Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: He Made Me Brave by Pam Ogden @Pam__Ogden #interview #nonfiction #parenting #christian @RABTBookTours


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Non-Fiction - Parenting, Christian Living, Inspirational
Date Published: June 14, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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This is not a fairy tale--but it does have suspense, humor, a quest, and a happy ending. When Jason and Pam Ogden decided to adopt a baby, they had no idea that their adoption process would stretch over a period of two years, and that their baby would be a toddler by the time they were able to bring him home. Taken straight from Pam's personal travel journal, He Made Me Brave chronicles the long-awaited emotional trip she and her husband took to South Korea to meet their new son. Through these powerful journal entries, you will:

·         Experience Pam's fear, grief, anticipation, and joy as you read her private, honest thoughts.

·         Discover the challenges faced by these adoptive parents as they started the bonding process.

·         Be encouraged by God's sovereignty and power over anxiety.



He Made Me Brave is the touching memoir of a mother defying fear to be united with the little boy she had been dreaming of for two years, and an account of hope fulfilled.




Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

For me, the hardest part of writing in general is finding the time! I love to write but I also love to be a mommy, and managing the schedules of 5 children doesn’t leave me a lot of free time. I notice that I am almost always “telling the story” of my day in my mind, though, because I love to try to find meaning in and make sense of everything. 

What songs are most played on your iPod?

“Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money, “White Winter Hymnal” by Pentatonix, and “Animal” by Neon Trees because I’m moody. 


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have several wonderful literary-minded friends who give me their honest and thoughtful critiques while encouraging me to keep telling the story. 


What book are you reading now?

I’m always somewhere in Les Miserables because it’s my all-time favorite book, and I love to reread and underline the best parts. My new favorite is Paula Dean’s Southern Cooking Bible


How did you start your writing career?

I’ve always wanted to write. I used any opportunity to embellish my essays and written answers in college because it was a “safe” way for an introvert like me to express myself. I finally felt like I could write something worth reading about when we adopted our son, though. 


Tell us about your next release.

My hope is to be matched with a sibling for our son and to write about our experience with this second adoption. The world of adoption is changing, and it is becoming harder and harder for families to offer homes to these children who need them. We need a new awareness of how difficult it is, and a fresh perspective on what is in the best interests of the children.  





About the Author

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Homeschool mom and pastor's wife Pam Ogden had dreamed of being a mom since she was a little girl. She and her husband wanted six children, but their plans were waylaid when high-risk pregnancies and premature births threatened their first four babies. In 2012, they adopted their son, and in 2017, they started the process to adopt one more child. Pam graduated with honors from George Fox University, receiving a Bachelor's degree in Writing and Literature, and a Master's degree in Counseling. Pam loves her small town life in Sweet Home, Oregon, with her husband, Jason, and their five children, Kelly, Luka, Ivan, Ember, and Hudson. Pam and Jason hope to add one more child soon.


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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: Hidden by Megan Morgan @morgan_romance #paranormal #romance #fantasy #interview #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Hidden (Fire and Iceland #1)
Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Date Published: October 31, 2018
Publisher: Evernight Publishing

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After a breathtaking journey through Iceland, Vanessa Evanston finishes her dream vacation with her two best friends in the capital city of Reykjavik—and wakes up the next morning on the ground, on a tiny island 250 kilometers north, with no memory of how she got there.

Luckily, handsome and kind-hearted local Gunnar Heimirsson stumbles upon her—unluckily, he can’t explain her mysterious journey either. Nor can anyone explain why Vanessa soon discovers “last night” actually happened a year ago, and everyone thinks she’s dead.

Iceland is known for its folklore, but beyond the elves and mountain trolls, there are other creatures: beautiful, powerful, and vengeful, known as the huldufólk. Gunnar has been alive for a century, trapped by their curse after angering them. From the far flung Westfjords to the black sands of Reynisfjara, the answer to Vanessa’s missing year might be connected to Gunnar’s punishment—as well as his long-lost wife, Hera—but the truth lies somewhere in the realm of magic, myth, and love, and Vanessa has only just discovered fairy tales are real.



