Happy Holidays!

22.12.14

Hi folks! Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and therefore I'll be taking my usual month-long hiatus away from the blogging scene. But I'll be back at the end of January to help spread the word about more awesome books by awesome female authors.
I hope you all have the most amazing festive season - have fun, be joyous and relaxed during this wonderful time of the year and help spread warmth and love to everyone around you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
I'll leave you with the books I released this year...

The Raven Saga and The Morgan Sisters are now available as ebook boxed sets. If you have friends or family who love Harry Potter, then these sets are perfect for you (or so I've been told)! If you click on The Morgan Sisters link on December 26th and 27th, you'll get it for FREE!!

The Morgan Sisters

Books 1-4 of The Morgan Sisters

THE GHOST OF JOSIAH GRIMSHAW
Adopted sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane are polar opposites, but when the same strange 'tattoo' suddenly appears and winds its way up their bodies within days of each other, they soon realize there's more to their relationship than they could ever have imagined.
Sent off to London for two weeks of 'work experience', the Morgan Sisters soon find themselves being initiated into the ancient Praxos Foundation, one that protects the innocent while fighting evil, both human and supernatural.
At the same time, Lana Beth and Emma Jane must also investigate why the sweet but sometimes pesky ghost of Josiah Grimshaw just won't leave them alone.

DAISY MADIGAN'S PARADISE
When tragedy falls upon 15 year old Daisy Madigan, she escapes to the only place she feels safe, the cemetery of Abney Park. There, in the company of the dearly departed, she realizes she is changing, growing stronger and faster by the day. But in the darkness lurks a terror even she can't imagine facing.

THE TEMPORAL STONE
It's been a couple of months since Emma and Lana entered the Praxos Academy and life has been hectic ever since. What with regular A level classes combined with learning all about the supernatural world, control classes, self defence and fight night, the girls are constantly busy.
But when their world seems to stop right in front of them, they and their fellow Watchers, have a huge mystery to solve. A mystery which will lead them on a long road trip across south west England where they will meet all kinds of strange creatures, some intent on causing harm and others desperate to put a stop to the problem.

LOOKING FOR LUCY JO
It's their first Christmas since entering the Praxos Academy and 16-year-old sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane Morgan are looking forward to some serious R&R. But when their little sister mysteriously disappears from her bed on Christmas Eve, all thoughts of fun disappear with her. Emma and Lana must do everything in their power to locate her and bring her home safely. Easier said than done, they are forced to go on yet another journey, this time taking them out to the murky depths of the North Sea as well as to the far reaches of southern Portugal.

˃˃˃ "I would go so far as to say that this could be the beginnings of a series as good as those by J.K. Rowling!"
˃˃˃ "I loved the bad guys, the graveyard antics, the talking dead, the superpowers of the kick-a** ninja chicks, and the rite of initiation the sisters go through"

The Raven Saga

Books 1-3 of The Raven Saga

RAVEN
After the inexplicable disappearance of Lilly Taylor's parents, she has no choice but to move to Canada where she unravels some frightening yet intriguing family secrets...
Her whole life had been based on a lie. Lilly had grown up in a loveless home with a father who she had barely ever seen and a mother who was... well, not very motherly.
After they mysteriously disappear without a trace, Lilly is sent to Canada where she finds a whole new way of life. A life filled with love and people who care for her. But that's not all she discovers, Lilly also finds out that she isn't who, or what, she thinks she is.
Lilly has a very special ability and it's just a matter of time before her true self starts to shine. And when it does, her life will never be the same again.
Raven is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in the beautiful province of British Columbia.

DECEMBER MOON
On her 15th birthday, December Moon discovers she is the descendant of a family of witches, kept in the dark her entire life in an effort to protect her. But when Lilly, her best friend, finds herself in danger from one of the world's most evil vampires, December will do everything in her power to stop him. December Moon is a fantasy novel for children and young adults set in BC, Canada.

THE LOST SOUL
December and Lilly have got their work cut out for them. Not only are they desperately trying to figure out the identity of the Lost Soul, and track him down, they've also got to investigate why Powell River's newest resident has got all of their men falling at her feet.
But when they learn that the Nephilim might be involved, it becomes clear that they're all in extreme danger...

And Then There Was You

This story took me by complete surprise this summer. I'd had no plans to write such a book. The idea just came and stayed with me for about a week and it just wouldn't let me go so I started writing in my little summer house. And I was like a writing monster for a week. Yes, that's all it took to write this novel (well, the first draft anyway). Less than seven days.
Well, here it is...


