Heritage

I’m happy to be part of Boyce’s release party! I’ve read books 1 and 2 and can’t wait to have some time to sit down with #3!3 - Heritage

Heritage (Grimoire Saga #3) by S. M. Boyce is now available!

Fun news! The long-awaited Heritage by fantasy and paranormal author S. M. Boyce is now available. This is the third novel in the four-part Grimoire Saga series, so make sure you have books 1 & 2 before you dive in.

About Heritage

Grimoire Saga #3

Kara Magari isn’t normal, even by Ourea’s standards—and in a world of shape-shifters and soul stealers, that’s saying something. To the royalty, she’s a loose cannon. To the masses, she’s a failure. But Kara’s arrival in Ourea started a war, and she’s going to end it.

An ancient isen named Stone takes an interest in Kara’s training, and it turns out he has more answers than he originally led her to believe. In an effort to unearth a secret that might end the bloodshed, Kara instead discovers an ugly truth about her family—and how much she has in common with an infamous mass-murderer.

Braeden Drakonin has slowly rebuilt his life after the betrayal that tore it apart. His father wants him dead, and frankly, his so-called allies wouldn’t mind that either. Private alliances are formed. Secrets are sold. Tension is driving the armies apart. A single battle will end this war, and it’s coming. Braeden may be a prince, but it will take more than that to survive. He must take the fight to his father’s door—and win.

Books in the Grimoire Saga

#1—Lichgates | #2—Treason | #3—Heritage | #4—Illusion

 

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About the Author

!BoyceInternational Amazon Bestseller. Fantasy Author. Twitter addict. Book Blogger. Geek. Sarcastic. Gooey. Odd. Author of the action-packed Grimoire Saga.

S.M. Boyce is a novelist who loves ghosts, magic, and spooky things. She prefers loose-leaf tea, reads far too many books, and is always cold. She’s married to her soul mate and couldn’t be happier. Her B.A. in Creative Writing qualifies her to serve you french fries.

Boyce likes to update her blog a few times each week so that you have something to wake you up in the morning.

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Blogger Book Fair Day 5: Kirstin Pulioff

Today I have fellow middle grade fantasy author, Kirstin Pulioff with me to talk about her series. You’ve got danger, romance, a princess… what else could you need?

Kirstin Pulioff and The Escape of Princess Madeline

The Escape of Princess MadelineThanks for joining being with me today! So to start off with, what was the first thing you ever wrote?

Well… I have been writing since I was a little girl.  My parents laugh, because they say from a very young age, I was a writer… and the first things I wrote were lists.  As a three year old, I would write complete lists of what needed to be done… play with toys, sing a song, clean room, etc… apparently I needed structure then, as I do today.

As for “real” writing, I wrote several short stories throughout high school, dabbled in children’s picture book stories in college, and then moved on to longer pieces.  “The Escape of Princess Madeline” is my first published book, and my first attempt to do something professional with my writing.

Why did you decide to write middle grade?

 I find this age to be very influential and special.  This is the time in my life where I truly began to identify with characters, to understand the deeper themes, and when I began to search for and devour books.  This is a time when kids are handling complex issues about friendships, relationships, and determining their role in the world.  Middle grade fiction allows us to handle these difficult transitions in a fun, relatable manner.

Where did the idea for the Kingdom of Soron come from?

I have always been a fantasy girl.  Ever since the beginning, when I dreamt about far off adventures, I saw princesses, castles, knights and wizards.  When I began to write, this is where my inspiration came from.  The characters, the location, the descriptions all appeared clearly in my mind.

Your story has a romantic element to it, how important do you think this is in a story?

I think it depends on the type of story and the focus of the story.  In most middle grade, lower young adult fiction, the romance takes a back seat to other themes.  As is the case in my book, the romance is a secondary theme (first love), as opposed to the larger themes of parent/child conflict, and finding your individual strength.  It plays a part, but is not the defining genre.

Battle_Final_webPeople often find it challenging to come up with their fantasy worlds. Was this difficult for you and what advice would you give to other aspiring writers?

