Eternal Curse (The Cursed Series, #1)
By Kara Leigh Miller
Publication date: September 15th 2020
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
After pulling the plug on her mother’s life support, seventeen-year-old Chloe Madison moves to live with relatives she hardly knows. Her new hometown in the Adirondack Mountains is barely more than a pinpoint on the map, but it’s shrouded in deadly secrets and strange family legends. Chloe is determined to keep her head down, finish high school, and get the heck out of there. Until she meets the enigmatic Trent Halstead. Something intriguing hides beneath his quiet self-assurance and hero hair. Maybe there’s something—or someone—worth sticking around for after all.
But when a rash of unsolved murders leaves two of Chloe’s classmates dead, she begins to suffer from disturbing hallucinations that build to the horrifying image of Trent as a murderous vampire. With nowhere else to go, she’s stuck in a town she hates, surrounded by people she can’t trust, and she’s pretty sure she’s going to be lunch.
If all that isn’t bad enough, Trent is hiding a lethal secret, besides the whole immortal bloodsucker thing. He’s the not-so-proud owner of an ancient, family curse—no Halstead will ever know true love—and he’s desperate to find a way to break the curse. Could Chloe be the key to his happiness or just another secret Trent wished he never unlocked?
Post #1: Musical Inspiration Behind The Cursed Series
I usually don't make playlists for books I'm writing as I tend to prefer quiet, but I've found with this series, I have a hard time writing without music. It's much easier to turn on my playlist, put in earbuds and ignore the world around me, especially lately with the quarantine and everyone being home all the time.
Originally, this playlist was exactly one hour long, which made it great for a single writing session, but as the series progressed, I added more songs to it, and now it's 1 hour and 45 minutes long. You can listen to the entire playlist HERE!
For those that don't want to listen, here's a complete list of songs and artists:
· Ask Me How I Know by Garth Brooks
· Craving You by Thomas Rhett, featuring Maren Morris
· Truce by Twenty One Pilots
· Believer by Imagine Dragons
· Radioactive by Imagine Dragons
· Screen by Twenty One Pilots
· When They Call My Name by Black Veil Brides
· In The End by Black Veil Brides
· Wake Up by Black Veil Brides
· Vultures by Asking Alexandria
· Faithless by Black Veil Brides
· We Don't Have to Dance by Andy Black
· Paint It Black by Andy Black
· Ribcage by Andy Black
· Stay Alive by Andy Black featuring Matt Skiba
· Love Was Made to Break by Andy Black
· Girl Like You by Jason Aldean
· Lose My Mind by Brett Eldredge
· Seein' Red by Dustin Lynch
· Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
· Level of Concern by Twenty One Pilots
· Don't Let Me Go by Raign
· My Blood by Twenty One Pilots
· Natural by Imagine Dragons
· When It's All Over by Raign
· I Hope by Gabby Barrett
· The Other Side by Ruelle
· Monsters by Ruelle
· Fire Breather by Laurel
· Style by Taylor Swift
As you can see, I have a lot of Twenty One Pilots and Black Veil Brides on here, but overall, it's a tad eclectic. This playlist sets the tone for the series, but there's one song in particular that has a lot of meaning in Eternal Curse.
Craving You by Thomas Rhett, featuring Maren Morris
This song essentially sums up Trent's feelings toward Chloe, and it fits so well with something he says to her...
“What about your heightened senses? Does that ever make it hard to… kiss me?” My face flushed, and I kept my head even with his chest, refusing to look at him.
“Hard? Yes, but not in the way you think.” He put his finger under my chin and tilted my head, his gaze piercing . “Every time I touch you or kiss you, it’s like every nerve in my body is electrified, every feeling magnified. It’s like my very skin is alive with energy.” He smiled faintly. “I crave you, Chloe, and that’s the best feeling in the world.”
Kara Leigh Miller is a full-time wife; stay-at-home mom to 4 kids, 3 pit bulls, and 6 cats; writer, and the Editorial Director at Anaiah Press. When she’s not herding her family, she’s working out, reading, or binge watching Netflix. She's previously published two adult Christian romantic suspense books that are no longer in publication. Though she’s published a young adult Christian romance (Perfectly Imperfect), Eternal Curse is her first foray into the secular young adult market.
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A Lock of Hair by A. Rose Pritchett
Narrator: Melanie Huesz
Length: 6 hours and 7 minutes
Publisher: A. Rose Pritchett
Released: June 11, 2020
Genre: Historical Fiction; Young Adult
Boston, 1846. Eighteen-year-old Mildred Parish, a barber's daughter, practices practical witchcraft using locks of hair obtained from her father's customers. She's very selective about who knows her secret and the kinds of spells she casts. Only people she trusts can know, and she must never cast a spell to harm another person.
