Blog Tour: Don’t Cheat Me

Don’t Cheat Me
Jackie May
(Nora Jacobs #2)
Publication date: May 21st 2018
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

One month after Nora’s violent induction to the dangerous supernatural side of Detroit, she’s finally settling into her new life as the underworld’s token human. All she wants to do is mind her own business, enjoy her new friends, and stay safe. But that’s easier said than done when she’s such an enigma to everyone around her.

Thanks to her unique psychic abilities, she’s garnered a reputation for being mysterious and powerful. When the alpha of a local werewolf pack asks her to help him figure out who is stealing from him, she can’t say no, even though getting involved in pack business could have deadly repercussions.

While tangled up in a heap of werewolf troubles, Nora can’t quite shake her old vampire problem, either. Henry is practically stalking her, Parker is breaking down the walls around her heart, and Nora’s blatant fear of the blood-sucking monsters is a delicious temptation for the natural predators.

Nora’s succubus friend, Cecile, believes throwing her a “coming out” party into underworld society is the best way to solve all of her problems, but Nora disagrees. If the vampires and werewolves don’t kill her, Cecile’s party planning definitely will.

This is book 2 in the Nora Jacobs series and should be read after book 1. It is a slow burn reverse harem series.

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EXCERPT:

“Hey, sexy, how about you bring a shot of Angelfire and that pretty little ass over here.”

I pour a shot of the fey alcohol and bring it to the tactless man with a forced smile. As I take the cash he lays out on the counter, he grabs my arm and pulls me close. “You know, I’ve never had a human before—they’re not usually worth my time—but I’d make an exception for you.”

I yank my arm back. “Not interested, thanks.”

I start to walk away, so he quickly downs his shot and asks for another. “What’s the matter? Think you’re too good to bed an underworlder?”

I smirk as I fill his shot glass with another round of the light blue liquid. “Nope. Just too good for cocky assholes.”

I don’t have time to regret running my mouth off before the man has me by the throat and is pulling me across the counter to his seething face. “I’ll show you manners, human. You’re nothing but an insect in my world. A plaything. And now you’ll be mine. I’ll have you begging for death for all eternity.”

His thoughts are scarier than his words. He plans to follow through on his threat. He knows many fey in the winter court that keep human pets. He’s never seen the appeal, but now he wants nothing more than to humiliate me and make me suffer. And maybe he’ll eat me once he’s bored of the torture.

His grip is so strong I can’t breathe, but before I start to see spots in my vision, Wulf and Nick rip me apart from the psychotic winter faerie. Wulf has me behind him, using his body to physically shield me, while Nick has the faerie laid out on the bar by his throat. The man is wailing in pain, and it takes me a moment to figure out it’s because Nick’s buried a dagger in the man’s shoulder, hilt deep. Judging from the screams of pain, the dagger is made of iron, which is poisonous to faeries. “What was that about begging for death for all eternity?” Nick asks. “Is that how you like to play?”

“But she’s human,” the faerie cries, as if that justifies his actions.

Wulf growls at this, and his whole body begins to shake. I place a hand on his shoulder in an attempt to calm him down. I’ve heard that werewolves like physical touch, and a gesture to tell him I’m all right should help with his protective instincts. I’ve never seen a werewolf shift, and I don’t really want to see one now while he’s pissed and I’m trapped behind a bar with him. I want to say something soothing, but honestly, I’m too scared to get any words out. That faerie has a dark, twisted mind.

“She is an employee of this club and Terrance’s only clan,” Nick says.

The fey’s eyes pop wide open. “She’s his clan?”

“His first.” Nick nods. “And he’s especially fond of her. So I would advise you to leave her alone. In fact, I bet you’re a dead man walking once Terrance figures out you’re the asshole who put the bruises around her neck.”

Nick’s eyes do that thing they do when he gets really pissed. The pupils turn into vertical slits. It’s freaky looking. He also emits some kind of power. I can’t really explain it. I don’t know what kind of underworlder Nick is. It’s rude to ask, and he’s never offered the information up. But it’s something totally badass that scares even the nastiest underworlders. Mr. Creepy Fey Man is squirming under his grip, looking like he’s about to piss himself. “I’m sorry,” he whines. “I didn’t know who she was. I’ll leave. Just let me up before Terrance comes.”

“Maybe we should leave him pinned to the bar for a while,” Wulf says, making the fey’s eyes go wide again. “That’ll send the message that Nora is off limits, which might appease Terrance.”

I can’t help the way my mouth falls open. “You’re not serious.”

