Jace has been the property of the U.S. Army since they found out about her when she was five, and now she has become one of its most valuable weapons. But Jace is not the only one of her kind. Gray is one too, but with the help of his sister, he has spent most of his sixteen years hiding from the Army.
Now, the Army has found out about Gray and they cannot allow him to roam free. Operating on the theory that it takes one to catch one, Jace is send out with a special ops squad to hunt Gray down. But Jace is not the only one pursuing Gray, and the competition is after her too. What ensues is a desperate chase through city after city as duty and honor collide with love and sacrifice.
About the author:
During the eight hours of the day when I’m not writing, reading or sleeping, I’m a lawyer in Washington, DC. I grew up in Southern California, moved to Seattle before coming east to Boston to go to school. Now, I live in the great state of Maryland with my wife, my dog—a standard poodle named Buffy (and who do you think named her?), and my hot Camaro. One of the few things I like better than pizza is driving fast. So, if you happen be in the DC area and a black Camaro with a red stripe and a rear spoiler roars by and blows your doors off…thaaat could be me.
My Review: 4 hearts
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect when I started Win the Rings, because this is not my typical go-to genre. Granted I love a hardcore, tough heroine and all. In turn, that’s what gave me the motivation to really dive into this story line, see what made her this way. And boy, am I so glad I stepped outside of my comfort zone with this one.
First off, there’s Jace–a teenage girl who has been the part of the United States Army for a very long time. You see, Jace has special abilities where when she touches someone, she’s able to become them–shift into them in a way but still have their own thoughts at the same time. All individuals who are this way need to be brought to one place, somewhere secretive that’s run by the army, where they are supposed to be training and maintaining their abilities safely. Jace isn’t necessarily like the others though, in the sense that she’s tough…to put it mildly. Heck, Jace can beat up anyone and everyone put in her way. And she does…a lot. In turn, she’s chosen to graduate the program early. But before she’s granted the freedom to leave, she must go on a hunt for rogues who never took the test to see if they had these abilities.
Or really one rogue in particular. And his name is Gray.
Gray’s been on the run with his older sister since he was a little kid. But his time is fast running short with the army on his trail. Regardless of his attempts at trying out a normal life, Gray knows he’s different, and also knows his sister has risked a normal life to take care of him. But what’s a guy to do when he has absolutely no idea of the fate that’s waiting for him in the end?
Character wise, I felt a little more attached to Gray. Knowing his background, seeing him in everyday situations, I felt he was a little bit more developed. I truly enjoyed his protectiveness towards his sister. Even not knowing his fate fully, he did everything he could to protect her, as she did him. It’s not often in YA books that you get to see a great brother and sister relationship like this, but I was super excited to explore just that in Win the Rings with this pair.
Jace. Loved her. I did. I just wanted more from her in a way. More emotion, less hardcore. Not that I didn’t like her hardcore, it’s just that I wanted to see her feel a little more. I’m really hoping that’s the case in the next book, because I really did enjoy her character, but maybe seeing a softer side to her will help me love her even more.
If your looking for romance in this book, then you’ve got to know that there is very little. A sad down point for me, but not a deal breaker at all. You do get too see Gray struggle with trying to maintain a relationship with a girl, but it’s short lived. Buuuut, if your looking for a non-stop adventure that never ceases, then Win the Rings is exactly the story for you. Two young people, living through a life with the weight of the world on their shoulders, trying to find out who they are, all while channeling their abilities, is the story you’ll find here. Something fresh, something truly different then than the normal YA book, Win the Rings is definitely one you don’t want to miss out on. Great story line, an amazing hero, and a tough heroine? Really, that’s what this story is. I loved it. A lot. And will be impatiently waiting to see what’s to come in Jace and Gray’s world now that…well, I’m not going to spill the secrets here, but trust me you’ll want to read Win the Rings to find out the secrets and mysteries alone.
