Thursday, March 5, 2015

Charisma Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

Hey everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for CHARISMA being hosted by Penguin Teen. Today I have my review of the book to share - and don't forget to enter the giveaway!


Charisma
Author: Jeanne Ryan
Genre: YA Mystery/Thriller
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Dial

Description:

A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller

Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it's too late.

Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats.
 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22143892-charisma?ac=1
Charisma is a thought-provoking YA thriller that revolves around gene therapy, which is always a hot topic in our society - and will probably become even more relevant in the near future. The story focuses on our main character, Aislyn, who is extremely shy and suffers panic attacks due to social anxiety and the stress it causes her. She's incredibly smart, pretty, a loving and devoted daughter who helps to care for her younger brother, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. She should have everything in the world going for her - but her extreme social anxiety prevents her from saying things she wants to, doing things she's dreamed of - even small things like going to a party with her classmates. When Aislyn is offered a chance to change that part of herself - to make her shyness and anxiety disappear - by taking an underground gene therapy drug called "Charisma," she takes it. The effects of Charisma are almost immediate, and Aislyn feels herself becoming more sociable, sure of herself, and self confident. For once, she's popular and tons of fun to be around. It's everything she wished for and more. Aislyn starts noticing the same type of differences happening in some of the other teens she knows from the lab's family days and wonders if they secretly took the drug too. Soon there's an epidemic, with the effects turning into a disease, becoming contagious - and then it starts killing people. When nobody can find the doctor who created the drug, Aislyn knows that she has to do something to make this disease stop before it kills even more people. Even if it means giving up everything she's always wanted for herself.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I started this book - the description was vague and didn't really tell me what direction the book was going to take. I was immediately sucked into the world the author created and didn't come back out until I finished the last sentence. Our heroine, Aislyn, is incredibly easy to identify with - maybe more so for me because I actually suffer from extreme social anxiety and panic attacks. I think it was so easy for me to connect with Aislyn is due to her problems, as well as the familiar inner dialogue - it was like we shared the same thoughts. The story is told in first person point of view from Aislyn's viewpoint, which I always find to be the best way to experience a book. Getting to know every little detail about the narrator - from their fears, hopes, and dreams to their inner thoughts and emotions - really lets us connect with the character on a deeper level than any other writing style. I think that the author made a fantastic decision to tell the story from Aislyn's point of view - it felt all the more realistic and thrilling, because it felt like it was happening to us or to our best friend who is telling us the story. The other characters in the book were all well rounded, especially the secondary characters like Evie, Sammy, Aislyn's mom, Chloe, and the others. They all had distinct personalities and quirks that made them stand out as individuals and not just standard stereotypes. 

The plot was deep with several layers within. The main story line about the Charisma, the outbreak, and how they were going to stop it was fascinating and definitely had me on the edge of my seat. It was a typical thriller where a character is being stalked or someone's trying to kill them, but it was chilling because of the drug and the events that followed from it being taken. It was effective as a suspenseful plot because of the real possibility of it happening in our society - and soon. It's not hard to read the book and picture this sort of thing actually happening in our world today, which is definitely a scary thought. That brings about the varying levels of the book. There's the story that you read for entertainment, but then it branches out into all these other possibilities and thought provoking questions, like I just mentioned. There's also the differing stances on gene therapy - those who are against it and those who argue for it. Both have their reasons - and both have valid arguments. It's another level of the novel that makes you seriously sit back and think about these things. It's probably not something you normally think about on a daily basis, so when it's brought up in the story, you're automatically going to wonder what it would be like if it happened in today's world - the good it could do, the benefits, the costs, and also the bad things that could occur. The author's writing was nothing short of phenomenal. The characters and the entire story felt so authentic that I could shut my eyes and practically feel like I was beside Aislyn while everything was happening. The story is told in a conversational tone, but there are also parts that felt like scientific data - the small articles at the end of each chapter, for example. This was a magnificent blend of both fantasy and reality - where the events that happen in the story could actually happen in our world. That connection - the possibilities the story revealed - gave the novel a great depth that it wouldn't have had if it wasn't so realistic. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy suspense, science fiction, and thrillers - along with readers who enjoy thought-provoking novels that make you really sit back and think about the subject matter.

