Thursday, June 23, 2016

Writing just for kicks

There was a time when I was writing pretty much non-stop. I'd take a few weeks off here or there between drafts, but there was always an open project... A book I was in the middle of writing the first draft for, or in the middle of revising, etc. I actually had a neurotic project plan for getting it all done.

And then... I got it all done.

Never thought I'd see the day when that'd happen. But about a year ago, I wrapped up both the JANE COLT trilogy and the BRAVE NEW GIRLS anthology. BUTTERFLY DOME (now retitled STARSWEPT) is still out on submission, so, for all intents and purposes, it's done for now. Finished LET ME FLY FREE edits a few months ago and am now just waiting for it to come out. Ball's in Glass House Press's court for FLYNN NIGHTSIDER and WINDBORN edits. And I sent my latest WIP, MIDNIGHT SWAN, to my agent almost three months ago, so nothing I can do there until I hear back about whether she loves or hates it (*whispers in a pathetic voice* please love it...) and what revisions I need to make.

Now, I have a crazy/potentially-brilliant/mostly-just-crazy/absolutely-terrifying idea for a new book that I've been talking about for so long, my one friend always jokes that it's the book I'm never going to write. But it's going to involve a lot lot lot lot lot of background reading and research before I can begin, and to be honest, I was feeling a little too burned out to start something completely new.

Then, during an ecstatic fangirl-y Facebook thread with a few fellow Red Adept Publishing authors, I agreed to write my own crazy Sherlock Holmes adaptation (everyone was pitching their brilliant/nutsy ideas for how they'd adapt the legendary detective). For a while, I was so burned out, I couldn't bring myself to write my promised short story.

Finally, I gave myself a deadline and swore by Cthulhu that I'd get it done. I was having a hard time feeling motivated because in my mind, it wasn't a "real" story. Like, I wasn't going to try to perfect it and pitch it anywhere. There's been talk among the other authors of independently publishing our anthology of crazy (awesome) Sherlock adaptations, but it'd be for kicks, not because we thought we'd get rich or famous off it or anything.

But when I set myself deadlines (and swear by Cthulhu), I meet them, and I soon found that writing
just for kicks was strangely freeing. For once, I wasn't worrying about marketability or abiding by genre conventions or even craft-type things like story structure and character arcs and etc. etc. etc... I wasn't trying to make it "good." And you know what? I had a blast! It was so liberating to be able to shed all these pressures I was so used to placing on myself and just writing for once. I was about to say free-writing, but of course, I'm me, so even my just-for-fun answers-to-no-one story needed an outline and character notes and pages and pages of other assorted background stuff.

So I met my deadline (Cthulhu don't mess around) and threw the story up on Wattpad because... because I could. I've never really used the platform before (I signed up a few years ago, then quickly got confused and fell down  the Twitter hole instead), so I figured this was a fun way to check it out.

Here it is... THE ADVENTURE OF THE SILICON BEECHES, a gender-swapped, YA sci-fi retelling of one of my favorite Sherlock tales, "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches". And I even made a cover for it! Complete at 13,000 words (yeah, yeah, I know I said this was a "short" story)... check it out :-) https://www.wattpad.com/myworks/75930860-the-adventure-of-the-silicon-beeches

Friday, June 17, 2016

COVER REVEAL: Daybreak Rising / Kiran Oliver

On September 21, 2016, the F/F fantasy DAYBREAK RISING will be arriving to an e-readers near you from Torquere Press! Today, we get a first look at the amazing cover, designed by the amazing artist Kris Norris over at Torquere. 




Here’s a bit about DAYBREAK RISING:

22-year-old Celosia Brennan spent sixteen years being raised as the heroine her nation needed. A dual-touched Elementalist with both the power to conjure fire and see glimpses of her future, Celosia was the best hope at overthrowing the oppressive Council in a mission called Daybreak, an attempt to secure justice for the massacre of her people and so many others. There’s just one problem: she couldn’t. Celosia broke down after realizing the enormity of her task, and is struggling to make things right while the blood of her fellows stains her hands.

