Perfect Contradiction: Book Blitz and Giveaway–JGBS

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Title: Perfect Contradiction
Series:  The Contradiction Series #2
Author:   Peggy Martinez
Published:   July 14th, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  NA Contemporary Romance
Content Warning:   Minor Violence, sexual references
Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:  Jennifer Collins is finally beginning to heal after losing her mother to cancer. It’s been a long road with scary turns, but her best friend Beth helped her through the darkest moments. But now Beth has gone and gotten herself hitched, and Jen can’t help but feel like she’s all alone once again.

When Hunter Wright comes strolling back into town after leaving her behind without so much as a see ya later when she needed him the most, Jen suddenly realizes she isn’t as over him as she thought she was. And perhaps she never would be.

But things are complicated now, and Jen has a secret that makes it impossible for her to throw caution to the wind and fall back into the arms of the man who broke her heart. Sometimes, a new beginning, a new life, and a new outlook can mean so much more than understanding and forgiveness. Sometimes it can mean putting faith in someone who has the ability to hurt you or the ability to make you whole. Jen knows more than anyone that love can be such a… Perfect Contradiction.

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Excerpt from Perfect Contradiction by Peggy Martinez:
“Let me help you with that,” Hunter murmured near my ear. I stiffened as he tied my apron for me and stepped back. I turned slowly, my eyes traveling from the fine cut of his tuxedo up to find his eyes on me. He was soaking me in, for once not guarding his emotions as he devoured the sight of me standing there in my kitchen, barefoot with my momma’s old apron covering my pretty dress.
“What are you doing, Hunter?” I asked wearily. The shutters came down once again and he took another step back and loosened his stance into nonchalance. He shrugged.
“Just came to help you out. I’m not big on crowds.” I raised a brow. So, he wanted to help me in the kitchen. I could deal with that. I could pretend like nothing had ever happened between us, that we hadn’t spent the two most wonderful nights of my life in each other’s arms. I could pretend that I hadn’t suffered a broken heart because I’d thought we’d had something special between us. Yeah, I could do that. Absolutely.

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About the Author:
Peggy Martinez is a full time Author who has over a dozen published works, including the Time Warper Series, the State of Decay Trilogy, the Contradiction Series, the Reapers Grimm Series, her middle grade Super Zero Series, and various novellas and serials.

When not writing, Peggy can be found homeschooling her teen son and four daughters. You may also find her packaging hundreds of boxes for her monthly box subscription business she founded just for readers! (Lit-Cube) She could also be spotted reading, making soap, dabbling in aromatherapy, watching gangster movies, prepping for the zombie apocalypse, or downing insane amounts of Twizzlers and Kazoozles. Oh yeah… and day dreaming about owning a small homestead or taking a dream vacation to Greece, Scotland, & Ireland. She could totally be doing that.
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Crimson Tree Publishing Links:
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack and winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook.
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Fill Your eReader Friday!

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It has been awhile since I’ve had this segment on here, but I have a great opportunity for you to fill your eReader!

Juniper Grove Book Solutions and their adult subsidiary, Juniper Grove Nights, now has a review library.  What is a review library?  It’s where authors pay to have their books available to readers for free in exchange for the reader writing an honest and fair review on Amazon and Good Reads.  Most libraries have some fine print rules that you have to abide by, but if you like to read and don’t mind hammering out a hundred words or so about a book, you have access to all kinds of free reading material.

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Here are the current selections.
Here are the current selections.

Juniper Grove Book Solutions is constantly added books to the library, so make sure to check the library page often or find them on Facebook and Twitter!

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Wicked Luck–Book Tour, Interview & Giveaway–JGBS

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Title:  Wicked Luck
Series:  Wicked Luck Trilogy #1
Author:  Shannon L. Maynard
Published:   June 23rd, 2015
Publisher:  Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  NA Romance
Content Warning:  Violence, Adult Themes
Recommended Age:  14+


Synopsis:  How can Ava Starr’s worst nightmare be Dax Miller’s dream come true?