Wulf gives me a grim look. “This man disrespected Terrance’s staff. That won’t go unpunished—house rules.”

“Terrance will kill him for touching you, unless we punish him first,” Nick adds, backing up Wulf’s claims.

They’re not kidding. They plan to keep this guy staked to the counter the way he is. The underworld runs on a different set of rules. It’s brutal and dangerous. If I want to survive it, I need to learn to stomach the darker side of it and trust those who have my well-being at heart.

“Okay,” I say, since both Wulf and Nick seem to be waiting for my approval. It’s not that hard to agree, considering how evil the man’s thoughts were. “Let’s leave him for a while.”

“Put a sign on him so everyone knows,” Nick says.

Wulf writes a note on a pad that says I touched the human girl. He puts it on the faerie’s chest. “Hold this, and don’t drop it.”

The man grips the message and holds it against his chest where everyone who gets close can read it. But he’s squirming, swearing, sweating, and hollering about the pain. I have no doubt it hurts. Nick has no sympathy for him. “Shut your mouth,” he says, touching the dagger’s hilt and twisting it ever so slightly, causing the faerie to scream in real agony. “This is a tender mercy. Stop whining, or I’ll put this dagger through your heart to shut you up.”

I’m not surprised when the faerie shuts his mouth and keeps his discomfort to mild whimpers from then on. If Nick had looked at me the same way he looked at that guy just now, I’d find a way to forget about the pain, too.

 

Author Bio:

Jackie May is a pseudonym for a husband and wife writing team. Josh and Kelly live in Phoenix, Arizona with their four children and their cat, Mr. Darcy. Jackie May is their only daughter. (And she keeps asking for her cut of the profits since we’re using her name.)

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Book Review: The City Of Lost Fortunes

The City of Lost Fortunes

Title: The City of Lost Fortunes

Author: Bryan Camp

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Magical Realism

The post–Katrina New Orleans of The City of Lost Fortunes is a place haunted by its history and by the hurricane’s destruction, a place that is hoping to survive the rebuilding of its present long enough to ensure that it has a future. Street magician Jude Dubuisson is likewise burdened by his past and by the consequences of the storm, because he has a secret: the magical ability to find lost things, a gift passed down to him by the father he has never known—a father who just happens to be more than human.

Jude has been lying low since the storm, which caused so many things to be lost that it played havoc with his magic, and he is hiding from his own power, his divine former employer, and a debt owed to the Fortune god of New Orleans. But his six-year retirement ends abruptly when the Fortune god is murdered and Jude is drawn back into the world he tried so desperately to leave behind. A world full of magic, monsters, and miracles. A world where he must find out who is responsible for the Fortune god’s death, uncover the plot that threatens the city’s soul, and discover what his talent for lost things has always been trying to show him: what it means to be his father’s son.

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The City Of Lost Fortunes is a great magical read that gets you thinking about the world around you. The story revolves around the concept of magic and gods and the city of New Orleans…where all the above are readily accessible. First off, this cover is gorgeous! Second, please NOTE there are some spoilers.

Jude is more than just a ‘human’ black man in the city. His gift of finding lost things is more than just magic, it’s godly. He’s gotten involved with dark entities that put him to work and some may even want him dead.

It all kicks off when Jude is invited to a poker game hosted by the fortune god. He had no idea that when he showed up he would be playing tarot poker against three gods, an angel and a vampire. His hand is his fate and the cards turn up blank and Dodge, the fortune god turns up dead. But who did it? The fortune god isn’t the only one that lost something during the game, Jude lost everything, one thing to each opponent and then some.

An old boss and an old partner come back both determined to get Jude’s cooperation in solving the murder, but both also have a hidden agenda. Slowly, Jude tracks down the gods that were present looking for their insight, because that very night isn’t the clearest for Jude. Except no one seems to know who killed Dodge and then there’s the fact that this mysterious shadow is killing people that Jude’s been in contact with.

His cards slowly reveal themselves because someone or something is influencing his fate. But along the way more people die and Jude has to take on more personal issues. The underworld is visited, tricks are played and only luck will get everyone out of it safely.

Overall, the novel was very intriguing and puts a different spin to New Orleans and gods that most people are aware of. The characters, primary and secondary were all interesting and relatable. Every emotion possible was felt throughout this novel and that’s what made it great.

But a question I’m very curious to know was never answered. Who is Jude’s dad?

