The stunning sequel to the thrilling paranormal romance novel Everlasting!
One lie will change everything.
Faye Middleton has secured the Dagger of Retribution for the High Priesthood, but in doing so, she’s opened the door to more demands set by them. She now has to break the Holy Seal, and soon. Trapped in the alluring Ethryeal City, Faye is pushed to the breaking point trying to discover just what she is truly capable of, even if it means destroying herself in the process.
With the clock ticking down to the war between both Covens, and the truth about her parent’s mysterious disappearance within her reach, Faye is faced with tough choices that will forever change her. Will Faye be able to handle the demands from the Priesthood, and still be able to continue her search for her parents?
But more importantly, can she survive the truth she finds?
About the Author:
Candace Knoebel is the award-winning author of Born in Flames-book one in a young adult fantasy trilogy. She discovered in 2009 through lunch breaks and late nights after putting her kids to bed, a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. And an outlet for all the voices residing in her head.
Published by 48fourteen in 2012, Born in Flames went on to win Turning the Pages Book of the Year award in February of 2013. In January of 2014, the last book in the trilogy, From the Embers, was released, thusly completing the trilogy. She now works on the Night Watchmen Series, while guzzling Red Bulls and pretending to be a ninja on Heelys.
About the Author:
Amy is an aspiring urban fantasy author addicted to monsters and mythology. When she isn’t writing, she’s reading, watching movies, taking photos, or gaming.
I always secretly read dystopia as a bit of prepper advice. What to do if the world turns to crazy poo and you need to survive? Needfire gives us a very believable storyline of what could happen. Friends who try to stick together through the worst of it, and those who take advantage of the situation for their own gains. Certainly not hard to imagine this ‘going down’.
From then very start of the book, we’re taken into the action, which I personally think is a must with these types of novels – I was very close to giving up on The Walking Dead when it seemed to descend into ‘a bit of action happening’ and then 40 minutes of all the characters discussing it, and oh yeah the number of zombies dwindling to those you can count on one hand per episode! Fortunately the producer/writer saved the series and now its better than ever! Rant over…. So Needfire doesn’t fall into that familiar plot trapping, which is hard work for the author, it’s easy to pad out a book with those kinds of scenes, harder to keep the tension and action up, so that was a really long winded way of saying – well done, Amy!
From a writer’s perspective, I was worried about reading an Indie book, I haven’t had the best experiences with them, but this one flows very well, mistakes are limited (and are no more than you’d see in a mass market paperback anyway) So to be honest, if I hadn’t have known it was self published, I wouldn’t have guessed.
The front cover does let it down though (Sorry Amy) with that image it could be any kind of book: thriller etc. So I think it could do with an ‘infected’ dystopian overhaul to compete with other titles in this crowded genre. It would be a massive shame if Needfire isn’t picked up because the cover isn’t as exciting as it could be.
Overall, I’d give Needfire 4 out 5 stars – a great read for those Autumn nights that are now knocking on our doors.
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
About the Author:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.
Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.
To contact Andrea, please visit, andreacremer.com
Nightshade proved to be an excellent start to a YA trilogy. I do prefer first person narrative, so for me, it made the storyline that much more emotive. And I loved the world building – the Guardians and Keepers and Seekers were interesting and ripe for plot twists and revolution.
From a writer’s perspective, there were a lot of characters introduced in the first 30% of the book (I read it on Kindle) which made it difficult to keep track at first. There was also the courtesy feat of giving each character a flash of the spotlight in the secens they were in, which did frustrate me a bit: For example, in one scene they are all round a table and it takes an age to get to the point of the scene as one character has to cross and uncross their legs while another drinks milk from a straw, and another stares too hard at something, etc. I’m being un-neccesarily pedantic here, but I’ve seen this a lot recently, Laurell K Hamilton’s new book had page after page of showcasing what all the characters in the scene were doing to the point I just wanted some of them to die quickly so I could read on and get to the plot! Nightshade doesn’t go that far, but it certainly could have been edited down whilst still character building.
