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Path of Angels – Book 2 – Zadekiel Interview

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ZadekielPoACoverIt’s here, the second story in the Path of Angels series by Patricia Josephine! I enjoyed the character interview with Michael from book one so  I decided to have another with the star of book two, Zadekiel.  Enjoy and keep reading for a blurb, buy links and info on the awesome author!

 

Q: Let’s start with the basics. Tell us a bit about yourself and what makes you tick.

Zade: I am a reincarnated archangel. I’m also a middle child with sisters. My oldest sister and I hardly ever got along and our mother was always separating us.

Q: Do you have any hobbies, favorite TV shows, books? Anything you fangirl/boy over?

Zade: I enjoyed school and worked hard at it. Any good book is appreciated, but I do love it when they make them into movies. I like seeing the images before me that were once only in my head. Sometimes they are the same, sometimes not.

Q: What is one thing from your past you’re most proud of?

Zade: My grades in school. Given that our town is so small and my father, people always expected me to fail. I worked hard to earn all As and prove them that I wasn’t going to end up a thug.

Q: Let’s play favorites:

Pepsi or Coke?

Zade: Neither. I like water. It’s refreshing.

Pie or Cake?

Zade: It depends on the pie. Apple, hell yes. Pecan? Give me the cake.

White or dark chocolate?

Zade: Have you seen my skin? Dark chocolate is the best. *winks*

Playstation 4 or Xbox 1or WiiU?

Zade: Xbox1 all the way.

Paperback book or ebook?

Zade: Ebooks are nice because I can bring a hundred of them in one small device. Although, hunting fallen angels means there’s not much time for reading.

Summer or winter?

Zade: Summer. I find the sun to be invigorating and you don’t get that as much in the wintertime.

Puppies or kittens?

Zade: Kittens. They’re so tiny and fuzzy and then they grow up to be complete nightmares that think they own you.

Vampires or werewolves?

Zade: Zombies. They are far easier to battle. One shot to the head.

 

Blurb:

The path is lost.

With Michael gone, the mantle of leadership falls to Zadekiel. In this time of darkness, with tempers running short, Zade struggles to guide his brothers. Hope comes in the form of a green haired woman with a unique gift. She represents a way back to the path they lost when Michael disappeared.

Zephyr fills books with cryptic poetry, a powerful compulsion, which is more a curse than a blessing. With no control over her ability, she struggles to live a normal life. When she meets Zade, he insists her ability is a gift from God. Reluctantly, she agrees to join the cause–it’s hard to dispute a man with wings.

Now the path is found, but one question remains. Will it lead to further darkness?

 

Amazon Link

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PatriciaLynneAuthorPic2About the Author:

Patricia Josephine never set out to become a writer. In fact, she never considered it an option during high school and college. She was all about art. On a whim, she wrote down a story bouncing in her head. That was the start of it and she hasn’t regretted a moment. She writes young adult under the name Patricia Lynne.

 

Patricia lives with her husband in Michigan, hopes one day to have what will resemble a small petting zoo, has a fondness for dying her hair the colors of the rainbow, and an obsession with Doctor Who.

 

 

 

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Cover Reveal: After the Storm

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Yay! I’ve got this super pretty cover for a new book from a writing buddy of mine, Marie Landry, to share with you. Wait until you see, I bet you’ll want to run right out and pre-order it.

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Should I leave you in suspense?

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Nahhh, I’m not that mean.

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Or am I?

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Ta-da!  Isn’t it really pretty? I love the softness of  it but the pop of color from the umbrella makes me think there’s hope.  I guess we’ll just have to read to find out for sure! (Go on, add it to your Goodread‘s list. You know you want to)

Synopsis:

For most people, starting senior year at a new high school would be a nightmare, but for Ella O’Dell it’s the new beginning she desperately needs. Two months after her mother’s death, she’s ready to leave behind the rebellious, unhappy person she became when she found out her mom was dying.

When Ella meets River Maracle and Sadie Fitzgerald, she begins to learn it’s okay to be herself, even if that means being different. River and Sadie aren’t ashamed of their misfit status—River grew up on a reservation, and his mother is the school counselor; Sadie stands out with her funky homemade clothes, and is a master at ignoring the whispered rumors that have plagued her since the beginning of high school.

