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Stevie Rae Causey

Author of Ring of Fire

The Mage’s Son Coming 7/17!

Harry Potter clashes with Beauty and the Beast in T. Ariyanna’s stunning steampunk debut…

Arion was born different. After enduring years of torment at the hands of his abusive father, the arrival of his thirteenth birthday reveals a shocking secret… he has magic. Arion discovers he’s a Mage, a magical person able to craft intricate pieces of technology and do incredible things. Arion is hopeful that maybe, his newfound abilities will help him fit in for the first time in his life. Continue reading “The Mage’s Son Coming 7/17!”

Savages Cover Reveal!

One of my favorite author perks is having the opportunity to network with other authors. Often I get to take place in beta reading, reviewing ARCs, blog tours, take over parties, etc.
I love authors. I love making contact with new readers through these events.

But one of the things I don’t talk enough about is how much I crush on their cover artists! So much work goes into matching a story and cover art. A good cover brings the story to life in the mind of the reader before they have even laid eyes on the title page. As much as we like to throw around the old “Don’t judge a book by its cover” cliche, the truth is, I am definitely judging.

And this one is just exquisite.
I am so honored to be part of the cover reveal for Savages!

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The cover was designed by Katherine Bogle! Incase you didn’t know, she has a design background, and has been loving making the covers for the Chronicles of Warshard!

ABOUT SAVAGES

Ten years before Queen Kadia decimated the six kingdoms of Warshard, her interest lay in the unborn child of a Seaburn savage.

Daughter of Chief Ruin, Breen is one of the most fearsome warriors in the Southern Delica savages-cover-onlyTribe, but nothing can stop the Emperor from reaping the Savage Lands for soldiers.

When her village is attacked, Breen is taken from her home and her family to the Seaburn Academy, where southern savages are broken and chained into a life of service to the Empire. Through the beatings and torture, Drakkone, one of the few Seaburn-born soldiers, brings solace to her days and gives her hope for the future.

Once freed of the Academy dungeons, Breen is sentenced to daily training between her plots for escape. But one night of unexpected passion turns into a problem bigger than either of them could have imagined.

Breen and Drakkone must risk capture and flee the city or death might be a blessing compared to eternal imprisonment.

Savages, the long awaited sequel to Haven, will be released April 4th, and is now available for pre-order!

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Five YA Fantasy Must-Reads

Spring break is approaching, though Spring herself seems to be rolling over, pulling the blankets over her head and declaring “Just five more minutes!”. Still, the calendar doesn’t care what the weather does, and as we approach a week off of school I am looking for ways to keep sane. Why not escape into a book?

Here are 5 YA Fantasy Must-Reads this Spring:

Continue reading “Five YA Fantasy Must-Reads”

Long time, no see!

Happy February! It has been awhile since I’ve been on this particular corner of the internet. Shame on me for letting it go for so long, but you see, I have been quite busy.

Firstly with creating new adventures outside of writing. January was the Hike it Baby 30-my first one. We set out to complete 30 miles before the month was over. We made it almost 31!

The views were amazing, and my voice note recorder has lots of fodder for future writing.

Speaking of writing- that process has stalled a bit. I’m at the cusp of chapter 7, which is told by Kala as she and her daughter flee their home. She’s been the more evasive of my characters this time around. I suppose she doesn’t appreciate being torn from the life she’s created for herself. It can’t be helped, though.

Stay tuned for more on that, as well as an exciting announcement later this week! If you haven’t yet read Ring of Fire, the first 9 chapters are currently up on Wattpad, full version on Amazon and Smashwords, and hard copies signed by me are currently on sale and can be purchased here

Review: Escape From the Past-The Duke’s Wrath

Escape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath is a YA Fantasy about a boy who travels to Mid-evil Germany via a video game his friend’s father developed.

From a formatting standpoint it felt like each page was a large wall of small text and my eyes became fatigued pretty quickly. My kiddo didn’t have this same problem.