Jeanne Ryan’s hit debut novel, NERVE, garnered movie buzz after its release in September 2012. In February, it was confirmed that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, the stars of MTV’s hit series Catfish, would direct an upcoming adaptation of Nerve which was optioned by Lionsgate. American Horror Story‘s executive producer Jessica Sharzer wrote the adaptation, and Variety.com revealed that Emma Roberts and Dave Franco will star in the film. (Photo taken from author's website)

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Flunked Virtual Tour: Excerpt + Giveaway

Welcome to my stop on the virtual blog tour for FLUNKED! Today I'm spotlighting the book - so read on for more info, a great excerpt, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Before you read any further, think about this: If you get sentenced to Fairy Tale Reform School, it would help to have an ally. Take the quiz and find out who your mentor would be!
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Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School)
Author: Jen Calonita
Genre: MG/YA Fantasy
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Description:

OUR MISSION:

To turn WICKED DELINQUENTS

and FORMER VILLAINS

into FUTURE HEROES

Gilly wouldn’t call herself wicked exactly…but when you have five little brothers and sisters and live in a run- down boot, you have to get creative to make ends meet. Gilly’s a pretty good thief (if she does say so herself).

Until she gets caught.

Gilly’s sentenced to three months at Fairy Tale Reform School- where all of the teachers are former (super-scary) villains like the Big Bad Wolf, the Evil Queen, and Cinderella’s Wicked Stepmother. Harsh. But when she meets fellow students Jax and Kayla, she learns there’s more to this school than its heroic mission. There’s a battle brewing and Gilly has to wonder: can a villain really change? 

Praise:

“Charming fairy-tale fun.” –Sarah Mlynowski, author of the Whatever After series.

Flunked is spellbinding and wickedly clever. Gilly is smart, spunky, and a hilarious narrator!” –Leslie Margolis, author of the Annabelle Unleashed and the Maggie Brooklyn mysteries.

Flunked is a fresh and funny take on the enchanted world. (And who hasn’t always wanted to know what happened to Cinderella’s stepmother?”)”  -Julie DeVillers, author of the Trading Faces identical twin series and Emma Emmets, Playground Matchmaker.

“A reform school where all the teachers are former villains.  Kinda writes itself, right?” -Betsy Bird’s Librarian Preview
 
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/21996359-flunked?ac=1
There’s a boy up there, standing on the crystal chandelier! He has slightly curly blond hair and is wearing a uniform—­a navy sweater vest over a white shirt with khaki pants—­but his boots are muddy. He’s stepping on priceless crystals with cruddy boots? Is he insane?

“Jax! What are you doing up there?” Kayla whispers heatedly.

“I’m cleaning the crystal for Flora,” Jax says and rolls his eyes. “What does it look like I’m doing? I’m making

a break for it.”

Kayla applauds. “Yay! This time I know you can do it.”

I shade my eyes from the light bursting through the stained-­glass window next to the chandelier Jax is perched on. “Busting out? Why?” I ask Kayla. “I thought you said this place was cool.”

Jax laughs loudly and looks at me. I feel slightly stunned. I’ve never seen violet eyes before. “FTRS was fun for a while, but strange things have started happening and I don’t want to be here when something bad goes down.”

Strange things? What kind of strange things? Why does Kayla suddenly look pale?

“He’s exaggerating,” Kayla tells me, but she doesn’t sound convincing.

Drip. Whatever Jax is holding is leaking. Kayla and I move out of the way so we don’t get wet. “Grease,” Jax explains to me. “It lubes the window.” He swings the chandelier, and as it nears the window, he uses a fork to try to pry the window open. “A few more tries and I’ll have it.”

