster that lures kids into a strange sleeping sickness and never lets them go—probably wasn’t one of her better ideas though.

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Released May 26th, 2015!

About The Author:

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Kat Hawthorne tends to lurk (somewhat menacingly) in the darker corners of the literary world. In addition to a smattering of published poetry, Kat’s short fiction has appeared in such literary magazines as Underneath the Juniper Tree, Thrills Kills and Chaos, Infernal Ink, Dark Edifice, Shadows Express, Fiction and Verse, and The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society. Her literary novelette, The Oddity, was published by MuseIt Up Publishing on July 11th, 2014. In partnership with Enter Skies Entertainment, Kat wrote the narrative portion of Fearless Fantasy, an online role-playing game published by tinyBuild Games and hosted by Steam. As well as being a nerd of the highest order, Kat is a graduate of Ryerson University’s copy, substantive, and stylistic editing programs and is an acquisitions, line, and copy editor at BookFish Books LLC.

Please visit www.katmhawthorne.com for more information about Kat’s writing, or www.movetothewrite.com to learn about her editing work.

Find her online:

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

Twitter: @KatMHawthorne

Website: www.katmhawthorne.com

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/7772294.Kat_Hawthorne?from_search=true

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#CoverReveal: The Summer Marked (The Winter People #2) by Rebekah L. Purdy

Posted 11 April, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Paranormal, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

Here’s the cover for the sequel to The Winter People…

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The Summer
Marked 
(The
Winter People #2)
Release
Date: 08/04/15
Entangled
Teen
305
pages

Summary

 

Fresh off a break-up with her boyfriend, Kadie’s glad to be home from
college for Thanksgiving. All she needs is a rebound guy, a box of chocolates,
and some girl time with her best friend, Salome. Problem is, Salome isn’t
returning her calls, and her family won’t say where she is. Feeling sorry for
herself, Kadie ends up at Club Blade, a place filled with pumping music,
dangerous guys, and promises of a good time. However, when midnight strikes,
Kadie’s fun turns into a nightmare as she’s ripped from the human world into
Faerie by a vengeful Winter Prince named Etienne. For the first time in her
life, she realizes the monsters Salome always spoke of are real, and they’ll
stop at nothing to destroy her friend.
Salome thought the winter curse was behind her. But winter has left its mark.
Not just on her, but on the whole summer court. The Kingdom of Summer is
falling apart, and Nevin is hanging onto his throne by a thread. With war on
his doorstep, he has no choice but to send Gareth into enemy territory, which
means Salome will be left alone—vulnerable in a world she doesn’t understand. A
place where beauty is deadly and humans are pawns in the macabre games the Fae
play. Both Kadie and Salome will have to call on all their strength to survive
in a world where humans aren’t meant to be. With death and enemies all around
them, it’ll be a miracle if they can survive.
Book One:

 

About the Author

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…
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#BOOKHAUL #1 – March 2015 edition #YA #Fantasy #Contemporary #Dystopian

Posted 28 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Mature, Paranormal, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, Updates, YA / 0 Comments

BOOK HAUL #1

March 2015

I’ve not done a book haul in….oh god, years? I’m pretty sure this is either the second or third post I’ve ever done on it. I keep meaning to, but you know how it goes…

Now, I know the end of the month is a weird time to put one up, but granted, I don’t get books all the time, so it might not be every month, and when in the month I don’t know. I’m confusing myself. Right…On with it.

This month I seem to have accumulated quite a few books, from either the library or buying, or even as freebies ( Who doesn’t like a freebie, huh?)

Bought books:

Legend/Prodigy/Champion by Marie Lu – Last year sometime, I got Legend from the library. It took me ages to track it down, but once I did, I read it and loved it and I guess I got a bit sidetracked because I kept meaning to get the next two but didn’t. And the book shop would always have one without the others, so I couldn’t buy them in order. Until now, that is. FINALLY. I saw the Legend series in Waterstones and I was like “Those are MINE!” kinda like Gollum except not quite as creepy. I can’t wait to continue reading the series, but as you’ll find out, I have many more to get one with.

