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Courtlight Series Comes to Overdrive, 3M Cloud Library with 2 Giveaways!

 

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Courtlight Series Comes to Overdrive, Ingram & 3M Cloud Library

The Courtlight Series is now available in Overdrive, Ingram, and 3M Cloud Library. We’re excited to announce that the titles have sold to over a dozen libraries in three countries since this initiative launched on July 31st.

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Lauded as a “fantasy world that you don’t want to miss out on”, the Courtlight Series consists of seven full-length novels that give readers an imaginative escape into a high fantasy world. With over 100,000 English-language books sold, global readers have become “captivated from beginning to end”.

The series weaves an epic story of fantasy and romance, with avid comparisons to Tamora Pierce and Mercedes Lackey, as a girl struggles to overcome the odds of her place in society while saving a prince and his empire from mortal peril.

You’ll find that each book adds to an intricate storyline that enchants an young adult audience (Grade: 7 – 12 / Age: 12 – 19) and leaves the reader wanting more unforgettable magic.

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Courtlight Series by Terah Edun

Seventeen-year-old Ciardis has grown up in poverty, a cleaner in a small vale on the outskirts of the empire. But beneath her empire’s seemingly idyllic surface lies a hidden secret. Whispers of an inept crown Prince are growing ever louder—intensified by the five year anniversary of the soulbond initiations.

Amidst scandalous whispers, Ciardis finds herself chosen to train for the Companions Guild. She leaves her home and sets off on a personal journey to become a Court Companion. A position she’d never thought possible for a lowly servant to obtain, she must prove that she has the skills to attract a Patron.

But she must master those skills quickly. If the legends are true, only Ciardis can harness the power to raise a Prince in an Imperial Court sworn to bring him down.

This sensational series debut melds intricate storylines with remarkable characters and unforgettable magic. Sworn To Raise is ideal for fans of Kristin Cashore, Michelle Sagara, and Maria Snyder.

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Blog Tour: The Duality Bridge by Susan Kaye Quinn and Giveaway!

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What would you give to live forever? Seventeen-year-old Elijah Brighton wants to become an ascender—a post-Singularity human/machine hybrid—after all, they’re smarter, more enlightened, more compassionate, and above all, achingly beautiful. But Eli is a legacy human, preserved and cherished for his unaltered genetic code, just like the rainforest he paints. When a fugue state possesses him and creates great art, Eli miraculously lands a sponsor for the creative Olympics. If he could just master the fugue, he could take the gold and win the right to ascend, bringing everything he’s yearned for within reach… including his beautiful ascender patron. But once Eli arrives at the Games, he finds the ascenders are playing games of their own. Everything he knows about the ascenders and the legacies they keep starts to unravel… until he’s running for his life and wondering who he truly is.

The Legacy Human is the first in Susan Kaye Quinn’s new young adult science fiction series that explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world… and how technology will challenge us to remember what it means to be human.

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Praise for The Legacy Human

“This book is Hunger Games (without the violence or controversy) meets Divergent.”

“This story is so intense I felt I couldn’t get a proper breath.”

“Science fiction with philosophical depth!”

 

 

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What does it mean to be human? Elijah Brighton is the face of the Human Resistance Movement. He’s the Olympic-level painter who refused an offer of immortality from the ascenders—the human/machine hybrids who run the world—in solidarity with the legacy humans who will never get a chance to live forever. Too bad it’s all a complicated web of lies. Worse, Eli’s not even entirely human. Few know about the ascenders’ genetic experiments that left him… different. Fewer know about the unearthly fugue state that creates his transcendent art—as well as a bridge that lets him speak to the dead. But the Resistance is the one place he can hide from the ascender who knows everything the fugue can do. Because if Marcus finds him, he’ll either use Eli for his own nefarious purposes… or destroy him once and for all. The Duality Bridge is the second book in the Singularity series and the sequel to The Legacy Human. This thrilling new young adult science fiction series explores the intersection of mind, body, and soul in a post-Singularity world.

