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Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout Release Week #Excerpt #Giveaway


We are so excited to bring you the Release Week Blitz for Jennifer L. Armentrout's, also known as J. Lynn’s, FALL WITH ME!! FALL WITH ME is a New Adult Contemporary Romance and is a part of Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Wait For You Series, published by Avon Romance. We love this series and can't wait to start reading Roxy and Reece's story!

Fall With me


Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.


Someone—was it Melvin?—catcalled as Reece led me down the hall, and my cheeks flushed. “Okay, heman, I can walk all by my little self.”
He cast a look over his shoulder at me as he opened the office door. “I’m sure you can.”
Then he pulled me inside.
My gaze flipped to the roses—the roses!—but before I could say a word, he closed the door and my back was pressed against it, his hands planted on either side of my head and his face right in mine. Like right there, within kissing distance.
Wow.
“So, I was at my father’s place in New Jersey most of the day, and you know, he lives out near the Pine Barrens, so service is shit.”
I nodded even though I really wasn’t processing what he was saying as I was too busy staring at his mouth. Those lips, fuller on the bottom, drove me to distraction.
“I pull out of his driveway and I have all these messages from Dennis,” he continued, and I finally caught on to what he was talking about. “I honestly thought he was messing with me at first.”
I cringed. “He . . . um, he wasn’t.”
He shot me a bland look. “That much I figured out.” His hands slid on the door, stopping just shy of touching my shoulders. “What did he do to you?”
“What?” I blinked.
“What did that bastard do to make you throw a book through his windshield?”
Oh. Oh. My heart was now wiggling along with my stomach. “He really didn’t do anything. I just lost my cool. He wanted to talk to me, and I didn’t want to talk to him.”
“You don’t have to talk to him.”
“That’s what Dennis said, but I shouldn’t have damaged his car.”
A muscle flexed along his right jaw. “That’s true.” He shook his head. “Damn, Roxy, can’t say I’m surprised.”
My brows flew up. “You’re not?”
He laughed under his breath. “Babe, you’ve always had a hell of a temper on you.”
Ah, that was kind of true. “Is that a good thing or a bad thing?”
Reece cocked his head to the side. “A sexy thing, but vandalism and destruction of property doesn’t look good on you, sweets.”
“No. It doesn’t match my manicure.” I raised my hands, flashing him the blue nails.
He laughed again and then he sobered up, just like that. Cop Face was on, and yeah . . . the low coiling in my stomach told me I found Cop Face arousing. “You’re lucky. He could’ve pressed charges, and this conversation would be going in a whole different direction.”
My own half smile slipped off my face. “I know. It’s . . . I was just with Charlie, and he’s . . .” Unable to continue, I forced a casual shrug I didn’t feel. “What are you going to do with me?”

His lips parted as his chest rose with a deep breath, then his gaze dropped to my mouth, and his expression tightened. He looked . . . he looked hungry. “I have lots of ideas.”







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Author PhotoAbout Jennifer L. Armentrout:

# 1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture and her Covenant Series has been optioned for TV.

She also writes adult and New Adult romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.


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Catalyst by Lydia Kang #BookReview

Title: Catalyst
Author: Lydia Kang
Series: Control #2
Published: March 24th 2015 by Kathy Dawson Books (Penguin)
Genres:  YA, Sci-Fi
Source: Hardcover (publisher)


In the past year Zel lost her father, the boy she loves, her safety, and any future she might have imagined for herself. Now she, her sister, and the band of genetic outcasts they've come to call their family are forced on the run when their safe house is attacked by men with neural guns. But on the way to a rumored haven in Chicago, Zel hears something--a whisper from Cy, the boy who traded himself for her sister's safety. And when she veers off plan in order to search for him, what she finds is not what she expected. There's more to their genetic mutations than they ever imagined...aspects that make them wonder if they might be accepted by the outside world after all.


I was really happy to read Catalyst right after Control because after the end Lydia Kang left my heart in a little bit of a lurch.

I thought the first book focused on a lot of Science, I felt like this one really focused on the political aspects of their world. What it means to be someone with genetically altered genes and how everyone else sees you. It was crazy to get more insight into Zelia and Dylia’s dad and also their mother. Some things I did not even guess honestly but made complete sense when they were laid out in the book.

The gang is forced to flee Carus house and head towards a rumored safe house in Chicago. This causes them to have to split up in order to get there safely. It was really different to have Zel travel with a new band of companions. I felt like when we reunite with some of the others I felt like it was weird. Zel on her way ends up finding herself in Inky and a whole different kind of mess/imprisonment. I think it was probably the most creeped out that I have felt for the two books. It was one of those odd places where they are well taken care of physically but emotionally it was awful.

