Friday, October 29, 2021

Interview with Ali Lucia Sky, THE DREAM KEEPERS

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

Hello! Thanks for being interested in The Dream Keepers. TDK is part of The Powers that Be series. It’s a New Adult Paranormal Romance with a lot of sexiness. The story in this book follows three main characters who find themselves discovering a whole World they never knew existed. Gabriel and Thea are siblings going through a rough spot, and Michaela is their foul mouthed, next door neighbor who just can’t go two minutes without sniping with Gabe.


Do you have a favorite character?

In this book, I love Michaela. She’s easy to write and a lot of fun. But much to my editor’s despair, I also love Gwen who is despicable and the worst best friend that ever existed.


Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?

This did happen. I would ruin the book series going into much detail, but Lexa is introduced in The Dream Keepers and she became such an awesome person in my mind, that she becomes a major one in book two, Wishcraft.


What is your writing process? Do you listen to music or do you like silence?

My favorite place to write is anywhere that isn’t home. I tend to go to the club house where my husband plays golf a few hours a week and it’s the easiest place to write. They do play music and I can dance in my seat while I write. But if I’m home, I tend to write in silence.


Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

I tend to be a pantser. The Dream Keepers was completely unplanned when I originally wrote it. It’s been through infinite versions to come to what I’ve published. The second book I did do an outline for, though.


What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?

I do have a facebook group for the book that my PA admins. I use my personal FB, IG and blog. Bri, my PA, does a lot of work promoting the book so I have more time to write. She’s a peach.


Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?

This is something I think all Indie authors struggle with. I’m lucky to have Bri who can handle a lot of the business end for me, so that I can focus on being creative. I think the one thing you can never have too many of is connections. So your best marketing is networking.


What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?

Stay positive. It’s really hard and a lot of work. It can be crushing to work on something and then see people trash your book. I don’t think readers realize how much work goes into writing something and the vulnerability that is involved with showing that baby to the world or they wouldn’t be so blatantly mean. So if you are a new author, just try to keep going no matter what you encounter and take the criticisms with a grain of salt. You can always get better, but you can’t please everyone.


Besides writing, do you have any other passions?

I love reading and traveling. Does coffee count as a passion? I love reading and traveling while drinking really great coffee!


Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?

Dogs or cats? Both.

Chocolate or vanilla? Depends on the day.

Coffee or tea? COFFEE.

Talk or text? Oh good god, if you want me to actually talk to you, text.

Day or night? Early morning.


What’s next for you?

I’m working on Wishcraft right now. After that, it’s a break during the holidays and then moving on to the last book in this series, with lots of travel between projects.



The Dream Keepers
Ali Lucia Sky
Publication date: October 11th 2021
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance

This World is just one of thousands of Worlds the Makers have created. The Universe and Makers are playing with those who live on it.

No one who had met Michaela Beauchamp could come away from it unscathed. She was a shrew–argumentative, crass, and the focus of all my wet dreams. I loved to hate her. We were at war and I was determined to win. I didn’t want her to just go away, I wanted to watch her fine ass as she went in that direction.

Whoever thought Gabriel Langdon was more than a pretty face never met the douchecanoe.
He had very few redeeming qualities. He was dumb, frustrating, and constantly featuring in all my sexiest dreams. I wasn’t difficult to please. I was reasonable. All I asked was that the Universe bless me with the absence of this jackhole!

What is one to do when you summon a hitchhiker and they take up residence inside your head? No fifteen-year-old girl has a good answer. With my brother and neighbor circling one another in a strange mating dance, I barely know how to ask for help.

I mean really, all I did was a little spell to Invoke Helpful Spirits and Positive Energy Beings.

Note: THE DREAM KEEPERS is a mature Young Adult/New Adult book and for readers over the age of 18 due to sexual content and profanity. This is part one of a trilogy and ends on a CLIFFHANGER.
This book is rated M for Mischief.

October 2021 – The Dream Keepers
February 2022 – Wishcraft
October 2022 – TBA

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Ali Lucia Sky is the author of The Powers That Be series. She lives in Southern California with her husband and a house full of kitty cats and a yard full of crows. When she isn’t writing, drinking coffee, or dreaming of new stories, she can be found planning her next vacation because traveling is LIFE.

The first book in The Powers That Be series, The Dream Keepers, will be released 11 October 2021.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

#Excerpt: DECEPTION IN THE TRUTH by A.B. Medley

Deception in the Truth
A.B. Medley
Publication date: October 26th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

Sometimes you think you know the truth.

