Jun 16

I’m so pleased to have the very talented author Emerald Barnes on my blog today. She’s got a brand new book (with a gorgeous cover!) titled DELIVERED BY ANGELS. Here’s a little bit about it…

Delivered by Angels

Determined to escape her abusive father and drunken mother, Lexi Johnson turns to the blade to numb her pain, but it isn’t enough to end her misery. She’s convinced that not even God could save her now.

Roxy Taylor is the new girl in town, and Lexi doesn’t trust her, especially when she teams up with DJ Tucker to try and break down the barriers that Lexi has put in place.

Little does Lexi know, there are greater forces battling for her life, and as Lexi begins to open up to both Roxy and DJ, she’ll see that she isn’t alone in this world.

In the heart-pounding sequel to Entertaining Angels, everyone’s favorite angel, Zach Taylor, is back, and he’s there to make sure that Madison and Chase Sanders are on the path that God has chosen for them, a path that could deliver Lexi from the demons who want her soul.

I love everything to do with angels so I asked Emerald what inspired this book and her other angel novels. This is what she had to say…

I remember the first time I saw an angel. I was around ten and lying on my trampoline with my sister. We were cloud-watching, picking out shapes in the clouds, and there she was, sitting on a cloud. She had long black hair, was wearing white, and held a harp. I was so excited, and kind of scared, that I ran inside to tell my mom what I’d seen. When we went back outside, she was gone.

From then on, I searched for angels. I had an obsession with them. As a Christian, I believed in angels. I knew we had guardian angels, and I also knew about the angels in the Bible. But there was something special to me about knowing that angels existed.

I read live accounts of angel experiences in books. I read fiction books about guardian angels, and The Bishop’s Wife was my favorite Christmas movie. Yet, after that time, I still hadn’t seen any more angels. Though, it never left me, and I knew that angels were with me wherever I went. And here recently, I’ve begun to have more experiences with angels.

But when I first began my Entertaining Angels series, I had no clue that I was going to go down the route of an angel novel, and it definitely wasn’t going to be a story about angels helping out humans. But as I wrote the first book, I realized something. I wanted to help others, much like angels do.

I realize that I may never reach millions of people with my stories, but that’s okay. If I can help one person, just by writing about my angels, then it’s totally worth it. I want people to realize that they have angels who will watch over them and protect them. I wanted to give them hope, just like angels do.

There’s something special about knowing angels are surrounding you, protecting you and giving you comfort. Angels are incredible beings.

Just from writing about them, I believe that they care about us, like God does. I know that they protect us from harm, bring us peace and comfort as well. And just from some experiences I’ve had lately, I can tell you that they’re around more than you think!

For the past three years, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about angels. I have some questions, found some answers, and I have come the realization that we all have our own angel experiences, even if we don’t realize it! Have you ever felt the presence of someone in the room with you? Have you ever heard a soft rustling of maybe wings? Seen a bright flash of light you couldn’t explain? I’ve even seen a man in bright white walking in my front yard, but when I searched again, he was gone. I know it was an angel. I have no doubts about it! I’ve experienced all of those things before, and it’s been a wonderful experience.

I love knowing that God has sent His angels to protect me and my family. And guess what? He has done the same for you. If you’ve had an angel experience before, I’d love to hear about it!

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Emerald Barnes graduated with a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing at Mississippi University for Women. She resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She’s an auntie, a Whovian, a little bit of a nerd, a reader, a writer, and a family-oriented person. God is number one in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Connect with Emerald online:

Facebook: Author Emerald Barnes

Twitter: @emeraldbarnes

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/emerald_barnes

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Add Entertaining Angels, Before We Say I Do, and Delivered by Angels to Goodreads.

Email: emerald_barnes@yahoo.com

Purchase Delivered by Angels on Amazon today, available through Kindle Unlimited as well!

 

 

 

May 11

I’m so happy to have Anneli Purchase back on my blog. Today, she’s sharing the beautiful new cover for her romantic suspense novel Orion’s Gift!

 

Orion's Gift Cover

 

Here’s a little bit about Orion’s Gift…

What would you do if you had a letter telling you your days were numbered?

If you had a supportive husband, that would be one thing, but a philandering, selfish blowhard with a temper, would be quite another.

Would you stay to be cast aside when you become a burden? Or would you take the nearest escape route to salvage what’s left of your life?