Seventeen-year-old Gabriella Pierce is used to taking care of herself, but she’s about to become responsible for a whole lot more. When she gets a visit from three men claiming to be defenders of fantastical rings imbued with the powers of THE CARDINAL SINS, her life is changed irrevocably. Gabby is the steward of PRIDE To make matters worse, she’s falling hard for fellow steward, Grant Barnett, and he hates her guts. Now Gabby has to learn to protect Pride without letting her feelings for Grant get in the way.
by Heather Powell on March 14, 2014 in Feature
Release Date: 2014
Summary from Goodreads::
In which a teenage girl endures the over-protective love of her adoptive mother until she falls for a boy who has her wanting to spread her wings,
pitched as a contemporary retelling of RAPUNZEL.
Seventeen-year-old Anya leads a very secluded life in a house on the edge of town with her adopted mother. She doesn’t go to school, but instead has a private tutor. Her
over-protective mom keeps her so sheltered that she doesn’t even have a best friend.
But Anya doesn’t seem to mind. She has her books, her photography, and her daydreams, and would do anything to please her mom. Until one day at the
library, the only place she’s allowed to go, she takes a picture of a beautiful boy.
Before long she’s lying to her mom, and sneaking out late at night to meet Zander. But Zander wants more than a secret romance. If Anya wants to be with
the boy of her dreams, she will have to risk her relationship with the only other person she’s ever cared about.
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Title: In the Middle of Nowhere
Author: Julie Ann Knudsen
Genre: Contemporary YA
Publication Date: April 2012
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A teenage girl. A broken heart. And a boy who tries to mend it.
Butterflies. Little, fluttering butterflies. That’s what fifteen-year-old Willow Flynn feels in the pit of her stomach every time the mysterious boy is near. But Willow has other things to contend with as she deals with the tragic loss of her father, as well as her emotionally preoccupied mother, while being uprooted to a new house, a new school, a new life, far away, on an island, in the middle of nowhere.
At the beginning of the school year, the sickly, but cute Michael sends Willow the first of many cryptic notes during homeroom. He stares at Willow and gives her the creeps. Michael never returns to school after that, but Willow ends up connecting with the poetic boy on-line where they strike up an unusual friendship.
As Willow attempts to fit in and find her niche in the ever-cliquey high school world, she is further confused by Michael who strives to win her over and mend her broken heart. But will he be able to, especially when his own existence remains so uncertain?
Author bio and social networking links:
Julie Ann Knudsen received her B.S. degree in Technical Writing from Clarkson University, but found that she preferred writing creatively, especially after penning the play for her children’s drama club for many years. She lives with her husband and three children in Connecticut.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Ann-Knudsen/e/B007ZU6QIS/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
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What a brilliant young adult story that In The Middle of Nowhere was. I adored the story line–the way Ms. Knudsen so skillfully crafted the voice of our heroine, sixteen year old Willow. This author obviously has amazing talent when it comes to nailing the YA writing world. I truly felt as though I was living through Willow’s eyes as she fell in love for the first time. But this wasn’t just a story of girl meets boy. This in fact was a life lesson at its finest. Dealing with grief, rumors, love, and loss, all while trying to navigate through high school.
Willow is new in town, starting over after the death of her father. Her mom sort of shut down after the death of her husband. Willow is not a happy girl about being at a new school and having to make new friends, but she deals with it. It also helps that a new mysterious boy is around, dropping her notes in all poetic fashion. Unfortunately, that’s short lived when he misses out on school–a lot–bringing about rumors that he’s sick, possibly even dying. Not only does she have to deal with her unexpected new crush that keeps going MIA, she also has to deal with a toxic new friend who doesn’t have the best of a reputation.
I don’t want to get spoilery here with my review, so I’ll stop. Just know that this is one particular teen novel that truly captures the essence of what young adults go through in their lives. Also makes me realize that indeed, I am so thankful I don’t have to go back to those days.
I’m in awe of In The Middle of Nowhere’s awesomeness. Ms. Knudsen’s writing style is incredible; so smooth and easy to follow. Clean too, which is very difficult to find in this day and age. In the Middle of Nowhere is not overly long either; perfect to curl up to and read in an afternoon’s time. I honestly can’t wait to read more from this author. She show’s amazing talent and has definitely earned a fan in me after this book.