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton – What feels like a long time ago now (but was only actually a few months) I requested and was accepted a copy of Seeker from Netgalley. Now, for those of you new to reading my blog, I’m TERRIBLE at reading ebooks.  I don’t have a kindle so I read off my laptop. I prefer print copies, therefore when I saw this in shop, I had to get it. Now I can flit through it like a…very fast reader? I dunno, I’m not fast at anything. But I’m excited to try this. It’s got a fantasy element with lots of action and adventure. 🙂

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard – I’ve had this book a good month or more, which I guess doesn’t count as a march haul, but it will do for now. I had heard such big things about it, and also…some not. So I’m a bit unsure about how I’m going to get on with it. Still, it will be interesting. Sometimes I’ll hear bad things and then read it, only to find I love it. Everyone’s different.

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch – I had pre ordered this way back in November, and finally managed to pick it up in February (the warehouse had issues, and apparently didn’t want to email me to tell me that Waterstones had the book delivered already -.-) so again, not technically a March book, but you get the picture. I’m catching up. I am currently half way through this beast of a book, and let me tell you…it’s a good one. However, I’ve hit a bit of a…rut, as it were, with reading and so have come to a halt. I want to finish it, but it might be a while. I blame Netflix. Then again, I was the one that signed up for a month…*sigh*

Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins – I’ve waited for EVER to get this. I’ve seen reviews and also, I loved Hex Hall (though the sequel…not as much…) so I was looking forward to this. When the paperback was finally up on Amazon, I grabbed it. Unfortunately, I have tried to read a bit of it, and I just can’t seem to get into it. Maybe once I’m fully out of my rut, I’ll have a fresher head to deal with complex descriptions, but for now it’s going on the back burner.

The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury – Another one I’ve heard endless praise for and when I saw it, I thought oh what the hell? I haven’t started it yet, but I’ll let you all know when I do.

 

Library Books:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige – Not necessarily a book I’ll read twice, but people have talked about it and it’s got me intrigued. I think it’s a horror kind of story so I’m unsure. But hey…the name caught my interest.

Tape by Steven Camden – The name, the cover, the blurb on the back…It’s not my usual kind of book, but it sounds good.

Riot by Sarah Mussi – Again, the cover caught my attention. I think I’ve seen this advertised before, but wasn’t sure about it. So that’s why I get from the library the ones I’m on the edge about. 

Love Letters To The Dead by Ava Dellaira – I’ve seen this around for ages, but now I finally bit the bullet and got it. 🙂

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson – I was meant to get this last summer. I’d entered a contemporary kick and was all over them like a crazy person. But what bit I had read of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it. So now I can read it without the added commitment…squeee! 

 

Freebies!!!

As I said before, who doesn’t like free books?! I recently got invited to a book blogger event for Maria V Snyder, promoting her new book Shadow Seeker. Though I’m shy and awkward and socially inept, I did have a good time. It was lovely to meet Maria and the many other book bloggers. I don’t usually get involved in the community like others do, so it was a bit daunting. I hadn’t known what to expect as it was my first ever blogger event, so I was surprised when they gave out goody bags at the end.

Inside these were:

Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry – I loved Pushing The Limits, but didn’t necessarily like the others in that series, so I’m so happy to finally have more of Echo and Noah. 

Monster by C. J. Skuse – I’ve not heard of this before, but I guess that makes sense as it’s an advanced copy. Anyway, it looks great and I can’t wait to dig in.

I also got given a copy of Shadow Seeker by Maria V Snyder. It was funny because I’d only rushed out that day to get it to get signed…only to be handed one at the event. Sods law, really. I’m a few chapters in to it now and loving it! FYI the UK cover is so much better. 😛

 

I would mention what I got from Netgalley as well but I’m afraid that might make me sound worse than I feel. HaHa.

