J. Keller Ford talks about dragons, and her novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING in her interview on The Authors Show


Recently, I had the pleasure of recording a radio interview with Linda Thompson on The Authors Show about my novel, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. I had a lot of fun, and surprisingly, I really didn’t mess up that much. The folks at the Authors Show were wonderful and Linda Thompson was a delight to work with and very positive.

The interview will be live until midnight on December 6, 2017. Please have a listen, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask away either here, on FB, Goodreads, Twitter or any of other social media sites where I hang out. The link to the interview is here, and I hope you enjoy.

https://wnbnetworkwest.com/WnbAuthorsShow2.html

For additional information as well as purchase links, please visit http://www.j-keller-ford.com/

 

 

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THE SECRET OF POOKS WOOD – An enchanting story for those who still believe in the magic of Christmas


Paperback, 146 pages

Published May 12th 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 3rd 2014)
ISBN 1499525591 (ISBN13: 9781499525595)

Synopsis:

When twins Lily and Ollie are stranded at Great Hawkesden Manor over Christmas with their mother Stella, they have no idea what will happen when they find an old glass snow globe.

Inside it not only is there a miniature model of the manor house, but there is magic.

A time-shift adventure for readers of 9-12

 

 

I’m a sucker for wonderful stories that transcend the age groups. Many children stories are just that. They’re meant for children. But THE SECRET OF POOKS WOOD is a story for all ages and it is wonderfully told.

It’s about this woman, Stella, who has two twin children of her own, Lily and Ollie, and they travel to her old home of Great Hawkesden Manor to visit Uncle Alfred who now lives in the manor. Due to a snowstorm at Christmas, they become stranded at the manor, but that doesn’t deter the children from being children. What unfolds afterward borders on the wonderment and old-time charm one would find in a Charles Dickens story, only with a modern feel.

I fell in love with all the characters and the story and I was drawn in immediately. Laycock has a wonderful writing style that is whimsical yet exciting. Her words have the ability to transport you to the Great Hawkesden Manor and when the children find the snowglobe, you know things are about to turn even more exciting.

If you’re a fan of sci-fi and or fantasy, there is everything you could want in this story: magic, time travel, portals. Even if you aren’t a huge reader of either of the genres, you will fall in love with the warmth and overall feel-good feeling this story offers. It’s a story to be treasured by children any time of the year, though it does hold a special, wonderful, heart-warming charm during the holidays. I would love to see the author write more books centered around Great Hawkesden Manor, Lily and Ollie.  I cannot express how wonderfully heartfelt, enchanting, and engrossing this story is, and if you’re a fan of happy endings, this one has a refreshing and inspiriting one. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves stories of love, tribulations and the importance of family.

Five stars from me.

You can connect with the author at any of the following social media sites:

 

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Nicole Conway Wows Readers with MAD MAGIC


I recently had the pleasure to read MAD MAGIC by Nicole Conway, and it has to be one of the best YA fantasies I’ve read this year. How much did I love it? Does this say anything?

Paperback, 300 pages
Published November 14th 2017 by Month9Books
ISBN 1945107863 (ISBN13: 9781945107863)
Edition Language: English

 

What’s it about?

Josie Barton is a high school student living in terror. Invisible creatures torment her everywhere she goes, constantly getting her into trouble at school, and even haunting her apartment. But just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse… she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a curse that threatens to end his life. Survival means he will have to swallow his pride and trust Josie with all his darkest secrets.

With the help of a gun-slinging shaman and the enigmatic Prince of Nightmares, Zeph and Josie are only a heartbeat away from defeating one of the most diabolical faerie villains their world has ever known.

This book has it all: romance, danger, magic, changelings, evil villains, sexy faeries (and not the flittering-about kind, I might add). These fae are not to be trifled with and they will have you salivating.

Zeph is your rough, tattooed biker looking dude. Eldrick is your dark-haired, swoon-worthy, sophisticated hottie with a mysterious side that will leave you breathless.

