Dec 4, 2015

The Queen of Normandy - a glimpse

Well, it's official.  For the second year in a row, I won NaNoWriMo! I love that they call it winning, even though it's not competitive. The fact that I completed another novel within a month makes me feel like a winner, so I'm on board.

And since I'm celebrating, I figure it's time to share the project with the world.

The Queen of Normandy {working title} is set in 1955 in a re-imagined, prolonged World War II.  The story revolves around Iris, a seventeen-year-old girl in hiding on the coast of France. One day, Iris finds an injured, Russian soldier in the woods behind her estate and must decide if playing by the rules of war is worth sacrificing her morals to do so.  Before long, Iris discovers that there is more to this soldier than meets the eye, and together, they learn more about war and peace than they ever imagined.  

Want a visual peak at The Queen of Normandy?  Check out my Pinterest board for the project?  It's apocalypse meets WWII.  A touch of dark and light.  War and romance.  Young and old.

               Follow Jessica's board The Queen of Normandy on Pinterest.  

What do you think?

As for future plans on this project, let's just say "get in line."  I'm still working on getting The Hereafter on shelves in 2016 as well as getting The Fiddler ready for editors.  So, I'll keep you updated on the progress on any and all projects.

Have a fabulous weekend, friends!



Nov 18, 2015

The Process

It's November, which means I'm writing a novel. Which makes Write or Die's blog prompt perfect this week. They asked: What is your writing process?


Honestly, I hadn't given it much thought. My writing process is a little bit of a mess. I'm not as self-driven as I'd like to be. I'm probably somewhere in the middle, like I'm not totally unmotivated, but I'm also not so disciplined as to write at the same time every day. I wish.

I find that I write best when someone is holding me accountable, ergo NaNoWriMo.  Everyday, I have to update that little word counter and every day it shows me with a little bar graph where my word count is and where it should be.  I do not like to see my bar fall below the line.  If only there were more bar graphs in life.

I also know that I work best in small increments of time. I'd say about 88% of my novel is written in word sprints.  I set little word count goals for each increment of time and I try to attain those goals. This week, my goal was 1k in 30 minutes. I did it no problem. So now, my goal is 1,500 in 30 minutes. Whether or not I reach that goal, I've written a good chunk of a scene. And another one bites the dust.

As for atmosphere, that's where I'm a little inconsistent right now. I have an office, which is also a nursery-in-the-making. The chair doesn't roll on the carpet. My laptop doesn't fit on my desk. The lighting just isn't quite right. All the chi is thrown off. I've tried more coffee shops in El Paso than I've ever thought possible. I haven't found the sweet spot just yet, but it's not like I exactly have the time right now to renovate.

And tunes. I'm one of those weirdos who can't write without tunes. Right now, it's anything circa 1940-1948. The Andrews Sisters, Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong, Doris Day, you get the gist. That should give you some idea of what I'm working on. In fact, the entire setting of the novel was inspired by 40's Junction on SiriusXM. How weird is that?

And lastly, the writing itself. If I've noticed anything about my process in these last three years, it's that I have little Jessica'isms. Little metaphors, phrases and sayings that just want to pop up in every book I write, no matter how different they all are.  That and first drafts are for story-purging as I call it. There are no poetic prose or deep literary metaphors at this stage.  The writing is pretty stale at this point, and characters are a wee bit flat, but all of that will be ironed out later.  This month is for those foundation 50k that will be dressed up Cinderella-style come January to March.

So, that is my process. Basically.



Now, revision process. That is another topic for another day.

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Nov 12, 2015

A NaNoWriMo-Life Update!

Hello there. It's been quite a while since I've laid down some words on this site, so I think it's due time for a little update.  Because a LOT has changed.  Ready...

Update 1. We moved from Germany to El Paso, Texas.  It was a very smooth move since the two locations are so similar.  That's a lie, obviously.  The move was extremely exhausting, and it's taking some time to get used to.  We're enjoying all of these creature comforts and American conveniences, high speed internet and spacious houses and all.  But at the same time, of course, we miss Germany dearly and all of our amazing friends there.


Update 2. Our family has a new addition on the way!  Surprise!  (to us all)  We're excited all the same. The new lil' bit will be arriving in April 2016.


