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Interview with Deborah Blake


Please welcome Deborah Blake to The Qwillery.  Veiled Menace, the 2nd novel in the Veiled Magic series, was published on April 18th by InterMix.



Interview with Deborah Blake




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your newest novel, Veiled Menace, was published on April 18th and is the second novel in the Veiled Magic series. Please tell us about the series.

Deborah:  It’s an urban fantasy set in a world much like ours, except there the Paranormal races are still in hiding, except for the Witches, who came out of the broom closet a few years back. The protagonist is a Witch-cop named Donata Santori, who specializes in speaking to the dead—specifically, the victims of crimes. In the first book, Veiled Magic, Donata stumbled across a long-lost secret relic of the war between the Paranormal races and the Catholic Church, and got involved with two very different men, Peter (a half-dragon forger) and Magnus (an Ulfhednar shapechanger from her past). She was threatened and chased by two different factions and in the end, they all barely escaped with their lives, and the mysterious Pentacle Pentimento was thought to be destroyed. Peter and Magnus left to deal with their own issues, and Donata went back to a life that was changed forever. What happened after that is the story of Veiled Menace, where nothing is exactly as it seems and Donata gets in ever further over her head.



TQDescribe Veiled Menace in 140 characters or less.

Deborah:  Donata discovers the identity of the lost sixth race and is again torn between two men; none of it goes well and everyone is keeping deadly secrets.



TQTell us something about Veiled Menace that is not found in the book description.

Deborah:  Since the first book, Donata’s boss, the Human police chief, has moved her up out of the basement and asked her to look into “unusual” cases that might involve Paranormal influences. She is practicing magic with her eccentric great-aunt in an effort to be able to deal with these new duties better. It isn’t going all that well, alas.



TQWhat sort of research did you do for Veiled Menace?

Deborah:  Does nearly twenty years as a practicing witch count? I did a ton of research for the first book, Veiled Magic, including studying up on the Inquisition, an obscure painter, and Norse berserker shapechanger legends (because I didn’t want to use the typical paranormal vampires and werewolves). Most of Veiled Menace build on that initial research. I did have to read up on golems, but I can’t tell you why!



TQPlease tell us about Veiled Menace's cover?

Deborah:  I love the covers for the two books in this series. They picked a model who looked exactly the way Donata did in my head, and even managed to include her familiar, Grimalkin. The cover doesn’t show anything about the story in particular, but I think it captures the mystical and slightly threatening feeling well.



TQIn Veiled Menace who was the easiest character to write and why? The hardest and why?

Deborah:  Donata was the easiest, because I already knew her well from the first book. Peter might have been the most difficult, because he turned out to be a little different than I thought he was going to (characters do these things to their authors sometimes), even though we’d met him in Veiled Magic, and he was a complicated, conflicted man.



TQ:  Why have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in Veiled Menace?

Deborah:  I didn’t address specific social issues (I did more of that in my Baba Yaga series, also from Berkley), but I did touch on the difficulties that ensue when various sections of society believe that they are being oppressed or need to fight for what is theirs.



TQWhich question about Veiled Menace do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Deborah:  “Was it hard to write the second book in a continuing series?” “YES! The Baba Yaga series is a little different, because there are three main characters, each of whom gets her own book and her own happily ever after. It was tough to keep kicking poor Donata when she was down, and break her heart repeatedly, without making the reader feel cheated.”



TQGive us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Veiled Menace.

Deborah:  Here’s one from the very beginning of the book!

Donata Santori looked down at the dead body lying at her feet and thought, Damn, that can’t be a good sign.

There was a choking sound from behind her and the Chief said, “No kidding, Santori. A dead body is never a good sign.” He crossed his arms over his bulky chest and looked impatient and a little bit cranky. Pretty much like usual.

Crap—had she said that out loud? No wonder he only let her work outside the precinct once in a blue moon.



TQYour Baba Yaga novels and the Broken Rider Novels are interconnected in that the Broken Riders protect the Baba Yaga witches. Is there any crossover to the Veiled Magic novels in any way?

