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SeventhBorn_1600Seventh Born
by Monica Sanz
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Entangled Teen

Summary:

Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.

Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.

The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.

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The origin of a witchling.

Noun. (plural witchlings) (fantasy) A young witch.

The origin of witchling happened back in 2013. I was almost done drafting my book Finvarra’s Circus when I came across a picture of a girl with her eyes downcast. Though she radiated immense strength and rebelliousness, something struck me about her posture and why she looked down as if having just been reprimanded. Sera’s character immediately popped into my head and the first thing I knew without a doubt was she was not one to cower to anything, which made the picture even more intriguing.

I remember sitting with the picture when this wave of ideas washed over me, which turned out to be Sera’s history and place within the book’s society. In her world, she’s considered an abomination and a murderer for simply being the seventh born daughter to a witch, which in turn leads to the mother losing her powers and her life. I found this concept so fascinating as I’d always been drawn to the seventh of a seventh folklore, but the tales were typically about boys and their experience as seventhborns a positive one. Seventh born girls are not allowed to practice magic because of societal fears about seventhborns, but ultimately Sera is allowed to join a program where she will learn magic. This is when the word witchling attached itself to the story as Sera is both young in age and young in magic practice.

As I started writing and more pieces came together, Sera’s fiery temper made its appearance. She has a very short fuse, and it typically results in her blowing something up or setting something on fire. In working with Professor Barrington, she learns to channel this anger into something useful, in turn growing her magic and moving closer to being a witch. I loved this aspect of the story because it highlighted how Sera had a lot to learn not only about magic, but life itself, highlighting her position as a witchling all the more.

The book as a whole is a coming of age story, which heavily reinforces the witchling theme for Sera. The original title was actually A Witchling’s Rites since the story is about things that Sera had to experience in order to grow—her rite of passage into adulthood and witchhood. Once it changed to SEVENTH BORN, the word witchling became a part of the series title which I’m ecstatic since I know for Sera, being a witchling is a motivation for her to keep growing and learning until the day she masters magic and can wear the label of witch with pride.

monica_sanz.jpgAbout the Author

Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She’s been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.

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Cover Reveal: Malice

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Malice
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: March 5th 2019
Entangled Teen
Summary:
What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.
What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have to outwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realize no one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knows the outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved…

About the Author

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. She graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and received her J.D. at Yale Law School.
Pintip’s novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book, and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for the following awards: the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; the MASL Truman Award; the Tome Society It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award. Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRL ON THE VERGE, and the upcoming STAR-CROSSED and MALICE.
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Seventh Born
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mystery & Suspense
Release Date: September 4th 2018
Entangled Teen
 
Summary:
Abomination. Curse. Murderer. All names hurled at eighteen-year-old Seraphina Dovetail. As the seventh-born daughter to a witch, she’s the cause of her mother losing her powers and, in turn, her life.
Abandoned as a child, Sera dreams of becoming an inspector and finding her family. To do that, she must be referred into the Advanced Studies Program at the Aetherium’s Witchling Academy. Her birth order, quick temper, and tendency to set things on fire, however, have left her an outcast with failing marks…and just what Professor Nikolai Barrington is looking for.
The tall, brooding, yet exceedingly handsome young professor makes her a proposition: become his assistant and he’ll give her the referral she needs. Sera is quickly thrust into a world where witches are being kidnapped, bodies are raised from the dead, and someone is burning seventhborns alive. As Sera and Barrington grow ever closer, she’ll discover that some secrets are best left buried…and fire isn’t the only thing that makes a witch burn.
 

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About the Author
Monica Sanz has been writing from the moment she could string together a sentence. Her stories have come a long way from mysterious portals opening in the school cafeteria, transporting classmates to distant worlds. A classic by the name Wuthering Heights is responsible for that. She’s been lost to dark romances and brooding fictional men ever sense. Now she writes about grumpy professors, cursed ringmaster, tortured soul collectors, and the girls they fall in love with. Monica’s books have received many accolades on the social writing website Wattpad. She’s accumulated over six million reads, eighty thousand votes, and fifteen thousand comments since posting her books on the website. She is also a member of the Wattpad4, a group of writers who host weekly Twitter chats on the subjects of writing and publishing.
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Beneath the Earth

by H.S. Stone

Genre: YA Suspense

Release Date: May 10th 2018


Summary:

Laura and her classmates have been looking forward to their senior camping trip for weeks. Three days on an island paradise, away from school and their parents. What more could they ask for? 