4 stars

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Blog Tour Stop: Pulse Vampire Series

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PULSE Vampire Series Omnibus
Vol. 1 Books 1 – 4
942 Pages
by Kailin Gow
Genre: YA Fantasy Romance
Release Date: March 1st 2018

Summary:

Now in Production as a Film!

This Omnibus contains 4 Full-length Novels in the PULSE Vampire Series, now in development as a Film starting with its Prequel, Mysterious Teacher.

Loved it! Very exciting storyline, can’t wait for the next one….  – Ariana, early 20s.

Pulse is fast paced and intriguing, the story has twists at every turn and the ending leaves you open mouthed and wanting more. Kailin did a wonderful job in creating this vampire world. – Melissa Silva, The Bookshelf

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved vampire books, and this one does not disappoint. – Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)

I know that I seem to say the same thing everytime that I review a Kailin book but man can she write, no matter whatever she writes I can never seem to put the book down whenever I pick one up. This has become another one

of my favourite Kailin series and I highly recommend it. – Head Stuck in a Book Blog

Hurray for Gow, she made up a powerful character. I recommended this, you are not going to regret. – Astrid A.

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17 year-old Kalina didn’t know her boyfriend was a vampire until the night he died of a freak accident. She didn t know he came from a long line of vampires until the night she was visited by his half-brothers Jaegar and Stuart Greystone. There were a lot of secrets her boyfriend didn t tell her. Now she must discover them in order to keep alive. But having two half-brothers vampires around had just gotten interesting….

Kailin Gow is a multiple  Award-winning author, film and tv director/producer, and speaker.  You can learn more about her at:  KailinGow.com.

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About the Author

kailin gow_previewKailin Gow loves things that are edgy, cool, bright, exciting, hopeful, glittery, and jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring.  She loves writing, reading, and filming stories about people whose journeys take them beyond their boundaries – physically, psychologically, intellectually, and emotionally to arrive a point and a place of inspiration and hope.  Her works have been recognized by the leaders in the industry in book publishing and entertainment to be “innovative” and “disruptive”, earning her awards from ALA, The IBPA, and festivals.

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Blog Tour Stop: Mayfly

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Title: MAYFLY

Author: Jeff Sweat

Pub. Date: May 8, 2018

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Pages: 320

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Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies for her tribe in the their small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen, and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive—in Jemma’s world, life ends at age seventeen.

Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama. Forced to leave, Jemma and Apple are joined in exile by a mysterious boy who claims to know what is causing them to die. The world is crumbling around them, and their time is running out. Is this truly the End?

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About Jeff:

JeffBW-768x512Jeff Sweat has made a living from words his entire career, starting out as an award-winning tech journalist for InformationWeek magazine and moving into marketing.

He led the content marketing team for Yahoo and pioneered its use of social media. He directed PR for two of the top advertising agencies in the country, Deutsch LA and 72andSunny. He now runs his own Los Angeles–based PR and marketing agency, Mister Sweat.

He grew up in Idaho as the middle of eight children—seven boys and one girl—and attended Columbia University in New York. Jeff lives in a big blue house in Los Angeles with his wife Sunny and their three kids, two cats, and a racing greyhound.

He loves to travel and writes everywhere he goes, even when there’s not a desk. He likes karaoke, motorcycles and carpentry. He was once shot in the head with a nail gun, which was not a big of a deal as it sounds. But it still hurt like crazy.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive MAYFLY prize pack which includes buttons, custom art and maps, and a t-shirt, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/1/2018- What A Nerd Girl Says– Review

5/2/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert               – Review

5/3/2018- The Cover Contessa– Interview

5/4/2018- To Be Read– Review

Week Two:

5/7/2018- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

5/8/2018- Bri’s Book Nook– Review

5/9/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Excerpt

5/10/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

5/11/2018- Confessions of a YA Reader– Excerpt

Week Three:

5/14/2018- Daily Waffle – Excerpt

5/15/2018- F A N N A– Review

5/16/2018-Book-Keeping– Review

5/17/2018-Two Points of Interest– Review

5/18/2018- The Underground– Interview

Week Four:

5/21/2018- Buried Under Books– Review

5/22/2018- YA Books Central Interview

5/23/2018- Sincerely Karen Jo– Review

5/24/2018- Wishful Endings Interview

5/25/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

Week Five:

5/28/2018- Eli to the nth– Review

5/29/2018- Sweet Southern Home– Guest Post

5/30/2018- Simply Daniel Radcliffe– Review

5/31/2018- Books A-Brewin’– Excerpt

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Blog Tour Stop: Nocturnal Meetings Of The Misplaced

NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED

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About the Book:

Title: NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED

Author: R.J. Garcia

Pub. Date: May 1, 2018

Publisher: The Parliament House

Formats: Paperback, eBook

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Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where fifteen-year-old Tommy Walker and his little sister are sent to live with relatives they’ve never met. Tommy soon makes friends with Finn Wilds, a rebellious local who lives with his volatile and abusive stepfather, who also happens to be the town’s sheriff.
Finn invites Tommy to late night meetings in the woods, where Tommy gets to know two girls. He forms a special and unique connection with both girls. The meetings become a place where the kids, who don’t fit in at school, or home can finally belong. As the group of friends begin to unravel clues to a cold case murder and kidnapping— they learn the truth is darker and closer than they ever imagined. Even if they live to tell, will anyone believe them?

About R.J.:

RJ

I’m a writer, avid reader, and HufflePuff, who wants a re-do at the sorting hat. I am a wife and proud mom, too.

I’ve earned my MSW and have worked with foster kids. Writing has been my other great love.

I have published several non-fiction pieces about teen issues and wrote short stories since I was a kid. A longer story began keeping me up at night, and I finished my first novel! I am now thrilled to announce that this story, Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced has found a home at The Parliament House!

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Nocturnal Meetings of the Misplaced (81,000 words, mystery, suspense) – Mystery surrounds the town of Summertime, Indiana, where a group of teens must unravel secrets in order to expose the town’s dark past.

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1 winner will receive a finished copy of NOCTURNAL MEETINGS OF THE MISPLACED, US Only.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

4/23/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Excerpt

4/24/2018- Literary Dust– Review

4/25/2018- The Underground– Interview

4/26/2018- Literary Meanderings– Excerpt

4/27/2018- BookHounds YA– Interview

Week Two:

4/30/2018- Malanie Loves Fiction– Review

5/1/2018- Owl Always Be Reading– Excerpt

5/2/2018- Novel Novice– Guest Post

5/3/2018- A Gingerly Review– Excerpt

5/4/2018- K.L. Knovitzke – Author– Spotlight

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Book Review: The Queens Of Innis Lear

The Queens of Innis Lear

Title: The Queens Of Innis Lear

Author: Tessa Gratton

Genre: Fantasy/Retellings

The erratic decisions of a prophecy-obsessed king have drained Innis Lear of its wild magic, leaving behind a trail of barren crops and despondent subjects. Enemy nations circle the once-bountiful isle, sensing its growing vulnerability, hungry to control the ideal port for all trade routes.

The king’s three daughters—battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan, and restrained, starblessed Elia—know the realm’s only chance of resurrection is to crown a new sovereign, proving a strong hand can resurrect magic and defend itself. But their father will not choose an heir until the longest night of the year, when prophecies align and a poison ritual can be enacted.

Refusing to leave their future in the hands of blind faith, the daughters of Innis Lear prepare for war—but regardless of who wins the crown, the shores of Innis will weep the blood of a house divided.

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If you can’t get enough of High Fantasy and world building galore than The Queens of Innis Lear is for you.

I received some sample chapters from Netgalley which consisted of Part One and some of Part Two. This is my review and rating of those first twenty five chapters. Please keep in mind that I have not read the second half of the book so an overall rating (if I were to read the entire novel) may differ.

The Queens of Innis Lear follows several characters including Elia, Gaela, and Regan who are the daughters of King Lear and potential Queens of Innis Lear. Other POVs include Aefa, Elia’s friend that’s hiding things from her, and Ban the Fox who is a bastard son with ties to Innis Lear, has feelings for Elia, and now is the Fox for a different King Morimaros.

The three daughters of Lear are very different not just appearance wise from the other civilians, but personality wise as well. Most people within Lear and surrounding kingdoms such as Burgan and Aremoria, are white while Elia and Gaela and Regan are dark skinned just as their mother Delat. Gaela, the oldest should be queen and has done everything to secure that spot including even doing things behind her father’s back pertaining to what she believes Lear needs. She’s a warrior and very strong willed. Regan the middle child is more maternal, but after many failed attempts can’t seem to bear a child. Elia is the youngest and loves her father most. She believes in his philosophies that the stars tell all. She doesn’t want the crown and strayed far from it by being a star priest.

There is ancient magic that’s been banned and secrets that slowly trickle out. A queen was and wasn’t picked by the end of my sample chapters and the drama got thicker by the page. However, it took a while for the real drama to begin.