Sometimes, it knows you better.

Ivie Davis’s seemingly perfect life is not quite so perfect thanks to a stalker who is determined to hurt her in every way possible.

The guy she falls for is forbidden.

Malicious intent is around every corner she turns.

She runs…for a while.

When she returns home to piece together the puzzle of her past, she finds herself working painfully close to the one man she knows she can’t have.

Her heart has other plans.

Sterling Brigg is a rancher by blood, detective by choice.

He is driven by a need to find the truth.

He fell in love with Ivie, even though he knew better.

Years later, he still searches for the answers to her past.

Now that she’s back in his life, he has no intention of letting her go again.

Together, they vow to find the truth, and in doing so, they will have to decide if the truth will bring them together or be the barrier that keeps them apart forever.

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I cross my arms over my chest, and my stomach flips. Is she going to fess up about lunch with Dean today? Do I want to hear this? I haven’t heard from Dean since last night. He made his intentions clear, but I didn’t.

“Okay, what do you want to talk about?” I ask around the dread settling in my gut.

She takes a deep breath. “I had lunch with Dean today. It was…weird.” And there it is.

“You did?” I ask, as if I didn’t already know. “Why’d you do that?”

Her brows slam together. “We were close a long time ago. I haven’t seen him in years. You already know that. It was just us…catching up.”

I feel anger coursing through my veins. “So you say.” I can feel the muscles working in my jaw.

“Sterling, why would I lie to you? You know my secrets.” She closes the distance to where I’m leaning on the counter. She reaches out to put her hand on my face, but I turn away.

She pulls back like I burned her. “Don’t do that, Sterling.” I didn’t mean to react that way. I’m just so angry and jealous, even a little scared. I don’t want her near Dean. I want her with me. I want him to know that she’s mine.

“Do what, Ivie? I don’t know how I’m supposed to react to you spending time with your ex-boyfriend. If there’s a certain way I need to act about this, please tell me.”

She bites her bottom lip like she does when she gets nervous. “He asked me if I was seeing anyone. I didn’t know how to answer him. What are we doing? Are we a thing? Was the other night a fling?”

I blow out a frustrated breath. “What did you tell him?” She looks at me, wide-eyed. “Nothing. I told him things were complicated. Because that’s how they feel right now. That’s all I said. I didn’t want to assume this was something it might not be without talking to you.”

I lift my cap and run my hand through my hair. “Ivie, what do you want from me? He’s been my best friend for years. None of us are kids in high school anymore, and I thought you knew how I felt. But if it’s complicated, I don’t know what to tell you.”

She backs up. “What are you saying, Sterling?”

“I’m saying I think you know how I feel about you, and if you don’t, you should. I’m saying I can’t tell you how to feel or what to do. You’re the only one who knows what you want and how you feel. But I can tell you this.” I walk right up to her and grab her hand and put it flat on my chest over my heart. “This, my heart, belongs to you. And only you. It has for a long time now.”

She lets a tear fall down her cheek as her fingers splay on my chest, feeling my heartbeat underneath. “And Ivie, I didn’t fight for you before. I stood on the sidelines and let you go. I can’t do that again. I won’t. My heart can’t take it. Having you back here made me realize that. So, whatever you’re going to do or decide, don’t wait too long. I can’t handle not knowing where we stand.” I brush a kiss over her lips and wipe away her silent tears. “I’m getting in the shower. You can stay, or if you need to leave, I understand.” I walk away and leave her in my kitchen speechless.

Author Bio:

A.B. Medley lives in Tennessee with the love of her life and two sons. Her husband stole her heart when she was sixteen and their relationship is one of those meant to be love stories you find in magazines and novels.

She is a dental hygienist who loves to read and has always dabbled in writing. When she's not making people's smiles shine, she enjoys belting out songs with her boys, dancing, raspberries, baseball, and anything vintage. Like any proper Tennessean, Sundrop is her drink of choice.

She loves her family and friends fiercely and believes in always chasing your dreams.