Deborah:  Not at all. The books take place in different worlds, and even the witches are completely different. (The witches in the Veiled Magic series have more realistic limits to their magic, and are a separate race from humans. The witches in the Baba Yaga series have tremendous, although not unlimited, magical powers, and were born human and then became Baba Yagas.)



TQWhat's next?

Deborah:  I’m actually working on the third book in the series right now, tentatively titled Veiled Mysteries, although that could change. I’ve got another novella set in the Baba Yaga world coming out in September, and the second Broken Rider book, Dangerously Divine (Gregori’s story) comes out November 28th. Save the date!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Deborah:  Thank you for having me!





Veiled Menace
Veiled Magic 2
InterMix, April 18, 2017
eBook, 285 pages

Interview with Deborah Blake
From the author of Veiled Magic and the Baba Yaga novels comes an exciting new paranormal romance…

Since Witches came out of the broom closet in the early twenty-first century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Witch and police officer Donata Santori is no stranger to magical mayhem, but lately her life has been unexpectedly charmed. Her job as a Ghost Yanker now includes the occasional paranormal investigation, and she’s advancing her magical abilities with the help of an ancestor’s treasured spell book. And while both of her former love interests—reclusive half-Dragon art forger Peter Casaventi and disgraced Shapechanger Magnus Torvald—are nowhere to be found, she’s not averse to being wined and dined by wealthy businessman Anton Eastman.

But Eastman isn’t what he seems, and what he wants from Donata is far more than she’s willing to give. When a mysterious relic, the Pentacle Pentimento, resurfaces, along with Peter’s Dragon father and a shocking Santori family secret, Donata must fight to save herself, her friends, and just maybe the fate of the world from a magic as old as it is dangerous…

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Broken Rider novel, Dangerously Divine




Previously

Veiled Magic
Veiled Magic 1
InterMix, November 17, 2015
eBook, 281 pages

Interview with Deborah Blake
A spellbinding new novel from the author of the Baba Yaga novels.

Since Witches came out of the broom-closet in the early 21st century, they have worked alongside humans as police officers, healers, stock traders, and more. But they aren’t the only paranormal entities in our world…

Police officer and Witch Donata Santori spends her days interrogating dead witnesses by summoning their spectral forms. Normally the job is little more than taking statements and filing reports. But when she’s called in on the case of a murdered art restorer, she finds herself suddenly in possession of a mystical portrait that both the human and paranormal communities would kill to get their hands on.

Unable to take on the forces hunting her alone, Donata seeks help from two unlikely and attractive allies: a reluctant shape-changer and a half-dragon art forger. But as the three of them hurry to uncover the truth about the powerful painting, Donata realizes that she’s caught in the middle of not one but two wars—one for possession of the painting’s secrets and one for possession of her heart…

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga novel, Wickedly Powerful.





About Deborah

Interview with Deborah Blake
Deborah Blake is the author of the Baba Yaga Series (Wickedly Dangerous, Wickedly Wonderful, Wickedly Powerful), the Broken Rider Series, and the Veiled Magic books from Berkley, and has published nine books on modern witchcraft with Llewellyn Worldwide as well as a tarot deck. When not writing, Deborah runs The Artisans’ Guild, a cooperative shop she founded with a friend in 1999, and also works as a jewelry maker, tarot reader, and energy healer. She lives in a 130-year-old farmhouse in rural upstate New York with various cats who supervise all her activities, both magical and mundane.

Newsletter  ~  Website  ~  Blog  ~  Facebook  ~  Twitter @deborahblake  ~  Goodreads





The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will a prize pack that includes a notebook, broom pen, a $10 Amazon gift card, a cute stuffed dragon, some chocolate and some other miscellaneous things from Deborah Blake (see picture). INTERNATIONAL

Interview with Deborah Blake

How:
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Who:  The giveaway is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address.

When:  The giveaway ends at 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on May 2, 2017. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.





