Friday, December 30, 2016

Year end Finale of 2016 and Goals of 2017

Wow.... Is 2016 really over? I feel like it started off with such.... wonder and ended in such a trash fire. I'm glad to see it go, but weary for what's to come.
I feel like this funny "If 2016 was a Horror Movie" trailer sums it up pretty well:

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Last year I wrote out a small recap of my year and made some goals; I like the tradition and I liked looking back at what I wrote, and also seeing how I did with my last year's goals, so here's my 2016 recap, and 2017 goals!

Total Books Read in 2016:

53! That's 13 more than last year! Despite me making a modest goal of only 25, I read over twice as much. I wasn't sure how much my reading would be effected since I had a lot of revising to do and the additional classes I took.

Top Ten Books I read in 2016 (In no Particular order):
Iron Cast By Soria Destiny
A Darker Shade of Magic By V.E Schwab
Fear The Drowning Deep By Sarah Glenn Marsh
Uprooted By Naomi Novik
The Raven King By Maggie Stievfater
To All The Boys I've Loved Before By Jenny Han
Rebel Of The Sands By Alwyn Hamilton
The Crown's Game By Evelyn Skye
Truthwitch By Susan Dennard
The Mirror King By Jodi Meadows
Caraval By Stephanie Garber (This is a 2017 title so I'm putting it as an extra since I did read it in 2016)

Accomplishments of 2016:
- Finished my fifth revision on my MS and turned it into my agent
- Took a narrative illustration class and put together a picture book dummy and submitted it to Pen.
- Was a moderator on a YA panel for Boston Book Fest
- Volunteered at The Boston Teen Author Fest

How I did for my last year's goals! 
✔ Complete self and beta revisions on MS and send to agent
X Complete a new MS
✔ Keep up going to the gym/eating healthy
✔ Read 25 books
✔ Do more art
✔Go to more bookish events
✔Blog More/ be more social
X Finish co-writing Of Smoke and Stardust on Wattpad

So I didn't do too badly on last years goals. I finished my revisions. though I had many more after that than I thought I would. And our Space Opera story will most likely be put on hold until... after graduation? lol And I've been in such a funk trying to write a whole new MS! all my attention has been on revisions. Hopefully I can kick myself in the butt and finish this.

New Goals for 2017:
- Write a new MS (This is my major number one goal.)
- Revise the new MS 
- Do more art. Work on water coloring ect.
- Go to more book events- or continue to
- Continue going to the gym/ eating better
- Blog at least once a month

Goals that aren't in my control (but a girl can dream!):
Go on sub and get a publishing deal! :P

Here's hoping to a better, less confusing, and damaging 2017!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Caraval By Stephanie Garber Talk-Up

This isn't much a review but more of a talk-up. Where I talk up and hype (hopefully)books that I love!
This book guys... This book.... It's Magic.
Pure and simple. If you loved The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, then you will adore this book. 

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Expected publication:  January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books
Summary: Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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I am so in love with this book. I'm so incredibly glad that it isn't just a stand alone. The magic and enchanting descriptions brought me back to that place where The Night Circus brought me. Where I could feel and smell and taste everything described with vivid detail. Stephanie's descriptions had me seriously swooning.
And I haven't even gotten into the characters yet.

Scarlett's character is very modest and withdrawn, but also strong and fierce in her love for her sister. The way she was written to balance those things was so well done, and her inner desires were things that I think anyone can relate to.
I tried making a collage, but I don't think it can do the imagery justice!
Julian is so swoony and hot hot hooooot. Every time him and Scarlette got close the sparks flew and I just wanted to push their faces together.
And the ending! The last page and that last letter had me internally screaming!
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Friday, November 4, 2016

Life in General Update

Phew. It's been a bit since a life update. But I've been Quite busy, as you can see in the previous posts, between Boston Teen Author Fest, Boston Book Fest in September, I'm also taking a class on Narrative Illustration.