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Susan Kaye Quinn is the author of the Singularity Series, the bestselling Mindjack Trilogy, and the Debt Collector serial, as well as other speculative fiction novels and short stories. Her work has appeared in the Synchronic anthology, the Telepath Chronicles, the AI Chronicles, and has been optioned for Virtual Reality by Immersive Entertainment. Former rocket scientist, now she invents mind powers, dabbles in steampunk, and dreams of the Singularity. Mostly she sits around in her PJs in awe that she gets to write full time.

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M9B Friday Reveal: Cover Reveal for Last Siege Of Haven (The Undertakers #4) by Ty Drago with Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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Welcome to this week’s M9B Friday Reveal!

This week, we are revealing the cover for

Last Siege Of Haven (The Undertakers #4) by Ty Drago

presented by Month9Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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While away on an undercover mission, Undertaker Will Ritter has made an unthinkable alliance…with a Corpse! But though Robert Dillin (aka ‘The Zombie Prince’) is indeed one of those alien invaders who animate and possess the bodies of the dead — unlike the rest of his kind, Dillin isn’t evil. In fact, he wants to help. And Will needs that help, because the Queen of the Dead has learned the location of Haven, the Undertakers’ secret HQ, and is planning a massive and deadly assault.

With the last day of the Corpse War finally upon them, Will and his friends find themselves in a desperate race to close the Rift between worlds and forever kill the Corpses. But can they do before Haven is overrun?

For that matter, can they do it at all?

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Last Siege of Haven (The Undertakers #4)
by Ty Drago
Publication Date: May 11, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books

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Ty Drago

Ty Drago does his writing just across the river from Philadelphia, where the Undertakers novels take place. In addition to The Undertakers: Rise of the Corpses,The Undertakers: Queen of the Dead, and The Undertakers: Secret of the Corpse Eater, he is the author of The Franklin Affair and Phobos, as well as short stories and articles that have appeared in numerous publications, including Writer’s Digest. He currently lives in southern New Jersey with his wife and best friend, the real Helene Drago née Boettcher.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

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Guest Post: Flash Fiction, Giveaway and the Surrogate Sea by @DEShipley

Woot! Here it is guys, book six of The Wilderhark Tales!

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As a treat, here is an author favorite flash fiction piece for you to enjoy. 

Prequel to “The Surrogate Sea”

She heard his voice from leagues away. With a laugh of delight, the wind changed course, dancing to the side of her favorite human.

“You called, little prince?”

He smiled, naturally. He was him. And she was there.

“Fair wind, might I trouble you for a flight? I wish to visit my sister, if I may.”

His sister. His favorite human.

Is that all I am to you?, she thought, bearing him up. Safe passage to the Sky?

She hoped not. Could ensure not. But would not hurry him. Even a Stone Kingdom heart could be worn down in time.

 

And there’s a giveaway too!

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Want to know more about this great series?

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Here’s the good stuff on the author!!

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Cover Reveal: Nobody’s Goddess by Amy McNulty #M9BFridayReveals

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Nobody’s Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
by Amy McNulty

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Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

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In a village of masked men, each loves only one woman and must follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. And a man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Where the rest of her village celebrates this mystery that binds men and women together, seventeen year old Noll is just done with it. She’s lost all her childhood friends as they’ve paired off, but the worst blow was when her closest companion, Jurij, finds his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever loved her: she is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a Byronic man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him and who has the power to fight the curse. Thus begins a dangerous game between the two: the choice of woman versus the magic of man. And the stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled man is willing to lose.

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Title: Nobody’s Goddess (The Never Veil #1)
Publication date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Amy McNulty

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Amy McNulty

Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently spends her days alternatively writing on business and marketing topics and primarily crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.

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Theresa Paolo’s (Once) Again Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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How about some Q & A with our awesome author? Please welcome my agency sister Theresa Paolo!

 

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? What was your inspiration?

