Today, I bring you one of my most favorite posts! Today, you get to meet my Calista.
When I began writing this book, this girl was front and center in my mind from day one. I mean, she should’ve been, right? She is the main character after all. But, I have to admit, she was a little more vivid than the others and I think it has a lot to do with her sparkling personality. She’s my messed up, tough girl and I adore her and her journey so much.
You don’t only get to meet her, but you get to see her, almost IRL. That’s right, a fantastically talented Francy McCrea has created a sketch of Calista in all of her glory and I have to say, I’m pretty in love with the way the images turned out.
Now, let’s get down to some nitty gritty. How about we ask her some questions?
Full Name: Calista Faulkner
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite song: It’s My Life by Bon Jovi
Special abilities: Fighting, majyk manipulation, ordering Brendan around.
Least favorite activity: Socializing
VL: Cali, what is happening when we meet you in the beginning of the book?
Cali: Well, I’ve been dragged to a party by my best friend. So I’m probably leaning against a wall, sipping my Dr. Pepper, and people watching.
VL: Parties are not your thing?
Cali: I despise them.
VL: Wow, you’re pretty strong on that opinion.
Cali: Considering the last party I went to ended up with me being nearly stabbed to death with a sword, I feel like I’m entitled to that opinion.
VL: Fair. How did that go?
Cali: What, being nearly stabbed to death? It was lovely. A real good time.
VL: Were you afraid?
Cali: I was terrified. Like any normal human being would be.
VL: Only you aren’t…
Cali: No, I am not. That’s still new and it’s taking some getting used to.
VL: Did you ever think magic was real?
Cali: I most definitely did not.
VL: Would you have preferred you never finding out?
Cali: I would’ve preferred not getting into this interview with you.
Cali: No, I wouldn’t change it for the world. Let’s be real, everyone wishes at one point in their lives or another, that majyk was real. But majyk is not all fun and games. Before my memories were wiped, I lived and breathed battle. I was trained and I was taught how to be the best warrior our lands have ever seen. Then, that was taken away and now I have to learn it all over again. Not only that, but I am constantly hunted by those who think they know better on how to use the said majyk. But I stand by my answer, no. The greatest gift someone can give themselves is to know who they are, right down to their core. I’m finally finding that out for myself. So what if I have to cut to pieces a few monsters along the way.
Cali: I scared you a little.
Cali: Yes, I have a tendency for that. Brendan will tell you otherwise.
VL: And who’s Brendan?
Cali: Someone who is a much better…everything… than I am.
VL: And who are you?
Cali: I’m the girl who’s going to do whatever it takes to protect those she loves and the world in which she lives. Both worlds.
Is there really anything else to say after that?
Book One in the Skazka Chronicles
Coming January 18, 2018
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See you next week, with a visit from yet another character!
As you can tell by the title and the banner, I have something for you 🙂 I decided to do a little series and talk about all the BTS aspects of Remembering Majyk (and maybe even other books to come). I love these types of posts and it’s always so interesting to me to see where the books and ideas come from. So let’s get into it!
If I counted how many times I’ve been asked where do I get my ideas, I would’ve written hundreds of books with just that one question alone.
If I’m to be honest, I don’t remember the exact moment I decided to write Remembering Majyk or where specifically that story came from. I can tell you that I love magic books and I love books that deal with self discovery and sword wielding heroes and slow burn love stories. Remembering Majyk is all of those things for me. But most of all, it is my heritage.
You see, I grew up in the streets of St. Petersburg, Russia. Born and raised, and proud to be from such a beautiful and historic city. I’ve always had a particular love for stories and I remember my mom and I reading and watching these Russian folk tales. Baba Yaga, The Firebird, the siblings, Alyonushka and Ivanushka. Russia has some awesome cartoons, which have adopted these stories and beautiful books, full of illustrations that have stayed with me through the years.
So when I decided to write a book about a girl with a history she couldn’t quite remember, set in a world full of magic, it only seemed appropriate to bring that side of my heritage into it. These stories and the lessons they teach were a big part of my upbringing, thanks to my wonderful mother, and as a writer, I wanted the rest of the world to experience them as well.
Remembering Majyk is not really a retelling of any particular story. It is a mixture of all the beautiful parts of my childhood wrapped into one. While it may still have the aspect of a young adult novel (because how could I ever get away from that, it’s my favorite) the story brings little parts of the fairytales into it.
In part, this story is for my Mamochka, who is the greatest cheerleader and supporter of my books. When writing Calista’s story, I wanted to bring some of that history into it, and show my appreciation for the many sacrifices my mom has gone through for me. Because no matter how much she worked, how tired she was, she would always spend time with me.
I’m working on book 2 right now, and I have to say, I think I may love it even more than the first! So many folk tales, so little time.