The story unfolds with high school student, Josie Barton, getting in trouble once again for something she has no control over. It’s been this way for a long time, with invisible creatures reeking havoc on everything around her. Just when her world goes really south and she feels there is no hope left, in steps Zeph, the scraggly neighbor with that ‘you’re-so-hot in a bad way-I could-eat-you-up’ swagger.  But there’s something weird about Zeph and in a short amount of time, Josie discovers just what his secret is, as well as the secret behind the invisible creature living in her apartment. But the secrets and intrigue don’t stop there. Nope, they just keep coming and coming, and the life Josie thought she knew shatters all around her. She discovers things about herself and her father she never dreamed possible, and with the help of Zeph and Eldrick, she figures how who she is and becomes everything she is meant to be.

There is a climactic battle in the end that left me riveted on the edge of my seat, but the novel also ends with a fantastic HEA, at least for now.

It’s really hard to write a review of this book without giving spoilers away. Let me just say this novel was full of unexpected twists and turns, the characters are layered and I enjoyed peeling each layer back to expose their true selves. This was a fun book that can be read in one sitting.  It’s got everything in it for YA fantasy readers, and fans of Sarah J. Maas’ Court of Thrones series will find this equally enjoyable. I hope to see more books in this series.

Here’s a small excerpt of what you can expect from MAD MAGIC

“A weeping stone.” Eldrick was reading over my shoulder.His closeness made me jump in surprise. “A what?”

“It goes back to our pilgrimage into your world,” he explained.

“A very, very long time ago, even before the first songs. Our kind came into this world through an ancient gateway, fleeing from an unspeakable terror that was ravaging our own realm. Our home had become a place of darkness and fear—a place without moonlight.”

My skin prickled. “What … kind of terror?”

Memories flickered in the depths of his silver eyes. “There is no word for them in the human language. We called them skiia—the devourers. They cannot be bargained or reasoned with. Their only motive is to drain every drop of magic they possibly can, and as they do, they spread like a plague.”

I swallowed and sank back in my seat.

“We came here as refugees after our own world was overrun,”

Eldrick murmured. “Humankind looked upon us with awe and adoration. We made our home here, eager to share this beautiful world with you, but not before sealing away the ancient gateway so that the evil destroying our own homeland would never find its way here.”

“The Fibbing Gate,” I whispered.

Eldrick’s body shuddered at the name. “I was very young when it happened. My memories of it have all but faded to nothing. In that same way, such stories of the gateway have become myths. My father told them to me as a child.” He ran one of his fingers over the drawing on the page. “Weeping stones were said to guard it. They stones are made of iron, which as you know has incredible power against faerie magic, so that no one would ever be able to open it again.”

“Why would my dad be interested in it?”

His expression steeled as he studied the page. “I don’t know,” he finally admitted. “But there’s someone else who might.”

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27212885-mad-magic  

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

  • One (1) winner will receive two rose gold necklaces – one with a crown pendant (for Eldrick) and the other with a feather (for Zeph) (INT)

Giveaway Link:

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e656/?

Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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World-building: Settings for all Genres – Guest Post by, Diana Peach…


Fantastic post on world-building from author Diana Peach. Watch this blog post for more articles on the subject from Diana, and don’t forget to check out her amazing books!! THE SORCERER’S GARDEN is remarkable!! ~ Jenny

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

As a fantasy/science-fiction writer, I’ve stacked up a bit of experience with world-building that I’ve wanted to share, and The Story-Reading Ape’s blog is the perfect venue.

Now don’t run away if you don’t write speculative fiction. Clearly, world-building is a key part of bringing fantasy and science-fiction stories to life, but it plays a role in all fiction, and in some non-fiction as well.

Setting as Character

Most of us probably agree that the physical places within our stories need to feel authentic. But if we create them as mere backdrops to the action, we’re missing an opportunity to enrich our readers’ experiences. In great fiction, setting plays a role in the story. It’s changeable, a help, a hindrance, a metaphor, a mood, possibly even a character in the drama.

Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is a proponent of the idea of setting-as-character and builds a “character profile” of the…

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RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING is in the world!


It’s finally here!  The second book in my Chronicles of  Fallhollow trilogy has been born.

