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YA Fiction Feature and Author Interview: Pirate Princess by Catherine Banks @catherineebanks


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YA Fiction, YA Action/Adventure


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As the daughter of the Pirate King, Tilia Swanson has an unusual upbringing learning skills that aren’t often available for women. As the heir apparent for the Kingdom of Crilan, her skills set her apart as she is trained by the best in the land and taught to harness her magic. However, piracy is in her blood, and draws danger to her in the way that treasure draws pirates. Some treasures are more valuable than others. Will this lesson be learned in time or will the betrayal of those around her be her undoing?

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Excerpt:

“You aren’t going to force me into an arranged marriage, are you?” I asked them.

Esmeralda looked like I had smacked her. “Of course not!”

“We haven’t done arranged marriages in a century,” Jared said.

I exhaled. “Well, my dad wasn’t sure and told me to be prepared just in case.”

“Does your dad do arranged marriages?” Esmeralda asked.

I shook my head. “No.”

“Well you don’t have to worry about that,” Jared said, “We aren’t going to force you to do anything.”

“Except not be a pirate,” I fake pouted.

Esmeralda laughed. “Except that.”

“Well, I guess I’m okay with that. Most pirates don’t have very long careers anyways,” I said.

“Speaking of marriage,” Esmeralda said, moving her horse closer to mine. “Technically we are supposed to have a ball for your seventeenth birthday so that all of the available men can come so you can start looking for a suitor.”

“WHAT?” I asked in an almost scream.

“You don’t want a boyfriend?” Faxon asked.

I blushed and said, “I just didn’t know it was a formal thing and, uh, hadn’t really thought about it yet.” That was a lie. I thought about boys like every teenage girl did, but my options were slim at the Capitol.

“Well, it’s a tradition and I thought I would let you know now that we’ll be having it while we are in Markleville,” Esmeralda said.

“I don’t have a dress,” I said, hoping that would cancel the plans until we returned home, “I didn’t bring one.”

“That’s fine. I will have one made for you,” Jared offered.

How generous. Ugh. “But if I find a guy I like in Markleville, I won’t even be able to see him when we return to the Capitol,” I said.

“That is where the true romance is supposed to begin,” Esmeralda said with a smile. “They have to try to keep you interested with letters and poems and gifts.”

“It’s very tedious,” Jared said.

“Only because you had to find others to write poems for you,” Faxon said.

“I knew you didn’t write that poem!” Esmeralda said with a triumphant shout.

“I’m going to skin you, Faxon,” Jared growled.

“It’s time she learned the truth,” Faxon said.

“I already knew,” Esmeralda said, “I just never had confirmation.”

“How did you know?” Jared asked.

“You haven’t written me a poem once since then. Every other guy who wrote me a poem continued to write them, not just one,” she said honestly.

“Who else wrote you poems?” Jared asked with crossed arms jealously.

“Yes, I’m really looking forward to this,” I muttered.

Griffin laughed.

“Not every man is like him,” Faxon said defensively.

“I can’t believe you helped him,” Esmeralda said.

“I’m a good friend,” he said with a shrug, “it’s a curse.”


About the Author:

Catherine banks

Catherine Banks is the author of the Artemis Lupine Series, Little Death Bringer Series, Ciara Steele Novella Series, and the novel Daughter of Lions. She began writing fiction stories when she was only four years old and finished her first full length novel at the age of fifteen. Catherine is a Northern California native and has lived within a twenty mile radius her entire life. She plans to travel to as many places as possible in her thirties to make up for her lack of traveling experience. She is married to her soulmate and best friend, Avery, who blessed her with two amazing children. After her full time job she reads books, plays video games and watches a lot of anime shows and movies with her family to relax.

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Interview with Catherine Banks:

When did you start to have a love for books? I’ve had a deep passion for books since I was a child. Both of my parents are avid readers and allowed me to stay up half an hour past my bedtime only if I was reading.

What was your favorite book as a child? As a teenager? As a child, Misty of Chincoteague. As a teenager, The Hobbit.

What was that turning point that changed you from a reader to a writer? In high school Anne Rice was very popular, but I wasn’t a huge vampire fan and instead had a deep love of werewolves. Since there were hardly any werewolf novels at the time, I decided to write my own.

Inspiration can often be found in the oddest people, places, and even situations. In the past, what has inspired you? Lyrics from songs, a vineyard, and even scenery have all inspired me and given me something to write about.