Also by Deborah Blake

The Baba Yaga Series

Interview with Deborah Blake
Wickedly Magical
A Baba Yaga Novella
Berkley, August 5, 2014
eBook, 73 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Barbara Yager loves being one of the most powerful witches in the world, but sometimes she’d rather kick back in her enchanted Airstream with a beer in her hand than work out how to grant the requests of the worthy few who seek her out.

But when a man appears with the token of a family debt of honor, Barbara must drop everything to satisfy the promise owed by her predecessor—and she isn’t above being a little wicked to make sure the debt is paid in full…



Interview with Deborah Blake
Wickedly Dangerous
A Baba Yaga Novel 1
Berkley, September 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

FIRST IN A NEW SERIES!

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment.

But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught up in a web of deceit and an unexpected attraction to the charming but frustrating Sheriff Liam McClellan.

Now, as Barbara fights both human enemies and Otherworld creatures to save the lives of three innocent children, she discovers that her most difficult battle may be with her own heart…



Interview with Deborah Blake
Wickedly Wonderful
A Baba Yaga Novel 2
Berkley, December 2, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

Though she looks like a typical California surfer girl, Beka Yancy is in fact a powerful yet inexperienced witch who’s struggling with her duties as a Baba Yaga. Luckily she has her faithful dragon-turned-dog for moral support, especially when faced with her biggest job yet…

A mysterious toxin is driving the Selkie and Mer from their homes deep in the trenches of Monterey Bay. To investigate, Beka buys her way onto the boat of Marcus Dermott, a battle-scarred former U.S. Marine, and his ailing fisherman father.

While diving for clues, Beka drives Marcus crazy with her flaky New Age ideas and dazzling blue eyes. She thinks he’s rigid and cranky (and way too attractive). Meanwhile, a charming Selkie prince has plans that include Beka. Only by trusting her powers can Beka save the underwater races, pick the right man, and choose the path she’ll follow for the rest of her life…



Interview with Deborah Blake
Wickedly Ever After
A Baba Yaga Novella
InterMix, January 19, 2016
eBook, 66 pages

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one…

Having triumphed over a powerful enemy and ended up with both a wonderful guy—Sheriff Liam McClellan—and an adorable adopted daughter to raise as a Baba Yaga, Barbara Yager is ready to welcome her happily ever after.

But first she must bring Liam to the Otherworld and get the Queen’s permission to marry him. The Queen, however, is not so easily persuaded. She gives them three impossible tasks to complete in two weeks’ time—and if they fail Barbara will have to watch Liam slowly age and die like all humans, and kiss her happily ever after good-bye forever.

Includes an exclusive preview of the next Baba Yaga Novel, Wickedly Powerful



Interview with Deborah Blake
Wickedly Powerful
A Baba Yaga Novel 3
Berkley, February 2, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The author of Wickedly Wonderful returns to her “addicting”* world of Russian witches in the latest Baba Yaga novel.

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them…

The only thing more fiery than Bella Young’s red hair is her temper. She knows that a Baba Yaga’s power without strict control can leave the people she cares about burned, so to protect her heart—and everyone around her—the only company she keeps is her dragon-turned-Norwegian-Forest-cat, Koshka.

But when Bella is tasked with discovering who’s setting magical fires throughout Wyoming’s Black Hills, she finds herself working closely with former hotshots firefighter Sam Corbett—and falling hard for his quiet strength and charm.

Sam may bear the scars of his past, but Bella can see beyond them and would do anything to help him heal. Only before she can rescue her Prince Charming, she’ll have to overcome the mysterious foe setting the forest fires—a truly wicked witch who wields as much power and even more anger than Bella…



Wickedly Spirited
A Baba Yaga Novella
InterMix, September 19, 2017
eBook

[cover not yet revealed]

An all-new Baba Yaga novella from Deborah Blake!

Jazz, the powerfully magical teen first introduced in Wickedly Powerful, is now being trained as a Baba Yaga--and she's determined to free the Broken Riders herself.