Your Favorite Celebrities Just Might Be Zombies
Hi there, zombie lovers! In my story, FATAL, zombies live among humans, blending in seamlessly. I know, it sounds impossible but the truth is, zombies as you know them, are NOT the norm. They don’t start rotting and shuffling and trying to eat you until they reach old age (known as the Age of Deterioration) and become contagious.Then they resemble the monsters you know and love.
Now that we’ve cleared that up, I have some news for you… are you ready for this? It’s big. HUGE, I tell you. Here it is: your favorite celebrities might not be human.
Whoa, whoa, whoa. Crazy talk? I think not. Just consider it. Some of them seem ageless. Just like, ahem, zombies (who don’t age until they grow old and start to rot). They’re either robots or zombies, that’s all I’m saying.
Here are some of my top suspected zombie celebrities:
There you go, judge for yourself! And if my suspicions are correct, I’m thinking Hollywood is FULL of the undead. As for myself, I’m keeping a very close eye on Mr. Leto. There’s no telling when he might turn rotter.
Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity. And he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.
Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.
Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?
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My Review: 5 ENORMOUS hearts ?????
It’s official. I’m madly, desperately in love with Zombies. (Well, okay, T.A Brock’s zombies is more like it.) After tearing through the pages of Fatal, in the span of twenty four hours, I was not only left with a huge, ugly book hangover, but also an unhealthy obsession for a certain boy-zombie by the name of Grayson Patch. Ms. Brock has officially blown me away with this novel, and to say that I may have just found one of my top five favorite reads this year would be an absolute understatement.
It takes a lot for me to truly fall for a book anymore. Maybe it’s the fact that I read at least a book a day has something to do with it. But from the very beginning, I can usually tell if a book is going to be for me or not, and two pages into Fatal, I already knew that THIS was going to be a good one.
Oh how wrong I was though, because GOOD is putting it mildly.
But enough with my gushing…
In the beginning, there’s Cori. The quiet, new girl who doesn’t have friends, is dealing with an emotionally absentee mother and the grief over losing her father. What she really wants to do is be left alone. But fate and science have other things planned for her, bringing Grayson into the mix.
Grayson is the walking dead. A zombie of nineteen years. And Grayson is not exactly a happy guy when it comes to his situation either. This boy takes angry and broody to a level that goes entirely beyond the normal angst. In fact, he’s hateful, cruel even, especially when he discovers Cori, the girl who is supposed to be his save. (Save being the one person who might possibly help him regain his humanity.) is not who he once thought she’d be. Then another problem arises: Grayson becomes drawn to Cori, so much so that killing her to save his humanity is no longer an option…or is it?
I adored these characters. Felt them like they were my friends, like I was taking this journey right beside them. Cori was real. She wasn’t the super tough girl, like a lot of young adult books portray anymore. To me, she was more real because of that ability show emotions. She cried, she loved, she smiled and fell in love for the first time. She didn’t have to be a butt kicker to be a tough character.
Grayson…what can I say, really, besides the fact that I loved this guy. Strong, protective, loves hard…you name it, that’s Grayson. Well…except for being human. But that’s okay, I’ll still take him.
The twists and turns that Grayson and Cori are taken on are epic. So much angst, so much romance, so much humor. Fatal had it ALL. This was a definite twist on zombies stories that I can handle. Less gore, more love…thank you! I highly, highly recommend the awesomeness that is Fatal. T.A Brock is one author you don’t want to miss out on, trust me. Pick up this book. Now.
TITLE: Dearest Clementine (Dearest, #1)
AUTHOR: Lex Martin
RELEASE DATE: April 18, 2014
GENRE: NA contemporary romance
MODEL: Zoe Chait
Twenty-year-old Clementine Avery doesn’t mind being called bitchy and closed off. It’s safe, and after being burned by her high school sweetheart and stalked by a professor her freshman year of college, safe sounds pretty damn good.
Her number one rule for survival? No dating. That is until she accidentally signs up for a romance writing class and needs material for her latest assignment. Sexy RA Gavin Murphy is more than happy to play the part of book boyfriend to help Clem find some inspiration, even if that means making out…in the name of research, of course.