For the past three years, Dax has been stranded on Lamarai Island with his stepsister and two tribes of cannibals. But now a beautiful girl named Ava has washed up on shore. After secretly reading her journal, he believes she is a perfect match to the girl of his dreams. He’s determined not only to keep her alive, but also to win over her heart by convincing her to forget about her past and the secrets that continue to haunt her.


Ava Starr has always been the epitome of bad luck, but she never imagined she would wake up and find herself on a cannibal-infested island with no memory of how she got there. The last thing she remembers is boarding a plane with her pilot boyfriend, Preston. But now he and his crew are missing, and she must find him before a tribe of hungry cannibals finds him first. But Ava’s troubles have followed her to Lamarai, where once again she’s surrounded by danger and people who want her dead. She finds herself caught in a web of deceit and soon discovers the answers to her mysterious past can be found in the most unlikely of places, and that no one is actually who they seem to be.


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Excerpt for Wicked Luck by Shannon Maynard:
With a satisfied grin, I drop the book in my pocket and step out from behind the tree.
“Well, well, well. What a predicament. Gives new meaning to the phrase ‘sticky situation’ doesn’t it?” My voice startles her and causes a sharp intake of breath as she opens her eyes.
“Dax,” she says with a relieved exhale.
“Hey princess.” I give her my best Cheshire smile. “Looks like your little escape plan didn’t work out so well, huh? Well, I hope you have better luck escaping from that pit of quicksand.”
I turn to walk away.
“Wait! Where are you going?” she asks, and despera­tion oozes from her voice.
I pause to get control of the amusement cracking away at my serious expression before turning around. “I don’t know. I think I’ll head back to the beach and wait for a hot blonde to wash up on shore.” Her mouth falls open right on cue. “Oh, and sorry to break it to ya’, but you didn’t get the part. Since it’s my fantasy, I was looking for someone friendlier, a little more trusting, a little less sassy, and what was the last thing? Oh, yeah. Someone who actually likes me. But don’t feel bad—you nailed the physical profile,” I say with a wink.
“Stop being a jerk and help me,” she says, and then softens her tone. “Please?”
I uncross my arms and rest my hands on my hips. I’m pretty sure she already regrets that last comment, but I can’t stop now. “Look, princess. I’m a lot of things, but a jerk isn’t one of them. And don’t worry; I’m sure someone else will find you soon. A hungry cannibal—or Roxy. And I’m starting to think you and her might make a good team. The pity-party duo. She’s hateful, complains constantly, and she’s also a member of the ‘I hate Dax club’, just like you.”
I turn my back on her again and take a step.
“Wait! I don’t hate you. Please don’t leave me. I’m sorry.”
I’m a sucker for apologies but when I turn to face her, I can’t resist putting one hand behind my ear and tilting my head.
“I’m really sorry,” she says again. “For running away and being so grumpy.” I wait for more, and she grits her teeth. “And for not listening to you.”
This is the part where I know she expects me to jump to her rescue, but I lean against a tree with a cocky grin and pull a banana from my pocket. She stares while I peel it, take a bite, and chew slowly. I’m savoring the fruit but also my triumph in having the upper hand.
“Aren’t you going to help me?” she finally asks with a hint of worry.
“I’m still debating. If I leave you here, at least I’ll know where you are and won’t have to worry about you running off. I could even build a little hut around you and toss you food and water now and then. You’d be a lot less trouble that way.”
“Very funny,” she says, but I think it is and I can’t keep from laughing.

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About the Author:

Shannon L. Maynard lives in Colorado with her five girls where she is a legal assistant by day and an author by night. In between working and writing she can be found driving kids to soccer, folding mountains of pink laundry, or eating her weight in chocolate. Other addictions include shoe shopping, reading YA, and Australian and British accents (which may be partly to blame for her massive crush on Thor). If she had one wish it would be for more hours in the day to spend enjoying all of the above. Okay, everything except the laundry.