The front cover of the book that I bought was not the one above, but a much more boring and sedate one (to the side) I’ve never been sure as to why publishers insist of different covers for different countries – surely consistency of branding is what is important, especially readers are even more international these days. Needless to say I much prefer the one I put up the top of this post, compared to the one below – what do you think?
Overall I’d give Nightshade 4 out of 5 stars, I have bought the others so hope the story continues to be original and interesting.
Happy Haunted Open House Blog Hop!
Okay, so I want to take this opportunity to talk to you about my time as an actor at a Halloween attraction in the UK. My older brother had been part of the crew for years and he was always asking me to join him – after all, I count horror as one of my genres and learning how to frighten people first hand could only be a useful tool for my writing. So I went along to the auditions and got the part of a scary little girl ghost.
Driving up to the attraction every night was surreal to say the least. Manic laughter, desperate screams and out of tune music was pushed out through speaker phones giving it an eerie atmosphere. With it being a typical British Autumn, the nights drew in quicker and there was a to-the-bone chill in the air. Even being part of the scary illusion was pretty damn frightening!
Upon arrival I would go into make-up the semi-normal author you see on this blog, and come out as a cursed ghost desperate to be freed from the demon that killed her and her family.
Night after night groups of people would flock to the attraction and, between you and me, the scares got a bit addictive. Although most of the scene I played out was scripted, me and my demon developed extra improvisations that made the screams louder, and the visitors paler.
This was the time that ‘Deadsy’ came into my life. He started out as an innocent enough teddy bear hunched over a shop’s shelf, but after he came home with me he began to evolve into something more heinous, hideous and downright horrible. Blood matted his fur, his eye pulled out to reveal a soulless hole. He was damp from spending so much time outside, and was always cold. He was perfect. Clutched in my pale arms as I desperately searched the visitors for my long lost family, he’d touch people in the dark, making them sequel and squirm.
So, what did my time there reveal to me? Horror takes many forms and is very subjective. Once you get that first scream from someone, the next ones are easier to illicit. Fear is contagious and large groups breed it better than small ones. Although fun to be a ghost, it can get kind of repetitive doing the same thing every night. And if you’re going to write horror, you really do need to experience it once in a while (in a safe and playful environment!)
*At the end of my time at the Halloween attraction, Deadsy decided to stay and is still frightening people to this day.
Giveaway: Trick Or Treat!
I’m giving away one eBook copy of my YA Vampires VS Zombies novel, Bad Blood on this hop. To enter please fill out the contact form below and in the comment section simply copy and paste: Bad Blood Halloween Giveaway.
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Bad boys, tortured alpha heroes, and kick-ass heroines all come together in 12 steamy full-length paranormal romance novels and novellas from NY Times, USA Today, and national bestselling authors! Whether you’re looking for tantalizing dark tales or the humorous side of the supernatural, you’ll get werewolves, vampires, fallen angels, monster hunters, and ghosts—every one of them a hot temptation you won’t be able to resist…
DIABLO SPRINGS by Erin Quinn: Gracie Beck vowed that she would never to return to Diablo Springs, but the haunted town lures her back—along with the man who betrayed her years ago. Reilly broke her heart with his lies. Now, he wants a second chance to win her, but can they survive the ghosts of Diablo Springs?
VAMPIRE REBORN by Caridad Pineiro: Would you be reborn for love? Ryder Latimer, sexy Southern vampire, will have to make one of the most difficult choices in his undead life: Become human again or protect his new wife and child.
SHADOW FALL by Erin Kellison: Just discovering her magic, ballerina Annabella Ames didn’t mean to summon a dark wolf from Twilight, nor the tempting fallen angel Custo Santovari, who has no place in Heaven. The cunning wolf stalks them relentlessly, and danger seduces as they fight for redemption and love.
NIGHT ANGEL by Lisa Kessler: When Colin Flynn returns home to Ireland, the immortal Night Walker’s flesh has healed, but the scars hide a broken spirit. Juliana Duffy plays piano in spite of her deafness, challenging him to redefine himself and find the strength to battle an ancient enemy.
SHADOWS TILL SUNRISE by Chris Marie Green: Two monster hunters fighting a star-crossed attraction and one bloodthirsty phantom leaving a trail of death… Can love survive till the sun rises?