As Gavin and Clem grow closer, they get entangled in the mystery surrounding a missing Boston University student, and Clem unwittingly becomes a possible target. Gavin tries to show Clem she can handle falling in love again, but she knows she has to be careful because her heart’s at stake…and maybe even her life.
DEAREST CLEMENTINE is a stand-alone novel with two companion novels. This New Adult contemporary romance series is recommended for readers 18+ due to mature content. Look for the second book, DEAREST DANDELION, this June.
The laundry room is dark when we walk in, so Gavin flips on the lights. A row of washers and dryers line both sides of the small room. He opens up a washer and dumps in his basket of clothes.
“Gavin, why are you washing clean laundry?” I can’t help the laugh that escapes.
He drops in a few quarters and starts the machine before he turns to me, grinning.
“I’m helping you get in the zone. Come here.” He wraps his hands around my waist, and I let out a surprised squeak when he lifts me up onto a washer. I can’t believe he just picked me up. Okay, that’s a stupid thought to have. He did carry me home two weeks ago.
His grip is firm on either side of me as he leans down to look into my eyes. I lean back slightly. He’s so far in my personal space that my shadow is crowded.
“Clementine, I want to warn you.” His voice is husky and deep. “I’m going to kiss you, and you’re going to like it. A lot. But I want to be clear that I’m not going to sleep with you because I want you to respect me in the morning.” His mouth lifts up in a wry smile. “This is simply one friend helping out another. Okay?”
Wait. Is he serious?
He must sense my apprehension because he rubs his thumb softly across my cheek. “It’s just an exercise, to get you into your story. I promise.”
I laugh, embarrassed, intrigued, and a whole lot turned on by the idea. He smiles again, but this time it’s different. His eyes darken as his hands glide over my hips. My breath catches in my chest.
“Gavin, I don’t think—“
He rests a finger over my lips.
“I’m doing this in the name of academics. You need inspiration? You’re looking at it. Now shut up and let me kiss you.”
Lex Martin writes new adult novels, the sexy kind with lotsa angst, a whole lotta kissing, and the hot happily ever afters. When she’s not writing, she lives a parallel life as an English teacher. She loves printing black and white photos, listening to music on vinyl, and getting lost in a great book. Bitten by wanderlust, this native Texan has lived all over the country but currently resides in the City of Angels with her husband and twin daughters.
Falling From The Sky
by Nikki Godwin
Release Date: 02/21/14
Summary from Goodreads:
All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy’s life crashed and
burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp
is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his
summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah
Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a
reputation for devouring straight boys’ heterosexuality for breakfast,
alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is
to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how
the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes
him up on it. Still, Ridge can’t decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he
knows is that he hasn’t felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as
the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well – for
About the Author
Nikki Godwin is a Young Adult author from the southern USA. She is a city girl who can’t live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, Hawthorne Heights, and candles from Bath & Body Works. When not writing, she’s not-so-secretly internet-stalking her favorite bands. She is slightly obsessed with rock stars and surfers. She no longer hides her love for One Direction.
Title: Pendulum (The Neumarian Chronicles)
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: YA/NA Speculative Fiction
Blitz Host: Lady Amber’s Tours
Trapped in a world of deception, my sanity rests with the love of Ryder Arteres and our renegade friends. Six months of scouring the ocean floor in a rebel ship fleeing our homeland, delivers us to a possible alliance with the opportunistic European Council. Our only hope is to utilize our forbidden gifts to free our people from slavery, proving our worth. But when a trusted ally turns traitor and a new breed of the queen’s weaponry is revealed, I’m forced to face the terror of my past to save our crumbling future.
Ciara Knight began her writing career in 2008. She writes to ‘Defy the Dark’ with her fantasy, paranormal, and dystopian books. Her first Young Adult Series, Battle for Souls, will be published by Turquoise Morning press, with her prequel novella, Love’s Long Shadow, releasing in October 2011. Followed by Rise From Darkness (Book I) in March 2012, Fall From Grace (Book II), and Ascension of Evil (Book III).
Also in 2012, her adult fantasy, Curse of Gremdon will be published by Crescent Moon Press.
When not writing, she enjoys reading all types of fiction. Some great literary influences in her life include Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Francine Rivers and J K Rowling.
