Category: Fantasy


#BlogTour & #Giveaway : Learning To Swim by Annie Cosby @anniecosby

Posted 13 December, 2014 by katheryn13 in Blog Tours, Book Promo, Fantasy, Fun, Giveaways, Paranormal, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 1 Comment

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Learning to Swim (Hearts Out of Water #1)
by Annie Cosby
Release Date: 03/01/14

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Summary from Goodreads:

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

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EXCERPT:

“Are you lost, dear?”
I nearly jumped out of my skin. I whirled frantically about to find the source of the voice.
A tiny old woman sat on the porch of a house a few yards back from the boardwalk. I’d taken no notice of the small yellow house when passing by, as most of the houses this way were just as tumbled down as the red cabins around them.
The yellow house was short and squat, the paint faded and chipping around the windows. A round window peeked from above the porch but it was dark and cloudy.
“I’m sorry,” the old woman said. She talked so slowly it sounded like she might kick the bucket any minute now. “Did I scare you?”
Yes, I find you incredibly freaky, I thought. Your little house is creepy and your voice is like bugs crawling on my skin. “No,” I chirped aloud.
“The ocean can make one jumpy,” she smiled.
You have no idea.
One of her wrinkled hands strayed to absently touch the shiny paisley scarf covering her hair. “Do you need directions somewhere?” The hand wandered down her short neck and finally settled back in her lap.
“No,” I stammered, “I’m just looking.” Just looking? For what? An early death?
“Oh, yes, there is a lot to look at, isn’t there?” The old woman seemed pleased with this. She sat in a huge wooden rocking chair, bobbing slowly but diligently back and forth. It creaked—either the chair or the woman’s old joints—at regular intervals. A matching chair rocked, empty beside her. An effect of the wind rolling off the ocean, no doubt, but a shiver skittered down my spine nonetheless.
“The best suns are always after the best storms,” she said.
I nodded, though she didn’t look at me. Her dark eyes, after appraising me once, had returned to roving the horizon of the ocean, never stopping to linger over anything in particular. Her hands lay limply in her lap as her feet, in house slippers, kept the chair rocking.
“The waves are big today,” she continued. “There was a puddle over there, thought maybe the sun had caught an ashray.”
My automatic grunt of a response died in my throat. Ash what?
“Nothing left but a puddle of water if it’s caught in the sun. They’re nocturnal, you know.” She looked at me this time.
“I … uh, yeah …” No, no, I didn’t know, and I sure as hell didn’t want to know.
“So you must never swim at night. But do watch for water spirits,” she said. “Not all dangers are nocturnal.”
“Water spirits. Of course.” I nodded vaguely because asking what a water spirit was would be counterproductive to my escaping this terrifying conversation.
“You’ll help me, won’t you, dear?” she said, without looking at me.
“I …” have absolutely no response for this. What on earth could I help her with?
“And make sure you are careful, when you go to swim.”
I grabbed at the excuse. “Yes, of course, and—and I was just on my way to do that—to go swim—I should be going. Swimming. That way.” I backed away slowly, waiting for her to toss another warning about ashbugs at me, but she was only nodding slowly at the horizon.
As if I needed more reasons to be terrified of the water—water ghosts hadn’t even made my preexisting list. Summer in this town was going to be worse than I’d previously assumed. Already 100 percent of the population I’d met was certifiably whacko.

Darkly romantic

 

About the Author

annie cosby

I’m the YA author of the USA Today recommended HEARTS OUT OF WATER series and the brand new HUMMINGBIRD SAGA.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually freelance editing for awesome clients like Anna Katmore (formerly Piper Shelly) and Month9Books/Swoon Romance!

I split my days between my hometown, St. Louis, and my adopted love, Galway, Ireland.

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#ReleaseDay Blitz: Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan & Slam by Tash McAdam #StoryTime #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal #Novellas

Posted 14 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Release Day Blitz, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

RELEASE DAY BLITZ

 

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press. All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

 

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

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About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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Review: 4 stars to The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians #3) by Rick Riordan

Posted 1 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Middle Grade, Reviews, YA / 0 Comments

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This terrific YA series by mystery writer Rick Riordan revamps Greek mythology in a fun, fresh way kids find absolutely enthralling.

Percy Jackson is a trouble-prone teenager with attention deficit disorder and dyslexia. He’s also the half-blood son of Poseidon (yes, ithat/i Poseidon!), one of 12 Olympian gods making mischief right here in 21st-century America.

Riordan ratchets up the action in this third rip-roaring installment, as Percy and his demigod pals set out to find the vanished goddess Artemis — and to foil a treacherous plot cooked up by the titan lord Kronos.