Deception in the Truth is her debut novel—but now she's hooked, and there's more to come!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

#Review: RULES FOR HEIRESSES by Amalie Howard

   4 of 5 stars

Instead of being forced to marry a vile man, Lady Ravenna Huntley, disguises herself as a man and flees on one of her brother's ships headed to Antigua. She loves the freedom of posing as a man and everything was going well until she was accused of cheating at cards by none other than Lord Courtland Chase, the gaming hells's owner. In the scuffle to get away, Ravenna and Courtland end up on the floor with Chase on top of her. To make matters worse, the scuffle is witnessed by many and when her identity if revealed, Ravenna's reputation is ruined. Unfortunately, one of the people witnessing their scuffle is a solicitor from London who informs Courtland he is now the Duke of Ashvale. Courtland is shocked that he's been found because he'd been forced to flee from his childhood home by his stepmother when his father died. Now he must return to London to claim the title and do the right thing to save Ravenna's reputation by marrying her.

This was not the usual regency romance all happening in the glittering ballrooms of London and I enjoyed the different locales. Neither Courtland or Ravenna are happy to be married, but agree to play the loving newlyweds to give Courtland time to claim the title. Unfortunately, neither his half-brother nor stepmother are pleased to see him fearing him inferior because of his mixed heritage. They will do anything to discredit him. The story moves along at a good pace full of twists and turns that constantly throws obstacles in the path of Ravenna and Courtland's happiness. It was fun watching Ravenna and Courtland fall in love. The ending was wrapped up nicely with family relationships finally settled.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.

#Review: DELIGHTING THE DUKE by Alexa Aston


  4 of 5 stars

Aaron Hartfield was never supposed to inherit the dukedom. His father had banished him after the death of a younger brother, a death his older brother caused but would not own up to. After school Hart went off to war along with his fellow "Terror brothers" and only returned when he was notified of his father and brother's deaths. When he meets Lady Olivia Knight, he's immediately smitten, but Olivia has endured her own family troubles with a father who ignored her for her entire life. Can these two tortured souls find love?

This was another enjoyable story in this series. I loved both Hart and Olivia. I'm glad to see Olivia stand up for herself throughout the story although her father continues to berate her. I loved how all the wives of the other Terrors took Olivia under their wings and allowed her to really blossom. I can't wait to read the last Terror story. What exactly is Finch's story?

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own. 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

#Paranormal Release: DRUID DREAMS by M.F. Adele

Druid Dreams
M.F. Adele
(The Chronicles of Sloane King, #1)
Publication date: April 27th 2020
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, Romance

I am not a good person.

I don’t cheat or steal, but I do lie a little bit… and participate in the occasional murder… spree.

Life as I know it gets turned upside down when I’m asked to step in and halt the progress of a black market drug tainted with magic. That one little business adventure opens up a whole f*****g Pandora’s Box and brings my ebony tower crashing down around me.

As if life wasn’t complicated enough, I also now have mates. Emphasis on the ssss part. I want to be mad about it, really I do… but they’re so hot, and the temptation to make them all mine is fueling my desire.

With a final mate that I’m not happy about and a stalker on my heels… maybe having several someones at my back isn’t such a bad thing.

Don’t get me twisted though… I’m Sloane f*****g King, and I’m no damsel in distress.

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M.F. Adele resides in the outskirts of the Rocket City in Alabama. She lives in her overactive imagination, often fueled by caffeine and no sleep. When she isn’t writing, M.F. is outdoors with her family, obsessing over spicy margaritas and cigars, or reading books by her favorite authors.

If you’re looking for M.F. Adele, you can find her on social media in her group:

M.F. Adele's Hellacious Hybrids.

M.F. loves to interact with her readers, hear character theories, and share embarrassing stories.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

#Review: INTOLERABLE by Darcy Burke


4 of 5 stars

Ruark Hannigan, Earl of Wexford, vowed to his dying father that he would not wed until he was 30. By that age, he should know his heart, but he can't stop thinking about Cassandra Wexford and their steamy kisses in a cupboard at her brother's Phoenix Club. He thought he was in love before, but did it ever feel like this? Cassandra, the daughter of a duke, is being pressured by her father to marry this Season, but the only man she feels an attraction for is the Earl of Wexford--a man her father has forbidden to court her. Can these two keep away from each other or is their attraction too strong to defy even a ducal order?

I really liked Cassandra--she was fiesty, saucy and knew her own mind. She tries hard to be the proper young lady, but it's so hard when Ruark is around. She can't get the Irishman's passionate kisses out of her mind. Ruark tried to be so honorable and stay away from Cassandra, but it was only when another gentleman was ready to propose did he realize that his love for Cassandra was real and forever. Ms. Burke does a good job of moving the plot forward at a good pace. It took a while for these two to find their HEA. Warning--there are some graphic sex scenes in the story. I can't wait to read Prudence's story next.

