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Friday, October 31, 2014

Paranorm'All Hallows Eve - Thank you!


The end is already so close!

In fact, all the interviews, stories & giveaways have been posted by now, but you still have until November 7th to enter all the giveaways (see all the links at the bottom of this post), and all winners will be announced on each respective Rafflecopter widget once we pick them, so don’t forget to come back and see who won!

I would like to thank everyone for such an awesome response! I was really happy to have all of you come and visit and I hope you enjoyed this event as much as we did!

This events wouldn’t have been possible without the participation of some truly awesome allies, and I would like to thank every single one of them personally for their time, their efforts and their generosity!A particularly huge Thank You to the fabulous authors who made room for us in their busy schedule! You guys have been so amazing, we can’t thank you enough =)

Here are all the giveaways one last time:

1 copy of Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

1 copy of LOOP — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

a complete The Heir Chronicles set — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

One (1) Copy of A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU by Claudia Gray — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

1 copy of Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

1 print and one 'e' copy of The Tears of the Rose — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one (1) harcover copy of LAILAH — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one (1) copy of THE TIME ROADS — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one (1) e-copy of THE CHANGELING SOLDIER — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one copy of A STITCH ON TIME — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

Thank you!!


PHE - Interview with Sara Raasch + Giveaway

Snow like ashes



I am super happy to host debut author Sara Raasch today! I am totally in love with Snow Like Ashes and I invite you to read on and discover more about the series! Please welcome Sara warmly :)




1- Snow Like Ashes has a super unique territorial system, how would you explain it to someone who hasn't read the book yet, and where did that spark of inspiration come from?

There are four kingdoms stuck in eternal seasons -- Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring -- and four kingdoms that cycle through the normal rhythms of nature (they have all four seasons instead of just one). It is confusing to be sure, but I try not to dump too much about every kingdom into SLA (or Book 2 or 3) because I want to give readers time to absorb the differences of each land. And it's more fun for me to get to explore each kingdom thoroughly :)

The inspiration for these kingdoms came initially for the Season Kingdoms. I always hated how winter as a season got a bad reputation, so I wanted to do a winter kingdom of "good guys." The rest just kind of spiraled out from there!

2- Any person who lives with all four seasons once taught of getting rid of winter (I know I do!), but in SLA it's quite literal. How did you come to the decision to destroy that territory over another one?

That's how the story has always been (which sounds like a cop-out, I know) -- ever since I was a wee one, the tale has been the same: a girl, Meira, struggling to free the captured Kingdom of Winter from Spring. I love the poetry of it, giving a threat to each season's progression.

3- I can't help it, I gotta ask how Autumn would celebrate Halloween?

Ha! Hmm...probably quite similar to how we in the US celebrate it! Their culture has much of the same things we have in autumn -- the same crops, climate, etc. So pumpkins and corn and apples and cool, crisp weather!

4- If Meira could pick any costume she'd want, what would she wear?

I think she'd have to go as Xena -- chakrams unite :D

5- What's the most fun you've personally had on Halloween?

Trick or treating as a kid was always super fun. There's something magical about holidays as a child that kind of wears off when you grow up -- I miss the excitement of dressing up and strolling around my neighborhood!

6- Now, I must ask, is there a tentative title for the second book yet?

There is a title for Book 2! And Book 3! But they're both still secret ;)

Thank you so much for having me, Cindy! And Happy Halloween!


Thank you Sara for visiting us!

More about Snow Like Ashes:

Snow like ashesA heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

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Sara Raasch has known she was destined for bookish things since the age of five, when her friends had a lemonade stand and she tagged along to sell her hand-drawn picture books too. Not much has changed since then — her friends still cock concerned eyebrows when she attempts to draw things and her enthusiasm for the written word still drives her to extreme measures. Her debut YA fantasy, SNOW LIKE ASHES, the first in a trilogy, comes out October 14, 2014 from Balzer + Bray. It does not feature her hand-drawn pictures.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

PHE - Guest Post by Karen Akins + Giveaway

Loop Karen Akins

Today we're excited to be hosting Karen Akins, author of the brand new novel Loop, a humorous YA sci-fi slightly romantic time travel adventure.  When she's not writing, she's taking care of her two kids and spending time with her hubby.  Some of her claims to fame include winning her 3rd and 6th grade spelling bees and earning her inaugural membership to the SCBWI with a four-word summary of Corduroy: "Obsessive bear seeks closure."  In today's guest post, she's going to give us a little thrill with a Paranom' All Hallows Eve original story!



