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BloodCrescentbookone-stevie mccoy.jpgBlood Crescent
by S.M. McCoy
Genre: YA Fantasy Paranormal
Release Date: September 21st 2018

Summary:

While investigating her mother’s disappearance Crystal’s bloodline leads a supernatural council to hunt her down for her latent magic. Love, lies, and long buried secrets change her life forever.

Sixteen-year-old Crystal Dylan has been marked by the waning crescent due to her latent diviner heritage. The magic from her is a beacon to any nearby supernatural beings, especially energy serpents, vampires sent by the Divine Council to capture her. She never believed in the strange, the superstitious, or magical until she started looking for her long-thought-dead mother. Too many attacks on her aura have left her drained, dying, and vulnerable leaving Victor no choice but to try anything to help her, even the serpent’s kiss.

The Divine Council was looking for the lost heir, and Damien, a drawn class serpent, was their retrieval system with an agenda of his own. Crystal’s memories are being manipulated, and she struggles to find the truth about who she loves, what happened to her mother, who she is, and how to stay alive long enough to figure it all out.

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The Ultimate Paranormal Vibe Playlist

I’m probably the weirdest person to ask for a playlist, since the songs that get me in the mood are all over the place, from techno, rock, K-pop, punk, alternative, to R&B. Not sure they all flow together like a DJ would give you, but they flow in terms of story feelings. Also, a big fan of the Queen of the Damned sound track, a few of those songs are added below, but warning on language content if you don’t get the “clean” version.

Start it off with some Skrillex “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites” to get your head in the game, get you pumped and feeling like a badass.

“Not Meant for Me” by Wayne Static. Sometimes you’re trapped in a world, lonely and waiting. Feeling the struggle. (Language warning, get clean version for young audiences)

“Hero” by MONSTA X.  When you meet the handsome hunk and they want to be the one to save you.

“Slow Down Love” by Louis The Child. Sometimes it’s too bright out there and you want to slow it down.

“Ain’t My Fault” by Zara Larsson. When you give in to let him whisk you away, but it’s totally his fault, not yours that you give into the feelings.

“System” by Chester Bennington. Feeling the sickness inside. (Language warning, get clean version for young audiences)

“Limitless” by Adventure Club. That moment when you feel your power even in the face of utter defeat.

“Medieval Warfare” by Grimes. Regrouping and letting yourself get slowly pumped again.

“Slept So Long” by Jay Gordon. When you get angry that the world messed up your life, but using that hate to get dark and full of fight. (Language warning, get clean version for young audiences)

“Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez. Trying not to think about the love interest, but you’re lying to yourself.

“Gangsta” by Kehlani. You’ll both take on the world together, even if it seems insane.

 

I’d say those are some good starter points to feeling the angst and love of paranormal romances. But as I said before I have an odd mix of song tastes.

 

s.m. mccoy.jpgAbout the Author
Stevie Marie is the author of young adult paranormal fantasy and the Divine Series. Born within the apex of another universe, where magic flows like leaky faucets, and forged from the fires of the Underrealm she dug her way to Earth and reluctantly participates in human society, secretly returning to her home world to relay the stories of her monsters, and the troubled love of her people. When she isn’t writing she’s crafting clothing in her sewing room, cuddling her significant-other creature, or pretending to adult by managing a portfolio of properties for an accounting business in the rainy city of Seattle, Washington.

 

 

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Premonition
by Leigh Walker
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Romance
Release Date: July 19th 2017

Summary from Goodreads:

For fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent…this exciting new science-fiction romance series, filled with twists and turns, will take you for a wild ride! 

When Riley heads off to boarding school for a summer work-study program, she knows it’ll be demanding. What she doesn’t expect? To be thrust into an intense physical training program described as special, exclusive and worst of all–top-secret. She signed up for tuition assistance, not to be held in a secret government facility for boot camp…

Welcome to The Division, the government agency that’s so classified, most United States senators have never heard of it. 

The Division wants Riley bad, but she can’t figure out why. Skeptical of what she’s being told, Riley’s determined to uncover the truth. Boot camp is intense, physically and mentally draining. The upside? One of her new teammates is the cutest boy ever. Watching Finn hit the gym wearing a tank top doesn’t suck–although sometimes his brooding attitude does. But when training forces Riley to confront her tragic past, even Finn’s big biceps aren’t enough to make her want to stay…

Beware: The Division isn’t something you just walk away from. You better run. 

