Bookstagram Spotlight: @thereadingfaery

For those of you who are not familiar with “bookstagram,” it’s basically a community of readers on Instagram who shares photos of books. (Makes sense, right?)

As someone who is fairly new to Instagram, I was blown away when I discovered this whole amazing community of readers.

And let me tell you – I am trying to learn how to take beautiful book-related photographs for my own account and it is not as easy as it looks.

I have fallen in love with this whole book-loving community, and I wanted to feature some accounts that I thought my readers would enjoy.

And that’s how the Bookstagram Spotlight came about.

For my first interview, I reached out to @thereadingfaery. Her feed is fresh and fun and vibrant, and I just love looking at her posts.

So, without further ado, here is my Q&A with @thereadingfaery.

 

How did you first get into bookstagramming?

I actually don’t really remember, to be honest. I started my blog in the beginning of 2015, and I’d recently joined Goodreads, so I was just getting into the community. Then, a year or so later, I found my first bookstagram account that I started following on my private account. I thought it seemed fun to take photos of books, since it’s my biggest interest, and decided to try and start one connected to my blog. It just escalated from there.

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Where do you get the inspiration for your photos/theme?

I get inspiration for my photos when I see other photos. It doesn’t have to be bookstagram photos, looking at any photos always gives me inspiration. As for my theme, I like to take really bright photos. For me, the light in a photo is one of the most important things, and I think a bright background really helps, so I use that. When it comes to editing, I try to edit as little as possible, I just brighten my photos a little if necessary.

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What’s one piece of advice you’d give someone who is interested in bookstagramming?

Persist. I started my bookstagram in April 2016, and it took over a year before I found a theme I liked and started gaining followers. Building a following takes time and patience and dedication, so don’t give up if it feels like an uphill battle at first. And don’t worry so much about likes and followers, because I made that mistake at first, and it wasn’t that fun then. It became much more fun when I stopped caring about how many likes my photos got and focused on being part of this wonderful community.

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What is the last book you read?

Heart of Thorns by Bree Barton.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I actually don’t keep a TBR list, because I’m a big mood reader. Right now I’m reading The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout, and I might end up rereading the Lux series after that, since it’s set in the same world. I also have a few ARCs I’ll get to reading soon.

Do you prefer physical books or ebooks?

I definitely prefer physical books, but considering how much I read, it’s very expensive, so I read most books on my Kindle. It will never be the same as holding a book in your hands, but I love my Kindle, too.

For physical books, do you use bookmarks or fold corners?

Bookmarks! I’d never fold corners in a book. I don’t judge people who do, because what you do to your books is your business, but personally, I hate imperfections in my books. I’d probably have a panic attack if I tried to fold a corner in my book, haha.

What is one of your favorite bookstagram pages that you follow? What do you like about it?

I can’t possibly pick just one! I love @rattletheshelves, because her nature photos are just really pretty and I love talking to her. @chezreadz, @stellasbookishworld and @thebookishcourt are also really sweet people that I love talking to and that take beautiful photos. Finally, I recently found @novelknight, who takes really cozy photos.

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Q&A with Author May Freighter

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What do you love most about the young adult genre?

Probably because it’s a more story-driven genre with a lot of possibilities. It is also interesting to see how my young characters interact and perceive the world. Though, I fear that my cynicism and sarcasm may sometimes bleed into them when I’m not careful.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

That depends on the story I’m writing. Some stories take months of thinking and plotting while others have an organic growth and can change events at a moment’s notice. I think it’s mostly to do with the characters. A lot of the time, they are self-sufficient and do as they please. I’m only there as an observer. If I feel the story needs more science/facts, then I have to put in more time into breaking down the possible plot holes.

What project are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing a sci-fi mystery, CASE: 2, which is the final novel in the Annalise Storm Chronicles. This book is slowly torturing my mind. I feel that the characters simply don’t want to leave. They are an opinionated lot with strong personalities. Not only that, there is a lot of loose ends that need to be tied up with care. I hope the readers will enjoy it once it’s out this year.

You can find out more about the series on my website.

How did you come up with the idea for it?