Shannon studied art and criminology before getting a license in cosmetology, but eventually wound up an expert daydreamer; a skill that occasionally leads to getting lost while driving, but has been a huge asset to her love for writing. Her debut novel WICKED LUCK is set to release June 2015 and is the first book in the Wicked Luck Trilogy.


Here’s my conversation with Shannon:

1) Describe your relationship with a good book. If I’m reading a good book I will read almost non-stop until I finish it. I have been known to stay up all night to finish a great book.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of? I started writing when I was in grade school. I wrote a short story in fifth grade for a writing contest and won first place.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author. I brainstorm a lot while driving and get an entire story in my head before I start writing. I don’t plot it out on paper, I just type and the characters take me where they want to go. I tend to write late at night when it’s quiet and I can tune everything out to get lost in the story.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life? Very carefully. I work part time during the first part of the day and spend time with my five kids in the afternoons. Late nights are spent writing.

5) Why did you write this book? It was always a goal of mine to be an author and I just woke up one morning and realized I better get busy if I was going to pursue that dream. I love young adult books and wanted to write a book that would appeal to teenagers as well as adults.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work? I have used past experiences and interactions with other people as inspiration for characters and conversations. I have even included some actual events in Wicked Luck.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life? I would like to continue writing and try different genres after the Wicked Luck Series. I would like to be able to spend more time doing what I love, which is spending time with my kids and writing.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself. I have had a wide range of unique jobs until I settled on being a full time mom and an author. Those jobs include: a housekeeper at a truck driver hotel, a cake decorator, a hairstylist, a mermaid at the Silverton Hotel in Las Vegas, a model, a legal assistant, a dental assistant, a line hostess at a private FBO at the airport (like Ava in Wicked Luck), a waitress, owner of a clothing store, and a telemarketer. I’ll let you decide which one of those is a lie….

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Crimson Tree Publishing Links:
(An adult division of Clean Teen)
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.


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Milayna’s Angel Book Blitz and Giveaway

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Title:  Milayna’s Angel

Series:  The Milayna Series, Book 2

Author:  Michelle K. Pickett
Published:  July 7th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Adult language and violence
Recommended Age:  16+
Synopsis:  Now that the battle with Hell’s angel, Azazel, has ended, you’d think eighteen-year-old Milayna’s life would take a turn for the better. After all, what could be worse than having the angel of Hell trying to steal your soul? Plenty. Abaddon, the demon of destruction, is angry that Azazel failed to convert Milayna before her demi-angel powers matured. Now she’s untouchable… or so she thinks. It seems even in Hell, there are loopholes.
Not only is her life in danger, but her love life is crumbling, too. Just when Milayna and fellow demi-angel Chay get comfortable on their little cloud of bliss, Xavier comes to town. He’s one angel that’s as hot as the very embers of Hell, and he has his sights set on Milayna.
Now she has the demon of destruction out to kill her, Xavier out to steal her heart, and she still has to take final exams before she can graduate high school.
Sometimes life sucks, even if you are half angel.
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About the Author:
Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014.
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Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack and winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook.
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Twists in Time Anthology–Book tour, giveaway, and interview–JGBS