Update 3. The writing is still going well.  I'm working on a new NaNoWriMo project this month. I'll be sharing more info on that throughout the month. It's a little different than what I usually write. So, stay tuned for that.



Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year?  I cannot sing NaNo's praises enough.  Without it, I would have never written The Hereafter or anything after.  I can't believe I'm about to finish my third full-length novel, and it's all thanks to this organization. Happy November!

If you are on NaNoWriMo, find me!  My username is Tangerine423…and if you do go over there, you can read a little synopsis to my project.  And of course, we can be writing buddies.

Well, that's all for now.  Just a little buffer to get back into updating this thing more often.  Hope you're all doing well!



May 14, 2015

The Secret to Good Sequels

It's no secret that sequels and series are a hit among readers these days.  Why? Because we want more.  Series novels give us more time to become invested.  It gives us more material to become attached to.  Generally, a win-win for readers and writers.

So, what do we want to see in a sequel?  What makes it powerful, without being redundant?  And why don't we want a book that's only an extension of the first?



Growth
As a rule of fiction, main characters are generally a little clueless in the first book.  If they had all the answers, the story wouldn't be as fun.  They have to learn something and struggle a little.  By the end of the book one, they've learned a little bit.  No one wants to read another book about clueless characters that still haven't learned a thing.  We don't want to see them make same mistakes again and again.
Obviously, there still needs to be conflict so they can't be a sudden know-it-all.
Exhibit A: Harry Potter  They grow (literally and figuratively, but still stay clueless enough to make mistakes.

Independent Story Arc
Cliffhangers are one thing.  Making me wait twelve months to reach the conflict or resolution of the first novel, not okay.  The thing about trilogies is that there are large conflicts and small conflicts.  Three tiny story arcs within one large story arc.  If we look at Twilight, it had three (four is arguable) books with their own (slightly weak) story arcs, and not much of a larger story arc.  People keep chasing them trying to kill them, basically.  ((Sorry to beat up on that series. I was a huge Twi-hard, but I needed an example)).
Exhibit B: The Lunar Chronicles, each novel, with its own story arc exists within one large story arc.


Something Old, Something New
I'll let you in on one of my biggest pet peeves…when everything I love about the first book is missing from the second book.  It makes me absolutely bonkers.  Sorry to beat up on another book, but The Daughter of Smoke and Bone was absolutely one of my favorites.  I could not put it down.  The conflict, the romance, the SETTING (it was Prague).  The cliffhanger.  Swoon.  But the sequel.  Ouch. Different setting, no romance, different story basically, and a completely different form of conflict.  Whoa, whoa, whoa.  What happened to the book I loved?  It literally took me so long to finish the second book, and I'll admit, I didn't even finish the last one.  I still feel bad about it.  The same thing happened with The Bronze Horseman's sequel.  It pains me so to even mention something I didn't love about that book.  It hurts.
Exhibit C: Throne of Glass.  It takes place in the same place, same character, but new romance, new conflict, new story.  Enough to make me happy and enough to make me interested.

Strong Characters
Let's face it, it's the characters we want.  Weak characters might not even get me through the first book, let alone pick up more.  And here's where Twilight redeems itself.  Hate on them as much as you want, but we all came back for the sparkly vampires.
There's that feeling we get when we pick up a sequel and we see the characters we love, and it just warms us.  
Exhibit D: Black Dagger Brotherhood.  Even if each book is about a new character, we still get to visit the old ones, and it feels like seeing old friends.

Direction
This sort of falls into the story arc category, but at the same time, it's something different.  I want to feel confident, as the reader, that the author knows where we are going. I want to know that there is direction and that he/she is not just making this up as he/she goes.  I hate to say it, but The Maze Runner did this to me.  As exciting as it was to follow along on that crazy adventure, it felt a little bit like the author had this crazy, awesome premise, but didn't exactly hash out the plan before he started writing.
Exhibit E: Outlander  She gave me confidence, from the very beginning, that the story was going to come back somehow.

You may have noticed by now that I am very critical of sequels.  It's rare for me to like a sequel as much as the first book.  But think about, if I'm picking up the second book then it must mean that I loved the original and it therefore, has large shoes to fill.  It's hard to make a worthy sequel (or series).  I get that.  It has to do so much more than the first one did, if you think about it.  But I think, if done right, the payoff is huge.