The Broken Rider Novels

Interview with Deborah Blake
Dangerously Charming
A Broken Rider Novel 1
Berkley, October 4, 2016
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

From the author of the Baba Yaga novels, a brand new series set in the same “addicting”* world, filled with wild magic, enchanting damsels, and the irresistibly daring men who serve the Baba Yagas…

The Riders are three immortal brothers who protect the mythical Baba Yagas. But their time serving the witches has ended—and their new destinies are just beginning…

Ever since a near-fatal mistake stripped Mikhail Day and his brothers of their calling to be Riders, Day has hidden from his shame and his new, mortal life in a remote cabin in the Adirondack mountains. But when a desperate young woman appears on his doorstep, he cannot resist helping her—and cannot deny how strongly he’s drawn to her…

For generations, women in Jenna Quinlan’s family have been cursed to give up their first born child to the vengeful fairy Zilya. When Jenna finds herself unexpectedly pregnant, she is determined to break her family’s curse and keep her baby, even if it means teaming up with a mysterious and charismatic man with demons of his own…

To unravel the curse, Jenna and Day will have to travel deep into the Otherworld. But the biggest challenge of the journey might not be solving an ancient puzzle but learning to heal their own broken hearts…


Interview with Deborah Blake
Dangerously Divine
A Broken Rider Novel 2
Berkley, November 28, 2017
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 304 pages

The author of the “wonderful” (Tamora Pierce) Baba Yaga novels and Dangerously Charming is back with a magically mesmerizing new tale about the dashing and daring Broken Riders…

The Riders: Three immortal brothers who kept the Baba Yagas safe, now stripped of their summons to protect. But fate is not finished with them—and their new callings are even more powerful…

Though his physical wounds have healed, Gregori Sun, the eldest of the Riders, remains in spiritual turmoil. His search for his mother, the one person able to heal his soul and save his life, is failing—until he crosses paths with a beautiful and fascinating librarian who might be the key to his salvation…

Ciera Evans’s bookish ways are just a guise. The product of a difficult past, she has dedicated her life to saving lost teens—by any means necessary. She works alone, but when a dark, brooding stranger proposes they team up to solve both their problems, she is tempted—in more ways than one…


Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels


Please welcome Jamie Schultz to The Qwillery. Sacrifices, the 3rd Arcane Underworld Novel, is published on July 19th by Intermix. Please join The Qwillery is wishing Jamie a Happy Publication Day!



Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels




TQWelcome back to The Qwillery. Your new novel, Sacrifices (Arcane Underworld 3), is published on July 19th. Has your writing process changed (or not) from when you wrote Premonitions (Arcane Underworld 1) to Sacrifices?

Jamie:  Thanks for having me!

I wouldn’t say my writing process has changed much. I still write an outline, then start the book, then learn some things that cause me to go wildly off script before I finish up. I did, however, start working as far in advance as I could, in an attempt to minimize continuity problems and to help me avoid making decisions I’d have a hard time living with later. For example, I had a draft of Sacrifices (Book Three) already done while I was working on edits to Splintered (Book Two). Of course that draft changed a bunch before completion, but it really helped give me some lines to color inside while cleaning up Book Two. Working that far ahead definitely took some getting used to.



TQWhat do you wish that you knew about book publishing when Premonitions came out that you know now?

Jamie:  It’s… very… slow. Also, there are a lot of things out of your control, which can be a little maddening. The best thing for me was to focus on the work and simply accept those things which I couldn’t control. Which, actually, turns out to be a good practice for keeping one’s blood pressure in a reasonable range in general.



TQTell us something about Sacrifices that is not found in the book description.

Jamie:  An interesting dynamic in the book is that, at the end of Splintered, Genevieve ends up sort of dragooned into helping Sobell. That ends up pitting her against Anna in the race for the relic in this book and testing both her loyalty and her friendship.



TQWhich character in the Arcane Underworld series surprised you the most? Who has been the hardest character to write and why?

Jamie:  Nail surprised me the most, largely by turning out to be a lot more likable than I’d originally expected. I enjoy writing him a lot.