What has been your favorite book to write so far? Why? Pirate Princess has been my favorite book to write so far because it is so much fun and there is so much action that I didn’t want to stop writing it.

What about your favorite character or characters? Which characters from your books do you think readers will really feel a connection to? One of my favorites is Marin from my Little Death Bringer Series. She’s tough, kind, and a person that I would love to hang out with if she were real. Faxon is a character I think many of my readers will like because he is dark, mysterious, and yet funny, loyal, and protective.

So far, what has been your greatest moment in your writing career? My greatest moment has been seeing my name/book listed under a complete stranger’s top 5. It’s unreal and so amazing to see.
What can readers expect from you next? I’m working on book two of the Pirate Princess Series as well as book three of the Little Death Bringer Series. There are a few other projects that are new and not part of any other series, but those won’t be available until next year at least.

Nobody knows your books better than you! In your opinion, readers of what genres will enjoy your books the most? Readers of fantasy, young adult, action/adventure, and romance will love my books.

Now that we’ve talked about the books, let’s get to know you as the author! What are your favorite books now as an adult? Television shows? Movies? I can’t list a couple favorite books, but I can tell you that my favorite adult book series is the Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews and my favorite young adult book series currently is the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite television shows list would take up a lot of time, but my current favorites are: Firefly, One Punch Man, One Piece, Game of Thrones, and Phineas & Ferb. My favorite movies are: Princess Bride, Army of Darkness, Godzilla, Tales from Earthsea, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and Rustler’s Rhapsody.

If you could meet one author–from any time era–who would it be and what would you talk about? Can I meet a team and meet the couple who makes up Ilona Andrews? I would talk about their knowledge of mythology and religions. They are so knowledgeable and it’s amazing.

How would you describe your life in ten words or under? Video Games, reading, writing, working, children, video games, anime, Netflix.

What is your favorite place to visit? Pismo Beach, CA.

What words do you live by? “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return.”

Anything else you’d like to share with readers? Thank you for reading and giving my books a chance! I am eternally grateful and if you ever want to talk to me, please feel free to send me a message!

Thanks for letting us interview you, Catherine!


Young Adult Romance Spotlight: Phase One: Identify by Rose Wynters


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Young Adult Romance, Urban Fantasy, Science Fiction, Paranormal


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The world as I know it is over…

When I went to work that afternoon I never imagined that everyone around me would die. But that’s exactly what happened. My small town of Pleasant, LA is now a dead zone, and I’m only one of a few survivors.

The streets are littered with the dead, but they don’t remain down for long. We managed to find a few more survivors, including my sexy next door neighbor. It’s not enough. But out of the darkness, Kellan comes. And in the glare of his headlights I realize we might just have a chance.

A chance to make it out of the zombie horde.

A chance to live some semblance of a normal life.

A chance to love…

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About the Author:

Sign up for my mailing list at http://www.rosewynters.com for a notification of new releases or use the links on my website to connect with me on FB, Twitter, and more!

I’m the author of several paranormal romance series including:
The Endurers (Dystopian Paranormal Romances)
Wolf Town Guardians (Werewolf Romances)
The Vampire’s House of Pleasure (Time Travel/Historical Romances)
Territory of the Dead (Young Adult Zombie/Science Fiction Romances)
Invitation From a Fairy (Paranormal Romances Varying from Sweet to Spicy)

When not writing, I like to travel and meet new people. I adore anything romance, be it movies, books, or places.

The Vampire’s House of Pleasure 3 is now live on Amazon!
When a new vampire arrives, Violet soon finds herself desired by two powerful immortals. Both are rich, titled, and preternaturally beautiful, and each one is hellbent on seduction. But little do the vampires know, Violet has an agenda of her own. She’s desperate to return to her own time, and she will do whatever it takes to make it happen–even if it means allowing herself to be seduced.

Left with little choice, Violet agrees to a temporary arrangement with Gabriel. She hopes to be gone before it’s time to fulfill her end of the deal. But when a dead body turns up in the courtyard, Violet wonders if an escape from 1797 is even possible. Even worse, in the torrid heat of Gabriel’s black eyes and the seductive fantasies stemming from Rylan’s dark gifts, she starts to question if she really wants to…

Young Adult Fantasy Spotlight: The Mansion’s Twins by Rose Channing @RoseMChanning


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Young Adult, Fantasy


the mansions twins

At the Crossworlds Book 1

A beautiful, magical world has been ravaged by a terrible storm. Homes were destroyed, families torn apart, and even the sweetest magic twisted by darkness. Even years later, the world remains damaged, unbalanced, and dangerous, waiting for someone who might restore what was lost. Only the magic of twins has a chance, but the birth of twins is exceedingly rare.