This series was an experiment I’ve always wanted to try out. I love mixing genres and having fun with them. Giving characters impossible tasks and seeing how they cope is exciting. Plus, who doesn’t like a bit of mystery, forbidden love, and a society full of prejudice?

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What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I had to check my Kindle app because I tend to forget the names of the books I read a lot. The last book I read was “HALL PASS FOR LIFE” by Dorothea Lynne. It’s a story about a woman reclaiming her independence and individuality after a long, abusive marriage that wasn’t going anywhere. She ends up falling in love with a younger man who is a celebrity. You can guess where this is going. I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone who will want to read the book later on. All I can say is that this romance was a good kind of journey.

What’s next on your TBR list?

A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES by Deborah Harkness.

Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?

I used to prefer physical books until I was forced to spend more time reading on my iPad. Now, I don’t have a 100% preference. If forced to choose, I’d say ebooks for convenience and not having to carry extra weight around when travelling.

When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?

*Horrified* Folding covers is a sin. Of course, I use bookmarks. If I can’t find one, I use a receipt or any other piece of paper I can find.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Don’t hate English grammar as much as you do. You’ll come to be best friends with it one day.

As a fellow vampire-lover, I have to ask – do you have a favorite vampire TV series?

Oh, this is a tough one! I was hooked on TVD for a long time, but I think I gave up around season 5. Not sure why. I do love Buffy the Vampire Slayer. To me, that’s a classic and the music is great. I think I’ve watched 2-3 seasons of The Originals. Again, I gave up. True Blood was fun until the last 3 seasons which fell flat for me. The ending made me a sad panda, too. Blood Ties was awesome, but it got cancelled after 2 seasons.

Are we allowed to mention Korean dramas? If so, Blood and The Scholar Who Walks The Night were fantastic.

To answer the question, I have a lot of favourites.

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What do you love most about the young adult genre?

That the characters are experiencing new and exciting, life-changing things for the very first time. First love/first kiss? I’m such a sap for that!

The premise for The Elite Trials series sounds fascinating. I love the hook: AN INESCAPABLE CITY. THREE DEADLY TRIALS. ONE WAY OUT. I want to know more! How did you come up with the idea for the series?

Well, I loved The Hunger Games so much and spent years reading other dystopian novels in hopes of finding a similar story plot. Finally, I decided to just make my own! But let’s just say the characters kind of took over and the story is something else entirely. It’s also now a mix of The Maze Runner, The Darkest Minds, and The Scorpio Races, along with several of my own life experiences. “Write what you know,” they say!

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

The last full-length novel I read was The Last Namsara, a YA Fantasy, and I definitely enjoyed it! Fast-paced read and it has dragons. I also finished reading debut novella Wall of Crosses that my friend Baj Goodson just released! It’s a mystery/family drama and I was blown away. Highly recommend.

What’s next on your TBR list?

I think I’ve narrowed it down to Warcross by Marie Lu and The Faerie Guardian by Rachel Morgan.



Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?

Well, I think e-books are easier to read, honestly. Lighter too!

When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?

Bookmark! But it’s usually a random semi-flat object I just happen to find since bookmarks have a way of not being around when you need them!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Words are cheap if they aren’t backed up by actions. And… listen to your gut. Always.

As the proud dog-mom of two golden retrievers, I have to ask about your Goldendoodle. Are they as adorable as they look?

Ha! This is a trick question, right? She’s only adorable if you throw her frisbee at least ten times every day. If not… the sass comes out!

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What drew you to writing in the YA genre?

This is the age when many people try to fit in or stand out, began to realize who they are on the inside, and experience many “firsts.” I love writing about all of those things, and reading it too!

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I definitely prefer an outline. If I don’t outline, my plot falls weak and my characters stray from their characterizations. I’m not a fan of writing and ditching loads of work, so for me, I have to outline. I’m using the chapter outline in the back of A Wordy Woman’s Guide to outline my WIP for NaNoWriMo!

What project are you currently working on?

A YA romance. All of my previous YA work has included romantic aspects, but this will be the first book that lacks fantastical and paranormal elements.

