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BOOK NEWS!!!!

Hello lovelies,

The secret is out!! I am so thrilled to announce that I have a new book coming out!

REMEMBERING MAJYK, book one in The Skazka Chronicles is coming

January 18th, 2018!

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Summary:
Calista Faulkner never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one.

While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Calista becomes a target and her only chance of survival is to trust the mysterious Brendan Parnell. He seems to know all of her secrets, even those she doesn’t remember herself.

Together they must fight to protect the most important part of their inheritance, the Relic of Knowledge. Unfortunately, Calista has no memory of her magical life and no idea where she hid the relic. As her memories begin to resurface with bone crushing agony, Calista must face the facts: she is a Volshebnitsya of the High Realm of Skazka and it is her duty to stop the Glava, the masters of Shadowlands.

The world around them begins to falls apart. Plagued by storms that are destroying cities and torn by the sinister monsters of Russian lore. The secrets locked deep inside her mind are her destiny and her undoing. If both worlds are to survive, Calista and Brendan must face the darkness around them—and the darkness threatening from within.

Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36461301-remembering-majyk

Cover reveal coming December 10th!!
Preorder links to follow!

I am so excited!! Keep an eye out on all the social medias for teasers, giveaways, and more!

Much love,

Valia

Title, Cover, and Synopsis Reveal: The Skazka Chronicles, Book 2!!!

Hello lovelies!!!!

I cannot believe the time is finally here to reveal this awesome beauty! I am so excited for this book and I hope you are too!

Book 2 in the Skazka Chronicles is…….Majyk Reborn!!!!

BOOK SUMMARY:

What if getting her memory back was the worst thing that could’ve happened to Calista?

After returning to Skazka, the last place Calista wants to be, is in the Royal Court. Her every move is watched, her majyk is getting out of hand, and the one person she thought she could trust is pulling away. The secrets she holds inside of her may break apart the foundation of what makes her a Volshebnitsya. As Calista regains more of her memory, she realizes that maybe she is not who she thought she was, and there are forces much darker than the Glava that she must stand against. But how can she trust what’s true, if everyone around her knows more than they’re saying?

The storms are getting worse, entering the majykal Skazka and blurring the veil between the worlds. Frankenstein’s monsters are right on her heels, with the Glava pushing to destroy what is left of the High Realm, while Calista is trapped in the middle.

Is she darkness or is she light? Finding the answer to that question may cost Calista everything, even the happy ending she so desperately desires.

And now, for the cover!!!!

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Are you ready???

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Are you??

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Okay!!! AHHH!

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I. AM. IN. LOVE.

And here’s the full wrap!!

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What do you think?? Isn’t it GORGEOUS??? I absolutely LOVE the green and my girl Calista sure looks like she can take care of some serious business!

Majyk Reborn will be out on
June 22nd, 2018!!!

That’s right. A month to go and you can have this beauty in your hands!

Add it on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39331719-untitled

There will be a short preorder for Barnes & Noble, Apple, & Kobo going up today and I will share the link as soon as it’s live!
Amazon will be a live release on June 22nd!

I am so excited to share this book with you! This series is just so important to me and I cannot wait to hear what you think of Calista’s story.

If you haven’t picked up book one, what are you waiting for?

Amazon: http://a.co/aJCVUvB 

Make sure to follow me on all the social medias, for lots of giveaways are coming your way!! I’m going to go and admire this beauty now.

Much love,

Valia

Blog Tour: Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

Hello lovelies,

Today I bring you a tour blog stop that I am super excited about! I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like to (all this writing is really putting a damper on that), but I did have the chance to read Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian and it was so so good.

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SUMMARY:

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Queen of Flame and Fury, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed “Ash Princess.” Pretending to be empty-headed and naive when she’s not enduring brutal whippings, she pushes down all other thoughts but one: Keep the Kaiser happy and he will keep you safe.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can’t keep her feelings and memories pushed down any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser’s warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn’t expect to develop feelings for the Prinz. Or for her rebel allies to challenge her friendship with the one person who’s been kind to her throughout the last hopeless decade: her heart’s sister, Cress.

Cornered into impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she’s willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she’s willing to sacrifice to become queen.

MY REVIEW:

I didn’t have many expectations going in. Which is how I like it. I don’t like having preconceived notions about a book, and I’m so glad this came to me that way, because it made a name for it all on its own.