So, what do you think about sequels?  What do you love/hate about them?  Which ones are your favorites/least favorites?  What do you think it was that made you love/hate them?

If you'd like to join in on this conversation, link up here for The Book Chat!




Apr 30, 2015

The Real List of Kick-Ass Film Adaptations {the book chat}

It's just another day for book nerds when it's announced that your favorite book is being made into a movie.  I'm one part nervous, one part excited, and one part bitter that my favorite book is going to  be broadcast to the world like some mainstream trollop.  Terrible action figures and corny shirts at Hot Topic…end my torture.



And for the most part, the film adaptations are usually…okay.  Like, they're rarely mind blowing.  They're rarely original, creative or artistic.  They're just…the book…on screen.  And (book nerds, join me here) we don't need the book on screen.  WE HAVE IT IN OUR HEADS.

But pat on the back for you…making millions of dollars on something an author has already made popular.  I see what you did there.



It is possible though.  It's a truth universally acknowledged that a book in possession of film potential must be in want of an excellent director.

Sometimes, directors are inspired by fiction.  Sometimes, they make something artistic and original AND although different than the book, just as good in comparison.

Different and excellent.  Not different and just okay.  See the difference there?

Okay, enough chatter.  Here's the list:

5. Romeo and Juliet - Baz Luhrmann

It's basically my high school years, right here. Done. Teens get to understand Shakespeare, and it was pretty.  Well done, Luhrmann.

4. Clueless 

Fact: Clueless was the first modern teen flick based on classic literature. (No, don't quote me on that, I'm probably wrong) but the point is that most people walked away from this movie not even knowing that it is a film adaptation of Emma by Jane Austen, and then, whether or not they care, they just kinda learned something about Georgian England and youthful hubris.  Boom. Educated.

3. The Great Gatsby - Baz Lurhman

Maybe I'm biased, but B-Lurhmann could do no wrong.  I know this film was heavily criticized, but I thought it was fantastic.  It was everything the book was and more.  And I love that book.  The best part of this movie for me was the cast.  And the design.  Just all of it.

2. The Hunger Games

So, this was one of those insta-winner films that I thought was going to suck. Not sugar coating it.  It had a fan base to ensure blockbusters no matter the film's budget, talent or vision. (see: Twilight)  This is why I was most nervous about this adaption.  HOW were they going to recreate the games and really get it? How? Thank the J-Law Gods that they did not fail on any of those counts.  I knew from the shaky camera start that it was going to be amazing.  Artistic, not commercial.  Raw, not gimmicky.  Some of the people and scenes were too…pretty…but I'll let that slide on account of it being a teen film.  Still, it's a favorite.  (The sequels were…okay.)

1. Pride and Prejudice - Joe Wright

This movie.  Gosh, I just love this movie.  I get it…it's not the same as the book.  It changes some of the language and might not be what you envisioned, but what a vision it is.  It's so original.  The score alone gives me goosebumps.  I saw this movie before I read the book, true story, and I loved it so much that I actually read the book, cover to cover, after seeing it.  It made me love the book.  Everything was so beautiful and organic and real.
My idea of a perfect Friday night is book and wine in hand watching this movie for the twelve thousandth time and following along at my favorite parts.  I love, I love, I love you.

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So, there's my list. These films just really went beyond "acting out the book." I should point out that I only included movies that I had both read the book and saw the movie.  Which is why you don't see any LOTR, loved the movies, didn't read the books.  Yeah, I know I suck.  I also didn't include movies like The Giver, The Maze Runner, or Divergent.  Read the books, didn't see the movies.  I'm sure I will someday.  Maybe.  probablynot.

So, let's hear from you!  What are your favorite film adaptations?  Do you prefer when they get creative or stick to the script?  Do you want true-to-life adaptations?  Do you get as upset as I undo when Hollywood messes with your things?  Tell me ALL about it.

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(and forget the button.  I could NOT get the code right on that thing.  So, just link back to this post somewhere on your post so that people can join the fun.  I'm not sweating over buttons.)