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Title:  Twists in Time
Authors:  Various
Published:  June 16th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen & Crimson Tree Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction, Time Travel
Content Warning:  Some stories may include mild violence and language.
Synopsis:  What would happen if time, the fragile thread that both leads and binds us, could be unwound as simply as untying a knot? Would we go back, charging through our own history, changing and tweaking, plucking at that fragile thread until time itself unraveled all around us? Would we create countless universes through which we could live our fantasies—or would we become our own nightmares? Would we blaze ahead, reckless and wild, into our own futures? Would we become our own heroes, or would we become villains?
Join us for a series of stories that explore time, through the eyes of those bold enough to conquer it, and foolish enough to try to control it. From the award-winning team of authors at Clean Teen Publishing, Twists in Time will both entertain and challenge the way you see the world around you. Because when one finds a way to break the barrier of time, endless worlds of possibilities emerge.
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Featured Authors and Stories:
“After Time” by Sandy Goldsworthy
“The Fall” by Holly Kelly
“The Kiss of Time” by Amanda Strong
“With a Grain of Sand” by Kathy-Lynn Cross
“The Before Sky” by Sherry D. Ficklin
“What You Wish For” by Kelly Risser
“Tides of Time” by Julie Wetzel
“It’s The Little Things” by Jon Messenger
“Romeo and Juliet Times Infinity” by Kasi Blake
Make sure to check out the   Twists in Time Tour Page for a list of all the tour stops, along with interviews with the authors, reviews, and guest blog posts.  Today, Julie Wetzel has stopped by for a chat.
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  1. Describe your relationship with a good book.

I have a love-hate relationships with books. I love reading them, delving in the story, and living with the characters. I hate the fact that they wrap me up in their world and leave me sleep deprived and begging for more.

  1. When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started writing in 2011 when my sister went into the Navy. The first piece I was proud of was a short story that was printed in a horror anthology. Unfortunately, the anthology was only printed for the backers of a Kickstarter project and will not be printed publicly.

  1. Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Work ethic? Well, I try to write as often as possible without ignoring my family. But sometimes thing happen and I forgets that life exists outside of my books. When it comes to special requests or edits, I try to jump on them as soon as I can. Overall, I think I have a fairly decent work ethic.

  1. How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

It’s really hard to find a balance. There aren’t enough hours to get everything I want to do done. I fit writing in whenever I can. It usually cuts in to the time I have to sleep. But, somehow, with the help of the amazing men in my life, I manage to get most of my things done.

5.  What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

The next five years. I don’t even know what I’m going to have for dinner tonight, let alone my plans for next five years. I hope to finish the two series that I have started and a plethora of half-baked manuscripts waiting on my computer. I also hope to retire from my job to work full time on my books. I would like to do a little traveling, but other than that, I have no idea.

6.  Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

When I was sixteen, I worked in the catering department at a haunted amusement park. One evening, while cleaning up after a catered picnic, my coworker and I were sent to gather the last of the food from the cooler in the shelter. As we went out, we were surprised to find a young girl in a blue dress standing in the middle of the picnic shelter. It was well after dark and we had been closed for a while. No one should have been there. When we called out to ask if she was lost, she looked at us then turned and walked straight through a six foot tall privacy fence. Needless to say, the shelter did not get cleaned that night.

I’ll leave it up to you to decide if that is a real or not… either way it’s a GREAT story!

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Clean Teen Publishing Links:
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.
Giveaway is International.

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Shattered Memories–Interview, Book Tour, and Giveaway by JGBS

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Title:  Shattered Memories
Author:   Susan Harris
Published:  June 16th, 2015  
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Dystopian Thriller
Content Warning:  Adult language, graphic violence, and sexual content
Recommended Age:  16+

Synopsis:  A terrible tragedy forced Alana McCarthy to forget a year of her life. Now she is to be executed for a crime she does not remember committing—the murder of her entire family. Lost and alone, Alana is terrified of unlocking secrets buried so deep inside her mind that she’s willing to forget the one person who could set her free.

Daniel Costello hasn’t forgotten about Alana, and he will do anything and everything to protect the girl he loves. But first, Alana needs to unlock her memories and find out the truth about what happened the night her family was killed.

The day of her execution is set. Together, will Alana and Daniel be able to uncover the truth behind her family’s deaths before it’s too late?



