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Hound’s Bite-Cover Reveal/Excerpt/Giveaway

I am excited to reveal the cover for HOUND’S BITE, the fifth full-length novel in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens.  We also have a giveaway and a sneak peek book excerpt to share!

Cover Reveal: Hound’s Bite

 

Hound's Bite Ivy Granger urban fantasy by E.J. Stevens

 

Hound’s Bite (Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective #5) by E.J. Stevens

Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab’s creations behind
when she escaped Faerie.  She thought wrong.

In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of
Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a
potential slaughter of innocents.  Now Ivy must gather her allies to
fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.

Will the training Ivy received in her father’s court be enough to
save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the
Lord of the Hunt?  She is willing risk her own life, but some
sacrifices come at a cost worse than death.  When an ally is bitten
by one of The Wild Hunt’s hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that
winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to
love most.

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

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Hound’s Bite Book Excerpt

“Are you saying we should run?” I asked, eyebrows raised.  “Because you should know me better than that.”

“What he’s saying, Princess is that you woke up something too big for the three of us to defeat alone,” Torn said.

That made me pause.  We’d fought faerie queens, pyro demons, a
lovesick necromancer, and a psychotic lamia, to name a few.  I may not
have come through those battles unscathed, or with all my guts still on
the inside, but with my friends at my side, and a new arsenal of wisp
powers at my fingertips, I felt nearly invincible.

I looked to Ceff, hoping he’d grab his trident and join me for some
quick monster cleanup.  I may not be on the clock for this one, but I
didn’t let hungry fae prowl the streets of Harborsmouth.  And if Torn
was right, I’d somehow let this one follow us out of Faerie.  No way was
I turning tail, no matter how tired I was.

But Ceff didn’t reach for his weapons.

“We need allies,” he said.

“And larger weapons,” Torn said, with a wink.

The cat sidhe looked excited, which was a clue that I wasn’t going to like the answer to my next question.

“And what monster do we need to gather our allies and weapons against?” I asked.

“Haven’t you guessed yet, Princess?” Torn asked, eyes gleaming.  “We’re not just facing one howling beast.”

Ceff turned to me, closing the space between us.  In the moonlight,
I could see my reflection in the dark pools of his kelpie eyes—eyes
that were tight with worry.

“What are they?” I asked.

Ceff’s voice was low and reverent, and tinged with the taint of fear.

“The Wild Hunt.”

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E.J. Stevens is the author of 14 works of speculative fiction, including the Hunters’ Guild urban fantasy series, the Spirit Guide young adult paranormal series, and the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series.  She is known for filling pages with quirky
characters, bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky,
kick-butt heroines.

Connect with E.J. Stevens by following her on Twitter, Facebook, Newsletter, Blog, Goodreads, and Amazon.

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Shadow Sight Review


I met this awesome writer at
ARC-NOLA and her books are right down my alley. My favorite genre is Urban
Fantasy and the supes that she has in the Ivy Granger series are Fae which is one
of my favorites.
First of all, I loved this book. It
drew me in quite quickly. Psychometry is one gift you don’t see written very
often. Ivy is a bit mellow at the start, I prefer to see a little more kick ass
heroine but I think this is mainly the fleshing of her character. The twist of
romance was a welcome addition and I hope to see the relationship grow further.
I’d also like to see some more back story on Ivy’s father. Action and romance
blend wonderfully with the story line. Excellent starting point.
Her take on the Fae is exactly how I
see them, not all are glittery TinkerBell types. This book does portray their
inhuman nature and there is some humanization but not too much to turn me off.
The plot line flows nicely and is a
good beginning to Ivy Granger saga.  Some
of the pop culture references are very relatable to me and what my interests
are.
If you like the Fae and like to see
the darker side of Faekind, pick up this book and enjoy the action and romance
that snakes throughout the book.
Looking forward to the rest of the
books in the series.
I’m giving this book a 4 Fairy rating
for the action filled Fae adventure with a twist of romance.