I voluntarily read the advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.


Tuesday, October 19, 2021

#Review: A DUKE BY SCOT by Amy Jarecki


  4 of 5 stars

Martin MacGalloway, Duke of Dunscaby, is finding carrying the responsibilities of being duke much more than he anticipated. When he hires a new steward, Jules Smallwood, he's pleased that the quiet and slight man is excellent at his job. Martin takes Jules under his wings and tries to toughen him up a bit with hunting and boxing lessons, but what Martin doesn't know is that Jules is actually Lady Julia St. Vincent. Julia's father has racked up significant debts and the only way she can pay them off is to pose as a man. What she doesn't anticipate, however, is falling for the big Scottish duke. What will happen when Martin finds out about her deception?

I really enjoyed the premise of this book and many of Martin's antics as he tries to toughen up Jules were very funny. Ms. Jarecki does a good job of teasing out all the details of Julia's father's overwhelming debt to a gaming hell owner and what that man demands of Julia as repayment. Some of the book dragged a bit, but picked up again toward the end. I was happy to see these two finally got their HEA. I'm looking forward to reading Charity's story next.

I voluntarily read an advanced reader copy and all opinions are my own.

Monday, October 18, 2021

#Excerpt: FROZEN AGENDA by Maureen A. Miller

Frozen Agenda
Maureen A. Miller
(High-Risk Agenda, #3)
Publication date: September 30th 2021
Genres: Adult, Romance, Suspense

A mysterious coin leads two strangers on a daring journey to an uncharted island.

I am being followed…

That was the cryptic note that accompanied the ancient coin Zachary Selmon examined in his campus office. An archeology professor by day and a numismatist, or collector of coins by night, Zach was puzzled by this piece of silver and concerned about the old friend who sent it.

Art grad student, Gretchen Rice, was too engrossed in studies to worry about the snowstorm that shut down Summerlin University. But when an armed man appears in the library, demanding to know, “Where is the coin?” she did what she had to…screamed and ran.

Zach and Gretchen collide in the hallway, an encounter that pits them together in a race to determine the origin of the coin. They are being followed. They are being hunted. They are falling in love. And their only recourse is to rely on each other and embark on a daring journey to an arctic island that is not supposed to exist.

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A scream reverberated in the hallway.

Zach dropped the coin and vaulted towards the door. Swinging his head in each direction, he found both ends of the corridor locked in shadows.


It had sounded like the shriek of a female—not the wind.

Zach stepped out into the hall, listening. This wing was an isolated offshoot of the main artery running through the Department of Art and Archeology. Only because everyone was gone could he hear the distant squeak of shoe against linoleum. That scuffing sound picked up its pace and burgeoned into a full-out sprint as a figure blasted out of the shadows at the far end of the corridor.

“Help!” a female voice cried out.

Long raincoat lapels wafted at her sides like dragon wings as she raced towards him. Zach tried to look past her for who or what might be in pursuit, but the hall was empty.

Lurching to a halt, the woman stooped over, her hands on her knees as she angled her head to look behind her.

“Is there somewhere we can hide?” she whispered.

Anywhere in the university. It’s empty.

Her back rose and fell under rapid breaths. A pointed chin angled as she gazed up at him from beneath unruly brown waves. In that brief second, he tried to assess whether she was a student or teacher. He would have recognized faculty, so that left student, but she looked older. Grad student, most likely.

“Hurry,” she urged.

Zach snapped out of his stupor and extended his arm towards the open door of his office. The woman wasted no time and darted inside.

One last glance down the corridor revealed no demons. No sound of pursuit.

Shaking his head, Zach followed her into his office.

“What happened?”

The waif of a woman stood in the corner trying to minimize her presence. Shrewd brown eyes snapped from the door—to the window—to his face, and then landed on his desk. Those eyes widened as she shrank back even further.

“The coin—” she gasped.

Zach frowned, snatching the coin and lodging it into the pocket of his blazer, out of the view of her horrified gaze.

“What about it?”

“The—the man who attacked me—” she eyed his door and added in a tight voice, “he asked—where is the coin?

“Attacked?” Zach jolted.

“Yes!” The woman’s hands quivered until her fingers delved deep into her coat pocket, extracting her phone. “He had a gun. I have to call the Police.”

“A gun?”

