YA Feature: Bella Street & #Giveaway FREE Kindle Ebook

 
 
The Author: Bella Street
 

Grew up in the Pacific Northwest. All that rain makes for lots of reading and atmospheric moodiness that simply must be translated into writing :) Some of my favourite authors are Edith Wharton, Tracy Chevalier, Marion Chesney, Stella Gibbons, and Jane Austen.
 


Writing
 

Like most writers, I started out as an avid reader (I had my own shelf in my school library) and one day thought 'Hey, I'm gonna write one myself!' Then I found out how hard it was! Ouch!

 


Kiss Me, I'm Irish (Time For Love #1)The Book: Kiss me I'm Irish (Time for love #1)



Emily Musgrave is heading a direction she never wanted to go in Regency England--namely a convent to turn her from her waywardness. But it's more loneliness than rebellion that motivates her to escape her certain fate.


Liam Jackson is going nowhere fast in modern-day Tennessee. Playing his Dobro in seedy bars and backward dives along with his fiddling sister, Tinker, is doing nothing for his music career--and even less for the dark places in his soul.


Pixie mischief can not only change time-lines, it can change hearts. Because sometimes a girl just needs a little magic in her life

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Can you describe your female protagonist Emily in less than 140 characters?
 
 
Sounds suspiciously Twitterish ;) Runaway regency girl is fairy-led to modern day Memphis where she meets the moody guitarist Liam and his fiddling sister, Tinker.
 

 When can we expect more in the Time for Love series?
 
I'm working hard on Book Two--Kiss Me, I'm Yours where a recently cuckholded modern girl time-travels to the early post-Civil War era and meets a man who has nothing left to believe in. I'm hoping to have it released by the end of June at the latest.

Where Kiss Me, I'm Irish is time-travel, forward, and Kiss Me, I'm Yours will be time-travel backwards, Book Three--Kiss Me, I'm Home, will be time-travel sideways...

 
If you could encourage anyone to pick up Kiss me I'm Irish what would you say?

If you enjoy fun, sweet romance with a little bit of magic--and a cutie Irishman--you might like Kiss Me, I'm Irish :)
 

 
Bookie Questions:

 

Favourite genre and why?
 
For the longest time, my favorite genre was Regency--I figure I've read over 1,000 of them! I obviously love historicals and classics of all kinds as well, but for pure, fiction-reading fun I love time-travel most of all, which is why most of my own books have some element of that threaded throughout. In the past few years, I've picked up YA books and have been hooked on those as well, especially when a budding adult finds out some old family secret or a new unrealized strength in themselves, whether magical or not

 


Favourite YA author and why?
 

I love Claudia Gray and her vampire Evernight series (haven't read Fated yet) because she has the ability to quickly draw in a reader to believe a fantastical world, then give a little twist or two that keeps the readers guessing. Some other new authors I've enjoyed recently are
Shonna Wright, Alexandra Adornetto, and Megan Thomason

 

 
Debut author/ upcoming author we should check out:


Shonna Wright. I enjoy her writing because in her story
Synthetic: The Rise of the Siren, she went outside of the box, which takes guts. The story is crazy but I couldn't put it down, and I look forward to more of her stories.


Favourite 2012 read and why?

 
Not really YA, more New Adult but I LOVE the darkly magical New Orlean books by Nancy Duplechain. Dark Bayou and Dark Carnival were amazing and has had me harassing the author to get her third book finished and released

 
 
 
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Born in Flames Blog Tour: My top 10 YA heroes by Candace Knoebel & #Giveaway