My publisher writes: “This heart-pounding sequel is sure to blow away fans of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING,” and you know what?  I agree!! This has got to be my favorite book of the two. Deanna of Deanna Reads Books says: “I’m really excited to see where this series will go and I’m not spoiling anything, but the ending of this book is insane! Like seriously I read it on a long car ride and I started freaking out and my boyfriend was like, “What are you yelling about?” This ending, dude, this ending!!”

Squee!!!

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That’s so how I wanted readers to feel!! I love it when a plan comes together.

What’s it about?

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it’s time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them. Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon’s lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David’s hometown of Havendale…and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101. He’d rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn’t the sanctuary they’d hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can’t prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice. Let the battle begin.

Where can you get this?

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N |TBD | iBooks

Haven’t started this series yet? Now is the time to grab book one while it’s on sale for .99¢ for a limited time only. In the meantime, check out an excerpt, a giveaway, and the blog tour below. Did we mention #dragons?

Excerpt from RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING 

Eric sat on the edge of Trog’s bed, violent images of war and death lingering on his mind like maggots on a festering wound.

He’d been there since before dawn, incapable of sleep, nightmares zapping his eyes open whenever he closed them. He could only relive the horrors of the past month so many times without wanting to bash his head against a wall.

The sounds, the images, the smells. They never went away. He hung his head and fought against the sobs begging for freedom. What did he have to do to make it end? What did he have to do to
not hear the castle walls exploding into oblivion, to unsee the vacant expressions of the dead, or worse yet, the ones who wished they were? How much longer would he have to endure the sudden stabs of pain in his back, a reminder of where Einar’s talon plucked him from his
horse like a fish from a lake?

By all rights, he should be dead. That should have been the punishment for failing in his duties as a squire. It didn’t matter if he helped rescue the king from the dragon’s clutches or that he fought
valiantly to save his master in battle. The fact remained the dragon still lived, and David, the paladin and savior of Hirth, lay ill and unresponsive in his suite for the past two weeks because of him. Because he’d failed to protect. The sorceress, Slavandria, tried her best to console him, telling him David’s comatose state was not his fault, that the sickness remained a mystery to every healer who visited. But Eric knew better. Trog was right. He was nothing more than an inept fledgling, and if he’d done what he was supposed to do, David wouldn’t be wandering in his own darkness.

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October 23, 2017 – Deanna Reads Books – Interview

October 23, 2017 – Mythical Books – Guest Post

October 24, 2017 – Bookhounds – Guest Post

October 25, 2017 – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

October 25, 2017 – Deal Sharing Aunt – Interview

October 26, 2017 – What Is That Book About – Guest Post

October 26, 2017 – Cindy’s Love of Books – Spotlight

October 27, 2017 – Verbosity Reviews – Guest Post

October 30, 2017 – Sincerely Karen Jo – Guest Post

October 30, 2017 – Omg Books and More Books – Guest Post

October 31, 2017 – WS Momma Readers Nook – Guest Post

October 31, 2017 – Julie Antonovich Reece – Guest Post

November 1, 2017 – The bookslayer – Review

November 1, 2017 – Smada’s Book Smack – Guest Post

November 1, 2017 – Cuzinlogic – Spotlight

November 2, 2017 – The Avid Reader – Guest Post

November 2, 2017 – A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Spotlight

November 2, 2017 – thepageunbound – Spotlight

November 3, 2017 – Lori’s little house of reviews – Review

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Author’s Choice: CURSE BREAKER Series by Melinda Kucsera


I’m starting a new feature on my blog today. It’s called Author’s Choice where I will let you know what books are on my radar and what books I recommend for your TBR.

Today I’m featuring author Melinda Kucsera, author of amazing epic fantasy adventures. Today, I’m featuring her Curse Breaker series

Evil rises in the enchanted forest. One untrained mage and his son must stop it, if they can.

Start No Fires. Carry No Weapons. Do No Harm.

Those three rules safeguarded countless travelers through the enchanted forest—until they didn’t. One boy’s murder ripped open a gateway allowing evil to enter. Now no one is safe from corruption.

Enchanted trees take Sarn to where the forest failed to uphold its rules. Seeing a dead child gifted with the same magic as his son unhinges Sarn. He vows to find out the truth no matter what the cost. But his gift is untrained and finding answers won’t be easy. Sarn must balance nights serving the Rangers with days dedicated to hiding his son from the dark forces stalking them both.