Her first love, besides her family, reading, and writing, is travel. She’s backpacked through Europe, visited orphanages in China, and landed in a helicopter on a glacier in Alaska.
Amazon Author Page US: http://www.amazon.com/Ciara-Knight/e/B0066T6UL2
Amazon Author Page UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B0066T6UL2
Available everywhere on December 3rd.
Ryder tipped my chin up and pressed a kiss to my forehead. At feeling his suppressed desire and longing, I nuzzled his neck, seeking more, wanting to touch him, not through his uniform but his bare skin.
“Shh. You need sleep. Nightmares have been keeping you up. You’re exhausted. Wish I could be there to hold you through them, but we should arrive at the ENR base soon. It’s been too long.” His hand slipped to the nape of my neck. “Once we reach land, no one will keep us apart.”
Heat surged to my face and I leaned into his hands. “Nightmares? How did you…oh, your sister. Great. Guess Raeth can’t keep a secret.” I knew Raeth only told her brother out of concern, but I’d still chastise my best friend when I got back to my room.
“She just confirmed what I’d felt through our bond.” Ryder drew a circle around the tip of my nose with his. “What you been dreaming’ about?”
His closeness weakened my resolve to keep it from him. He’d think I was crazy.
“Tell me,” he urged, brushing his lips across mine in a feather-light touch.
My breath hitched and the memories of beatings and torture faded when his thumb glided down my cheek. “It doesn’t matter. Kiss me.”
His lips claimed mine with a too long-suppressed urgency. He needed and wanted me as much as I did him. If we didn’t make it to land soon, they’d have mutiny on their hands.
I inhaled his scent, absorbing it into my soul. Even after all this time beneath the sea, a hint of Earth remained and I savored the aroma. He’d always smell the same to me. A musky, earthy smell, with a hint of freedom. The aroma wrapped around my body like a shield of strength.
Steps thumped down the corridor and he broke the kiss. “Tell me. Before we have to go.”
I panted and shook my head. From the moment we’d met, he twisted me up inside until I’d share whatever he wanted to know. “Images mostly. My mother, my father. I never see his face, but I see hers.” I suppressed a shudder. “None of it makes sense. It’s almost like I feel physical pain, but I can’t see the memory.”
Ryder’s eyes narrowed. “What’s Gordon been doing to you during those sessions?”
“Gordon? Nothing. He’s been helping me remember things. He says I’ve been reprogrammed. He’s trained in opening the mind back up and he thinks I could remember something that would help the rebellion.”
Ryder glanced down the hall. “Maybe so, but I don’t like you suffering. Mighty easy for him to push you into helping. But you need to know when to back off. You been training so much and been working with Captain Gordon, you haven’t gotten any rest.”
“Maybe that’s because I don’t want to.” I stared up at him. “I’m frightened, Ryder. Terrified my mother’s programmed me into being some kind of weapon.”
“I won’t let that happen.” He kissed me again then rested his forehead against mine. “We, just the two of us, need to find some time alone.”
I struggled to stay calm, to not let my frustration and jealousy out. I failed. “The last time I tried to take some time off, you were busy with Mart and her training. Can’t you train with someone else, like me? Why does it always have to be her?”
“Jealous?” The side of his lip quirked up into a teasing grin.
Yes! “No! No more than you are of Gordon.”
He straightened, his hand moving down from my neck to my lower back. “Let’s not do this. It’s late. I don’t want to argue.” Hugging me, he lifted me into the air until I was at eye level then he nuzzled my neck. “Rather do other things with you than fight.”
A giggle slipped from my lips.
“Love that sound.” Ryder nipped my earlobe.
“You happy. Someday, we’ll go to that Resort Territory of yours,” Ryder slid his nose down the side of my neck, “where we can laugh all day.” His tongue traced the path his nose had just made. “Swim naked in that lake of yours.”
A guard stomped along the metal grate floor and halted a few meters away. “Hey, you two. Lights out in five. Don’t make me throw you in the brig.”
My head still spun from Ryder’s words. He gently lowered me to the ground. My knees shook, but I managed to remain upright.