For me, this part was easy.  I was lucky because my fantasy world was already relatable from the standards of medieval renaissance.  It is a time and setting that most are familiar with, and can easily imagine.

In other settings, world building can be tricky.  It is a tough balance between describing the location, history, and background, and developing the characters and plot.  Just like anything and anyplace, you learn things as you go along, it’s important not to tell it all in one place.

What inspires you? A song, a person, a favourite author from your childhood?

 I find inspiration in so many things… I find rainbows every day that inspire me to follow my dreams.  In the laughter of my kids I get inspiration to live life fully… listening to Bon Jovi gets me pumped up, hikes get me focused… and in the calm moments of my mind, I usually get new ideas for books and storylines.

What do you find most challenging about writing?

The hardest part will probably always be finding the time, and staying disciplined to it.  I am a full time stay at home mom, so during the day, I am 100% kid focused, and then after bedtime and before they wake up, I put my author hat on.

Are you working on anything new?

I am!  I am so glad you asked. I am currently working on the edits to the third and final book in the Princess Madeline series.  “The Dragon and Princess Madeline” should release winter 2013/2014.  I am also beginning a collection of darker fables, and a historical romance.

Finally who is your all-time favourite character, real or fictional and how has this person influenced you as a story-teller?

 Ooohhhh, tough one… I would have to say, Indiana Jones.  As a teacher by day, archeologist by night, he has shown me that there is no clear distinction between passion and work.  That you can find that balance, that every day is an adventure waiting to be discovered, and that treasure is right beneath your eyes… as a character, he is fun to watch and connect with, and for influencing my storytelling, he reminds me of the possibilities.

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Meet the Author

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Kirstin Pulioff is a storyteller at heart. Born and raised in Southern California, she moved to the Pacific Northwest to follow her dreams and graduated from Oregon State University (Go Beavs!) with a degree in Forest Management. Happily married and a mother of two, she lives in Oregon, and enjoys being a stay at home mom. When she’s not writing, she is busy with her kids, church and the family business.

I love to hear from my readers and fans. Please connect with me on my other sites:
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Blogger Book Fair Day 4: Allison Blanchard

Author Interview – Allison Blanchard author of Forget Me Not & Morning Glory

1) How was the idea for Forget Me Not born?

I was a freshman in high school and it had been only four months after my Dad had died. I was sitting in study hall trying to study for a test I had the next period when this voice (Adeline’s) started talking.

I know this sounds completely crazy, but she wouldn’t stop repeating the same line over and over again, like she was waiting for me to pay attention to her. So, I stopped studying and wrote down what she was telling me. I couldn’t stop writing and I suppose the rest is history.

2) How long did the actual writing process for this book take you?
It took about three to four months for me to write the book in its entirety. However, I spent the next four years editing and working through it when I wasn’t in school.

3) Which of your characters do you miss the most since closing the last chapter and why?

This question is really hard for me because it’s like asking a mother which child is her favorite! But Adeline is probably the one I miss the most. I’d say we are similar, but also very different. I enjoyed looking at the world through her eyes instead of mine.

4) What do you hope readers come away thinking about after reading your book?

I hope readers will walk away with a greater sense of culture and the differences in people. I hope readers will see that everyone has a story, no matter their background. Of course, I hope people love reading my book as much as I loved writing it, but more importantly, I hope they see the bigger picture in life. Yes, I wrote a book, but I did not do this on my own. This book and these characters were a gift from God. I hope readers will be able to see that.

5) Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?

My advice for aspiring authors is to never give up, no matter who tells you to! I had countless literary agents and other publishing companies reject my book, but I didn’t give up on my characters. Also, don’t worry about the publishing aspect of writing. Write because you love to write. Tell yourself a story you love and don’t worry about anyone else.