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Ghost Light Review

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Welcome to the 2nd installment of the Ivy Granger
series.
Where the 1st book was more of a fleshing out of
the main characters, this book continues on with more depth and Ivy becomes the
kick ass heroine that I love to read about.
You also get to see Jinx, her trusty sidekick, blossom some
more.
I also like the fact that more supernatural characters show
up in this book. Lamia, faerie queens, demons, and many others. Some of the
visitors aren’t written about very often and it’s nice to see some new players on
the field.
Ivy has found out the seriousness of faerie bargains and
what happens when you are half fae and aren’t in control of your powers.
In this book, she starts the quest to find the one person
who can help her control her wisp powers and gets thrown into the frying pan.
I also enjoyed the continuation of the romance between Ivy
and Ceff.
I give Ghost Light my
5 Fairies rating for continuing action with some lightheartedness thrown
in the mix.  I couldn’t put the book down
once I started reading it and read it in about 3 days.
EJ Stevens is becoming one of my favorite authors and I am looking
forward to the next books in the series.
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Burning Bright Review

I just finished reading the 3rd installment of
the Ivy Granger series and this book does not disappoint.
I again found myself immersed into Ivy’s world and didn’t
want it to end.
Every book takes you a little deeper into Ivy’s character
and shows how she grows into a phenomal kick ass heroine.
Her half human nature allows her to show compassion and
moves her away from the inhumanness of the Fae world.
Her maternal nature shows itself in her ragtag adopted companions,
one being a troll child and the other one a rare demon child.
I can’t help but smile and feel warm and fuzzy about Ivy and
Ceff’s relationship and enjoy seeing it blossom into something more.
When Ivy’s sidekick and best friend Jinx gets in a spot of
trouble, Ivy rushes to the rescue and puts her friends before her personal
quest to find her cursed father who can help her control her wisp powers.
A few twists and turns keep your turning the page and you
can’t help but root for the underdog.
I am already starting to read the 4th installment
and anticipate I’ll have that one done in about 3 days as well.
If you are interested in a half human heroine’s story with
some paranormal romance thrown in there, don’t hesitate to pick up your copy
today.
I’m giving this installment my 5 fairy rating because of the
journey into Ivy’s world where you are led on a wondrous quest of
self-discovery and how one half human half fae woman learns about her inner
strength.
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Emlyn Chand-Farsighted Review

FARSIGHTED

BY EMLYN CHAND

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Alex Kosmitoras’s life has never been easy. The only other student who will talk to him is the school bully, his parents are dead-broke and insanely overprotective, and to complicate matters even more, he’s blind. Just when he thinks he’ll never have a shot at a normal life, a new girl from India moves into town. Simmi is smart, nice, and actually wants to be friends with Alex. Plus she smells like an Almond Joy bar. Yes, sophomore year might not be so bad after all.

Unfortunately, Alex is in store for another new arrival—an unexpected and often embarrassing ability to “see” the future. Try as he may, Alex is unable to ignore his visions, especially when they begin to suggest that Simmi is in danger. With the help of the mysterious psychic next door and new friends who come bearing gifts of their own, Alex must embark on a journey to change his future.

MY THOUGHTS:

This book was a nice read. This is a great Young Adult book for readers interested in paranormal ideas. I especially liked the use of Runes at the start of the chapters as Runes are one of my favorite metaphysical items. The use of one of the Nostradamus quatrains also pleasantly surprised me. I think the idea of a boy who is blind seeing past/future events is intriguing. Alex drew me into the story and really spoke to me with the teenage angst. I am looking forward to the next book in the series and hope the Nostradamus quatrains and rune references are used again. I would recommend this book for young adult to adult readers who are interested in the paranormal as well as readers who are interested in runes and Nostradamus prophecies. I gave this book 4 fairies for the spiritual/romance mix.


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Emlyn Chand Farsighted Blog Tour

I’m working on the review as we speak and hope to have it up by the 15th of this month. Sorry about that folks.