One of her father's clients is Theodore O'Brian, an Irish immigrant whose family is fortunate enough to be wealthy. Mildred is head over heels in love with him, but he's destined to be with someone else. One day, a woman named Trinity Hartell comes knocking on Mildred's door. She has a vendetta against an entire family and wants Mildred to cast a death spell on them. The family? The O'Brians, including Theodore. Mildred refuses, but Trinity is set on getting what she wants, one way or another.
Mildred now feels she must protect the O'Brian family and the man she loves, but she must also protect herself. How can she make sure Trinity is stopped without telling the entire city of Boston that she's a witch?
REVIEW by LAWonder10:
I was pleasantly surprised when i listened to the book and discovered it wasn't anything like what i imagined it would be!
This is a clever, endearing tale of a "Christian" witch whose father moved them from Salem to Boston, after the death of his wife.
Mildred is one of a line of witches who use their powers to help people>> They never use the power for harm to anyone. Although the "Salem witch trials" are past and illegal now, Mildred only allows a few trusted individuals to know of her witchery. Her father is a barber so she discretely gather's a lock of hair of the individuals ho are in need of help.
Theodore O'Brian is a prominent Irish Catholic resident who she is madly in love with but he is promised to another and is beyond her "class' in society. He does not know she is a witch. She is faced with a dilemma when one day a woman come to her door with a death wish for the O'Brian men. How can Mildred Theodore without disclosing the reason why this woman came to her to have the men killed. Havoc "breaks loose" and the events that follow is devastating!
This is a really interesting story and is a great controversial object for discussion by Book Clubs. Te characters are very realistic and easily connected to. The scenes are graphic and very vividly visualized.
Narrator, Melanie Huesz, was a perfect fit for this tale. She narrated with energy and "voices" which fit each character perfectly. She never faltered and kept the reader's interest from the beginning until the very end.
I offer a Five Stars rating for the overall story and performance.
This audio was gifted me with no pressure for a positive review. This is my honest review.
ABOUT the AUTHOR:
Rose Pritchett's writing career started in kindergarten when she daydreamed about being a fairy princess instead of learning subtraction. Her childhood obsession with American Girl turned her into an avid history lover.
At seventeen, she moved from her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina, to Savannah, Georgia, where she earned her BA in writing with a history minor from Georgia Southern University. She continues to live in Savannah, still daydreaming about princesses wearing gorgeous dresses. A LOCK OF HAIR is her debut novel.
ABOUT the NARRATOR:
Melanie Huesz is new to audiobook production and narration, but not new to performing. She has an MFA in acting and was a graduate fellow at the Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger. Before moving from the stage to the classroom, her acting roles included ingenues, leading ladies, and character roles.
As a middle school teacher and an avid audiobook listener with more than 300 books in her audio library, Melanie has seen the power of bringing books to life in her classroom and was inspired to return to performing through narration. Drawn to the world of YA, she has spent the summer recording three new novels aimed at young adults.
Seven Ways to Kill a King By Melissa Wright
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 264 Pages | August 10, 2020
She was born a princess. They made her an assassin.
One was an accident. Two a coincidence. By three, they would know. It would be harder, but I would avenge my mother’s death. These kings would pay that price.
Seven cities make up the Storm Queen’s Realm, each of their self-crowned, murderous kings are one of Princess Myrina’s marks. The treasonous curs may have banded together to share a stolen throne, but soon they will fall.
They thought her dead, killed in the massacre. They thought their rule secure, but Myrina of Stormskeep has awoken. With the help of her loyal bloodsworn, the shadow princess of will have her revenge.
For fans of The Witcher and Game of Thrones—a new princess set on vengeance is here to steal your heart.
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REVIEW by VICKIE:
Seven Ways To Kill A King - Melissa Wright
This is a great action filled story. Miri and Cass are on the move throughout the entire story. I liked all the characters who were backup help to them. I liked the ending because it wasn't at all how I was predicting it to be.
The characters are all well-developed. It is easy to feel their emotions.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this book to others who like a good adventure.
I give this book a literary rating of 5/5
About the Author
Melissa is the author of more than a dozen young adult and fantasy novels and countless to-do lists. Her most popular titles are The Frey Saga and Descendants Series. She’s currently working on the next book, but when not writing can be spotted collecting the things she loves at Goodreads and Pinterest. Contact her through the web at www.melissa-wright.com
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