“Then what are you going to do, genius?” I ask. “You’re two stories up.”

Jax’s eyes gleam. “I’ve jumped from higher spots before.”

“It’s true,” Kayla says to me. “Jax once jumped from the gym to the dining hall turret. That was three stories up. We call him the Escape Artist. One time he even managed to break into Azalea and Dahlia’s rooms and borrowed their keys to the indoor pool so the whole dorm could take a midnight swim.”

“Impressive,” I tell him. “And I thought I was good at tricking obnoxious royals.”

“She stole a dragon’s tooth clip from one this morning,” Kayla fills him in.

“Nice,” Jax says. “Your first pull?”

“No, I’ve been doing it for a while,” I brag.

“Me too,” Jax says. “My father is a farmer. You can only get so far trading vegetables. I needed to kick things up a notch.”

For some reason, I don’t think any of us are going to make the transformation Headmistress Flora is looking for. “Why do you want to break out so bad?”

“I’ve got places to see, and Enchantasia isn’t one of them.” Jax swings the chandelier so hard the crystals clang together. The window latch pops open, and I watch Jax leap from the chandelier to the tiny window ledge. I’m in awe. Jax looks down at us smugly before pushing open the window. “Are you sure you two don’t want to join me?”

“There’s no time for us,” Kayla says. “Get out of here. Wait!” Her eyes widen. “You deactivated the alarm on the window, right?”

“There isn’t one,” Jax insists. “If there was, I wouldn’t be able to do this.” But when Jax lifts the window, we hear:

EEEEEE! EEEE! EEEE! Unauthorized exit! Unauthorized exit!

The shrieking sound is so intense that Kayla and I cover our ears. Within seconds, Flora is out of her office and running toward us.

Swoosh!

I feel something brush past me and I whirl around. When I look up at Jax again, a large, muscular man with a long mane of hair is hanging on to the window ledge, his furry hands pulling Jax back by his shirt. How did the man get up there without a ladder?“Mr. Jax,” the man says in a low growl, “we really must stop meeting like this.”


Jen Calonita is the author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and other books like Sleepaway Girls and Summer State of Mind, but Fairy Tale Reform School is her first middle grade series. She rules Long Island, New York with husband Mike, princes Tyler and Dylan, and Chihuahua Captain Jack Sparrow, but the only castle she’d ever want to live in is Cinderella’s at Disney World. She’d love for you to drop her a line at jencalonitaonline.com or keep the fairy tale going at http://books.sourcebooks.com/enchantasia/



 Giveaway: (5) Print copies of FLUNKED








 

Release Blitz: Easy Love by Kristen Proby

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I am so excited to bring you the Release Blitz for Kristen Proby's EASY LOVE! EASY LOVE is a Contemporary Erotic Romance novel and is the 1st book in The Boudreaux Series!  

 Easy Love

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About EASY LOVE: 

Eli Boudreaux’s family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At thirty, he is the youngest CEO to ever head Bayou Enterprises, co-chairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic is also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him and Eli’s family is solid. But he’s recently discovered that someone on the inside of his business is stealing from him and he’s determined to find out who. 

Kate O’Shaughnessy is hired by companies all over the world to slip inside and investigate every member of the organization from the CEO down to the custodial staff to find the person or persons responsible for embezzling. She’s excellent at blending, becoming part of the team, and finding the weakest link. She’s smart, quick-witted, and she’s now been hired by Bayou Enterprises, specifically Eli Boudreaux. The attraction is immediate and the chemistry is off the charts, but Kate has heard all about Eli’s playboy past and she has a job to do. Sleeping with the boss isn’t a part of that job, even if just the sound of her name rolling off that Cajun tongue and the way he fills out a designer suit does make her sweat. 