Riley realizes her capabilities and strengths are greater than she’d ever imagined. But she also learns she wasn’t just chosen for this special program…

She was made for it.

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“THE DIVISION” PLAYLIST

The Other Side – Bruno Mars

Elastic Heart – Cia

Leave Out All the Rest – Linkin Park

Look What You Made Me Do – Taylor Swift

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever – ZAYN and Taylor Swift

Starlight – Muse

We Found Love – Rihanna

Princess of China – Coldplay and Rihanna

Attention – Charlie Puth

Dusk Till Dawn – ZAYN and Cia

About the Author

Leigh Walker lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She has a degree in Journalism and a law degree.

She’s never been to the Naval Shipyard prison in Kittery, ME, but she’s driven by it…and boy, is it creepy!

Leigh has lots of books planned for The Division Series. She loves to hear from readers, so feel free to email her at leigh@leighwalkerbooks.com.

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santa muerte.jpgSanta Muerte
by Lucina Stone
Genre: NA Folklore/Sci-fi
Release Date: January 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:

Lucina Stone blends Mexican folklore with modern technology and time travel in this seductive new series where the lines between right and wrong, protagonist and antagonist, truth and fiction, love and lust, and life and death have never been more blurred.

THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms.

And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough.

But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f— are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started….

Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….

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lucina-stone-1.jpgAbout the Author

Stone, a Latina young adult book author from Morris County, New Jersey was the 2016 winner of two awards of the prestigious International Latino Book Awards for Best Sci/Fi novel and Best New Author. Santa Muerte- The Daniela Story (Story Merchant Books Press, 2016 release) tackles diversity in science fiction and fantasy by using folklore and culture.

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A veil of shadows ebook.jpgA Veil of Shadows (The Shadow Gate Chronicles #2)
by Michael W. Garza
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release Date: September 22nd 2017
NeverHaven Press

Summary:

A desperate search leads to a new world.

Naomi and Gavin are on the run. Having narrowly escaped Azzmon’s clutches, they find themselves hunted by Malick, another Shade Lord. He has amassed an army of foul creatures, and the city-state of Tarravale stands on the brink of chaos. Naomi’s ability to open Shadow Gates makes her an alluring target, and the Shade Lord will stop at nothing to possess her. The children must find a way to escape before their new world is buried in an unwinnable war.

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Naomi was desperate to get away. She looked for any opening in the crowd but found a growing sea of figures filling in the shadows of the night. Another surge pressed up against her back, and she stumbled forward as someone pushed her from behind. Naomi fought to get back into the crowd, but something grabbed her hand. She was yanked out into the line of dancing fiends, lunging around the fire before she remembered her armor. The drunken, foul thing she’d stripped at the edge of the foothills had been one of the goblins, and it was apparent they expected her to join in on the dance.
The beat came from a row of goblins seated in a line close to the fire. The creatures slammed their fists on crude instruments in a semi-coordinated arrangement. Naomi was pulled into a loose circle, prancing around the musicians. Terror instantly set in and she froze. It took two well-placed jabs in her side to get her moving again.
It all started with a hop. Naomi focused on the creature in front of her and did her best to ignore the hooting and hollering of the surrounding spectators. She caught on to the steps as her growing panic mixed with a strange determination to get it right. It took a few moments for her to grasp the basic moves, and then she added in a few of her own to make it her thing. She tried to forget that she was boogying in the very center of an enemy camp. Her mental block had little effect on keeping out the roar of the crowd, but it allowed her to remain focused on what she was doing.
Her unfitted armor came with its own share of issues. The chest plate was too big for a teenage girl while managing to be too short at the same time. Naomi was forced to hold onto her helmet with both hands to keep it from slipping off as she danced. The pace of the drums picked up, encouraging the performers to do the same. The train of goblins moved at an alarming speed, and before long Naomi had to hop, skip, and jump to keep up. The entire ordeal culminated in a group howl that scared her half to death.
A sudden bellow of applause from the crowd mixed with shouts and whistles. One of the onlookers seized Naomi by the shoulders and shook her furiously. She thought he might strike her before he finally lifted his head back and laughed as loud as a foghorn. The man let her go, and she stumbled backwards. The goblins broke from the line, and Naomi found herself alone by the fire. Her predicament quickly shifted from bad to worse. The surrounding sea of goblins unlatched their armor, and it wasn’t long before Naomi was the only figure wearing a helmet.
The attention started with a few glances, first from the goblins and then the men and serpent-kind as they headed back to their own gatherings. Naomi walked away, keeping a straight line for the open divide between the goblin circle and an adjacent gathering of men. She heard the patter of boots following after her. They called out in the goblin’s foul language, but she didn’t dare turn around. The calls echoed from one gathering to the next, and the commotion was enough to draw several curious eyes.
The first real sign of trouble came from a hard pinch on her arm. A hand took a firm hold of her cloak and wouldn’t let go. Naomi strained to pull away but couldn’t. She saw figures moving toward her from the corners of the gathering. The goblins appeared to know something was up, and her chances of escape shrank by the moment. She finally gave in and spun around, coming face to face with a goblin’s bulbous head, its eyes glowing bright yellow in the firelight. Another powerful pull flung her around in the opposite direction, and she was sure the ruse was up.

