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Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh

Today I’m excited to host the cover reveal for The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh by Jess More. You’ll have to wait until November 23 to get your hands on this YA contemporary, but you can add it to your GoodReads shelf or pre-order it now.

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Synopsis

Jeremy Warsh has been in off-mode ever since his grandpa’s death a couple years ago. He set aside their shared passion, comic art, and hasn’t looked back. As an introvert from the other side of town, he fully expects to spend his boring life bagging groceries until, maybe one day, he’s promoted to store manager.

Yet, his two best friends, Kasey and Stuart, are different. They’re not afraid to demand more out of everyone. When Kasey comes out, Jeremy’s inspired. He picks up his colored pencils and starts drawing comics again, creating a no-nonsense, truth-talking character named Penny Kind. Who speaks to him. Literally.

The friend group sets in motion Stuart’s plans for a huge Homecoming prank, and if they can get Penny’s comic trending, they might be able to pull it off. Could this be a stepping-stone to a future Jeremy’s only dreamed of? And after he kisses a boy at a college party, will Jeremy finally face what he’s been hiding from?

About the Author

Jess More

Jess Moore makes books, homemade pizza, and is a so-so knitter. She lives in historic gold-mining California. But originally being from the Midwest, she still looks back east in the fall when the leaves are wild with color. She has worked as both a teacher and social worker for fostered youth. Currently, she writes novels in the early morning while her family sometimes sleeps.

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Guest Blog

Guest Post By Anne Marie Andrus

Today I’m thrilled to host author Anne Marie Andrus who is spreading word about her new novel, Raimondwhich releases October 25, 2018 and is a prequel to her debut vampire romance fantasy, Monsters & Angels.

While working on a sequel she realized she really needed to write a prequel. It’s an excellent example of letting the characters the writer has created lead the story.

Alright Ann, take it away!


 

Raimond CoverIn these last few days before the release of my newest novel, Raimond, I’ve been reflecting on how my previous work, the Monsters & Angels Series was born.

In January of 2013, the winter after Superstorm Sandy, I was desperately searching for an escape. Though the season was tremendously bleak and depressing, it held an unexpected gift. Endless nights and bottomless cases of wine gave birth to a story.

Monsters & Angels is the tale of Sorcha Alden’s life and death, her tragedy, rebirth and epic love. I released that novel as my debut in October of 2017 and immediately got to work writing the sequel…then a funny thing happened. I realized that a step back was necessary in order to move forward. My readers also pointed out that, while I was writing Sorcha’s story, Raimond was the true super-star of this saga. Raimond is the more than a prequel, it’s the foundation for Monsters & Angels…and now we can truly waltz into the future.

Back in 2013, I wrote the story I wanted to read, full of characters that I wanted to fall in love with. Sometimes, I forget how it happened…the rush of being swept away by characters that didn’t exist until the moment they stepped out of the smoke and took the stage.

Obviously, I’m a great fan of vampire fiction and New Orleans. I was (still am) an incredible fan of The Originals. The ending of that series left a huge hole in my heart. Now, more than ever, I’m so grateful to be able to step back into the refuge of Monsters & Angels.

As I let myself sink into the magic of New Orleans October, my mind wanders…to stained glass windows and dangling shutters that framed strange faces…along alleys lined with crooked doorways, when haunting footsteps echoed next to mine. Back to the shadowy labyrinth where I met the Monsters…

A doomed commander, blessed with the heart of a savior

A blood slave, hiding her exotic appetite,

A perfect prince, arrogant and viciously flawed,

A trained healer, born to be a killer,

A legendary warrior, incapable of simple trust,

A second son, unwilling to be held hostage,

A brilliant politician, searching for courage to love,

A city behind walls, glittering and moody, ravaged and reborn,

And a fledgling nurse with the soul of an angel, carrying a spirit fierce enough to make them all family.

In the novel Raimond, the Monsters & Angels Series opens by introducing leading man, Commander Raimond Banitierre. (View the trailer here.)

Hero to martyr…

Assassinated in the earliest days of the French Revolution and tricked into decades of vampire slavery, Raimond fights for freedom and chases his ultimate dream of becoming a physician. His escape from France takes him across the Atlantic Ocean to Savannah, Georgia and through a trial-by-fire residency as battlefield surgeon during the American Civil War. Along the way, Doctor Banitierre encounters unlikely allies, finds precious love and suffers losses devastating enough to spiral him into despair.  

The arrival of Prince Draven Norman appears to be the final nail in Raimond’s coffin. Draven’s invitation to join the mystical royalty of New Orleans is either treachery or the next step in Raimond’s miraculous journey.

Soldier to saint…

FullSizeRender cardMonsters & Angels begins in 1936, on the brilliant autumn day of Sorcha Alden’s nursing school graduation. Driven by tragedy to honor her family name, Sorcha’s quest sends her from the bleak but familiar streets of New York City, through the sultry city of New Orleans, and on to a charity mission in the brutal jungles of Nepal.

Falling in love with handsome Doctor Vir Ashayle could have been a fairytale.