“Now,” the guard ordered, his face grim and determined.
Ryder growled low in his chest then kissed my cheek. “Until later,” he whispered.
Georgia Barrett is beginning to realize that her arch-preppie lab partner, Michael Endicott, is not at all the snob-hole she once thought. Too bad Georgia doesn’t see him for who he really is until he starts dating a poised and polished senior.
Georgia knows she should settle for his friendship, especially since telling him how she really feels would mean risking losing him altogether. But her heart tells her a chance at love might just be worth dropping her trusty shield of snark. And Georgia’s determined to find out.
First three books in the Snark and Circumstance Series:
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Publisher: Tri Destiny Publishing
Tragedy has made Keaira wise beyond her twenty years. Forced to work for the General, a commanding man who blackmailed his way into her life, she was ordered to study self-defense and master knife throwing. In the hidden community of Shifters, falcons are considered weak, a fact which may ultimately save her life. To escape his cruelty, she will need to call upon her quick-witted falcon side, but the General has other plans – ones which involve his only son, Carson.
When unexpected feelings form between Keaira and Carson, the General quickly moves his pieces into place, launching his quest to take over the world. If she wants to survive, Keaira must stay one step ahead in the General’s deadly game and discover his weaknesses. Even if it means risking her life and the lives of those she cares about most.
With war on the horizon, sides are being drawn. Deadly secrets must be exposed. Time is running out for Keaira and all of mankind.
About the author:
Angela Rae Harris: Stories of Hope ~ Creating Dreams
Angela is an author, a wife, mother of two, and a part-time assistant office manager. She loves nights when her husband cooks. Her two kids keep her hopping and help her tap into her well of creativity and imagination.
At thirteen, Angela read Harry Potter and was reacquainted with books. She reads everything from Steven King to Will Hobbs. She started writing after her youngest was born. The characters started to visit and wouldn’t let her sleep until she wrote down their stories.
She’d love for people to get lost in her books.
Ebooks of Stolen Time
Keaira jumped when her desk phone rang. Cursing, she picked up the phone.
“Mr. Scott’s office.”
“Hey, it’s Carson.”
Keaira felt her face light up.
“Oh. Hi. How did you get my work number?” Keaira shook her head at her own stupid question. “Ugh, I think I already knew the answer to that.”
“Sorry. I talked to my dad this morning. Just thought I’d warn you that he was asking questions about us.” He sounded a little unsure of himself.
“It’s not a big deal. So, what’s up?”
Keaira twirled her chair around to stare at the boring white wall behind her.
“I was just going to tell you I’d really like to see you again. How does tomorrow night sound?”
Keaira pushed her foot lightly against the floor to turn the chair the way around and rested her elbows on her desk. The deep sound of his voice made her feel a little light headed.
“I’m free.” Keaira caught herself before she giggled. I will not act like a giddy little school-girl over a guy, even Carson.
“Dinner and bowling with my friends all right with you?” He sounded nervous, not at all like the confident, easy-going Carson of the night before.
“Sounds like fun.”
“Last time you shot down my idea, so I just wanted to make sure. I’ll pick you up after work.” Now he was back to the cocky Carson she had been with last night.
“See ya then. Bye.”
Keaira turned back around to hang up, but the cord wouldn’t reach the cradle. She untangled it from around the chair and freed the finger that was all wrapped up in the cord from twisting it while she was talking to Carson. Gah, I am acting like a school-girl. Who doesn’t use cordless phones these days anyways.
Keaira was so distracted she didn’t see Mr. Scott come into her office. She nearly fell out of her chair when she looked up. She could understand not hearing or seeing him enter, but surely she should have smelled his cologne when he came into the room. I hate that cologne.
He tried to smile. To Keaira it just looked like a sneer. She’d love to be the one who wiped it from his face one day.
He said, “Sorry, did I interrupt something?”
She narrowed her eyes at him. He knew damn well she had just been on the phone with Carson.
“Not interrupting, no.”
He set a handful of papers on her desk. “New membership information.”
Keaira took the papers and started looking through them. Despite her obvious attempt to ignore him, the General didn’t leave. She avoided his gaze as she started transferring bank accounts and phone numbers to the computer. He pulled up a chair to the front of the desk.