When Sarn’s masters demand he abandon the quest, he faces an impossible choice—doom the ghost whose murder endangers them all or die from the backlash of breaking his word. With the odds stacked against him, can Sarn fix anything or will all be lost?

Sarn’s story unfolds over three action-packed days in his double life leading to a breathtaking finale. I completely enjoyed this book to fans of Anthony Ryan and Margaret Weis. CURSE BREAKER: ENCHANTED is currently available for free. You can find all the links here.

The newest book in the series is CURSE BREAKER: DARKENS.

I have not read this book, but it’s definitely on my TBR as I am a HUGE fan of C.S. Lewis and this storyline is one that has sparked my interest.

Here’s what it’s about.

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God’s never had a warrior quite like Jerlo on his side.

That’s probably a good thing since a body and a book are unaccounted for. Both formerly belonged to a vanquished demon, but neither were found when the dust cleared. The question of what happened to them prods Jerlo to seek out the one person he swore he’d never speak to—a man everyone thinks is long dead. Jerlo’s relentless quest leads to the oubliette and a psycho’s cell where shadows of his past take him captive. Jerlo must outwit the dark force rising in his home without magic before he falls under its sway. The life of his ward hangs in the balance. One wrong move and the young man God asked him to protect will end up a mindless automaton, or worse, dead.

In a land where magic is their only hope, can a man of faith triumph?

Find out in Curse Breaker: Darkens the action-packed sequel to Curse Breaker: Enchanted. Christian Fantasy meets Dark Fantasy in this fast-paced narrative pitting Jerlo against monsters both inside his mind and outside it. God has never had such a flawed champion on his team. Fans of C.S. Lewis will enjoy Jerlo’s quest to safeguard the young man he wronged. Get Curse Breaker: Darkens today!

Curse Breaker: Darkens is on sale today for .99!  For more information and links to where you can purchase both books, visit Melinda’s website .

 

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Hope you enjoy the books featured. Until next Saturday, and remember,

 

SAVAGE by Nicole Conway – a must have for any Fantasy library


Publisher:  Month9Books

Publication Date: September 26, 2017

AISN #:  B071ZFXQ4R

Synopsis

Savage begins the Dragonrider Legacy series, a thrilling companion to the international bestselling Dragonrider Chronicles.

Never send a hero to do a monster’s job.

Forty years have passed since Jaevid Broadfeather brought peace to Maldobar and Luntharda. But that fragile truce will be tested as darkness gathers on the horizon. The vicious armies of the Tibran Empire have crossed the far seas and are threatening to destroy Maldobar completely. Not even the dragonriders can match the Tibran war machines. And after an attempt to awaken Jaevid from his divine sleep fails, the fate of Maldobar is looking grim.

Reigh has never known what it means to be a normal human. Raised amongst the gray elves in the wild jungle of Luntharda, he’s tried everything to fit in. But the dark power within him is bursting at the seams—refusing to be silenced. And while his adoptive father, Kiran, insists this power must be kept secret, Reigh knows he’s running out of time.

As Maldobar burns, the world is desperate for a new hero. Destiny has called, and one boy will rise to answer.

My Review

Where do I start with how much I loved this book?

I didn’t think Nicole Conway’s writing could get any better. I was in love with the Dragonrider Chronicles and didn’t believe there was any way she could top those tales.  Boy, was I wrong.

From page 1, SAVAGE captured my interest and held it to the very end. The world-building, the characters…a-maaaazing!!! And I loved the adventure! Conway managed to weave a convincing tale of elves and dragons, humans and magic.

My heart went out to Reigh and all that he has to overcome. I will admit, in the beginning I thought he was a spoiled brat, but then I learned about him and the terribly frightening demon inside of him and I got why he behaved the way he did. I wanted to jump in the book and help him, hug him. But all I could do was watch everything unfold before me. I honestly couldn’t put this book down.

I want book 2. NOW!!

If you love YA fantasy, action, adventure, elves and especially dragons, you’re going to fall in love with this book. Get it today. Don’t pass Go. Don’t collect $200. This is a winner that you must have for your library. And get a copy for someone you love. They’ll thank you a million times over.