The camping trip starts out well enough. The island is scenic and just the kind of escape to nature that Laura had hoped for. However, cracks soon begin to appear in her plans. Her boyfriend ditches her to hang out with his friends. She has to share a room with one of the teachers. But those are the least of her worries. 

A student disappears, and no one can find him. Soon, Laura and the other students realize that the camping trip is anything but a dream vacation. There’s something else on the island. Something large and frightening. Something that lurks unseen beneath the earth. Something that welcomes the presence of the students because they will satisfy its appetite.

 
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 All of the students and teachers started from the spot of
Brandon’s disappearance and spread out. We hoped that by covering every
direction that radiated from the origin point, there’d be no chance of missing
him.
Initially, the ground where we searched was trampled, both from
our large group and from Mr. Messick’s exploration last night. We walked over
broken branches and flattened grass. We imitated the park ranger’s
technique of stabbing the ground with sticks, hoping to uncover hidden holes
that were now covered up. However, we found no hints as to where Brandon
could have disappeared to.
Heather, Katie, and I walked shoulder to shoulder. As the
distance between us and the neighboring search parties grew, we also spaced
ourselves farther apart. We slowed down our pace, not wanting to miss a
potential nook or cranny that could hide Brandon’s location.
If I were paying attention to the island’s sounds, I would have
noticed that the usual chirping of birds had faded. There was only the crunch
of the ground beneath our feet. My eyes swept the forest floor in front of me,
and my focus was strictly on looking for my missing classmate.
Our first hint of danger came when we heard a scream behind us.
The three of us turned around, frozen in our tracks.
“What was that?” Katie asked.
The scream pierced the quiet of the forest again. We pinpointed
the direction it came from and hurried toward the sound.
We were almost back to the search’s starting point when a wave
of students ran toward us. They motioned for us to go back in the direction
from where we had come. 
“Run!”
We didn’t ask any questions. We turned around and ran as fast as
we could in the opposite direction. I had no idea what we were running from,
but from the terror in the voice that sent us fleeing, I wasn’t going to stand
around and ask questions.
 
About the Author
Even before he could read, H.S. Stone wanted to write a book. Fascinated by the stories that seemed to leap from his kindergarten teacher’s books, he went home and wrote his own book, with illustrations and bound by staples. Of course, since he didn’t know how to read or write yet, the book was full of gibberish.

Undaunted, H.S. eventually mastered the ABC’s and continued to write throughout his grade school years, adolescence, and into adulthood. Despite earning a degree and working in a field not related to writing, he continued to pursue his writing passion.

H.S. Stone’s publications include novels aimed at Young Adult and Middle Grade readers as well as several short stories. He currently lives with his family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Deadly Alliance Review

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Deadly Alliance

 

Deadly Alliance Review

By: Rae

 

 “A person can lose every shred of ambition.” – Kathleen Rowland, Deadly Alliance

 

Right from the start Deadly Alliance hits readers with suspense. Kathleen Rowland provides a nonstop action paced romance that leaves readers wondering what’s next. The hero of the novel is sexy, bad-ass, and retired Army Ranger Finbar Donahue. He is also the owner of an investment company. A triple whammy for sure. His partner in crime is sweet, shy, and wallpaper like – Rowland’s description at one point not mine – Amy Kintyre who aspires to own her own clothing line. Fin and Amy have a past, one that revolves around Amy’s ex-boyfriend Les Kelly who also happened to be Fin’s business partner. Then everything gets a little crazy.

At the opening of the story, Les is dead, someone is stealing from Fin’s company, Amy really needs a job to give her clothing line financial stability, and there are three gangs fighting for dominance in the town where everyone lives. Sounds complicated right? Well that isn’t even the half of it. Wallpaper Amy, the genuine sweet girl, ends up witnessing not one but two gang related events in the span of the first few chapters. In between being hired by Fin, finding suspicious paperwork from Les, Amy is dealing with the unwanted attraction she feels for Fin. During the second stumbling upon a gang meeting Amy manages to take pictures of the participants but while running away she forgets her purse. Now the gang members know who the snitch is. This opens up a really big can of worms while leading to the story’s climax.

It’s been a while since I read something this fast paced. I missed some important things as I tried to keep pace with who was who and what was happening during each new scene. One minute Amy and Fin are at a restaurant and then Fin is here with his father at his father’s home and then everyone’s together again. I feel Deadly Alliance has potential. For me I just wanted it to slow down, cut out some descriptors, look more at the characters individually, and ground the reader to the events of the story better.

 

 Looking for a quick romance with touches of danger? Check out Deadly Alliance now.

To learn more about Kathleen Rowland, visit her website here.