Forget Me Not by Allison Blanchard

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“Blanchard creates a cinematic experience for the readers with her descriptive words and precise details.”— 5 out of 5 star Amazon Review

“I read the very first line and was hooked until the very last line! It’s a great story line filled with great and relatable characters! I found myself immersed in the world of Great Falls! I am anxiously waiting the 2nd book!”—5 out of 5 star Amazon Review

“A beautiful tender love story that kept me wanting to read more. A gorgeous hero in Cole, I couldn’t help but fall in love with him. Adeline had a difficult life and is swept away by the unexpected interest from the beautiful new boy at school from the Little Shell Reservation, but Cole has a deep secret that stems back into his tribe, the Chippewa’s, history. Drawn to each other, Adeline tries to unravel the mystery while Cole tries to protect her from it….full marks for Allison Blanchard’s debut novel.”- Marianne Curley, Author of the Guardians of Time Trilogy, Hidden, and Old Magic.

“The mythology Blanchard wove through Forget Me Not was definitely my favorite part. The Native American legends she constructed were beautifully written and tugged you deeper and deeper into the story…If you’re a fan of shape shifters and paranormal romance I highly suggest Forget Me Not. With its unique storyline it’s sure to drag you in and not let go until the very last page.”- Pretty In Fiction Blog

Forget Me Not: Book One in the Forget Me Not Trilogy

Cole Dyami is a mysterious boy with a dangerous secret. Adeline Jasely is a typical teenage girl. Living in the seemingly normal small town of Great Falls Montana, Adeline is confronted with everyday teenage problems by a not so normal beautiful boy. As Adeline and Cole’s worlds collide, the line between illusion and reality is blurred. According to a tribal legend, Adeline and Cole are no longer two friends, but two pieces in a complicated mystery. Suddenly, Adeline finds herself in a world she never knew existed. Along side Cole, she attempts to unravel the mysteries of the small Chippewa tribe in order to not only find out who Cole Dyami truly is, but who she is as well. As Cole and Adeline begin to uncover the secrets behind the legends of the Chippewa tribe, illusion slowly unravels into reality and friendship gradually melts into a mutual need of survival.

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Coming This Year:

Morning Glory: Book Two in the Forget Me Not Trilogy

This war is far from over. This war is only the beginning.

For Adeline Jasely, the threat of both her life and the lives of those she loves is only getting greater as she delves deeper and deeper into the mysteries of the Chippewa tribe. As she falls more in love with Cole, she must make a choice: stand up and fight for what is right or wait for the next person she loves to be taken away.

Book Two in the Forget Me Not Trilogy, Morning Glory continues the saga of Adeline and Cole, their newfound love, and the threat of those who wish to end it all.

Will Adeline grow stronger under the threat of more war and bloodshed or will she be unable to fight for those who need her?

Cover Reveal Coming Soon!

About Allison Blanchard

Author Bio PhotoAllison Blanchard is currently a student at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, Georgia where she is pursuing her bachelor degrees in English Creative Writing and French. She is an active sister in Sigma Alpha Omega where she continues to grow as a woman in Christ. She writes everyday, drinks too much coffee, and is looking forward to the next adventure her characters will take her.

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Blogger Book Fair Day 3: Becca J. Campbell

I’m so pleased to have my friend Becca with me today. She’s here to talk about her first novel, Foreign Identity. It’s a great blend of sci fi, mystery and romance, and show’s off Becca’s unique talent at blending genres. Becca’s brought along one of her main characters from the book to have a chat with, and they’re letting us listen in.

Who is Kel? She Wishes She Could Remember. (A Character Interview)

Foreign Identity

Becca’s Romantic Sci Fi Thriller Foreign Identity is FREE this week. Check out this character interview with Kel, then find the links below and be sure to get your free download while you can! (Free promo ends July 26th.)

Who is Kel?

As the author, I have the advantage of being able to materialize in and out of my story at will. This gave me the unique opportunity to speak with two of my characters and find out how they felt about their dire circumstances.

Deep in the heart of a cold building runs a labyrinth of corridors. It was in one of these halls that I stumbled upon two people, known to each other only as “Jax” and “Kel.” They were wandering, seemingly lost, but I managed to snag a few minutes with Kel to find out a little more about what is going on in this strange place.

BC: You just escaped a prison. How did it feel to wake up in chains?