A SHADOW AT TWILIGHT by Mary Leo: They say Hotel Colorado is haunted, but when Dillon Spencer appears in his hotel room to find Hilly Thompson, his assistant, soaking in the tub, he begins to question whether or not he’s alive, dead, or caught in another dimension.
MORE THAN FIENDS by Maureen Child: At 32, Cassidy Burke discovers she’s a legendary Demon Duster. But she’s got bigger problems than some pesky demons. Like, Logan Miller–first love, baby daddy to her genius daughter is back. Then there’s Devlin Cole, a walking orgasm with too many secrets. Cassidy’s life is out of control and about to get way too interesting.
IMMORTAL POSSESSION by Cassi Carver: When Dr. Evelyn Vale is paired with Immortal Bounty’s sexy commander to go undercover and infiltrate a supernatural body-trafficking ring, she’s eager to get to work. Until she learns the catch… To crack this case, he’ll need to possess her body.
FOREVER ROSE by Janet Wellington: Tarot cards predict a dangerous journey for Taylor Rose, but she doesn’t expect to travel back to 1888 San Diego. What the cards didn’t predict was falling for a man bent on revenge, a helpful ghost, and spooky séances. Is she there to prevent a murder or to find love?
WELCOME HOME, VAMPIRE by Theresa Meyers: Corporal Cole Wagner lost his humanity in war – literally. Turned into a vampire by the military’s Vector Force, he’s the ultimate weapon, but when he returns home to set the past right, will the enemy stop at nothing to get him, including threatening the life of the woman he loved, and lost, before?
VAMPIRE MAGIC (Blood Genie, books 1 and 2) by Sheri Whitefeather: Two tenderly romantic, wildly erotic stories featuring supernatural hybrids (vampires/genies) who grant wishes for the exchange of blood.
WILD NIGHTS WITH A LONE WOLF by Elisabeth Staab: A mandatory vacation lands Agent Sherri Walker in bed with a local werewolf. Asher Hughes walked away from his outlaw pack but couldn’t ditch the bad blood. Together they’ll have to pull off one hell of an act to get out of treacherous territory alive.
I’ve been writing for most of my life, but in 2011, I decided to seriously pursue publication for my work. I self-published my first novel in 2012, which was later acquired by Bloomsbury Spark and re-released in 2013, and my first YA novel came out in earlier this year from Month9Books. My career is absolutely hybrid; I’ve got works with small presses, digital first imprints, and large presses, and I plan to self-publish again in the future, too. It’s a great time to be a writer; there’ve never been more options, and that’s wonderful!
What do you love about being an author?
It’s so incredibly cool to be able to tell stories. I love playing in my fictional worlds and getting to know my characters! Meeting readers is really awesome, too; I particularly love visiting middle and high schools and connecting with young writers.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
I’d love to sit down with Scarlet O’Hara, although we’d probably get into a fight; two strong, opinionated women in one space would either be amazing or disastrous! I’d like to eat whatever she would want to serve. Knowing her, it would be decadent and delicious!
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
You know, I never know what to do with that question! I honestly haven’t cast any of my novels, but it would be amazing to see them brought to live on film or TV!
Vampires – do you prefer them as sexy leads or blood hungry monsters?
Classic monsters. DRACULA is one of my favorite books to re-read each fall!
I’m a total history nerd, so it’s nearly impossible to pick just one era. I guess if I knew I could get home whenever I needed, I’d love to pop back to the days of the last Cleopatra and get a glimpse of the fall of Egypt. I’ve always been obsessed with ancient Egypt!
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
Just keep writing. Seriously, there’s very little stress in my life that won’t melt away if I keep writing and keep practicing yoga.
If you were a supernatural creature, what would you be and why?
I’d love to be a witch, ala Practical Magic, because, come on! Who doesn’t want to be that cool?
Where do you write best?
I tend to fast draft, and lately I’ve been drafting on my laptop at my dining table. When I dig into edits, I work best on my desktop. Sadly, I’ve never been able to write in a coffee shop, although I do love a good Starbucks break whenever I get the chance!