Stay tuned, next week, you get to meet none other than Calista herself! I have a particularly special surprise when it comes to her and I can’t wait to share it with you!
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Today, I am part of the blog tour for the newest Mary Lindsey book, Haven. Thanks Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours! I have enjoyed Mary’s writing in the past and was very excited to read Haven early. If you know me at all, you know how much I love anything werewolf, so this book was a special treat. Keep reading till the end for a giveaway!
Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart.
Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.
I have to be honest, I’m a big fan of all things werewolf, so this book was already right up my alley. This book hit the spot, for sure. Rain was an interesting character and I like the story being told from his point of view. He’s had a tough going, but I like that he’s still a good guy at the core of it. He’s definitely the wounded hero type and I’m a sucker for those.
I liked the contrast between him and Freddie. She was a tough cookie to crack, but he got through to her. The mythology was fun and well written. I was already a fan of Mary’s writing style, so I had high hopes going into the book. She writes clearly and vividly, bringing the story to life right in front of your eyes. I look forward to whatever Mary has for us next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.
Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 “pet” Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the “pet” roaches found a home… somewhere else.
I know, I know. It’s been a while. I honestly can’t believe we’re in the midst of October now. Where has this year gone?
But never fear, I have a good reason for being sort of (okay, most definitely) MIA. Here are the reasons (prepare yourselves):
1. I have spent the last six months in the midst of a new project that I am beyond excited about. Sadly, I can’t disclose much of what it’s about, but it’s great. I promise.
2. Speaking of that secret project, it is now COMPLETE! At least the first draft and I am diving back into revisions.
3. This one you’re going to really enjoy…are you ready?…I will have new book news soon!
That’s right ladies and gents! There’s a new book coming your way and it’s sooner than you think!
I’ll have a cover reveal sign ups going up shortly, so be on the look out.
I absolutely cannot wait to share this new book with you!! Right now, all I can say is that it’s near and dear to my heart. It’s about a girl with a sword and a boy with fire in his eyes. They have a mission and a long way before they save the world.
MORE ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON!
Until then, I’m off to do more writing stuff.
Today, I am super excited to be a stop on the tour for Tied Up in You by Erin Fletcher. I loved this book! It really hit the spot for me. Keep reading for a full review, an excerpt and a giveaway!
Everyone says hotshot goalie Luke Jackson is God’s gift to girls, but the only girl he wants is his best friend, Malina Hall. He’s always known how brilliant she is, but now that he’s “accidentally” kissed her, he can’t stop thinking about her…or wanting to kiss her again.
Problem is, things have been a little…awkward since the kiss. Because she likes him, too? Hopefully, but even if she did, their futures—and the ridiculous schedules that come with them—are in the way. And now one of his teammates is showing interest, and the guy has more in common with Malina than Jackson ever will.
As her best friend, Jackson should get out of the way. But if there’s one thing he’s learned from hockey, it’s that you have to go for what you want, even if it means falling flat on your face. And he’s definitely falling for Malina.
Disclaimer: This book contains a hot hockey player who goes after what he wants, a super-hot, super-distracting shirtless workout, and the kind of best friends to lovers romance every girl in the friend zone has dreamed of.
I’m a big fan of Erin’s books because they always seem to hit the sweet spot and this was no different. In the opening pages we are introduced to Malina and Jackson, best friends forever. Right away, there is an ease between the two that comes from years of shared memories. Jackson is the master of dating, but no relationships. Malina knows this and loves him anyway. And then, everything changes with a kiss.
I seriously enjoyed all the awkwardness and the cuteness of these two best friends to boyfriend/girlfriend. I have a soft spot for stories where couples start out as friends and when well done, it’s the sweetest. This story was well done. Erin writes relationships and characters who are real and relatable. This was a perfect summer read!
I kissed my best friend. “Sorry,” I said, jumping up and slamming my leg on the coffee table. “Ow,” I moaned as I turned on the lamp, then turned on the overhead light for good measure.
The look on Malina’s face was one I hadn’t seen before. Her eyes were wide with something—shock? Disgust? Embarrassment?
My cheeks and ears burned. Was it possible for your nose to blush? I was pretty sure mine was. “Malina, I’m so sorry. I was just…” I ran a hand through my hair, struggling to come up with something, anything I could say to excuse what had happened. “I was just so relieved there wasn’t a serial killer or something in the kitchen, and I just…” Nope. There weren’t any more words. There were hundreds of thousands of words in the English language and not one of them was going to help me.
For a long time, she didn’t say anything. A long time. The expression on her face didn’t change. Then she nodded slowly. “Right. Yeah. I was relieved, too.”
She was going to accept my ridiculously lame excuse? Or at least pretend to accept it? “Right? Yeah. Okay. Sorry.”