 
My top 10 YA heroes by Candace Knoebel
 
1. Harry Potter He triumphed despite every possible setback thrown his way.
 
2. Percy Jackson He prevailed against all odds and many obstacles.
 
3. Damon Salvatore He may not be your typical hero, but he is the bad-guy-gone-good that I love.
 
4. Ethan Wate He loved and he loved fiercely.
 
5. Peeta Mellark He never gave up on her, even while she was using him.
 
6. Rath Roiben Rye Because he put her needs first.
 
7. Holden Caulfield Because he was rebellious and courageous.
 
8. Charlie His journey through adolescence and being a lost freshman inspired me.
 
9. Dimitri Belikov Hes handsome, dedicated, and fierce.
10. Prince Ash Again with the good/bad boy thing. ;)
 
Blurb:


 

Red mirrored scales race up my arms as the haze of pain blurs my vision. My bones crack, breaking to realign. I scream. It is then that the realization of my unavoidable fate sinks in; I am of a dying race. I am dragon.

Aurora Megalos, orphaned and teetering on the edge of adulthood, thought finding her past would curb the sting of being an outcast. Having no memories of the time before she awoke on her foster mother’s doorstep, she yearns for the emptiness inside her to be filled. With her fellow orphaned best friend, Fenn, by her side, she has nothing to lose and everything to gain. But something powerful stirred within her that she couldn’t explain. Something wanted out.

In the dark of night, a crazed Seer, dubbed Mr.Creepy, erases everything she’s ever known with an impending prophecy. She now faces two paths. Return to her true home to protect a dying race against a growing evil, or stay hidden in the safety of our realm with a shot at a true love. With a vengeful Arch Enemy stopping at nothing to see her dead, she’s running out of time; a decision must be made. What would you choose?
 
Author Bio
 
Candace Knoebel had dreamed of being a dancer ever since she could remember. With a love of all things art, she saw herself moving to New York and pursuing her passion as an artist. But all that changed on October 10th, 2002 when she met the love of her life. Her dreams diverged and after marrying her high school sweetheart and having two beautiful children, she realized she missed her creative side.

Growing up alongside the Harry Potter series, Candace found herself missing the epicosity of a story that pulls you in and won’t let you go. In 2009, she began dreaming up characters that would mold her first novel. Through lunch breaks and late nights, after putting her kids to bed, she built a world where she could escape the ever-pressing days of an eight to five Purgatory. She found her calling in life and knew this was more than dancing could’ve ever meant to her.

Once complete in 2010, she began the grueling process of finding a publisher. With relentless determination, she was finally able to realize her dream in December of 2011 when 48fourteen offered her a publishing contract. With a HUGE yes and a happy dance, she now continues her Trilogy.
 
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Innovera Yakov Blog Tour: My top 10 Heroes & Heronies of YA by Kia Garriques & #Giveaway- $25 Amazon Giftcard

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My top 10 Heroes & Heronies of YA by Kia Garriques
 
My name is Kia Garriques, author of Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand Eyes; the first installment in an action-packed fantasy drama where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for The Journey. Innovera Yakov is a faraway planet in a faraway universe: under five moons and two brilliant suns that never set. At the very edges of Innovera Yakov there is always the terrifying watery darkness of Verheer. We meet Ayana, the outsider, forever searching for herself and the truth of their world; Vinton, her protector. Gamma and Blu Tara are beautiful, fiery twins who can kill with one look. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes explores the desire for acceptance, the need to belong, the importance of self-belief, the danger of secrets, the pain of betrayal and the power of love. 

I believe that reading YA will transport you to magical world that is beyond the cusp of your dreams. You can meet inspirational heroines who must battle against evil and their insecurities for the greater good. Attractive heroes can also pop up on the page who you wish you could date for real!

Here is my list of the top 10 heroes and heroines of YA
 
 
- Dimitri Belikov (The Vampire Academy series)
 
It is every girl’s dream to meet a man who is dedicated, loyal and a great warrior who can saves you from danger and evil. In this novel, written by Richelle Mead, Dimitri helps train Rose so that she can fight for and protect her people. With two attractive people working so closely together, something was bound to happen. This is a wonderful read for those who love the gradual chemistry that changes lives forever
 
- Cate Cahill (Born Wicked)
 
When reading this book, I realised that Cate, the main character is not wicked at all but is to be respected for her ability to put others before herself. She is an ideal heroine as she constantly seeks to protect her younger sisters, even to the point where she sacrifices herself for one of them. Her story is one of mental resilience which is a very important life skill that we should all work on.
 