Now branded a failure, Celosia desperately volunteers for the next mission: taking down the corrupt Council with a team of her fellow elementally-gifted mages. Leading the Ember Operative gives Celosia her last hope at redemption. They seek to overthrow the Council once and for all, this time bringing the fight to Valeria, the largest city under the Council’s iron grip. But Celosia’s new teammates don’t trust her—all except for a powerful ice Elementalist named Ianthe who believes in second chances.

With Council spies, uncontrolled magic, and the distraction of unexpected love, Celosia will have to win the trust of her teammates and push her abilities to the breaking point to complete the Ember Operative. Except if she falters this time, there won’t be any Elementalists left to stop the Council from taking over not only her country, but their entire world.
So here it is...The moment we’ve been waiting for...



You can add DAYBREAK RISING to your GoodReads TBRshelf today, and pre-orders should be live from Torquere soon! Be sure to sign up to Torquere Press’s newsletter to be the first to know when DAYBREAK RISING is available for pre-order.

About the author:

Kiran Oliver is a Southern New Hampshire University graduate having majored in Communication with a PR focus. He currently attends Free Code Camp in the hope of earning a certificate in Full Stack Web Development while working as a freelance technology journalist. When he’s not writing for work, he’s creating novels such as DAYBREAK RISING for fun.

When not daydreaming about lesbian pirates, queer lady paladins, or dragons, Kiran can be found at the gym or playing MMOs. He resides in New Zealand with his wife Elizabeth, their cat, Ember, and soon to be a puppy named Zephyr.

Find Kiran on social media:

Twitter - @coliver_writes
GoodReads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14011102.C_K_Oliver
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/authorCKOliver

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Libby Heily

An interview with author Libby Heily.

 


Hi! Welcome to Zigzag Timeline. Can you tell us about your background as an author?

Absolutely I can!  I wrote really bad poems as a kid but mostly I spent my time reading.  In college, I studied acting but it never felt quite right.  During my sophomore year I started tinkering with an idea I had for a play.  I completed my first play by the end of that year and that’s where my writing career began.  I wrote a lot of plays and then screenplays and I finally turned to fiction in my late twenties.

What got you into writing?

I grew up in a chaotic house full of people.  Reading and watching TV were my two escapes.  It didn’t take long for me to start building my own worlds instead of just living in other people’s creations.

What was the first idea you had for your book, and how did the story grow from there?

My husband thought I was depressed after he read my first book, Tough Girl.  I wanted to write something happy and uplifting and I immediately came up with the name “Grape Merriweather”.  Everything else spiraled from there.

Among your characters, who's your favorite? Could you please describe him/her?

Oh, you are not shy about asking the tough questions!  I really like them all but one character who only crops up in one scene is Betty, the local community theater actress.  She takes her amateur career very seriously, committing fully to each and every role.  Her day job is waiting tables at Bill Buck’s Steakhouse and she spends twenty minutes every night getting into character.  I just love her.  She comes back in the second book. ;)

What's your favorite scene from your novel? Could you please describe it?

There are so many I like.  One that I particularly enjoy is a scene between Grape and Graeson, a boy at school who has a crush on her and goes about wooing her the exact wrong way.  His first attempt is to serenade her outside her house late at night.  He thinks it’s romantic but it comes across as creepy.  Grape is not one to mess around, so she threatens him with a lawn chair.  The scene is pretty funny and goofy and I just love it.

What's your favorite part of writing? Plotting? Describing scenes? Dialogue?

Having finished.  The process can be fun but painful and I am a multi-drafter and hard to satisfy.  Once the project is complete and ready to go, that’s the best feeling in the world.

How long does it take you to write a book? Do you have a writing process, or do you wing it?

Between one and two years.  I do a lot of pre-writing in a notebook.  I go over ideas, plots, scenes, character work, etc.  I then create a plot outline and go for it, but I leave a lot of room for creativity.

What is it about the genre you chose that appeals to you?

I like writing for younger audiences and in the spec fic realm because it unleashes the imagination.  I enjoy contemporary fiction as well but there is something freeing about embracing genres.

Are there any books or writers that have had particular influence on you?

So many.