Time to go read it again.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here are some links you might be interested in:

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35300138-savage

Purchase Links:

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/tour-schedule-savage-by-nicole-conway-presented-by-month9books/  

 Giveaway Details:


My name is Ashley “Nicole” Conway. I’m originally from North Alabama and attended Auburn University where I earned a BA in English with a concentration in Classics & Mythology. I’m happily married and have one son, Ethan.

Writing has been a passion of mine since childhood, and to be able to do it as a full-time career is something I take as a great blessing and honor. My heart is in children’s literature, specifically middle-grade and young adult fantasy. Best known is my MG/YA fantasy series titled THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, which is published by Month9Books. I’m currently working on a follow-on series, THE DRAGONRIDER LEGACY

Other books by Nicole Conway:

THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES

  

For the romantic side of you:

  

 

The Fall 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt has Begun!


FALL 2017 #YASH has begun! And you’re hunting with Team Purple!!

What is #YASH?  It’s a bi-annual event first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome books and other prizes! This Fall, there are 80 authors divided into six teams. I’m on Team Purple. Each author on each team has agreed to give away at least one book to the grand prize winner. As a scavenger hunter, you can hunt on as many teams as you want, but you’ll need to play fast. This contest is only open October 3-8, 2017. When you visit each author’s site, make sure you look for other chances to win extra prizes as a lot of authors have giveaways going on separately that you don’t want to miss (I have one going on, so make sure you check it out!)

What exactly are you hunting for?  A number.  Each author on the team will have a special number embedded in their post. Add up the number clues for your team, head over to the Rafflecopter giveaway that matches the team color, and enter the number. That’s it. As you read my post, you will see I’ve mentioned the number a few times (just in case you missed it). While I mention it several times, you will only use it once. If you win the grand prize for the team, you’ll get a book from each of the authors on the team.  Only entries with the correct number will qualify to win.

Rules: the contest is open internationally. Prizes must be claimed within 48 hours or the prize will be re-drawn. You must be 16 years or older, or have the permission of a guardian to enter. Duplicate entries will be deleted. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by October 8, 2017, at noon Pacific Time. You must enter to win before then. Good luck and happy hunting! Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

Want to see all the books involved in this Hunt?  Check out the Goodreads List and start salivating.

I’m super excited to be hosting the awesome Meg Kessel, author of BLACK BIRD OF THE GALLOWS.  

I’ve stared at this cover at least 18 times and I fall in love with it more and more each time I look at it. It’s so dark and macabre and so cool. Plus, it has garnered an awesome review from Kirkus which you can read here, and has already received over 130 5-star reviews on Goodreads!!!  That’s fantastic!!

So who is this gal, Meg Kassell?

Bio

Meg Kassel is an author of fantasy and speculative books for young adults. A graduate of Parson’s School of Design, she’s always been creating stories, whether with visuals or words. She has always been fascinated and inspired by the fantastic, the creepy, and the futuristic. When she’s not writing, Meg is reading, hanging out with her family, or playing video games. You can find Meg on Social Media at the following locations.

Website ǀ Facebook ǀ Instagram ǀ Tumblr ǀ Twitter

And now on to the EXCLUSIVE CONTENT … (yay!)

Now that we’ve all fallen in love with that cover, we need to discover what’s between the pages that follow. How about a hint and an excerpt to get your reading buds flowing?

Synopsis

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

Excerpt

*Note: Black Bird of the Gallows is told in first person by music-loving, high school senior, Angie Dovage. She’s the heroine, and it’s her story, but this excerpt is from some bonus material I’m working on seen through (the hero) Reece’s eyes. In the book, there’s a scene where Angie follows him when he goes out hunting death. It marks the beginning of the unravelling of his secret, so while Angie is following at a discrete distance, this is what’s going on with Reece:

When I’m tired, I sleep. When I’m hungry, I eat. I feel pain and heal as slowly as any human. As years pass, I age. On paper, I could be a normal boy. At first glance, I could pass for one of you. But I am not one of you.