 

 

 

Review

It’s been a year or more since I read Sea of Monsters, so jumping into book 3 was different. I haven’t read much fantasy in a while either, but every time I go back to it, it fascinates me all over again. I thought I wouldn’t be able to get into real children’s books but it turns out they’re for everyone. Huh, who knew? 😛

The chapters flow into one another with ease and I found it a real page turner. The Greek Mythology is a topic I really enjoy, also.

It’s funny how Percy always manages to find himself in trouble. All he ever wants to do is live a normal life, but hey, dude, that’s never gonna happen. When Annabeth goes missing, that’s when we see how much Percy cares about his friends. His loyalties lie in them and he doesn’t seem to care who tries to stop him. He’ll fight down armies if he has to.

Is it strange that I like Luke? I’m thinking it has something to do with the actor (Jake Abel) who plays him in the movies. I’m sad there won’t be a third movie. But that’s another topic…

Still, character wise, he’s one that I’ve been interested in. He has his issues, as bad guys go, and yet he never seems to get a chance to redeem himself. If he even wants to…I don’t know.

I wasn’t sure what I thought about Thalia at first. She seemed rude and balshy, but then I guess if you’ve been part of a tree for 7 years, you might not be the nicest of people. I feel like she hasn’t shown much of herself yet and I look forward to finding out her backstory.

One of my favourite characters has to be Blackjack – the Pegasus. Every time he popped up I had a grin on my face. And there’s a scene when Percy, Thalia and Zoe are trying to escape a new enemy, where some statues help them, flying them to San Fran. I mean, that was probably my favourite scene in the whole book. Bloody funny!

I’m slowly making my way through the series and I look forward to being able to say I’ve read them all!

Kat

 

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#CoverReveal: Story Time #Novellas #Giveaways #YA

Posted 1 October, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Giveaways, Paranormal, YA / 0 Comments

StoryTime is a tri-annual event created by Glass House Press.  All proceeds from the StoryTime events will be donated to SDDAS Spirit Fund, a
nonprofit society dedicated to giving homeless animals the medical care they need. For more information, visit their website at sddac.com/donations.asp.

 

Today is the cover reveal of two novellas in StoryTime releasing on October 14, 2014:  Tell Me My Name by Mary Fan and Slam by Tash McAdam.

In Mary Fan’s second novella from Glass House Press, a teen girl wakes up in an icy cell, alone and frightened. She has no memory of who she is or how she came to be there.

She does know that she must get out, at all costs. And that escape must start with remembering the simple things – her own name. Her place of origin. Her possible powers.

When a group of dark magicians reveal themselves to be her captors, she finds herself in the clutches of those who will stop at nothing to uncover the secrets locked within her lost memories. With her life fading under their merciless spells, the need to escape becomes dire.

But can she get out when she doesn’t even know who she is? Can she count on one unlikely ally for help? Or is it already too late for her, a girl without a name?

Tell Me My Name introduces the main characters in Mary’s new fantasy series, Fated Stars, with the first book, Windborn, due in late 2015.

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About Mary Fan

Mary Fan is a hopeless dreamer, whose mind insists on spinning tales of “what if.” As a music major in college, she told those stories through compositions. Now she tells them through books—a habit she began as soon as she could pick up a pencil. Flynn Nightsider and the Edge of Evil follows a well-received debut novel, a space opera titled Artificial Absolutes (2013), and is the first in the Flynn Nightsider series. Mary would like to think that there are many other novels in her bag, and hopes to prove that to the world as well.

Mary lives in New Jersey and has a B.A. from Princeton University. When she’s not scheming to create new worlds, she enjoys kickboxing, opera singing, and blogging about everything having to do with books.

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Telepaths, torture, mindwipes … the Institute has it all, and they use each of their brainwashed children as weapons, the way they see fit. To control society, repress its people. To make certain that they stay in power, no matter the cost. Serena’s baby brother Damon is one of those children, and these days he’s so altered that he doesn’t even recognize her.

When it comes to getting Damon away from those who kidnapped him, there’s nothing Serena won’t do. Even if she has to kill him to save him. First, though, she must prove to her father that she has what it takes to be a soldier against the insidious threat of the Institute. Her first mission has to be perfect.

But with inaccurate intelligence, unexpected storms, and Gav Belias, people’s hero of the Watch, on the prowl, will she even survive? If she doesn’t succeed, they’ll never let her go after her brother.

And that would be unthinkable, when it was her fault that he was taken in the first place.

Slam is Tash McAdam’s first work with Glass House Press, and serves as a prequel to her series The Psionics, with the first book, Maelstrom, due in 2015.

Add it to your Goodreads TBR Pile : http://bit.ly/1sLY9Qr

About Tash McAdam

Tash McAdam’s first writing experience (a collaborative effort) came at the age of eight, and included passing floppy discs back and forth with a best friend at swimming lessons. Since then, Tash has spent time falling in streams, out of trees, learning to juggle, dreaming about zombies, dancing, painting, learning Karate, becoming a punk rock pianist, and of course, writing.