Short Answer: Virginia Woolfe, August Strindberg, Brocke Clarke, Terry Pratchett, Muriel Spark, Harold Pinter and Eugene O’Neill.
Long Answer: Virginia Woolfe’s experimentation and exceptional grasp of language constantly floors me. I first encountered August Strindberg in college when I read his “A Dream Play.” I was immediately hooked. I delved for a bit into other expressionist playwrights but Strindberg was always my favorite. Brock Clarke is just fantastic. I haven’t read a book of his yet that I haven’t loved. Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels are fun and sly. I love how he mixes humor and satire while constantly world building. Muriel Spark is devilishly dark in her work but also stark and honest. The Driver’s Seat is the closest a book has ever come to changing my life. Harold Pinter was another college encounter. My entire vision of theater changed when I watched “The Dumb Waiter” my freshman year. Above all, perhaps, I respect Eugene O’Neill. I love fearless writers who constantly experiment and I think O’Neill embraced that fearlessness better than most. His plays run the gamut from natural to exppressionistic. Did he fail? Sometimes, yes. But when he succeeded...damn.

Did you ever surprise yourself when you were writing your book? Characters who took on lives of their own? Plot elements that took unexpected turns?

Absolutely.  That’s one of the best parts about writing.  In this book, I didn’t plan for several characters, they kind of just happened.  One is named Milly.  I think you’ll find her intriguing.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Excerpt:

Excerpt:

This is where Grape first meets the Models:
      What are you wearing?” a snotty voice asked Grape.
      Grape’s entire body stiffened as she looked up from her phone. Five of the most beautiful people to ever walk the earth stood scattered around two Porsches. Did I walk into a photo shoot?
“I mean, gross.”
The words came from an impossibly beautiful girl. Loose, raven-black locks fell over her shoulders, the tips lingering above her full bosom. Grape could almost hear the sizzle and static of her electric blue eyes. The sun had kissed the girl’s skin lightly, leaving a glow that made the air around her shimmer. Her pouty, pink, full lips begged to be kissed, though the guy standing behind her, his arm draped over her shoulder protectively, warned off all who would be so bold.
The boy behind her, if anything, was even more handsome than she was beautiful. Muscle stacked upon muscle until his clothes had no choice but to hug every inch of his body. His dark eyebrows and strong jaw lent him a tough look, one that was backed up by the playful anger in his eyes.
The raven-haired goddess turned and embraced her beau, her face tucked away into the heat of his chest. He sat propped up on the hood of a yellow Porsche, the sleek lines of the car offset by the disdain on his face. They were so incredibly, delightfully gorgeous that even though he looked as if he had seen a cockroach instead of a human being, Grape’s heart still melted at the sight of them.
“I think she’s in love.”
Grape snapped her gaze away from the Adonis with the nasty temperament and turned toward the twin boys standing in front of a black Porsche. Her eyes bounced between the two, taking in every perfect feature. Flawless, rich, dark brown skin. Sparkling hazel eyes. Muscles so tight that you could bounce a quarter off their abs, or arms, or anywhere on their bodies, really. They looked as perfectly engineered as the cars they stood by. But it was their lusciously long eyelashes that sent Grape swooning. Men were not meant to be this pretty.
“Leave her alone, guys.”
Grape’s head spun. Each person she saw was more beautiful than the last, and the redheaded girl standing off to the side was no exception. The baggy jeans and generic T-shirt she wore did not detract from her creamy skin and full lips. Her large brown eyes fascinated Grape—red flakes glimmered from inside each caramel-colored orb.
The air felt charged with a million volts. Her thinking grew cloudy. Were these angels? Was she daydreaming? How did anyone get to be this beautiful? She could sense their hostility, but something inside her felt warm and gooey. Snap to, Grape, she told herself. They want to hurt you.
“Awww, look. It likes us,” the twin with the goatee said. The clean-shaven twin’s face softened. Was that pity she saw in his hazel eyes?
“Stop being mean,” the redhead said, sounding more bored than angry.
“I’m not being mean. Where’d you buy that shirt?” Goatee asked. His quiet tone was laced with thorny edges.
Grape swallowed hard. The fuzz inside her head abated. Focus, she told herself, feeling like an idiot. “I don’t know. Kohl’s maybe.” She glanced down at her blouse. The shirt was a birthday present from her mother, and she wasn’t sure where it came from, but since her mother did most of her own shopping at Kohl’s, it seemed like a pretty safe guess.
Goatee turned toward his brother and smiled. “Pay up.”
Clean-Shaven shook his head at her as if she’d named the wrong store on purpose. He pulled a thick wad of cash from his pocket, peeled off a twenty, and handed it to Goatee. “I was sure it came from Kmart.”
“Why does it matter where I bought my shirt?”
The raven-haired girl glanced out from her hiding place in her boyfriend’s embrace. “It just looked familiar. I wore the same shirt. Three years ago.” She smiled, but there was no kindness when she bared her teeth. “Before it was a knockoff.” The girl hid her face against her boyfriend’s pecs. Their chests rose and fell at the same time, breathing as one.
“Okay. Well, I don’t really buy designer clothes.” Grape wanted to have a witty comeback, but she still wasn’t sure where the insult lay. Did they or did they not like the shirt?
What the hell is wrong with me? Of course they’re making fun of me. Why aren’t I angrier?
“She means she modeled the design,” the redheaded girl said, cutting her eyes to the couple.
“You’re a model?”
The brothers snickered. “Pretending she doesn’t know who we are, that’s so cute. Is that the new fad amongst the Normals?” Clean-Shaven asked.
“I don’t understand anything you just said.” Grape felt completely out of her depth. This was the school parking lot, but she might as well have been on Jupiter.
The redhead took a step toward Grape, shooting a nasty glance to the others crowded around the cars. “Don’t worry about it. They’re just teasing.”
“I thought about modeling.” Grape hadn’t meant to say that, but no one else spoke, and she felt like she had to say something. Her skin grew hot. She knew she was blushing beyond red and into crimson mode. She’d practiced runway shows off and on in her bedroom since she was twelve, but she had never told anyone she wanted to be a model. Ever.
“Ow,” Grape cried, only then noticing that she had twisted her ring so hard it was actually cutting into her finger. A tiny drop of blood oozed out and fell to the pavement below.
“Aren’t you a little fat to be a model?” the boyfriend asked. His voice sounded like pure honey even when he spoke acid.
“You think I’m fat?” Grape stared down at her flat tummy. No one had ever called her fat before. There was still a bit of room in the waistband of her size four skirt.
“I’m just saying you could stand to lose a few pounds, unless you want the runway to collapse.”
“Ouch, Adam.” Clean-Shaven punched the boyfriend playfully on the arm.
Goatee winked at Adam. “My boy calls it like he sees it, and he sees a chunky monkey.”
“I’m well within my weight range.” She could feel her voice growing high-pitched. Damn nerves. These people were jerks.
“Of course you are, you look great,” the redhead told her. “These guys just don’t how to joke around without being completely mean.”
“We aren’t joking,” Adam said, giving his girlfriend a quick kiss on the top of her head.
Goatee pulled out his car keys. He turned his back on Grape, tired of their new toy.
“Whatever. Class is about to start. Are we skipping or staying?”
“Skipping,” the raven-haired girl peeked out to say.
Adam looked Grape over and made a face as if he’d smelled something terrible. “Yeah, I think I’m done for the day, too. I feel the need to hit the gym.”
She rubbed her hands over her stomach but it still felt flat like normal. What were they seeing that she wasn’t?
“The shirt looks nice on you,” Clean-Shaven said before climbing into the driver’s seat of the black Porsche.
“Like a muumuu on a water buffalo,” Goatee added and hopped into the driver’s seat of the yellow Porsche. The couple got into the back of his car and huddled close together.
“Mandy, you coming?” Goatee asked.
“No, I have a test,” Mandy, the redhead, said. “I’ll see you later.”
“Suit yourself.”
Grape waved stupidly at the drivers as the engines revved. You look like a goober, she told herself, but she could not stop waving.
“Move.” Mandy grabbed Grape by the arm and pulled her toward the sidewalk.
Grape tried to shake her arm free, but Mandy’s grip was surprisingly strong. “Let go of me.”
Mandy stared at her with an I-told-you-so look as the Porsches sped off, right through where Grape had been standing.
“Oh my God, were they going to run me over?”
“Not on purpose. I’m sure they just forgot you were there once they started their cars.”
“How?”
Mandy shook her head. She stared after the Porsches as they pulled into traffic and sped away. Finally, she turned back to Grape and offered her an apologetic smile. “Sorry about that.”
“Which part?”
“All of it, I guess.”