What are you reading? Any books you’re looking forward to that are out in April? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

xxKatxx

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#Promo: Extraordinary Sam by Kevin A. Springer #MiddleGrade #Fantasy

Posted 14 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Book Promo, Fantasy, Middle Grade / 1 Comment

Today on the Book Nerd Blog, I want to promote something a little different. I don’t often have MG here, but that’s about to end.

Check THIS out!



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In EXTRAORDINARY SAM, Sam Miller seems like an ordinary 12 year-old boy, but the discovery of a mysterious box from his missing grandfather changes his life forever. He soon finds himself in a strange world full of adventure and magic where he must battle pirates, giant spiders, and a fire-wielding tyrant. To survive, Sam must overcome his fears, solve the riddles, and most of all, be Extraordinary.

If this sounds like something you just can’t wait for? Good news. Extraordinary Sam is released:

March 17th 2015.

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You can find this on Kindle and Paperback via UK Amazon and USA Amazon

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About The Author

Kevin_Springer_3_400x400[1]Kevin A. Springer grew up on a farm in Maryland where his imagination knew no limits. As a husband and father, he reconnected with his creativity while telling bedtime stories to his two young boys. One such story evolved into his debut book, Extraordinary Sam& the Adventurers’ Guild (March 2015, Bookfish Books LLC.), which tells the tale of an ordinary boy who finds a hatbox and discovers a world of adventure and self-discovery.

Kevin is a self-proclaimed dreamer and a kid at heart. When he’s not writing or reading, he is coaching soccer or helping with homework. He lives outside of Atlanta with his wife, two extraordinary boys, and dogs. He is the co-founder of the Middle Grade Mafia Blog (middlegrademafia.com)
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#BlogTour & #Giveaway : Red by Alyxandra Harvey #YA @entangledteen @alyxandrah

Posted 11 March, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, YA / 0 Comments

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by Alyxandra Harvey 

Release Date: March 2015

Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

Bad girls burn hot…

Red is the color of Kia Alcott’s hair.
It’s her temper, which blazes hot and always gets Kia into way too much trouble.
And it’s the color of fire. Fires that Kia can start…just by thinking about them.

When her latest “episode” gets her kicked out of school, Kia is shipped off to her grandmother, who works for the wealthy Blackwoods. It’s an estate shrouded in secrets, surrounded by rules, and presided over by a family that is far from normal…including the gorgeous and insolent Ethan Blackwood.

Ethan knows far more about the dangers of the forest surrounding the estate than Kia can ever imagine. For this forest has teeth, and Ethan is charged with protecting the outside world from its vicious mysteries.

But inside, even the most vibrant shade of red doesn’t stand a chance against the dark secrets of the Blackwood family…

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Red Music 

Music is one of the ways I walk into a story. I also use history, collages, poetry, and hours of daydreaming.

I tend to listen to instrumental music when I write as I find lyrics can be too distracting but I have a different playlist for the mood of the book in general. Songs might speak to me because of a bit of lyrics or just the mood of the piece. I tend to listen to my book playlist in the car incessantly until people would rather walk to town than go for a drive with me.

Here are some of the songs for my novel “Red”.

❀ For Kia:

‘Chambermaid’ by Emilie Autumn for the sarcastic edge. It fits especially well for Kia in the first few chapters.

I’m not your chambermaid

You’re not my lord

All the fine games we played

Have left me bored

I never want to see you come around my castle

‘Cause I just can’t afford to love you

I’m not your chambermaid

You’re not my lord

❀ For Ethan:

Poor Ethan has a complicated relationship with both his father, his childhood, and Kia.