Ella finds a kindred spirit in Sadie, and something more in River. After almost a year of pretending to be someone she’s not, she finally embraces life and allows herself to have fun without constant guilt. But despite her budding happiness, something is off with her new life. She doesn’t want to dwell on the past, but Angel Island is a small place, and she soon realizes her demons are harder to outrun than she thought…

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Since Valentine’s Day is later this week, I’ll share an excerpt from the book dubbed “First Kiss”

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~First Kiss~

River moves closer and wraps his arms around me. It’s exactly what I need, and I melt against him, putting my arms around him and holding on tight. His warm skin, soft shirt, and now-familiar scent combine to make me feel safe and…what? Happy? After what I went through with Sadie tonight, it feels selfish to be happy, but Mrs. Maracle’s words pop into my head. I deserve to be happy. My mom would want me to be happy, and she’d be glad that a boy like River could help me get there.

“Thank you,” I mumble against his neck.

“What for?” One hand moves is slow circles over my back before winding in my hair.

“For being here. I was going to apologize for making you come all this way when I can’t really hang out, but now I’m glad you’re here. I needed this.”

He eases away so he can look into my eyes, but his arms remain around me. He opens his mouth to say something but then closes it and shakes his head. His face is close to mine, and all I can think about is kissing him. I lick my lips involuntarily and his gaze moves to my mouth, lingering there. Blood rushes to my head, making me dizzy, and I rock forward on the step, gripping his arms tighter.

His eyes darken, and I know this is it. It feels like I’ve been waiting a lifetime for River to kiss me, even though it’s only been a few weeks. When his lips meet mine, I let out a soft moan that would normally embarrass me but I can’t bring myself to care. All I can think about is his lips on mine, his hands in my hair, the taste of his cinnamon gum on his tongue when it touches mine.

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Marie has a lot of great stuff going on to accompany this cover reveal.  She’s got a Rafflecopter giveaway going on, so be sure to click the link below to enter!

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She’s also running a sale on Waiting for the Storm, a companion novel to After the Storm.

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*This is the US link, but it’s also on sale at Amazon Canada and UK
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Marie-Landry-Author-PicBio:

Marie has always been a daydreamer; since early childhood she’s had a passion for words and a desire to create imaginary worlds, so it only seemed natural for her to become a writer. She resides in Ontario, Canada, and most days you can find her writing, reading, blogging about writing and reading, listening to U2, watching copious amounts of TV on DVD, or having grand adventures with her nephews and niece. She’s a hopeless romantic, an unapologetic eavesdropper (occupational hazard), an equally unapologetic squeeing fangirl, and a lover of swoonworthy book and TV characters. For more on Marie and her books please visit http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca. She also loves to chat with fellow book lovers, so feel free to tweet her @SweetMarie any time!

 

 

 

Links:
Blog: http://sweetmarie-83.blogspot.ca/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarieLandryAuthor?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SweetMarie83
GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5188180.Marie_Landry

Are Trigger Warnings Necessary?

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As I’ve been perusing Goodreads lately, I’ve noticed a recent trend in the reviews left.  Readers are warning others that the story they are about to read has”triggers” that may cause the reader to be uncomfortable or unable to finish reading the book.  Triggers include topics such as rape, bullying, eating disorders and negative body image.

It got me thinking, should real warnings be put on these books?  If you look at manga in book stores, they all tend to have a rating on the back and explain why it got that rating: nudity, violence, etc.  The rating doesn’t stop someone from being able to buy the manga (not like they won’t let a 14 yr old into a rated R movie) but it gives the reader and the parent an idea of what they’re in for.

Doesn’t sound like a horrible idea, but then I got to thinking about what could be considered a trigger and it’s hard to say all the possible things that might set someone off.  It could be a story with divorced parents, it could be a main character with a drug problem, or bullying, etc.  It would be too hard to cover every possible issue.

There’s also the problem of giving away too much of the story.  Maybe you don’t know the circumstances surrounding the character who has an eating disorder, but you’d know from the warning that something is going to happen and, personally, I hate when things are given away before I read!