Thank you so much for having me on your blog today to celebrate the release of LOOP!

One of the things about writing any story is that as the creator, you know so much more about your characters than ends up on the page. It’s fun to be able to share some of these “extras” with readers. :)

So…what would happen if Bree and the gang from LOOP went on a spooooooky adventure?

First of all, even if they begged me to go along, I would be like. “Nopity, nope, nope.” I do not do scary. I’m still reeling from watching Disney’s 1980 film Watcher in the Woods.

The Watcher in the Woods Disney Karen Akins

Yeah…looks pretty creepy, doesn’t it?

Especially if your name is KAREN just like the little girl in the movie, and you have long brown hair with bangs just like the little girl in the movie, and your older sister fogs up all the windows in your house and writes out your name backwards in them.

The Watcher in the Woods Disney Karen Akins

Where was I? Ahh, yes.

Bree’s a huge movie fan, so she’d spend the entire time analyzing what’s most likely to come next based on a typical horror film. “Do not go down the end of that dock, guys! Something is going to slither out of the water. Wait. What the blark am I saying? We can’t stay here. There’s an abandoned tool shed twenty feet away. Mimi! Stop talking to that stranger wearing a mask! That is clearly a horrible, horrible plan.”

Finn would try to act all protective of Bree, but secretly, he would be shaking in his shoes like Shaggy hiding behind Scooby Doo. Or Scooby Doo hiding behind Shaggy. Or both of them hiding behind the Mystery Machine.

I think the important thing here is that we all agree that Watcher in the Woods was the scariest movie ever made.

Thanks again for having me! I hope everyone enjoys LOOP. <3


Thank you Karen for visiting us!

More about Karen:  Website

Loop Karen AkinsMore about Loop:

At a school where Quantum Paradox 101 is a required course and history field trips are literal, sixteen year-old time traveler Bree Bennis excels…at screwing up.

After Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage (a teensy snafu), she stands to lose her scholarship. But when Bree sneaks back to talk the kid into keeping his yap shut, she doesn’t go back far enough. The boy, Finn, now three years older and hot as a solar flare, is convinced he’s in love with Bree, or rather, a future version of her that doesn’t think he’s a complete pain in the arse. To make matters worse, she inadvertently transports him back to the 23rd century with her. 

Once home, Bree discovers that a recent rash of accidents at her school are anything but accidental. Someone is attacking time travelers. As Bree and her temporal tagalong uncover seemingly unconnected clues—a broken bracelet, a missing data file, the art heist of the millennium—that lead to the person responsible, she alone has the knowledge to piece the puzzle together. Knowledge only one other person has. Her future self.

But when those closest to her become the next victims, Bree realizes the attacker is willing to do anything to stop her. In the past, present, or future.

Purchase her latest book: Amazon | Book Depository



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Karen Akins

Karen Akins lives in the MidSouth where she writes humorous, light YA sci-fi. When not writing or reading, she loves lightsaber dueling with her two sons and forcing her husband to watch BBC shows with her.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

PHE - The Heir Chronicles Giveaway



To celebrate the release of the last book in The Heir Chronicles series by Cinda Williams Chima, Hyperion is offering one lucky winner a complete set of the series! But before I get into details, here's a bit more about the conclusion of this popular series :)

The Sorcerer Heir (The Heir Chronicles, #5)
The delicate peace between Wizards and the underguilds (Warriors, Seers, Enchanters, and Sorcerers) still holds by the thinnest of threads, but powerful forces inside and outside the guilds threaten to sever it completely.