From a very young age I’ve always wanted to be some sort of writer. It went from an author to a journalist to an advice columnist to a columnist to a poet back to a journalist and then back to writing books. It’s kind of always been a part of me. I wrote my first book when I was six or seven. Granted it was a picture book but the story was still there.

How long does it take you to write a book? 

It used to take me a month to write a first draft. Now it takes me 3-4. Add in revisions and I’d say about six months total.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing? Do you have a specific place and/or time you like to write?

Oh I wish! I have to squeeze in writing whenever I can. Usually after work, I can manage  a couple of hours. Friday night and Saturday are usually my best bet. I like to write either on my couch or I take my laptop to my parents’ house and sit on their deck. And if I’m going somewhere on the weekends, my boyfriend drives and I’m in the passenger seat with my laptop.

How do you balance family and writing?

I’m lucky that I don’t have kids and I can be selfish with my time. I don’t know how you parents do it. Though, I still have a hard time balancing since I try to write whenever I have free time which usually means cancelling on friends and holding my finger up while my boyfriend is trying to talk to me, just so I can get the sentence out of my head and onto the screen.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Everywhere. The news. A magazine headline. A conversation I over hear. They just pop into my head at the most random times. I keep about three notebooks in my bag at all times so when one smacks into me I can jot it down and not forget. Because if I say I will remember it chances are I won’t. (Never) Again came to me when I was watching breaking news about a school shooting.

 How hard is it to get published?

HARD! Lol There are cases where it comes easy to people and you think that’ll be you. Sadly that’s usually not the case. It took me five years to get an agent. I queried five different books and had over 200 rejections. But I refused to give up. I kept going. It really does only take one yes. My time on submission was much shorter than trying to get an agent. After three months on submission I signed with Intermix Berkley Penguin.

 Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers better themselves and their craft? If so, what are they? 

Write. That is the best advice. You can read book after book about writing, but if you’re not actually doing any writing you’re not going to improve. So write and make mistakes, but learn from those mistakes. Find a critique partner or 9 (like me) one(s) that is honest and isn’t afraid to hurt your feelings and will help you get your story to where it needs to be while holding your hand and telling you you’re awesome don’t give up. Also critiquing other peoples work will do wonders for your own writing. When critiquing you are finding problems and when you go to write you become more aware of those things.

What are your favorite books and which authors inspire you?

Oh I have so many. Anything Sarah Dessen, Simone Elkeles, Toni Blake, Susan Mallery and Kristan Higgins, Marie Force and Cassie Mae. I also love Erin McCarthy’s True Believer’s series, J. Lynn’s Wait For You series, okay I’m going to stop! Inspiration would definitely be Sarah Dessen. R.L. Stine and Hailey Abbott.

I actually hated reading in school. Hated it. Then I discovered Goosebump books and then Fear street and I actually enjoyed reading. When I got a little older I discovered Hailey Abbott and then years later I found Sarah Dessen. Her books are what inspired me. I started out writing YA contemporary and it’s from there I branched out and discovered new books, new writers, new genres and new categories.

Last summer before (Never) Again was released I went to BEA in NYC and before we even checked in I spotted the Penguin book truck. I was so excited I ran over and as I was getting closer I stopped dead. My mom caught up to me and was like why did you stop. And I was like OMG! That is Sarah Dessen. OMG. The next thing I know I’m standing there completely fan girling and telling her she’s the reason I started writing. She was so sweet and didn’t hide behind the truck and try to get away from my babbling. Later I tweeted a pic of us and she tweeted me back saying she couldn’t wait to read my book. I died. It was the best day ever. She is my inspiration and meeting her was a dream come true.

 Do you read reviews before reading a book? Have you read the reviews on your books? What are the effects of a good versus a bad review on your writing?

Sometimes I do. But I also used to be that girl who would flip to the last page and read before even starting. I stopped doing that, but I still tend to read reviews. Have I read reviews of my own books? Sadly yes. I’m a huge believer that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone of us has different tastes and likes and dislikes and I always encourage honesty. However, bad reviews still hurt. No matter how you look at it they burn. Bad.