How did you come up with the idea for it?

Most of my work contains dark twists, which I absolutely love. But I needed a breather, something to lighten the mood, and I had an idea for a romance. The storyline has been a challenge to create, but I’m looking forward to starting the first draft!

I read on your website that you helped build an orphanage in Malawi? Can you tell us a little bit more about that experience? Do you think that experience has influenced your writing?

Yes. I went to Malawi (and other parts of Africa) during the summer of 2000. I had the opportunity to help build an aids orphanage, and it was the first time I had experienced life in a third-world country. This influenced the rest of my life and set me on a different path of understanding and a deep-rooted passion for all cultures. Most of my books have an underlying theme hidden within the story, themes that dive into the basis of humanity, love, and survival.

 

I also saw that you are really into camping. Would you ever consider “glamping,” or do you prefer the more traditional camping experience?

I prefer the traditional, no electricity, out-in-the-middle of nowhere type of camping. The connection and peace I feel when I’m completely disconnected from the “world” is something I can’t experience in any other way. I also love kayaking and fishing, but I’m not an expert!

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I’m in the middle of reading Imposters by Scott Westerfeld. And I’m enjoying it so far! His books are fabulous.

What’s next on your TBR list?

The Train to Crystal City by Jan Jarboe Russell. It’s not my typical kind of read, but it seems fascinating in a historical sense.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Trust your heart and don’t worry about following the society’s “standards.” Standard is overrated and dreams are undervalued.

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Book Review: The Wombanditos

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The Wombanditos is unlike anything I’ve read – in the best way possible. In a novelette, author Andrew Einspruch has managed to create a whimsical yet believable world inhabited by an OCD princess and her talking chipmunk companion Jerome (who was my favorite character!). Together, they set off on an adventure – and run into trouble along the way. Princess Eloise is kidnapped, and it’s up to her and Jerome to outsmart her captors – the Wombanditos.

I actually found myself smiling as I read this story. There have been plenty of books lately that have made me teary-eyed, but I can’t remember the last time I SMILED while reading. It’s one of those books that’s a great little escape.

Though this story can stand alone, it is the perfect teaser for the series. While it’s technically a YA book, it can certainly be enjoyed by a younger audience as there is no violence or graphic language. As a parent, it’s always nice to come across a fun story that can be enjoyed by all ages.

I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series!

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Q&A with Author Stevie Rae Causey

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What drew you to writing in the young adult genre?

Young adults are in a pivotal stage of life. They’re learning about who they are, what they believe, and where they fit into the chaos that is life. Their souls are on fire in a way that can only be described as magical, and the words that they read and relate to become foundational in their development.

As a young adult I didn’t have many places to turn to for wisdom. In a way, books saved me. They gave me something to relate to, to look up to, to model myself after. They still do! So many hard subjects can be addressed in literature for this age group and it doesn’t have to be preachy or lectured. Its simply experienced, and tucked away somewhere in their core to use when needed. I want to be part of shaping that, forever.

When preparing for this interview, I read your author bio. Honestly, it made me a little teary eyed. The message your father wrote for you in the copy of Lord of the Rings was so moving (you can read it here). Was Lord of the Rings the book that inspired your love of epic fantasies?

In so many ways, yes. I grew up watching the old 1970’s cartoon version of The Hobbit. It was one of my favorite movies. When I was in second grade, my teacher let me in on a secret: It was also a book! I still have my very first copy of The Hobbit, which I got second hand in the fourth grade. By fifth grade I had LOTR as well. There was so much magic and wonder, and also so much depth of emotion. I was especially drawn to the leading male characters who showed so much fondness and vulnerability for their companions. It was definitely my first love when it came to Epic Fantasy.

I also noticed you referenced Roald Dahl in your bio. I have to ask – what’s your all-time favorite children’s book?

This is a hard one for me to answer because there are so many amazing reads for kids that I find myself reading and re-reading. Right now I’m sharing an old favorite, Jeremey Thatcher Dragon Hatcher, with my middle child so its the first to come to mind.