Emma and Jonah are at the center of it all. Brought together by their shared history, mutual attraction, and a belief in the magic of music, they now stand to be torn apart by new wounds and old betrayals. As they struggle to rebuild their trust in each other, Emma and Jonah must also find away to clear their names as the prime suspects in aseries of vicious murders. It seems more and more likely that the answers they need lie buried in the tragedies of the past. The question is whether they can survive long enough to unearth them.

Old friends and foes return as new threats arise in this stunning and revelatory conclusion tothe beloved and bestselling Heir Chronicles series.


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CindaWilliamsChimaCinda Williams Chima is the New York Times bestselling author of The Warrior Heir, The Wizard Heir, The Dragon Heir, The Enchanter Heir, and the four books of the Seven Realms series: The Demon King, The Exiled Queen, The Gray Wolf Throne, and The Crimson Crown. Cinda is a graduate of The University of Akron and Case Western Reserve University. She lives in Ohio with her family.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

PHE - Giveaway: Dreamer's Pool by Juliet Marillier



I am super excited to have a copy of Dream's Pool to offer you thanks to ROC!


More about Dreamer's Pool:

17305016In exchange for help escaping her long and wrongful imprisonment, embittered magical healer Blackthorn has vowed to set aside her bid for vengeance against the man who destroyed all that she once held dear. Followed by a former prison mate, a silent hulk of a man named Grim, she travels north to Dalriada. There she'll live on the fringe of a mysterious forest, duty bound for seven years to assist anyone who asks for her help.

Oran, crown prince of Dalriada, has waited anxiously for the arrival of his future bride, Lady Flidais. He knows her only from a portrait and sweetly poetic correspondence that have convinced him Flidais is his destined true love. But Oran discovers letters can lie. For although his intended exactly resembles her portrait, her brutality upon arrival proves she is nothing like the sensitive woman of the letters.

With the strategic marriage imminent, Oran sees no way out of his dilemma. Word has spread that Blackthorn possesses a remarkable gift for solving knotty problems, so the prince asks her for help. To save Oran from his treacherous nuptials, Blackthorn and Grim will need all their resources: courage, ingenuity, leaps of deduction, and more than a little magic.

Purchase: Amazon | Book Depository



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Juliet Marillier was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, a town with strong Scottish roots. She graduated from the University of Otago with degrees in languages and music, and has had a varied career that includes teaching and performing music as well as working in government agencies. Juliet now lives in a hundred-year-old cottage near the river in Perth, Western Australia, where she writes full-time. She is a member of the druid order OBOD. Juliet shares her home with two dogs and a cat. Juliet's historical fantasy novels are published internationally and have won a number of awards.

Monday, October 27, 2014

PHE: Guest post by Christina Henry + 2 giveaways


Today we have a guest post from Christina Henry, author of Black Wings series. She's here as part of her blog tour celebrating the release of BLACK SPRING. Christina has written a great guest post for us, and there's a wonderful tour-wide giveaway. Welcome, Christina!




by Beezle, adorably round home guardian of the BLACK WINGS series

5) I’m travel-sized for your convenience. I fit in, say, a trench coat pocket (if you are someone named Madeline Black and have no fashion sense).

I also fit in a Coach handbag if you are a wealthy housewife and you are looking for a pet that will help you stand out from your teacup-chihuahua-loving  peers.

4) Isn’t it handy to have someone around who knows the thing that looks like the UPS guy is actually a demon from another dimension? I could save your life. For real.

3) You know all that stuff in the kitchen you don’t want to eat because there are too many calories are in it or something? Consider that problem SOLVED.  I will sacrifice myself by eating it in your stead.

2) If you need someone to tell you the truth, I’m your man. Or your gargoyle. I’m pretty sure I’m incapable of whitewashing a bad situation.