If you love being emerged in a fantasy world and take your time strolling through it, then I recommend this novel for you. It’s definitely a read that you need to take slow and savor, because even though there wasn’t a lot going on…there was a lot of people and places to remember.

The lure of The Queens of Innis Lear is great. There’s magic of Rootwater that resides in the wells that Lear sealed off, the language of trees, and many rivalries.

I would absolutely consider finishing this novel!

3 stars

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Cover Reveal: Ruthless Magic




Today Megan Crewe and Rockstar Book
Tours are revealing the cover and an exclusive content for RUTHLESS MAGIC, her
new YA Fantasy which releases May 30, 2018! Check out the awesome cover and
enter the giveaway!
 
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Title: RUTHLESS
MAGIC
Author: Megan Crewe
Pub. Date: May 30, 2018
Publisher: Megan Crewe
Formats: Paperback,
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In the contest to keep their magic, the only
options may be die… or kill.

Each year, the North American Confederation of Mages assesses every
sixteen-year-old novice. Some will be chosen. The rest must undergo a procedure
to destroy their magical ability unless they prove themselves in the mysterious
and brutal Mages’ Exam.

Disadvantaged by her parents’ low standing, Rocío Lopez has dedicated herself
to expanding her considerable talent to earn a place in the Confederation.
Their rejection leaves her reeling—and determined to fight to keep her magic.

Long ashamed of his mediocre abilities, Finn Lockwood knows the Confederation
accepted him only because of his prominent family. Declaring for the Exam
instead means a chance to confirm his true worth.

Thrown into the testing with little preparation, Rocío and Finn find themselves
becoming unlikely allies—and possibly more. But the Exam holds secrets more
horrifying than either could have imagined. What are the examiners really
testing them for? And as the trials become increasingly vicious, how much are
they willing to sacrifice to win?

The start of a new series by USA Today bestselling author Megan Crewe, Ruthless
Magic combines the magic of Harry Potter with the ferocity of The Hunger Games
alongside a poignant romance. Fans of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, look no
further for your next urban fantasy fix!

 
 
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Hail pelted us, and the wind lashed at us from all sides. I could hardly
breathe. The only solid thing was Finn. I curled my fingers into the damp
fabric of his shirt and sang into the stiller space between us. “Como veían que
resistía.”

 
Magic hummed from the vicious air into me. An image swam up
of the grate I’d come across in the courtyard, between the buildings. A grate
that led to something below.
 
I knelt down, pulling Finn with me, and pressed my free hand
to the spongy ground. The wind tried to steal my next lyrics from my lips, but
the magic raced through me all the same—through me and down, down, into an open
space I sensed below us like a gasp of fresh air.
 
I did gasp then, and forced out a verse. I’d never magically
transported another person with me before, but I had to. I had to.
 
The magic rushed up around us with the thrust of my words. I
clung to Finn, singing the energy around him as tightly as I could. Then I
propelled us downward with a lurch.
 
We surged through rough blackness that rasped over my skin
and landed with a feet-jarring thump. I exhaled in a rush, dizzy in the sudden
quiet. My eardrums ached from the pounding of the storm we’d escaped and the
effort of the conjuring.
 
We crouched in total darkness. The surface beneath me felt
like concrete. Cold dank air hovered around us with a faintly salty flavor that
reminded me of the ocean.
 
My fingers were tangled in Finn’s shirt. His arm was still
around me. In the dark, I was abruptly aware of the rise and fall of his
rasping breath, the warmth of his chest, and the answering warmth it sent
through me.
 
He was alive—we were alive—and in that moment, it felt like
a miracle.
 
About Megan:

Photo credit: Chris Blanchenot
Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives in Toronto, Canada with her husband and son (and does on occasion say “eh”), she’s always planning some new trip around the world, and she’s spent the last six years studying kung fu, so you should probably be nice to her. She has been making up stories about magic and spirits and other what ifs since before she knew how to write words on paper. These days the stories are just a lot longer.Megan’s first novel, Give Up the Ghost, was shortlisted for the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. The Way We Fall was nominated for the White Pine Award and made the International Literacy Association Young Adults’ Choices List, and Earth & Sky was an OLA Best Bet for 2015. She is also the author of the rest of the Fallen World series (The Lives We Lost, The Worlds We Make, and Those Who Lived), the rest of the Earth & Sky trilogy (The Clouded Sky and A Sky Unbroken), and the standalone contemporary fantasy A Mortal Song.

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One lucky winner will receive a $10
Amazon gift card and a pack of Ruthless Magic swag featuring the cover and
character art.





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