One tragic death, two haunted lovers…

Being murdered and waking up as a blood-thirsty monster, became her living nightmare.

The dawn of an immortal dynasty…

Forced to start over in a cutthroat underworld of bitter rivals and jealous ancestors, Sorcha returns to New Orleans as a newborn vampire with medical director, mentor and benefactor, Duke Raimond Banitierre, at her side.

Can the Crescent City’s magical harmony, the collective force of her newly found family, and Raimond’s fierce heart give Sorcha enough courage to fulfill her eternal destiny?

View the Monsters & Angels Trailer


24Anne Marie Andrus has been an equestrienne, chorale singer, EMT and baseball fan. Roaming the back roads of New Jersey with her family, she found great respect for antiques, historical locations and the stories they hold. Her current list of favorite pastimes include coffee, bourbon, and Les Misérables–which requires more bourbon. She has been known to attend sporting events just for the flyover. The boat she and her husband christened Glory Days, is her escape from the chaos of everyday life.

The inspiration for Anne Marie’s series, Monsters & Angels, is her fascination with vampires and her passion for everything New Orleans. When she isn’t writing, she can be found working nights with the critical care team in a busy trauma center.

In addition Monsters & Angels, Anne has two stories, Where The Power Hides and A Glimpse Of The Monster, available in Dan Alatorre’s newest scary story anthology, Dark Visions, sequel to best-seller The Box Under The Bed.

You can learn more about Anne at AnneMarieAndrus.com and Monsters & Angels Blog.

 

 

Apricots and Wolfsbane

It’s My Book Birthday!

Book BirthdayHappy Book Birthday to Apricots and Wolfsbane! One year ago today (Friday, October 13, 2017), I became a published author and what a year it has been.

Do any other authors check their Author Central sales daily?

How about GoodReads stats or for new reader reviews?

The best part of having my book out in the world has been hearing the reaction, both the good at the bad.

Thank you to the reader who wrote telling me I’m your new favorite author! (Here’s a video that summarizes why that is so cool: Surprise YouTube Video)

Thank you to the military wife who wrote saying my novel provided the escape she needed during her husband’s deployment. I am so touched to be able to give you something in return – a very minor, minuscule something compared to the sacrifice of your family.

But thank you also for  all the comments from readers wanting to throw their kindles at the wall when they reach the last page. I’m proud to have evoked such an emotional reaction. I knew the ending would be polarizing and therefore also appreciate the majority of comments saying they loved it and it is “the most dramatic ending” they have ever read.

I have enjoyed all book club chats, meeting readers at book fairs, and seeing my book at the Texas Renaissance Festival. I’m looking forward to my first international book club next month!

Thank you to all you amazing book bloggers who dedicate their time to promoting authors like me.

I am still in shock over the Historical Novel Society selecting Apricots and Wolfsbane as an Editors’ Choice Novel, and to be Discovering Diamonds book of the month. To have such reception from trusted historical fiction review sites is validation beyond what I imagined.

Thank you to every author who has swapped cross-promotion or provided advice. With the number of readers dwindling and book sales being incredibly competitive, it is amazing to see how warm and welcoming the author community is. You are all incredible. You are also the only ones who understand what a crazy, wild, insane, exhausting, emotional journey this has been.

Thank you to Filles Vertes Publishing for giving wings to my wild dream.

Most important, thank you to my family who provide such encouragement.

 

What do you think Lavinia would want for her birthday present?

Discuss your thoughts at the Apricots and Wolfsbane Book Chat Group on GoodReads or post in the comments.

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Book Review

Book Review: The Greenest Branch

I wish I had written this book and I can think of no higher praise.

The Greenest Branch as a fictional account of Hildegard of Bingen, a young, spirited oblate who overcomes more than just her gender to become Germany’s first female physician. Written in two parts, The Greenest Branch covers how Hildegard earned the title of “physician” and the early parts of her career.

Synopsis of The Greenest Branch

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(From the Amazon description)

The year is 1115, and Germany is torn apart by a conflict between the Emperor and the Pope over who should have the right to appoint bishops and control the empire’s vast estates. In that atmosphere, young Hildegard is sent to the Abbey of St. Disibod in the Rhineland as her parents’ gift to the Church in accordance with a custom known as the tithe.

Hildegard has a deep love of nature and a knowledge of herbal healing that might make more than one Church official suspicious of witchery, and she hopes to purse medical studies at St. Disibod. But no sooner does she settle into her new life than she finds out that as a girl she will not be allowed to attend the monastic school or use the abbey’s library; instead, she must stay at the women’s convent, isolated from the rest of the community and from the town. It might seem that Hildegard’s dreams have quickly come to an end. Yet she refuses to be sidelined.