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Sometimes, it’s just knowing where to start—and when to stop! When I get an idea, I struggle for a bit over where the story should begin. Sometimes I write a beginning and then realize it should start somewhere else, so I have to cut things out and start over at that place. Also, sometimes I overshoot where the book should have ended, and need to go back and revise. Figuring out where the actual story lies and cutting it out from the rest can be a bit of a challenge. But I enjoy the challenge, because it’s part of the writing process.


What songs are most played on your Ipod?

I mostly listen to Spotify, and right now I’m super, super into Icelandic music—can you tell, from the setting of my book? There’s a lot of Icelandic musicians who are just fantastic but don’t get much international attention because they mainly sing in Icelandic. They have a huge hip hop scene there too, and it’s so creative. Even if I don’t understand the words I love listening to the songs because they sound so good.  


Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes. I like to share my young work with other writers so I can get feedback on it. I think it’s important to get a second opinion before you put something out into the world. It’s easy to miss things when you’ve read it over and over so many times that you’ve gone blind to the mistakes.


What book are you reading now?

Lately I’ve been reading a lot of self-help/inspirational books. I started reading ‘May Cause Miracles’ by Gabrielle Bernstein, but I’ve been busy in life and need to pick it up again.


How did you start your writing career?

I was really young—only 13!—and I wanted to write horror like Stephen King. I was very naïve and silly, but I thought I was going to blow up huge like him and become a bestselling horror author. My early writing was awful, but I found my passion in producing words and I never gave up and got better over time. Now I here I am, all these years later, not writing horror but paranormal romance instead. Close enough, right? It’s not a bad place to end up!


Tell us about your next release.


I don’t have anything awaiting release right now, but I have the sequel to Hidden written and I’m doing revision/edits on it now. I’m also going to be continuing my Man Catalog series from Evernight Publishing. I’m hoping 2019 will be a productive year!


About the Author

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Megan Morgan is an award-winning paranormal and contemporary romance author from Cleveland, Ohio. A mild-mannered airport bar supervisor by day and purveyor of things that go bump in the night, she lives on the often-wintry shores of Lake Erie with her spoiled cat and adult son, both of whom shed too much.



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Monday, January 7, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: Christmas in Prague by Rick Pryll @rickpryll #interview #blogtour #psychological #romance #giveaway @RABTBookTours



Psychological Romance
Date Published: November 24, 2018
Publisher: Foolishness Press

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Christmas in Prague is the story of Joseph, a divorced American twenty-something living as an expat in Prague. He's obsessed with Karina, a Czech waitress-turned-supermodel. She's freshly back from a trip to Italy with her English teacher, and she's ready to give Joseph the attention for which he's been longing. Will his Christmas wish come true?



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

I prefer not to talk about writing. The more I talk about it, the less I do of it. Perhaps instead, let me tell you about my next release.
Save yourself the plane ticket and the jet lag. Come away with me on a romantic adventure through the streets of Prague.
In April 2019, I am set to release Part II of “The Chimera of Prague.” In this book, my fifth, change is in the air.
In Part I, the main character, Joseph, he’s tall, he’s handsome, he’s athletic. And he’s lost. His marriage is over. His dream of writing a novel is dead. He’s stuck, one hand in his jet black hair, the other adjusting his tortoiseshell glasses, somewhere between self-pity and a cycle of esteem-draining relationships. He’s convinced himself that he’s obsessed with a young Czech woman, a waitress named Karina. She’s tall, slender, and her heart is on the mend after a recent breakup. Her modeling career is about to take off.
Early in Part II, Joseph gets a wake up call. It’s a kick in the stomach.
It’s just what he needs.
As a result, he re-thinks everything. He re-thinks his relationships, who he calls his friends, where he spends his time and how. Haunted by the image of his lost friend, the unfortunate Ingrid, he’s trying to make better decisions. He can hear her clicking her tongue each choice he makes.
For Joseph, re-thinking means picking up his pen. This time he’s not writing for anyone else but himself. Readers of the first book will be glad to know that Dani, Joseph’s first love, is back. She’s featured in his stories as he digs through his past trying to get back to the origin of his own heartbreak.
The book is set in Prague, and at every opportunity, readers get a taste of the beauty, the magic, the history contained in this ancient European gem.
(If you really must know, the hardest thing about writing, for me, is knowing what to work on next. So many good ideas, so little time.)