 

The Last Shadow Gate ebook.jpgBook One: 

The Last Shadow Gate (The Last Shadow Gate Chronicles #1)

Release Date: March 3rd 2017
Summary:

Summer vacation was never supposed to be like this.

It was bad enough Naomi had to be shipped off to her dad’s home for the summer and deal with her half-brother Gavin, but when the siblings are forced to spend their break with their great-grandmother in upstate New York, everything changes. An investigation into the strange disappearance of their great-grandfather forces them to retrace his footsteps. They discover a gateway between worlds and encounter extraordinary creatures in a land where the people are desperate to escape the coming of a shade lord. To survive their adventure, Naomi and Gavin must settle their differences and find the elusive shadow gate that will take them home again.

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THE SHADOW GATE CHRONICLES:

Book 1: The Last Shadow Gate

Book 2: A Veil of Shadows (Coming 2017)

Book 3: The Shadow of War (Coming 2018)

mwgarza.jpgAbout the Author

Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it’s always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.

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Black Blade
by Alexander Charalambides
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: June 11th 2017

Summary:

Lance is a hero.

With his friend Megan, he does his best to survive high school in a world that doesn’t always make sense, and is almost never fair.

When their school receives a donation from an anonymous millionaire, Lance and Megan find themselves on an international field trip to England, where the two receive an irresistible call to a supernatural adventure that could change their destinies, and the destiny of the country, forever.

Together with three mysterious adults who all claim to be wizards, Lance must safe-guard the legendary Excalibur. Traveling into a strange parallel world and keeping his friends, new and old, safe from harm at the hands of a malevolent army of magical soldiers, Lance discovers the truth about heroism and the content of his character.

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Guest Post – The Art of Sword Fighting

I’m going to be honest, because the topic of this post is supposed to be “the art of sword fighting”, but there’s no actual sword fighting in Black Blade. Sorry.

What’s sort of funny is that really, the whole book is about this sword (Excalibur, maybe you’ve heard of it?) but more in a symbolic sense, so while I can’t really talk about sword fighting beyond the role it plays in a single scene, I hope I can lay out how the idea of a sword as a symbol sort of inspired the whole story.

The core of my inspiration was the idea that a sword as a symbol covers a whole spectrum of different concepts, and after spending a while conflating and condensing them I realized that not only were they powerful, fundamental symbols, most were contradictory.

First and most obvious is power, the very simple advantage you gain from having a weapon, and this shift between armed and unarmed sort of felt to me like the prologue of a classic myth, before the hero inherits their power, and since the power of a sword is almost always male (let’s not get into why, but you know) I immediately started to think of classic fantasy (mostly Conan). However, since I’m a YA obsessed insane person, I began to think about how that sort of hero would make sense in a modern world which neatly leads us into the next two ideas, which we can’t really separate, since these are the contradictory ones I mentioned earlier.

Nobility, or obligation, if you like, since they seem to have a subconscious connection. I knew the hero of this story would have to be charged with a duty, probably a quest (how else do you get a magic sword?) but this would contrast with the other, more realistic meaning of a sword: violence.

The element of violence is what tied the whole thing together for me, and once I realized that, the story had almost written itself: take the very teen feeling of powerlessness, combine it with an apparent obligation and the (again very teen) sense of moral superiority that comes from it, and then add in the logical conclusion. What happens to this person when confronted with reality and who would be so cruel as to deceive them in the first place?