- Jace Wayland (The Mortal Instruments Series)
 
I love this golden-haired bad boy from the above series. When reading the book, you know you shouldn’t like him at all as he will only end up breaking your heart. But the author, Cassandra Clare, crafts his personality so well that it is almost impossible to give into his wishes.
 
- Hermione Granger (Harry Potter)
 
Many people might think, ‘Why is she in this list?’ Firstly, forget that the beautiful Emma Watson played her character in the film and go back to the book. Notice that Hermione is never described as pretty or popular. Yet, she always manages to be praised by her peers for her imagination and loyalty. So, I feel that Hermione is a real heroine as she inspires girls to just be themselves.
 
 
- Prince Ash (Iron Fey series)
 
Here we meet another handsome, bad boy who has shut off his emotions. But, he’s different as it seems that he can be changed by that one special girl. He is a hero because he gives up his life and all he knows to protect a half-faerie girl.
 
- Eona (Eon and Eona)
 
Eona is an Asian protagonist which is something which is very rare in a YA novel. She is a great role model as she has to fight for what she wants and believes in. And it is this constant fighting that allows her to save her people from destruction.
 
- Sam Roth (Shiver)
 
Sam is a werewolf who only manages to stay human during the summer. Once winter comes, he goes back to being someone who craves blood and a good fight. But when he meets Grace he wants to change for her and even tries to do the impossible – he tries to remain human in the winter. Sigh...the guy of my dreams!
 
- Tris Pryor (Divergent)
 
Tris is a girl who lives in a dystopian world but unlike other typical dystopian characters, she is crafted in a very realistic way. She is a heroine as we can all relate to her. We understand the troubles that she faces and admire her for her bravery and gumption in moving forward with her life.
 
- Will Rutledge (Firelight)
 
Will is a great guy who is willing to go against his family beliefs for the love of a supernatural girl. Jacinda is a dragon, someone who Will is destined to kill. Yet, he falls in love with her and swears to protect her identity from those who can harm her.
 
- Alanna of Trebond (Song of Lioness series)
 
It is truly admirable that Alanna becomes the first female knight to protect her country in this novel as she never grew up with any female role models. As well as choosing great role models while growing up, Alanna is also shown as someone who is proud to be a woman and all she can do. Sometimes, this confidence is not present in the girls of today and Alanna is the perfect fictional heroine to instil this trait in them.
 
Okay so there you have it, my top ten list! If you love this list be sure to check out my book Innovera Yakov on amazon at: Click here for UK readers or here if you are from the USA or elsewhere. Innovera Yakov- The journey of a thousand eyes is the first in the series; stick with me because there are lots more to come and you don’t want to miss the second book in the series.


Innovera Yakov: The Journey of A Thousand EyesInnovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes

Innovera Yakov – The Journey of A Thousand Eyes takes you into a world of excitement and danger where thoughts and feelings are overheard and minds can travel to other worlds. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a world where falling in love could cost you your life and nothing is as it seems. Innovera Yakov – The Journey of A Thousand Eyes is the first book in an action-packed fantasy drama series where characters with powers of healing and destruction live, love, compete and disappear without a trace while they are being prepared for the Journey.

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Kia Garriques studied writing and English literature at University and has been a published short story writer since 2009. Her first story “The Invisible Alien Watcher” was published by Micro Horror in 2009 and reprinted by Pill Hill Press in 2011. Innovera Yakov: The Journey of a Thousand Eyes – is her first novel in the ‘Worlds’ series.