I love when books surprise me. To be honestly, the beginning chapter didn’t pull me in. I had to make past it. But once I started to get to know Theo and what she’s been going through and who she’s become, it all just took off from there.

A times, it’s a difficult book to read because it deals with a lot of heavy subjects. Being in captivity for so long, paraded around as a trophy for a victory and constantly abused is not a pleasant thing to read. But I enjoyed getting to know Theo and how she dealt with many of the unfortunate circumstances that seem to surround her. Even when she was beaten down, she comes back up again. Figuratively and realistically. My heart broke for her but it also cheered, when she did just lay down and continue to take the hardships. She could’ve. This could’ve been a whole different story.

I have my opinions on the other characters, and all I’ll say here is that they’re probably not going to be the popular ones. But I’m used to that, so I’ll deal.

I think Laura crafted a very interesting beginning to a series that I look forward to continuing on with (which will be a while since the book doesn’t even come out till April 24th.). I flew through the book and cannot wait to pick up the next one!

Preorder it here:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Changing Hands

Cover Reveal + Giveaway: Kiss Collector by Wendy Higgins!!!

Hello lovelies,

Today is an exciting day! Not only is it Wednesday, but it’s cover reveal day for one of my favorite people! (And yes, it’s also Valentine’s day haha).

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I LOVE everything Wendy writes and I seriously cannot wait for this beauty! Are you ready to see it???

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Blurb:
When seventeen-year-old Zae Monroe gets cheated on by the only guy she’s ever loved, then watches her parents’ marriage crumble, she decides to forget about relationships and turn the tables on the boys of the world. It’s time to take what she wants, and what she wants are kisses. Athletes, musicians, poets, and bad boys—their lips are all on her agenda, and it’s time to collect.
Zae proposes a contest with her friends to see who can kiss the most boys during spring break. But what starts as a harmless competition leads to a downward spiral she can’t seem to break free of. As family, academic, friend, and guy drama come to a head, Zae is forced to face the reasons behind her boy angst, and starts to wonder if she was wrong about the male race…or at least some of them.
COMING DECEMBER 18TH, 2018!!! Don’t forget to add it to your TBR!
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Are you excited? Because I’m excited!!

Much love,

Valia

 

Remembering Majyk is Live!!

Hello lovelies,

AH!!! IT’S HERE!!! IT’S HERE!!! REMEMBERING MAJYK IS LIVE!!!!!

Amazon kindle: http://a.co/ebxuasg

Amazon paperbacks: http://a.co/hmYLPXG

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Here they are, my beautiful darlings!! I hope you love their story as much as I do!

Don’t forget, I’m having a party with a TON of amazing authors!!

https://www.facebook.com/events/400884860360692/

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Much love,

Valia

Remembering Majyk: Excerpt & Giveaway!

Hello lovelies,

Today, I have something special for you!! I’ve got a whole lot of teasers and a whole excerpt below! I can’t believe we’re only 8 DAYS away from the release!! Don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a giveaway!

Check out this thrilling excerpt for REMEMBERING MAJYK! Don’t forget to preorder your copy today!

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Title: REMEMBERING MAJYK, book one in The Skazka Chronicles

Young Adult Fantasy

 

Release Date: January 18

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Book Description:
Calista Faulkner never believed in fairy tales…until she is thrust into one.
While attending a college party, she’s attacked by terrifying creatures straight out of a modern day Dr. Frankenstein’s handbook. Fleeing for her life, she discovers that her human memories are a lie and nothing is what it seems.
Calista becomes a target and her only chance of survival is to trust the mysterious Brendan Parnell. He seems to know all of her secrets, even those she doesn’t remember herself.
Together they must fight to protect the most important part of their inheritance, the Relic of Knowledge. Unfortunately, Calista has no memory of her magical life and no idea where she hid the relic. As her memories begin to resurface with bone crushing agony, Calista must face the facts: she is a Volshebnitsya of the High Realm of Skazka and it is her duty to stop the Glava, the masters of Shadowlands.
The world around them begins to falls apart. Plagued by storms that are destroying cities and torn by the sinister monsters of Russian lore. The secrets locked deep inside her mind are her destiny and her undoing. If both worlds are to survive, Calista and Brendan must face the darkness around them—and the darkness threatening from within.

