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“You cannot kill a breeze, a wind, a fragrance; you cannot kill a dream or an ambition.” - Michel Onfray
A little late posting this one; author Ruth Silver has a new series
titled Orenda for ages 14+. The book is currently available for FREE on Amazon
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: December 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Join forces with a parallel universe.
Dark forces, magical creatures, and the world Lil thought she knew
collide when a dream transports her to the strange world of Orenda. Stunned and
terrified, Lil comes face to face with her doppelganger, Willow, who possesses
the ability to travel between the two worlds. Everything Lil knows logically
says that Orenda can’t exist, but a small clue may be proof that it was more
than an ordinary dream. With the threat of her sister in danger, Lil crosses
dimensions but it may cost her even more than she bargained for.
A sword wielding girl, the eternal suit, and a parallel universe come
together in this action-packed Young Adult fantasy adventure that will keep
readers of all ages turning the pages.
wanted to write a fantasy appropriate for middle grade as well as young adults.
I loved the show Fringe and how they brought a parallel world into the mix. I
wanted to do something similar and yet completely different with Fae, dragons,
Q: In a few brief words, tell us how you market your
a huge believer in social media. I use Twitter and Facebook a lot. You can
always find me on there. I’m also a book blogger, I run the website Write Away
Bliss and Ravyn Rayne Reads. I connect those blogs to Triberr, which helps my
posts get seen. I believe in both helping other indie authors and
self-promoting. Aside from that, I create teasers, run promos and ask other
blogs to help with those postings.
Q: How can a new writer get published?
a publisher. Seriously. Write a great book, then query it to publishers and/or
agents. You can self-publish but you’ve got to have it professionally edited,
formatted properly (study similar books and look at text size/font/format), and
market the crap out of it. Even then, you still won’t have all the resources of
even a small press company. It’s tough, I’m not going to sugar coat it. I’ve
done both and I would never go back to self-publishing or co-op publishing.
Resources are key. There are connections you can’t get on your own.
Q: What the heck is a Query letter?
not a cover letter or a synopsis. It’s a selling point. You’ll start with a
blurb that will entice the reader but not give them every detail about what
your book is about. Overall, a query explains why the publisher/agent should
read your novel. Often it compares your novel to two or three similar books
that would be next to it on a bookshelf. You’ll also include word count, genre,
and if you bring something special to the table that they agent/publisher
should need to know (i.e. You’re a YA librarian and writing a YA novel). Check
out that link above (YA Highway) for sample query letters, even if you’re not a
Blogging Tips and Advice for Writers
1.Make friends with authors. When they share your books, share theirs in return. Every single time.
2.Share indie and traditional published books. Don’t just focus on the mainstream.
3.Write reviews but be constructive. Never attack an author.
4.Share cover reveals, blog tours, book blitzes so you’ll have new content.
5.Join Triberr and connect your blog through Twitter or Facebook.
6.Always comment on people that leave a comment. If they’re taking the time to leave a message, thank them for stopping by.
7.Only use images that you have the copyright to use. Going to Google and saving an image and using it isn’t legal. It will get you into trouble and if you ask bloggers to share that image, it will get them in hot water as well.
About the author:
Ruth Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps
of fan fiction in her free time. She has written under three unique pseudo
names and penned well over a hundred stories.
She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a
Bachelor's in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time
writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, "Deuces
are Wild", which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was
Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than
the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish
Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne,
Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA novels and sharing her favorite books with
other readers. She runs her own book blog and also enjoys photography and
Bound by Spells, the second instalment in the Bound series by Stormy Smith, picks up where the first book, Bound by Duty, left off. The opening chapter is a powerful one with interesting, even slightly scientific but enjoyable, descriptions of Aidan's transformation.
Also narrated from the first person, the second book alternates between Aidan's and Amelia's viewpoints, each being in a different place. These shifting perspectives keep the reader on edge while also showing us events happening at the same time.