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

My iPod? Oh my goodness. Do you really want to know? It’s embarrassing. No really. It is.
But I can tell you this. My next release is chock full of music references. If Joseph, my main character, had an iPod it would have all of these songs on it from the book:
     “You spin me round” by Dead or Alive
     “Bizarre Love Triangle”, a song from New Order
     The Prince song, “When Doves Cry”
     The Bronski Beat song, “Smalltown Boy”
     “Push it” by Salt-n-Pepa
(If you really must know, “idfc” by blackbear - Joseph would love that song.)

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

I have an alpha reader, beta readers (a dozen or so - always looking for more), critique partners, a copy editor, and reviewers.
I’m humbly grateful to count myself part of a constellation of artists, writers, editors, designers, teachers and friends. Who can say why or how these things happen, but by grace and universal goodness, my writing network expands. 

What book are you reading now?

I come to writing as a reader first. Maybe most writers do.
But rather than pin myself down, let me tell you what the main character Joseph is reading in my next release. He’s reading Dr. Zhivago. Again. He collects the descriptions of winter and keeps them in a file for reference.

(If you really must know, I’m promiscuous; when it comes to books, of course. I am reading “Losing Venice” by Scott Stavrou for a review I am working on, I’m reading “Grandmother” by Bozena Nemcova for Czech culture and “Without Fail” by Lee Child for guilty pleasure.)

How did you start your writing career?

A writing career? Is that what this is?
        Let me tell you about the writing career of my main character Joseph. His dream of writing a novel is dead. It’s true he keeps a journal and he’s been toying around with a couple of short stories in an effort to understand his particular brand of dysfunction, but he’ll tell you, perhaps to a fault: he’s no writer.

(If you really must know, it all began when I decided to quit my job in Corporate America and moved to Prague. I wanted to see if I could make a career of writing.
Back then, my stories brought me a taste of success. I won a short story prize at MIT, and a hyperfiction short story I wrote in college and then published on the web was read more than 10,000 times.
Twenty years later, I have four books in print and available as eBooks.)

Tell us about your next release.

Uh. Yeah. Um… Can I ask you a question: Have you been paying attention?






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Rick Pryll is an award-winning author and poet. His book, "The Chimera of Prague" was selected as the winner of the 2018 New York Book Festival for Romance. A graduate of MIT, Rick wrote a novella as the thesis for his Mechanical Engineering degree. Having grown up in Western New York State, Rick and his wife, ArtPop Charlotte 2018 artist Holly Spruck, live in Charlotte.  They have two children, two cats and a dog.

First published to the web in 1994, his hyperfiction short story “LIES” has garnered praise from the Wall Street Journal, SHIFT magazine, and several other publications in print and online.  It is cited in more than seven books, has been translated into Spanish and Chinese.

From 1996 to 2002 Rick lived in Prague, in the Czech Republic.  While there he published two books including Displaced (Foolishness Press, 1998) and Wallow (Foolishness Press, 1999).  His stories and poems have been featured on the pages of THINK and OPTIMISM.