Apr 23, 2015

Tell me what to read {the book chat}



So, I truly believe books make the best gift.  And I saw a thing somewhere (on Pinterest probably) that said:
"Next time your friend asks you what you want for your birthday, tell them you want their favorite book."
And I think this is just the best idea!  You can tell a lot about a person by their favorite book, I think.

So, that's what today's book chat is.  If someone asked you for your favorite book, what would you give them?  Even better if it's something in the past year.  Just something that knocked your socks off.  

And maybe start this tradition with someone.  A spouse, a friend, a family member.  Every year on your birthdays, gift them your favorite book of the year.  If you already do something like this, let me know!

Don't forget to link up!



Next Week's Prompt: Book to film adaptations!


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Apr 16, 2015

My Favorite Self-Published books {the book chat}

Well, first I have to say sorry.  It's clearly obvious that I'm still a little rusty with the whole blogging thing.  I've messed up both book chats since it returned. It would seem that I set up the wrong link tool in last week's post.  Yikes.  If you wrote a post last week that you would like to share, you can still add it.  I've been in Ireland all week and well, maybe my brain is still there.
Then forgot to schedule todays.  Sheesh.  Bear with me. I'll get my stuff together.  Promise.

So.  I'm excited about today's topic.  Self-publishing has been something on my mind a lot this past year.  Not only have I read a bunch of excellent self-published titles, I've even considered self-publishing myself.  Which is why I chose the topic for today:

What are some of your favorite self-published books?  Do you ever read self-pub, why or why not?

I think it's very important to support indie authors (and artists for that matter).  They do the same amount of work as a traditionally published author, and sometimes more.  The publishing path is a choice and doesn't mean the work is any better or worse.

Indie authors are brave, tough, hard-working and passionate.

Just think about it, for the most part, they're going it alone.  If you self-publish, you are the author and publisher, and most times editor, cover designer, and marketer.  It is a no-nonsense business and self-publishers don't ask for permission.  They have a story to tell and they don't wait for someone to open the door for them.  They kick that sucker down.

I've spoken a bit recently about my favorite self-published books.  Last week, I shared the cover reveal for one of my favorite authors (period), Keary Taylor.  Then, on our first book chat return, I shared the indie series I was reading by Amanda Richardson.  I've reviewed quite a few other indie titles.  Like this.  And this.

Most of these, I found from doing reviews for Netgalley.  Others are friends of mine.  So, maybe you're wondering...how do I even find good self-published titles?  Well, here are some ideas:
Netgalley
Alt Lit Library
Amazon
Blurb
Friends, Twitter, Facebook and word of mouth!

So, now I want to hear from you.  What are your thoughts on indie authors?  Do you read self-published books or have you considered it for your own publishing option?  I can't wait to hear from you!


Book Chat







Next week's topic: Next week is my birthday!  And for my birthday, I want a really good book recommendation.  Tell me what to read!

Apr 9, 2015

The Setting of my Dreams (The Book Chat)

Welcome back for another week of the Book Chat!

At this very moment I am either in transit to or in Ireland itself.  This has been a dream come true for me for as long as I can remember.  And it's why I chose the topic for today's chat.

The question today is…If you could travel to (or live in) a setting from a book, real or fictional, where would you choose?

What I really want to know is- have you ever read a book set in a place that really, really made you want to travel there?  Did an author ever just bring a destination to life?  Did that story forever create a feeling, an emotion, a mood tied to some location, and it just called to you?

I'm thinking…

Hemingway's Paris
Joyce's Dublin
Ruiz-Zafron's Barcelona

The list goes on.  When an author simply catches (or creates) the essence of a living, breathing city, it's pure magic.

Speaking of magic, I distinctly remember this topic last time, during the book chat's former life.  And I remember the majority of answers being, you guessed it, Hogwarts.  That was one of my favorite book chats, because everyone came together with that same feeling, that same something.  Each of you read that book individually, and yet, you all came away with that fierce adoration of the setting.

It was more than a setting really, it was more like a character in the story.

So, back to Ireland.  What does this book chat have to do with Ireland? Well, it all goes back to an early book-love affair for me.


The Mermaids Singing and In the Country of the Young by Lisa Carey were my young adult obsessions, long, long ago. (They're not actually YA, but we didn't quite have YA back then.  I'm old.)