She frowned. “Just…don’t. Do that. Ever. Again.”
“No,” I said quickly. Spastically quickly. Oh God, my cheeks were still on fire. I couldn’t look her in the eyes. “Sorry. I won’t. It won’t happen again. I should probably go.” Then I winced and said, “Ow,” when I took a step that jarred my bruised leg.
Her frown changed from confusion to concern. “Are you okay?”
“Yeah,” I said, too quickly again. “Fine. Just…bruised my leg. Banged it. I’ll be fine.”
“Do you need some ice?”
“No. No. I’m fine. Sorry again. Thanks for dinner. I’ll see you at school, right? Sorry.” Instead of coming out like individual sentences, the words kind of blurred together into one big blob of awkward.
Malina got up and walked me to the door. “Yeah. I’ll see you at school.”
I had one foot out the door when she stopped me.
As much as I wanted to keep going, I couldn’t ignore her. I stopped and turned and looked somewhere in the vicinity of her left shoulder. Not in her eyes. Not at her lips or her boobs. Shoulders were safe. “Yeah?”
“I don’t really know what just happened, but it was an accident. We’re still friends. It’s fine.”
I forced a nod and kept my eyes on her shoulder. “Okay. Thank you. Sorry. Good night.”
When I got in my car, I leaned back against the headrest and tried to breathe. Despite what she said, it wasn’t okay. I’d kissed my best friend. I’d acted like an idiot who didn’t know how to human, not the confident hockey player who kissed girls all the time.
But the worst part? Worse than the kiss or the embarrassment or awkwardness that followed?
I liked kissing Malina.
I was screwed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Erin is a young adult author from North Carolina. She is a morning person who does most of her writing before sunrise, while drinking excessive quantities of coffee. She believes flip-flops qualify as year-round footwear, and would spend every day at the beach if she could. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, which is almost never useful when writing books.
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Today I am super excited to be a stop on “The Perfectly Imperfect Match” Blog Tour! The book is great and Kendra never disappoints with the swoony. Also, keep reading for a giveaway!
WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT:
The Perfectly Imperfect Match (Suttonville Sentinels #3)
by Kendra C. Highley
Publication Date: July 10, 2017 Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush
Pitcher Dylan Dennings has his future all mapped out: make the minors straight out of high school, work his way up the farm system, and get called up to the majors by the time he’s twenty-three. The Plan has been his sole focus for years, and if making his dreams come true means instituting a strict “no girls” policy, so be it.
Lucy Foster, needlepoint ninja, big sister to an aspiring pitcher, and chicken advocate, likes a little mayhem. So what if she gets lost taking her brother to baseball camp…at her own high school? The pitching coach, some hotshot high school player, obviously thinks she’s a hot mess. Too bad he’s cute, because he’s so not her type.
Problem is, they keep running into each other, and every interaction sparks hotter than the last. But with Dylan’s future on the line, he has to decide whether some rules are made to be broken…
Disclaimer: This book contains a crazy night of moonlit skinny-dipping, a combustible crush, and kisses swoony enough to unwind even the most Type A athlete.
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The story centers around two very unlike individuals: Dylan, the baseball player and Lucy, the needlepoint enthusiast. Their paths cross and everything in their lives changes. Typically, I relate the the female characters. But I have to say, in this case, Dylan was definitely way more me than I’d like to admit. His laser point focus is very much me and I can understand his struggle to keep focused and not let anything get in the way of his dreams.
Lucy is the opposite. I mean, she has dreams and aspirations, but she’s a lot more free and allows herself to enjoy life. When these two come together, it’s a tug and pull situation and it’s a sweet story. I liked the dynamic between the two and how they both needed each other for different reasons. Kendra has a special way of writing characters who are real and relatable and I love that about her books. I also really enjoyed the family aspect of the story and how personable it was.
If you’re looking for a cute summer read, this book is definitely for you!
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:
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Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to four self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job. She believes in everyday magic, extraordinary love stories, and the restorative powers of dark chocolate.
Long time, no talk. I know, I know, I have no good excuse! Except that maybe I’ve been writing? That’s right. Things are happening again and I will have so much more information to share with you soon!!
But for now, did you see the title? PIECES OF REVENGE IS AN AUDIOBOOK!!!
The excitement is real! I am so beyond happy with the way it turned out. Sarah Kate did a fantastic job with bringing Tasia’s story to life! Give this lovely lady a follow, because she’s doing great things: https://www.facebook.com/SarahKateReads/
If you’ve never tried Audible, I suggest you give it a try and maybe possibly start with my book? I get a special bonus if you keep the subscription for 60 days and you get an awesome book to listen to. Win win, right?
Here’s where you can purchase your copy today!
I am so excited for this and I can’t wait to share with you all of the other wonderful things that are happening!