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EMLYN CHAND INTERVIEW
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Did you always want to be a writer? If so, what medium did you start with? Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels??
I was born with a fountain pen grasped firmly in my left hand, at least that’s what my Twitter bio says. But seriously, I do believe writers are born into the craft—we haven’t got much choice, but it’s a great calling to have. As a child, I always had a story to tell. I also loved illustrating my own books and comics. I did this for my younger brothers when I was 9 or 10. The series was called Spot and Dot and was about a cat and a dog. I wrote one about Spot coming home from the pound and needing to get a bath and another with a sequence of dreams that Dot the cat might have—she woke up in ancient Egypt and was revered as a Goddess; she found herself in a giant room filled with yarn balls, and she somehow ended up inside an aviary exhibit in the zoo. They were so much fun to create, and my younger brothers loved them.
What was the inspiration for your book, Farsighted?
Everything started with a single image—my face in these tacky oversized sunglasses reflecting out at me from the car’s side mirror. I was daydreaming while my husband drove us across Michigan for my sister’s wedding. Something about my image really struck me in an almost horrific way. I felt the glasses made me look blind but found it so weird that there was still a clear image within them; it seemed so contradictory. At the time, my book club was reading The Odyssey, which features the blind Theban prophet, Tieresias. I started thinking about what it would be like to have non-visual visions of the future and began forming a modern Tieresias in my mind. Lo and behold, Alex Kosmitoras was born. I didn’t want him to be alone in his psychic subculture, so I found other characters with other powers to keep him company. Thank God for my poor fashion sense.
How does your experience as a medium impact your writing? Are your stories based on true experiences that you have had??
I’m not a medium. I often joke that I have psychic powers but only when I’m in India. I’ve been able to predict some truly random events during my visits in Delhi, but I think that’s just because I don’t talk so much and instead really pay attention to my surroundings.
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
I LOVE YA—I read it, write it, love it! It all comes down to the enjoyment factor. I like the vulnerability and changeability of the characters. I love the ease of language and the connection that is created by writing in first person point-of-view. Nothing quite compares.
Do you prefer to be indie published, self-published, or traditional published?? Why?
I actually wrote a blog post explaining why I prefer indie or self-publishing (that’s here). Basically, the industry is not only changing – it’s changed. I’m not really sure there is any benefit to being traditionally published anymore, especially if you’re an author who has the know-how and financial/time resources to A) professionally edit your books, B) get a stellar cover designed, and C) market your work. Another reason I’m all gaga for the self-pub world is because it’s what I preach through Novel Publicity. I spend all day trying to convince writers that the indie path can work for them. By choosing that route for myself, I am showing my belief in that statement; I am practicing what I preach. Yes, I have a literary agent and a condition of our contract was that I’d be allowed to self-publish Farsighted. I want the hands-on experience. I want the control. If this works out for me; I’m pretty sure I’ll stay indie forever!
Did you ever experience a major life changing event that impacted your writing?
I met my husband, Hitesh. He’s from New Delhi, India. The culture has had a profound impact on my writing. I love creating Indian characters too (like Simmi).
If you could be any book genre, which one would you choose and why?
You know what? I’d be YA, because friends are made, adventures are had, lessons are learned, loves are found, and endings are generally happy. Almost any other genre is too dangerous to live inside!
Name a song(s) that define(s) you as a writer.
It’s an old one, “On the Street where you live” by Nat King Cole. It’s a song about love but can be applied quite aptly to the love of writing. My favorite line is “people stop and stare, but they don’t bother me for there’s nowhere else on Earth that I would rather be. Let the time go by, I won’t care if I can be here…”
If the world was on the edge of extinction, how would you survive??
I’ve actually watched quite a few survival shows on Discovery, so I feel like I would have a good working knowledge of what to do. I also have the good fortune of being married to a man with a doctorate in engineering—technology, check. I’m good with animals and with finding strange, creative solution, plus we have a killer attack parrot named Ducky and a Golden Retriever who is big and strong and will do whatever it takes to make us happy. End of the world? Bring it!
What advice would you give to other aspiring writers like myself??
My advice is this: Have fun with your writing. Don’t put pressure on yourself or your story and don’t try to fit either into some type of mold. Not every work HAS to be published, but every work will teach you something, and it will make you a better writer. Find the joy in writing, and you won’t go wrong.
What other projects do you have on the horizon??
Farsighted is a 5-book series. Each book will be told from a different character’s point-of-view, so in book #2, we’ll actually be able to see what Grandon looks like! Next up is Open Heart. I hope to have that ready by the middle of next year.
Tell us about 5 books that changed your life in some way??
I always credit Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson as THE book that changed my life. It opened my eyes to the world that could exist if only I was willing to create it—I think it’s what encouraged me to be a writer in the first place. Others that have had a profound impact are: Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and Anton Chekhov’s Seagull (Okay, that last one is a play).
If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??
I’d love to go back to 19th century Britain and see the setting of so many of my favorite literary tales, like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and the whole host of Dickens.
And a fun one, what would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?
I would train a flock of parrots to attack on command (I already have one who will do it). I will keep the birds swarming around me wherever I go. The zombies won’t have too much interest in them since their brains are so small, but they can pack a very powerful bite!
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Aithne Jarretta Interview

Aithne Jarretta Interview

Aithne Jarretta

Shrouded in the Mists of Avalon is a Hidden Legacy. Enter this in-between realm and discover new found love and perilous danger. Meekal Chilkwell, life Guardian to the Chalice Well, meets a young woman in the Gardens.