Eli’s southern charms surprise Kate. The man whose reputation labels him as a ruthless, callous womanizer is not the man she’s coming to know intimately. He’s generous, protective and makes her smile. Cracking through Kate’s cool, reserved demeanor and discovering her love of sexy, expensive lingerie is a challenge Eli can’t resist, but her sweet nature, love of family and sense of humor pull at him in ways no one else ever has. 

But when the person responsible for trying to single-handedly dismantle Eli’s empire comes to light, and it’s time for Kate to move on, to what lengths will Eli go to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with by his side?

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“I do like you,” he repeats. When I would look down, he catches my chin with his finger and tilts my head up. “But this is a bad idea.”

“What is?” I whisper, hating the shakiness in my voice.

“This.” He lowers his face to mine and sweeps his nose across my own, gently. His lips haven’t touched mine yet, but they’re tingling, already yearning for him. His hands glide up my bare arms to my neck, his thumbs gently draw circles along my jawline as he places a light, barely-there kiss on the corner of my lips. I hear a soft moan, and would be mortified to know that it came from me if I could find my brain cells.

This man is dangerous. Everything about him screams RUN! but instead I grip onto his lean hips and tug him closer. He needs no further invitation. He slips those amazing lips of his over mine, licks my bottom lip, and when I gasp at the fission of pure lust that moves through me, he moves in for the kill.

His tastes like the after-meal peppermint we both ate and the light one or two day scruff on his chin rasps against my skin in the most tantalizing way. I can’t help but wonder how it would feel on other parts of my body; behind my knees, between my breasts, between my legs.

Holy shit, I bet he would feel amazing between my legs.

I grip onto his biceps and realize that the one arm he’s slung around the small of my back is the only thing keeping me upright. My knees no longer exist. We’re both breathing hard as he drags his fingers down my cheek and pulls back, nibbling the edge of my lips once more and then he’s gone, staring down at me with shining whiskey eyes. “That. That’s a bad idea.”
Author pic_MontanaNew York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Kristen Proby is the author of the popular With Me in Seattle series. She has a passion for a good love story and strong characters who love humor and have a strong sense of loyalty and family. Her men are the alpha type—fiercely protective and a bit bossy—and her ladies are fun, strong, and not afraid to stand up for themselves. Kristen spends her days with her muse in the Pacific Northwest. She enjoys coffee, chocolate, and sunshine. And naps. Visit her at KristenProby.com.    

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Release Blitz + Giveaway: Becoming Rain by K.A. Tucker

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I am dying to share this Release Blitz with you all to celebrate K.A. Tucker's BECOMING RAIN! BECOMING RAIN is a New Adult Romantic Suspense novel, and the second novel in K.A. Tucker’s Burying Water Series, published by Atria books, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster. We hope you're ready for this!

 Becoming Rain

BECOMING RAIN US BUY LINKS: 

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About BECOMING RAIN: 

Luke Boone doesn't know exactly what his uncle Rust is involved in but he wants in on it-the cars, the money, the women. And it looks like he's finally getting his wish. When Rust hands him the managerial keys to the garage, they come with a second set-one that opens up the door to tons of cash and opportunity. Though it's not exactly legal, Luke's never been one to worry about that sort of thing. Especially when it puts him behind the wheel of a Porsche 911 and onto the radar of gorgeous socialite named Rain. 

Clara Bertelli is at the top of her game-at only twenty-six years old, she's one of the most successful undercover officers in the Washington D.C. major crime unit, and she's just been handed a case that could catapult her career and expose one of the west coast's most notorious car theft rings. But, in order to do it, she'll need to go deep undercover as Rain Martines. Her target? The twenty-four-year old nephew of a key player who appears ready to follow in his uncle's footsteps. 

As Clara drifts deeper into the luxurious lifestyle of Rain, and further into the arms of her very attractive and charming target, the lines between right and wrong start to blur, making her wonder if she'll be able to leave it all behind. Or if she'll even want to.

  Becoming Rain - Teaser 1    
"Screwing the customers . . .” Miller grumbles, pushing the filing cabinet shut with a loud metal bang.

