Character Interview: Daphne from Fate Abandoned

Hi there! For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I’m L. Danvers. I’m a YA author and have ventured into a variety of genres, from science fiction to paranormal romance.

Today, I wanted to share a character interview I did with the heroine from Fate Abandoned, a YA epic fantasy series I wrote that’s perfect for fans of books with kick-butt young women who do the saving. There’s a little something for everyone. Action. Adventure. Romance. You name it.

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Daphne is the princess of Vires, an ancient kingdom which values tradition above all else. However, our heroine is anything but traditional. Which makes things… complicated.

She also happens to be one of my favorite characters I’ve written.

Today, we’ll take a look at Daphne’s story – what made her the kick-butt princess she is before the series begins (so no worries, there won’t be any spoilers!)…

L: Let’s start with the basics, Daphne. How old are you?
Daphne: I’ll be turning eighteen next week.

L: Oh, wow! Happy early birthday. Hmm. I notice you’re not looking particularly excited about it. Why is that?
Daphne: How would you feel if your twin got to go off on a quest to prove his worthiness of the throne while you were forced to stay at the castle and choose a suitor?

L: Well, considering I am not particularly adventurous, I don’t think I would mind too much. But I can see it bothers you. I take it none of the suitors have captured your interest…
Daphne: They’re decent enough, I suppose. But I’m not interested in marrying for power. I want to marry for love.

L: That’s admirable. Did your parents marry for love?
Daphne: No, but they were fortunate. They were madly in love. But these suitors my father has chosen for me… like Sir Hartley, for instance… Let’s say that a life with any of them is not the life I want for myself.

L: Let’s talk about your early years. What’s one of your favorite memories?
Daphne: That one’s easy. When most of the castle was fast asleep, my mother would sneak me and my brother downstairs. She’d have Phillip teach me everything he’d learned in his sword-fighting lessons. I was a quick learner. I can’t say as much regarding his sewing skills.

L: Are you and Phillip close?
Daphne: I love him dearly, but we don’t always see eye to eye. He takes after our father, and I take after our mother.

L: I see. Tell me, what’s one of your greatest fears?
Daphne: Losing the people I love. Losing my mother was one of the hardest things I ever went through. I’m terrified of the thought of going through that again.

L: I imagine that must have been very hard on you and your brother. Finally, I’d like to close with a more lighthearted question. What’s one word most people would use to describe you?
Daphne: Hard-headed. Without question, hard-headed.

Princess Daphne fears her destiny is sealed… until a twist of fate changes everything.

In a mystical kingdom, a sorceress reveals a prophecy: the prince’s quest is doomed. 

The prediction makes Daphne’s blood run cold. Because after losing her mother, she can’t risk losing her brother, too. 

Not one to sit back and do nothing, the hard-headed princess takes matters into her own hands. Under the veil of night, she flees the castle, venturing on a quest of her own to save him.

She’ll do anything to bring him home alive – even if that means cutting a deal with the dangerously charming outlaw who kidnaps her. 

In their trials, the unlikely pair will have to learn to work together as they face off against beasts, brutes and bandits… 

But the biggest threat may have been lurking in the castle all along.

IN THE ANCIENT KINGDOM OF VIRES, SOME BOW TO FATE. 
OTHERS RISE…

Begin this addicting series today. Just click here.

An Early Look at Stakes and Daggers (Vampires of Crescent Cape Book 3)

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If you’re new to my blog or not already familiar with my work, I’m currently writing a YA paranormal romance series called Vampires of Crescent Cape. It’s basically like a mashup of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Book 3 is coming soon, and I think it’s the best one yet! If you’re new to the series, be sure to start with Curses and Crowns. You can also snag a free copy of the origin story, Blood Heirs, by joining my Readers’ Group.

Enjoy this excerpt from my upcoming release, Stakes and Daggers.

I propped myself up on my elbows. “I mean it. The thought of eternity… it makes me sick to my stomach. How has being alive for so long not driven you into complete madness?”

Julian arched his eyebrow, giving me a devilish grin. “Who says it hasn’t?”

I swatted his arm, fully aware of how rock-solid his biceps were. “I’m being serious.”

“Why do you think I’ve never laid a finger on my siblings? Even after they locked me up. Even after years of treating me as second-best?”

I shrugged.

“The thought of being alone, utterly alone in this world, terrifies me.”

I gulped, surprised by how frankly he was speaking. 

“Why do you think we’re so fiercely protective over one another? We fight and bicker like all siblings do—more so, as our history goes back so very far—but deep down, we know we need each other. Otherwise, what’s left for any of us to live for? We’ve seen the world. We’ve had adventures. We’ve loved, and watched hundreds upon hundreds of people we’ve cared about move on into the afterlife.” He trailed his finger along my cheekbone, tickling my skin. “I’d almost forgotten just how lonely I was until you came along.”

I studied him for a moment unsure if I should ask him what was really on my mind. But being in a relationship with someone meant being vulnerable with them. Asking the hard questions. Even if it was uncomfortable. 