Tash is a teacher in real life, but dreams of being a full-time writer, and living a life of never-ending travel. Though born in the hilly sheepland of Wales, Tash has lived in South Korea and Chile and now calls Vancouver, Canada home.

Maelstrom, the first book in The Psionics, is Tash’s first published work. Visit the website or facebook for news, gossip, and random tidbits about Tash’s adventures.

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#BoutOfBooks11 update Day 5

Posted 23 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Middle Grade, Sci-Fi, Updates / 0 Comments

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Here’s my update for DAY 5!!

Friday 22nd August:

  • I managed to read about 100 pages of Idols by Margaret Stohl. I’m really enjoying it but I probably won’t get it finished until (Sunday)
  • I have also been reading an early copy of The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassie Clare from NetGalley. Only on chapter two, but really into it so far. It’s different. Plus, it’s ebook, so my brain isn’t computing. haha
  • No books finished yet.

My mantra:

Kat

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Teaser Post: Dirty Blood (Book #1) by Heather Hildenbrand

Posted 11 August, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, Supernatural, Teasers, YA / 0 Comments

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Dirty Blood – Heather Hildenbrand

Book 1 – Dirty Blood Series

Paranormal Romance

I killed a girl last night. I did it with my bare hands and an old piece of pipe I found lying next to the dumpster. But that’s not the part that got me. The part that scared me, the part I can’t seem to wrap my head around and still has me reeling, was that when she charged me, her body shifted – and then she was a wolf. All snapping teeth and extended claws. But by the time I stood over her lifeless body, she was a girl again. That’s about the time I went into shock… And that was the moment he showed up.

Now, all I can do is accept the truths that are staring me in the face. One, Werewolves do exist. And Two, I was born to kill them.

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I felt the air in the car begin to change as I stared back at him. It felt warm and thick, like a humid, post-rain summer day. And even though we were already touching, palm to palm, I suddenly had an intense desire to be closer to him, pressed to him. My muscles ached with it and I had to restrain myself from scooting across the seat, and wrapping my arms around his shoulders, and burying my face in his neck.

The image wouldn’t remove itself from my mind and I finally had to wrench my gaze from his to keep from acting on the impulse. I was breathing heavier, partly because of the thickness in the air and partly from wanting to touch him. I wondered if he was affected, too, but I couldn’t look at him again or I wouldn’t be able to stop myself.

His hand slid free from mine, and he started the car and busied himself with checking the rearview and easing us out of the lot. I pressed the button for the window, letting in a gust of cold air. For once, I didn’t curse the cold, and was relieved when I felt the tension melt away.

When we were on the road, Wes cleared his throat. “Well, that was …”

I lifted my head from where I’d been leaning closer to the open window and looked over at him. He was running a hand through his hair, still searching for a word to describe what had happened. He’d noticed it, too. “Different,” I finished.

He sent me a half smile. “Yeah. Definitely that.”

Dirty Blood is included in the Love After Dark box set!

Love After Dark includes 9 full length novels from 9 bestselling authors including: Brina Courtney, Quinn Loftis, Julia Crane, Heather Hildenbrand and more!

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Oooh what’s this? “Bout Of Books 11” August fun!

Posted 30 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Adult Fiction, Based on true events, Contemporary, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fun, Mature, New Adult, Romance, Sci-Fi, Steampunk, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

Fancy doing something different for August?

Why not do what I’m doing? Sign up to Bout Of Books 11!

Don’t know what it’s about?

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 18th and runs through Sunday, August 24th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 11 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

 

It’s gonna be so much fun and it’s non-competitive so don’t feel like you have to read more than others (although, that would be super cool if you did!) and dig through that pile of books you’ve been dying to get read!

 

I’ll be taking part. Will you?

 

 

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Oceanborn by Amalie Howard – Release Blitz & Giveaway!

Posted 29 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Romance, YA / 0 Comments

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY OCEANBORN!

Author Amalie Howard has a message for you… 

 



ABOUT THE BOOK

 

The coronation is over.

But the battle has just begun.

Nerissa Marin has won her crown. But can she keep it? Already, her ties to the human realm are driving a wedge between Nerissa and her people. When word arrives that her part-human prince consort, Lo, has been poisoned, she makes the difficult choice to leave Waterfell and return landside. As the royal courts debate her decision, even more disturbing rumors surface: a plot is rising against her, led by someone she least expects.

On land, Nerissa learns another shocking truth: Lo does not remember who she is. As her choice to try to save him threatens her hold on her crown, changing loyalties and uncertainty test her courage in ways she could never have imagined. Nerissa will have one last chance to prove herself as a queen …and save the undersea kingdom she loves.

