Chloe Shipton & The Quill of LeFay by Lynn Veevers – Excerpt & Promotional Post

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Release Date: June 12, 2018

Publisher: Lynn Veevers

Series: The Chloe Shipton Series

When fifteen-year-old Chloe mysteriously disappears, the rumors at Grammaire Hall point to murder, but spiritual entrapment isn’t the same as dead. In a library that’s believed to be nothing more than a myth, Chloe’s spirit is separated from her body after witnessing another student’s murder. Try as she may she can’t remember what happened to her before she woke up as a spirit in the campus graveyard. As Chloe uncovers clues leading to the mythical library’s location and her body, a secret the Magical Parliament doesn’t want to get out, starts to unravel. Rogue sorcerers have infiltrated the school, intent on reinstating the Third Edict, and sorcery students are dying because of it. Destroyed long ago for horrific crimes against humanity, the return of the Third Edict would spell disaster for both magical and magicless societies. To prevent her own demise and the fulfillment of the Third Edict’s return, Chloe must find a way to reunite body and soul without giving the rogue sorcerers the weapon they need to succeed, a weapon only Chloe can activate.

Excerpt:

Devon stood in front of me and reached for my hand. I knew he knew we couldn’t actually touch each other. I saw him shiver and felt the warmth he caused streak up my arm.
“Chloe we will get you through this, all of us,” he said sincerely.
I offered him a small smile appreciating his supportive gesture. I wouldn’t verbalize my doubts about making it through the ordeal I was facing. He was trying to be optimistic for my sake. I didn’t have to be able to read his mind, which I couldn’t, to see he had doubts of his own lingering around him. Dillon and Sophie joined the intimate space me and Devon were already sharing and seconded Devon’s notion.
“Well, there are only so many places that are underground. The castle cellars, the artifact library, which we’ve already visited, and almost got barbequed by Hesten in, and finally the catacombs. We should probably check the catacombs first. They sound like they’d be the most likely place for this type of thing to happen at. I also think it might match the description of what you remember fairly well,” Devon said to me.
I cringed when I visualized the Mausoleum which sat at the far end of the graveyard. It led into the catacombs. The student’s referred to it as the Crypt House of Grammaire Hall. I’d never actually been down there—that I remembered anyway. I didn’t think of catacombs as a place you’d find the things I saw in my memories, like a fireplace, high bookshelves, and sheet-covered furniture. But then weirder things had happened—obviously. To my mind, the cellars seemed more likely, but I had to believe Devon had a solid method to his approach because well—he usually did.
“Mr. Windsor, I would be careful, if I were you, about how long you let your and Miss Shipton’s essences linger and mingle. You lend her spiritual strength, but it is at the cost of your own.”
Devon pulled his hand away from hers reluctantly, and Chloe realized what the Grand Dean said was not news to Devon. He clearly already knew.
“I know sir and I’ll be careful. Chloe’s fading, she gets dimmer every day. I’m just trying to help. We are running out of time. We need to find her body and soon before she disappears altogether.”

About the Author:

Lynn Veevers is originally from Washington State. With her mother being from Christchurch, New Zealand and her father being a well-traveled retired Navy Chief, Lynn has always had a fascination with different cultures around the world. An avid reader, she prefers books that take her to a place she’s never been and teach her something new at the same time. The Young Adult Genre is her absolute favorite to read, so it comes as no surprise that it is also her favorite to write. Lynn, on average, pens two to three novels a year with the sequel to Pinnacle in the publishing process now!

Today Lynn lives with her husband and kids in Southeast Oklahoma. Her young adult and adolescent children are supportive and avid beta readers of her work and give her a straightforward and honest point of view about how authentic her characters voices and personalities are for their age group. What better reference than someone close to the same age as the main character. Her kids always have and always will be her greatest inspiration.

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What’s up with What the Cat Read?

Hey all,

So you’re probably wondering what is up with the blog of late. I know posts have been scarce, since October, and I wouldn’t blame anyone for bailing on following. Truth be told, I was anticipating returning to blogging sooner than this and with a bit more consistency. Sadly though, life just keeps getting in the way of things, and for that I apologize. We all go through moments where things just become too much and we need to step away for a bit. This has been one of those moments for me. I’ve always said that should the time come where I ever feel like this is a job, I’d quit. And while some of the joy have diminished, the flame hasn’t completely gone out.