EXCERPT:

“What’s going on?” I shout, as the stranger shoves me into the room used to store all of our stuff, shutting the door behind him. I expect someone to come to my rescue, but it’s like no one can hear me yell. Stumbling back against the bed, I turn around and find myself face to face with another man already in the room. They tower over me, flanking me on both sides, wearing an expression of hatred that I don’t understand. I’ve never seen them before.
“Look, I don’t know who you think I am, but you’ve got the wrong girl. I have no idea who you are or why I’m here.” I say, and my words sound a lot calmer than I feel. Staring at the large men, I keep backing away until I’m on the other side of the bed.
“Volshebnitsya Skazki, sechasze otdavai Znaniye, ili mi ybiyom vseh.” 
“Umm, what?” My brain pushes to comprehend the strange words as the man in front of me growls with every syllable. His eyes narrow and he exhales, almost like a dog, before trying again.
“You are Calista Faulkner,” he says, his voice thick with an accent I can’t quite place. “You will tell where Znaniye hides or we kill everyone in this house.”
It takes a second for the broken English words to register before I find the courage to reply. “Kill? Did you not hear a word I just said? You’ve got the wrong girl!” I’m shouting now, but I don’t care if I sound like a lunatic. Someone has got to hear me.
“Do not bother yelling, Protector.” The goon who dragged me in here speaks again, as if reading my mind. “Walls now sealed with majyk of land. No one hear you now.”
I’ve always thought of myself as a logical person. I’ve always thought that presented with a situation where my life is in danger I will do the right thing. Those corners of my mind are trying to piece together what’s happening, but the rest of my body is shaking in fear. It’s as if I’m two people all of a sudden. One, fully focused on getting out of here, with a calm mind. Second, shaking like a leaf with no coherent thought. Thankfully, the logical me wins out.
“Listen,” I try again, my voice coming out soothing, but I do take a step back to put some distance between us. “I have no idea what you’re talking about. If you’ll just let me go, I can find someone who lives in this house, I’m sure they’ll be happy to show you where whatever you’re looking for is.”
“Do not lie, Protector!” the stranger booms, shaking the floor I’m standing on with just his voice. “This house has no wards, no majyk. You would not be so careless to leave the relic here.” I move a bit farther back, putting the bed between us.
“You guys have had a little too much to drink.” I say, because I can’t even fathom this being my reality right now. With every word, my mind shouts at me that this is not a joke. These…things…are here to hurt me. I can’t constitute them as men any longer, as their faces continue to ripple in an otherworldly way, each time they breathe.
“Enough!” the man who was already in the room bellows, speaking up for the first time. “Do not play games, Protector. Tell us where it is and we kill you fast. Lie to us, and we kill you slow. Then, we kill all humans in this house.”
The man takes a step toward me and suddenly, there is a sword in front of my face. I jump as it manifests itself in his hand, my own hands flying over my mouth. I don’t think I drank anything but soda, so my mind must be playing tricks on me. I swear the man grows in size right before my eyes. He’s almost seven feet tall now, towering over my small frame, his face twisting and turning, becoming something other than human. His eyes bulge out, taking over his face, and from what I can see, there seem to be scars all over his skin. As if someone stitched pieces of flesh together. I watch, frozen, as the giant stalks up to me, pinning me against the wall in one breath. I try to struggle, but the hand on my throat is cutting off any circulation.
“Tell me where it is,” he growls, the words almost unintelligible with the noise coming from deep within his throat. I try to shake my head, give him some indication that I have no idea what he’s talking about, but he growls again and then there is pain.
Excruciating pain.
I feel my blood drip down my arm where his sword tip cuts me and that’s when I realize this is no joke. These men–monsters–are here for me and they will kill me if
I don’t tell them what they want to know. If only I knew what they were asking, but none of this makes sense. I’m gasping for breath, my thoughts a jumbled mess as the pain spreads through my body. He cuts deeper, and any moment he’ll scrape the bone, leaving a permanent mark.
I push against the burning sensation spreading up my arm, struggling to breathe as he crushes my windpipe with his gigantic claw. My vision swims before me as I try to focus on his face and there is more distortion than before. It’s as if layers of a mask keep coming off the longer he’s around me. I don’t understand how my mind manages to catalogue anything through the pain, but I fight it. I fight with my whole being.
An instinct I didn’t know I possessed kicks in, overshadowing the pain. It’s as if a switch has been turned on inside of me and just like that, the pain stops. It becomes manageable. As if, all of a sudden, I can push it back. Get it under control.
There is no time to dwell on the new discovery as the monster drops me to my feet. I land hard, my bones rattling with the impact and I don’t see the blow coming. His hand connects with my cheek and I’m on my knees. Tears sting my eyes, but I push them back, just like I’m pushing the pain back. The response is automatic, almost like a reflex. I watch my attacker stalk across the room and I’m on my feet.
Acting on pure instinct, I kick out as the stranger comes barreling toward me, sending him reeling into the bedpost. Surprised my action has the desired affect, I scramble to my feet, but I don’t make it far. The door on the other side of the room opens, and a blur of movement catches my attention as the other man comes flying across the room.
I don’t wait to see who or what did that, as I turn to the window, push it open and run.
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8 MORE DAYS!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Much love,