Bad reviews can be discouraging. They can also make you question every little detail in your writing. It’s hard not to let it bother you. The good reviews obviously do the total opposite. They encourage and make me feel like I’m cut out for this. I can do this. I got it. I think I’ll always look at my reviews. It’s really hard for me not to look. It’s like when they tell you not to touch something because it’s hot and you touch it anyway. I just can’t help myself.

 For an aspiring writer, what do you feel are certain do’s and don’ts for getting their material published?

Do accept constructive criticism.

Do know the difference between constructive criticism and just criticism.

Do get a critique partner

Do follow the law of BIC (Butt in Chair)

Do network

Don’t make a bad name for yourself on social media

Don’t think you are the next J.K. Rowling

Don’t reply to agents with any negative comments towards them or question their credibility (You’d be surprised at the horror stories I’ve heard. And agents talk.)

Don’t give up

What are you working on now?

What am I not working on? I’m finishing up True Love and Magic Tricks with Becca Ann under my pen name Tessa Marie. It’s a prequel and a novella to our Bed Series.

Kaylee Sperling is a social butterfly with a million acquaintances, but no real close friends. The closest thing she has is her pet gerbil, Mr. Pippi, and 150 notes from a random classmate who won’t reveal who he is. But she’s crossing her fingers it’s the self-proclaimed magician and total hottie, Nate Hatfield. Nate needs an assistant for the upcoming talent show. When he spots Kaylee folding herself in half during gym class stretches, he nervously asks for help with his magic act. But after a disappearing mishap, resulting in an accident with one of Kaylee’s only friends, Mr. Pippi, Nate must figure out how not only to keep his assistant, but someone who’s come to mean much more to him than his illusions.

I’m also working on a rewrite for a YA contemporary book about bullying, I’m working on two NA’s and am hoping I’ll be able to continue the Again series. I have two other YA’s that I bounce back to. Oh and I have another YA contemporary I’m editing.

 

Want more info? I thought you might …

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Life in the Palace book Blast and Giveaway!

 

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Life in the Palace by Catherine Green

“We need to talk,” Tal said. Then I knew it was going to go badly. ‘We need to talk’ is the conversational equivalent of walking into your basement without turning on the light, on a dark and stormy night, when a known psychopath is on the loose. You might as well cut to the chase and slit your own throat.

Chloe Diaz assumed three things: that when Tal said that she was one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance, it was code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo;’ that the gorgeous Seth Wilks would never be her soul mate and that she’d never have to choose between them. Chloe was wrong.

Now the future of the world is in her hands, but what if price is too great to pay?

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After a lifetime in the shadow of her sister, Chloe is severely phobic of the chronically cool. Seth is everything she avoids; a pre-med philosophy major who works in a bar, plays in a band and is so good looking that grown women stare at him in the street. But it’s hard to say no to your soul mate. Thinking she’s maxed out her supply of destiny, Chloe settles down to enjoy the happily-ever-after.

 

Tal says that she’s one of The People sent from heaven to maintain the cosmic balance. Chloe assumes this is code for ‘I’m a pamphlet distributing, incense burning, religious weirdo.’ Actually Tal’s main extracurricular activity is fighting the forces of Oblivion. The People never need to hide what they are because no one ever believes them. Until Chloe does.

 

Chloe sets out to help Tal and The People as much as she can as an outsider. Seth says as long as no one wears their underpants on the outside Chloe can do what she likes. What he doesn’t say is that he’s also one of The People, although non-practicing. But as the Final Battle draws nearer, Chloe realizes it’s time for Seth to go collect his regulation sword. The only thing standing in his way is her. Seth says he’ll give up his place in heaven to stay with her. Chloe must choose between Seth’s soul and her own happiness.