Just as he uttered the words, the sound of breaking glass shattered his poise. The woman winced in the corner and eyed up the gap under his desk. Another pane of glass shattered, this one closer than the previous.

“He’s breaking in the windows of all the office doors,” she whispered, dropping down onto her knees and crawling towards the desk. “That’s how he found me. He said he was looking for a coin.”

Zach stared at the pane of glass on his door. The light was out on this end of the hallway. Darkness loomed outside that small frame.


That was room 213. He recognized the proximity from the thousand times students slammed that door on their way out.

His was room 217.

Zach thumped his palm on the desktop lamp, switching it off. A hand reached up from the shadows, startling him as the woman tugged him under the desk.

This was absurd. He reached for his phone but hesitated, afraid the glow would carry into the hall.



Harrowing images from the news darkened his mind. School shooter.

Beside him, the woman bent her legs, tucking her knees up under her chin. Folding his tall frame as tight as he could, he reached out and wheeled the desk chair up against them.


Tiny shards of glass spattered across the floor near his boots.

The woman next to him quaked as Zach reached for her.

To keep her still?

To protect her?

To touch another human in these last moments of life?

The doorknob rattled. Another trickle of broken glass and then he heard the snap of the bolt.

Author Bio:

USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.

Maureen's first novel, WIDOW'S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.

Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense...just on another planet!

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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Interview with Claire Fraise, THEY STAY

Can you give us a brief overview of your latest book? Is it part of a series?

They Stay is a YA thriller with supernatural elements and the first book in a new series. When 16-year-old Shiloh’s little brother goes missing, she sets out against all odds to find him. But when she is approached by the weird girl in school, Francesca, who claims that a ghost told her where Shiloh’s brother is and that he’s going to be murdered, Shiloh doesn’t know what to believe. They Stay is the story of Shiloh and Francesca, and how they have to work together to try and find Shiloh’s younger brother before it’s too late. They Stay’s release date is October 12, 2021, and the next book in the series will be released on April 12, 2021.


Have you ever had a minor character evolve into a major one? Did that change the direction of the novel at all?

I totally did. In my first draft of They Stay, Francesca was an incredibly minor character. She was a girl who could see ghosts and stayed on the sidelines of the main character’s adventure to find this missing boy, but when I sat down to try and figure out how to turn They Stay into a series, I saw potential in Francesca and her ability to see ghosts. So she became a lot more important and is now one of the two main characters of the book.


What factors influenced your decision to self-publish your book(s)?

While I considered pursuing traditional publishing for They Stay, I decided against it for two main reasons—artistic control and timing. When you self-publish, you operate as your own publishing house. You have to find editors, cover designers, and formatters for your book, as well as decide how to distribute and market your book on your own. Nobody does it for you or pays for it. Doing this is hard, but I wanted to have that top-level amount of artistic control over my work. Many authors who traditionally publish also have to do a lot of self-promotion, so I wanted to just do it all and be able to start building a readership on my own. Also, it was important to me that I could control when the book went up for sale, as well as things like pricing. I’m a relatively fast writer, so I wanted the ability to create a publishing schedule that fit my writing speed and my reader’s preferences. Why make them wait a year for the sequel when it will be ready in 6 months?


Do you outline your story or just go where your muse takes you?

I’m a hardcore outliner. Before I start writing, I spend around two weeks only focusing on my outline. I brainstorm, work through plot holes, and do all that character work in advance so, when I start writing, I already know all my plot twists in advance. By the end of the first draft, I usually deviate from that outline, but just having it there helps me get through the book as fast as possible.


Besides Amazon, are there any other sites where your books are for sale?

Yes! They Stay is published wide, so it is available on most online book retailers. Find it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, and more. Buy They Stay on Amazon:, on Barnes and Noble here (, and on most eBook retailers here (


What kinds of marketing [twitter, facebook, blog, forums] are you involved with for promoting your book(s)?

I run a YouTube channel called Write with Claire Fraise where I am active in connecting with other writers. I watch a lot of writing videos on YouTube, but I used to always be frustrated that some of the big channels gave a lot of vague writing advice—telling me what to do, not necessarily how to do it. So I set out to start a channel dedicated to providing specific and actionable writing advice. If you’re interested in checking out the channel, visit


What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?

Work hard and don’t give up. Starting out as a self-publisher, it takes A LOT of work to connect with readers who like the sort of book you’re writing, so put in the work and try not to get discouraged when things don’t happen right away.