When Sylvia makes a break from her California home and goes on a camping escape to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, she doesn’t expect to meet and fall in love with Kevin who is also on the run. She doesn’t expect to find happiness again.

But her controlling husband sends a burly private investigator to bring her back. Although Sylvia tries to find refuge and peace in the quiet camping areas of Baja, a crazed drug dealer, whom she has inadvertently offended at a chance meeting on the road, is also out for revenge. Kevin promises to protect her, but can she trust him? He has problems of his own. Big ones.

Perhaps she should never have left home. Escaping her fate doesn’t seem so easy anymore.

 

Anneli Purchase

Author bio:

Anneli Purchase lives on Vancouver Island in western Canada. She has written four novels and is working on her fifth. She enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, and photography. Outdoor life plays a role in much of her writing.

Links:

Amazon.com  https://www.amazon.com/Orions-Gift-Anneli-Purchase-ebook/dp/B008WEMW7U

Amazon.co.uk  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Orions-Gift-Anneli-Purchase-ebook/dp/B008WEMW7U/

Smashwords.com   https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/213638

 

Sep 18

So pleased to welcome the lovely Miriam Wakerly to my blog. Today, she’s sharing her latest novel, Secrets in Appley Green: A 1960s village novel, and talking a bit about the nature of secrets!

 

Secrets of Appley Green cover

 

Secrets – the nature of them

Secrets – do we love them or hate them? We don’t like to be excluded, left out, do we? If someone whispers in front of you, or behind your back but you know about it, it can be upsetting.  Are some secrets for sharing, others for keeping? Sharing a secret can pose quite a burden on another person, perhaps an ethical dilemma. They come on a sliding scale – from keeping something secret through little white lies that stem from being tactful, to major deception connected to a crime, or a ‘ginormous’ personal secret, never divulged, that a person may take to their grave.

Villages can be full of both secrets and gossip – even more so perhaps in days gone by. Now exposure may come on social media for the whole world to see! Not so in the Sixties, of course.

Like my first two books, Gypsies Stop tHere and No Gypsies Served, Secrets in Appley Green and Shades of Appley Green are connected but can equally well standalone. You do not need to read one before the other, but if you do read both you will recognise people at very different times in their lives and know more about them. One or two of the characters occur in all four books!

They are all set in the same fictional English village of Appley Green.

I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.

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Author Miriam Wakerly

Amazon.co.uk  link for all my books:  – http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Miriam+Wakerly

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My blog – Miriam’s Ramblings – www.miriamwakerly.blogspot.co.uk

 

 

Aug 26
I’m so pleased to welcome author Sarah Elle Emm to my blog today, and to be a part of her release day blitz for her latest novel in her Harmony Run Series, Nacreous!

 

~ Release Day Blitz ~

 

 
About the Book:

 

After two members of The Freedom Front are arrested and interrogated by the UZTA’s tyrannical President Nicks, Rain Hawkins and her friends face the alarming reality that their plans to liberate the mixed zones across the United Zones of The Authority might not come to fruition. While the resistance movement is growing outside the walls of the zones, the president’s forces are strengthening and putting citizens everywhere in more peril than ever. When Rain receives warnings that her cousin, Calista, has agreed to support plans to kill the mixed zones, and that her life could be on the line at the upcoming pure zone initiation ceremony, she must decide where her loyalties lie and if all of her allies can be trusted. As The Freedom Front use their abilities to unravel the mystery of the ceremony, The Authority captures some of their friends, forcing TFF to either go into hiding, or plan a rescue mission that could jeopardize everything they’ve been fighting for.
 
 

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Hooray, it is finally release day for Nacreous! Thanks for stopping by the fabulous Release Day Blitz, organized by b00k r3vi3w Tours. To kick off the blitz, here are a couple of “Fun Facts” about my writing process… I hope you enjoy!