As Bound by Spells progresses, we get many reminders of scenes mentioned in the first book, so one does not feel lost or confused, but rather the reader is able to connect events better and begins to make connections as the characters themselves do.
Amelia continues to be bound by her duty towards her family and her people. In the final scene of the first book and the opening scene in this one, she is seen leaving Aidan, not because she wants to but because she has to go with Micah and Queen Julia, whom we see more often that we would like in this instalment.
Since the novel picks up where the first left off, we are thrown directly into the action, which is quite fun and different from most books, which start out slow.
Bound by Spells is rich with characters both from book one and new ones. I particularly loved Dillon, the ten-year-old AniMage, and the way he talks and how he is quite wise and brave for a child. Also, we get to see Nathaniel, Amelia's father in a new light. I also loved how this book has more animals and AniMagi and how Stormy Smith gave a fairly important role to Charlie, the dog and whom we learn is called a 'Sentinel'.
Apart from Amelia, Aidan is a centre-piece in this instalment. We see his character grow and develop, in more ways than one. His love and care for Amelia are enviable.
As with the Bound by Duty, Amelia's uncontrollable sarcasm gets the better of her and lands in worse trouble than she is already in. I can personally relate to Amelia at this point, particularly as sarcasm gets me into trouble – but not as life-threatening J
Also, we get to see more of Bethany, who, despite being only human, proves to be a major character in the novel. She provides comic relief, insight, kindness and is just fun with her southern-accent tirades.
The reader gets more than their fair share of the abominable Queen Julia, who tries to win Amelia to her side and demonstrates her twisted Hitler-like logic. Amelia and the reader see her for she really is, a mad woman on a mission to eradicate races in the name of purifying them for polluting Mage blood. While her intentions may have been well at first, she quickly shifted into a heartless abomination without a care for the innocent lives that may be lost.
At one point or rather moment, the reader sympathises with the queen, but that's only a moment and then her craziness returns.
Throughout the novel we see Amelia struggle with her Keeper power; the fight for who wins over the other is never-ending and a bit painful to read.
As with the first book in the series, Bound by Spells boasts many beautiful images, such as:
"I walked into a minefield wearing clown shoes."
"Our power was a faucet constantly turned on. As long as it ran, we lived. But if it turned off, we were done". Rereading this line and connecting it with the ending, a shiver runs down my spine.
"Her darkness sucked the light of my flame into an abyss, like a black hole eating the particles of light and the pieces of stardust from the universe."
Bound by Spells is gripping novel full of power, love, emotional surges and blue and purple orbs of power.
Stormy Smith has managed to write a book that is absolutely action-packed with bits of sarcasm, raging fury and tempers and above all an enjoyable ride. I couldn't put the book down and I'm currently dying to see what third instalment will unveil.
Note: I received an advanced reader's copy (ARC) of Bound by Spells in exchange for an honest review.
I’d like to announce a MAJOR SPECTACULAR young adult GIVEAWAY. The blitz is prepared by author
Sarah Dalton and is organised by Xpresso Book Tours and includes over 70 authors and 100 books,
ranging from YA contemporary to YA sci-fi with everything in between.
The giveaway is done through a Google form instead of
Rafflecopter. There are literally TONS of
choices and this is the ultimate haven for bookworms.
From 20 March to
3 April, over 70 authors come together to give away hundreds of books. The YA
Spring Fling is an opportunity for readers to find new books, new authors and
take part in something very special. Here is a sneak peek of some of the books
involved in the giveaway.
Below are the
PARANORMAL books and authors BUT there several genres including YA dystopian,
horror, contemporary, and science fiction.
Minor Gods and
the Complete Summoners series by A.M. Yates
After witnessing her mother's
murder by a vengeful Earth Goddess, seventeen-year-old Josie wants nothing more
than to seek justice. But when she becomes a target too, a shadowy Fire God
comes to her aid.