I’m a harbinger of death. Food isn’t the only thing I hunger for. The other hunger is the reason I’m going out tonight. Also, because I’m trying to get my hot, arty neighbor, Angie Dovage off my mind. That isn’t happening until my group and I fly out of this town. Even now, riding in a car with Cody Knox, a new friend and fellow hockey player, I can’t get that girl out of my head.

I listen with as much patience as I can muster as Cody starts in on how he’d like to ask out Ava Chen, but is convinced she’d never say yes. She likes guys smarter than he is, he says. She doesn’t like guys who play sports. I nod at that. It’s a problem I identify with. Angie doesn’t seem the slightest bit interested in sports or the people who play them. I wish I played the bass guitar. Maybe, if I were a musician, she’d be able to overlook my…eccentricities. Not that she should. Even if we got along great, I won’t be in Cadence long enough for a thing between us to go anywhere.

My fingernails scratch at my coat’s arm seam. This ride feels like it’s taking forever.

“Hey Reece,” Cody says. “Did you leave a girlfriend in your last school?”

I shrug with a smirk and a snort. “No one girl in particular,” is my lazy reply. The truth is, there was no one at all, but of course, I think of Angie: survivor. Secret musician. Girl of the bright, sad eyes that look like they dont trust what they see.

Girl I can’t stop thinking about.

 

Wow. That is like 18 times crazy, huh? Could you imagine dating a harbinger of death … and surviving? I just got chill bumps all up and down arms. Thousands of them…times 18!!

If you’re like me, you need to have this book in your hand. You can pre-order it at the following:

AmazonB&NBAMKobo & Indiebound.

CONTINUE THE HUNT 

Next author on the list to visit is the super-amazing, talented author, Lea Nolan!!!

Make sure you spread the word!

ADDITIONAL  GIVEAWAY!!!

I’m running another special giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment below (it could be anything: favorite YA book, favorite YA character, etc) will have a chance to win a paperback copy of the 2nd book in my Chronicles of Fallhollow series, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING:

AND winner’s choice of one of the following $10 gift cards

     

*NOTE:  As this book does not release until the end of October, the Additional giveaway will not be gifted until Nov. 3.

Good luck to everyone and happy hunting!!

Get Ready for the FAll YA Scavenger Hunt!


It’s that time of year again when readers and authors team up together to create one of the best giveaways EVER!

This year, 100 authors have joined together to give away amazing books, and readers get a chance to win any or all of the gifts up for grabs.  What do you have to do?

First, visit the YASH website to learn all about it and how it works.  You can get there by clicking here.

Then, check out the YASH Giveaway list on Goodreads to see what all is up for grabs.  You can find that here.

This year, I’m on Team Purple!

Yay Purple Team!!!  Look at those way-too-awesome books and authors!!!!

Want to see who is on the other teams? Just check out the YASH website.

Next, get out your pens and paper, get your gear on, and be prepared to win!!

See you around on Oct. 3.  Oh, I’m also running another giveaway in addition to the one found on the scavenger hunt so make sure you look for it on my Oct. 3 post found right here.

 

It’s Finally Here! The Cover Reveal for RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING!


Oh my gosh!! The day is finally here!!! I can’t believe it. I’ve been sitting on this for what feels like forever, wanting to share it with you, but I couldn’t. But now I can, so here it is, the beautiful new cover to the second novel in The Chronicles of Fallhollow trilogy, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING!

Isn’t it gorgeous!!!

Want to know what it’s about? Keep reading.

Synopsis

David and Charlotte paid their dues. They traveled to another realm, battled the Dragon King, recovered the all-important magic key to the mage tunnels, and found the heir to the throne of Hirth, as promised. Now it’s time to go home. There’s just one problem: the powerful crystals needed to activate the tunnels have been stolen…and David’s parents have mysteriously disappeared along with them.

Guess who’s not going home to Havendale anytime soon.

Eric Hamden, squire extraordinaire, survived the poisonous knick of a shadowmorth’s blade, rescued the king of Hirth from the bowels of the dragon’s lair, and confronted a heartbreaking betrayal that nearly got him killed. Still reeling from the news, Eric sets his sights on a daring rescue only to wind up in a prison of his own with David and Charlotte at his side. But rescues come in strange ways, and before they know it, the three end up in David’s hometown of Havendale…and Eric gets a quick schooling in Modern Life 101.