Valia

 

Behind the Scenes: Writing an Unlikable Character

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Hello lovelies,

Can you believe we’re just 14 days away from the release of Remembering Majyk??? I honestly cant believe how fast the time has been flowing by. Even as it seems to take forever. Funny thing, that time.

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Anyway, today, I wanted to talk to you a little about my writing. You’ve met Calista, you’ve met Brendan. If you’ve read any of my other books, you’ve met characters I’ve written before. Remembering Majyk is my most personal book and it has a lot to do with the Russian heritage portrayed there. You don’t get to see as much of it in the first book, but once you get in a little deeper, you definitely will.

While Remembering Majyk is my most personal and favorite book, Calista is my least likable character. She’s a lot like me, which I realized in revisions and was definitely not planning for while drafting. She’s stubborn, she’s annoying, sometimes she’s childish. (I know, I’m a fantastic human).

But she’s also real.

I think that if I was in her situation, I would react the same way. And while writing her, I wanted to make her nicer, more pliable? More likable. But I didn’t. It’s a hard choice to make as an author. You want people to love your characters as much as you do. But at the end of the day, I think it’s about you loving them first.

Calista is all kinds of flawed. As the story unfolds, you’ll discover a lot more things about her and you may even like her less. But at the end of the day, I think she’s the kind of a character that just wants to make the choices for herself. Sometimes those choices are too difficult to comprehend and her decisions may not be the best. Sometimes, it’s her reflex that makes the decisions for her and our reflexes, our gut feelings, are not always correct.

That’s who Calista is to me and to write her a little unlikable may have been something I didn’t want to do, but I knew I had to do. I can’t exactly change who she is just because I want everyone to love her.

As authors, we do make difficult decisions as well, but our characters are also living, breathing people in our minds and we can’t change them anymore than we can change those around us. However, as she discovers more about herself and the kind of a person she wants to be, she does the changing. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.

At least, that’s where I’m at. I wanted to share a little more about my girl with you. And a little about my writing thoughts. This is the behinds the scenes, after all, right?

Don’t forget, the $50 Amazon gift card preorder giveaway is still happening!! Just preorder (Amazon) and fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/pJn0S6BxYqABHQRf2

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What do you think, as a reader, about unlikable characters? Have you read any books that were written like that?

Happy New Year, lovelies!

Much love,

Valia

 

Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy: Excerpt and Behind the Scenes!

Hello lovelies,

Happy New Year!!!

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I am very excited to start off the year with sharing a book recommendation with you!! Monica Murphy’s newest release is out today and she was kind enough to provide some behind the scenes for you! Let’s get to reading!

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Pretty Dead Girls by Monica Murphy
Release Date: January 2nd, 2018
Genre: Young Adult Romance

Beautiful. Perfect. Dead.

In the peaceful seaside town of Cape Bonita, wicked secrets and lies are hidden just beneath the surface. But all it takes is one tragedy for them to be exposed.

The most popular girls in school are turning up dead, and Penelope Malone is terrified she’s next. All the victims so far have been linked to Penelope—and to a boy from her physics class. The one she’s never really noticed before, with the rumored dark past and a brooding stare that cuts right through her.

There’s something he isn’t telling her. But there’s something she’s
not telling him, either.

Everyone has secrets, and theirs might get them killed.

EXCERPT:
“That car is still trailing us.”

Glancing in the side mirror, I see that the car is behind us. Cass chooses that moment to take a curve extra fast, making the tires squeal, and I gasp. “You’re scaring me,” I murmur. It feels like my heart just flew into my throat.

“Just wait. What I really want to do is going to scare you even more,” he says cryptically.