The hardest to write is Karyn, no doubt. Her visions of the future are messy, often metaphorical, and slopped right on top of her perception of the real world, which makes anything from her point of view particularly challenging to write in a way that it’s clear to the reader what is really going on. In addition, her motivations change considerably throughout Book Three—in a good way, I think, but one that added a fair amount of complexity to what had previously been simple survival.



TQSacrifices is the final novel in the Arcane Underworld series. How does it feel to wrap up the series?

Jamie:  It’s a bummer. I got pretty attached to the setting and the characters, and overall it fits my vibe pretty well. On the other hand, working on something new is always exciting, so it’ll be good to focus on that for a while.



TQWhy have you chosen to include or not chosen to include social issues in the Arcane Underworld series?

Jamie:  I don’t know that I’ve tackled social issues in a head-on sort of way in these books, but there’s definitely a constant undercurrent. The Arcane Underworld series is about criminals, for the most part, and even in a highly dramatized setting, it’s just not possible to write about crime without acknowledging the sort of poverty and desperation that often gives rise to it. Particularly for Sacrifices I did a lot of research on street gangs, and all the cultural and economic factors that play a role in generating and sustaining street gangs are, shall we say, sobering. I hope some of that comes through in the book.


TQWhich question about your Sacrifices of the Arcane Underworld series do you wish someone would ask? Ask it and answer it!

Jamie:  What’s your favorite scene from the book?

There’s a bit where Anna is talking about a bad episode from when she was growing up that I’m really proud of. I feel like it gives a lot of insight into her character as well as into one of the other characters in the book, and it’s kind of a touching scene, inasmuch as anything I write qualifies. When I think of this book, that’s the first scene that pops into my head. It’s not a climactic scene and not, perhaps, even critical to the plot, but it’s just right.



TQPlease give us one or two of your favorite non-spoilery quotes from Sacrifices.

Jamie:

“Get rid of it. All of it. Next thing you know, I’ll be huddled around that [stuff] calling it ‘my precious.’”

Or how about:

“My nephew’s getting worse,” Clarence continued. “He made a dog appear out of thin air two days ago.”

“A . . . dog?”

“I don’t know what it was, okay? It . . . kinda looked like a dog. Same size, four legs, too many teeth. So I’m gonna call it a dog. That a problem?”



TQWhat's next?

Jamie:  I’ve got a pile of projects! I’m most excited about a novel I wrote with a friend of mine. I believe it to be the world’s most bizarre vampire novel, and I expect it will appeal to folks who enjoyed the Arcane Underworld series. I’ve also got a handful of other things I’m kicking around. Too much to write, not enough time!



TQThank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Jamie:  Thanks again for having me!





Sacrifices
An Arcane Underworld Novel 3
InterMix, July 19, 2016
eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels
Things get a little demonic in the latest Arcane Underwold novel from the author of Splintered.

Thanks to their recent involvement with a magus crimelord and his demonic partner in mayhem, occult thieves Anna Ruiz and Karyn Ames are both stuck sharing head space with a demon. But while Karyn’s possession has had the unexpected benefit of focusing her visions of the future, Anna’s demon is spurring on her darkest urges, and it’s only a matter of time before she acts on them—and hurts someone in the process.

To save their skins, the two need to find a mysterious relic. But with their search taking them into some of the darkest places in the arcane underworld, Anna and Karyn will have to ally themselves with a group no self-respecting thief would be caught dead with—the Federal Bureau of Investigation...





Previously

Premonitions
An Arcane Underworld Novel 1
Roc, July 1, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 384 pages

Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels
TWO MILLION DOLLARS...

It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.

The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.

Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.

Karyn’s crew and even Sobell himself are about to find out just how powerful it is… and how powerful it may yet become.




Splintered
An Arcane Underworld Novel 2
Roc, July 7, 2015
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 352 pages

Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels
“Like a cross between the TV show Leverage and Jim Butcher’s ‘Dresden Files’ books.”—Library Journal
 The author of Premonitions continues his Arcane Underworld saga…

Anna Ruiz is on a mission: Help her friend and partner-in-crime Karyn Ames break free of the tangle of hallucinations and premonitions that have cut her off from reality. With the aid of her crew—ex-soldier Nail and sorcerer Genevieve—she’ll do whatever it takes to get Karyn help, even if it means tracking down every lowlife informant and back alley magic practitioner in the occult underworld of Los Angeles.