“This House is a Circus” by Arctic Monkeys

Looking for trouble and there’s lovers to be had

Those ones next to us are such lovely lads

Scaling the corridors for maidens in the maze

And the anomaly is slipping into familiar ways

And we’re forever unfulfilled

Can’t think why

Like a search for murder clues

In dead man’s eyes

Forever unfulfilled

And can’t think why

Like a search for murder clues

In dead man’s eyes

The more you open your mouth

The more you’re forcing performance

All the attention is leading me to feel important (completely obnoxious)

Now that we’re here, we may as well go too far

“Daniel in the Den” by Bastille

And felled in the night

By the ones you think you love

They will come for you

For Kia and Ethan:

“My Love is Real” by The Divine Fits

And if I was the king

She’s the knife in the water

There’s so much to lose

When my love is real

“Seven Devils” By Florence and the Machine

Holy water cannot help you now

Thousand armies couldn’t keep me out

I don’t want your money

I don’t want your crown

See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

Holy water cannot help you now

See I’ve come to burn your kingdom down

And no rivers and no lakes can put the fire out

I’m gonna raise the stakes, I’m gonna smoke you out

❀ The Book in General: RED

‘Demons’ by The National

‘Yellow Circles’ by Layla

‘Artificial Nocturne’ by Metric

‘Sleep Alone’ by Bat for Lashes

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AlyxandraHarvey-269x300About the Author

Alyxandra Harvey lives in a stone Victorian house in Ontario, Canada with a few resident ghosts who are allowed to stay as long as they keep company manners. She loves medieval dresses, used to be able to recite all of The Lady of Shalott by Tennyson, and has been accused, more than once, of being born in the wrong century. She believes this to be mostly true except for the fact that she really likes running water, women’s rights, and ice cream.

Among her favourite books are ‘The Wood Wife’ by Terri Windling, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, and of course, ‘Pride and Prejudice’ by Jane Austen. Elizabeth Bennet is her hero because she’s smart and sassy, and Mr. Darcy is, well, yum.

Aside from the ghosts, she also lives with husband and their dogs. She likes cinnamon lattes, tattoos and books.

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#BlogTour + Giveaway: Cut Here by Azzurra Nox @diva_zura #YA #Paranormal

Posted 19 February, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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By Azzurra Nox

Release Date: 02/13/15

YA Paranormal/Urban Fantasy

Book Summary:

Sixteen-year-old Lena Martin’s idyllic world shatters the night her mother dies due to a hit and run accident. Two years later, her dad relocates her from Italy to Los Angeles to help her put behind the time spent in a psychiatric ward following her mother’s death. But the move only proves to be a fatal mistake. Shortly after her arrival, the classmates of her new private school begin to commit suicide under mysterious circumstances after reading a cult book called Cut Here.

Determined to unravel the mystery behind the suicides, she bands together with loner Jonathan Russe and outcast Hope Peters to figure out exactly what is happening, not realizing that this places them under a dangerous radar. During this same time, Lena falls for a mysterious and attractive guy named Michael, who is as equally disarming as he’s dangerous.

As her attraction grows, so does the body count at St. Lucy Academy. Soon, Lena needs to decide whether to stay away from the guy she’s falling for, or to trust him. Is Michael behind the suicides, or is he the key that can unlock the mystery that can stop the bloodshed? Deceptions run high and Lena soon learns that nothing is what it seems.

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Bethany had pulled her bob into a tiny tight bun. She positioned herself in the center of the room, avoiding her reflection and waited for her cue to begin. Her mother rummaged through sheets of music before she began to play the intro of the dance.

The steps came automatic, without much thought. Her legs and arms moved with a mind of their own, as she did pirouettes around the room. She had been dancing for eleven years, and her limbs knew exactly how to move without any technical errors. Bethany knew that her dancing was impeccable. Error-free. Perfectly flawless. What had her losing out the lead for many recitals was her lack of emotion. She concealed her feelings so well that even whilst dancing no one could understand what her character was emoting.

Bethany continued her graceful dance, the music flowing into her, as she responded to every note. The tortured tune took her back to her stay in Florence, when she spent her days reading books on folklore and listening to all the sad, sad songs that reminded her of home.