Against fierce opposition from Prior Helenger, the hostile head of the monks’ cloister, she finds another way to learn – by securing an apprenticeship with Brother Wigbert who runs the infirmary and is in dire need of a capable assistant. Under his supervision, she begins to train as the abbey’s first female physician and makes rapid progress. When Hildegard’s reputation starts to spread throughout the Rhineland, Helenger’s persecution escalates as he fears losing control over the women’s community. But that is not the only challenge she must grapple with. She has also developed feelings for Volmar, a fellow Benedictine novice, that force Hildegard to re-examine the fundamental assumptions she has made about her life. Is the practice of medicine within the monastic confines her true calling, or is a quiet existence of domestic contentment more desirable?

With the pressures mounting and threatening to derail her carefully-laid plans, Hildegard becomes locked in a struggle that will either earn her an unprecedented freedom or relegate her to irrevocable oblivion.

The Greenest Branch is the first in a two-book series based on the true story of Hildegard of Bingen, Germany’s first female physician and one of the few women to attain that position in medieval Europe. Set against the backdrop of the lush oak forests and sparkling rivers of the Rhineland, it is a tale of courage, strength, sacrifice, and love that will appeal to fans of Ken Follett, Umberto Eco, Elizabeth Chadwick, Margaret Frazer, Bernard Cornwell, Conn Iggulden, and to anyone who enjoys strong female protagonists in historical fiction.

 

My Thoughts

Every word of this book is beautiful. The phrasing, the description. P.K. Adams’ talent for writing is evident upon each page of this notable tale.

True to Hildegard’s life, this book has a slow and perhaps flat plot, but I appreciate the author’s honest recount of the physician’s life. At several points I wished Adams had turned up the tension just a bit more, especially with Hildegard’s potential love interest, but in the Author’s Note in the back, Adams admits such events were already heightened for the sake of the book. Life is often not a perfect story arc or action-packed and I respect the author’s choice to stay true to history. Most historical fiction fans will feel the same.

That being said, the antagonist in this book is Medieval German society and the prejudice Hildegard has to overcome to foster her gift. Adams strikes a fantastic balance in the voice of this novel. Hildegard’s frustration comes across but in balance with how a Sister would have honored the Church, its customs, and her superiors even if they often stand in her way. This is a story I easily related to as a female engineer: how sometimes you just want to scream, but swallow battle losses for the sake of the larger war.

I also loved how historical detail was woven perfectly into the plot. P.K. Adams subtly weaves in the details of how a medieval abbey functioned without a single line of “information dump.” Every detail from religious tradition to the medicinal use of herbs flows naturally from the narrator.

Hildegard would be honored to have her tale captured in such beautiful words and by a female author nonetheless. P.K. Adams has honored Hildegard’s memory and story in a exquisite novel I highly recommend. I can’t wait for part 2.


Order the The Greenest Branch on Amazon US and Amazon UK

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About The Author
P.K. Adams is a Boston-based historical fiction author, whose debut novel The Greenest Branch is the first in a two-book series based on the life of Hildegard of Bingen, Germany’s first female physician. She has a bachelor’s degree from Columbia and a master’s degree in European Studies from Yale. When not reading or writing, she can be found hiking, doing yoga, and drinking tea (though usually not at the same time).

Learn more about P.K. Adams at her website and @pk_adams.


 

 

Apricots and Wolfsbane

Contract Signing Day!

Today I signed the publishing contract for the sequel to Apricots and Wolfsbane!

(And it was every bit as thrilling as the first time.)

Having tasted publishing once, I wanted it again, which made the stakes feel even higher this time around. I’m comforted by the stories from other authors who have shared similar feelings, to wonder if you can really write a book again. I’m told it never goes away, regardless of how many books are released.

I am so proud of how the sequel turned out and I know the developmental rounds with my editors will only make it better. I am grateful to Filles Vertes Publishing for their continued support and can’t wait to share the next chapters of this story with so many of you who are eagerly waiting. Thank you for all of the notes, tweets, DMs, e-mails, and reviews that call out anticipation for the sequel. They truly motivate my fingers at the keyboard.

So when will you get your hands on the sequel? Publication will be fall of 2019, but stay tuned over the next few months for sneak peeks of the plot synopsis, a title announcement, and the cover reveal. If you follow me on Twitter you’ve already seen some preview lines as well!

Free BookLooking forward to next fall, I’m working to put Apricots and Wolfsbane in as many hands as possible, but I cannot do it alone. The novel is currently free to download from BookFunnel throughout the month of September. Do you have a friend who might like a darker fall read? Please consider suggesting the novel or passing the link to them.

I’m also thrilled to announce Green Man Games and Books will be selling Apricots and Wolfsbane at the Texas Renaissance Festival this season! Please stop by booth 504 (across from the Royal Mint) to support a local author and a local bookstore. You can also challenge a fellow Rennie at one of their wooden games set out in front of the shop.

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Lastly, I have created a GoodReads group for those interesting in discussing Apricots and Wolfsbane. While writing the book I aimed to create polarizing plot and character layers to challenge the reader and foster discussion, but I’m finding many of my readers are secluded without a network to have those discussions. Did the book leave you thinking? Do you think Lavinia would have killed again? Come share your opinion and join the discussion: Apricots and Wolfsbane Book Chat

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Thank you to everyone for your continued support and stay tuned for more news to come!