Besides writing, do you have any other passions?

I’m a really big animal person. In middle school, I ran a 501(c)(3) dog rescue and have stayed active in rescue ever since. I volunteer for the local dog shelter near where I live and am working towards getting my dog trainer certification so that I could work with foster dogs before they go to their forever homes. Oh, and I also love crocheting! I make amigurumi animals for my loved ones which I enjoy doing. 


Some fun facts about you, which do you prefer – dogs or cats? Chocolate or vanilla? Coffee or Tea? Talk or Text? Day or Night?

Dogs, vanilla, coffee, talk (always!), and day. I’ve become more of a morning person as I’ve gotten older.


What’s next for you?

I’m hard at work on the next book in the They Stay Series, getting it ready for publication in April 2022. If you enjoy book one, keep an eye out for the sequel coming your way soon!



Author bio:

Claire Fraise earned her B.A. in English from Tufts University. She is also the author of YA dystopian novel Imperfect (winner of the San Francisco and Beverly Hills Book Festivals), which she published when she was 16. When Claire’s not writing, she likes crocheting amigurumi animals, reading, and hanging out with her dogs. Even though it goes against every introverted bone in her body, she is on social media. Connect with her on Instagram at @clairefraiseauthor, on YouTube at Write with Claire Fraise, or visit her website at


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Wednesday, October 6, 2021

#Excerpt: FIREBORN by Jessa Graythorne

Jessa Graythorne
(Halley Ashwood, #1)
Publication date: October 5th 2021
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

Halley Ashwood is well on her way to achieving her dream of being a doctor. Focused and independent with a mother she never knew and a father who never loved her, the only constant Halley has ever had in her life is her brother, Flynn. Whilst Halley is logical and grounded, and Flynn a reckless conspiracy theorist, they have always been able to trust each other above anyone else.

Halley and Flynn don’t believe in making promises. So when Flynn leaves Halley a message the day before her scheduled trip to visit him in Amsterdam, asking her to promise him she won’t come, she knows something is wrong. Halley arrives in Amsterdam to find her brother is missing, leaving only those ominous words in his wake. Halley sets out to find out what happened to him and makes a terrifying discovery. Turns out Flynn’s conspiracy theories maybe weren’t so farfetched after all: demons are real, they’re stalking the streets of Amsterdam, and they may hold the answer as to what happened to Flynn.

Determined to find out the truth about her brother’s fate, Halley begins a dark journey that will force her to question everything she thinks she knows about the nature of the world, the forces within it, and even herself.

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Flynn wasn’t here.

The front door was unlocked.

The door to his very expensive, newly renovated, Amsterdam canal house.

“Shit.” My hands slapped down at my sides. “Shit.”

Abandoning my luggage, I climbed the stairs to the first floor. A galley kitchen took up the entire space, a black and chrome affair littered with dirty dishes. My heels echoed dully on the hardwood floor as I crossed to the refrigerator and pulled it open—reasonably full, milk still within date, multiple bottles of juice, all half consumed.

“Okay,” I said to myself, “he still lives here.” He had been here sometime in the past few days. Just not the past day. Which coincided pretty perfectly with the time he had gone AWOL on me. As the refrigerator fell shut, a sheet of paper slipped out from under an I Heart L.A. magnet and fluttered to the floor.

I bent to pick it up and did a double take. It was a work roster for the month of May. And Flynn was rostered on tonight.

He was at work! Of course, he’d gotten caught up at work and hadn’t been able to get away to pick me up. Maybe he’d even mixed up the days with the time difference. How had I not thought of it before? He’d told me over and over how he was working at a bar in town—for God’s sake, he’d been practically high on the smugness of working on the fringe of Amsterdam’s Red Light District and hadn’t understood why I’d not shared his enthusiasm for hookers.

I jammed the roster back under the magnet. There was nothing else to it: Halley Ashwood was about to be set loose in Amsterdam.

Author Bio:

Jessa Graythorne is an Australian author from the south coast of New South Wales. She lives near the beach with her partner and two cats, Henry and Ophelia—who, despite their names, are disappointingly disinterested in Shakespeare.

Jessa holds a Bachelor of Engineering and works in a steel mill. She adores the sea but not the sand, prefers sunrises to sunsets, and would decorate the world with fairy lights given half a chance. After writing, her second great love is travel, and she is eternally thankful that she has been able to spend the past year living vicariously through books.

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