If you read my last personal blog post, you'll know that I had some big news. I released it to my newsletter yesterday, and now I'm sharing it with everyone:
Title: The Belgrave Legacy
Author: Zara Hoffman
Genre: Upper YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: ZH Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2016
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A Reluctant Heroine. A Snarky Angel. A Big Mess.
Fawn doesn't believe in magic. But it is very real, and has made her a vulnerable target.
Caleb is sick of Hell. When the Devil offers him a way out, he immediately says yes.
Can this young witch trust the dark angel assigned to romance and seduce her? Or will his betrayal tear them apart forever?
The Belgrave Legacy is an upper-young adult paranormal romance. Filled with magic, witches, angels, and demons, this story will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Buy the book now, and discover a world hiding in our own.
Today was the day The Matchmakers was supposed to be released into the world in all its edited glory. Unfortunately, school, work, and some good old procrastination (if I'm being 100% honest) have prevented me from finishing this book on my projected schedule.
I seem to have run into a creative writing rut, and although it's highly recommended against, I have decided to go back to the start and edit what's there to reignite my fire about this project, start fixing some major issues I already know will be changed, and will then plow ahead to the end, editing, and eventually publication.
Thank you for understanding. In the meantime, you can start reading The Matchmakers on Wattpad, and add it on Goodreads.
It's happened! I read Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment (book 1) of James Patterson's NYT Best-selling series back in 2005. 11 years ago! Even though I know that the prose isn't amazing, it's engaging (same as the Twilight saga, whether you like it or not), and Max was one of my first literary role models in addition to Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series) and Lyra Belaqua (The Golden Compass).
And when I first joined MoviePilot as a staff writer 4 years ago (before it became an open-source platform), Maximum Ride was listed as "in development." And then, there was radio silence. And more silence. So much so, that I gave up hope it would ever happen.
But then... a poster popped up in my instagram and Facebook feeds.
First and foremost, what I really love about this book is that it immediately immerses you in the world. Even the epigraphs before each chapter are from an essay (or maybe book) titled Man's Quest for Destruction: A Case for the Prime Initiative by Doctor T.M. Omori, the creator of the Prime Initiative.
I will admit, I read this book rather slowly. It took me almost a whole week to read the first half, not because it was uninteresting, but just because my life has been recently crazy. Truly, it was a page-turner, But, due to an unexpected change in plans, I was able to finally plow through the final 50% of the novel. It ended way too soon. I can't wait to read the next book in the I Am Sleepless series.
About the Book
Series: Unknown, 1
Author: Wendy Higgins
Genre: NA Apocalyptic Romance
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Amber Tate believes the worst thing she’ll suffer in life is dealing with the unrequited love she feels for her brother’s best friend, Rylen Fite. She also believes war is something unfortunate that happens places far, far away from her rural Nevada town. She’s wrong on both counts.
When an unknown organization meticulously bombs major cities in the United States and across the globe, a trickle-down effect spreads to remaining towns at an alarming speed—everything from food and water sources to technological communications are compromised. Without leadership, the nation is split between paralysis and panic, but Amber isn’t one to hide or watch helplessly. She’s determined to put her nursing skills to use, despite the danger, even if it means working alongside the man she can never have.
In this first installment of NY Times bestselling author, Wendy Higgins’s debut New Adult series, a frighteningly realistic apocalyptic America is brought to life, entwined with searing romantic tension that will leave you eager for more.
About the Author
Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen, the high fantasy duology The Great Hunt, and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue.
Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
Holy cow, I think I may have a heart attack. Not for ONE MOMENT did this book let up from the first page, and not even until the last because it was a killer cliff-hanger and I want the next book in the Wind Dancer series immediately. The only down side of reading so quickly in my opinion.
I really can't say much more about the plot than what's already included in the book description (above) without giving stuff away, but let me say this: not only did I read this fast, but I also am now paranoid about everyone but one character in this book. And that's the main and POV character.
**Warning: In honor of Jenna Moreci's M.O., there will be cursing in this post**
I've been thinking that phrase over and over again ever since I discovered Jenna Moreci on Youtube way back in April (or March, who the hell even knows?). I always loved her writing-advice videos, her personality, and her book didn't disappoint (I mean, with all the tips she vlogs about, that would have SUCKED). But it didn't, so we're all good.
Now, I don't want to spoil this kick-ass novel because it has one HELL of a plot that you'd kill me for telling you the end. But what I can say is that Evelyn "Eve" Kingston is one of the best heroines I've read in a novel in a long time! I finished the first 12 chapters within 1.5 hours way back in April when I BEGGED Jenna to send me the first 12 chapters before she staged an intervention and told me to wait like the rest of her street team to get the book (which happened yesterday).
In this gripping young adult novel, author Kiersten White creates another engaging world in which readers can immerse themselves. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of being supernatural? Being better than normal people? I know that I’d love the extra advantage, but this book and Kinetic by S.K. Anthony prove that being extraordinary has its price—and usually a very steep one.
Sisters Sofia “Fia” and Annie are both supernaturally gifted. Kept at a special school, they are trained to hone their powers and run “missions” for the head of school and his son. When Fia almost dies, both sisters realize they must escape and protect each other against all odds.
I will admit, I read this book because of the pretty cover, but boy am I glad for it's pretty pink cover. The story inside was as interesting as Elysia's inner struggle to remain emotionless to survive when her First's memories start surfacing.
Once I started reading, I could not put it down. You can just ask my mom. I read most of it while sitting on our kitchen floor so I could socialize and read simultaneously (a habit my mom tried and failed to put an end to). The world was interesting, the secondary characters were well-done (even if I really didn't like some of them as people).
I loved this book for multiple reasons. 1) the cover by Mae I Design is SO pretty! 2) The awesome synopsis is just the beginning. 3) There's so much kick-ass action that I felt like I was on an adrenaline high while reading this story. 4) Annie Fox is one fearless girl, and her story rocks. A must read for fans of action, conspiracies, and mild SciFi.
Annie Fox has unlimited power. Part of a secret Organization with other super-powered agents, she’s used to tough situations. But when someone from her past returns, her beliefs are are challenged to the point that she begins questioning everything she’s known.
I'm a self-published author— because being a college student wasn't hard enough! I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love This Is Us, NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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