Writing Playlist:

So…Music. Some authors swear by it. They have their playlist set in the background while they pen their latest manuscript. Me? Not exactly. Music is very important to me. I believe in dance parties, and by dance parties I mean cranking up my I-pod to the music fitting my mood, be this salsa, classic rock, blues, country, classical, whatever, and dancing alone in my room or kitchen. (Yes, I said classical and country in the same list). My kids may or may not be in attendance. They like to watch and laugh. Sometimes, they join in. But as far as my writing process goes, the music is sort of my warm up. So I might turn on some music that fits my mood for parts of the story and listen to it in my car or at my desk before I write, but not while I am actually writing. I need it to be quiet in the room, so I can tell the story…(Ahem, hear what my characters are trying to tell me). ;) While I wrote Nacreous, and the other books in the Harmony Run Series, my favorite music warm-up to set the mood was Lorde. Specifically, the songs Team and A World Alone. In fact, if any of the books from my series could be made for film, I would beg producers to include one of those songs in the movies.


My Writing Process:

I can’t sit down and force myself to write everyday because it begins to feel too mechanical, but I am definitely one of those people who thinks about writing, story ideas, characters, scenarios all of the time, awake or asleep. I love using my dreams in my writing and have written a few of them into scenes in the Harmony Run Series. Back in college, the good ol’ stone ages, I had one of the most terrifying dreams of my life about a man with a triangular-shaped eye chasing me down a corridor, one door after the other, with this woman’s voice echoing all around us, telling him to kill me. When I got to the end of the corridor, I opened the last door, and he was standing there facing me. I woke up sobbing…About a year later, a psychology professor at my university asked some of us to share dreams with him so he could demonstrate dream analysis. I bravely raised my hand, (this was huge for me, since I am very shy in person), and shared my dream in vivid detail. After I finished talking, the entire class got eerily quiet and the professor told me I was dealing with issues beyond his realm of help, and went on to the next student’s dream. That student shared a dream about not being able to make a goal in a soccer match, and the professor dissected his dream in depth for fifteen minutes. Years later, I incorporated that dream, adding on some twists and turns of course, into book one from the Harmony Run Series, Prismatic. 

I also come up with ideas when I’m looking out of the kitchen window, when I’m walking, driving, cooking, gardening, taking my kids to martial arts, helping with their homework, basically, every waking moment. I take heaps of notes. I jot notes down for days. And when I’m ready, I sit down and type everything I can. I woke up the other night, and grabbed the notebook and pen beside my bed and wrote down an idea for another story. So my writing process is sort of a twenty-four hour thing. Oh, and probably the most important part of the process…How could I forget? My dog, Shorty, has to harass me to sit in my lap throughout the day. She eventually gives up and sleeps at my feet or nearby. She spares me the occasional glance or sighs every so often when I talk too much. Yes, I like to talk aloud to myself more often than not. If that dog could talk…Well, thankfully that’s not an issue. Here’s a photo of my writing pal…

Isn’t she cute? I hope you stick around to read about Nacreous. I’m going to look up that old psychology professor to see if he wants to read my latest book… ;)



Previous Books in the Series:

 
  
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About the Author:

 



Sarah Elle Emm is the author of the HARMONY RUN SERIES, a young-adult fantasy and dystopian series, released in May 2012 by Winter Goose Publishing. (PRISMATIC, May 2012, OPALESCENT, February 2013, CHATOYANT, September 2014, NACREOUS, August 2015) Her debut fiction novel, MARRYING MISSY, was published by Bird Brain Publishing in October 2011. Sarah is a graduate of The University of Evansville, she has lived and worked in Mexico, Germany, England, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has traveled extensively beyond. Sarah lives in Naples, Florida with her family. When she’s not walking the plank of her daughters’ imaginary pirate ship or snapping photos of Southwest Florida scenery, she is writing.









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Jul 25

Author Anneli Purchase has an exciting announcement. Her novel The Wind Weeps is being offered for FREE! Here’s what she has to say:

 

The Wind Weeps cover

 

If you have not read The Wind Weeps, grab your free digital copy now on amazon or on smashwords. Follow it up with the conclusion to Andrea’s story in Reckoning Tide. Here is a sample of the beginning of Reckoning Tide:

You’re mine!

To have,

To hold,

No matter how hard.

You’re mine!

Give me honour,

Obey,

And do as you’re told.

You’re mine!

In sickness,

My sickness,

Comes hell.

You’re mine!

This day forward,

’Til death,

Do us part.

 

RECKONING_TIDE

 

Chapter 1

“Nurse!” I screamed. “Nurse, come back!” Robert’s smile vanished. He advanced and tossed the three orchids onto the foot of my bed.

I twisted around grasping for the cord with the call button. “Get away from me!” I hit the button frantically.