The book starts out kind of rocky, with a character we hardly know being thrown immediately into a situation where we are supposed to care about what happens to him, and I did not feel I had enough time to get to know him before this happened.
There is in-depth description of the technology through which he is transported, as well as his surroundings, but not much believable inner dialogue. It is briefly mentioned that his mother drinks a lot, but we aren’t given much other information about his relationship until much later, when he feels guilty for behaving rudely to his mother in a situation the readers were not privy to beforehand.
Suddenly the character is thrust into the game…here I felt like his doubt of the situation may have been more believable if he had been using some sort of VR.
From there the plot develops at an acceptable pace, though there are still several examples of  inconsistent personalities in the characters. There are also a few place where the author switches between first and third person.
Overall I liked the concept and I think with a little more work this could be a best seller. I handed it off to my 10-year-old after I was done with it and she absolutely loved it. The errors did not detract from the story enough to bother her, and she is anxious to continue the series. So I would say that while as an author I think the book could use further development, its intended audience may not find as much fault with it as I did. Also, despite its struggles I will be reading the next in the series.

Last night the school called it in. School was delayed 2 hours. A late start means moving our 10 am OT appointment to 2. Dinner is in the crockpot and baby is asleep. I have an hour until I have to start getting him ready to pick up his sister, so I’m having a pudding and string cheese for lunch with my coffee and staring at the empty space in a word doc.
My dad was a writer.He used to tell a story of the two of us waking at 5 when I was a baby. He would put on a Gordon Lightfoot record as he sat down to feed me, and he would write. He needed the stillness of a household still sleeping. He warmed up slowly in the mornings, and he needed time to process the thoughts that grappled for his attention against the chaos of the rest of his day.
He kept that same schedule long past the years of my childhood. When I lived with him in my late teen and early adult years I would wake with my own child and find him already up for the day, sitting at the computer with a cup of coffee at his side and the music playing softly. Sometimes it was Lightfoot. Others it was Kristofferson, Cash, many of the songs that play in the background of my childhood soundtrack come from those mornings. Sometimes he graded papers, or goofed off on social media. Often he was writing.  For all I know he sat up before the sun in his last days doing the same thing.
Perhaps that is where I get the need to linger when I write. Operating under the pressure of time works for a lot of people. It is something I train myself to at least try every time I do a Nano project. But some of my best work  comes from the extended periods of stillness, staring at a blank document. Re-reading the words to a past project that I have been neglecting, partially  to procrastinate, but also because those words are linked to a memory that pulls to the surface a feeling I want to bask in. I stare at the words and I wonder.
Is it the act of wondering that draws one to be a writer, or is it the act of writing that inspires one to wonder?

 

Author Interview: NLJ

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?  If you write more than one, how do you balance them?

I love writing in metaphor. I often find that when I have a powerful message to write or a story that’s very important to me, I prefer to write it as either science fiction or fantasy. When people read a book or go to a movie, they don’t want to feel instructed. They don’t want to be “told what to do.” If they anticipate a story might have a particular message in it, they will put their guard up. What’s great about fantasy is that, because it is so colorful and engaging, people assume that it’s simply a flight of fancy. They allow themselves to be swept away to the fictional world and they let their guard down. And then, much to their own surprise, they learn something insightful. Right now I am primarily focused on Fantasy.
How does your book relate to your spiritual practice or other life path?

My story is partly about an army of evil spirits that forces people to do terrible things. One of the main characters easily blames the people for the pain they are causing others, but retaliation against the people does not solve the problem. The problem comes from beyond.

Similarly, I feel that our culture is very focused on the five senses. We see certain horrible things and we hear about them. We feel pain firsthand, and we think we know who is to blame. But we fail to see the bigger picture. We fail to see that there are dark entities at work in our lives and even in our environment. Until we see the big picture and really understand this, I fear that society will always rush into short-term solutions for larger, deeper problems.
What were your goals and intentions in this book, and how well do you feel you achieved them? 

I have many intentions for this book, but one of them is to reach out to children and teens growing up in dysfunctional homes. One of my characters is a child who suffered so much at the hands of adults that he struggles to trust anyone. His unhealed emotional wounds cause him to be a serious threat to others. For any pre-teens and teens going through this kind of pain, I want them to read this book and understand that they are not alone. Children of this age grapple with issues of identity and self-worth just as much as any adult would. But they are still developing the intelligence and self-awareness to be able to express it.  They need a lot of support in order to overcome the obstacles of their environments.