Zelia really kind of comes into herself in a different way. She accepts who/what she is and realizes that maybe running is not the answer. I love how she encourages everyone to embrace who they are instead of feeling damage or misplaced. She becomes a leader without realizing that’s what she is doing.

Zel and Cy find each other again but there is a little bit of struggle to their relationship. They still love eachother but they have been apart for a year and different things have happened to them. So it’s almost like they have to figure out their place again combining old and new.

I hated Blink from beginning to end. I just needed to get that out there, I don’t care if she’s good, bad or orange. What she convinced Cy to do makes my blood boil. I can relate because of one of my siblings so I was just so angry.

I loved the addition of so many different characters. I don’t want to give away who they are or what their different talents are but it was fun to see the world expand.

I thought this was such a great sequel to the first book. I felt like it focused on a little bit different aspect so things could come together seamlessly at the end. Which I thought the ending was perfect. This was really a great Sci-Fi series and I highly recommend it.

Update from the Library Shelves


My update is short today because I was at a Wedding this morning and I am kind of tired. The good news is that all my mail has managed to make it back to me after we got a new mailbox. Yay for mail delivery again. 

So on to what happened on the blog this week

Book Reviews;
 
kind of a Sci-Fi week I guess

Features and Giveaways
 

I did receive a few books
BOOK HAUL

Catalyst by Lydia Kang (which I've read and will have my review up this week)
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace (I won it)

 
The Truth about Jack by Jody Gehrman
Aimee and the Heartthrob by Ophelia London
(Both for Review)








Control by Lydia Kang #BookReview

Title: Control
Author: Lydia Kang
Series: Control #1
Published: February 5th 2015 by Speak
Genres:  YA, Sci-Fi
Source: eArc


Set in 2150 -- in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms -- this is about the human genetic "mistakes" that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.

When their overprotective father is killed in a terrible accident, Zel and her younger sister, Dylia, are lost in grief. But it's not until strangers appear, using bizarre sensory weapons, that the life they had is truly eviscerated. Zel ends up in a safe house for teens that aren't like any she's ever seen -- teens who, by law, shouldn't even exist. One of them -- an angry tattooed boy haunted by tragedy -- can help Zel reunite with her sister.

But only if she is willing to lose him.



Control by Lydia Kang actually took me by surprise. I had been sort of interested in reading it but hadn’t gotten to it. So with Catalyst coming out, it seemed like a great time since the review opportunity was there. I was hooked on this book, I wish I had read it sooner. There was so much Science in it! It was fantastic but it also had that perfect amount of thriller going on. Where there is a ticking time clock to save Zel’s sister Dyl.

Zelia and Dylia are two sisters that have always been on the move with their dad, every 10 months to be exact. When a terrible accident takes their fathers life and sets into motion Dyl’s kidnapping. Zel is thrust into a world of X-men come to life. Her mission becomes to find Dyl and get the hell out of dodge but things are never that simple.

What really drew me into Control was the Science behind it all. How often they worked in the labs and explained what they were doing. They really give you glimpse of how the different traits work and why. What happened to the DNA. It was extremely cool and very interesting to read.

I like Zel because she is feisty, even though she is also insecure. She has a good head on her shoulders and knows her way around a lab. I loved that she is able to easily matched wits with Cy. She really keeps her focus on saving her sister and doesn’t let anyone get in her way. She also takes some time warming up to the other characters. Which was good to see because who walks in and just loves everyone instantly.

I’m a lover of the hate/love relationships. I admit it, I like when two characters are battling one another and then find that their battles are routed in attraction. I felt like we slowly got to know Cy and for the first part he kind of just waltz in and out with his snotty remarks. I think the club is when he really comes out of his shell and it was sweet to see them awkwardly stumble towards a relationship once they figured out their feelings.

Another cool thing about the characters is that their special abilities that come from genetic tampering aren’t always pretty. Wilbur has a second head...sort of...Hex has four arms and Vera is green. I liked that they were more unique.

There were some things that I saw coming at the ending and at times I wanted to smack Zel and say what are you doing. Her drive to save her sister is admirable though. I have to say that I really enjoyed this read and if you are lover of Sci-Fi and enjoy the genetics side of it. Definitely pick this up. It was very well thought out.

Diamond Sisters Series by Michelle Madow #Giveaway


The Secret Diamond Sisters (The Secret Diamond Sisters #1)
Release Date: 02/25/14
Harlequin Teen
381 pages

Savannah. Courtney. Peyton.

The three sisters grew up not knowing their father and not quite catching a break. But it looks like their luck is about to change when they find out the secret identity of their long-lost dad—a billionaire Las Vegas hotel owner who wants them to come live in a gorgeous penthouse hotel suite.

Suddenly the Strip's most exclusive clubs are all-access, and with an unlimited credit card each, it should be easier than ever to fit right in. But in a town full of secrets and illusion, fitting in is nothing compared to finding out the truth about their past.