 

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AMALIE HOWARD grew up on a small Caribbean island where she spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in a book or being a tomboy running around barefoot, shimmying up mango trees and dreaming of adventure. 22 countries, surfing with sharks and several tattoos later, she has traded in bungee jumping in China for writing the adventures she imagines instead. She isn’t entirely convinced which takes more guts.

She is the author of several young adult novels critically acclaimed by Kirkus, PW, and Booklist, including Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and Alpha Goddess, a Spring 2014 Kid’s INDIE NEXT title. Her debut novel, Bloodspell, was an Amazon bestseller and a Seventeen Magazine Summer Read. As an author of color and a proud supporter of diversity in fiction, her articles on multicultural fiction have appeared in The Portland Book Review and on the popular Diversity in YA blog. She currently resides in New York with her husband and three children. Visit her at www.amaliehoward.com.

 

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4 stars to Ruin and Rising (The Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo

Posted 9 July, 2014 by katheryn13 in Fantasy, Paranormal, Reviews, Romance, Supernatural, YA / 0 Comments

The capital has fallen.

The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for

 

There may be some over excited swearing in this…sorry. ^_^

Review

Wow. What can I say? This was mindblowing in all manner of ways. I’ll admit it took me some time to read it as I’d gone on holiday and the heat, well, kinda killed my concentration and mood to read. It seemed to drag on forever, and then I hit the half way point and BAM…

Well, to say I was caught off guard would be understatement of THE FREAKING YEAR! What the hell? I was crying, I was shouting (I’m sure the other hotel stayers were wondering who was getting murdered. hehe) and I was not happy. I was distraught!

But then the tide seemed to turn and everything calmed down. Well, besides my heart being in tiny pieces strewn across the hotel room. Ugh. Why? WHY?

The story became a bit more heated and things happened where they hadn’t before. I can’t even mention names because it’s too emotional. I’m not even THAT kind of person. Damn books get me feeling all kind of things. Let’s just say Nicolai is my favourite character in this series. Mal, I liked him at first but then he grew annoying and I find I just can’t tolerate him. Not when such a better choice had entered the stakes. Nicolai. *swoons*

Alina definitely gets some girl-balls. She owns her powers, and she stands up for herself. Despite still searching for the Firebird, (which, by the way, the answer to that is like HOLY SHIT WHAT?!?!) she discovers she can be powerful without it if she only tried. Alina discovers after the fight with the Darkling in  Siege and Storm, that she contains some of his darkness. It takes a few weeks/months of being contained in the underground tunnels with the Apparat though to finally get the ball rolling.

Anyway, the Darkling…I had a love/hate relationship with him. He was really evil and wanted Alina for his own uses but at the same time he had a vulnerability that was heartbreaking at times. It was obvious he feels lonely and doesn’t know any different. We finally get a back story to Baghra. I was stunned.

Shit happens in this book that I can’t even begin to explain as it tore me to pieces. Arghh. But I’ll say that it’ll shock you and make you wish you hadn’t invested your heart in this amazingly written story. Leigh Bardugo sure knows how to write a show stopper. I was whooping with joy by the end, though. Yes. I was.

I think you can guess why.

So I’ll wave goodbye to all the characters now before I say goodbye to my readers. Bye bye. 🙂

Kat

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!!!Cover reveal!!! for Enscrolled by Connie L. Smith!!!

Posted 20 June, 2014 by katheryn13 in Book Promo, Cover Reveals, Fantasy, Paranormal, YA / 0 Comments

Hi!! It’s cover reveal time and look what we have?

Enscrolled: The Division Chronicles #3

By Connie L. Smith

 

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, and time is hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, their secrets the only chance the warriors possess of forever closing the Division and saving their world from a brutal finale.

But with every second that passes, the Division expands, more demons – equipped with an incurable toxin – managing to enter the realm to inflict their terror where they can. The clock is ticking on the soldiers already tainted with the venom, their lives depending on the quick creation of an unknown antidote. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing. Should that belief prove true, the ramifications could cripple the army’s abilities, insurmountably, prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate to the Essenced soldiers, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.

Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

 

 

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Release Date: Fall 2014

 

Excerpt

McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”

            He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”

            “Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”

            “Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”

            Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”

            “Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”

            Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.

            “Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”

            And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”

            He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”

            “And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”

            “It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”

            She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”

            “Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”

 

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About Connie L. Smith

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and will be forever sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. When she isn’t reading or writing, there’s a good chance she’s goofing off with her amazing, wonderful, incredible, fabulous nieces and nephew, or listening to music that is severely outdated. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either) and likes to snap photos. Oh, and she likes apples a whole big bunch.

 

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