It definitely threw me for a loop being back in a classroom, drawing things, and doing critiques and what-not. I'm a bit intimidated by the amazing art in the class, but it's inspiring me to try more traditional techniques. I'm goign to try watercolor for my final, which I've never worked in. So wish me luck!

I Finished my revisions on my fourth draft on October 29th and sent it out to  beta reader. I'm super nervous and excited for others to read my work. No one's seen the new revision besides my agent since I changed it from Third Person POV to First Person.

Another thing that happened was I was asked to guest vlog for the WordNerds! This time I did an inspiration corner video on Character Chemistry and Acidity. I hope it helps people and I hope it's good. I'm still self conscious about putting myself out there, but these guest vlogs are good practice, and I love the WordNerds. They one of my favorite booktube and authortube channels. ♥

I'll post up the link or tweet it when that goes live Nov 18th! :)
As for writing new stuff. I'm kind of half-assing Nano with a book I've been dabbling in for a long time. It's a YA Contemp, which is completely out of my usual type. But I really like the story and I think it'll be a fun summer thing lol.  It's about best friends, revenge, and a summer fun road trip. :)

I've been trying to get more social and networking with writers in my area. Luckily there are a lot of Boston local peeps who are writers, and it seems like the population has grown even more. There's a meet up later this month and I'm excited to go and meet everyone!

That's all for now. Back to the writing board~

Monday, October 17, 2016

Boston Book Fest Recap - The Time I Moderated a Panel

So something amazing happened. I was asked to moderate a YA panel for the Boston Book Fest! It came from out of the blue, and I was so scared and also excited, but my co-workers and friends urged me to bust out of my shell and do it. So I agreed to moderate the "YA It's Complicated" Panel with Melissa de la Cruz, Jennifer Niven, Rebecca Podos, and Jordan Sonnenblick; all about complicated relationships of all kinds. (All the while internally screaming because OMG big name best selling authors!)
I was scared that I wouldn't be good, that I wouldn't be able to be heard (I pretty much sound like the girl from pitch perfect.) Luckily they assured me there would be microphones. And my friend, Nicole brought me over to the Teen room at the Boston Public Library where the panel would be held so I could feel it out some.

Amanda, who was in charge of the event, sent me the four books so I'd be able to read them all before the event and come up with good discussion questions. She also asked for a Photo and a Bio ASAP. Which I freaked out about because the only real professional, good picture I have is the one I have on my linkedin which looks more accountant-ish than book-ish, but I had to make due and get it to her the next day because the presenter profiles were going up!
Seeing my name and my face and ME up there on the site was so exciting. I couldn't believe it! Me! There's me!

And then a while later, the panels were announced, and there I was again with some AMAZING authors. Star struck is an understatement, and that's just from the website!
Needless to say, when the time was getting closer, I was freaking out more. I was so excited and nervous. I watched videos of panels from ComicCon and Leviosa as research. I tried to think of interesting questions that could be discussed by all four of the authors.  

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The Day of The Event
On the day of the event. I was all a flutter with nerves. I got dressed and dolled up a smidgen and had all my questions and profiles of the authors printed out on a piece of paper and tried not to freak out TOO much.
I got to Copley around noon and met up with Nicole, Marci, and Rachel for a bit. They went to get food, so I hung out with Renee and Sam at Boloco. (Their Nutella shakes are to die for ♥)
After which we went up to check out the Horror panel that took place before mine. I could only stay for a bit because I was supposed to meet up in the author room with my authors and event producer at 2:30.
(The YA Gives me the Creeps Panel with Margot Harrison, Dawn Kurtagich, Kim Savage, Moderated by Laura Koenig.)

I got to the room super early and just kind of sat there awkwardly eating a cookie until Jordan Sonnenblick came in and I introduced myself. Jennifer Niven was already there, but she was in deep conversation with two other people so I didn't want to interrupt. I did meet with Julia, who had volunteered for the Boston Teen Author Fest! So it was nice to see a familiar face. 