“What was the point of the Choosing Ceremony?” It wasn’t something we spoke about often. I knew how much guilt he felt over the whole thing. And yet, I needed to know…

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Book Review: Obsidian Son by Shayne Silvers

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Obsidian Son, the first book in Shayne Silvers’ Nate Temple Series, has been on my TBR List forever. Silvers is a force to be reckoned within the indie author community. I’ve learned so much from various interviews I’ve heard from him, and I had a feeling this series was going to be fantastic.

Not surprisingly, this is a crazy-fun read. It’s one of those books that grabs you right from the beginning and doesn’t let go. I’ve never read another supernatural thriller, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. All I know is that he has crafted a very believable world with lifelike characters that you’ll be rooting for.

There’s a little something for everyone in this book – action, mystery and even a bit of romance.

I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

Book Review: The Star of Whatever by Andrew Einspruch

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I am really enjoying this series. The Star of Whatever was a fairly lighthearted YA read jam-packed with adventures. And even though there is some darker stuff going on, it’s still presented in a way that’s fairly clean.

I am really enjoying this series. The Star of Whatever was a fairly lighthearted YA read jam-packed with adventures. And even though there is some darker stuff going on, it’s still presented in a way that’s fairly clean.

I loved getting to see Eloise and Johanna together in this book and see how they interacted.

My favorite part about Einspruch’s books is the clever ways he gets his characters out of trouble. Rather than fights and battles, they use their wits and come up with laugh-out-loud funny schemes to save themselves. His books are a delightful escape.

Also, this book wins for the best epilogue. You’ll just have to see it for yourself. 😉

Missed my review of the first book in the series? Never fear! You can find that right here.

Have you read my books?

For fans of vampires and paranormal romance:

Obsessed with epic fantasy featuring kick-butt heroines?

Love sci-fi thrillers?

Or maybe space fantasy is more of your thing…

And finally, if you’re a fan of Hallmark’s holiday movies, you might enjoy my short and sweet holiday romance.

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas took the world by storm after its debut. You can hardly scroll through Bookstagram for two seconds without stumbling upon a flatlay featuring the YA fantasy novel.

I was really skeptical about this one. I’m always a little suspicious about books that get so much hype. How could it possibly live up to the incredibly high expectations?

But I was so wrong. It was everything I thought it would be and more. I don’t even have the words to explain how much I loved this book.

After reading ACOTAR, I went ahead and bought the full series. It was enchanting, romantic and action-packed… basically, everything a book should be. There were so many twists and turns that I never saw coming. And seemingly insignificant details weaved together so beautifully in the end.

The quality of the storytelling was absolutely brilliant. Sarah J. Maas is officially my new favorite author!

Book Review: Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas

Catwoman by Sarah J. Maas was a fun and lighthearted twist on the familiar DC comics villain.

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This was my first time reading a book from a villain’s perspective, and I suppose the old adage is true that even villains are the heroes of their own stories. It made for an entertaining read, as while Selina Kyle was committing crimes, she had a compelling reason driving her actions.

Selina was an interesting character and the ending weaved so many elements that appeared throughout the book together seamlessly.

Catwoman makes for a light and easy read. If you’re looking for a fun little escape and don’t mind her backstory taking an entirely different direction, then it’s worth checking out.

Now on Pre-Order: Fangs and Fortune (Vampires of Crescent Cape Book 2)

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I am beyond excited to share that Fangs and Fortune, the second book in the Vampires of Crescent Cape series, is now available on pre-order.

This book has been INSANELY fun to write and is filled with some crazy twists I think readers are going to love.

Go ahead and snag your copy now – and if you haven’t already done so, be sure to read Curses and Crowns first! This series is meant to be read in sequential order.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Danielle Parker’s life was a dream. Until it became a living nightmare.

Ripped of her memories of how she was kidnapped from her family, Danielle is whisked away to the mystical Crescent Cape—a kingdom ruled by vampires, where she is to live out her human life as a blood slave.

She’s not going down without a fight.

But her plans are thwarted when she’s selected to compete for the prince’s heart.

The winner will be turned into a vampire and taken as his bride. And the losers’ blood will be fed to the princess-to-be to complete her transition.

As much as she’s disgusted by the idea of the competition, and as dangerous as Prince Aiden is, she can’t deny her attraction to him—or to his troubled brother, Julian.

Will she be able to resist the brothers’ charms? Or will she find herself pulled into the dangerous world of the vampires of Crescent Cape?

A romantic and thrilling new series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Book Review: Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee

I can’t say enough good things about Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee.

It’s a research-based look at the aesthetics of joy, but the information is presented in a casual way that makes you feel like you’re chatting with a best friend. It’s not a heavy read by any means (rightly so, as it’s titled Joyful!) and is filled with fascinating anecdotes.

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Reading this inspired me to make a variety of changes in my own home, including making our laundry room (the way we enter our home 99% of the time) a more welcoming space, with cheerful yellow paint and inviting decor. It is SUCH a nicer way to walk in the door.