These books are both set in Ireland.  The thing is…these books aren't necessarily happy, warm books.  They're mostly mysterious, foggy, beautiful, haunting, and more.  They're romantic. Ghostly legends and epic sagas.  These stories were set against the rocky crags and cliffs of this struggle-born nation's shores.  As were their characters.

The point is that I was there.  I could smell the sea and taste the salty air.  I felt the cold chill.  I heard the wind and stood amongst the waves on every single page.

Those books taught me something about setting and what it could be.

And now, my current WIP (work in progress), The Fiddler is set in Prague, a slightly futuristic, magic-soaked city, and this, this something we get from the settings of great books is what I want so badly for my book.  I want my readers to open their eyes in this magical city every time they open the pages of the book.  I want them to dream it, to feel it, to know it, without ever actually going there.  And maybe, hopefully, they will eventually go there because they read a great book that was set there.

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So, I promise to share my Irish travels with you as soon as I get back.  I'm still in shock that I'm actually going.  If you would like to follow along, you can always follow me on Instagram. I always post photos there.  My username is JessicaB_writer.

As for the book chat, everyone is welcome to join!  Just answer the question in a blog post and link up here!  The more, the merrier.  I can't wait to read all of your answers!

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Next week's topic: Share your favorite Self-Published book! Promote indie writers!


Apr 3, 2015

Art & Inspiration {Minted.com} Review

I'm constantly scouring the web for things that catch my eye.  A beautiful photograph.  A captivating design.  Typography that speaks to me.

Whether it be for inspiration, home decor, business or life, I am a collector of the aesthetic.  I surround myself with the flint of creative spark.

So, recently I came across Minted.com.  I had always thought Minted was just cards and announcements.  A friend of mine uses them religiously for her kiddo's party and birth announcements.

But they really do have so much more.  They have art, beautiful, touching art.  As a creative professional, I especially love independent art.  Everything by Kelly Ventura belongs in my house.  

Take a look at their Art selection here.

Isn't all so fantastic?  And so reasonably priced.

So, here's the coolest thing about this site.
Living Room by Jessica, see more wall art
Living Room board by Jessica. See more wall art
On top of shopping, you can create an Art wall, Pin boards and Style boards.  Seriously, there goes my afternoon.

untitled 3 by Jessica, see more Minted
untitled 3 board by Jessica. See more Minted


As for their paper products and cards, the birth announcements I've received from my friend have shown excellent quality.  These cards will really hold up, which makes me happy because her kids are cute, and I want to keep them forever (the cards, not the kids).

Not to mention these Foil-Pressed wedding invitations that make me want to get married again just to order them.  I don't even know you, Steven.  It's so Gatsby.  I love it!


So, that's my thought on Minted.com.  I love everything they offer, and I can't wait to hang up some of their amazing art in my house.  Shopping on the site is a breeze, especially with those scale photos of a model holding up each size print so you can see how big it is (genius!).

Have you ever shopped with Minted.com before?  What's your favorite from their site?

Apr 2, 2015

What are you reading? {the book chat is back!}

It's for real this time.  The book chat is back!


So, for today's topic, let's just start off easy.  What are you currently reading?  Is it something different, new?  Do you love it?  Or not?

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So, I'm actually reading a few different things right now. And I'm pretty excited about all of them.

1. Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott

This is the book selection for the Write or Die Book Club!  I'm so excited to finally read this book.  I've had it on my TBR shelf for so long, and as a writer, I feel a little bit ashamed that I haven't read it already.

The book chronicles Lamott's journey through writer-hood with tips and advice on writing and surviving the lifestyle.

I'm so excited to finally dig into this, and even better, share thoughts with my WODW buddies.









2. In Search of Yesterday - Romance Series - Amanda Richardson


This is a romance series that comes out in episodes, one every week.  Each episode is about 35 pages and takes about an hour to read.  How cool is that?

I think Amanda Richardson has really tapped into something cool here.  Just like Netflix, I want to binge read every single episode of this series.  The greatest thing about it is that it's fast paced and gratifying.

I've read the first three and now I'm waiting for episode four, which I hear is the last one...but that's can't be true, because.  Because.  Just no.

Oh and the first episode is FREE!




3. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


The library called.  They said your book is in.
K thanks bye.