From what I’ve read, you seem really adventurous. Diving with sharks? That sounds terrifying. Do you think your adventures help fuel inspiration for your creative work?

I think my adventures are both a catalyst and a result of my creativity. Going back to the LOTR reference, one of my feelings upon reading it and comparing it to where I was at the time was that there were no real adventures in the world outside of books. No quests to go on. I decided then that someday I would make my own adventures. It took me awhile to get here, but I’m finally making it happen.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I started out as a pantser more or less, during Nanowrimo in 2013. The more I write, the more I’m discovering that I’m actually a lot more productive if I outline, so I’ll be outlining my entire next series before starting the writing process.

What project are you currently working on?

For my own work, I’m currently finishing up the final book in my Amasai Rising trilogy (Here’s another place you can see Tolkien’s influence on my work, as the series began with a stand alone book: Ring of Fire, and then morphed into an accompanying trilogy)

How did you come up with the idea for it?

The whole thing started as a story I wrote (poorly) in the middle of my 7th grade Earth Science class. We were studying volcanoes and I was daydreaming, thinking about magical lands. A slide was brought up on the screen about the Ring of Fire and I thought what a great title that would be. I had about 40 handwritten pages which I carried with me everywhere I lived until it became my debut novel in 2016. The book is dedicated to that science teacher, who caught me off task and let it slide, saying “Remember me when you’re famous” 🙂

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

I just finished The One and Only Ivan on audio. It was magnificent. Oddly enough I only recently discovered that Ivan used to live in a strip mall about 40 minutes from me. One of my next adventures will be visiting his old enclosure.

What’s next on your TBR list?

It’s so very long! I’m working my way through Jesikah Sundin’s Biodome Chronicles. I also have Ogre Enchanted, Children of Blood and Bone, As Old as Time, Aru Shah and the End of Time, and Daisy Bold and Beautiful on my list off the top of my head.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

I don’t like to mess with timelines, because I quite enjoy who I am most of the time now. But if I were to choose something, I wouldn’t need to say it to myself because someone else did it for me. My best friend’s dad once wrote in a letter to me “You grow when you grieve.” It was impactful, and is tattooed on my right forearm.

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What do you love most about the young adult genre?

Everyone changes and grows so much throughout their entire life, especially in their teenage years. I think we get so many major life-lessons in that time, and you get to explore a lot of that in the YA genre.

You describe yourself in your bio as a huge nerd. Let’s hear it – what’s the nerdiest thing about you? (No worries – this is a judgment-free zone!)

I talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender ALL THE TIME, way more than my family and friends can stand to hear, I wear a Hufflepuff lanyard to work every day (it’s awesome when people recognize it and tell me what their house is), I collect various Disney, Tim Burton, Sailor Moon, and Adventure Time plushies and figurines (especially Funko Pops!), and I own a really awesome rendition of Luke’s light saber (I may or may not wish on a daily basis that it was real, and that I was strong in the force).

Your series War on the Gods is inspired by Greek mythology. Have you always been interested in the subject?

When I was between 11-12 years old I read a trilogy called AVATARS by Tui T. Sutherland. It was so good I read it in about 24 hours! It featured mythologies from all around the world, including Greek mythology, and that’s basically what started my love for it. The trilogy didn’t feature enough Greek mythology to satisfy my craving for it, so I started going to the library and checking out every book I could find on it, and I’ve loved it dearly ever since. It’s a part of my identity now.

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How did you get the idea for the series?

Around the same time I was going to the library and learning about Greek mythology, I wondered to myself, “What if the Greek gods were real? What if they were angry enough at humanity for forgetting them/deciding they were myths that they decided to destroy the world? Who would save it?” and the idea just grew from there.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I started out as a pantser and quickly realized it most certainly was not for me. I make outlines now, and even if I change up some things I stick to the basic idea of the outline at the very least.

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

The last book I read was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is a Jungle Book retelling except the little boy goes and lives in a graveyard and is cared for by ghosts. I absolutely LOVED it. If you haven’t read I highly recommend it. It’s the kind of book that has you guessing all the way through, and it left me in tears at the end.

What’s next on your TBR list?