Sylvie is a social misfit who
accidentally astral projects. She's been pushing away her power for years.But when the boy she loves falls for someone
else, she finally decides to make use of her gift...for all the wrong reasons.
Grunge Gods and
Graveyards by Kimberley G. Giarratano
It's 1996 and 17-year-old
Lainey Bloom harbors intense guilt over the death of Danny Obregon, the only
boy Lainey's ever loved until the one night when Danny's ghost comes back
begging for her help. To save Danny, Lainey must go up against her family, best
friend and the entire town.
The truth about the links
might be deadly for Llad Fleck. Searching for clues about his cryptic lineage
to Norse berserkers, he fights for his life against a powerful paranormal
enemy. Haunted by dreams of a mysterious girl trying to help him learn to use
the bizarre psychic talents, Llad needs sort out the truth—if he is to survive.
Now an international
bestseller. Fans of Twilight and Interview with the Vampire will enjoy this
paranormal adventure that spans the centuries. On her sixteenth birthday,
Madison Greene inherits a huge mansion house... but the house hides a secret.
Eighteen-year-old Alexandre lives in 19th century Paris. Spoilt and bored, he
longs for adventure, but he should be careful what he wishes for. Madison and
Alexandre's lives are about to collide. Falling in love has never been so
dangerous . . .
Someone wicked walks among
them. Heartbreak usually requires time to heal. For Marina Valentine, however,
time has other plans: like sticking her with a shiny, stubborn accessory,
sending her on a surprising date with someone other than Troy Tombolo, and
introducing her lips to kisses that could save or destroy everything and
Chirac lives as an outcast in
her private school until her best friend invites her on a trip with the popular
kids to scope out a haunted house. When the malevolent spirit targets the
group, the new kid in school, Ben, seems to know more about surviving the
situation than anyone else.
Sixteen-year-old Citrus Leahy
gets to school late one day and sees herself already inside her classroom. It's
probably aliens taking over the world and her life has just turned totally
upside down. Luckily, her crush Aedan has the exact same problem!
Q: How can
readers enter the YA Spring Fling giveaway?
SD: Head over
to my website Sarahdaltonbooks.com and find the page for the YA Spring Fling
(handy hint, it’s HERE). Once you’re there you can browse through the books on
offer, or check out more information about the participating
You should see
plenty of links prompting you to enter the giveaway. Simply fill out the Google
document telling us which books you’d like to win, the format you prefer, and
whether you would also like to win paperbacks and swag. It’s that simple. Pick
the books you want and sign off.
Q: How will I
know I’ve won?
There are so
many books on offer that I’d be surprised if you didn’t win something! So you
will be hearing from us. :)
After 3 April,
I will collate all the entries and pass them on to the participating authors.
They will then choose the winners at random and Email the winners to let them
know the good news.
Q: Will my email
or personal details be used outside the giveaway?
not. We’re all against spam and promise not to use your Email for anything
other than contacting you as a winner. If you joined up to the YA Spring Fling
mailing list you will receive one Email telling you the giveaway is open, and
another warning you it is about to close. That’s it!
Q: Is the
giveaway open internationally?
SD: Yes! But
there are some paperbacks on offer that are region specific. Not all of our
authors are sending paperbacks and swag internationally, purely because it
costs us so much money and we ain’t made of it. ;)
We will ask for
your country of residence in the Google document. That’s so we can work out the
winners for region specific paperbacks more easily. Everything else is open
Q: I have a
question, who can I contact?
SD: Me! Send me
a message on Facebook. My Email might be clogged by answering author queries,
so Facebook might be the easiest method.
Q: Who can I
tell about the giveaway? And what can I do to help spread the word?
SD: You can
tell everyone and anyone who might like YA books. If you’d like to spread the
word it would be awesome if you could follow or like some of the authors and
share their posts about the giveaway. You can find a full list of the
participating authors and their social media links here.