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Queen & Commander Blog Tour- Author Interview

 
 
The Author: Janine A Southard

Janine A. Southard writes and edits speculative fiction in between working on videogame projects. She's attended more than the average number of universities, which she claims is a FEATURE not a bug. ("Oxford educated, but Californian at heart;" she's also lived and traveled in Europe, the United States, and Japan.)
Currently, she lives in Seattle with a husband and a cat. The cat pretends to care about this.


Writing

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I read. Therefore, I write. My first story that might have been remotely worth reading, I wrote in, oh, fifth grade. It was about elves.

As for writing narrative fiction professionally, I had my “validated as a real writer” moment when I got hired by a videogame company to write dialogue, lore, and short stories. (The game in question is Aion Online. I’ve worked on-and-off for them, as new expansions come out, for almost four years now.)

And once I was validated as a “real writer,” it was much easier to decide that I should pursue fiction full time. Admittedly, the recession made me decide faster—take the plunge as a fiction writer or find any job that would take me. I went for the thing that I love.

Queen & Commander (Hive Queen Saga #1)The Book: Queen & Commander

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On a world where high school test scores determine your future, six students rebel. They’ll outrun society as fast as their questionably obtained spaceship will take them.

Rhiannon doesn’t technically cheat the Test. She’s smarter than the computers that administer it, and she uses that to her advantage. She emerges from Test Day with the most prestigious future career possible: Hive Queen.

Gwyn & Victor are madly in love, but their Test results will tear them apart. Good thing Rhiannon is Gwyn’s best friend. Rhiannon can fix this. Queens can do anything.

Gavin is the wild card. Raised off-planet, he can’t wait to leave again… and he’s heard of an empty ship in orbit. The Ceridwen’s Cauldron.

Both Luciano and Alan fit in the system. They don’t need to leave. Only their devotion to Rhiannon spurs them to join the Cauldron’s crew.
Spaceships. Blackmail. Anywhere but here

 
Can you describe your protagonist Rhiannon in less than 140 characters?

Rhiannon is a clever teen who uses her analytical skills to outsmart the system, much to the benefit of her best friend.

(20 characters to spare!)

If you could encourage anyone to pick up Queen and Commander what would you say?

It’s a young adult space opera with an ensemble cast. You’ll love it! (If you like space opera or ensemble.)

 
Bookie Questions:


Favourite genre and why?

My favourite genre is space opera, that spaceship-filled sub-genre of science fiction. It’s so optimistic! No matter what horrible things might happen in the novels themselves (e.g., totalitarian governments, prolonged wars, unethical cloning), they presuppose that humanity has continued and prospered. Space opera assumes that our culture has made so much progress that of course we reached the stars!

Favourite YA author and why?

Most of my favourite YA authors are intended for the younger side. Gordon Korman, for instance, is always brilliant and usually comedic. Tamora Pierce has the most kick-ass teenage heroines. As for newer authors I’ve been reading recently: Ally Carter excels at cute and clever, and Maggie Stiefvater’s Ballad is a snarky modern fantasy steeped in music and faerie-lore.

Debut author/ upcoming author we should check out?

Maya Prasad. Her upcoming Sky Mahal is a YA cyberpunk adventure set in a near-future India. I’ve read bits and pieces (because we’re in the same writing critique group), and I’m so excited for when she gets a publishing date.

Visit her on the Web: http://www.mayaprasad.com/

A book series you love and why?

It’s not YA, but I love the Tour of the Merrimack series by R.M.Meluch. (First book The Myriad)


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On the surface it’s purely a space war with space marines. (This, I admit, is already enough to pull me in. I try anything with space marines.) But I love how clever it is. For instance, “our heroes” are from the United States. They’re fighting against the mindless, hungry aliens. Right, nothing crazy there. But before they were fighting the aliens, they were also fighting Rome. Apparently, Rome-as-a-nation has been hiding since, oh, 500 A.D. Doctors, lawyers, scientists… they all still speak Latin even. So when humanity started forming space colonies, all the Romans-in-exile migrated to the same one and seceded.