Right now I’m reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for extra credit in my English class, but I really want to be reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Not that Alice isn’t great, I’ve just heard that Children of Blood and Bone has reminded a couple people of Avatar: The Last Airbender ha-ha!

Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?

It depends. If I’m reading an author I’ve never read anything from before, I’d prefer the eBook because if I end up not liking it it’s not taking up space on my shelf. But if it’s a book or author I know and love, I want it on my shelf to look pretty.

When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?

I use bookmarks! Who folds corners?!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

It’s okay to be alone; you don’t need anybody but yourself.

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Q&A with Author Bridget E. Baker

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Your series Sins of Our Ancestors has a fascinating premise… I mean, a deadly virus, young love, the search for a cure? Yes, please! How did you come up with the idea for this story?

Honestly, with pretty much every book I’ve ever written (and I’ve written TEN, even though Marked is my first to publish—I waited on traditional publishing for a LONG time before deciding to go indie and the wheels turn s l o w l y!) I’ve had a spark of an idea, and then worked it like potter’s clay until it became a novel. With Marked, pretty much the entire first chapter came to me as an idea… with the knowledge of exactly how and why it would play out the way it did for the rest of the book. I loved the idea of a commonplace game that had extraordinary meaning based on setting. I thought, how would you react if you had to huddle like a rabbit in a hutch… and suddenly you were doomed to die, but with a timer. Would you, as a teen, feel marked for death? Or would it be freeing in a way?

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

My first two novels were “pantsed.” They were such absolute rubbish I had to literally and figuratively toss them in the trash. I outline like a mad dog. In fact, if I am ever struggling to write a chapter, I know that I haven’t adequately outlined either that chapter’s progression, or the ones that come after. Outlining sounds restrictive, but it allows me to connect the dots and make the story into a beautiful picture. Without my outline, I crank out gobs of garbage.

What project are you currently working on?

A Christmas Romance Novel! I know that sounds wacky! I’ve written seven young adult sci-fi/fantasy series… and one adult romance novel (paranormal) about a family cursed by a witch to become horses, and what happens when one of them comes in contact with the ancestor of the witch… Recently I had an idea for a Christmas romance that would not let me go. I’ll probably blob it out there as soon as I can to try and catch the holidays. But I’m also editing Books Two and Three of the Sins of Our Ancestors series, and those have priority since Suppressed is already on preorder!

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

My last book read was Jacqueline Carey’s Starless, and yes, I loved it. I love everything she’s written, although I should caveat that with… they almost all have … complicated content.

 

What’s next on your TBR list?

I just started Ilona Andrew’s newest Kate Daniels novel. I always love those.

 

 

Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?

I ranted about ebooks and how awful they were… until I got a Kindle about 10 years ago. It transformed my life! No more hauling suitcases full of  books all over, no more running out of things to read (I read fast, in case that’s not clear!) And I didn’t have to run to a library or book store to get new ones, or be stuck reading whatever the airport had on a shelf. I LOVE MY KINDLE. And now I read almost exclusively on it! Sad, I know.

When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?

I don’t want to confess this either! Your questions are embarrassing. I’m a closet corner folder!!! (seriously, I read in my closet to keep from waking up my husband… or so he won’t notice I’m still up reading. Good thing we have nice carpet!) Ahhh! But usually I read it so fast, and stay up so late, that I don’t fold many. Mine suffer more from being placed face down on flat surfaces while I deal with a quick issue and get back to reading.

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Write more craft books before attempting to write a novel. Also, CONFLICT stupid. A book is nothing but a sequence of events without it!

I read in your bio that you love making cookies. What’s your all-time favorite kind? 

That’s like asking which of my children I love most… not to say I can’t answer it, but my answer will be a lie by tomorrow because my answer changes daily! Today it’s toasted walnut chocolate chip. Last week it was snickerdoodles. Next week it’ll probably be pumpkin chocolate chip with frosting. The week after, cinnamon frosted pumpkin sugar cookies. After that, lemon sugar cookies. Then Cowboy Cookies. The difference is, I only have five kids, so my answer will only change four times. With cookies, the possibilities are LIMITLESS! I like cookies like I like to read: way too many, way too often, and way too many genres (flavors.)