Only the pretty ones.” And she is that. It wasn’t until she lifted her sunglasses that she had my undivided attention. Those big, blue eyes up against an olive complexion are striking. I wouldn’t have guessed Italian. Mediterranean, definitely.

Exotic, dark-haired, killer body—my type exactly.

“You’re going to lose business for the garage.”

“Relax. I wasn’t the one fishing.” And there was definite fishing on her part. For a long while there, I wasn’t sure I wanted to take the bait. Everything about her—her upscale style, her expensive car, her cool demeanor—says she’s my kind of girl, and therein lies the problem. My kind of girl is good for one thing, and it’s not having lunch over at the food carts of Portland. Or conversation, in general.

Give those kinds of girls more and suddenly they become work, and money. Endless streams on both accounts. Rust warned me about them years ago. Thank God I haven’t tumbled into any of their traps. Even Priscilla, my fallback lay, who I consider a friend, knows exactly where we stand in terms of our “relationship” and that I don’t have the kind of money she wants—even she will occasionally try her hand at sucking more out of me. A new bracelet, cash for rent, a tank of gas for the BMW that her last sugar daddy handed her . . .

But Rain was cute today, in a feisty way, humoring me by taking a bite of that sandwich that she was so obviously not going to enjoy. Her nose crinkling up at the sight of it. Her witty little insult. The way she hung back, waiting, hoping for a chance to see me again but not willing to come right out and ask after already being so forward earlier. Girls like Priscilla would have kept pushing. But Rain obviously has some self-respect.

And when she started walking out of the office, I couldn’t help myself.

I punch her number into my phone so I can call her after work. If I’m lucky, I’ll also have her naked and tangled in my sheets later tonight.



And don’t forget BURYING WATER, the first book in this thrilling series…

  Burying Water

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About BURYING WATER: 

The top-selling, beloved indie author of Ten Tiny Breaths returns with a new romance about a young woman who loses her memory—and the man who knows that the only way to protect her is to stay away. 

Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives—but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to “Jane Doe” for another day, the woman renames herself “Water” for the tiny, hidden marking on her body—the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge: Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won’t Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? 

Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn’t know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she’ll stay so much safer—and happier—that way. And that’s why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with realities better left buried. 

The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface. 
  
Author PhotoBorn in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.        

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel




The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
Author: Amy Engel 
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen

**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**

Summary from Goodreads:

Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.



The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
Author: Amy Engel 
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.

This year, it is my turn.

My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.

But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
 

Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Curse Unbroken Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Curse Unbroken! Today I have a fantastic guest post by the author to share with you - and don't forget to enter the giveaway! To follow the rest of the tour, click on the banner above.


A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls #5)
Author: Cecy Robson
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Loveswept

Description:

Fans of Keri Arthur will love the Weird Girls, four sisters cursed with supernatural powers. In Cecy Robson’s latest urban fantasy romance, the search is on for an unholy grail, while evil is licking its wounds—and looking for revenge.

The preternatural world is changing. After a massive magical throwdown tore apart the established order, the dark elements are rebuilding their ranks unopposed. Celia Wird’s world is changing, too. She’s the mate of the pureblood were Aric, and his Warriors are honor-bound to protect her family as she and her sisters recover from unimaginable horrors.

Celia hesitates to reveal the true extent of the Wird sisters’ trauma, but they aren’t the only ones keeping secrets: Aric and the werewolf Elders are tracking a stone that grants limitless power. So is a tough coven of witches. Then Misha, a master vampire with his own plans for the stone, sends Celia after it. Can she and the vamps beat both the weres and the witches to the treasure before it falls into the wrong hands?

Fearing for Celia’s safety, Aric begs her to stay out of the hunt. What they don’t realize is that they’re the ones being hunted. But Celia’s ready to prove that she’s not easy prey.
 

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My Deepest, Darkest, Fantasies
(Okay, not really.)