1) Wait, who said I was the SIDEKICK? I think it’s pretty apparent that Maddy wouldn’t have gotten through a single crisis without my valuable input. I think an argument could be made that I was actually the hero of the piece. Or at least a co-hero.  So maybe I didn’t swing the sword around or set things on fire.  The value of witty repartee should not be underrated.


For more Christina, check out the following links:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tour Schedule

Here's the scoop on BLACK SPRING:

Black Spring by Christina HenryA former Agent of death, Madeline Black now has everything to live for, most importantly, her unborn child. But Chicago has become ground zero in a struggle between ancient creatures, and only Maddy can stop the carnage…

The mayor of Chicago has announced a plan to round up the city’s supernatural beings and put them in camps. With her due date looming, Maddy’s best move would be to lay low for a while. But not everyone is willing to respect her privacy. Hounded by tentacled monsters, a rogue shapeshifter, and a tenacious blogger, Maddy turns to her most powerful ally, her uncle Daharan, only to find him missing.

Just when it seems like things can’t get any worse, Maddy gets an invitation in the mail—to Lucifer’s wedding. Turns out everyone has been invited, friends and enemies alike. And with that kind of guest list, it’s highly unlikely there will be a happily ever after.


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Christina HenryCHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the BLACK WINGS series (Ace/Roc) featuring Madeline Black, an Agent of Death, and her popcorn-loving gargoyle sidekick Beezle: BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING. She is also the author of the forthcoming dark fantasy ALICE (summer 2015). Christina was born in New York and now lives on the North Side of Chicago with her husband and son. She sees no conflict in rooting for both the Yankees and the Cubs. She also enjoys running long distances, eating large quantities of cinnamon rolls, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with zombies, samurai and/or subtitles.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

PHE - A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray Book Review + Giveaway

Today we're so excited to bring you a review and giveaway of Claudia Gray's newest novel, A Thousand Pieces of You!  Claudia is not new to writing, with her very popular Spellcaster and Evernight series, and her new Firebird series (of which A Thousand Pieces of You is the first book) promises to be just as fantastic.

  What follows is our take on the book (Marie and Stéphanie). How excited are you to read A Thousand Pieces of You? Don't forget to check out the giveaway.


Marie's Thoughts

A Thousand Pieces of You is really multiple stories all in one:  Marguerite’s coming of age; space travel between dimensions in a multiverse; a love story.  And yet, somehow, the book manages to never feel unwieldy or overreaching.  Amazing.

The main character, Marguerite, is a pretty awesome young woman.  As the only artist in a family full of scientists, she isn’t afraid to independently chase her dreams.  And although her physicist parents may not fully understand her tendency toward the liberal arts, they are always supportive of her.  So often in YA, parents are missing, or completely unimportant to the plot, or even “bad guys.”  It’s so refreshing to find books like this one, where the parents are not only present and awesome, but they play an integral part to the plot.  Because of their support, Marguerite is able to truly shine.

When Marguerite’s beloved father is killed, she and Theo (a grad student who had been working closely with her parents, and who cared about her father like his own) embark on a journey across multiple dimensions in pursuit of his suspected murderer.  This aspect of the novel was so exciting!  The author does a fantastic job in having another character explain the multiverse theory to Marguerite early on so that the reader understands the “rules” of interdimensional travel.  After that point, I had no trouble figuring out what was happening whenever they jumped dimensions.  While the traveling characters were able to move between dimensions, they were not able to move through time, which added a little stability to the storyline.  However, different decisions made in the past greatly influenced the “present” in any given dimension, so sometimes the characters were in America… and sometimes not!  Sometimes they traveled dimensions and found themselves only a few miles apart; sometimes they were half a world apart.  I didn’t find any passages where any major questions were left lingering as to how a character was able to do something or why something happened to a character.

Speaking of things happening to characters…. A Thousand Pieces of You is also a love story.  A love triangle, in fact.  As Marguerite and Theo travel through multiple dimensions together, the questions are asked: amid infinite possibilities, can one love endure?  Does love for one person in one dimension translate to love for that person in another dimension?  I won’t tell you where, but there is a rather steamy moment in one of the dimensions!  What’s more romantic than a love that spans dimensions?  I swooned, I’ll tell you.