One time she found herself walking the streets of the city near dusk. She crossed the Old Bridge, looking over the stone medieval majesty and gazed at the Arno River. Florence was said to be a magical city and she believed it. Everything about it breathed a sense of enchantment. The doctors had told her mother her body was very weak. She was too underweight. At sixty-six pounds she was at risk of heart failure and respiratory problems. Her body felt exhausted. Every step she took was an excruciating effort. But she knew that she had to cross the bridge at that exact hour. Her hands clutching a little bottle as she inhaled the Autumn air. That’s when she collapsed to the ground, and the world dropped dead.

“Are you all right?”

The music had stopped. Bethany was jerked back to the present.

“Why did you stop?” she questioned her mother.

“Honey, your foot….” her mother stood up from the piano, and approached her.

She looked down to see that the white en pointe slipper was soaked in red. A bloody trail sketched the macabre dance on the floor.

“It’s no big deal,” she shrugged it off. For a seasoned dancer, seeing a little blood never alarmed her. She should’ve felt the pain, but after many years of abusing her feet all she had was scar tissue and unhealed fractured bones. In a matter of moments she swiftly untied the silk ribbons and pulled her foot out of the slipper. It was bloody. A cracked nail. Multiple blisters around her toes. Something caught her eye. A strange black thing protruded from the side of her foot had caused the bleeding. She pulled it out without even wincing, as her mother gasped. Her heart was still, and the world dropped dead.

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azzura noxAbout the Author

Born in Catania, Sicily, she has led a nomadic life since birth. She has lived in various European cities and Cuba, and currently resides in the Los Angeles area. Always an avid reader and writer from a young age, she loved entertaining her friends with ghost stories. She loves horror movies, cats, and a good rock show. She dislikes Mondays and chick-flicks. CUT HERE, her debut paranormal urban fantasy was inspired by a nightmare the writer had a few years ago. Some of her favourite authors include Anne Rice, Oscar Wilde, Chuck Palahniuk, and Isabella Santacroce.

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#BlogTour: The Fire Mages by Pauline M. Ross

Posted 20 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Adventure, Blog Tours, Book Promo, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy, Romance, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

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Welcome to the Fire Mages book tour.

 

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Title: The Fire Mages

Author: Pauline M. Ross

Genre: Epic Fantasy Adventure / Romance

Kyra has always been drawn to the magic of spellpages. She is determined to leave her small village far behind and become a scribe, wielding the power of magic through her pen. Halfway through her training, she has a mage as patron and her ambitions are within her grasp. But a simple favour for her sister goes disastrously awry, destroying Kyra’s dreams in an instant.

Devastated, she accepts an offer from a stranger to help her find out what went wrong. The young man sees growing power within Kyra, potentially stronger than spellpages or any living mage. The answers to unlocking that power may lie within the glowing walls of the Imperial City, but its magic is strong and the unwary vanish without trace on its streets. Thirsty for knowledge and desperate to avoid another accident, she feels compelled to risk it.

While she focuses on controlling her abilities, a storm of greed and ambition boils up around her. Kyra is a pawn in the struggle for dominance between unscrupulous factions vying for rule of her country. Trusting the wrong side could get her killed–or worse, the potent magic she barely understands could be put to unthinkable evil.

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The highway was lined three or four deep in honour of the Kellon’s arrival, despite a misty rain. I was there with my whole family – Mother, Father, three sisters, two brothers, and my eldest sister’s husband and children. The procession arrived an hour or two later than expected. A long train of horsemen in the local colours preceded several fine carriages, wagons of luggage and finally the open carts for the servants. The Kellon and most of his retainers would stay at the village guest house, with the overflow squeezed into the inn.

The Kellon himself rode near the front, his armour loose enough to accommodate his belly. Guards surrounded him, and behind came several men in leather riding trousers and long coats, the full skirts trailing over their horses’ rumps. I spotted the bulk of the Kellon’s Steward, and one man was recognisable as a mage by the tattoo on his forehead. The others were indistinguishable older men with serious faces looking straight ahead, either uninterested in the village peasantry or with their thoughts fixed on weightier matters. Or perhaps focused on their stomachs, since they were late for the noon board.