In our own world, Ellie and Savannah know nothing of this. They know nothing of other worlds, magic, or even each other. Until magic blooms inside, them and draws them together. After years of feeling alone, raised apart and in the wrong world, the twin sisters are reunited at last. They find their way home, and discover their destiny.

The girls are welcomed into a grand mansion, the safest place in the aftermath of the storm. There, they learn who they are and what they have to do. To restore the world, they must travel through the mansion to the center of magic and reset the balance.

They discover their magical abilities, find joy and friendship in the mansion’s family, and face the dangers of the storm’s left-behind magic. The journey to the center of magic is full of twists and turns, magic and excitement. Ellie and Savannah support each other to overcome obstacles along the way, knowing the whole world is depending on them.

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Excerpt:

The ground shook beneath her feet as she ran. The air felt wrong, and even the halls she’d grown up in were suddenly unrecognizable. It wasn’t only the shouts and blinding lights that made it so. Battle was familiar to her, but this was more than just another fight.
Someone in front of her screamed. That was all the warning she had before fireballs flew in her direction. She reacted quickly, throwing up a shield against them. Heat seeped through her protective bubble, but nothing more could reach her. Yet even when that attack was over, she knew she was far from safe. The room was beginning to collapse, and a horde of enemies stood in every direction between her and a way out.
The all too familiar sensation of terror began to overwhelm her. She took a breath, allowing herself to pause for a moment. It was a technique she had taught herself, to find a quiet space in her mind even in the heat of battle. She couldn’t stop moving for a moment, but she could find stillness somewhere within.
 This is for you, she reminded herself, bringing an image of her husband and children into her mind. I’ll find you again, no matter what… She couldn’t let herself believe those last brief kisses were real goodbyes, couldn’t dare imagine that all her little girls would have left of her was a short, handwritten letter.
Leaving all fears behind, she threw herself into the fight, taking strength from the memories of her family.
I will find you again. Whatever happens, I’ll find a way.


About the Author:

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Rose Channing has been a believer in magic and other worlds since childhood, and set out on a journey to bring those worlds and magic to life. She lives in the mansion with Ellie and Savannah, most of the time. When she can get outside her fantasy land, she lives in Oregon with her loud and loving family, a fat lazy cat, and a lot of nonsense-filled notebooks.

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YA Paranormal Romance Featured Book: Secrets of the Moon by Kristy Centeno @KrissyGirl122


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Young Adult/Paranormal Romance


secretofthemoonTitle: Secrets of the Moon

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Length: 487 pages

Author: Kristy Centeno

Cover: Najla Qamber

Teenager Marjorie Emery eluded death. As she struggles to get her life back on track, she believes her efforts are paying off. Yet, when a black dressing, unfriendly, and incredibly handsome hottie walks into her classroom, she’s forced into a tailspin. Marjorie has no idea how much his presence is going to shatter what little tranquility she’s achieved.
Kyran Rousseau’s gloomy nature has a name, one that is potentially fatal under the right circumstances. His family harbors secrets and does everything to protect Kyran. While, he doesn’t want to ruin Marjorie’s normal life, love has a way of changing his plans.
Falling for Kyran is the least of Marjorie’s worries. With a faceless threat hunting her and a boyfriend who’s as dangerous as he is good looking—how can Marjorie and Kyran keep all hell from breaking loose before it’s too late?

Excerpt:

The look he gave me then made me want to laugh. Before making a fool of myself, I bit my lip and turned away from him before I burst out laughing. I didn’t think he would appreciate me for laughing at his expense.
He cursed in French and it took a lot for me to refrain from chuckling. It sounded comical and at the same time it was incredibly sexy.
The feel of Angela elbowing me drew my attention away from Kyran. “What’s this all about?” she whispered.
“I wish I knew.” I didn’t even know why we were arguing, or why he was mad, for that matter. “When I find out, I’ll fill you in.”
“He’s one to talk.” Kyran finally spoke in a much more controlled tone. “He’s the biggest weirdo in our family.” Was it just me or did that sound very childish?
“He really didn’t say anything I hadn’t noticed already.”
We leered at each other then, each holding our own. But as I stared into his eyes, I could have sworn they changed colors, from silver to gray. Before I could take a second look, Kyran turned his face away.
“So, you think I’m not normal?” he asked nonchalantly.
“That depends on how you define normal,” I said while trying to take a second peek at his eyes, but he wouldn’t look directly at me. “I don’t know what to think of you, really. You confuse me.” Confused was an understatement. Here we were, arguing, after only knowing each other for a grand total of twenty-four hours. The sad part was I really wanted to know why he was angry. What had I done to make him snap at me? I barely even knew him!
“I bet I do.” He sighed heavily and placed both hands on top of the table, which I took as an invitation to inspect them with my eyes.
Kyran had big hands that appeared as strong as a pair of bricks. It was hard not to stare as they lay atop the table. Something, aside from how big and strong his hands appeared, caught my immediate attention. I noticed what seemed to be a tattoo on his right hand, between his thumb and index finger.
At first it seemed to be just a circle, but upon closer inspection, I noticed it wasn’t just a simple round-shaped tattoo on his hand. The tattoo resembled the shape of a full moon; the details were very vivid and realistic, almost like seeing the moon from one’s
backyard at night. As he moved his hand, the tattoo seemed to move too. The gray and blue colors of it blended in with each other giving it a very realistic, almost real life appearance.
“You confuse me too. I’ve never met someone like you before. I don’t know what to make of you.” He kept speaking without looking at me, and that annoyed me.
Why couldn’t he just look at me as he spoke?
“Yeah, well, likewise.”
“You’ve a very strong personality, Marjorie. This could be a good thing sometimes, but other times, it could get you killed.” Finally, he turned to look at me and I immediately noted that his eyes were the same silver color they normally were.


About the Author:
Kristy Centeno is the author of the Secrets of the Moon saga and Keeper Witches series.
She has always had a passion for books and after years of being an avid reader, she decided to transform her desire to write into a reality and thus, her first novel was born. When she’s not busy taking care of her five children or holding down the fort, she finds time to sit and do what she loves the most: writing.

Science Fantasy Book Spotlight! Chaos (un)Controlled by Tael @truthtrebles


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YA/Science Fiction/Fantasy/Contemporary


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Self-contained Rixa Storms can’t wait to escape the pressures of her mother’s religious, controlling thumb. Fleeing to college seems to be her only escape route, until she stumbles upon an opportunity to learn a unique power in a world called University Heights. But this unexpected ‘freedom’ she thinks she’s achieved holds a murky truth below its polished surface, and Rixa uncovers oppressive secrets the school has kept buried for years. As real and surreal worlds collide, and the pressure reaches a dangerous boiling point, Rixa realizes she may need to reassess what is truly shackling her—or risk being consumed by her awakened abilities.

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Excerpt:

She snapped her fingers and summoned a cloud, sidestepping Charon onto its surface and taking off. She squinted against the force of the wind velocity, shot her hand up in the air and summoned a hailstorm of stalactites with all of her might.
Without missing a beat or slowing down, she bent down to slap the surface of the cloud. The plummeting stalactites froze, flipped, then ascended with the same velocity. They would have to come down at some point after she passed and Charon could deal with that.
She felt the power surging through her fingers; the cool mist shuddering off her form. Maybe she was angry. Charon’s methods of instruction were harsher than Azu’s and maybe he’d hurt her feelings.
Like a conductor, she swept her hands two and fro, leading the icicles in all directions. Up, down, sideways, circling, scattering.
When she suddenly lost their control and they shot toward her as a unit, she didn’t blink or pause. She weaved, sent her cloud in a downward arc, and made her getaway as the horde pursued her.
Charon smirked magnificently as he controlled the chase. Her controlled rage was his living soul’s best motivator.


About the Author:

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Urban ninja and New York lover, I blended my top hobbies into Chaos (un)Controlled: reading, writing, and gaming. Quality graffiti being my favorite form of visual art, I lamented the loss of 5PTZ. My humble writing qualifications include a Bachelor’s in Journalism, membership in poetry circles, and a strong-willed determination and passion. “Truth Trebles” by definition is “Truth Resounds the Loudest.” As a verb, it echoes; as a noun, it refers to a harsh reality that no one wants to hear. Fun-fact: I don’t own an e-reader. I still like to feel the book in my hands and smell the pages. I’m running out of shelf-space.

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