Kel: I was completely freaked out. I mean, wouldn’t you be? (Shudders) I’m just glad I wasn’t alone. If Jax wasn’t there to figure out how to get out…well, I don’t even want to think about it.

BC: How does it feel to have escaped that room?

Kel (Sighs): Honestly, getting out of there wasn’t much better than being trapped. Now it just feels like we’re playing someone’s sick game. I’m not going to be relieved or satisfied until I make it home safe.

BC: That’s understandable. So what are your thoughts and ideas about this place?

Kel (Shakes her head): I’m pretty weirded out by the whole thing. It’s like someone’s trying to torment us with all the crazy stuff we’ve seen here. I have no clue why we’re here, but it feels like something seriously evil is at work. I just want out.

BC: What can you tell me about Jax, the man you were imprisoned with?

Kel: At first he had me worried. Probably because I was chained to him. I mean, he could have been a psycho, or something. Then he was so fixated on solving the problem, like being a prisoner didn’t even faze him. (Shrugs) But now I know that’s just the way his mind works. He’s so analytical. I don’t get that, but it’s helped us pretty well so far.

BC: Is it difficult to trust someone when you don’t know anything about them?

Kel: Yeah. I’m still not sure how I feel about him. You probably think I shouldn’t trust anyone when I can’t remember anything. But I have this weird sense that I should trust him. It’s like… (She glances over at Jax who’s out of earshot and her cheeks turn pink.) Well, it’s sort of like intuition, I guess, but stronger. Like this tangible connection whenever we touch. I keep wondering if it’s some link to my past…or our past, but neither of us can remember.

BC: You may have amnesia, but have you seen any tendencies arise in yourself since waking up here? Do you have any guesses about what sort of life you might have had before you lost your memory?

Kel: I’m nothing like Jax with his photographic memory, that’s for sure. I’ve found a few familiar things, but they seem pretty random. (She sighs and shakes her head.) I’m not getting the connection. I wish I knew more about my past, but my only is guess that it has something to do with Jax.

BC: What’s it like not to have memories of anyone—for your entire world to consist of Jax and no one else?

Kel: It’s weird. I can’t help being…intrigued by him. Maybe that’s just because he’s the only guy here. I mean he’s the only person I know. It’s probably just natural curiosity—right?

BC: Are you attracted to him?

Kel (She blushes and her eyes flick over to Jax for an instant before meeting mine again.): I don’t know. I mean, maybe a little. He got us out, so it’s only natural for me to be grateful. And he’s not bad looking, you know? I mean, his hair could use some help, but— (reddens further) Why are you asking me, anyway?

BC: What do you want most?

Kel: I’m tired of running in circles, tired of the puzzles. I just want it over with. I want to get home so I can deal with everything that’s happened.

BC: What if your memory doesn’t come back?

Kel: If we figure out a way to get our memories back, that would be great. If we don’t… (hesitates, frowning) Hopefully we’ll at least figure out who we are. If I can just get back home then I’ll work out the rest as it comes.

BC: Thanks for taking a minute to chat with me.

Kel: So can you give us any clues on how to get out of here?

BC (Clears throat): Uh, no. Sorry about that. But I’m sure you’ll work it all out. Good luck on getting home.

Kel didn’t seem too thrilled when I left. But I have a feeling if those two stick together they’ll figure it out on their own–I just hope it’s sooner rather than later.

Want to see what Jax and Kel look like in my head? Check out my Pinterest board dedicated to Foreign Identity.

More About Foreign Identity

Cold. Confusion. Fear. This is how it all begins.

Waking up without your memory in a cell and bound by chains is

terrifying.

Two nameless strangers, a man and a woman, find themselves

imprisoned together. With no memories of their own identities, let alone their captor and tormentor,

escape is the only option. The pair faces a bizarre labyrinth of rooms and clues that confuse more than

they explain. Every discovery only brings more questions.

Who captured them? Why were they taken? What does their captor

want from them? What can the riddles mean?

Who are they?

Lacking allies and options, the duo must learn to trust one another.

Mazes, puzzles, and even strange, lurking creatures force them to rely on their wits–and each other–for

survival. But survival isn’t enough. They need answers.