One man was different. He was younger than the others, only a few years older than me, and since he wore no riding scarf, his dark hair jumped out of the array of blond heads around him. Odder still, as he passed by, he turned towards me and stared directly into my eyes, as if, somehow, he knew me and had picked me out from the sea of identical women. Yet I had never seen him before.

“Well, that was peculiar,” said Alita, my next oldest sister. “I’ve not seen him here before. Why did he look at you in that way?”

I could only shrug. I shivered, suddenly chilled from standing so long in the drizzle.

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Author Bio

Pauline lives in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland with her husband, her grown up daughter and a mad cat. She likes chocolate, whisky, her Kindle, massed pipe bands, long leisurely lunches, watching TV with her daughter, chocolate, going places in her campervan, eating pizza in Italy, summer nights that never get dark, wood fires in winter, chocolate, the view from the study window looking out over the Moray Firth and the Black Isle to the mountains beyond. And chocolate. She dislikes driving on motorways, cooking, shopping, hospitals. ‘The Fire Mages’ is her second published work. ‘The Plains of Kallanash’ was published in September 2014.

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Blog Tour: Henge by Realm Lovejoy #YA #Fantasy

Posted 15 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Teasers, YA / 1 Comment

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Title: Henge (Le Fay Series) 

✽ Author: Realm Lovejoy ✽

✽ Genre: YA Fantasy ✽

 Inspired by one of the greatest legends of all time…

       Modern-day Camelot. Where knights no longer carry swords. Magic is dangerous. And those who seek control are not to be trusted.

            Sixteen-year-old Morgan le Fay is a fire user. An ordinary girl with an extraordinary skill, she has the ability to create and command fire at will. Her dream is to become the Maven—the right hand of the future King Arthur. In the chance of a lifetime, Morgan is selected to join Arthur’s Round, an elite group of young magic users from which the new Maven will be chosen.

            Along with the other fire, water, and wind users in Arthur’s Round, Morgan is rigorously trained and tested. The handsome Merlin, a brilliant water user, takes a particular interest in her. Is his friendship to be trusted, or is Merlin simply trying to win the position of Maven for himself? Among the many rivals Morgan faces is the current Maven, Mordred, who seems determined to see her fail.

            But Morgan has a secret—years ago, her mother was executed for using fire magic, and Morgan’s desire for justice makes her more than ready to take on the challenge before her. Can she prevail in Camelot’s tests of survival and magic? Only time—and Morgan’s powerful fire—will tell.

Realm Lovejoy’s modern Arthurian series features one of literature’s most complicated and powerful female figures. Henge is the first book in the LE FAY series, and—like Morgan le Fay’s magic—it is sure to dazzle and amaze. 

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Excerpt

We head toward the east side, near the King’s Tower, to which I haven’t ventured before. The building we approach has a door with two sculptures of medieval knights on either side, their faces covered with a helmet.

This is the Knight’s Station,” Lancelot explains, catching my gaze.

We pass through a hall. More armor, shields, and swords hang on the walls.

Knights were a lot more honorable back then.” He gestures to the decorations. “Now, instead of a sword, I’ve got a simple trigger that unleashes a bullet—it’s almost a coward’s weapon.”

Lancelot pats the gun by his side as he takes me into what appears to be a small meeting room, surprisingly plain for how ornate the hallway is. There’s a table and two chairs. He sits me down in the poorly lit room.

Do you ever use your gun?” I ask to break the silence.

Sometimes. It’s been peaceful lately… until the fire. Might have to use it again soon.”

Lancelot smiles at me as he goes to the windows to further close the venetian blinds. As the light diminishes, my anxiety heightens as to why I’m here. I have nothing to look at except for his back. His shoulders are the epitome of male idealism—square, strong, and nicely slimming down to his waist. Like a model. I mentally kick myself and look at the table instead.

Do you know Ban du Lac?” Lancelot asks.

I shake my head.