I could go on and on, but in short, this book is a must-read for anyone searching for ways to appreciate the little things in life.

The biggest takeaway for me was that, with time, we lose that childlike wonder at things that spark joy for us.

Joyful is all about owning and reclaiming those things which bring us happiness.

New Releases in YA Paranormal Romance

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Click on the book covers to learn more about these new releases in YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

In the year 2133, vampires rule America.

Within the Realms, human life is defined by blood.

But there is a way out: The Testing.

No one knows what happens to those who pass. But rumours of the powerful vampire family who want them spark fear in the chosen few.

When sisters Callie and Montana pass the test, they rebel against their fate and plan to do what no human has ever done.

Escape their Realm.

But the vampires have eyes everywhere and the girls are soon torn apart, sending them spiralling down two dangerous paths.

One to the vampires.

The other to the slayers.

With Callie in the hands of a fierce warrior and Montana trapped in a terrifying ritual run by the royal vampires, can they find their way back to each other before it’s too late?

Or will their fates be decided by the deadly men who shadow them..?

Eternal Reign is an upper YA dystopian paranormal romance with strong female leads and alpha males. If you loved The Selection Series, the Twilight Saga and A Shade of Vampire, you’ll fall for this brand new series!

They fell in love long before they met.
Now the harshness of reality will be their love’s ultimate test.


Ava
The child of a prophecy.

Ava has seen a glorious white wolf in her dreams for two years. They’ve connected so deeply she’s sure he must be real. She just needs to find him…

Hunter
A protector at no matter the cost.

An Alpha from the age of sixteen, Hunter can’t afford to find out if what he’s seen out on the arctic tundra is more than just a lonely fantasy. Wolf numbers are critically low, and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to save them.

They meet as a dangerous virus appears in the wolf population and poaching has become far more coordinated. It seems that some are seeking to hasten the wolves’ extinction as the two desperately race against time to save them.

Battling a deadly disease, their responsibilities, and their own undeniable feelings, Ava and Hunter struggle to find the balance between what is right, what is wrong, and who to trust. 

Ultimately, they are going to have to face the only possible solution – that their love may be the key to it all.

From winner of the 2018 RONE Award for Best Young Adult Novel, discover a breathtaking love that will leave a legacy! Grab your copy now. 

Mysterious strangers. Hidden abilities. Inescapable darkness…
Join our courageous heroines and heroes as they battle demons, governments, and secret organizations in worlds where fae, vampires, angels, witches, humans, and more fight for survival.
Cursed Lands will lead you through one doomed world after another in this haunting dystopian, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance boxed set. Inside, you’ll find 22 exclusive, page-turning tales from today’s bestselling and award-winning authors.
Do you dare venture into Cursed Lands, where magic, danger, and romance lurk between the shadows and the light?
One-click today to indulge in over 100 hours of bewitching young adult and new adult reads in this epic limited time collection.

Emma Hamm
Nina Walker 
Claire Luana 
Dorothy Dreyer 
Elle Scott
A.J. Flowers 
Krista Street
Alison Ingleby 
USA Today Bestselling Author B. Kristin McMichael
Ella Wayne 
Jenna Lee 
Char Webster 
K.A. Parkinson 
J.L. Myers 
S K Gregory 
Lichelle Slater 
Michael J. Allen 
Lee French 
Candace Osmond

Plus, my own book, Curses and Crowns, released in February.

A cut-throat competition.
A romance to die for.

Danielle Parker’s life was a dream. Until it became a living nightmare.

Ripped of her memories of how she was kidnapped from her family, Danielle is whisked away to the mystical Crescent Cape—a kingdom ruled by vampires, where she is to live out her human life as a blood slave.

She’s not going down without a fight.

But her plans are thwarted when she’s selected to compete for the prince’s heart.

The winner will be turned into a vampire and taken as his bride. And the losers’ blood will be fed to the princess-to-be to complete her transition.

As much as she’s disgusted by the idea of the competition, and as dangerous as Prince Aiden is, she can’t deny her attraction to him—or to his troubled brother, Julian.

Will she be able to resist the brothers’ charms? Or will she find herself pulled into the dangerous world of the vampires of Crescent Cape?

A romantic and thrilling new series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.

Book Review: The Vampire War by Michelle Madow

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The Vampire War is the fifth and final book in The Vampire Wish series, and oh my goodness! It did not disappoint.

I flew through the book. Madow expertly crafted competing storylines and weaved them together for the final book so beautifully. I think anyone who read the previous books will find it to be a satisfying conclusion.

What’s more, it’s the perfect lead-in to the next book in the overarching Dark World series, The Angel Trials.

Normally, I wouldn’t be drawn to a book about angels. I’ve never read one and honestly didn’t even know that was a thing in urban fantasy until recently. But since I’m already familiar with the characters from The Vampire Wish series, I’m curious enough to keep reading.

And, let’s face it – this will be the third series of Madow’s that I’ve read. Based on her other work, I know it won’t disappoint.