Excerpt from Shattered Memories by Susan Harris:
Suddenly I was angry… angry at my parents for dying and leaving me alone… angry at Sophia for being too small to defend herself… angry at Daniel for giving me false hope… angry at myself for letting pathetic fantasies take over my mind.
I jumped off the bed and screamed. The next thing I knew I had used what little strength left to overturn the bed, scattering all the bedding to the floor. I took one of the pillows and beat it across the wall. Then I kicked the bin with such force it smashed into the door with a sickening thud.
While continuing on my furious rampage, the door slid open and strong arms captured me from behind, holding my own in place. I struggled to break free and kicked out, but those arms would not let me go. I cried in frustration and tasted the saltiness of the tears on my lips.
“Shush, Alana, please… come on… calm down for me or else they are going to shock you. Hurts like a bitch. Come on, girl… shush. I got you.”
Connors’ voice sounded in my ear, and he kept shushing me until I stilled in his arms. My legs gave out, and we both went to the floor. Connors loosened his grip on me but still held me tight. My sobs became louder, and the pain in my chest was so bad that I thought I was dying. Through my sobs, I heard Connors say that I was okay and to please just give him a minute. I heard someone argue with him, and he snarled and told them to piss off. The tears soaked my top, and I felt nothing but tiredness as I shoved against Connors, needing to breathe. He did not let go.
My god, I felt so lost. I closed my eyes and screamed out the last of my frustration and anger before tiredness won out. I gave in and let the darkness pull me under.





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About the Author:

Susan Harris is a writer from Cork in Ireland. An avid reader, she quickly grew to love books in the supernatural/fantasy genre. When she is not writing or reading, she loves music, oriental cultures, tattoos, anything Disney and psychology. If she wasn’t a writer she would love to be a FBI profiler or a PA for Dave Grohl or Jared Leto.

Here is my conversation with the awesome and fabulous Susan Harris!

 Describe your relationship with a good book.

When I’m stuck in a good book I want to continue on and absorb all that happens even as my eyes can’t read anymore. Sometimes I could finish a book in a day sometimes two. But then, once I’m finished I get book hangover when I realize that it will be a whole year before the next book.

When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of? The first thing I wrote that I was proud of was a poem I wrote when my grandfather passed away. He was a major influence in my life and died suddenly. I had a dream after he passed and it was like he was saying goodbye and I wrote a poem about it. Pops was one of the people who encouraged me and told me that I achieve anything I wanted once I put effort into it.

 Please describe your work ethic as an author.

I’m pretty strict with myself! If I have a full day of writing ahead, I sit down and work until the chapter is finished. I break only for like five minutes to make a cup of tea and then I’m back to it. I might do that for a couple of days and lock myself into my writing cave and then take a few days off…but then those nagging voices drag me back to whatever I’m writing.

How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

This is tough. Sometimes I forget that I need to socialize with people in the real world as well. I just have developed great time management systems for when I am really stuck in writing and forget that the outside world exists!

 Why did you write this book?

I wrote Shattered Memories for two main reasons. 1: I was watching a news story one night and there was something on it about taxes being introduced, protests for water charges and then a little segment of the housing crisis in Ireland. My twisted mind started thinking what would Ireland be like if we went bankrupt and the story started to piece itself together. 2:When I sat down to write Shattered Memories I had just been diagnosed with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and was dealing with a lot of different emotions. It was suggested to me that I use that to fuel the characters in my book and I did. It helped me immensely and I think it made the characters especially Alana more realistic.

 What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

There are a lot of things I’ve been through in life that inspire me to write, but I suppose the anxiety and the bullying I went through helps me to infuse my own experiences with my writing. In my twenties, it was a constant cycle of bad experience after bad experience but I hope now I’m thirty things have begun to change.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

As an author I just want to publish books that people want to read. Now every author wants to have a NY Times Best seller so you never know, maybe one day! In my personal life, I just want to be happy because I spent too much time being unhappy and not being myself. If I can go through life being happy most days then I can live with that.

 Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I despise horror films because they are predictable and just remakes of all the ones that went before them!


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Clean Teen Publishing Links:

Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.


Giveaway is International.