My old man. He has a stout with your father, Sir Gorlois, once in a while. I hear Sir Gorlois is a brave man—it’s no surprise he has raised a strong lady. You ran into that fire. Wouldn’t expect anything less from Sir Gorlois’s daughter.”

A recorder is on the table. He flicks it on. He sees the bewilderment on my face and doesn’t look away as he lights a cigarette, which I’m sure is not allowed in here.

Gorlois must be proud that you’re in Arthur’s Round to serve the King.”

His cigarette smoke is already suffocating me.

Lancelot studies me. His eyes are silver and searing. The first thing I think of is a knife. His eyes are weapons—and he knows the affect they have on people, especially women. His mouth curves into a smile, deliberate and slow.

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Author Bio
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at realmlovejoy.com

Links

Website: http://www.realmlovejoy.com/index2.php
Blog: http://realmlovejoy.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorrealmlovejoy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/realmlovejoy
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23151530-henge

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#YA releases in #2015 – TOP 20

Posted 2 January, 2015 by katheryn13 in Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Funny, Mature, Middle Grade, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Sci-Fi, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

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So for the past few years I’ve assembled a list of books released in the year, month by month. But because of time and effort, I’ve decided to compile my top 20 most anticipated books in Young Adult!

In no particular order:

1: The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6) by Richelle Mead

It’ll be such a shame to see this amazing series end. I have loved every book of Bloodlines, just as I had with Vampire Academy. I’m really excited to see how it ends. Sad, too.

2) The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London, #3) by Maureen Johnson

It seems like decades ago since book 2 was released. After that cliff hanger, I thought I wouldn’t survive the wait, but here I am. Alive and kicking and screaming, wanting book 3!

3) The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass

When The One was released, I read it as fast as I could and then suffered from the biggest book-hangover. The prospect of having MORE of these adorable characters….words fail me.

4) End of Days (Penryn and the End of Days, #3) by Susan Ee

I was a late comer to this partaaay! But I fell in love with Penryn and Raffe, and can’t wait for more.

5) All Fall Down (Embassy Row #1) by Ally Carter

Yikes! It feels like forever since the Gallagher Girls series ended, and then you had Heist Society which seems to have gone on a break – and I’m very excited for All Fall Down. The wait is nearly over!

6) Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What can I say? It’s Rainbow!

7) Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

I’ve heard a lot about this book and I look forward to putting the rumours to rest. I’m sure I’ll love it!

8) Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters kicking butt…just the way I like it. 🙂

9) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, #2) by Jenny Han

I wasn’t sure if there was ever going to be a sequel, but here we are. And I am bouncing.

10) All That Glitters (Geek Girl, Book 4) by Holly Smale

I’ve yet to finish Geek Girl 3 (I’d been reading it in the book shop because I’m waiting for it come out in paperback) but am hopping with excitement over book 4!

11) The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (The Selection, #0.4, #2.6) by Keira Cass

It’s Kiera. End of discussion.

12) Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder

I’ve enjoyed Maria’s other word (Poison Study series, and I’ve got the others somewhere…) so I’m looking forward to this.

13) The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent

I missed Rachel’s work. I loved the Soul Screamer series, and this sounds just as good!

14) Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy (Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy, #1) by Cassandra Clare

More Shadowhunters. LOVE IT!

15) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Interested.

16) Menagerie (Menagerie, #1) by Rachel Vincent

Another new gem from Rachel and I can’t freaking WAIT!

17) Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi

I heard this is a Middle Grade story, but I don’t care. I heart Tahereh’s writing so much. She’s just…perfection.

18) Burn (The Rephaim, #4) by Paula Weston

Ahhhhhh! This has to be one of the most underrated series ever. I love these.

19) Burning Kingdoms (Internment Chronicles, #2) by Lauren DeStefano

SQUEEE!

20) Please Remain Calm (This Is Not a Test, #2) by Courtney Summers

Book 1 was wild. Book 2 must be CRAZY.

As you can see most of these are continuations of a series, but there are a few that are new. Let me know what you’re excited for in the comments below. 😀

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