REVIEW: Illuminate

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illuminateIlluminate (Gilded Wings #1)
by Aimee Agresti

Harcourt Children’s, 2012

When Haven Terra and two of her classmates (one of which is her best friend, Dante) are chosen for a prestigious internship at a beautifully restored hotel in downtown Chicago, she’s hardly sure what to think. Upon arrival, she’s instantly surrounded by the most beautiful, talented people, once of which – Lucian – instantly captures her attention. When he starts to return her interest, at first she can hardly believe her luck. But it soon becomes apparent that there’s more going on at the hotel than meets the eye, and Haven finds herself thrust right in the middle of a battle between good and evil. Along the way she discovers truths about herself, and, with the help of a magical book, must find a way to bring everyone at the hotel down.


I actually suggested this…

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REVIEW: Unraveling

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Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris
Balzer + Bray, 2012

Sixteen-year-old Janelle Tenner is used to having a lot of responsibility. She balances working as a lifeguard in San Diego with an intense academic schedule. Janelle’s mother is bipolar, and her dad is a workaholic FBI agent, which means Janelle also has to look out for her younger brother, Jared.

And that was before she died…and is brought back to life by Ben Michaels, a mysterious, alluring loner from her high school. When she discovers a strange clock that seems to be counting down to the earth’s destruction, Janelle learns she has twenty-four days to figure out how to stop the clock and save the planet.


Unraveling  was advertised as a cross between 24 and The X-Files. I’ve never seen an episode of The X-Files, but did watch the first season of 24, so figured…

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Author interview no.350 with fantasy and horror writer Lea Ryan

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Welcome to the three hundred and fiftieth of my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with fantasy and horror author Lea Ryan. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.

Morgen: Hello, Lea. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.

Lea: Hi, Morgen! My home base is located on the outskirts of the Indianapolis, Indiana area, which is in the US. I started writing my first novel about ten years ago. I didn’t really know what I was doing. I hadn’t written creatively since I was a kid. It was just a creative outlet, I guess.

I spent the following years improving my skills. I read books about writing, author blogs and practiced endlessly…

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Post #38: Masque of the Red Death

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masqueMasque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin
Greenwillow, 2012

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population, and those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery makeup . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club–in the depths of her own despair–Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club, and Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find not just something to live for, but something to fight for–no matter what it costs her.


I was really excited to read this book and was so pleased that HarperTeen allowed me…

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In My Mailbox (3) : The E-Book Edition

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In My Mailbox is a weekly meme from The Story Siren where you can share your new acquisitions. They can come from anywhere: through the mail, via the library, purchased from a store, or downloaded as e-books.

I have been purchasing those free or $.99 e-books from Amazon, so figured now would be a good time to post all of those. Seriously, I don’t know when I’m going to find the time to read all of these, but the “free” price tag is so hard to resist!


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REVIEW: The Wicked and the Just (40)

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wickedandthejustThe Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012

This powerful historical fiction debut, set in medieval Wales, follows Cecily whose family is lured by cheap land and the duty of all Englishman to help keep down the “vicious” Welshmen, and Gwenhwyfar, a Welsh girl who must wait hand and foot on her new English mistress. As issues of prejudice, heritage, and occupation come to a head, both girls have to find a way to survive.


It’s 1293 in North Wales, and Cecily D’Edgeley’s sure her life is over. Her father has just uprooted them and moved them to Caernarvon, Wales, where she’s sure she’ll never meet a proper suitor or certainly be attacked by the barbarian Welshmen. Meanwhile, Gwenhwyfar is struggling just to survive, and has found work as a maid in the house she should be the lady of, had the…

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Guest post: The End of the Beginning by Alicia Rasley

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Tonight’s guest blog post, on the topic of ending story openings, 🙂 is brought to you by contemporary women’s fiction and Regency romance novelist, blogger and writing guide book author Alicia Rasley.

The End of the Beginning

I’d like to blog about openings to stories—that is, how to effectively start your story.  It’s a subject big enough, I could write a book about it, and probably will! (Here are some posts on my own blog that discuss openings.) So to keep this relatively short, I want to focus on the all-important last paragraph.

The beginning of a story has a lot to do, and it might be most helpful to write your opening, write the rest of your story, then come back and revise the opening so it is more effective in setting up the plot questions and themes. I was helping a friend with a story just…

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Star Bright giveaways…



Hi guys!

i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Bernadette Marie (@writesromance) for the interview and the support (this is the link to the interview And I’d also like to show my appreciation to Connie Kline (@Editor_Connie) for being the best editor and for believing in Star Bright.

I have 3 books left on offer on Goodreads (, so if you are a member message me and get an e-book copy of the Romance suspense Star Bright for FREE!!

On the 3rd of May I will be interviewed on Mirriam Smyths’s bolg and there ill be a few more freebees!

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Make sure to also read Melynda Price’s interview, she has some freebess for you! (