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New Release Roundup: Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Books

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It’s time for another new release roundup! Today, I’m spotlighting the latest and greatest in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy.

So, if you’re a fan of fearsome heroines, daring adventures and high stakes, keep on reading.

This list is for you!

The books featured in this list are Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Teen & Young Adult Fantasy eBooks category (granted, this list is constantly updating – but the information is accurate at the time I’m posting this).

Here are the Top 5 YA Fantasy eBooks for the week of September 15th:

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House of Royale

Avalon has always felt different and alone. The ocean, along with the friends she’s made under the water, is the only constant in her life. She comforts herself with the notion that alone is at least safe. There’s no one to hide her extraordinary abilities from, to hide her dreams of living beneath the crashing waves forever.

Then Xander comes for her, reluctantly, judging by his snarly attitude. But, attitude aside, he draws her into a fantasy world, one filled with family and friendship and … the home she’s always craved.

He gives her the smallest glimpse of perfection, only to then inform her that it’s not a world she can have. Political issues in Royale will make her time there temporary.

Her time in Royale and with Xander.

She will stay until the very end, though. If there’s one thing that she’s determined to prevent, it’s Laous getting his hands on the starslight stone. A stone which is keeping two worlds alive and functioning.

A happily ever after might not be in the cards for her, but she’s determined to make it happen for her friends.

Even if it’s the last thing she does.

Don’t miss the stunning conclusion to the Secret Keepers series.

 

Fallen Academy 

Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest jerk she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible. 

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.
To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

 

Court of Shadows 

A girls’ night out means three things to me: drinking whiskey with my best friend, trying not to kill anyone, and keeping my magic hidden. A fae gladiator like me isn’t supposed to exist anymore.

But my Friday night takes a bad turn when a lethally gorgeous fae–Ruadan–tries to assassinate me. He’s known as the Wraith, and he’s taken a vow of silence until he’s slaughtered the outlaws on his kill list. Outlaws like me.

Ruadan lets me live on one condition: I have to earn my place at the Institute of the Shadow Fae. As a powerful fighter, I can take the competition.

But things fall apart when I’m given an impossible choice: betray my mentor Ruadan, or my best friend dies. Now, I face a quandary my gladiatorial past did not prepare me for.

This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.

 

Mirror Gate

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler continues his wondrous Harbinger series in which two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries—her greatest trial yet.

An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne—a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

Sera’s hope lies in Cettie, a waif raised in the world below, whose life has intertwined with Sera’s in the most unexpected ways. The Mysteries come easily to Cettie, and her studies have begun to yield new insight into her growing powers. But those same powers put Cettie in the path of those who would destroy her.

Now as the threat of war ignites and an insidious sickness spreads throughout the kingdom, Sera and Cettie will need to gather their courage and fight for each other’s lives…and for the future of their endangered world.

 

Court of Darkness 

I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance.

That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s executioners will rip me to pieces. Good thing I can handle it. I was the queen of the gladiator ring, and I do not go down easily.

This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.

 

If none of those books interest you…

Perhaps you’ll enjoy my fantasy series, Fate Abandoned.

Fate Abandoned

She’s a sword-wielding princess.
He’s the outlaw who kidnapped her.
They should be enemies, but he might be the key to finding her brother – and herself.

Princess Daphne is sick of being treated as the king’s pawn. So even though she’s supposed to be hanging back at the castle and choosing a suitor, she doesn’t hesitate to follow her brother on a treacherous quest. Especially after learning there’s a prophecy predicting his death.

She devises a plan and sets out with her maidservant to rescue him – which seems like a great idea until they’re kidnapped by outlaws.

But Daphne’s not one to give up so easily. Realizing that aligning with their captors might just guarantee their success, she cuts a deal with the dangerously charming Gregory.

Forced to work together against impossible odds, she and Gregory learn that they need each other more than they knew. And as they race to save the prince, Daphne must decide if she’s willing to give up everything she’s ever known for a love she never expected…

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