But since a magical heist went to hell, the crew has been working for crimelord and doomed magus Enoch Sobell. Between fighting Sobell’s battles with some seriously scary demonic forces and tangling with a group of violent fanatics who want to manipulate Karyn’s abilities for their own gains, Anna, Nail, and Genevieve are beginning to realize they’re in way over their heads.

And now that Karyn’s secret about seeing the future is out, even more unpleasant parties—human and otherwise—are about to come knocking…





About Jamie

Interview with Jamie Schultz, author of the Arcane Underworld Novels
Jamie Schultz is the author of the Arcane Underworld novels, including Premonitions and Splintered. He has worked as a rocket engine test engineer, an environmental consultant, a technical writer, and a construction worker, among other things. He lives in Dallas, Texas.








Website  ~  Twitter @JamieDSchultz

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Feature: Flight From Hell Release Day Blast - August 19, 2014


Feature: Flight From Hell Release Day Blast - August 19, 2014


"Yasmine Galenorn's Otherworld series is long running, best selling, and has unique, well developed world building. This rich environment has more than one story to tell... and it's time for a new one to begin.

FLIGHT FROM HELL IS OUT TODAY!

FLIGHT FROM HELL is the novella bridge-piece that loosely links Yasmine’s existing Otherworld series with her upcoming Fly By Night series. To help celebrate the release of the novella, Yasmine has a contest happening on her site, and today is the LAST DAY to enter!!! Click HERE for prize details and instructions for entering."



Flight From Hell
Otherworld Novella
Intermix, August 19, 2014
eBook, 126 pages

Feature: Flight From Hell Release Day Blast - August 19, 2014
When the half-demon Carter approaches Menolly and her sisters desperately asking for their help, they think he’s just had a tiff with Shimmer, his blue dragon girlfriend.

But after talking to Alex Radcliffe, the owner of the Fly By Night Magical Investigations Agency where Shimmer works, they suspect that she has been kidnapped by an old enemy of Alex’s.

Now, Alex must join forces with the D’Artigo sisters in a desperate race to find Shimmer before Julian, a powerful vampire from Alex’s past with a grudge to settle, can use the dragon to wreak havoc on Seattle as revenge.



"Next summer, in the Fly By Night series, you'll meet new characters and have new adventures, but each book will have Yasmine's signature depth and edge. Answering questions about the similarities and differences between the two series, Yasmine recently posted this on her blog:
  1. They ARE both set in the same universe/same city/same time.
  2. The Fly By Night Series is NOT just another venue for the D’Artigo Sisters. The focus will be on Alex and Shimmer—there will be crossover of minor characters, but the two series are definitely their own and Fly By Night belongs to Alex and Shimmer.
  3. The Fly By Night Series will be from Shimmer’s viewpoint, and she and Alex hang out in vastly different circles than the D’Artigo sisters overall.
  4. FLIGHT FROM HELL is an OTHERWORLD novella that introduces Alex and Shimmer to you—here, the characters do interact but the Fly By Night Series will be focused on the Fly By Night world.
  5. Fly By Night is more of a mystery/thriller series. I’ll give you these spoilers:
  • Alex and Shimmer are not privy to the demonic war going on.
  • The FBN books will be more standalone. While the characters will evolve, there’s not all that much of an overwhelming series arc.
  • The FBN gang is a little more humorous, though the series is not really ‘lighter’ than Otherworld.




Click on the FLIGHT FROM HELL cover above to see its info page on Yasmine's site (with excerpt and playlist). And each of the covers below will take you to their individual pages. Now is a perfect time to get to know the Otherworld series, or catch up where you left off!!