Overall, A Thousand Pieces of You was an exciting journey through multiple dimensions to bring a killer to justice.  Along the way, Marguerite also comes into her own strengths and finds love.  I understand that this is the first book in a projected trilogy, and I’m already looking forward to Book 2!


Stéphanie's Thoughts

This book is amazing on so many levels. I love how many layers and details Claudia Gray was able to include in this novel, without making it too confusing. You can never go wrong when you combine a love story with muti-dimension travelling and action/adventure. I find it really hard to put my thoughts into words and I think Marie nailed it perfectly with her review.

At first, the book was a little bit confusing because you get thrown into the action right away, with very little information. The first time you meet Marguerite, the main character, is when she arrives in a different body after jumping into a different dimension. The information about how she gets there and why she has traveled this far comes later, little by little in the way of flashbacks. Honestly, I'm not too fond of flashbacks because in most novels I find they deter from the actual story. However, in this case, Claudia Gray does it seamlessly and they tie in perfectly into the plot.

Marguerite is desperate, to say the least. She will do almost anything to bring justice to her father's killer. She would even travel into a different dimension in order to follow the most likely suspect, Paul Markov, even if that means using untested technology her genius parents designed. The firebird, is a dimension jumping device that has been created by her brilliant mother. She and Theo, a grad student studying under her parents, follow Paul Markov another grad student, in another dimension that is very similar to ours, yet so different at the same time. As Paul jumps from dimension to dimension, Marguerite and Theo follow him. With them, we travel from California to London, Russia and even a water world! I'm really glad Theo is Marguerite's travelling partner, because as her grad student in physics, he is able to explain the intricacies of dimension jumping to Marguerite so that we, the readers, can better understand the details. The author doesn't really go into details on how the firebird device works, and I think she relies on our imagination to fill in the blanks.

I guess you can say this story is a love triangle, but it's a little more complicated than that. Marguerite has always had an eye out for flirty Theo, but Paul's wise and soulful presence has the ability to draw her in. What if you have feelings for a person in one dimension, and then start falling in love with that "same" but totally different person from another dimension? As many lives from many different dimensions converge, we're left with one of the most existential questions out there: can love survive time and space?

This is definitely a YA book because the main character is still of high school age, but since the other leading characters are grad students, I think it's also aimed for an older youth audience. Like Marie pointed out, many YA books tend to ignore the existence of parents, but in this case, parents and adults are very present. For all those close-minded people that believe YA books are only for children and teenagers, this book may just change your mind. It deals with real life problems that aren't about high school or vampires. I loved the fact that the author assumes her audience is intelligent enough to follow her detailed space/dimension travelling theory. Her concept on multiverses is not only original but very rational. It's obvious she put a lot of thought into it because any dilemma or problem you may have with multiverses are explained and make sense, from a fictional point of view.

The Doctor Who fan in me loved visiting new worlds through Marguerite's eyes, however, like the characters in the book often mention, they are only travelling in space and dimension, not time. The story is also being compared to the amazing TV show, Orphan Black. If you didn't know, the show is about clones, so I guess the comparison is being made because we see different lives through the "same" actor. Both also have seedy scientific corporations that play major roles in the plots. Whether you're a fan of these two TV shows or not, you don't want to miss A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU! Already, I don't know what I'll do if I don't read the next book soon!


About the author

Claudia Gray

Claudia Gray is a pseudonym. I would like to say that I chose another name so that no one would ever learn the links between my shadowy, dramatic past and the explosive secrets revealed through my characters. This would be a lie. In truth, I took a pseudonym simply because I thought it would be fun to choose my own name. (And it is.)

I write novels full-time, absolutely love it, and hope to be able to do this forever. My home is in New Orleans, is more than 100 years old, and is painted purple. In my free time I read, travel, hike, cook and listen to music.