Robert lunged at me. “No, Andrea. Don’t!” He ripped the cord away from me. I pulled my fist back to punch him, but he was quick and caught my wrist in an iron grip. His eyes narrowed into slits.

“Nurse!” I yelled again. He clamped a hand over my mouth. Flashbacks of what that hard hand had done to me went through my mind. I bit down on his fingers, my terror lending me extra strength.

“Arrrgh! You bitch!” Robert’s eyes grew wide. He stared at me with a glassy look that I remembered too well. He drew his arm across his chest to backhand me, but dropped it when the nurse appeared.

“What’s going on here?” the nurse demanded. Margaret was a hefty woman. She filled most of the doorway as she stood with her hands on her hips. “Sir! Come away from the bed.”

“She bit me!” he said, unable to keep the whine out of his voice. “I brought her flowers—orchids, her favourite kind—and she bit me!”

I gasped at his outrageous boldfaced ploy, twisting the truth. “He tried to kill me. Don’t let him near me. He’s the one I told you about.”

“Now, Andrea.” Robert’s voice, silky smooth, sent ripples of terror up my spine. “You know that’s not true.” He turned to the nurse and slowly shook his head. “I’m her husband. You see, she’s had quite a shock. We had an argument and she set fire to our cabin and ran away when she thought I had died in the fire. I guess she’s surprised to see that I’m still alive.”

The nerve of him! I tried to get out of bed. “No! No-no-no!” I had to get the nurse to believe me. “He’s twisting it all around. He tried to kill me.”

The nurse was quick to put her hand out. “Stay in bed, Andrea.” She looked flustered and tried to calm us both. But no wonder she was confused. The whole situation was so bizarre. She looked from Robert to me and back to Robert again.

Would she side with Robert?

“Sir,” she said, “would you mind going to the waiting room down the hall? I’m sure the RCMP would like to speak with you, too. They’ll be here soon to interview Andrea.”

Robert raised his chin and gave me a smirk. “That was fast,” he said. “We’ll soon get to the bottom of the situation then.”

The nurse escorted him out the door. “We called them this morning when she woke up,” I heard her say as they walked down the hall.

The nurse had explained to me earlier that the police have to make a report in cases where there has been violence, especially since a gun was found in my fanny pack. The gun I pointed at him last week. Should have pulled the damn trigger.

 

*****

 

You will find paperback and digital versions of Reckoning Tide on amazon outlets and on smashwords.com (for e-readers other than Kindle). Just click on the links:

Amazon.com

Smashwords.com

Anneli Purchase

For more about Anneli Purchase and her books, visit her at http://anneli-purchase.com/

Jul 10

So happy to have Sheryl Browne on my blog today introducing her latest novel, THE REST OF MY LIFE. Take it away, Sheryl!

 

The Rest of My Life – When is it time to stop running?

Recommended to Choc Lit by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer my contemporary romance novel, The Rest of My Life, is here!!

Fun, sassy and a tad naughty in places …

Are we tempted?

Just a little bit?

The Rest of My Life

“You can’t run away from commitment forever … “

 

Adam Hamilton-Shaw has more reason than most to avoid commitment. Living on a houseboat in the Severn Valley, his dream is to sail into the sunset – preferably with a woman waiting in every port. But lately, his life looks more like a road to destruction than an idyllic boat ride…

Would-be screenplay writer Sienna Meadows realises that everything about Adam spells trouble – but she can’t ignore the feeling that there is more to him than just his bad reputation. Nor can she ignore the intense physical attraction that exists between them.

And it just so happens that Adam sees Sienna as the kind of woman he could commit to. But can he change his damaging behaviour – or is the road to destruction a one-way street?

Fancy a peek at the video?

https://youtu.be/7p319itbVKg

 

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 Heartache, humour, love, loss & betrayal, bestselling author Sheryl Browne brings you edgy, sexy, poignant fiction. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association, Romantic Novelists’ Association and shortlisted for Innovation in Romantic Fiction, Sheryl has seven books published.

Sheryl’s new contemporary romance novel was recommended to the publisher by the WH Smith Travel fiction buyer.

THE REST OF MY Life comes to you from award winning Choc Lit.