Since the book is newly published, I am still learning the impact it has on my audience.

 
Are there misconceptions that people have about your book?  If so, explain.

Yes, of a technical nature. There are times when I describe things outside of the grammatical norm intentionally, because I am trying to convey an emotion or a character’s state of mind. In one chapter, my main character, Anya, has an internal monologue that resembles a run-on sentence. I chose that type of sentence structure to communicate that her thoughts were spiraling into a stream of consciousness. In that moment, she was in denial of her own panic. As a debut writer, I suppose I have a lot to learn about how to make these quirky, creative choices more effective!
What makes your book stand out from the crowd?

It’s a fast-paced, action-packed story that is heavily influenced by Anime.
What do your plans for future projects include?

The Chronicles of Drenyon book is actually intended to be a four part series. The Golden Sword is book one, and I have already begun working on book two, titled Premonition Caves. I look forward to seeing how the series pans out!

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a guest!

For those interested, the E-book is now available at Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, ITunes, and Google Play. The hardcover book will be available in early 2017.

Feel free to check out my author website at www.chroniclesofdrenyon.com

Review: Window by TM Franklin

Overview:
A mysterious house. An old journal. A dusty chest holding more than secrets.

Each talisman found in the chest grants the chosen a gift, a unique ability. But with that power comes a burden—the duty of The Order.

Something is coming.

Something evil.

And it’s up to The Order to stop it.

WINDOW, Now EPISODE 1 of The Talisman Chronicles

Chloe Blake has a unique gift, an odd connection to her house that results in glimpses of the past, present, and future via the picture window in her living room. Unfortunately, it’s a gift that sometimes proves to be more of a curse. Especially when she tries to help out Ethan Reynolds, the gorgeous boy who lives across the street – an endeavor that, for some reason, always seems to backfire. Or leave her covered in mud.

But the house is convinced Ethan’s life is in danger and Chloe’s the only one who can save him. The problem is, he thinks she’s more than a little crazy.

 

My Review: 4 out of 5 Stars

Window is a wonderful start to TM Franklin’s new series. The plot is well paced and the characters developed. The ending appears as if it is about to tie up all the loose ends but then surprises you with a cliffhanger. While there is a healthy amount of excitement involved, its nothing that will keep you up at night-making it the perfect evening read.  I would have liked to get to know aunt Cara a bit more. I look forward to finding out whether the rest of the series reveals more about her as well as Chloe’s mother.

The Talisman Chronicles Cover Reveal!

 

 

T.M. Franklin, author of the best-selling MORE Trilogy and How to Get Ainsley Bishop to Fall in Love with You has an exciting new release coming on January 17th – and it doesn’t have only ONE cover – it has SIX!

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The Talisman Chronicles is a six-part serial, which will be released every Tuesday from January 17th-February 14th. It builds off the Amazon best-selling short story WINDOW and tells the story of a group of teenagers who find some unusual items in an old chest . . . items that give them incredible powers.

 

But they receive those gifts for a reason. And one day soon, they’ll need to use them to fight for us all.

 

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Add The Talisman Chronicles to your Goodreads TBR HERE.

 

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And if you’d like to join the Talisman Chronicles Release Day Party – with giveaways all day long on January 17th, join the Enchanted Publications Facebook Event page. It’s going to be a blast!

 

About T.M. Franklin

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T.M. Franklin writes stories of adventure, romance, & a little magic. A former TV news producer, she decided making stuff up was more fun than reporting the facts. Her first published novel, MORE, was born during National Novel Writing month, a challenge to write a novel in thirty days. MORE was well-received, being selected as a finalist in the 2013 Kindle Book Review Best Indie Book Awards, as well as winning the Suspense/Thriller division of the Blogger Book Fair Reader’s Choice Awards. She’s since written three additional novels and several best-selling short stories…and there’s always more on the way.


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