ABOUT THE BOOK
Sixteen-year-old Grape Merriweather has just moved to Sortilege Falls and already she knows something isn't right. A small pack of teenage models, too beautiful for words, holds the town in their sway. The models have no plans on making Grape's life easy. But no matter how cruel they are to Grape and the other “Normals”, no one can stay angry with them for long.

Grape's life changes for the better, or so she thinks, when Mandy, the only “nice” model, befriends her. But that’s when the trouble truly begins. Mandy's friendship places Grape smack in the middle of a medical mystery that has the entire town on edge. One by one, the models fall ill from an incurable disease. Grape quickly realizes that the models' parents are hiding a secret, even as they watch their children die. To save her only friend, Grape will have to find the truth–and that means putting her life in danger.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Libby Heily began writing after spending years as an obsessive reader. She's written plays, screenplays, flash fiction, short stories, and novels. Libby studied Acting and Playwriting at Longwood College and Film Production at the Seattle Film Institute. When not spending time in made up places with invisible friends, she enjoys reading, running, hiking and performing improv in Raleigh, NC.

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Suffer Love / Ashley Herring Blake

TITLE: Suffer Love
AUTHOR: Ashley Herring Blake
PUBLISHER: HMH Books for Young Readers
AVAILABILITY: Amazon


GENRE
Young Adult - Contemporary/Romance

REVIEW
"In Romeo and Juliet, the stars didn't cross. They collided." That's a line from SUFFER LOVE that perfectly sums it up, and that will stick with me for a long time (disclaimer: I was typing that from memory, so it might not be *exactly* as it is in the novel). This stunning contemporary YA romance is told from the POVs of Hadley and Sam, two teens from dysfunctional families whose relationship, as the tagline says, was complicated before they ever met.

The official description leaves out exactly how it's complicated, but it's not hard to guess (and gets revealed pretty early on), so I don't think it's a spoiler. Hadley's family is still reeling from her father's recent affair with an unknown woman, with her parents in marriage counseling and her doing her best to keep pretending everything's okay. Meanwhile, Sam and his little sister move into town after their father left them because of their mom's infidelity - and Sam knows exactly who the Other Man is. He's instantly attracted to Hadley and somewhat thrilled when he's paired with her for a Shakespeare assignment... until he learns her last name and realizes that the Other Man was her dad. Holy moly, there's no way this can end well... especially since Sam can't bring himself to tell Hadley what's going on.

This dramatic irony creates a simmering tension throughout the whole story, which follows Hadley and Sam's emotional struggles with life, their families, and each other. While their romance is at the heart of the story, it's just one piece of a profound exploration of the characters' lives - how each of them handles the difficult realities they live in. Both characters are wonderfully written with voices that feel genuine and relatable, yet are very distinct from each other. Sometimes strong, sometimes vulnerable, sometimes cautious, sometimes impulsive - complex people in complex situations, making choices that aren't always the best ones, but ring true. I found myself instantly pulled in and tore through the whole thing in about two days (at one point staying up far too late, but no regrets!).

I loved that this is something of an unconventional romance, with characters who aren't your typical romantic leads. Hadley's gained a reputation around school for being a tease, since one of the ways she copes with her parents' relationship falling apart is by seeking comfort and escape in the arms of boys. The novel aims to blast apart the stigma surrounding girls who like to hook up by exploring Hadley's motivations and emotions, as well as showing how she deals with the subsequent slut-shaming. Sam, meanwhile, is simultaneously older than his years and a confused teen. With his dad gone and his mom somewhat absent, he's taken it upon himself to act as his little sister's surrogate parent. Yet he's still a kid himself, and the tension between the two sides of him help create an interesting and multifaceted personality. Also worth noting is that I loved the role that Sam's little sister (Livy) played - the sibling relationship between her and Sam, the developing friendship between her and Hadley, her own feelings and confusion around her parents' split.