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Praise:
"Sexy and often electrifying ... Gossip Girl meets The Princess Diaries in a city that never sleeps." 
--Booklist

"This quick and entertaining read is filled with glitz and glamour ... get ready for one crazy and fabulous ride." 

--RT Book Reviews

Book Two:

Diamonds in the Rough (The Secret Diamond Sisters #2)
Release Date: 10/28/14
Harlequin Teen
448

Summary from Goodreads:
All-access doesn't mean no problems.

The three Diamond sisters survived the summer in style after coming to live with their long-lost billionaire father. But making a place for themselves at their exclusive new Las Vegas private school is throwing them any number of gold-plated curves. Savannah's YouTube stardom turns into a Sweet Sixteen reality show extravaganza—with complimentary enemies on the side. Dangerous flirtations don't keep Peyton from a gamble that will risk far more than she planned to bet. And when Courtney and the sisters' archenemy, Madison, uncover two explosive secrets, it will rock even this town of glittering illusion—and turn their lives upside down all over again.

Sisterhood, first crushes, and scandalous secrets explode in book two of Michelle Madow's riveting series, The Secret Diamond Sisters.


About the Author
Michelle Madow was inspired to write The Secret Diamond Sisters series while walking through her favorite hotel in Las Vegas. The next book in the series, Diamonds in the Rough, launches in October. Prior to The Secret Diamond Sisters, she successfully self-published The Transcend Time Saga. A tireless promoter of her work, Michelle is active on social media networks and has toured across America to promote her books and encourage high school students to embrace reading and writing. A graduate of Rollins College, Michelle lives in Florida ... but she loves going to Vegas.

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The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Ella Shepherd can slip into other people’s minds. Using technology invented by her parents, Ella has the ability to experience–and influence–the memories of others. She’s used this ability to help ensure the safety of the world from a dangerous terrorist group, but not all is as it seems…because someone’s been inside Ella’s head, too.



Young Moon, Sami, and Simma by H.S. St Ours

Growing up in North Korea, in the days before her Father destroyed the world, Young Moon was happy. At least she thought she was, but that was so long ago and she was so very young.

All she wanted was to be left alone to talk to the visions in her drawings -- visions that came to warn her of impending danger. But a chance word spoken by an angry classmate would force Young Moon’s family to flee to China, where she would witness her Father set in motion a world-shaking disaster of epic proportions.


Sami wasn’t born in the Five Tunnels. She's traveled all over, even as far as the Northern caves beyond Eastport. Only nobodies went farther than that. It’s been almost a century since the sky fell and the world broke apart in a day, and still most folk spent their whole lives shielded by living stone. But now, nobodies and someones alike were disappearing, and voices came to her in the dark, warning her of great danger ahead. Sami seeks answers and uncovers a mystery that spans worlds.

Sami is Book 2 in the Water Worlds sci-fi adventure series.

Living under the water in tunnel Tee Two, with her mom and her mom's boyfriend, Namid, frightened Simma no end. Any moment, she felt, the walls would split and the whole of the mile-wide river would rush in and drown her. Namid said she'd outgrow it but the dread only deepened in her. Then Sami came, as if in a dream, and told her to run! It was up to Simma to warn the Twelve Towns. War was coming and worlds were at stake!

Simma is a story of courage and hope in an age of reconstruction, and is Book 3 in the Water Worlds sci-fi adventure series.



Keep Your Enemies Close by H.S. Stone

After the alien invaders attack her town, Lia discovers that several of the townspeople, including her family, were abducted. Despite her pleading, no one wants to save those taken by the aliens. Desperate to rescue her family, Lia turns to the only source of help she can find... a captured alien invader.



Unite by Jamie Campbell

Seventeen years ago an entire generation of aliens were sent to Earth in order to save their home planet and integrate into the human population. Now, those aliens are being hunted.



We Are Watching by M. Stephen Stewart

In this Science Fiction Thriller, Teenager Henry Malone is contacted by a stranger with a mysterious message. Upon answering it, he finds that he's the most important piece in a power struggle between two powerful, secretive organizations.



Purenet by HJ Lawson

Purenet is one of six wealthy Sanctions, formed by the Emperor and the Untouchables after a devastating world war. Only those born in Purenet have the privilege of living under the dome, protecting their bodies from the sun’s deadly UVA rays.



Solace by Therin Knite

An action-packed coming of age story about sixteen-year-old Corina Marion, who is sent back in time by a mysterious being to meet her late war hero father.

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The Annihilation of Foreverland by Tony Bertauski

Reed dreams of a girl that tells him to resist Foreverland. He doesn’t remember her name, but knows he once loved her. He’ll have to endure great suffering and trust his dream. And trust he’s not insane.