 

Praise for Life in the Palace

An interesting take on the paranormal romance genre. …..While other books in the genre have unrealistic buy in to the acceptance of someone from the outside entering a “new world” Life in the Palace handled it from both the main character looking in and the dwellers of the Palace looking out at this person trying to enter their world. …….I am so happy to hear that there are more books in the series! – Yonit on Goodreads

I loved this world that Catherine Green created. I happily lost myself in the life & deep love between Chloe & Seth …..I loved the attention to detail, the fleshing out of the world around them, the obvious growth of all the characters… Even the heartbreaking choices made at the end.
Book two I cannot wait to read! – Ebon Darkmyth on Smashwords

Loved it, great story line, fun characters and after reading it and thinking deeply about the duality of our lives, it made my prayers come alive! – Rebecca Wittenstein on Amazon.com

This book introduces you to a whole host of characters that you want to meet in real life. ….The action keeps you reading, while the budding love between Seth and Chloe makes you breathless. A great read. – Cypora Cohen on Amazon.co.uk

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Catherine Green writes fantasy books featuring religious characters in a brazen attempt to make the people in faith communities seem less weird. She lives with her husband, children and three marginally neglected goldfish. When she’s not writing, or pretending to be one of her characters on Facebook, she has been known to cook dinner.

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Cover Reveal! Love’s Sorrow, Means of Mercy #1by Terri Rochenski

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Love’s Sorrow is set to release on April 21st – less than one month away! If you’re interested in hosting during the blog tour, there’s still time to sign up. Head on over to Roane’s tour page

Love’s Sorrow

Love's Sorrow (Means of Mercy #1)
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by Terri Rochenski

   Release Date: April 21, 2014

   Keywords: Historical Romance, Series

Hired as a nanny for her cousin’s children, Anne Tearle finds security and a loving family. The children are a dream, but London society is a world of its own, one where a displaced farm girl has no business being. But, wealthy rake, Gavin MacKay, helps her to see associating with the upper class might not be as horrid as she first assumed.

Like all things worthwhile, love comes at a price, and the cost soon bestows more anguish than joy. Lost, but not undone, Anne must find the courage to begin life anew, or succumb to sorrow’s unrelenting waves of grief.

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About this author:

http://www.terrirochenski.com/

Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with storytelling.

Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not playing toys, picking them back up, or kissing boo-boos, she can be found sprawled on the couch with a book or pencil in hand, and toothpicks propping her eyelids open.


Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult with Annabelle Blume

Here it is, guys, Annabelle Blume’s newest story:

Old Flame

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The Hearts Aflame Files

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Description: Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong. 
Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.
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Sounds like a great read, right? So, when we asked Annabelle, “Hey, why the heck should I read this new genre?” she gave us her Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult … and here are her answers:

1. All the feels of YA plus the swearing and sexiness of adult lit.

2. Stories of transformation are my weakness–– and my specialty.

3. Remember how hot the guys were in college? Yeah that.

4. If they make a movie out of your favorite book, no one will call you a pervert for drooling over the hero.

5. Kissing, kissing, and more kissing.

6. You’re totally ahead of the trend because the woman next door just asked if you’ve heard of that book Fifty Shades of Grey.

7. The covers are intriguing, adorable, or straight up hot.

8. You aren’t wondering if their parents know where they are every time something crazy happens.

9. You like your stories with a heavy dose of life lessons.

10. Most of the time, you feel like you’re still trying to figure out this grown up thing, too.

 

And there you have it, my friends. Ms. Blume’s top ten reasons to love, read, or write New Adult. Thanks so much for the list, Annabelle. It’s easy to see why this genre has become so popular so fast.

What do you all think?

Want to know more? Well, here you go!

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Annabelle is a best selling Romance and New Adult author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.     Her degree in Sociology has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.     She’s also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com where she helps modern Bombshells and their families live “green”.

Illuminating Gracie Book Blast

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Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

As an old woman’s lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.

At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her light under a bushel, spending most of her time in the darkness of her mind with little more than sarcasm and self-pity to keep her company.