Three years ago, Eve Brooke had the most passionate, memorable night of her life. Unfortunately, it was with a man who wasn't her husband.
Can infidelity be forgotten? Not when her one night stand moves in next door, it can’t.
Eve has a pretty good life. She’s married to Matt, her childhood sweetheart, has an interesting career and lives in a nice house in the suburbs. If life is so perfect why did Eve sleep with a complete stranger during a trip to London? And why, three years later did he have to move in next door with his beautiful wife? As the attraction between them flares up again, Eve begins to question her marriage and wonders if it is fate or coincidence that has brought them back together…
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Looking for Lucy Jo


Looking for Lucy Jo
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The Morgan Sisters
Release Date: September 20th
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
It's their first Christmas since entering the Praxos Academy and 16-year-old sisters Lana Beth and Emma Jane Morgan are looking forward to some serious R&R. But when their little sister mysteriously disappears from her bed on Christmas Eve, all thoughts of fun disappear with her. Emma and Lana must do everything in their power to locate her and bring her home safely. Easier said than done, they are forced to go on yet another journey, this time taking them out to the murky depths of the North Sea as well as to the far reaches of southern Portugal.

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About the author
Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone (The Morgan Sisters) and Forever Fredless.

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About Suzy
Although Suzy is a Yorkshire lass at heart, she left her home town of Rotherham, UK, to move to Portugal with her family when she was ten. The Algarve continues to be her home, where she lives with her childhood sweetheart, Michael, two neurotic dogs and a cat who thinks she's a princess.
Shortly after completing her studies, Suzy was offered the position of trainee journalist for a local English newspaper. Her love of writing developed and a few years later she moved on to become assistant editor for the region's largest English language publisher. Since then she has also worked as the editor of one of the Algarve's most loved monthly lifestyle magazines. Early in 2010 however, Suzy began working as a full time author. She has since written several books: Raven, December Moon, The Lost Soul (The Raven Saga), Daisy Madigan's Paradise, The Ghost of Josiah Grimshaw, The Temporal Stone, Looking for Lucy Jo (The Morgan Sisters), Forever Fredless and And Then There Was You (for adults only!).

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Fight On (Camryn Cruise #3) by Brina Courtney

21.12.14


Camryn Cruise is not human. But she will fight to protect those who are.
Kiley is her best friend. And now there’s Finn. Finn with his blue eyes, and his long eyelashes. Finn makes Camryn’s heart stop. She has to decide to not stop for him though. The Sick are coming and if they get inside the walls of Silverlake war will be inevitable.
Death is everywhere.
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Camryn Cruise is not human. But she doesn’t know what she is. Not yet.
The world is falling apart and her only escape is Camp Silverlake where she frequently stayed as a child. But Camryn’s summers weren’t filled with crafting and swimming, they were spent learning combat skills and how to protect herself from the outside world.
Now she must return to Camp Silverlake to learn the truth, about who she is and she’ll discover the secret hidden within her blood. A secret that could save them all.
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Brina Courtney is a young adult author obsessed with chocolate, crime shows, and fantasy movies. She's spent the last few years as an elementary teacher and a high school cheering coach. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania with her husband and two very loud, small dogs.

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Author Interview with the fabulous Stephanie Keyes

18.12.14

The Last Protector
By Stephanie Keyes
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing | Release Date: December 15, 2014
Ebook only: $0.99

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.
And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?
As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?
*The Last Protector is a companion novella--intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Excerpt
It was an ordinary Thursday, (or at least I thought it was going to be), when things got scary. As usual, I was flirting with Valerie Gibbons by the lockers.
"You coming over after school?" Val toyed with the front of her cheerleading skirt.
I shook my head. "Not today." This weird sense of urgency had thrummed in my veins all day, like a Heavy Metal bass line.
Go to the park, go to the park, go to the park...
Val pouted. "You aren't going to dump me, are you? I really like you, Gabe."
"Nah." I made sure no teachers were watching, and then gave her a quick kiss on the lips. My gut turned to jelly when my mouth brushed against hers.
"Where ya going?"
I wished I could tell her the truth. "Ah, you know. I have to do some stuff with the 'rents this afternoon. I'll call you later, okay?" I pushed down my guilt and smiled, trying to amp up my charm to the super mega-watt Gabe level.
"Maybe." Val sounded grumpy about it, but the corners of her mouth turned up when she spoke the word. "Bye." With a quick turn, she ran in the opposite direction, leaving me alone.
After waiting a few beats, I closed my locker with a click. Shouldering my backpack, I ran out the side door and hopped on to my red 10-speed and started to pedal.
Something pushed me, the same message on loop in my mind: Go to the park, go to the park, go to the park...I tried to ignore it, but I couldn't. Maybe if I followed the voice, as freaky as that sounded, it would stop. The thoughts and dreams would end.
And I wanted them to.