Will the answers be enough? Will the truth bring them closer together, or

drive them forever apart? Will discovering their identities finally bring them home?

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IMG_9817 a lowresBecca J. Campbell is the author of the New Adult Romantic Science Fiction novels Foreign Identity and Gateway to Reality, and Sub-Normal, a series of short stories.

An avid lover of stories that tiptoe the line between fantasy and reality (even when they plunge off one side or the other), Becca looks for new angles on bridging the gap between the two.

She holds a special place in her heart for any story that involves superpowers or time travel. Her passion is defying the limits of her own creativity. You can find her on her Author Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and Amazon.

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Blogger Book Fair Day 2: Wynne Channing

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Today I’m thrilled to introduce Wynne Channing. Her vampire book, What Kills Me, is a fast-paced adventure that I really enjoyed.

I am so excited to be a guest on A.E. Howard’s blog! As a national newspaper reporter, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a lot of great people. But today, I have the distinct pleasure of interviewing Me, author of the new young adult vampire adventure, What Kills Me.

Q: Hi Wynne! Thanks for joining…Oh my God. We’re wearing the exact same outfit.

Wynne: Whoa. That’s crazy. And kind of embarrassing.

Q: No. It’s fine. I like your shirt.

Wynne: It was on sale.

Q: Don’t tell people that. Any way, tell me a little bit about What Kills Me.

Wynne: Sure! What Kills Me is a fast-paced action story about survival and bravery. It centers on an ancient prophecy which warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race.

Q: This girl sounds like a tough cookie.

Wynne: Zee, my heroine, is actually a pretty normal girl. She’s led a sheltered life and is seeking adventure while studying in Rome when she meets a mysterious stranger.

Q: Sounds sexy.

Wynne: Hmm, she thinks so too until everything goes wrong.

Q: Isn’t that always the case with the sexy ones?

Wynne: [Laughs.] How many sexy ones caused you to fall into an ancient well filled with blood?

Q: That’s disgusting.

Wynne: [Shrugs.]

Q: Where did you come up with that idea?

Wynne: For a few months, I was sharing an apartment in Taiwan with some fat cockroaches as roommates. (We lived in the middle of a night market so I know that they ate very well.) I was always afraid they’d crawl up my nose or into my mouth to host a party while I was dozing.

Q: Okay, that’s just as disgusting as falling into a pit of blood.

Wynne: Suffice to say, I couldn’t sleep. So I would lie in bed thinking all sorts of weird things. The mental image of a girl crawling out of a well, soaked in blood, was what started it all.

Q: Zee is scared of bugs too. Now I know the inspiration behind that.

Wynne: She’s scared of a lot of things but she has tremendous spirit and is capable of way more than she ever imagined.

Q: Great, that’s all the time we have. Thanks for speaking to me about What Kills Me. You know, we should hang out some time. You’re cooler than I’ll ever be.

Wynne: Thank you. Sounds good. But maybe I should change my clothing first. We look like Tweedledee and Tweedledum…

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About the top-rated, best-selling book: An ancient prophecy warns of a girl destined to cause the extinction of the vampire race. So when 17-year-old Axelia falls into a sacred well filled with blood and emerges a vampire, the immortal empire believes she is this legendary destroyer. Hunted by soldiers and mercenaries, Axelia and her reluctant ally, the vampire bladesmith Lucas, must battle to survive. How will she convince the empire that she is just an innocent teenager-turned bloodsucker and not a creature of destruction? And if she cannot, can a vampire who is afraid of bugs summon the courage to fight a nation of immortals?

HeadshotAbout Wynne: Wynne Channing is an award-winning national newspaper reporter and best-selling young adult novelist. Wynne loves telling stories and as a journalist, she has interviewed everyone from Daniel Radcliffe and Hugh Jackman to the president of the Maldives and Duchess Sarah Ferguson. The closest she has come to interviewing a vampire is sitting down with True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard (he didn’t bite). She briefly considered calling her debut novel “Well” so then everyone would say: “Well written by Wynne Channing.”

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