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Fruits of Misfortune by Nely Cab–Interview, book tour, & giveaway–JGBS

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Title:   Fruit of Misfortune
Series:  The Creatura Series #2
Author:  Nely Cab
Published:  June 16th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Paranormal Romance
Recommended Age:   13+
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Synopsis:  Isis’ goals for the future included things like attending and graduating college. However, becoming a monster wasn’t part of the plan. Isis and her boyfriend, David, are on the brink of a horrible transformation and they are eager to stop it. Together, they set out on a quest to Greece to find Isis’ biological father—the only person that may be able to help them. Their journey comes to an abrupt stop before it even begins when Isis falls ill, and Eros, David’s best friend, arrives in Athens, unannounced and curious…with a plan of his own.
The hunt for her father leads Isis on the turbulent path of deceit, death, and demons as she anticipates the dawning of the beast that stirs inside her.
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About the Author:
Nely Cab is a Writer of stuff, a Master Coffee Drinker, a Food Maker & Eater, an Imaginary World Conqueror, and an Air Breather. She talks to herself—a lot—in her South Texas home while she plots stories about fantasy worlds and sips coffee from a pitcher. She’s known for cooking far too much food and has a tendency to overdo…well, everything. It is rumored that she is fabulous. Nely Cab is the best-selling author of the Creatura series.
Now here’s my conversation with the beautiful and talented Nely Cab!
Describe your relationship with a good book.

If a book makes my feelings rise—if I get angry, sad, laugh—then I’m sure to fall with it.

When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

As a profession, I started writing seven years ago. But when I was ten years old I wrote a story about an ant and a mouse, and I sent it off to a publishing company. I remember being very proud of my crayon illustrated, hand written construction paper book. I even stapled it. Of course, it got returned, saying the publisher didn’t take unsolicited nor un-agented submissions.

Please describe your work ethic as an author.

My work ethic is as follows: Respect other authors’ works because I can learn from them. Treat my writing like an art, a business, and an escape from reality. Try new things and challenge myself to be better.

How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I have to make checklists for everything that needs to get done. Sometimes I don’t have time to write because I’m busy with household things. So I get up much earlier, like today, or don’t go to bed until much later than usual to get the items on my list checked off.

Why did you write this book?

Because it’s the sequel to the first and I couldn’t leave my readers or myself hanging.

What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

I stop everything and remember what it was like to be me as a teenager. I ask myself what was important to me, what was I thinking, what made me react certain ways? That helps me create the teenage heroine’s frame of mind.

What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

As an author, I hope to write another series or a few stand-alone books. In my personal life, I hope to travel more.

Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

Four years ago I was visiting a friend right outside of town. Sarah lives in a ranching and farming community where it’s common for property owners to set up and sell their homegrown produce from their front yard. On this particular summer day, on the way to Sarah’s house, I saw watermelons for sale. I parked on the side of the road, got off my car, and proceeded to ask the owner—a woman in her forties—for the price.

“Oh, they’re not for sale,” she said. “I’m throwing them out. You can help yourself to as many as you like. But I can’t guarantee they’ll be any good.”

“They look fine to me,” I said, inspecting one of the watermelons. I picked it up and thanked the woman.

When I got to Sarah’s house, I cut up the watermelon. Still I didn’t notice anything wrong with it. The only thing that was wrong with it was that it was too warm. I placed it in the icebox, and Sarah and I chatted while the watermelon chilled. Half an hour later, we were enjoying the sweetest watermelon I’d ever tasted. It was so good in fact, that we didn’t realize we’d eaten the whole thing—seeds and all. After sunset, I drove home.

The next morning I woke to the sound of my vibrating phone.

“Hello?” I said, groggily.

“Nely,” Sarah sounded alarmed, “I think—I think I’m pregnant.”

“Congratulations,” I said.

“No, you don’t understand. My stomach is…” She trailed off, and I heard her whimper.

Sarah?” I sat up. That’s when I noticed it. My stomach was like a full moon. I gasped.

“Oh gawd,” Sarah said. “Now I know why my mom always told me not eat watermelon seeds.”

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