When I was very young, I used to fantasize about flying. Like, a lot. I even had graphic dreams where I’d actually feel my feet leave the ground and sense the breeze sweep along my cheek. Most people would think my obsession with flying stemmed from a desire to become a pilot―maybe even an astronaut. Considering I’d get motion sickness on the Merry Go Round, those people pegged me all wrong.

My other fantasies consisted of leaving my reality far behind. Too much violence existed in the environment where I was raised. Those places where fairies fluttered and I could fall asleep on a thick bed of moss as I watched them whirl around, now, that was a place I needed to be. It was a mystical land where I could have an adventure, skip through fields of flowers, eat candy, and yes, fly.

To say I often escaped into the worlds I created inside my head was an understatement. If I could have, I probably would have taken up permanent residence in those magical places that always made me smile. And while I frequently envisioned these worlds and their inhabitants at length, I never thought to write about them. Not for a long time.

Everything changed on May 1, 2009. After reading well over thirty urban fantasy and paranormal novels, I decided to give this writing thing a try. Don’t get me wrong, I never intended to make this a career. I simply wanted to see if I could write a book. Sounds easy, right?

Yeah. Not so much. I didn’t know how to develop characters and how to “show” instead of “tell”. I didn’t understand how to “hook” a reader, and grammar was more a foreign language than rules I understood enough to follow. Passive voice? Yeah, I had to Google that term to determine what that stuff was all about. But despite all the things I didn’t know, like how to create a plot, the one thing that came naturally was my writing voice, my ability to tell a story, and my aptitude for (you guessed it) creating a whole new world.

My first novel, Weird Girls, which later became Sealed with a Curse, developed from a dream in which four unique women were given the task of defeating evil. At first, they were more commando-types than supernatural. But their boyfriends were werewolves. I specifically remember the werewolves and I remember one strumming a guitar. Well, if there were werewolves in my world, it was a special place. So my girls had to be special, too.

I decided to make them sisters, and different from any race of human or supernatural on earth. Celia, as the oldest, would become their leader. I gave her the power to change into a golden tigress along with the abilities to transport herself underground. Taran, my tough and trash-talking sister would wield fire and lightning and receive glimpses of the future. Shayna, my perky little cheerleader of the group, can manipulate metal and wield weaponry. But I couldn’t stop there. My girls were very human, and very mortal. I needed Emme, the youngest sister to possess the power to heal. But Emme needed more than that, after all, unlike the fun fairy realms I created as a child, my “weird” urban fantasy world was a dangerous place. Emme needed to be a powerful telekinetic in order to defend herself against the big scaries my over-active imagination sent snarling their way.

A Curse Unbroken is the fifth novel in my Weird Girls series, and marks the end of Celia’s journey for now. Taran, whose attitude and inappropriateness have made her infamous, will now step into spotlight. Her first novella, tent. titled Of Flame and Promise, is scheduled for a September release. It will be followed by three full length novels: Of Flame and Light, Of Flame and Fury, and Of Flame and Fate.

I’m hoping each of the sisters will have their own series, but I won’t stop there. I’ve written proposals for other novels including Death Seeker, an urban fantasy series about the Scottish and Irish Fae, and Old Erth, a high fantasy that takes place in Fae.

So, peeps, what it boils down to is: I’ll probably never fly. But that doesn’t mean my characters won’t.

Thanks for having me! 

Thanks for stopping by and chatting with us today Cecy!
Cecy Robson is the New Adult author of Once Perfect, Once Loved, and Once Pure and the award-winning author of the Weird Girls urban fantasy romance series. A self-proclaimed professional napper, Cecy counts among her talents a jaw-dropping knowledge of useless trivia, the ability to make her hair big, and a knack for breaking into song despite her family’s vehement protests. A full-time writer, registered nurse, wife, and mother living in the Great Northwest, Cecy enjoys spending time with her family and silencing the yappy characters in her head by telling their stories. 

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