“So how are things going with Carson?”
He unbuttoned his navy-blue suit jacket as he sat down, exposing the crisp white dress shirt underneath.
Keaira didn’t look at him.
“Considering you are my boss and he is your son, there are two strikes against you. I guess the fact that you hold my life in your hands is the third reason why I will not talk to you about anything having to do with me and Carson.”
The General chuckled. “I knew I could trust you to keep secrets.”
Keaira tried not to let him affect her, but the tremor, which ran up her spine, couldn’t be stopped. Her fingers clenched into fists, and she figured that while he was in a good mood she would broach the subject that had been nagging at her all day.
“Speaking of secrets, why are you keeping your, um, plans from your family?”
She held her breath, hoping she would not regret acting on her curiosity. She peered at him out of the corner of her eye.
The General sighed and looked at her oddly. Funny, he thinks he can trust me. Keaira inwardly laughed. She met his brown eyes as he stared at her. A minute passed with neither of them moving. He finally leaned back in his chair and closed the door. Keaira relaxed a bit, allowing herself to breathe.
“I don’t want to put them in harm’s way any more than I already have. Those who deny the rise of the higher class may try to get information out of them.”
He spoke quickly. Keaira had the feeling he wasn’t telling her the whole reason.
Not being the best at holding her tongue, Keaira whispered, “You don’t want them to try to stop you.”
The General suddenly stood and then returned the chair to its place in the corner. He turned back toward Keaira, and she slumped into her chair as his brown eyes bore into hers.
“I love my family. I will not let anything hurt them.” He gave her one last hard glance as he opened the office door and left.
Keaira sat there, mouth wide open and watched him leave.
She believed the General loved his family but on selfish terms. This man was insane, and he held her life and the lives of many others in his hands. If it were not for the collateral the General had over Keaira, she would want nothing to do with his scheme to rule over the humans. She swallowed the lump in her throat as she reminded herself he had the ability to take any life he wanted. She wasn’t the only one in danger. Right now she was just thankful her big mouth didn’t get her into even bigger trouble.
Let’s meet Keaira–the main character from Stolen Time.
Thanks for joining us today. Take the floor, Keaira and tell us a little about yourself!
All I wanted to do was talk about cars but Angela won’t let me. *rolls eyes* She claims that this is a great opportunity to use my people skills and express myself. Well, I’m not really used to having a conversation with someone that doesn’t involve shoving a folder full of misdeeds in their face. So, please forgive me if I bring up that incident in college. Oh, sorry. *cheesy grin*
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Keaira Jaquins. I work for a man who is a professional blackmailer and sends me all over the country to do his dirty work. I overheard his conversation about his plan to rule the world and this is where THAT has landed me. Not that I can complain too much. I mean I put my life on the line every day for free hotels, paid for meals and nice cars. Fair trade right? *dripping with sarcasm*
Oh, and I may have forgotten to mention that I’m a Shifter. I can turn into a peregrine falcon whenever I want. I can fly. Cool right? *smiles wickedly* The problem with that is the General, Mr. Prick, is a Shifter too. And there isn’t much a little falcon can do against him except fly away!
Enough about him. Let’s talk some more about me. I like cars. Fast cars. I don’t discriminate against make, model or year. As long as it’s fast! You know who has a great car? Carson. The second thing that surprised me about Carson was his car, a 1969 Nova with a beautiful body. *sighs* What’s that? Oh, the first thing that surprised me about Carson? Well, that was his looks. He looks just like my high school boyfriend, and love of my life, Shane.
Carson has many great qualities, but he also has a bad one that sticks out big time! He is the son of the General. Yep, that crazy man I work for is Carson’s father. Hey, no one ever accused me of playing it safe! *winks*
Thanks for having me! I hope you enjoy my story in Stolen Time!
Hi Angela! Can you please tell us a little bit about yourself and the books that you write?
I am a wife and mother of two and I work from home. We live in Northern Utah between the mountains and the Great Salt Lake. I write new adult/mature young adult books. They are paranormal with a romantic twist. I’ve always wanted to write a book that my teenage cousins would enjoy reading and their mothers would approve of.