Think about this for a second. Most of us from the Western world feel a kinship of cultural progression from ancient Rome. So, as an American reading The Myriad, I find myself torn. Do I identify with the Americans or the Romans? When they’re both fighting against the aliens, no problem. But when there’s American-Roman friction, whom should I root for?

I’m thrilled by that level of mind-twisting in what I thought was going to be a “space marines make the universe safer” kind of series.

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Otherborn Blog Tour: Author Interview & #Giveaway

 
 




The Author: Anna Silver 


Im a renaissance woman, to be sure. Im a mother of three, an artist and oil painter, an author, and have entertained a host of other things like tarot reading and holiday decorating. Basically, I love creative expression through any medium.


Ive had a reputation among family, friends, and coworkers as being good with words. Thats lead to an assortment of freelance work like writing web copy and writing for a local paper. But Ive been writing fiction seriously for the last few years.



 
Writing

 
As soon as I fell in love with books and reading, I had the desire to write. I decided I was going to be an author around eight-years-old and I started several novels in spiral notebooks as a kid. I attended a writing program in college but life took some unexpected turns and I put my writing on hold for family. I picked up it again in the last decade, off and on at first. OTHERBORN is my third novel, but the first to be published.

I have a whole host of social media and online sites where you can keep up with me and my work. Most importantly, you can visit my website, which is where youll find excerpts, video trailers, and other book candy, as well as my blog. Next to that, Im always on facebook, twitter, and goodreads. Im also an avid pinner and you can always check my publishers site as well. All the urls are listed below.





The Book: OTHERBORN
 
 
 
 
Blurb:
 
Confined within Capital Citys concrete walls, London keeps an impossible secret: she dreams. And shes not alone. Her friends are seeing themselves in “night pictures” too, as beings from another world. Together they uncover the story of their avatars, astral shamans they call Otherborn.

When one Otherborn is murdered and another goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their Otherborn to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them?


Two main things inspired OTHERBORN. The first was an article I read on the Otherkin subculture. More or less, Otherkin identify with something other than human inwardly. This can be anything from vampires to faeries to wild animals. Some of them claim to have experienced past life memories where they were another being and many describe feelings of not belonging in our culture. I was mesmerized by the idea because it creates so much instant conflict.

The other big influence was my personal research into dreaming. Ive been fascinated by dreams for a long time and my own dreams have played an important role in my life. Ive experienced many precognitive dreams and dreams that have helped me heal. I was reading a favorite author on the subject, Robert Moss, who talked about shamans being able to meet in their dreams to share information and help one another, regardless of the place and time they live in. It just screamed STORY to me.

 
How does it feel to be releasing your debut novel?

Intense. Ecstatic. Pivotal. I could go on and on, but Ill spare you. This is, however trite, a dream come true for me, and one that Ive held in my heart for a very long time. It has been an incredibly validating and empowering experience. And I am learning a ton!


Can you describe your protagonist London in less than 140 characters?

London is…

Conflicted, passionate, stubborn, and incredibly loyal. She's easily misunderstood and rough around the edges, but she has a heart of gold.

If you could encourage anyone to pick up OTHEBORN, what would you say?


If youre looking for something a little dark and a little edgy, that stands apart from the YA clich├ęs we all know and love, have I got a story for you!

 
Bookie Questions:

Favorite genre and why?

Well, obviously my favorite genre is YA. I love the pacing, I love the broad range of subgenres, and I love that these books dont shy away from anything. There is a formula to YA that just works for me, both as a reader and a writer.

As far as subgenres go, I love anything with an element of fantasy. So, actual fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction, and dystopian are all very high on my list.

 
Favorite YA author and why?

This is impossible for me to answer. I have too many all-time faves to name just one. But I will give my current flavor of the month when it comes to YA authors, and that would be Jessica Spotswood, the author of Born Wicked. I couldnt put her book down to save my life and I cannot wait for more! I also really love Jodi Meadows, Nina Berry, Maggie Stiefvater, Leigh Bardugo, Melissa Marr, and Sophie Jordan right now. And of course the blockbusters like Veronica Roth and Suzanne Collins.