Little does he know his family stands at the edge of a new danger. An evil wizard threatens

their sacred way of life. Shayla Brinawell, American visitor, comes from a fragmented family. Fearful of the dangers Shayla could face, her mother raised her to deny and hide family magic.

Shayla’s world is about to be turned upside down. She must come to terms with her magic in hyper-drive. Syther the Quitch is bent on spreading wicked darkness into the non-magical world. To do that he must steal the power of the sacred Chalice Well. Will Meekal and Shayla survive Syther’s diabolical plan? Will love conquer all?

Did you always want to be a writer? If so, what medium did you start with?

Poetry, Short Stories, Novellas, Novels??

Confession… I was so busy reading I never considered writing. Once upon a time I grumbled during a college American

History exam that my answers weren’t ‘technical’ enough.

Why? My essay answers read like a story.

I’m a bit stubborn. It took awhile for the truth to sink in. Then… the magic unleashed!

Although there are a few short stories out there that I’ve written, the challenge of novellas is my current thread of focus.

The idea of putting a whole story into a shorter package without losing aspects of my characters is a fun twist.

It’s also an interesting way to give Concentric Circles (novel) little branches like a family tree.

What was the inspiration for your book, Concentric Circles?

Avalon. With a modern twist.

One day I sat down to write and an ornery young wizard entered the story. It didn’t take long to discover he lived in

Glastonbury, England (Avalon) and is descended from a long line of magical Guardians. (‘twas actually his many-many-times-great-grandpa, an immortal changeling, who introduced us;) This young wizard faced several life threatening challenges during

his teen years, but managed to grow up just fine.

His name is Meekal Chilkwell and he became the hero in Concentric Circles. It wasn’t until the day he met Shayla Brinawell

that his storybecame this novel.The core inspiration also includes the Chalice Well (the family protects this important

magical artifact). The beautifully designed well cap has a depiction of concentric circles looped together. Symbolically that

represents Meekal & Shayla joined within my magical mind.

Are your stories based on true experiences that you have had??

😉 Yes, I’ve been known to sneak real life experiences and locations into my writing. The goal is to blend them in so effectively

that a reader will add them to the storyline in their mind and never know they are reading a real event. They are just little

ripples anyway and are not earth shattering. 😀 You could say it’s magical.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?

Romance with paranormal elements. Whether it’s time travel or magical characters, (gotta love those fae & shapeshifters)

romances are usually my favorite place to escape.

Why? Well… I guess it has something to do with seeing books and stories as a means to explore new worlds. I was an avid

reader from early childhood and that was the true purpose of books. (I grew up in a sleepy little neighborhood where

nothing ever happened and Saturday trips to the library opened doors to new worlds.) I thought I would outgrow the magical

elements. That never happened. lol

Do you prefer to be indie published, self-published, or traditional published?? Why?

Self-published. Because I can make the important decisions like cover images, who will edit (once lost a book to an

editor for 6 months-editor disappeared) and I can also keep my unique story lines.

That doesn’t mean my words don’t get nipped and tucked. Such actions are a regular occurrence in every author’s experience.

It just means I have an opportunity to handle those issues myself. Think about it as though a self-published author is a business owner. 😉

Did you ever experience a major life changing event that impacted your writing?

Unfortunately, yes. It’s difficult to write about, but I believe it’s necessary.

In the beginning I became a writing fiend. Frequently, eighteen hours in front of the computer was normal.

Well, sadly it took a toll on my health. Seriously. It destroyed my immune system.

Now, I must be very careful and monitor all time spent in front of this wonder machine.

I didn’t write for more than a year.