Then, at 2:55, we were off! At least Jordan and Jennifer and I. Rebecca was already up in the Teen Room taking selfies with Rachel lol. And Melissa was on her way, just stuck in traffic.

When we got up there, we were introduced to the audio people, who hooked us up with legit microphones that hooked around our heads. Jordan cracked a joke that were were like N'Sync and that no one could go solo until after the panel lol. I felt super legit.

(Edit:)The audio recording is up on the BBF website archive if you want to take a listen. *hides*

I was introduced to another event producer who told me she would let me know when I had to ask the 'last question' and open the floor up for audience questions. And then... It began!
(Thanks Janella and Nicole for the pictures!)
I was soooooo nervous when the panel began! Like. I was shaking and I could feel my chest hallow out and my throat close and my voice quiver.
But after I read the introductions out loud off of my paper notes, I felt SO much better asking the questions that I had come up with.
All the authors were amazing, and their answers were so fun, but also so touching, just like their books. I felt really lucky that I had such great authors speaking about their books and the stories behind their books as well.
After the event, I literally fell into Janella's arms, who came all the way to the event just for my panel!
She said I did good, and so I will choose to believe her. =')
I was really glad to have so many of my friends there supporting me and just being there. It really means a lot!I love ya guys!♥
And now to crawl back into the revisions cave.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Boston Teen Author Fest 2015

It's that time of the year again! Boston Teen Author Fest Time!
Every year the BTAF comes up in September, and every year it gets bigger and bigger. This year they had 35 Authors on panel, and that's not including the moderators and local authors that came for funsies and support.

It's gotten so big that they had to expand to the neighboring school building to fit everything!
This year I volunteered as a glorified hall monitor/ traffic person, and it was very interesting seeing things from the other side of the event.

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The planning and stressful behind the curtain type of thing. Renee is crazy amazing and takes on SO much work, she deserves such a huge round of applause. 

Because I was volunteering most of the time, I didn't actually get to attend any of the panels. (Which were all pretty epic.) Here's a list of the Panels, and authors on those Panels, that they had:

Who Run the World? (Flawed) GIRLS!
Panelists: Rahul Kanakia, Emily Martin, Kate McGovern, Lauren Morrill

Facts to Fiction: Playing With History
Panelists: Erin Bowman, Nicole Castroman, Lee Kelly

Identity Crisis
Panelists: Martina Boone, Lori Goldstein, I.W. Gregorio, Nicola Yoon

Female Friendships: Does Growing Up Mean Growing Apart?
Panelists: Lauren Gibaldi, Cindy Pon, Marie Rutkoski, Destiny Soria

The Journey Toward Mental Health
Panelists: Kathryn Holmes, Emery Lord, Natasha Sinel, Francisco X. Stork

OMG There's a Body in My Book: Writing Killer Mysteries
Panelists: Brittany Cavallaro, Rebecca Podos, Kim Savage

Speculative Fiction Reflecting Our World
Panelists: Michael Buckley, Malinda Lo, Victoria Schwab

Magic Beyond the Grave
Panelists: Roshani Chokshi, Zoraida Cordova, Daniel Jose Older

Choose-Your-Own-Family Adventure
Panelists: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Melissa Landers, Kate Scelsa, Jeff Zentner

Advice from the Pros(e)
Panelists: Beth Revis, Eric Smith, Laurie Faria Stolarz

I peeked in on a few to check out the turn out and WOW. Just wow. The amount of people that came, and kept coming throughout the day blew my mind.
Carolyn, who I had met at Sabaa Tahir's signing came all the was from NH at 3 o clock in the morning! Such dedication! 