He’d rather fight a dragon.

With secrets, lies, and betrayals meeting them at every turn, David, Charlotte, and Eric soon discover that Havendale isn’t the sanctuary they’d hoped for. Even their best-laid plans can’t prepare them for the danger that stalks them. This time, no amount of magic or prayers can save them. War has been declared, and in the final battle, someone must make the ultimate sacrifice.

And now … A behind the Scenes look at

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING

and

The Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy

The Chronicles of Fallhollow series has been in the making for years, and I do mean years.

Ever since I was a little girl, I dreamed of telling this story. It was loosely based on my awesome hero Army dad and the castles I visited while in Germany. I read a lot of fantasy/princess stories when I was little, and whenever I played dress up, I imagined myself trapped in a tower like Rapunzel, and some gorgeous prince would ride up on his white steed and save me from my prison.

As I grew older, my innocence faded and I became the ugly duckling that the kids picked on. I was called names and ridiculed, and many times, I came home from school in tears. I always tried to put on this brave front, but in the quiet of my room, I withdrew further into myself, and the story I wanted to tell.

And this time, there were dragons. And the main one was going to destroy all the bullies, a handsome prince would still save me, and the world was going to live happily ever after.

Flash forward.  My dad died when I was almost 12. He was Active duty. One day he was training troops in Clemson, SC. The next day he was gone. It seemed unfair somehow, to have fought in three wars for his country to die of a heart attack. Why? What was it all for, the wars, the fighting, the getting wounded (he had a bullet hole scar in his shoulder that always fascinated me as a kid), to die alone? And then I remembered something he said to me once, and those words are forever printed in the opening of book one in the Chronicle of Fallhollow series, IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING. He did it because he believed in his country, the protection of his family, and freedom.

And so, I knew I had to write the series that had been swarming in my head ever since I was a kid. War, bullies, dragons, knights, heroes, and freedom. Throw in a few fairies, a meadow gnome, a snarky boy and girl, and hey … story born.

But the early writings were so different than they are today. In the beginning, there were three small fairies:  Poochkie, Marasha and Fisco, early-teen human, David, hero knight, Trog, and bad dragon Einar. But, after many, many reviews, the fairies went away, David got older and the story evolved. It was still a tale about bullies and heroes, but it also became a story about love and honor and sacrifice. It’s also about the world I grew up in – the military life. It’s about seeing firsthand what war does to people, including my dad. Back then, the docs didn’t have terms like PTSD. The warriors merely suffered with what they saw, what they went through. I imagine it was the same in medieval/Renaissance times.

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING picks up two weeks after book one ends. There’s been a huge battle, people died that shouldn’t have, but that’s what happens when a bully attacks and starts a war. Many people have commented that the two main teen characters in the book complain and whine a lot. They do. I know how I would have felt being in David and/or Eric’s shoes. They’d been sheltered, coddled, kept in the dark about reality. All of a sudden there’s this massive bully that is threatening everything and everyone, they are still being kept in the dark about certain things and yet they’re being forced into defending themselves and the world based on a simple “Do it because I told you to” mentality. I’d complain, too.

In the second book, RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, our main characters begin to realize that complaining doesn’t get them very far, and sometimes, you have to join forces with people you may not like, but then you find out they’re your BFFs, and no one else has your back like your BFF. But then stuff happens and more stuff happens and you’re standing in the midst of chaos thinking, “Holy shiznit! What the heck am I going to do now?” And then more stuff happens and your breath is stolen from your body, but then you learn quickly how to breathe again only to be like, “Whoa!”

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING is fierce, it’s chaotic, it’s heartbreaking, and a beta reader called it ‘spellbinding’ (that made me tingle inside). I hope you find it equally enjoyable. There will be one more book after RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING, and it will bring the story full circle. I hope to see you around for the grand finale. It will be explosive.

RAGE OF THE DRAGON KING will be available October 24 from fine retailers everywhere.

Also available – Book 1 in the Chronicles of Fallhollow:  IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING