Showing posts with label Young Adult. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Young Adult. Show all posts

Dec 17, 2016

Holiday Books: A Little Elfy In Big Trouble @BarbCaffrey #MFRWauthor

A LITTLE ELFY IN BIG TROUBLE
Book 2 of the ELFY Duology
Young Adult Urban Fantasy
by Barb Caffrey

Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Bruno’s Elfy mentor Roberto the Wise is about to be sacrificed by a Dark Elf, and Sarah’s parents have decided to help the Elf rather than the Elfy. Things look bleak and are getting worse by the minute, but Bruno and Sarah have a number of allies — human, Elfy, and ghosts — that the Dark Elf can’t possibly expect. Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?

Young Bruno the Elfy and Sarah, his mostly-human teenage girlfriend, are in deep trouble. Can young love, desperation, and great unexpected power win out despite it all?

Dec 12, 2016

#Historical Book Spotlight: Darcy's Hope by #MFRWauthor Ginger Monette

Darcy's Hope ~ Beauty from Ashes
A WW1 Pride & Prejudice Variation
by MFRW Author Ginger Monette

Escape to the era of Downton Abbey and experience all the drama of World War 1 alongside Jane Austen's iconic Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Watch their tender love unfold as they learn to work together and reconcile their differences at a Belgian field hospital only miles from the bloody front lines of battle.

REVIEWS
Austen's Pride & Prejudice meets Downton Abbey. - books2read reviewer

I absolutely loved this book. …. I will definitely re-read this one! 5 stars for me! - goodreads reviewer

This story… immediately pulled me in… - goodreads reviewer

EXCERPT
Darcy sighed. Despite the harsh words between them, something inside him still stretched towards Elizabeth. It was more than her fine eyes, pretty face, and pleasing figure.

He sipped his coffee, stealing another glance at her. Elizabeth was also intelligent, passionate, sharp-tonged, quick-tempered, stubborn—maybe even pig-headed...just like him. He froze. That was it. That was why he was drawn to her like a moth to a flame. She was his perfect mate—er, match. He shifted in the bed, replacing the cup now trembling in his hand.

But if their conversation in the last few minutes held any indication of their future association, clearly they were doomed.

Bah! What difference did it make? He’d determined not to allow his heart to be plundered again. He narrowed his gaze, clenching his teeth and fist while repeating to himself, no comrade, no dog, and no woman!

**Additional audio excerpt here: Audio Sample

ABOUT Ginger Monette
The teacher always learns the most. And in homeschooling her children, Ginger Monette learned all the history she missed in school. Now she's hooked—on writing and World War I.

When not writing, Ginger enjoys dancing on the treadmill, watching period dramas, public speaking, and reading--a full-length novel every Sunday afternoon.

Her WW1 flash fiction piece, Flanders Field of Grey, won Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's 2015 Picture This grand prize.

Ginger lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she happily resides with her husband, three teenagers, and two loyal dogs.

Website: GingerMonette.com
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Amazon Author page: https://www.amazon.com/Ginger-Monette/e/B00GWZIT0U/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1476489568&sr=8-2-fkmr0

Oct 23, 2016

Where Story Ideas Come From with #MFRWauthor Linda Hoover

MFRW Author Linda Hoover shares where her story ideas come from.
Linda Hoover lives in west-central Ohio with her husband, daughter, son, grandson, and a cat who thinks he owns the house. Linda earned a degree in psychology at Anderson University where she learned the voices in her head were actually characters from stories waiting to be told.

By day, Linda works as a library assistant at a branch of the county’s public library system where two of her duties include choosing books for the young adult and Christian fiction areas. As a result, she has a very long “To Read” list. In her spare time she writes the stories her voices tell her.

My story ideas come from my surroundings.
I look at a landscape arch and wonder, "What if it's a portal to another world?"
Or pass someone on the highway and think about what it might be like to be them.
I find myself constructing a life for many of the people I see. I guess that makes me naturally creative. I like writing romantic elements into my stories because it's fun to watch the hero and heroine work out their differences along the way to a happy ending.
My personality definitely shows up in my writing. I like snark and humor and try to include both.

Mountain Prophecy is set in 1918, but the problems could be in any time period. Intolerance, suspicion and holding grudges get in the way of solving problems. Dusty, Darla and Aidan each have life changing goals. The question is, will they see beyond the negative attitudes around them and realize they need to work together?
The idea for Mountain Prophecy came from a short story I wrote for a writing class I took several years ago. I kept revisiting it, expanding the story and allowing the characters to come to life. Eventually I could see I had no choice but to turn it into a novel.
I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Mountain Prophecy
Young Adult, Historical, Inspirational
by Linda A Hoover
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For the three family groups living in the Appalachian valley superstition, intolerance and suspicion rule the day. Dusty and Darla deal with it every year when they visit their relatives, but this summer is different. Young women have disappeared into an abandoned mine and the people believe they might have been enchanted by trolls looking for brides. The teen twins find themselves at odds over what to do about it. Aidan, who will soon be leader of the group of people living in the cavern at the end of the mine tunnel, knows exactly what needs to happen, and Darla is key. Darla believes God has called her to help whoever lives in the mine, but by doing so will she be savior or sacrifice?

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Aug 25, 2016

The Vicar's Deadly Sin revealed on #Thursday13 by #MFRWauthor Miguelina Perez

 #MFRWauthor  Miguelina Perez is a writer and jewelry artist. She has a B.A. in English from the University of the District of Columbia. She won the University of the District of Columbia's English Department's Critical Writing Award for an essay she wrote discussing the gender roles of Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.

It was during high school at the school's library that she first encountered her first romance writers - Ms. Victoria Holt and then Ms. Phyllis J. Whitney. Her love of romance novels stems from those discoveries, especially the Romance mystery genre.

Several of her poems have been published in anthologies, and she was named "Poet of Year in 1995" by the National Library of Poetry. She finished her first book, The Vicar's Deadly Sin, a Regency romance mystery, the first of a seven-part serial based on the Seven Deadly Sins. Currently, she is finishing the edits on VDS and adding to its sequel, "Angel's Lust".

Ms. Perez is a member of the Romance Writers of America and two of its chapters: Washington Romance Writers and Maryland Romance Writers . As newsletter editor for WRW, she contributes articles about writing and author interviews.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, she now resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland and can be reached at: miguelinaperezauthor@gmail.com




                                        The Vicar's Deadly Sin


 Genre Young Adult, Suspense, New Adult

  Blurb
A Touch of Romance…A Touch of Regency…A Touch of Murder… Lady Jane Bartholomew and Miss Margaret Renard have been friends since the age of twelve. Together they share their dreams, hopes and a love for reading. However, it is their wild imagination and a penchant for solving mysteries that will test their abilities when the Vicar of Dover is found murdered. The young ladies are joined by two gentlemen, also eager to find the murderer in order to prove to the ladies that detecting is a man's job, though the gentlemen find their beauty, wit, and pride more troublesome than solving a murder. The Vicar's Deadly Sin is a delightful and witty Regency romance mystery about two friends and their love for solving crimes, while keeping society and its rules at bay.


 Buy link: Amazon.com
A visual teaser of the story:






13 favorite book characters

1. Eleanor Dashwood
2. Marianne Dashwood
3. Col. Brandon
4. Elizabeth Bennet
5. Mr. Darcy
6. Jane Bennet
7. Mr. Bingley
8. Nanny McPhee
9. Jane Ertswhile - Austenland
10. Mr. Nobley - Austenland

11.Mr. Scrooge
12.Mrs. de Winters - Rebecca
13.Mr. de Winters - Rebecca


 You can find more about the author here:
www.miguelinaperezauthor.wordpress.com
www.theregencyinkwell.wordpress.com
Twitter
 

Aug 16, 2015

#MFRWauthor BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Eight Years Later by Aletheia von Gottlieb

Eight Years Later
Aletheia von Gottlieb
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The single mother of an eight year old boy, Adrienne doesn't have time to indulge in romantic daydreams. Besides, who more than a single mother would know that happily ever after doesn't happen in the real world? That is until Clint shows up, quite unexpectedly, in her rural West Virginia town. What is this wealthy, New York son doing in her West Virginian hills after eight years without a word? Is he here to take away the son he's never seen? Or has he decided that all of New York City cannot compare to her? Who more than a single mother would know that happily ever after doesn't happen in the real world? That is until Clint shows up after eight years without a word.

Excerpt
""Was that what I was? The chance to rebel?"" Adrienne whispered the words she had always suspected.
Clint's sea-blue eyes held her chocolate brown with intensity. ""You were not a rebellion."" His hand reached across the table to grasp hers, ""I did not think seeing you again would hit me like this.""
Adrienne's soaring heart sank as she saw a ring on the fourth finger of the hand holding hers and she pulled her hands back as if she had been bitten.  ""You're married.""
Clint stared at his hand silently as if making a momentous decision. He exhaled deeply as his right hand's fingers twisted the gold band on his ring finger.  The right hand pulled the ring off and he examined it. Clint shook his head and hefted the ring in his right hand as if it weighed a ton.
""I am not married."" Again he stared at the ring on his palm.
""But you are wearing a wedding ring?"" Adrienne's voice accused him.
He tucked the ring into his pant pocket and looked into Adrienne's eyes, ""I have never been married. My sister-in-law told me to tell you I was married. She said it would make this easier on you. I wanted to do that if I could.""

ABOUT Aletheia von Gottlieb
Aletheia has always loved Romance novels. She has been reading romance since long before she probably should have been. Aletheia remembers finishing Gone With the Wind in four days the summer before fifth grade. Who could resist devouring that classic love story? Aletheia resides at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains on a little farm with sheep, pigs, chickens and a family cow.

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May 24, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Just One Friend by #MFRWauthor @juneshaw and Grandkids too!

Just One Friend

June Shaw, Brooke & Caroline Naquin
Mainstream (PG13) Young Adult Dystopian
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After warfare destroyed most of the country, only one area remains where people can survive. Because of limited food and space, the leaders decreed that each person is allowed to have only one friend. 

A teenage girl believes things should be otherwise. 

Sixteen-year-old Alabama Long keeps her head high, even with the heavy metal ball the Guards chained to her back. She feels the eyes of Tellers on her as she’s led down the dirt road to the old stadium, where a scanner checks the device implanted in her heel and wants the name of her friend. Her grandmother who’s raised her is the only person she can speak to freely while inside their dwelling, but why not one or more of those other teen girls she performs with? Or the Teller boy who watches her with a different kind of interest? Soon she’s thrust into realizing that the scruffy mutt who tries to jump hurdles with her will become the catalyst to send her and her friend and maybe one of the two boys who show interest in her to discover a better place—or their cruel deaths. 

EXCERPT
    “You don’t trust him,” Gram says.
    “How can we have confidence in someone whose job is spying on citizens and reporting infractions of its rules?”
   “Alabama, he has to do some job he’s given.”
   “I can’t believe you’re saying that and suggesting he can be believed.”
   Her eyes soften. “He seems to like you.”
   “Yes, he probably already reported me for escaping This Place.” I find a boulder near a small clearing. “Sit there, Gram. I’ll take this patch of grass.”
   She settles on the rock and I lay Mutt across my legs. The burnt side of his leg looks raw. White inflammation rims the burn’s edges.
   Sad-eyed, she nods. “Is he alive?”
   I was ready to check for his breathing before she asked, but I’d wanted to steel myself.  This raggedy dog across my lap has become even closer than a friend.
   “The rock’s moving!” Gram yells. The boulder she sits on has come to life.
    “Jump away from it!” I scramble, pulling her off the thing.
    Unwrapping itself, the boulder unfolds jagged edges. Its arms stretch out two feet, its legs shorter. It’s dark gray with a flat head and long fat snout. This boulder creature’s eyes are pinpoints without lashes. It snaps razor-like teeth and lunges at me.
    “Alabama, run!” Gram calls, but I can’t leave her and Mutt.
    “I’ll kill it.” I jump aside as the thing comes for me, and I skim the ground for a make-shift weapon. There’s nothing but a tiny rock and small bush.
    Using a branch I break from the bush, I aim for its eye, but they are too small and I miss. The boulder creature’s snout widens and doubles in length while it whips its head toward Gram and releases a roar that shakes the ground.
    “No, come for me.” I’ll leap on its back and with the power and twisting motion I use before tossing the shot put, try to snap its neck. I take a step closer.
    It widens its mouth. Releasing a bellow my ears can barely stand, the thing scrambles at me.
    I’ll have only a second to throw myself on its back.
    Gram screams. I can’t stop to consider consequences.
    The creature’s howls reverberate through the forest. It whips its head back and forth, and I’m surprised to find edges of its neck sharp. The skin on its back feels smooth and almost impossible to hold onto. The muscles beneath me are thick. Rock hard. This devil I’m riding bucks, trying to throw me off. It snarls and twists its head, aiming rows of deadly teeth at me.
    The twisting and bucking throw me off balance, and the creature doesn’t have ears I can grab onto.
I push my hand and slip my fingers up on its head to poke out its eyes. My hand slides back, its head moving too fast for me to reach there.

ABOUT June Shaw, Brooke & Caroline Naquin
June Shaw has written humorous mysteries and books in other genres. She represents Louisiana on the board of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter and is the Published Author Liaison for Romance Writers of America's South Louisiana chapter.

Her teen granddaughters are avid readers who wanted to write a book with her. All three of them loved Hunger Games, so it was easy for them to decide on a genre.

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Mar 8, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGT: Celia and the Wolf @DonnaMaloy #MFRWauthor

Celia and the Wolf 
Book One, Shapeshifter Journals
Donna Maloy
Young Adult Fantasy
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Which one is the real monster? 

Celia Ashleigh, otherwise known as The Fox, is a shapeshifter and spy-in-training, like other firstborn Ashleighs.
Remy Broussard and his sister are werewolves. But The Guardian of La Cluse is on a crusade to wipe out monsters like them. He’s kidnapped Remy’s little sister and plans to kill her when she changes for the first time.
When Remy begs for help, Celia doesn’t hesitate to take on a real mission. But the closer Celia comes to finding the madman and his captive, the more dangerous her task becomes… and the more hopeless.
What will happen if Celia makes a mistake and the hate-filled crusader discovers she is something more than human, too?

REVIEW
“A thrilling adventure with a fiery, engaging heroine you will not want to take your eyes off for a second!”--Ammi-Joan Paquette, author of Rules for Ghosting

EXCERPT
March, 1806.
     Although I could see several cats in the courtyard, some quite large, not one was my father, the shapeshifter known by the codename Panther. He wasn’t one of the horses or ravens, either.
     In truth, I knew finding him wouldn’t make any difference. Our training sessions at Redgate weren’t scheduled to begin until the first of August, after Parliament adjourned. But I was bored, bored, bored. And lonely.
     The King was fighting with his ministers again, and Papa had been in meetings with government people all week. I missed him desperately. He was the only person in London with whom I could talk about shifting. The only person like me. Even after six years, Noreen still got hysterical when I changed shape in front of her. And Mama had made me promise I wouldn’t tease Graham with things he couldn’t do.
     But practicing secretly in my room wasn’t the same as closing my eyes and becoming a rabbit, running lickety-split through the brambles and briars—away from houses and rules. Or watching a falcon swoop over rooftops, and then shifting my bones to join her in the sky above the trees.
     London society decreed that as the daughter of a baronet, I should be demure and obedient, feminine and charming. And that’s all. It’s why I longed so much for Redgate. There in the deep woods I could be anything!
     Well, as a strict matter of fact I couldn’t be a fish. I still hadn’t learned how to become one. It wasn’t that I was afraid to swim. Not exactly. I simply hadn’t figured out how they did the breathing-under-water. But today, I felt perhaps it was time to try.
     In fact, I’d agree to become a skunk or a slimy slug if only Papa would take me to Redgate today. Leaving London would be worth anything. I needed to be something right now.
     Well. Breakfast wouldn’t be served for an hour and if I were careful, Papa need never know…
     I rapidly shifted to the shape of a lark and took off out the window. In the tree outside our library, I joined a chorus of birds singing to the dawn. It was the most perfectly lovely way to start the day. But when I made to return, I found the window shut. Drat.
     Changing course, I flew to the kitchen door and entered fast, above the head of the milk boy. I almost escaped to my room without notice. Almost.
     When I came down the Great Stair to breakfast, I heard Papa’s voice.
     “What is this?” He paused, then sighed. “Oh, Celia.”
     He must have found the chandelier bits I left behind when I flew too high in the hall. I’d broken Rule Number Six again, but this time there was evidence. Quietly, I backed up the stairs and waited until I heard Mama’s voice bid Papa goodbye. Then I pasted a sunny, cheery smile on my face and entered the breakfast room.
     “Good morning, everyone. Where is Papa off to today?”
     “He has business in the country,” Mama said brightly.
     Double blast! That was our secret code to keep nosy servants from gossiping. What she meant was the Prime Minister had sent Papa off on another mission. He might be gone for ages.
     Papa, Sir Robert Ashleigh, was a secret Deputy of the Crown. In fact, for seven generations, all the Ashleigh families had trained their firstborns to become Crown Deputies. Using our special abilities, we worked all over the world.
     I’ll be one, too. Eventually.
     I was so tired of that horrid word.
ABOUT Donna Maloy
Donna Maloy lives on the Texas Gulf Coast. CELIA AND THE WOLF is her first book for teens. She’s also written more than twenty-five plays for elementary and middle schools. She loves ethnic foods, shopping, Jeopardy, and geeky things like Google Glass. Donna’s always interested in reading terrific books from new authors, particularly teen writers. Her website (donnamaloy.com) and her blog (tangledwords.com) contain resources for new writers, with a focus on contests, workshops, publications and advice for teens authors. You can also follow Donna on Facebook , twitter , Goodreads , and Pinterest .

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Mar 3, 2015

Meet #MFRWauthor @AlisonMcMahan & The Saffron Crocus

Meet Alison McMahan.
Alison chased footage for her documentaries through jungles in Honduras and Cambodia, favelas in Brazil and racetracks in the U.S. She brings the same sense of adventure to her award-winning books of mystery and romantic adventure for teens and adults.

"My life experience is an indirect influence on my writing. I don't put people I know in my books. Instead I write about things that matter to me, and I let the characters tell me who they are. In this story, I originally didn't think the two main characters would fall in love. Instead, Isabella was going to love the wealthy merchant Domenico, who loves her the way he loves a good ship full of pricey merchandise. But Isabella and Rafaele had their own ideas, and fell in love. Who am I to argue with teenage hormones?

"Once I start writing a book I write from 5 am to 9 am. Then my husband gets up and we have breakfast and exercise and I go back to writing the rest of the day. Except lately I spend my afternoons marketing more than I do writing. I cannot write if my environment is noisy or if anyone interrupts me, which is why I write early in the morning. No one else is awake then. I do a lot of research for each book, but I try to save that for the afternoon. The morning is sacred writing time."

Alison McMahan's latest release is The Saffron Crocus, a Young Adult Historical Mystery, with Black Opal Books.

Venice, 1643. Isabella, fifteen, longs to sing in Monteverdi’s Choir, but only boys (and castrati) can
do that. Her singing teacher, Margherita, introduces her to a new wonder: opera! Then Isabella finds Margherita murdered. Now people keep trying to kill Margherita’s handsome rogue of a son, Rafaele.

Was Margherita killed so someone could steal her saffron business? Or was it a disgruntled lover, as Margherita—unbeknownst to Isabella—was one of Venice’s wealthiest courtesans?
Or will Isabella and Rafaele find the answer deep in Margherita's past, buried in the Jewish Ghetto?

Isabella has to solve the mystery of the Saffron Crocus before Rafaele hangs for a murder he didn’t commit, though she fears the truth will drive her and the man she loves irrevocably apart.

Murder, Mystery & Mayhem in 17th Century Venice...  Amazon BUY LINK

REVIEW
I adored this beautifully written, passionate book. The Saffron Crocus is a glittering, thrilling opera of a novel that plucked my heartstrings and kept me reading at fever pitch. Brava, Alison McMahan! Encore! 
~ Nancy Holder, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Wicked Saga

WINNER: 2014 Rosemary Award for Best Historical for Young Adults

EXCERPT
Who knew a singing career would be this much trou-ble?
“Rafaele!” She flew into the garret. “Piero, it was so wonderful, wait until I tell you!”
The stool next to the bed was knocked over. The tray with the genepy bottle was on the floor, one of the cups broken. The fat candle that had been burning next to Ra-faele’s bed had been flung to the other side of the room. Canvases were strewn all over the floor, some of them slashed, and many of Master Strozzi’s jars of paint ele-ments were broken.
Did Piero and Rafaele have a fight? She quickly suppressed the thought. Who would get into a fight with a man who was already injured?
Something else must have happened.
She walked across the garret. “Piero? Rafaele, are you here?”
Rafaele was not in the bed. The sheets and blankets she had piled on top of him were strewn everywhere. Blood-stained sheets spilled over the edge of the pallet. There was a pile of clothes on the floor.
She walked around to get a closer look.
Not clothes. It was Piero. Face down, one arm stretched out before him, as if in supplication.
A puddle of blood under him.
Dead.
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Jan 15, 2015

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Return to Sleepy Hollow @DaxVarley #MFRWauthor

MFRW Author Dax Varley released Return to Sleepy Hollow, a Young Adult book.
Katrina has escaped the noose and is hiding in Philadelphia. But she can’t escape the legendary Headless Horseman. As before he comes to her window, beckoning her to him. Why her? The truth unfolds when Katrina is forced to RETURN TO SLEEPY HOLLOW.

The compelling sequel to SLEEPY HOLLOW is here! The Headless Horseman has returned!


EXCERPT
He was there again…just below. I awoke as always to the power of his presence.
My bare feet hit the cold floor. One peek—just one—out the window.

The steam from Mrs. Allsopp’s kitchen collected in this room—this small room—causing deposits to form on the panes. Seeing out was like looking through damp feathers. That, and the added frost, made spying difficult. But he was there, in the torch-lit alley, his shadow bleeding onto the snow.
It’d been three years since I’d seen this horseman. The Horseman. And, as then, his hand reached out, summoning me to him. Katrina.
A chill deeper than the winter cold embraced me and I wore it like a second skin.
Three times he’s appeared since Ichabod and I fled to Philadelphia.
Why here? Why now? Why me?
But whatever the reason, he wanted me—a want so strong, I was weak to resist.
His gloved fingers summoned me like willows waving in a breeze.
Katrina.
He sat proud in the saddle, his shoulders broad—an obsidian hole where his head should rest. Snapping back his cape, he tilted his hand that I might easily take it. How freeing it would be to throw myself onto the back of his horse and let him whisk me away.
He waited…wanted. Katrina.
“What’s out there?” The voice startled me, causing me to whip around. Violet, the girl I shared the room with above Allsopp’s Pie Shop, sat up, her silhouette resembling a keyhole in the dark.
“Nothing,” I answered. It was true. For when I turned back, he was gone.
She rustled the covers, lying back down. “Sleepwalkin’ agin?”
“Yes.” It was my best excuse.
I stole one last glimpse out the window, knowing tomorrow it would only be a dream—a ghost lingering in my weary mind.
I crawled under the covers, gooseflesh prickling my skin. Though a vast distance divided us, Sleepy Hollow would forever haunt me.

ABOUT Dax Varley
Dax Varley writes the kind of young adult novels she wishes were around when she was a teen. She's a lover of humor, horror and all things paranormal. 

When Dax isn't writing, she's collecting odd photos online, reading recaps of her favorite shows or kicked back with a good book. She lives in Richmond, Texas with her husband, a shelf full of action figures and about a dozen imaginary friends. 

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Oct 16, 2014

Mermaids Anyone? #Thursday13 @TiffanyDaune #MFRWauthor

Author Tiffany Daune talks Mermaids.
I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Edit Land you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.  

13 Movies with Mermaids / Water Beings

  1. The Little Mermaid
  2. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  3. Hook
  4. Splash
  5. Lady in the Water
  6. Aquamarine
  7. Splash
  8. The Secret of Roan Inish
  9. Fishtales
  10. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  11. Ondine
  12. Empires of the Deep
  13. Night Tide


Tiffany Daune recently released Coral & Bone, a Young Adult Fantasy, with Jester Ink Press.

Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.

Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

Excerpt
""See who you are,"" the mermaid whispered.
Halen's eyes clouded over and when the smoke cleared she found herself standing in an open field. She was dressed in a cotton dress which fell around her ankles. Soft grass tickled her toes. She took a step forward and a flower sprung from the ground beside her. She leaned down to pick the red poppy. As she took another step a flower sprang up from between the blades of grass. Halen smiled. She walked a little farther and with each step a new poppy sprouted and bloomed. She ran faster and the field blossomed under her feet, and when she waved her hand, the entire valley filled with red poppies. She inhaled their sweet scent and when she exhaled, the birds glided in the breeze of her breath through an endless blue sky.
Halen laughed when the wind caught her skirt and swept the fabric up over her head, but when she pushed it down, dark clouds rolled overhead. She took one step forward and the grass beneath her feet sizzled to a crisp. Taking another step, the poppies burst into flames. The fire licked the hem of her skirt and she gathered it up over her knees. Scanning the field, she spotted a boulder; if she could make it there, remove her feet from the ground, she could save the rest of the field.
She ran in long strides, and with each step, she scorched the ground with her fiery feet. Suddenly, she tripped. Her hands touched down and the ground combusted with a brilliant light. The fire raced through the field, spreading to the trees. The flames reached up, lassoing the birds from the sky, dragging them to the ground. Halen crawled to the rock and hoisted herself up. She stared out to the barren land. ""No, no. What have I done?"" She clawed the air and the clouds rumbled with thunder. The fire burned hotter and hotter under her flesh. The only way to extinguish the flames was to release them. Tilting her head back, she opened her mouth wide and screamed. What birds had not been burned turned now to black beasts swirling in the torrid sky.

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Sep 19, 2014

#MFRWorg gets Down 'N Dirty with #MFRWauthor @BarbCaffrey

Let's get Down & Dirty with MFRW Author Barb Caffrey
BARB CAFFREY is a writer, editor and musician from the Midwest. She is the author of the humorous urban fantasy/romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, and is the co-author of the Adventures of Joey Maverick series (with late husband Michael B. Caffrey). Barb is an inveterate reader, a huge baseball fan (Go, Brewers!), reviews books at Shiny Book Review, and wonders when her little dog will ever stop doing "the paw trick."

How long does it take you to write a book?
It usually takes me a year, maybe eighteen months, to fully write a book and polish it up.

Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
I try to have a set schedule with writing, but lately I've been ""going with the flow"" quite a bit. I do my best to set aside several hours a day, at least six days a week.

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre.
My latest book is called AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, and it is a YA comic fantasy/romance that I call ""relentlessly cross-genre"" because it also has elements of paranormal, mystery, and suspense. It's all about Bruno the Elfy, a three-foot-tall youth from another dimension where magic is the norm and he believes he has little of it; he comes to our Earth, is immediately taken captive, and must make common cause with young Sarah, who's also short and magical. Along the way he finds out he has a lot more magic than he thought, he has enemies -- lots of them, too -- including a Dark Elf who's main interests include corrupting the local humans and killing any luckless Elfys who might happen to be in the vicinity -- and oh, yes, he falls in love with Sarah. Hard.
Barb released AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, a Young Adult Fantasy with Twilight Times Books in April 2014. 

One Elfy for an entire planet?
He’s supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as “Jonny-Wonny” wakes up to big trouble — trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong — he’s starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.
Enter the couple’s ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is “Not Daisy!” but is brilliant, sweet…and using high level magic with ease. She’s also desperately in need of a friend.
Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they’re going to get out of there.
The only thing that comes to mind is for Bruno to ask his teacher, Roberto the Wise, for help. But Roberto’s attempt at help only enmeshes all three of them further in a web of deceit and treachery. Bruno finds out that, unfortunately, most of what he thought he knew about himself was very wrong…and much of what Sarah knows about herself is also wrong, including her age.
Worst of all, a Dark Elf is on the scene and is intent on corrupting the local Humans, including Sarah’s parents.
New names, new locations, a new mission–Bruno is going to get to the bottom of all the craziness, and Sarah will be there for him every step of the way.
Watch out, universe–an Elfy is on the loose! 
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How do you come up with story ideas?
This particular story idea came from a dream I had after reading an anthology about Elves. (Sorry, I can't remember which one.) The editor said that the Elves in this particular anthology were not your typical ""Elfie-welfie stuff,"" so my mind apparently wanted to figure out what this ""Elfie-welfie stuff"" actually was. So I had a dream, where a short young boy all dressed in black said, ""It's not like that!"" And I proceeded to write down everything that youngster -- Bruno the Elfy -- told me.

What are your thoughts on love scenes in romance novels? 
I like love scenes in novels, personally. In YA novels, they have to be age-appropriate, which can be a challenge . . . but I'm all for love scenes.

What does your husband/wife think of your writing? Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
My late husband, Michael B. Caffrey, was a huge advocate of my writing, and was my first editor. He believed very strongly in what I was doing. It's because of him that I kept after it, even after he died suddenly in 2004; it took me years, but I managed to keep going, keep writing, and found a home for AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE at long last.

And yes, I used to ask Michael for advice all the time. (He gave it, too. And I always took it. He was the wisest person I've ever known and understood the urban fantasy genre extremely well.)

Who, if anyone, has influenced your writing?
I have had a number of people influence my writing. My husband. Rosemary Edghill, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel, and Stephanie Osborn -- the three best mentors any writer could have anywhere. And my friend Jeff Wilson (1963-2011) . . . he was also a writer, and I listened to whatever he had to say whenever he said it.

What can we expect from you in the future?
What to expect in the future? I'd say a few more novels in the Elfyverse, a transgender fantasy romance written for adults, and a couple of paranormal romances (one featuring a baseball-loving psychic who's married to a werewolf). And I'll also continue to finish up my late husband's work, too . . . lots of stuff to do!

How do we find out about you and your books?
The easiest way to find out about me and my books is through my blog, Elfyverse (aka Barb Caffrey's Blog), or any of the links below.

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Fans' comments and letters are warmly appreciated, and I do listen very closely to my fans.

Your favorite comment from a reader? ""More, please!""

Your favorite author?
Can I pick three? Because the reason Rosemary Edghill, Katharine Eliska Kimbriel and Stephanie Osborn are my mentors is because I love their books and I love their writing.

Your favorite book? Favorite book?
The one that comes to mind right now is John M. Ford's ""The Final Reflection,"" which is a Star Trek novel about the first Klingons ever to go to Earth. It's an excellent first-contact novel and features a low-key but worthwhile romance between Klingon Captain Krenn and one of his officers, Kelly . . . and it has a wonderful friendship between Krenn and the first human Ambassador to the Klingons, Emanuel Tagore. But my favorite stand-alone science fiction/fantasy romance is Linnea Sinclair's ""An Accidental Goddess,"" due to its excellent dialogue, great romance, and nifty descriptions.

My favorite series is the BEDLAM'S BARD series by Mercedes Lackey, Ellen Guon and Rosemary Edghill (Guon wrote with Lackey early; Edghill wrote with Lackey later). This is urban fantasy and features flutist/bard Eric Banyon and a rotating cast of characters, including many interesting Elves Underhill.

Sep 8, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: An Elfy On The Loose by #MFRWauthor @BarbCaffrey

MFRW Author Barb Caffrey released AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, a Young Adult Fantasy with Twilight Times Books in April 2014.

One Elfy for an entire planet?

He’s supposed to be the Watcher for his people, the representative on Earth from his dimension, but the small being known to his enemies as “Jonny-Wonny” wakes up to big trouble — trapped in a bizarre house in Knightsville, California with humans straight out of reality TV. Jon knows that something has gone dreadfully wrong — he’s starving, lonely and dressed in funny clothes.

Enter the couple’s ten-year-old diminutive daughter, who is “Not Daisy!” but is brilliant, sweet…and using high level magic with ease. She’s also desperately in need of a friend.

Insisting her name is really Sarah, and christening him Bruno, his new friend asks him how they’re going to get out of there.

The only thing that comes to mind is for Bruno to ask his teacher, Roberto the Wise, for help. But Roberto’s attempt at help only enmeshes all three of them further in a web of deceit and treachery. Bruno finds out that, unfortunately, most of what he thought he knew about himself was very wrong…and much of what Sarah knows about herself is also wrong, including her age.

Worst of all, a Dark Elf is on the scene and is intent on corrupting the local Humans, including Sarah’s parents.

New names, new locations, a new mission–Bruno is going to get to the bottom of all the craziness, and Sarah will be there for him every step of the way.

Watch out, universe–an Elfy is on the loose!

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Reviews
“Barb Caffrey’s An Elfy on the Loose is a fresh and unexpected take on the urban fantasy genre with a charming and original protagonist. You’ll want to read this one.” – Rosemary Edghill, author of Dead Reckoning, Music To My Sorrow and the Bast Mysteries.

"Bruno, an Elfy from another dimension, wanted to visit Earth. Now, he’s trapped in a house of deadly secrets, one of which is a strange girl (Sarah) he feels a connection to right from the start. And, as he tries to plan an escape, he discovers hidden truths about his life and a dark plot threatening his entire civilisation. An Elfy on the Loose dances from one genre to another without pausing for breath and rockets towards a cliffhanger ending." - Amazon Review from C.G. Nuttall