Author Links

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Jun 5

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As a young hunter seeks a trainer, The Chosen prepare for an unforgettable adventure.
With Nature and Phantasma back in order, Halli and Silvor have settled into their new life in Drumple. During a visit from Striker, Kaidyla and Lumina, a request from an old friend of Halli’s family sparks a new challenge when she asks Striker if he’ll train their young son, Dylan. Working with Dylan gives Striker a chance to be a mentor once again, as he had been in his past.
This brings The Chosen to an area of Phantasma Halli has never seen before. What new dangers might be lurking in the forest? Will Halli have a reason to use her powers?
But Halli and Silvor are facing a new journey of their own, one that will change their lives forever. What is in store for The Chosen’s future? Will this latest escapade prepare them for what is yet to come?

 

Coming soon to an eBook store near you

 

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Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

 

Andrea has written five more books since:

  • My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.
  • Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2
  • Striker’s Apprentice: The Chosen, Book 3 (coming soon)
  • Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy
  • Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy

She is currently writing the fourth book in The Chosen series.
Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.
You can visit Andrea on her website or Google+

 

May 18

I’m happy to welcome author Anneli Purchase to my blog today. Not only does she have a beautiful new cover for her book, The Wind Weeps, but here she shares a bit about what inspired this Canadian tale of love…

Anneli Purchase

Living on the west coast of Canada, it makes sense to have a boat. My husband has a troller for commercial fishing of salmon. I’ve gone along with him sometimes in the early years, until I decided that no matter how beautiful it is on the ocean, nothing can override seasickness. So I stayed home to write instead.

I wanted to tell a story where fishing plays an important role, and yet is not the main theme. I wanted a “people story” and so I invented Andrea, a young woman who would fall in love with a fisherman (two fishermen, actually) and who, having made a bad choice, would then find herself in a situation so bizarre she would never have believed it could happen to her.

And yet it has happened to some women in real life.

Follow Andrea’s joys, hopes, and terrifying times, while you experience an adventure with a truly west coast flavor.

The Wind Weeps

You can find Anneli’s novels on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk in paperback and Kindle. For other formats or paperback, go to Smashwords.com

 

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Dec 17

Back in June, Emerald Barnes released her Christian novel, Entertaining Angels, and it is with great pleasure that she will be releasing the the follow-up story to it, Before We Say I Do. Today, she reveals the cover for the story set to release on January 13, 2015.

Finding that she couldn’t leave her characters from Entertaining Angels, she decided that their story wouldn’t end there, so she wrote Before We Say I Do. And now, here is the cover:

Before We Say I Do Cover

About Before We Say I Do:

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

It’s been one year, and Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day. But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town?

Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.

**Please note that in order to read this short story when it’s available, you will need to read Entertaining Angels. It isn’t a stand-alone nor is it a prequel. This is the story of Chase and Mads after the ending of their first book together.**
Cover by RocStarr Art & Design

Emerald Barnes

Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She tries her hardest to write novels that appeal not only to young adults but to those who are young at heart as well.

She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!

When she isn’t writing or proofreading novels, she’s spending all of her time with her nieces and nephews. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd, avid reader, and TV watcher. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.

Connect with Emerald:

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Oct 1

It’s time to bring author Andrea Buginsky back to my blog as she launches the next installment of her Avalon Series, Fate: New Avalon, Book 2. But first Andrea discusses her thoughts on social media, and more specifically, my favorite, Pinterest! Then, read an excerpt from the book, watch the trailer, check out her tour dates. and much more below!

Pinterest

by Andrea Buginsky

Social media is a huge part of our lives. We’re all on at least one medium or another. Facebook, Twitter, G+…you name it, someone you know is probably even on it, as well as you yourself. I’ve used several social media sites over the years, concentrating specifically on Facebook and Twitter. But lately, I’ve been using Pinterest a lot. And I love it.

I’ve had a Pinterest account for several years now, and pinned websites, pictures, and other material to it occasionally, but not as much as I see others use it. Then, a few months ago, I got the new iPhone. When I was choosing my apps to load on it, I decided to add Pinterest. Now, I can’t get enough of it. I have so much fun sitting in front of the TV scrolling through the pins and selecting the ones I want to add to my boards. I enjoyed it so much when I started that I went back to my profile to clean up some boards, rearranging them, adding new ones, and deleting unnecessary ones. Now, I love my profile! It screams “ANDI!”