You have to read the book to find out. I have tricked you.

About the Author
Alexander Charalambides was born in London and grew up in Berkshire.He studied Creative Writing, and graduated from the Open University.In 2008 he moved to the United States, and now lives in New Hampshire. As a freelance writer Alexander enjoys storytelling just as much as editing and analysis, but often takes time off to enjoy wind surfing, do the sickest of motorcycle flips, wrestle with deadly animals and lie about his hobbies.
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Shifting SandsShifting Sands | Tradecraft: Phase One
By Michael Shusko
Genre: Fiction Military/Political Thriller
Release Date: April 26, 2016

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Iranian physicist Dr. Sara Qaderi has been leaking intelligence to the UN detailing her deadly work at a nuclear facility in Iran for months—but her time is running out. Colonel Mostafa Sabri is on the hunt for the traitors who have been compromising Iran’s national security. And he always finds his prey.

Since birth, Sara has been taught that Americans aren’t to be trusted. Now her life is in the hands of Nick Shane, an American Marine whose mission is to get her and the vital information she carries to Afghanistan before Israel drops the first bombs of the next world war. He has his own reservations about this Iranian physicist and her motives. But he also has his orders, and will carry out his mission at all costs.

Will they make it in time to save the world from erupting into a violent global conflict—or die in the unforgiving Iranian desert?

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Thank you very much for having me on your blog, Rae! I’d like to share a little about what got me started as a writer and why I focus on the subjects I choose to write about.

I joined the military at 18 right after I finished high school and was fortunate enough to get a job where I was given the opportunity to learn foreign languages and to travel. I learned Arabic and Farsi, so as you can imagine I have been oversees in the Middle East for much of my career. I had a lot of experiences while traveling on missions — mostly good, some not so good — and I started writing about them. I found it was both enjoyable and therapeutic to weave stories together based on these experiences and it became a passion for me.

Writing allows me to explore experiences I’ve had and how they’ve impacted me, while letting me do it through the eyes of the characters I create. I can talk about how events affect the characters more easily than I can introspectively look at how similar events have affected myself. When I put it all down on paper and read what I’ve written, the experiences become more real and I can better process the effects they’ve had on myself, both good and bad — and there really has been a lot of good. There are many happy experiences I’ve had in my life that also make appearances in my books. When I read them on paper, I can truly see how blessed I am to have had the life I’ve had, and relive those happy moments again.

In addition to writing for myself, I try to tell stories other people will find interesting and enjoy. With my Tradecraft military thriller series, I explore social injustices and other issues occurring in the world within the framework of breakneck-paced fiction novels. The core of Vector, the first book in the series, is the good and the bad of genetic research and how it can be used or misused depending on whose hands wield its power. In Shifting SandsShifting Sands.png, the second title in the series, I highlight how international struggles can affect individuals and families, and how propaganda released to the population of some nations can demonize the population of another, resulting in deeply instilled prejudices that are very difficult to overcome — even when it’s necessary that two individuals from those respective populations work together to resolve an international crisis.

The one thing I hope people take away from my books is that the world is not nearly as bad as it seems on the news. There are so many differences on the surface between people from other nations and cultures. It’s good to have those differences — there’s a lot of power in having those different cultures — but deep inside I believe people are the same. People want to take care of their families; they want to work; they want to enjoy life; they want to do good things to each other and for each other. There are the few that are featured on the news that can distract from the fact that people are mostly good, but that doesn’t change that reality. And I hope that, in addition to being entertaining and exciting books, the Tradecraft series conveys that sentiment to its readers.

About the Author

Michael Shusko, MD, MPH, FAAFP, FACOEM, is an author, medical doctor and decorated Marine and Naval officer who has worked on intelligence and medical missions across the globe. Fluent in Arabic, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern studies from Rutgers University. Post-undergrad, Dr. Shusko transferred from the Marines to the Navy Medical Corps and attended medical school at Wake Forest University, obtaining his medical degree in 2002. He also studied at Harvard University, earning his Master’s of Public Health degree in 2013.

Dr. Shusko’s Middle Eastern experience and language skills coupled with his background in special operations and intelligence keep him busy deploying around the world. He has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Europe and Asia. Dr. Shusko has been awarded the Bronze Star twice for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He currently lives in Japan with his wife and 17-year-old triplet sons.

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