Excerpt
""What fools these mortals be,"" Jon said with a sigh. He'd come to the Human Realm mainly because of boredom, but look! Now, he was bored by the Humans, too.
Just listen to 'em. ""No, dear, I want him for my party,"" the woman said.
""No, darling, I need him for my party,"" said the man.
Really, it was enough to make him gag. And the ""uniform"" they had him wear wasn't exactly to his taste either. He looked down at the red and purple unitard, kicked at the blue booties (with brass bells at the ends; fortunately he had enough magic left to silence those, or he'd have a migraine), and took off the yellow hat (with the red, purple, and blue feathers) and threw it across the room.
The squabbling couple never even noticed.
""Well, dear, you knew—"" said one, who cared which?
""No, I didn't,"" said the other.
""Oh, yes you did!""
It was enough to make him vomit. Jon got up and started pacing. What could he do to make them listen?
He put on his most stern countenance (not easy considering he stood exactly three feet tall in his sock feet), then went up and tugged at the woman's skirt. She never even blinked.
""Go away, Elfy-Welfie. We'll go out later.""
""But—"" Jon tried to interrupt.
""Really, we will,"" she overrode him. ""I'm going to show you off to all my friends! They've been trying to get a full Elf for years. Just think of the status I'll get with you, one of the elusive Elfy-Welfies!""
Feeling like a fool, he retreated to the nearest rest room. What, if anything, could he do to get their attention?
Jon took off the ridiculous costume, put back on the sober black outfit he'd been wearing when he showed up here, and went to the kitchen. He found the handy-dandy step-stool he'd been using to get at the Humans' food in order to feed himself (the idiot Humans thought he fed on moonbeams and rainbows; what garbage!), and took it to the other room. He put it next to the man, who was still arguing with the woman. The man said, ""Well, dearest, the lodge would adore the Elfy-Welfie. It's our lodge symbol, for the Gods' sake!""
Jon climbed up the stool and hit the man on the back. He would have rather hit the Human upside his head, but that was as far as Jon could reach, even with the step-stool.
The man never even noticed, except to scratch his back in the place Jon had hit him.
Jon sighed again. He climbed down from the step-stool, picked it up, and brought it back to the kitchen. It was time for his morning snack anyway.
He went to the refrigerator and took out some sliced ham. He never had understood the stricture against pork; it tasted so good! (The stomachache it gave him just had to be purely coincidental.) He bit into the ham blissfully, and for a moment all the cares of the world went away.
A small, dark-haired girl came into the kitchen and stared at him.
""What are you looking at?"" Jon asked.
""I didn't think—"" the girl stammered.
""Damn straight, you guys don't think!"" Jon snarled. ""What's up with the crap out there? No matter what I do or say, I can't get anyone to feed me, so I feed myself. I even took off that stupid blasted 'uniform,' and they don't even notice. What does a poor little Elfy-Welfie have to do around here to get some attention?"" 
About Barb Caffrey
BARB CAFFREY is a writer, editor and musician from the Midwest. She is the author of the humorous urban fantasy/romance AN ELFY ON THE LOOSE, and is the co-author of the Adventures of Joey Maverick series (with late husband Michael B. Caffrey). Barb is an inveterate reader, a huge baseball fan (Go, Brewers!), reviews books at Shiny Book Review, and wonders when her little dog will ever stop doing "the paw trick."

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Jul 29, 2014

FREE READ! To The Rescue @LSFabre #MFRWauthor


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MFRW Author Liese Sherwood-Fabre released To the Rescue, a Youth Romance with Musa Publishing/ NoiseTrade on June 1, 2014.

Austin had wanted to get to know his neighbor Sally better, but when she knocked on his door in the middle of the night, it wasn't the way he imagined. Who had broken into her apartment? And were they still in there? Austin wanted to get to know his neighbor Sally better, but were they both in danger from a burglar?

About Liese Sherwood-Fabre
Liese has won awards for her thrillers, romance, and literary short stories, and NYT bestselling author Steve Berry describes her writing as ""gimmick-free, old-fashioned storytelling.""

In the second grade, she knew she was destined to write when she got an A+ for her story about Dick, Jane, and Sally's ruined picnic. After obtaining her PhD from Indiana University, she joined the federal government and had the opportunity to work and live internationally for more than fifteen years. She draws upon these experiences to endow her characters with deep conflicts and emotions.
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Jul 14, 2014

A Quick & Quirky Peek at #MFRWauthor Carmen Stefanescu @Carmen_Books

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

We asked Carmen a Few Questions. Here's what She Said...
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Somewhere where the climate is neither hot nor freezing, where there are no earthquakes, storms, tsunami, volcanoes. If there is such a place I want to live there.

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
People would use me to write their thoughts, dreams and whatever their muse whispers in their ears.

What song would best describe your life?
Show Must Go On

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Books and computer games

What is your secret guilty pleasure?
Playing computer games

If you were stranded on a tropical island, who would it be with?
Stranded on an island would be no trouble if I had as company Zeus. He'd surely make sure I had everything I wanted!

Ebook or paperback?
Paper books are my favorite. Imagine the smell of ink on the paper, the sound of the pages we turn, etc

In December 2012, she released a Paranormal Young Adult (PG) Novel with Wild Child Publishing.

Shadows of the Past
When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love. A touching story of loss, grief and the power of endless love and good magic.
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Jun 2, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Shadows of the Past by #MFRWauthor @Carmen_Books

A second chance for true love and redemption.
MFRW Author Carmen Stefanescu released Shadows of the Past, a Paranormal Young Adult (PG) Novel with Wild Child Publishing in December 2012.


When Anne and Neil leave on a one-week holiday hoping to reconcile after a two-year separation, little do they know that destiny has other plans for them. Their discovery of human bones and a bejeweled cross in the hollow of a tree open the door to the supernatural realm and the anguished life of Genevieve, a nun from medieval England.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve her eternal rest?