The best part about using Pinterest is the unlimited amount of boards and pins you can add. I can keep creating new boards as I find pins that don’t fit on my existing boards, and give my followers something new to see on my profile.

I also love the interaction. Although I don’t use the messenger feature much, I do love seeing who’s pinning which of my pins and following my boards. I love sending pins to my friends that I think they’ll love.  And I love receiving pins from my followers who know how much I’ll love them.

Pinterest is so much more than a social media outlet. It’s a playground. I love coming to the playground!

Follow me on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/andreabuginsky/

 

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Fate: New Avalon, book 2

by Andrea Buginsky

Available September 30, 2014

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Elena Baxter’s second year at New Avalon may be more challenging than her first. The demons she was warned about show up, a visitor who greatly affects her arrives, and her best friend, Izzy, has to deal with her painful past. Can Elena survive everything that’s coming at her at once? Or will the future Lady of the Lake take on more than she can possibly handle?

Fate: New Avalon, book 2


   

Excerpt from Fate:   

In Alchemy the next day, Elena could tell Izzy was still distracted. She never did that well mixing the potions, but she was getting better studying with Elena. Today, however, everything she mixed kept exploding. Elena knew she was still preoccupied with their conversation from the other night.   “Damn!” Izzy coughed as her third attempt to mix the potion exploded in her face.   Elena ran to her side. “Are you all right?”   “Yeah, I’m fine.”   The rest of the class rushed over to make sure everything was OK.   “You alright, Izzy?”   “Yeah, Mia. Just ticked. I can’t get this to work right! Lady Bittle, what am I doing wrong?”   Lady Bittle sifted through the ashes in Izzy’s cauldron. “I don’t think you used the right amount of herbs. Remember, you need to be very careful when tossing each one in. You don’t want to add too much or too little of any herb.”   “I know that! I’m a third-year. I’ve been mixing potions for over two years now. I know I’m not the best at it, but this is ridiculous!”   “Izzy, is everything OK? You know you’re powers are linked to your emotions, and you seem to be in overdrive right now. Perhaps you should stop for the day. I’ll still give you full credit for your attempts.”   Izzy looked like she was about to explode. But a scream from Elena broke her out of her anger.   “What’s wrong?”   “I don’t know…” Elena stood there, holding her head in her hands, nearly collapsing. “It hurts!”   “What hurts, Sweetie?” Mia tried to calm her down, but they were all freaking out over Elena’s outburst.   “My head! It feels like it’s going to explode.”   Lady Bittle rushed to her and took her by the elbow. “I’m going to take her to Isabel. The rest of you can use the remaining class time to work on your own potions, if you’d like. I’ll see you all tomorrow.”   “Wait! I want to go with her.”   “No, Izzy, that’s not a good idea. You’ll see her later, back in your room.”   She led Elena out of the classroom and down the hall to Isabel’s office.   Isabel was waiting for them. She sensed something was wrong, as she always did, and helped Lady Bittle carry Elena to the couch in her office. She gently caressed Elena’s head, her eyes closed, her lips moving.   Finally, Elena calmed down enough and took a deep breath. “What was that?”   “Tell me everything that happened.”   Elena told Isabel about Izzy’s trouble in class and her outburst. “I know she’s been upset lately, but I’ve never seen her like this. She just became infuriated, like she was about to explode!”   “And then you felt like your head was exploding?”   Elena looked at her, shocked. “Yeah, how did you know that?”   Isabel sighed. “Lady Bittle, I’ve got this now. Thank you for bringing her to me. Will you return to the classroom and let the other girls know Elena is just fine?”   Lady Bittle nodded, touching Elena gently on her shoulder. She left her in Isabel’s capable hands and returned to her class.   Isabel gently stroked Elena’s hair. “I think congratulations are in order.”  

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Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer with a BA in Mass Communication-Journalism from the University of South Florida. She has always wanted to be a published writer, and decided to try to write children’s fantasy books. The Chosen is her first book, and was released on December 14, 2010, to her delight.

Andrea has written four more books since:

* My Open Heart, an autobiography of growing up with heart disease.

* Nature’s Unbalance: The Chosen, Book 2

* Destiny: New Avalon, book 1, a YA fantasy

* Fate: New Avalon, book 2, a YA fantasy
She is currently editing the third book of The Chosen series, and writing the fourth. Andrea lives in Kansas with her family, which includes her two precious puppies.

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