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Friday, January 4, 2019

Virtual Book Tour: The Crucible's Fire by @cruciblesfire with an #author #interview #nonfiction @RABTBookTours


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Christian, Inspirational
Date Published: Nov. 30, 2018
Publisher: Lucid Books

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After having several children, parents often feel well-equipped to take on the challenges of another child. When Matt and Tammy Parker decided to add a child to their family, they had little idea of the blessings and struggles God had in store for them. The Crucible's Fire paints a picture of God's steadfast love through trials as he holds one family in the loving and protective crucible of his faithfulness. Readers will learn:

·         The raw emotion of unexpected hardship

·         How to rely on God for strength

·         The beauty of God's faithfulness when it seems all hope is lost

·         How to trust in God through their own dark night of the soul

·         The sanctification that comes only through the refining fire of trials

·        Strengthen your own trust in God's refining faithfulness as you join this family through the joys and pains of raising a special needs child.



Interview with the Author

What is the hardest part of writing your books?

Finishing. I work and rework until it is hard to get a finished product. I have to make myself work to a deadline and work toward completion.

What songs are most played on your Ipod?

First of all, I’m an Android guy. :D But on my Spotify, I play a Christian Mix and Lecrae radio station. I love Christian rap, followed closely by an eclectic mix of 80’s hair bands and contemporary Christian praise and worship.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?

Yes. I have two very good friends who proof my work, in addition to my wife. I also have a fairly large Launch team, I think there are 15 of them, who sometimes serve as beta readers.

What book are you reading now?
“Abide in Christ” by Andrew Murray

How did you start your writing career?

I started writing at a very young age. I wrote short stories, poems, lots of different things. I hadn’t written much in many years, especially after my daughter was born. There simply wasn’t time. As I published my blog, people would say things like, “you should write all this down in a book.” My dad printed out and kept every note, every email, and every blog post. That finally gave me the push to go ahead and put it all together. That’s when my love for writing was rekindled and I haven’t looked back since!

Tell us about your next release.

I have three distinct passions as they pertain to writing: Special needs parenting, Foster / Adoptive care, and Discipleship. The next release will probably be focused on being a foster / adoptive parent and the things we have learned from that experience. 


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Matt Parker serves as a high school teacher in rural East Texas and has served as a bi-vocational minister for almost 25 years. He has recently retired from pastoral ministry to develop discipleship materials to encourage the saints and help deepen their walk with the Lord. He is married to Tammy, his high school sweetheart, and together they have four biological children, three adopted children, one granddaughter, and serve as foster parents.


Their youngest daughter, Brynna, was born with severe physical and developmental delays. Over the past decade, Matt has kept friends and family updated on her condition, progress, and their sanctification through email and his ministry blog at The Crucible's Fire.


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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Book Blitz: Live to Thrive by Amir Rad #success and #wellness #nonfiction with a #giveaway @RABTBookTours


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Success, motivational, inspirational, self-help, entrepreneurship, health/wellness, personal development
Date Published: November 26th, 2018.

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Amir Rad has moved to the top of the fitness industry with an approach that’s about much more than muscle. In Live to Thrive, he delivers his methods of attaining success from an entrepreneurial perspective, as a master personal trainer, and a competitive athlete. What is success? How is it related to health and fitness? How does a powerful mindset lead to success? Most important, Amir teaches readers HOW to get ready to succeed physically and mentally, and then maintain that level. Using stories and examples from his own life and those of his clients, Amir picks out the elements of a thriving life and spells just what it will take to get there yourself. Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


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Drew - Amazing book. I trained with Amir for a year and I can promise you he walks the walk! I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in becoming their best self! Not another self-help book, 5 star

Tony - A very good, easy and well-written read. Amir Rad is a young entrepreneur who practices what he preaches about the mind/body connection for success. Without getting lost in details, his book effectively discusses topics such as proper nutrition, exercise regimens, surrounding yourself with the right people, and developing and maintaining good, positive attitudes. Testimonials from clients of Amir are incorporated throughout the book demonstrating how "Thrive" ideas have worked positively in their own lives. "Live To Thrive" is a book I highly recommend!
Thank you!

Arjun -  As my personal trainer who has helped me lose and keep off a significant amount of weight, it is amazing to see Amir expand into writing.

Simply put - a wonderful read.