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
I just finished STOKER’S MANUSCRIPT by Royce Prouty, and I loved it! It was a great gothic read, particularly for fans of the original DRACULA.
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
Since I write in a lot of genres, I don’t really know how to answer this question! I write YA paranormal, contemporary, and gothic, and I write NA contemporary, mystery, and paranormal. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to try my hand at Sci Fi, but I’m not an avid Sci Fi reader, so I wouldn’t even know where to start!
Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. A graduate of Western Michigan University, she also holds a MS in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches college writing composition and yoga. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time. Her fiction titles include DAUGHTER OF CHAOS (YA), THE SECRET OF ISOBEL KEY (NA), and the upcoming BEAUTIFUL CURSE (YA). http://www.jenmcconnel.com to learn more.
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Jocelyn Timmons does not believe she is anything special — just an ordinary high school senior, living an ordinary life full of school-work, volleyball and friends. She’s about to find out how wrong she is.
Jackson Chandler moved in to the house across the street. His dark wavy hair, green eyes and charismatic personality draws everyone to him. Everyone, but Jocelyn.
Whenever Jackson gets near Jocelyn she feels ill and dizzy. When he touches her, she blacks out and has visions of another life, in another time. As the odd hallucinations evolve and become clearer, she feels a strong pull towards the people she sees there. Frightened, she watches her once stable life begin to crumble around her and she begins to question her own sanity.
Could it be possible that these episodes are actually her own memories of a life she is living somehow, somewhere, some-when? Maybe this is time-travel or some other paranormal mysticism? Our minds often wander, but can our souls?
Book 2 Synopsis:
Continuing where Essence, Book 1, EVE series ended, the barrier between Jocelyn Timmons consciousness continues to dissolve as she better understands the two lives she lives and enormity of her newly discovered inherited gift of EVE (Essence Voyager Era) which allows her to fall asleep on one plane of existence and awaken on another as her soul travels nightly.
In Enlightened, Book 2, present-day Jocelyn uncovers the vast wonderment of the Victorian era but soon learns that life then was not as grand for women as she has read in the classics. Still, she finds comfort in the support of family and friends; a bolstering contrast to her overly hectic, career-oriented family in the twenty-first century. Her love for Jackson Chandler strengthens across time and becomes the light she so desperately needs as the world she has always known no longer makes sense. Yet, the closer she is drawn to Jackson by their mutual ability, the more strain develops amongst those she loves in 2009.
On the other side of Jocelyn’s consciousness in 1878, she remains ignorant of EVE. Her life is crumbling around her, yet she finds herself anxiously awaiting the images that invade her dreams. Jocelyn longs to be the woman she portrays in that world yet her jealousy is unbearable. Miscommunication, betrayal and hidden agendas make trust near impossible. The clearer the visions become the more she questions motives of her closest confidants and foregoes revealing the images that plague her perception. As her life seems to unravel, Jocelyn’s two worlds collide, and she is enlightened as the pieces start to fall into place. But is she strong enough to survive the truth? Is Jackson really her destiny? And can their love transcend time?
My Review of both books:
So, these books really do need to be read together – so no dipping into the 2nd till you’ve read the first!
This story is told in chapters that alternate between time periods. So there’s a little bit of historical fantasy in there too. By doing this the author can really build the tension of the stories, making the books really difficult to put down. Kind of like Agatha Christie ending a chapter on a cliff hanger so you have to read more.
From a writer’s perspective, the plot was slow to heat up, but if it had heated up too quickly then it would have boiled over leaving a fictional mess (too much of a cooking analogy – probably) So it does require a patience reader. There were some awkward sentences in there – but not from a technical point of view, but more from a personal POV – when you’re a writer yourself, you tend to have a certain way of doing things and when you read something that goes against that, it can be jarring, not say wrong generally, but wrong to me personally.
The front covers are beautiful and there is a strong marketing brand running through them, even though they are all very different. So two thumbs up to whoever designed them.
Overall I’d give both books 4 out of 5 stars – a lovely story that is both original and comforting at the same time – the perfect read for curling up by the fire (if you are in a cold country – if you are in a warm one, then not so much – exchange fire for beach!)