But things are about to change for Grace. While delivering food for her family’s bed and breakfast, she turns onto a desolate dirt road and drives straight into her destiny.

It’s on this isolated country lane that the damaged girl meets a strangely familiar old couple and two mysterious young men. Together the group fights the demons that surround Grace, and they teach her what it means to let her light shine.

“Illuminating Gracie” is, at once, a metaphorical tale of the fight between good and evil and a spiritual saga of one girl’s journey from darkness into the light. If you liked “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” you will love the story of Gracie.

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Excerpt:

Because he was an angel, Lochedus carried the power of life and death in his touch. With the wave of his hand, he could calm an angry sea or rain down terrible destruction on the heads of the guilty. He could grant peace to the troubled and visit devastating disease on the deserving. But no matter how hard he tried he could not, that night, pull himself from the depression that threatened to tear him apart. It had taken the touch of a small boy to do what a mighty angel could not and the far- reaching fallout from the child’s selfless act would echo throughout eternity.

Through the years, Lochedus had checked in on the boy, quietly keeping vigil – never speaking, only watching. Not one time did the boy acknowledge his existence or seem to see him again. Not even in his darkest hours did he call out for help. That is, until tonight. The boy, now an old man, didn’t beg for his own soul, but for the soul of another – the one he loved most in the world. And now, the angel would move Heaven and Earth – and Hell if he had to – to help the one to whom he owed so much.

Praise for Illuminating Gracie:

“A well-paced fantasy story of redemption and self-improvement.” ~Kirkus Review (Sept. 1, 2013 Magazine)
“Just the right amount of love story to the action packed plot line left this book a perfectly balanced read.” ~Maryann (Amazon “Top 1000” Reviewers)

“The story also contains little mysteries that keep you turning the pages, as gems of insight turn up along the way. It is a story of hope and redemption, and a beautiful request of each of us to let our light shine brightly.” ~Kimberly Raadt Higgins (Amazon Review)

“On a personal level, I can relate to Grace in so many ways. As I read, a lot of memories and feelings from my teenage and young adult years have come flooding back, some a little painful, others fun and exciting, even hopeful. Yet it also has me contemplating where I am today as a middle-aged adult; am I who I thought I would be, who I want to be?” ~N.J. Collar (Amazon Review)

“The plot is masterfully drawn and keeps the reader guessing until the end. This book tells the story of the fight between good and evil in a young woman’s life. It is brilliant in its use of humor and emotion to draw the reader into the characters.” J. Pitts (Amazon and Goodreads)

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Author Lisa C. Temple

On thirty-nine Senior scrolls, the Headmaster of author, Lisa C. Temple’s, small, private school wrote “Good Luck and best wishes for a prosperous future!” On the fortieth and final scroll, which was Temple’s, the Headmaster penned the words, “Lisa, I can’t wait to see to what use you put your unusual talents!” Temple spent the next 30 years trying to assuage her former leader’s curiosity – and her own.

She sold BMWs in her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama, and hillbillies (as a booking agent) in Nashville, Tennessee. In an effort to escape the enforced servitude of the Junior League, she even attended and was graduated from law school and passed the Alabama State Bar exam in 2002. Through it all, she battled problems and illnesses, many of her own making. But, it wasn’t until her father – her hero – was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS), that Temple found her true calling – the “talent” that she finds joy in putting to use.

“Illuminating Gracie,” is loosely autobiographical and born from a desire to, if only, metaphorically right the wrongs of Temple’s own past. It tells the story of a miserable old woman who is given the opportunity – by an angel – to go back in time and help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been. “Illuminating Gracie,” is the first book in a four-book series. The second book, “Instigating Gracie,” is due for release in December 2013.

Temple laughs when saying she has a loving and complicated husband she deserves, and a wonderful son and two loving stepchildren that she does not. She also shares her life with her beloved pets: Pomeranian, Phebe; Bordernese, Flash; and Tabby cat, MInx.

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