Debut author/upcoming author we should check out?

Nina Berrys debut Otherkin is excellent. As is Kat Zhangs debut Whats Left of Me. Im looking forward to Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke and Fraction of Stone by my fellow SSP author, Kelley Lynn.

Favorite 2012 read and why?

My favorite of 2012 was, without a doubt, Born Wicked. It has all the elements I love: fantasy, magic, rich world building, complex and conflicted characters, and feminist themes. Spotswood is simply a master at this genre. But some close runners up would be Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, and Gilt by Katherine Longshore.

A book series you love and why?

I adore reading series and trilogies. The Firelight trilogy by Sophie Jordan was amazing so unique and well written! Also, The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy by Carrie Ryan, both of whom bring a poetic, lyrical voice to tried and true subjects like werewolves and zombies. Right now Im reading the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr and loving it! As for some of the oldies but goodies, you cant do much better than the A Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine LEngle and Tolkiens The Lord of the Rings.

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The Author: Sophie Davis


A little bit about me…I live and work in Washington, D.C. I do have a day job with the Government, but I spend every spare moment writing! In school I studied science, and pull some of my ideas from classes that I took and internships that I had.


Writing

I have enjoyed writing for as long as I can remember. I was about twelve when I started writing poetry, but it wasn’t until after college that I attempted a novel. My first few tries still remained unfinished, however. I had what I thought was a great idea, but when I started writing realized that it made no sense! One day I might go back and see if I can salvage some of the better plot points!

The Book: The Talented Saga


Talented (Talented Saga, #1)
 


When Talia Lyons was just a child, her parents were murdered before her eyes. Offered a choice between accepting their fate and exacting revenge, Talia trains to become one of the countrys deadliest assassins in order to kill the man responsible for their deaths: Ian Crane. Luckily, Talia was born with a gift- the ability to read and influence the minds of others. At sixteen, Talia is poised to graduate from the McDonough School for the Talented, where she learned to control her abilities. Now there is only one obstacle standing between her and the retribution she craves... Talia, herself. 
 
Her greatest asset may also be her undoing; while a formidable weapon in the field, Talia
s talents prevent her from both shutting off the mental connection she shares with her questionable boyfriend and blocking out the thoughts of a beguiling fellow recruit. But Talia cant afford to have the feelings and distractions of a normal teenage girl, when her life is far from normal. 

 
She must regain the single-minded determination that has brought her this far, or it may cost Talia her life when she finally faces Crane. And even after being molded in to a weapon of war, she
ll still have to find the strength it takes to pull the trigger. 

 
If James Bond and Sookie Stackhouse had a love child with a yearning for vengeance, her story would be TALENTED: an adventure about powerful teenagers who arent afraid to embrace their fears and fight for what they believe in.

Can you describe your protangnist Talia in less than 140 characters?

Hmmm… Talia is determined, but frequently suffers from self-doubt. She is independent but trusting – a little too trusting at times.

If you could encourage anyone to pick up The Talented Saga what would you say?

Imagine that 007 hooked up with Sookie Stackhouse, their child’s story would be Talented.

Bookie Questions:

Favourite genre and why?

I am a mystery/thriller buff at heart. I love trying to figure out who did it before the end of the book! Nothing keeps me reading into the wee hours of the night like a great mystery/thriller.

Favourite YA author and why?

Wow, this is a hard one. Currently, my favourite YA author is probably Rachel Vincent. I am a HUGE fan of the Soul Screamers series, and cannot wait to read the final book in the series. I am also a big fan of Richelle Mead (Vampire Academy and Bloodlines Series), Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Series), and Holly Black (Curse Worker series).