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Hi Stephanie! Can you tell us a little about your latest book? 
My latest release is entitled The Last Protector. It’s a companion novella to The Star Child series and chronicles the life of Gabriel Stewart before he and Kellen St. James head off to Yale. This includes Gabe’s first girlfriend, the first time he saves Kellen, and his time in England.

What inspired you to write it?
One of the common themes I’ve heard from readers over the years is: “I really like Gabe! I wish we could find out more about him.” So this novella is entirely for the fans out there, although I promise you that I had a blast writing it.

How did you come up with the idea for the cover?
It’s all down to Najla Qamber at Najla Qamber designs. She is a master when it comes to covers. I did some searching for a model, but this one wasn’t quite right. With Naj’s wizardy, she not only made him fit the part, but added some incredible tribal art that I love. She’s a true genius. I think this is my favorite cover in the series. ☺

If it was made into a movie, who would you like to play the main characters? 
Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful! Ha. The actor I have always had in mind for Gabe is Hunter Parrish. So if he’s available that would be incredible! It’s good to have a dream. *smiles*

What is it about this genre that appeals to you so much?
The idea that magic could happen anywhere—where we least expect it. I think that’s what we often lose our lives--day in and day out. We go to work, we do what we have to do, and it is so easy for the magic to slip away. But, what if, our reality could be masking another would, another reality that’s far more exciting.

What made you want to become an author?
I have been making up stories in my head since I was little. I’d always imagine these tremendous adventures I’d go on. Writing anything was my happy place. The funny thing is that I didn’t really thing I wanted to be a writer as a kid. A couple of years ago, I ran into someone I hadn’t seen since I was about seven or eight. And they asked me if I remembered telling them I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. I had no idea. I guess we all end up where we need to be.

How do you come up with character names?
Mostly, they just come to me. For example, Kellen and Calienta—those names were just there. I made up the name Calienta—I don’t speak Spanish so I didn’t know there was a Caliente. *laughs* Beyond that, I search names by meaning. I wanted Gabriel Stewart to be a fighter and Gabriel means “the conqueror” in Gaelic. I’ve also used famous names from Irish, Englance, and Welsh folklore and worked some of these theories into the story. GĂșarda literally means Protector, so that’s how the whole concept of The Protectors came into play.

Name one of your all-time favourite books?
I love The Book of Dreams by OR Melling. I keep touting her name, but she is a phenomenal fantasy writer. I adore her work.

Who, or what, inspires you?
Music is a huge jumping off point for my writing. I can hear one song and it inspires three chapters because it set the mood just right. I constantly have music and playlists going on in the background.

Where is your favourite place to write?
Well, it would be a beach house by the ocean, but I don’t have one of those! So my favorite place is at my desk. I have a great big desk in the basement. When I’m there, I am imagining I’m in my London flat writing away. I also have an auxiliary desk that I work at in my bedroom. One day I may graduate to my own office. Ah, to dream... *smiles*

What is your favourite movie that was based on a book?

Pride and Prejudice Oh my gosh... “Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy, Mrs. Darcy...” It still gives me chills!

Name two of your favourite authors.
Cassandra Clare and Stephanie Perkins

If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why? 
Maeve Binchy because she had wonderful ideas about writing, and JK Rowling, because she inspired me from page one.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.
I have dance parties in my house daily. The kids and the dogs get into it. I have a mean routine to Rhythm Nation. Just saying.

Who would play you in the movie about your life? 
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Maybe Natalie Portman or Ashley Greene (pictured).

Tell us an interesting fact about where you live. 
We are really into Ice Hockey in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA (Let’s Go Pens!). Our team Is the Pittsburgh, Penguins. They are fabulous!

What are your (writing) plans for the future? 
Just keep writing! I am a completed YA that I’m querying agents on now, a YA with a first draft that I’m editing, and another Gabe novella to finish. I’m also writing a Middle-Grade Science Fiction as part of NaNoWriMo and co-writing a New Adult Contemporary with a talented local author, Melissa Englesberg. Bottom-line, as lone as people keep reading, I’ll keep writing. ☺

Tell us one thing that's on your bucket list.
Go to Switzerland and Bavaria. Mr. K and I have always wanted to go.

Favourite myth / fairytale?
Sleeping Beauty—but mostly because she gets to take a nap and I’m really tired ALL the time.

Who/What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Wonder Woman. I even had the costume. No, I don’t have it any more! 

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Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.
Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.
*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo
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