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love. A touching story of loss, grief and the power of endless love and good magic.
Buy Links: Wild Child Publishing  |  Amazon

Reviews
“Shadows of the Past” is a truly compelling story about loss and grief, mysteries that go back to Medieval Times and dark powers that push people to commit unspeakable crimes. A cursed forest, demons, witchcraft, strange rituals and a forbidden love… all these elements come together to build a suspenseful, beautifully written paranormal/ romance novel that will keep you glued to the pages. The universe Carmen ┼×tef─ânescu has managed to create is full of magic and superstitions, while her characters are capable of love, hatred, sin, murder and repentance. - Oana, All Fantasy Worlds

It isn't often that I put a book in my ""I must read this again pile."" I read so much that I usually won't read a book more than once because I am always ready to move on to the next one I haven't experienced yet. This is one of those rare times when I know I will read this book again.
I am a huge history buff and I adore historical fiction. This is historical plus a lot more. This book has an exciting plot with a paranormal twist that is so well done that it doesn't leave you rolling your eyes like so many of the paranormal romances of recent memory have done. I fell into this book hard and never wanted to leave. - Ionia

Excerpt"""Come, we should leave at once,"" she said and glanced nervously over her shoulder. ""Something terrible happened after you left for town. I think the Abbess found out about us. Our meeting in Uncle Ryan's cabin is no longer a secret. We have been overheard. For all I know someone spies on us even as we speak. I think the Abbess, or one of her 'friends,' is hovering somewhere nearby and listening to every word.""
Andrew pulled Genevieve to his chest. ""Do you regret you've come with me?""
Passion smothered Genevieve's doubt and guilt. ""Never,"" she answered, aware of her body's response to his touch, and she succumbed to his embrace.
Calming the gnawing unease in her mind and the thought of Sister Dominica guessing she was the dough of a sinner, Genevieve repeated, ""Never.""
With her eyes closed and their bodies touching she became, for the very first time, simply a woman. She melted in his embrace in spite of the invisible vicious threat breathing around them. Aware they might never be alone again, she fought hard to silence the voice of conscience berating her.
""Oh, God. Please forgive me,"" Andrew muttered under his breath when he bowed his head to kiss her. Their lips met in a passionate first kiss.
Genevieve's spirits fell and her heart skipped a beat when, a couple of seconds later, she opened her eyes and her gaze fell on a knot strangers.
About Carmen Stefanescu
Carmen was born in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble - the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

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Dec 19, 2013

BOOK SPOTLIGHT: Grimnirs @EdnahWalters

MFRW Author Ednah Walters recently released Grimnirs, A RUNES Novel, a Young Adult Romance with Firetrail Publishing on December 2, 2013.

Straight out of the psych ward, Cora just wants her life to be normal. She doesn’t want to see souls or the reapers collecting them. The guy she’s loved from a distance for years moves away without saying goodbye. So yes, she’s nursing a serious heartbreak. It’s no wonder love is the last thing on her mind when Echo storms into her life.

The chemistry between them is mind-blowing. The connection defies logic. Even better, the souls leave her alone when he is around.

Too bad Echo is the poster boy for everything she hates in a guy—hot, beautiful, and cocky. He is also a soul reaper. A Grimnir. The very beings she wants out of her life. Maybe normal is overrated because Cora wants it all. Answers. Love. A life.

Warnings: There is some cursing, violence, and make out scenes, Grimnirs is recommended for ages 17+

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Sep 20, 2013

YA Hop Featured Authors from #MFRWhop with @NicoleZoltack and Tasarla Romaney

The Hollow King 
Author: Tasarla Romaney

Thought by most to be a simple child's chant…

A king of no kingdom
Who walks among the living yet is void of all but breathe
He will be known as the Hollow King and will yield the Spector.

The Warrior Queen with compassion will fuel the Hope
The one who walks on two legs but has the soul of an animal will guide the
Spector’s magic.

Together they will use the Spector of Hope to rid the land of evil.
Until creatures most thought to be make-believe start to hunt at night… Freed by Ovezara, a sorceresses of what seems to be unlimited power.




Woman of Honor 
Author: Nicole Zoltack

Aislinn of Bairbhe dreams of becoming a lady knight to honor the death of her fallen brother. To her mother's horror, King Patrick grants Aislinn's wish and she begins her long years of training.

Despite the mockery of the other pages, and the disdain of Prince Caelan who also trains to be a knight, Aislinn commits herself to her dreams and embarks on a journey of self-discovery and bravery. Through the years, Aislinn and Caelan grow from sparring classmates to good friends. They both know that someday Caelan will marry for the sake of the kingdom, but even that cannot keep them from falling in love.

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Sep 13, 2013

YA Hop Featured Authors #MFRWhop with @stacyjuba @lindseyrloucks @CCMarksWrites

As promised, here are three more of the MFRW authors that participated in the young adult blog hop. Remember, if you missed the hop, it’s not too late to check out the talents of MFRW’s young adults authors. This link will direct you to a free mini-book where you can read an excerpt from these books and more! http://marketingforromancewriters.org/yahops.html

Here are the next three in the line-up.


Dark Before Dawn
Author: Stacy Juba

When teen psychic Dawn Christian gets involved with a fortuneteller mentor and two girls who share her mysterious talents, she finally belongs after years of being a misfit. When she learns her new friends may be tied to freak "accidents" in town, Dawn has an important choice to make - continue developing the talent that makes her special or challenge the only people who have ever accepted her.











The Grave Winner
Author: Lindsey Loucks

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead -- just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.




Heart of Mercy
Author: C.C. Marks
Charlie Little exists in a dangerous world. Her best chance of survival is to disguise herself as a boy and guard her secrets well. Yet just when it seems things can’t possibly get worse, they spin completely out of control.

With Zeke and her sister Star by her side and the fresh memory of Thomas’s kiss still on her lips, she narrowly escapes the horrid plans of Jonas Bannon, a monster of a human being. Forfeiting the safety of the community, they leave and begin the earch for the city of Mercy, the one secure place Charlie knows. However, as she struggles to reach her sanctuary, doubts creep in that anywhere is truly safe. If the Draghoul don’t get them, the human scavengers just might, and the assumption they’ll find  protection in Mercy could be the most dangerous risk of all.


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