Holly - Just ordered and can't wait to read it! Amir is an amazing trainer. He's beyond inspiring, he will help you achieve your goals and then some!!


Excerpt

Before you read this book, I want you to imagine being the best possible version of yourself that you can be. What if you could believe that your mind and your body never stop progressing unless you limit yourself? Picture your dream life, and then picture it again. Think about what it means to you. Think about what drives you. Is it money, power or fame? Aspirations to help and inspire others? Being the best at what you do? Passion? Are you willing to do whatever it takes, and I mean whatever it takes, to reach your full potential? Not someone else’s potential, not someone else’s idea of who you should be, but your full potential. Are you willing to let go of what other people think of you, and let go of the doubts about yourself and others? Are you willing to let go of self-created fears, and then let go of what’s going on in other people’s lives, to focus on bettering your life and becoming the best you can possibly be?  That is how you Thrive. When you have left behind all of your pre-conceptions and doubts about your abilities, when you have stopped comparing yourself and your progress to others, where you have carved out a space and time to endeavor, where the only option you have left is building your dream life. That’s living to Thrive.


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Amir Rad is an entrepreneur, health and fitness expert, and a motivator. He started his first business, Thrive Fitness, in Ann Arbor, MI when he was 22 years old. As a competitor and personal trainer, Rad is most passionate about helping people reach their full potential and conquering their goals. He says, “Every individual, regardless of their athletic ability, age, or skill level, deserves to obtain the highest quality of life.” In other words, they deserve to thrive. Rad lives to thrive, and his goal is to help as many people as possible to learn to do the same.


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Thursday, December 27, 2018

Virtual Book Tour: Death By Payback by Gary Evans @GaryEvansBooks with an #interview and a #giveaway @RABTBookTours #thriller


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Thriller
Date Published: November 2018
Publisher: AuthorSource

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After confessing to killing fourteen young men in La Crosse, Wisconsin, sultry serial killer Genevieve Wangen escapes custody for the second time. Aided by her Mafia contacts, she settles in at a remote cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana. Now, safely hidden behind her new identity as Samantha Walters, she happily continues her deadly work for the Carbones. But Detective Al Rouse and Deputy Charlie Berzinski are bent on locking her away for good. When they finally catch up to her, as she is about to wed her latest debonair lover, Genevieve finds that she must escape more than just the law!



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Thriller
Date Published: July 2017

When Shawn Sorenson drowned in 1987, no one in La Crosse, Wisconsin, took much notice. They thought it was simply another drunken accident. When another student, Tad Schwartz, drowned a year later, the residents began to suspect foul play. Why else would a healthy young man drown? Even so, the police had no leads or clues to suggest anything other than a tragic accident. Were these truly accidental deaths? Suspicion became reality one fateful morning in 2011 when Police Detective Allan Rouse, Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Berzinski, and pathologist Rick Olson pulled the 15th victim from the river. The body had a tale to tell.

Dr. Olson, physician Patricia Grebin, and researcher Sarah Giles discover an obscure piece of evidence. It leads Berzinski and Rouse down a tangled trail of clues before reaching a mind-boggling conclusion. Will Berzinski and Rouse catch the killer before it's too late? Filled with intrigue, betrayal, and gut-twisting suspense, Death by Drowning will draw readers into a Midwestern town full of secrets and clues as breathtaking as the Mississippi River.




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Thriller
Date Published: Spring 2018


Beautiful assassin Genevieve Wangen continues to work on her deadly concoctions from her secret lab in the woods, far from the prying eyes of the law. But just as soon as she has love and a new life in her sights, Genevieve is pulled into a far more dangerous high-stakes game of cat and mouse. She already upended her life and identity once. How far will she need to go this time to stay alive?



Interview

What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The discipline to get started is the worst part of the process for me. At the start, it seems like a process that will never end. Once the first chapter has been written, though, things settle down and get easier. Then it’s a matter of seeing how exciting the plot you create can be.