There’s something about creatives… When we stop doing what we love a part of our spirit dies. Therefore, when I stopped

writing, even though I was no longer spending hours in this chair, my health didn’t improve because I lost my true expressive

joy. So I’m learning balance. Tricky, tricky, tricky.

If you could be any book genre, which one would you choose and why?

Magical of course. Imagination is boundless. Think of the pages and worlds I could explore and share!

Name a song(s) that define(s) you as a writer.

Not just one song. 😉 During writing Concentric Circles my fav was Stevie Nicks solo cds & Fleetwood Mac The Dance

(because of Stevie).

If the world was on the edge of extinction, how would you survive??

I would stand at ‘the edge of extinction’ and face off… Rewriting the future with kicka$$ heroine’s and magical shapeshifter

heroes.

What advice would you give to other aspiring writers like myself??

Take care of your health. That’s a short but powerful statement because your body houses your muse.

And listen to your muse. It’s a wonderful symmetry when story elements come together. In the beginning I had a few

disagreements with my muse. That’s how I discovered that nasty thing–writer’s block. But when we listen, even if we

don’t always know where the muse is leading us pieces fall into place and you’ll read it later and think, Wow! 😉 Then, have

gratitude and say, “Thank you.” Muse will reward you with more…

Why is this important? Well, I only recently discovered that Shayla was conceived in a pyramid. Something clicked in my

head…that certainly explains a lot! Shayla has been around for a while, but her story still grows.

What other projects do you have on the horizon??

Claire: the Lost Fae is due for release soon. Novella length, it details aspects of Claire’s life that could not be touched upon

in Concentric Circles. Why? It falls into the category of ‘things your mother never told you.’ Trust me, *wink* Claire had her

reasons. Besides, would you really want to know everything about your mother?

As for Shayla, heroine in Concentric Circles, learning aspects of her mother’s life story? Yikes!

For updates and release news visit Claire here: http://http://aithne-jarretta.blogspot.com/2011/10/claire-lost-fae.html

Tell us about 5 books that changed your life in some way??

Only 5? lol I asked because my two favorite authors (influence divas) wrote more than 5 books each.

From a ‘historical’ perspective Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series turned me on to time travel. Her richly descriptive prose,

intriguing characters and specific historical times hooked me.

From a ‘magical’ perspective J. K. Rowling is the Goddess of magical worlds. (Even though she doesn’t include Fae) It would

probably take a whole book to describe how she influenced me.

But the main thing JKR taught me was that there’s a widespread subculture of adults reading magical stories. The Internet

has also helped with that, too.

Until that realization struck me full force, my muses hid in the closet behind the family skeletons. That’s how JKR changed

my life. For the first time I started putting my stories into words and computer files.

I do want to mention that once upon a time I tried to write a non-magical story. It was an impossible feat. ;D

The magic in my stories grabs hold and won’t let go until revealed. That’s what makes this so much fun!

If you could time travel, what time period would you go to and why??

Early American, between 1795-1820.

Why? Remember that history exam mentioned in question 1? Well the answer I wrote that day was about a law in the

Carolina hills that made fighten’, biten’ & kickin’ a hanging offense. Yes, you could be hung for biting someone’s ear–in this case–off. *yuck*

That isn’t the whole answer though. I’d like to travel back in time and ask my many-times-great-grandpa if love was worth it. ;D (that yucky taste in his mouth from the ear)

You see, he got into a fight over a Cherokee woman, bit the other guy’s ear off, grabbed his woman and ran. Knowing what

he did was a hanging offense he didn’t stop until he got to Alabama.

There, they made babies… Here, I am.

And a fun one, what would you do if there was a zombie apocalypse?

Make sure I have plenty of healing Chalice Well water, several phoenix friends (for magical travel & helping others) and the

memory of accessing the sacred veil between Annwn and the Earthly realm so that I could save extended family, community

and many creatures. Zombies beware! The Fae are here to stay!

Feel free to add any social media links you have and anything else you felt I should

have added to this interview. Thanks for joining me and being a part of my blog!

I’m a bird! 😉 Most of my online time is at Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/AithneJarretta

It’s my favorite and yes, I do frequently chatter with my Peeps. Come over and join in the conversation!

Thank you, Heather for hosting me at your magical niche of the Internet. Good Luck with your writing.

I hope you eventually share your stories with the world. Blessed Be. ~ Aithne

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