I really loved Throne of Glass, only I wish it had more action. From what I hear, Crown of Midnight delivers.  I cannot wait to dive into this sequel.












So, that is what I'm currently reading.  I'm finally over that awful reading slump that consumed me for almost a year.  It feels so good to be reading and book chatting again!

Have you read any of these books?  What did you think about them?

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Next week's topic: Setting you wish you could live in or travel to (real or fictional)?


Apr 1, 2015

Learning Balance

The Write or Die Wednesday prompt asks: Which of the Seven Deadly Sins are you most guilty of?

The Seven Deadly Sins is an old Christian belief that classified the natural sins.  I'm not religious, and therefore, won't go much farther into that, but I find the entire idea of the seven sins to be fascinating.

Wrath
Greed
Lust
Gluttony
Sloth
Envy
Pride

These sins all clearly have something in common.  They involve putting yourself before others.  We should not want what others have or think ourselves better than others.  We should not be too angry or too lustful.

And if you really look at these sins, the antithesis of each is a trait of a good virtuous person.
Patient
Generous
Chaste
Moderation
Hard working
Kind
Humble

And these are all great traits.  There was a time when eating more than you needed to meant you were letting others starve, and well, that was a serious issue.  And now, it just means high cholesterol and tight pants.

No one's perfect, right?

So, the question is…which trait do I most embody?  And the answer is naturally, all of them.  Because I think it's okay to have some vices here and there.

At times, I do get so angry.  When my 4-year old just will not for the love of God put on his shoes and would rather scream and cry on the floor and demand a cookie before breakfast, yes.  Wrath.
But with every tantrum, I learn patience.

At times, I do get greedy.  Sometimes I just want MINE.  But that's usually because I'm constantly doing for others, volunteering my time, bathing/dressing/feeding/loving children.
But I'm learning to balance and know that sometimes it's okay to put myself first.

At times, I do lust…ahem.  Enough about that.

At times, I indulge.  No one is starving because I have another piece of cake, glass of wine, slice of cheese.  But moderation is my lesson to learn.  Especially after turning 30 and having kids.  Moderation is an important lesson.

At times, I can be lazy.  But like greed, I find  balance.  I work hard.  I deserve to relax.

At times, I do envy others.  As a mother, it's almost impossible these days.  She has more patience, a cleaner house, nicer furniture, and the list goes on.  But the things I have are things that others may be envious of me for.  The grass is always greener, and the antithesis of envy is probably gratitude more than anything.

And lastly, there are times that I am proud.  But sadly, this one is probably the most rare.  I think I could actually do with a little more pride than I exhibit now.  I should be proud.  I've accomplished a lot, and I do well for my children and community.  I should be more proud, but it's all those other things…envy, wrath, sloth and glutton that get in the way.  Not having pride should be a sin.

But still, with every smile on my kiddo's face, and yoga class I teach, and chapter I revise, I remind myself that I'm doing pretty darn well and that it's okay to be a little proud.



So, there you have it.  Thank you again to the duo, Vashelle and Mia, for another great Write or Die Wednesday prompt.  To see more posts on this topic, or to link up yourself, check it out here:


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Mar 31, 2015

Cover Reveal: House of Royals by Keary Taylor

I don't normally do cover reveals, but I've been a follower and fan of Keary Taylor since her first book so I had to join in the fun on her new cover reveal for her latest Fantasy project, House of Royals.

Check it out.




Isn't it gorgeous?  I can't wait to read it!  Here's a little more about it...

House of Royals by Keary Taylor
Publication date: June 21st 2015
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
Synopsis:

Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi’s are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House—the immortal Born and their aging, enslaved Bitten—everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn’t know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they meet, and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives—Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented King and the legend of his resurrecting Queen hang over everyone’s heads, and proving loyalty means far more than blood. You’d better watch who you trust in this town…


AUTHOR BIO:

Keary Taylor grew up along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she started creating imaginary worlds and daring characters who always fell in love. She now resides on a tiny island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their two young children. She continues to have an overactive imagination that frequently keeps her up at night. She is the author of THE EDEN TRILOGY, the FALL OF ANGELS trilogy, and WHAT I DIDN'T SAY. To learn more about Keary and her writing process, please visit www.KearyTaylor.com.

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Thank you, Keary for letting me be a part of your cover reveal!