Otherworld

Witchling
Witchling
Book 1
Changeling
Changeling
Book 2
Darkling
Darkling
Book 3
Dragon Wytch
Dragon Wytch
Book 4
Night Huntress
Night Huntress
Book 5
Demon Mistress
Demon Mistress
Book 6
Bone Magic
Bone Magic
Book 7
Harvest Hunting
Harvest Hunting
Book 8
Blood Wyne
Blood Wyne
Book 9
Courting Darkness
Courting Darkness
Book 10
Shaded Vision
Shaded Vision
Book 11
Shadow Rising
Shadow Rising
Book 12
Haunted Moon
Haunted Moon
Book 13
Autum Whispers
Autumn Whispers
Book 14
Crimson Veil
Crimson Veil
Book 15
Priestess Dreaming
Priestess Dreaming
Book 16
Panther Prowling
Panther Prowling
Book 17



Release Day Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian


The Wicked We Have Done
Author:  Sarah Harian
Series:  Chaos Theory 1
Publisher:  InterMix, March 18, 2014
Format:  eBook
List Price:  $3.99
eISBN9780698152175
Review Copy:  Provided by the Publisher

Release Day Review: The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.





Melanie's Thoughts:

The Wicked We Have Done is a first in two respects - it is Sarah Harian's first novel and the first in her Chaos Theory series. This novel introduces us to Evalyn who has been incarcerated for killing her best friend and several other people in a massacre at her college. Evalyn has volunteered to take part in a pioneering experiment - The Compass Room which will judge her morality in a series of tests. The Compass Room or CR as it is referred to throughout the book will monitor each prisoner's brain waves while they are subjected to simulated events from their crime and judge whether they are morally corrupt. If their reactions tip them into the sociopathic, murderer range then they will be executed in any manner of horrific way. There is always the slim chance the CR will judge them to be guilt fee and they will be released and free from prison. Evalyn doesn't think she has anything to lose and along with several other teenage criminals she embarks on a month long test of to prove her innocence, even though she doesn't believe she is innocent. It doesn't take long for the horror to start or for Evalyn to suspect that the Compass Room isn't working properly and murdering the innocent, as well as, the guilty. Its only a matter or time before Evalyn's past comes to haunt her in a very real way and its a fight to the death for survival for both Evalyn and her fellow inmates.

This book reminded me a bit of a mash up of The Running Man and The Hunger Games with emphasis on the latter - teenagers fighting for survival in a simulated wilderness. However, in this novel the main characters have all been convicted of quite chilling crimes and are not the innocent victims in The Hunger Games. As the novel progresses and as Evalyn is tested in the Compass Room we get to find out the events preceding and following her arrest through POV chapters. We don't get the same level of detail with the other characters and only find out how they ended up in jail through their 'trigger' events in the Compass Room or from when they confess to Evalyn. I liked the fact that Harian didn't have completely innocent characters and the title of this book is really sums up the lead characters' stories. While they aren't innocent of murder there are circumstances that led them to kill which chips away at their public personas as heartless murderers.

There are several teenagers that join Evalyn in the Compass Room but the story focuses mainly on a core of four including Evalyn, Casey - her love interest, Valerie, and Jace.  Evalyn and Casey started out disliking each other but it didn't take long for the romance to bloom in amongst the killing and fleeing for their lives. This was a relatively short book (under 300 pages) so its only a few days between Casey hating Evalyn to Casey wanting to jump in Evalyn's pants. I thought the story would have been just as good (perhaps better) without having the romance or without it happening so early. I had a bit of a love/hate with Evalyn as a character. I don't think you can be a kindhearted killer.  I thought this story suffered a bit from similarities to other stories and I am at a loss to think of what Harian is going to do next with these characters. Having said that, I am still looking forward to finding out where Harian takes Evalyn next.


2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian



2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian


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Sarah Harian

The Wicked We Have Done
Chaos Theory 1
InterMix, March 18, 2014
eBook

2014 Debut Author Challenge Update - The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah Harian
Darkly suspenseful and completely unexpected, The Wicked We Have Done is a debut author’s thrilling new take on New Adult romance.

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either. 


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