But I need time. Time to get my bearings straight, time to figure out what I can and cannot do. I’m not going to make any promises, not going to commit to any set schedule, nor engage in a lot of author tours. Mostly because I’d hate to say I’m going to do something and then not have it come to fruition. I also want to avoid burnout, which is something I suspect played a part in my walking away these last few months. I’m not giving up because I’ve put too much work into this site to simply let it all go. So what I am going to do is continue to keep this blog going, whether I post once a week, once a month, or whatever. There will be new content, but it will be sporadic for now. It’s my hope you all understand and don’t judge me too harshly.

Ok, so I lied, I’m going to make one promise, and one promise only. The cats and I will return to reviewing soon. Until then I greatly appreciate all of you who have stuck around.

Purrs and murrs to you all!

Cameron and the Felines  =^.^=

We’re Making a Date with Harlequin! This Time with a Prince!

Make a Date With Harlequin!

Last year Harlequin sent two Harlequin Heroes, a Cowboy and a Viking, on real-life dates. The unsuspecting public couldn’t get enough… and their hilarious reactions were captured with hidden cameras! Remember this?

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By popular demand, they’ve sent 2 more heroes on dates—a Highlander and a Prince.

An enchanting prince goes on an ordinary date. Find out what happens!

Make a Date with Harlequin – Highlander

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Expecting royal twins can only mean one thing…

She must wear the Castiglione crown!

Royal responsibility has been drummed into Prince Vitale since childhood—but his hunger for Jazmine crushes all sense of restraint. Her unexpected pregnancy revelation leaves Vitale no choice—he knows what he must do. A temporary marriage will legitimize their twins, but when the fire between them fails to burn out, he has to wonder…could Jazz be his permanent princess?

   

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Series: Warriors of the Night #2

Publisher: Harlequin Books

The handsome Highlander who seduced her…

…is the very man she must marry!

In this Warriors of the Night story, Lianna MacKinnon seeks to avoid her betrothal to a Norman lord by giving herself to an intriguing stranger. But afterward, she discovers her sensual lover is none other than Rhys de Laurent—her betrothed—in disguise! They’ve already had their wedding night… Now there’s no escaping their marriage vows!

   

We’re Making a Date with Harlequin!

Make a Date With Harlequin!

Last year Harlequin sent two Harlequin Heroes, a Cowboy and a Viking, on real-life dates. The unsuspecting public couldn’t get enough… and their hilarious reactions were captured with hidden cameras! Remember this?

Or how about this?

By popular demand, they’ve sent 2 more heroes on dates—a Highlander and a Prince.

What happens when a tartan-clad Highlander goes on a real-life date? Check it out now!

Escape to your happy place when you #MakeaDateWithHarlequin!

Whether you need an escape from your hectic day, or have some unexpected time to yourself—you can count on Harlequin Series for great romance reads whenever and wherever you are. From inspirational romance to heart-racing suspense, sweet or steamy sagas, Harlequin has whatever you’re looking for.

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Date Released: January 16, 2018

Series: Warriors of the Night #2

Publisher: Harlequin Books

The handsome Highlander who seduced her…

…is the very man she must marry!

In this Warriors of the Night story, Lianna MacKinnon seeks to avoid her betrothal to a Norman lord by giving herself to an intriguing stranger. But afterward, she discovers her sensual lover is none other than Rhys de Laurent—her betrothed—in disguise! They’ve already had their wedding night… Now there’s no escaping their marriage vows!

   

 

Web of Frost by Lindsay Smith – Excerpt & Promotional Post

A too-young queen must learn to control her powers in order to save her empire, but can she trust the man who’s taught her to use her gift?

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Release Date: February 13, 2018

Publisher: Eventide Press

Series: The Saints of Russalka

The saints of Russalka work their blessings in mysterious ways, allowing the royal family to perform miracles for their people. But the young princess Katza fears her powers. She’s seen grave visions of her bloodied hands destroying her family’s empire. When her older brother succumbs to illness, leaving her next in line for the throne, Katza turns to a young rebellious prophet named Ravin who promises to teach her how to control her gift. As unrest grows in Russalka and a foreign monarchy threatens, Ravin understands Katza’s fears and helps her find confidence in her gift, and her own heart. Under Ravin’s unorthodox training, Katza learns to hear the saints once more—until revolutionaries claim her father’s life.