This was a book that gave me ALL THE FEELS and left me somewhat stunned at the end, like "whoa, that was awesome, and I don't know whether to smile or weep or smile-weep or WHAT!" The stars collided, love was suffered, and the complicated got even more complicated. And I loved every moment.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ashley Herring Blake is a poet, teacher, and YA novelist. Her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, follows two teens as they attempt to wade through an intense relationship complicated by their parents' infidelities. Ashley lives in Nashville, TN.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Casey Keen

An interview with Casey Keen, author of the Anna Wolfe series.



Hi! Welcome to Zigzag Timeline. Can you tell us about your background as an author?

As a child, I’ve always been more creative than logical. Growing up, I loved to color, draw, create, scrapbook, etc. I excelled in English, and struggled with math. Challenges inspire me, and writing three novels has proven to be the biggest one yet!

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and I'm currently working on a new series.

What got you into writing?

What encouraged me to even attempt writing? First, it began with a fondness. After I read my first paranormal romance series, I fell in love with the whimsical genre. I researched self-publishing and decided to pursue it, I mean, why not? Ideas, plots and characters piled in my head, waiting to be created. Once I opened the creative doors, I couldn’t close them! My imagination spilled out of me and onto my computer screen. I never thought I’d be a writer, or have anything worth writing about, until I opened my mind and blew the dust off my creativity.

What was the first idea you had for your book, and how did the story grow from there?

I read an H.P. Mallory book and fell in love with the paranormal romance genre (it was my first paranormal/romance book... ever)! After I found out she started as a self- published author, I thought “maybe I can too!”

I knew the setting would be in the south, most likely Savannah, because I am in love with that city! The main character had to be a witch and it took off from there.

Among your characters, who's your favorite? Could you please describe him/her?

Anna Wolfe is the main character in all of the novels and she is my favorite because the entire series revolves around her! Anna is a “normal” woman. That is until one day it’s revealed to her that she’s more than ordinary - she’s a Grand Witch! Once this discovery has been made, the ruler of The Netherworld tries to get his hands on her, along with a gorgeous werewolf and confident Warlock. She is fiercely protective of her friends / family and she struggles with her new destiny. She is strong and scared, which makes her vulnerable and relatable to the reader.


What's your favorite scene from your novel? Could you please describe it?

My favorite scene is when Anna and her friends are in the Netherworld and finally face off with Micah and his army of demons. The emotions, fear and description of battle, from Anna’s point of view, are intense and action-packed.

What's your favorite part of writing? Plotting? Describing scenes? Dialogue?

My favorite part of writing is creating the plot and describing certain scenes. In book one, I’ll Be Damned, there is a lot of description of Savannah. I love to try and immerse the reader in the plot and describing a scene or place helps do that.

How long does it take you to write a book? Do you have a writing process, or do you wing it?

It takes me a year from start to finish – including having it professionally edited. When I write, I just wing it!

What is it about the genre you chose that appeals to you?

I LOVE the paranormal genre. I’ve always loved anything supernatural, so this genre is right up my alley. I prefer the lighter and whimsical novels in this category.
I do read other genres! I love true crime, history and almost anything with an interesting plot.

Are there any books or writers that have had particular influence on you?

H.P. Mallory and the paranormal romance genre has influenced my writing.

Did you ever surprise yourself when you were writing your book? Characters who took on lives of their own? Plot elements that took unexpected turns?

Not usually. Most of the time I know which direction my plot and characters are going to go (or not go). Sometimes, I have an add-in, but the plot, etc. never deviates from the original idea.

Thanks for stopping by! 

ABOUT THE BOOK

To Spell With It (Book #3 in the Anna Wolfe Series)

Valen disappeared. 
Micah’s quest for world domination is underway. 
An ancient bond threatens to destroy Anna and Roman. 
A vampire who cannot be trusted. 
Grand Witch Anna Wolfe’s worst nightmare has just begun. Valen is being held hostage by Micah and to make matters more complicated, an ancient bond brewing between her and Roman threatens their very survival. Anna will stop at nothing to get Valen back, even visiting the dreaded Netherworld and enlisting the help of Vlad, the King of the Vampires. 
What Anna isn’t prepared for is battling Micah and his endless army of demons, while waging war on The Highers. Faced with terrifying encounters and disastrous black magic, Anna must do everything in her power to rescue Valen and protect both worlds.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bio:
I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural - seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned."

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