Demon in the Whitelands by Nikki Richard
Publication Date: September 24, 2019 | Publisher: Month9Books
Sixteen-year-old Samuel, son of a devout cleric, has endured shame and prejudice his entire life. Though he is destined
to follow in his father’s footsteps, he longs for an ordinary life in the whitelands away from talk of demons and holy
When the mayor claims to have captured a mute demon-girl, Samuel is forced to become her caretaker. But as Samuel
gets to know the prisoner, he finds her not to be very demonlike. Instead, she is intelligent, meek, and an exceptional artist. Despite her seeming goodness, some more concerning things cannot be ignored. Samuel is hard-pressed to
reconcile her uncanny strength and speed, one missing arm, ambiguous gender, and the mysterious scars covering most of her body.
Samuel forms a deep attachment to the girl with predator eyes and violent outbursts, against his father’s advice. As their friendship threatens to become something more, Samuel discovers the mayor’s dark intentions. Now, he must decide whether to risk his own execution by setting her free, or watch as the girl is used as a pawn in a dangerous game of oppression, fear, and murder.
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Nikki Richard is a sensitive queer writer with moods and coping mechanisms. An MFA graduate from the University of
Baltimore, she lives in the city with her hot wife, amazing daughter, and fluffy cat.
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Zinnia (Angelbound Offspring #3) by Christina Bauer
Published by: Monster House Books | Publication date: July 30th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Synopsis: As the last dragon shifter, I live alone, hiding in one of Earth’s sacred deserts. My human handlers tell me that I have no parents, no name, and no purpose other than to train for battle and one day become a vessel for the reincarnation of Chimera, the greatest dragon shifter of all. Sadly, Chimera’s rebirth will mean my own death. But my handlers say this sacrifice is a noble fate that will rebuild the dragon shifter world.
I shall die on my seventeenth birthday. That’s five days from now.
Then I hear music thumping across the desert. I take my mortal form, follow the sound, and find humans dancing in what they call a rave. There is a stage and a rock band. One thing quickly becomes clear: Unlike the audience, the musicians are dragon shifters, just like me. And one of them, the guitar player Rhodes, makes my knees turn watery. The lead singer, Kaps, has something strangely familiar about her.
It all adds up to one conclusion: My handlers lied to me. I’m not the last of my kind. Memories reappear. I had parents once. Portia and Tempest. I even had a name. Zinnia. Perhaps I have a reason to live as well. I step past the dancing humans to confront the players.
I will find out the full truth, no matter what.
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Q. What are some Tips, Tricks and Tools you use to keep your life organized so you can accomplish all you have to do?
A. My Favourite Tips, Tricks and Tools for Writing By Christina Bauer, Author
As part of the launch tour for my new release, ZINNIA, the lovely folks at Rockin’ Book Reviews have asked me to write a post on my fav tips and tricks for writing. Happy to share!
Tip #1... Make Pinterest boards for key characters and places
It's also important to have a Pinterest board of cool stuff that you find inspiring in general. For me, that board is hidden. My public boards are here. Sarah J Maas has some cool boards that you may want to check out as well.
PRO TIP: Visit Pinterest if you haven't already.
Tip #2... Pick a language base for the groups of people in your world
I write fantasy and so this is a huge one for me! I learned this particular trick from Tolkien. Language drives so much of a world, it isn't even funny. How a character speaks gives you a structure for their name and the places around them. Plus, it can also help inspire their history as well. In Angelbound, the Thrax were partially based on ancient Roman gladiators, so their language was Latin. In Maxon, the Elementals were based on the Finnish language. There were also elements of the Kalevala myth in there too, which is a Finnish classic.
PRO TIP: Google Translate is awesome here. There are also about a million web sites for baby names by culture.
Tip #3... Use a writing tool like Scrivener
This allows you to organize research, move chapters around easily, and in general be a badass. You won't realize how much you've been craving it until you give it a try. I put all my 'world bibles' (lists of names, places and descriptions) in here, too.
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So that's it...my favorite tools and tricks. Hope you found them helpful! Thanks for having me stop by and I hope to visit on a future book tour!
Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too.
Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.
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Magic Heist (Fairy Trafficking #2) by Mary Karlik
Published by: Ink Monster LLC | Publication date: July 9th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.
Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.
To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.
Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around. But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.
With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.
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Magic Heist - Mary Karlik
What a wonderful adventure this story is. I love the fairies and other magical characters.
The characters are all well-developed. I like the way Ian and Layla did such a good job of working together and getting through so many trials. I also thought Ian's team of officers are great to get to know. They all worked together so well.
The story flowed well from chapter to chapter and was easy to follow along.
This is such a fun story. I would highly recommend it to others.
The cover of the book and the title are a perfect match for the story.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
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Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna's home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn't find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as "100% solid storytelling," and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a "lovely story about growing up."
She digs deep into her Scottish roots - there is magic there, she just knows it - for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA's national convention.
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