Connect with Claudia:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr 


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Saturday, October 25, 2014

PHE - Mortal Heart Giveaway!

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers is my favorite read of 2014 so I am super happy Thomas Allen & Son is offering one copy to giveaway!
MortalHeartbyRobinLaFevers In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.   She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

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Stacking The Shelves [130]

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

If you want to find out more about Stacking The Shelves, please visit the official launch page!


Morning guys! Before I show you my VLOG (Yes yes, I finally did one!) I'd like to invite you to enter all of the current Halloween giveaways!

one (1) harcover copy of LAILAH — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one (1) copy of THE TIME ROADS — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one (1) e-copy of THE CHANGELING SOLDIER — Ends Nov 7th, 2014

one copy of A STITCH ON TIME — Ends Oct 31st, 2014

Also, Stephanie and I met and here's a picture of us ^^


Now onto my books!

Dreamers' Pool by Juliet Marillier
The Sorcerer Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe Kennedy

What did you add to your shelves?


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Friday, October 24, 2014

PHE - Interview with Jeffe Kennedy + Giveaway



I am super happy to have Jeffe Kennedy on the blog today to celebrate the release of the second book in The Twelve Kingdoms series! I LOVED the first book, Mark of the Tala, so it's a great honor to host this interview. Please welcome her warmly, and read along to discover a giveaway :)



1. I really fell in love with Andi and Rayfe, will we see more of them in Tears of the Rose even though this novel focuses on Amelia?

I love them, too! You will see Andi in The Tears of the Rose, but not Rayfe. However, in book 3, The Talon of the Hawk, you will see quite a lot of both of them together.

2. I wasn't fond of Amelia's husband, but his death totally shocked me. How will Amelia deal with the loss?

You weren’t fond of Hugh?? Aww, but he was so NOBLE! No, I get it. He was good for a first love, but not for who she needs to become. It’s really hard for Amelia for a long time. She feels abandoned – her mother died when she was born, her beloved older sister Andi lives in a faraway kingdom and then Hugh died. She feels all alone and, for the first time in her life, unloved. The acclaim she’s always counted on for her extraordinary beauty feels false and hollow. She has to learn to value and love herself before she can overcome her grief.

3. How many novels are planned in the series? Is there already a title for book 3?

Oops, I jumped ahead! Yes, The Talon of the Hawk, Ursula’s book, comes out in May 2015. That’s all we have contracted for right now, but we are in talks to maybe do three more after this. Think good thoughts!

4. Would the priests allow a celebration such as Halloween?

That’s an interesting question. The world of The Twelve Kingdoms doesn’t have Halloween, per se. The goddess Glorianna has two feast days – one at the spring equinox and the other at the autumnal equinox. The autumn one would be about a month ahead of our Halloween, however, and is more of a harvest festival. The feast day for the goddess Moranu occurs at the winter solstice, so two months later than that. I suspect the priests and priestesses would look the other way, if someone introduced the concept of Halloween.

5. I'm sure Rayfe's people would just love this celebration, how do you think it would manifest?

Since Rayfe’s people, the Tala, look to Moranu who is the goddess of the moon and the night, I think you’re right! They’re also mischievous people who are shapeshifters and magicians. Can you imagine the disguises and trickery? I think they’d be all over it!

6. Would you have a personal Halloween story to share?halloween

I’ve always loved Halloween as one of my favorite holidays. I decorate the house – always with scary stuff. I love coming up with creative costumes, too. I grew up in Denver and trick-or-treating was very hit or miss for us. More miss than hit as it inevitably seemed to snow on Halloween. The worst year was when I was a hula dancer – and my mother made me wear boots and a parka over my costume! I wised up after that and picked costumes that worked with winter-weather.


Thank you Jeffe for visiting us!

More about The Tears of the Rose:

20949528Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir; the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition; and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her works include non-fiction, poetry, short fiction, and novels. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her essays have appeared in many publications, including Redbook.

She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog, on Facebook, and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Foreword Literary.