I already can't wait for next year! I wonder what authors will come then!
But in the mean time. I will be moderating a panel at the Boston Book Fest Ocotber 15th. It has some amazing authors on it and we'll be discussing Complicated Relationships of all kinds!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sabaa Tahir Signing Recap

I've been such a big fan of Sabaa Tahir's books and so I was incredibly excited that she came to MA at An Unlikely Story bookstore & Cafe for her Torch Against the Night book tour!

I met up with Melissa and we headed down really early so we could buy our copies of the book and check out the Wrentham outlet stores, which are literally right down the street. We did some shopping, got lunch and then headed back to the bookstore like two and a half hours early!
And we weren't the only ones. We met up with Carolyn, who showed us some awesomely cool charms she made for Sabaa and she also commuted all the way from NH! She has an etsy account with some very cool stuff there ;)

And then Janella showed up and we angsted together about writing hahaha it was so great catching up. I can't wait for Boston Teen Author Fest this year! Sarah (from What Sarah Read) also showed up and we all chatted about BTAF and the panels and who was coming. And also the Boston Book Fest coming up in October. (I'll be recapping both, so stay tuned for those!)

At about 6:45 they let us all line up, took down our names, and released us upstairs to sit. An unlikely Story has an incredible upstairs event room. It's so big and open and just perfect for big name authors! They even had a stage!
Sabaa is not only an incredible author and writer, but a champ speaker as well. She came in wearing her Ravenclaw quidditch team captain jersey shirt and just jumped right into being awesome.

Sabaa got the call about being on the NYTs list while in the hotel room with Renee who was doing her own make up and she asked if Sabaa wanted her to do her make-up. Sabaa said "No, I'll just sit here and be nervous." (because she knew the list was going live that day and she might be on it)

Then Sabaa's agent's assistant called and had her publisher and agent all on the phone to tell her.
Renee asked "glitter?"
"Yes glitter!" She replied.
And so there was celebratory glitter eye shadow!

When she wrote her second book she thought she knew how to write a book. And plotted it. Then thought "this plot is dumb" so she rewrote the plot and thought "this plot is dub too" and then she did a half plot half meander through and that worked, so she plans to let that flow for the third book.

She also wanted to show more through point of views that Helene wasn't just a broken heart; that she had a duty and an empire. Her character was inspired by an interview Sabaa did with a police bad ass women. She asked what the hardest thing she went through was and the women told her it was a custody battle. And that's when Sabaa saw her as a person and knew how Helene was going to be.

She enjoyed writing the character Harper. (She was going to choose someone else but said it was a spoiler and changed her answer!)

When asked about her strong female characters, she said she doesn't like the term strong female character.

"When I say the word female that entails the word strong." When she wrote characters she wanted to make them real.

She also talked about how she cannot write without chocolate, and that she and Renee had to force themselves NOT to talk about food, and how she wakes her kids up with animal sounds, which she's pretty good at!

She had a few tips for writers too!
Sabaa's tips for writers:

Never give up
Read. A lot
Write. Don't make excuses for yourself. If you want to be a writer, and you're not writing, you want to ask yourself why. She wishes she was told this when she was younger. And it may seem harsh, but it's so true.

I wrote so much notes, If I could, I'd just write everything she said within the hour long panel, but I won't make you read all that :P But if you have the opportunity to see her in person, I highly suggest you do!

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By: Sabaa Tahir
Publication: August 30th 2016 by Razorbil
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Summary: Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nemesis By Anna Banks Talk-up

This isn't much a review but more of a talk-up. Where I talk up and hype (hopefully)books that I love! 

Today I'm talking about NEMESIS! This particular book has a special place in my heart because Anna Banks had a book trailer contest for her Of Neptune book, and the winner got to name her male lead of her next fantasy book... and that winner was ME! So I sent Anna three names I thought would fit with the touchstone of her world she gave, and Tarik had been one of them :D Every time I see his name, I feel all gooshy inside. 

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Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends 
Summary: The princess didn't expect to fall in love--with her nemesis.