Tell the readers a little bit about your writing process, for instance, how long does it take for you to finish a first draft? Are you plotter or a pantser?
I don’t like to call myself a plotter. I do an outline of my stories. I write out in one sentence what I want to accomplish in each chapter. However, I let my characters talk to me and if something happens that I didn’t plan, I let them to do the talking.
Do you have any interesting quirks or habits to help you through the writing process?
I like to watch the show FRIENDS while I write. It makes great background noise and it has always been one of my favorites. This month I’ve been snacking on the left-over Halloween candy while I write too.
Where do you get the ideas and inspirations for your books?
The inspiration for the shifters in Stolen Time (The Time Series #1) came from the birthmark on my arm that is shaped like a cat paw. I came up with the idea that the mark meant something – that someone with the mark could shift. My characters also have a bad habit of visiting me right when I’m trying to fall asleep at night. Sometimes I’ll lay there for hours while they act out scenes in my head.
Do you ever find yourself experiencing writers block? How do you cope with it?
I’ve never really had writers block, although, I have had times when the story isn’t flowing like I want it to. Usually that requires a break from staring at the computer screen for a few minutes. I find that I have a different problem. There are too many stories swarming around in my head waiting to be incorporated into a story.
Is there a particular author and/or book out there that inspired you?
After I read the Blood Trails by Alianne Donnelly I knew I wanted to write my own shifter themed book. I loved the way she portrayed the animal side of her character. The idea for my story was already in my head. Blood Trails made me believe that I could share my concepts too. Note: Blood Trails is for a reading audience of 18 years and older.
What advice would you give to authors who are just starting out?
Never give up! And when I say that, I don’t just mean when you are trying to get your book published. The process goes way beyond that. Even after you get a contract there are still many challenges ahead.
If you could pick one of your characters in your book(s) to hang out with for one day, who would it be, and why?
Wait, you mean outside my head right? I think Keaira would be fun to hang out with. She isn’t the type to sit still in a movie theater and I love that about her. She would rather go bowling or on a hike. She likes to spend time talking and enjoying the company that she is with. I’m much the same way.
Five Quick-Fire Questions:
Favorite Movie? I have too many favorite movies! If I had to name one it would be Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr.
Cats or Dogs? I have had both pet cats and also had a dog named Spike who was as much a part of the family as I was. And even though my cat lives with my parents (my husband and kids are very allergic) she still cuddles with me whenever I come over.
Favorite Food? Desert
Favorite Ice-Cream Flavor? Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Brownie
Something you never leave home without? My phone
Thank you for your awesome questions!
As a ginormous fan of shifter/pararnormal/newadult books, I was stoked to be able to read Ms. Harris’s debut novel because it had all those goodies mixed within the pages. Although Stolen Time is considered novella standard due to it’s shorter length, I still felt as if I were able to get everything I needed, and then some, to full fill my book needs. But one thing is for sure, I’m definitely in need of more. Stolen Time was like the best and worst kind of tease for this eager reviewer.
Kieaira is not your average twenty year in the sense that she is a shifter, as well as a girl who’s just a little bit broken. After her high school sweet heart died in a tragic car accident, Kieaira was lost in the emotional sense. She soon took on the job being a bad guy named the General’s minion, doing all the things he needed help with during his evil plan to dominate the world with shifters. But along the way, she met up with the General’s son, Carson (a boy who looked almost identical to her deceased love.) That helps to make her time pass a little easier, but unfortunately between them there was something missing that neither could put their fingers on, so they decided being friends was much better in the end. No my biggest question for Ms. Harris is, who exactly will be Kieaira’s love interest in the next book? I”m not a patient person, so I’m hoping book two is on it’s way soon!
From beginning to end, Stolen Time took me on a ride that was beyond epic. Ms. Harris has such a smooth writing style that was easy to follow, and I was lost in her words and Kieaira’s world for an entire morning. I highly recommend picking up this novella. It’s a great opener to the next book in the series, and one that’s simple to follow, but gives you the perfect escape from everyday life at the same time.
Great job, Ms. Harris. I absolutely can not wait for more!