“What do you want to do?”

“You’ll have to trust me on this.”

“Okay.” I clamp my lips shut. I shouldn’t automatically agree, right? I’m still having trust issues, even though I’d never say that out loud. This entire day has been confusing. I don’t know who to believe anymore.

“No demanding we back out once we commit,” he says, his gaze never wavering from the road. “That’s a surefire way to get ourselves hurt.”

His words are ominous. Like a warning. “Fine. I’m all in.”

He eases up on the gas pedal, just the slightest bit. The car slows, the vehicle behind us drawing closer. So close I swear it looks like it’s going to eat the back bumper. “I don’t want you to freak out.”

“Oh my God, Cass.” Why is he slowing down? “Just tell me.”

“You have to promise me one thing first.” His gaze meets mine, lingering a moment too long. He should be watching the road, not staring at me. “Say you’ll promise.”

“I promise,” I readily agree, frowning. “But what am I promising?”

He’s staring straight ahead once more, his fingers sliding over the steering wheel, almost like a caress. “You can’t scream.”

What?

“I mean it. No screaming. No yelling. You must remain quiet. I need you to trust me, Pen.” He hesitates, his voice dropping lower. “Do you trust me?”

Do I? He’s already asked me once and I said yes, but the doubt still creeps in. He scares me a little. He also—God, I am so ridiculous thinking this, but—he turns me on. He does. There’s something about him. He has this edge that other boys don’t have. And when he touches me, kisses me…

I’d probably do just about anything he asks me to.

So how can I doubt him when we’ve already gone this far together?

“I won’t scream,” I tell him quietly. “And I won’t yell. I promise.”

“Okay.” He nods once, then hisses out a breath between his teeth. I chance a glance at him, the way his dark hair falls over his forehead, how he’s squinting his eyes. What he’s about to do, what’s about to happen, feels…dangerous. “Here it goes.”

With a flick of his wrist he turns the car’s headlights off. Like, completely off. The road goes dark. I suck in a breath, hold it until I feel like it’s choking me. He hits the gas pedal hard, the SUV roaring to life as he flies down the road. A dangerous, winding road where multiple car crashes occur every year. The windows are down, the wind blows through my hair, blasts against my face, and I close my eyes.

I’m scared, and I can’t make a sound. Not a peep. I hold onto the handle right above the window, gripping it with both hands as Cass takes the twisty road with ease. My gaze is trained on the side mirror and I watch for the car lights behind us.

They’re still there.

Read Today!

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Check out the Playlist that inspired Pretty Dead Girls: https://open.spotify.com/user/1265567874/playlist/7z2HRSTHptOuWQW28AfeME

Ten Fun Facts about Pretty Dead Girls:

1. PRETTY DEAD GIRLS is a stand alone novel.

2. This is my first young adult thriller.

3. I didn’t overly plot it (but I never overly plot any of my books), but I was terrified it would end up a big mess.

4. It didn’t end up a big mess (well, I hope it didn’t LOL).

5. I got the title from a non-fiction book description mentioning how the media and the world is fascinated with…Pretty Dead Girls.

6. The story was inspired by Scream Queens (the first season, specifically the first episode, was magical. Forever a Chad Radwell fan).

7. The story was really inspired by a true life killing of a cheerleader by a fellow female student back in the mid-80s.

8. That true story was turned into a movie (A Friend to Die For, formerly known as Death of a Cheerleader) in the 90s.

9. That movie was one of my favorite Lifetime movies EVER (Tori Spelling does a great job as a mean girl) and you can find it on YouTube.

10. This is my first hardcover book! And it’s so pretty…

Meet Monica:

Monica Murphy is the New York Times, USA Today and #1 international bestselling author of the One Week Girlfriend series, the Billionaire Bachelors and The Rules series. Her books have been translated in almost a dozen languages and has sold over one million copies worldwide. She is both self-published and published by Random House/Bantam and Harper Collins/Avon. She writes new adult, young adult and contemporary romance.

She is a wife and a mother of three who lives in central California on fourteen acres in the middle of nowhere along with their one dog and too many cats. A self-confessed workaholic, when she’s not writing, she’s reading or hanging out with her husband and kids. She’s a firm believer in happy endings, though she will admit to putting her characters through angst-filled moments before they finally get that hard won HEA.

 

Connect with Monica:

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Website: http://monicamurphyauthor.com
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