Also, if  we start doing trigger warnings on books, would we have to do TV shows, movies and music too? I feel that would keep a lot of great work from being read/seen/heard.

I don’t mind if readers add the warnings to their reviews, but I think it would be a bad idea to add it to the book itself.  When picking up a book, a reader has to know that there’s the possibility that they won’t like it, that it could make them laugh or cry, that it could make them uncomfortable or bring up bad memories.  It’s the chance one takes in order to escape into a book and they have the option of putting it down if it bothers them too much.

What is your opinion on adding warnings of any sort on literature?

Like What You Read? Review it!

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In the world of Indie and small press publishing, one of the biggest obstacles to deal with is trying to get reviews.  I’ve discussed the unseemly ways some people have gone about it in the past: Paying for 5 star reviews, reviewing competitors with low star ratings so your own looks better, etc.

There are always friends and family, but often, those reviews are chock full of all the good and none of the “not so good” (we won’t say bad because I know you folks aren’t putting bad stuff out there, right? ^_^).  While that is lovely and of course we love them for it, I know I get a little suspicious where there are only glowing 5 star reviews and nothing else.  You need a well rounded grouping of reviews.  It’s guaranteed that not everyone is going to love your work. That’s just the way it goes. Art is subjective, right?  So no doubt there are some out there who have read and didn’t really enjoy it.  Don’t think you need to keep that info to yourself.  While you don’t have to be mean or rude about it, your honest opinion is more helpful than you think. It’s not just good star ratings that draws attention to your books. Your book can be considered popular, even if it has a ton of bad reviews, because obviously people are buying it and reading it.

I understand, in this day and age, people find themselves lucky just to have the time to read, but you really don’t need to do an in depth review.  Amazon only needs twenty short words to qualify as a review.  How long would it take you to type up twenty words? Less than a minute? Obviously,  a little more would help other prospective readers, but something is better than nothing.

If you really enjoy your authors and want to see them keep putting out books you love, support them by reviewing.  Even if you get books from the library, you can review them on sites like Goodreads, which many readers use as well before deciding to buy/read something new.

It’s a small thing you can do that can help make a huge difference in an author’s success. Consider taking the time to share your thoughts, regardless of whether you loved it, hated it or were indifferent about it.  The authors will thank you.

How often do you leave reviews for the books you read?

Book Review: Crash into You

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crash into youTitle: Crash into You

Author: Katie McGarry

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Source: Net Galley

Goodreads Rating: 4.23

My Rating: 4 stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

The girl with straight As, designer clothes and the perfect life-that’s who people expect Rachel Young to be. So the private-school junior keeps secrets from her wealthy parents and overbearing brothers…and she’s just added two more to the list. One involves racing strangers down dark country roads in her Mustang GT. The other? Seventeen-year-old Isaiah Walker-a guy she has no business even talking to. But when the foster kid with the tattoos and intense gray eyes comes to her rescue, she can’t get him out of her mind.

Isaiah has secrets, too. About where he lives, and how he really feels about Rachel. The last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a rich girl who wants to slum it on the south side for kicks-no matter how angelic she might look.

But when their shared love of street racing puts both their lives in jeopardy, they have six weeks to come up with a way out. Six weeks to discover just how far they’ll go to save each other.

Reaction:

I really enjoyed this story. It was something different. Yes, there was “bad boy” meets “good girl” and tries to make it work even though they come from different lifestyles, but there were a lot of different aspect such as all the car information and drag racing and the home life of the “good girl”.

Rachel doesn’t come across as overly privileged (even though she owns that car) but as very sheltered and naive. Isaiah is my favorite kind of stereotype, the bad boy with the secret heart of gold.  Even though he’s kind of typical, I still grew attached to his character and felt for his situation.

I enjoyed the romance aspect. Not particularly steamy but it makes you think of those first romances you had and all the butterflies and insecurities and wondering how to deal with someone more experienced than you.

All in all, an easy read, but enjoyable and a good story.  I’m definitely going to look up the other books in the series.  I love finding new authors to enjoy!