Debut author/ upcoming author we should check out?
Hmmm, well I am so busy that I am generally behind the curve on new books. I usually don’t get around to reading a series until the few books are out. But I did catch an article about Joelle Charbonneau’s The Testing, and it sounds awesome!

A book series you love and why?

Just one? Well, a series that I have recently gotten into is Kathy Reichs Virals. The Goonies-type feel of the books made me fall in love. I like the action/adventure story with a paranormal twist.


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Elfin blog tour- The Creation of Elfin & #Giveaway!


Today I have a guest post on the creation of Elfin by Quinn Loftis! Check out how Elfin was created and enter the giveaway below!

The Creation of Elfin!
 

Elfin was ,to a degree a joint project, with my husband. We were on our way back from Little Rock from visiting family and I told him I wanted to start a new series and wanted it to be about Elves. So from there for the next two hours we discussed possibilities and plot line. I wrote down most of our ideas and then came up with an outline. I knew that I didn't want it to the usual good guy finds sweet girl. I wanted there to be a struggle of good versus evil but with a twist, hence the whole dark elf theme. I actually got the dark elf and light elf idea from Bo (my husband) because of computer games he has played. It was really fun book to write but challenging because I have become so comfortable with the Grey Wolves series characters.

The Characters in Elfin were a challenge because I didn't want them to be carbon copies of the GWS characters, but I still wanted the humor and sarcasm I've come to be known for in the book. I wanted Cassie to be strong, but feminine and gentle at the same time. I needed her to be pure of heart in order to counter the darkness and evil in Trik. I know that she is a little rough around the edges because it was a challenge to make her good, but not weak, and strong but not so strong that she didn't have need of Trik. It's a very precarious balance between the hero and heroine. I hope that I did it justice.

Over all Elfin is a story about the power of redemption through love. Trik has spent a long time living in the dark and reveling in his job as an assassin, but that was never his destiny, it was a detour from what his true destiny is and it takes Cassie, his Chosen to get him back on the right path. I loved writing it and look forward to writing book 2 which will be out this year.
 
Blurb: 

 
Before tonight Cassie Tate’s biggest concerns were whether she could pass Algebra and how she was going to keep Elora, her best friend, from dressing her in a skimpy fairy costume for Halloween. Her feet were firmly planted in suburban reality and she had no reason to believe her life would be anything but that of a typical teenager. That is until tonight, when Cassie saw something that no human was ever supposed to see; in the blink of an eye she was thrown into the world of the Light and Dark Elves.

He comes from a realm where light and dark have fought for millennia. He is of a race known to humans only in myths and legends. The darkness that lives inside him is a part of both who and what he is and it makes him the most gifted spy and assassin in the history of his time. His life is not his own; he lives in the service of the Dark Elf King. He slays who he must, has mercy on no one, is relentless in his hunt, and never tires of seeing his prey fall. He is Triktapic, assassin, spy, most feared of the Dark Elves.

Now, in the midst of his King’s complicated plans to expand the Dark Elves’ holdings into the mortal realm, for the first time, Trik finds his loyalties divided. For no Elf, Dark or Light, can turn away from their Chosen.

Unbeknownst to the mortal realm, the battle between Light and Dark is being brought to their doorstep. The only one who can keep it at bay holds darkness in his heart like a lover, and the one who can sway that heart must decide if she can look beyond his black past, beyond his evil nature and see the man he is destined to be.

The question must be asked, does love really cover a multitude of sins? Can true love actually conquer all or will his darkness consume those around him until all that stands is an assassin with the blood of the mortal realm on his hands?
 

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Quinn lives in beautiful NW Arkansas with her husband, son, Doberman and cat (who thinks she is a ninja in disguise). She is beyond thankful that she has been blessed to be able to write full time and hopes the readers know how much all of their support means to her. Some of her hobbies include reading, exercising, crochet, and spending time with family and friends. She gives all credit of her success to God because he gave her the creative spirit and vivid imagination it takes to write.
 
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