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king's servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.Sepora's gift could save Tarik's kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs? 

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NEMESIS is told in dual point of view between the princess Sepora and the prince Tarik. I'm such a sucker for dual point of view, it gets me every time. I just love seeing the story through the male lead's eyes as well.

Sepora is strong willed and determined, and also a good liar, if only the people around her weren't lingots, people who can tell when you're lying or not.

Tarik is the prince-turned-king, lingot, and in a boat load of crap right off the bat when a sickness sweeps through his kingdom that only the rare spectorium seems to be able to cure. Too bad the only way to get spectorium is from the Serubel kingdom who just completely cut them off suddenly.

Their relation ship is fun, and intense, with a power play going on. Tarik is the king, so he's put in an odd situation with Sepora's strong willed personality to say the least ;P

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So I started looking for images to make a collage board and kind of fell into a Avan Jogia spiral. It's almost TOO perfect how much he reminds me of Tarik.

I mean... Come on. How can you resist??
I'll just leave these here for you....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Fear The Drowning Deep By Sarah Glenn Marsh Talk-Up

This isn't much a review but more of a talk-up. Where I talk up and hype (hopefully)books that I love! 

Growing up only fifteen minutes from the ocean on the East coast, FEAR THE DROWNING DEEP left me feeling homesick for that old traditional feel of an old town like Plymouth.

This book makes me want to go to the beach on a cool, gray day and curl up with a blanket on the sand, with a hot cup of tea, and read.

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Expected publication: October 4th 2016 by Sky Pony Press 
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Bridey Corkill longs to leave her small island and see the world; the farther from the sea, the better. When Bridey was young, she witnessed something lure her granddad off a cliff and into a watery grave with a smile on his face. Now, in 1913, those haunting memories are dredged to the surface when a young woman is found drowned on the beach. Bridey suspects that whatever compelled her Granddad to leap has made its return to the Isle of Man.

Soon, people in Bridey’s idyllic village begin vanishing, and she finds an injured boy on the shore—an outsider who can’t remember who he is or where he’s from. Bridey’s family takes him in so he can rest and heal. In exchange for saving his life, he teaches Bridey how to master her fear of the water—stealing her heart in the process.

But something sinister is lurking in the deep, and Bridey must gather her courage to figure out who—or what—is plaguing her village, and find a way to stop it before she loses everyone she loves. 

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This book has such a nice, rainy day feel to it. Just look at that gorgeous cover! The aesthetics of this books are no joke. The way Sarah weaves the descriptions of this little island town into a beautiful tapestry is just beautiful. I was so inspired, I had to try my hand at making a mood board.

The characters in this book have wonderful voices of their own. Bridey, the main character has three sisters, and each one of them is unique. I'm a sucker for stories with siblings, despite growing up an only child myself. I adore sibling relationships and friendships, and this book has both!
The romance.. It's so sweet and light and subtle, but also... like a riptide. It looks like a small wave, but underneath, it hits you with feels. (see what I did there? ;P )
And that ending! I need more! I need to know what happens! It's definitely an ending that is optimistic, but I still want more! I need an epilogue or a short story or... SOMETHING!
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And for those of you in the NY area, her LAUNCH PARTY was just announced at Books of Wonder! Friday, Oct. 14, 6-8pm! 
If you can make it, you should!
(There will be cupcakes!)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Writing & Life Update

I've done it! I've finally finished this round of revisions!!

 Oh boy. Has it really been nine months since I signed with my agent? This year has been a roller coaster. There's been so many book signings and revisions and holidays and just. Wow. I feel like I don't post enough personal posts. But then I figure that no one really cares. But then I figured it would be nice to be able to look back and see what I was up to.