What songs are most played on your iPod?
No iPod in my office. I have Sirius XM linked to my desktop, and you will find me listening to Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, or instrumentalists on Escape. It all depends upon the mood – Garth for the action parts, Sinatra and Escape for more mellow times.

Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I do, but not a particularly formal group. They are people who read the first book and made suggestions. Now they do it whenever there is a new book. I like their suggestions, because they tell it like it is.

What book are you reading now?
I have just started the new Clive Cussler book, The Romanov Ransom. My previous read was The Reckoning, by John Grisham and I moved through that at a fast pace. If you are an avid reader, a good book just keeps you going, and then when it’s over, you feel sad.  

How did you start your writing career?
I believe I always loved to read . . . or at least I remember reading when I was a very young boy. Books and sports were my favorite things. I dreamed about writing for a newspaper, and started by doing some sports stories for my hometown weekly newspaper. I could not believe it when I got a job covering basketball tournaments for the Winona Daily News my senior year in high school. Not sure how many times I re-wrote that first story, but it was a lot.

Tell us about your next release.

My fourth book features the same two law officers that you have met in books one through three. This time they are chasing moonshiners and cattle rustlers. Both my father and my father-in-law were great storytellers, and they talked often about moonshine and rustling. It just seemed fitting to use those messages as the heart of another mystery, Death by Explosion.

About the Author

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Gary Evans has turned his passion for novel writing into a post-retirement career, with book four soon to be released, and book five already in the works. Evans spent 30 years in Midwest newsrooms as an award-winning writer, editor, and publisher. He spent 12 years as vice president at Winona State University. He ended his career as the president and CEO of Hiawatha Broadband Communication, one of the nation’s first alternative entrant telecommunications firms, after 15 years. Married to Ellen, they have two grown children, Gregory and Natalie.


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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Pre-Order Retrieve by @saddisonfox #youngadult #action #adventure #excerpt #giveaway


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YA action adventure
Date Published: 26 December 2018
Publisher: Double Edged Sword Publishing

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What if the job you took to stay alive might be what kills you?

Kade knows what it is to suffer. He knows what it's like to lose everything and everyone around him.

His job in a Stormer Unit guarantees not just his survival in the decimated country of Azetaria, but his sister Meg's. Even if it means facing the Numachi warriors baying for his blood, he'll do what it takes to keep her safe.

Hadley is alone and surviving the only way she knows how. By hiding where predators won't find her and scavenging enough just to keep her alive.

When desperation drives Hadley to search for her missing brother, she mistakenly accepts the offer of recruitment into the Stormer's camp, only to be partnered with Kade and sent as a scout into Numachi territory.

The intimidating young Stormer may just know where her brother has gone. But can they stay alive long enough to find him?



Excerpt



Kade’s footsteps were heavy as he approached and stared down at her. “This isn’t going to work. You need to be wearing something lighter, or we’ll never make it to Lazen.”

Hadley tried for a weak shrug but could barely muster the energy. “What do you suggest?”

Kade raised an eyebrow, and a deep frown appeared on his face as he considered her.  He continued to stare at her as she sat, legs sprawled out on the ground. “The best I can come up with is cutting your clothing.”

His eyes narrowed as he searched the length of her. A bolt of alarm jostled her into thinking. “How much are you cutting off?”

Kade dipped his chin, his voice low as he spoke. “Enough, so you don’t keep fainting, enough, so you still pass for a boy.”

He reached for a knife and wore the slightest of smiles as he unsheathed it. “Let’s hope you have hairy legs then eh?”

Hadley’s lips split into a smile before she remembered she was annoyed with him for being so smug.




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Sarah Addison-Fox is a New Zealand-born misfit who writes action-packed fantasy with a smattering of punch-ups, mega amounts of romance and a dash of family values. She has an astonishing amount of nail polish, has all her creative writing credentials shoved in a drawer somewhere, and has a husband who, after 28 years, can still make her blush. When she’s not working on her multiple YA fantasy romance series' she can be found binge watching Mission Impossible movies, drinking lager and eating curry.


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