Reeling and desperate, Katza draws upon darker and darker powers to stop the revolutionaries, the foreign invaders, and the members of her own court who would see her fail. But the more Ravin whispers in her ear, the more Katza questions whether he—and the saints—have her best interests at heart. She must choose between her love of Ravin and her love of Russalka itself—and decide whether her empire might not be better off without her.

   

Excerpt:

Ravin stood silent in the doorway, his clasped hands a speck of pale flesh against the black velvet of his coat and trousers. Her thoughts soared at the sight of him. She needed his counsel to make sense of her latest vision. She needed his guidance. She needed—him.

She tangled her fingers in the bedsheets and twisted them, uncomfortable with the sudden yearning that pricked at her skin.

“Prophet.” Katza’s voice cracked. She turned toward the physicker. “Please, allow us to speak privately.”

The physicker exchanged looks with Nadika, who hovered in the corner of the bedchamber. Nadika nodded, and the physicker gathered his bag and left.

Ravin moved inside, quiet as snow, and closed the door. Nadika posted herself in the doorway as he sat in the physicker’s chair at Katza’s side. Dark crescents lurked under his eyes, and his skin looked more pallid than usual. Katza felt a sudden urge to brush those crescents with her thumbs, as if they were smudges she could wipe away.

“Are you all right?” Ravin asked softly. “I’ve been worried for you. I prayed for you all evening.”

Embers flared on Katza’s cheeks as she imagined him kneeling in the chapel . . . imagined her name on his lips. “I—I’m fine now. But I had a vision.” She pitched her voice low. “A new one. There was gunfire, or cannons perhaps, in the distance. And I was bleeding.” She gripped her stomach instinctively. “I think in the vision I’d been shot.”

Ravin pressed his palms together and tapped the tips of his fingers to his mouth. “It was similar to other visions of yours, was it not?”

Katza’s jaw clenched. For a moment, she was afraid to speak, so she nodded instead. She still wasn’t prepared to tell him about her recurring vision—the one she’d first feared this might be, too. He’d hinted before that he knew of it already, but how was that possible? Had the saints warned him as well? Better to keep it to herself until she could be sure.

“Yes. I sense this is a common theme for you.” He glanced down. “I believe that Boj is warning you—warning that great strife is coming to Russalka. That if you are not prepared to confront it, you will not survive.”

A horrifying possibility, to be sure. Yet it was better than the vision she’d been plagued with before. If she couldn’t find a way to stop the strife, though, would Russalka still perish? Whether it was at her hands or not, it had to be stopped.

“And if I am prepared?” Katza asked.

“Then it can be avoided.” The angles of his face softened by a fraction. Katza’s gaze traced the delicate swoop from his cheek toward his mouth and lips, the hollows beneath his cheekbones. “You have been chosen by Boj to do great things. Greater even than most Silovs are capable of.” He looked right at her, something gleaming in his eyes. Something like awe. “But your training has been stunted.”

Katza squeezed her eyes shut to guard against a rush of despair. “It’s my fault. My visions—I thought they were warning me not to step above my place.”

“You thought they warned you not to act?” he asked. “And yet they continued? Tsarechka . . . I think perhaps they were warning you of the cost of inaction.”

Katza choked back a sour laugh. When she opened her eyes again, Ravin was watching her, his face warm despite that leeching cold in his eyes. She wanted to believe him. Desperately. She couldn’t put into words, though, the vision’s warning—the certainty she’d felt of its message. That she was doomed to be Russalka’s death.

But maybe she was wrong. She yearned to be wrong. Maybe, with Ravin’s aid, she could avoid its grim outcome.

“You are unprepared now, but you will learn. With the right training, you can save Russalka.”

Her gaze drifted down his face and along the long, stern line of his arms. His hands, so like a sculptor’s, dexterous and slim. This close to him, she smelled incense on his clothes, spiced like cinnamon and cloves. She wanted to wrap herself in that scent. Throat tight, she reached out for his hand. At first he tensed, but then his shoulders softened, and a smile teased his mouth. Their fingers knitted together, and she let the weight of her hand sink into his.

Web of Frost Excerpt
Copyright © 2018 Lindsay Smith

About the Author:

Lindsay is the author of the young adult novels SekretDreamstrider, and A Darkly Beating Heart, and is the showrunner and lead writer for Serial Box’s The Witch Who Came In From the Cold. Her work has appeared on Tor.com and in the anthologies A Tyranny of Petticoats, Strange Romance Vol. 3, and Toil & Trouble, and she has written for Green Ronin Publishing’s RPG properties. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and dog.

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