Since I signed with my agent, I've gone through three major revisions. Each has taken me about three months to get through, and this most recent one was a doozy. I made a huge switch from third person point of view to first person point of view--something I wasn't comfortable in writing until I actually did it. And after I did it, I knew that this was how my book was meant to be.
I can't believe how much better I feel about my MS after everything. I thought it was good when I queried, but now it's leveled up and evolved into something I feel more and more proud of. Honestly, revisions are my favorite part of writing. But I do want this book to be the best it can be and go off into the world. *crosses fingers* I'm not sure how soon that will be, but I hope someday it will happen.

Of course Editing would be a lot easier without this brat of a cat hogging my MS!
My latest revisions I had a self-set goal to finish by July 27th (My birthday) and even though I just missed it (returned the MS on Aug 1st) I still felt good about it.

I actually would have gotten my revision in on time, but we had a impromptu trip to New York to meet up with the BF's friend who was training in DC.

We had a super fun time going to interesting places, like this Ramen Noodle Bar with a really cool artistic headboard. I love the art.

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And then we went to a Cat Cafe. It's not like the ones in Japan/ Korea, where the cats roam free, but it was still fun, and they had delicious sake!

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Now that I've turned my revisions in, I'm kind of at a stand still. I know it's good to have a break now and then, and get some reading and relaxation in. But I'm hungry for more words. I have a YA contemporary in the back of my brain that I'd like to get done... I've never written contemporary before, but something about this story needs me to tell it...

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Copper Veins Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway!

Today I'm hosting a Blog Stop for Jennifer Allis Provost for her Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3) release! Which also happens to be my birthday!

Title: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Synopsis: Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the

Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

 Author Bio:
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.


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It’s been an interesting few months.

It all started when I cut out during my lunch break and took a nap in my car. I had the best dream of my life, starring a sexy man with silver hair. That man turned out to be Micah Silverstrand, and elf from the Otherworld. Even though I’d hidden who and what I was for most of my life, Micah had instantly known that I was an Elemental like him. Let me explain what a big deal that is. When I was a kid, Elementals and Mundane humans existed side by side, not quite in harmony but we got along well enough. Then there was a war, and the Mundane army won; ironically, they called themselves Peacekeepers. No matter what they called themselves, the Elementals still lost, and magic was declared illegal.

For me the wars were much more personal, since my father, Baudoin Corbeau, went missing and was presumed dead. A few years later my older brother, Max, was arrested for using magic and shipped off to some detention facility where we couldn’t even visit him. My dream man, Micah, helped me rescue Max. Along the way we learned that my younger sister, Sadie, was the Inheritor of Metal, as in the most powerful metal Elemental in existence. That was a shocker. We also discovered that the Elemental ruler, the Iron Queen, was in with the Peacekeepers. Together, Micah, my family, and I defeated the queen, and put a serious dent in the Peacekeepers operation, so that was good.

I also learned that my best friend, Juliana, was a Peacekeeper. That was not so good.

After the Iron Queen’s defeat, the Gold Queen was restored to power. Since the Corbeau’s were fugitives, my family and I moved into Micah’s home in the Otherworld full time—which meant that poor Micah went from living by himself to having a house full of in-laws in the blink of an eye. In addition to having more faces around the breakfast table, Max was hell bent on finding out what had happened to Dad. While Max was traipsing all over the Otherworld causing trouble, the Gold Queen held a grand event where everyone pledged a blood oath to her… Except Sadie, the Inheritor of Metal. It wasn’t Sadie’s fault. She just thought the blood was gross.

While Micah tried convincing the Gold Queen that the Inheritor wasn’t plotting against her, Max’s schemes to find Dad led us to the Goblin Market. We didn’t find Dad, but we did have a near fatal run-in with one of the Gold Queen’s henchmen. Micah almost died. I have never been so scared in my entire life as when I thought I’d lose him.

But Micah did live, and after a few weeks he was fully recovered. We celebrated by getting married, with Max walking me down the aisle instead of Dad. Then, in the strangest turn of events yet, Dad walked right up to our front door.

And here’s what happened next.
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