The Thorn and the Sinking Stone #BookReview

Title: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
Author: CJ Dushinski
Series: The Thorn and the Sinking Stone
Published: March 10, 2015 by Entangled Teen
Genres:  YA, Dystopia
Source: eArc


Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth's Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father's death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…



I had a really dumb moment while reading this book...You know this reminds me more of West Side Story then Romeo and Juliet….wait, my brain catches up. Right West Side Story is based on Romeo and Juliet. Ha ha. To be honest with you I’m not the biggest fan of Romeo and Juliet. I enjoy Shakespeare’s comedies much more but for some reason I’m drawn to the retellings of the story. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone intrigued me because of Valencia’s curse. I liked how even though it had the basics it really takes it in a completely different direction.

I really liked the plot, it takes the star-crossed lover bit and keeps that in tact but really spins some other things. Rain City is definitely a scary and strange place. In my head I kept picturing everything gray and the characters in color. I don’t know if that explains how things unfolded in my mind. At first when I started reading I was a little confused by the gangs. I think it was more of their names that mixed me up. There are the Black Roses (Thorns), The Daggers (Irishmen), The Boatmen and the Cowboys. Since they sometimes called them by two different things it would confuse me. Then there is the law which are the Watchmen. I liked how they were kind of a common enemy amongst the gangs. It was also interesting to get a glimpse into how the two different gangs are raised and how things get twisted by vengeance. The gangs are one part of it but it also really digs into the Cursed and how being one of them can make you public enemy number one.

I loved Sebastian, I definitely kept swooning over him. Such a mellow and reasonable guy. I liked how he always has this peace and calm over him. He is a little bit on the brooding side but how much he cares about his family really shines through.

Valencia is tough, distrustful and a bit confused. She thinks she knows where she fits in but finds out she really doesn’t. Where Bast is more sure of things Valencia is more hesitant. It made them compliment each other well.

I loved the Daggers family bond of Kane, Sebastian and Callan. Plus they had their Uncle Corduroy and the Bowler Hat. Who would pretty much do anything for them. Such a solid unit in such a weird world. Very unlike Valencia’s upbringing who has a mother who acts like she despises her and a brother who is a bit on the crazy side.

Great ending. I liked everything about it. It leaves you satisfied but there is room for companion novel.


Bittersweet by Michele Barrow-Belisle #Excerpt #Giveaway



Bittersweet (Faerie Song Trilogy, #2)
by Michele Barrow-Belisle
Release Date: 03/24/15

Summary from Goodreads:
To save the Faery world and her mother’s life, Lorelei sacrificed everything, and the dangerous bargain she made in Nevermore had lasting repercussions. Now safely back in her own world, Lorelei seems the same to her highschool friends and her supernatural boyfriend. Yet love across dimensions is complicated, especially when an invisible Veil between the two worlds—the only bridge that links the pair, is sealing, threatening to separate Lorelei and Adrius forever.

Determined to find a solution, Lorelei resorts to using her new found powers. But when her friends succumb to the same mysterious illness that nearly took her mother’s life, Lorelei can’t help but wonder if her own dark magic is responsible. Still, the nightmares from Nevermore continue their icy hold. Someone from Adrius’s past arrives, determined to destroy Lorelei’s world starting with those closest to her, and Lorelei is forced to choose between her family and friends and a love that was ill-fated from the start.










“So what’s your plan, Lorelei?” He had a tight grip on my hand as we headed toward the abandoned building.
I stopped walking and looked up at him. “Well, for starters, I need to go in alone. And before you protest, I have to remind you of what Peterson said. That might be why he was a no-show last time.”
“I don’t care what he said. There’s no way I’m letting you go in there alone.”
“I’ll be fine. Really.”
He huffed. “I’ve heard that before.”
“I have to do this. It’s the only way.”
He wasn’t happy about it, but he gave a reluctant nod and released my hand. “I’m giving you five minutes then I’m coming in after you.”
I didn’t tell him, but it gave me a great deal of comfort knowing that. I stepped over the broken glass doors, through the haze of dust into the place I was going to find my great aunt. But unlike our last visit, this time, the front desk wasn’t vacant. A pair of amber eyes gleaming in the dim light peered at me, moving steadily closer until a full unsightly form appeared.
I froze. This wasn’t just any derelict.
“Mmm. Something yummy,” it said in a low hiss.
A goblin? Here, in my world. This was a first. I stared, blinking to refocus in the dust he’d stirred with his movement. Until now, the only supernatural beings who’d entered my world were Adrius and Zanthiel. And of course Venus. But they were all here because of me in one way or another. This was different. Goblins and other lower creatures weren’t supposed to be able to pass through the veil. Yet here one was, staring me down while black froth dripped from its jagged teeth.
I stepped to the side to evade him, but the creature skirted around me, so I couldn’t pass. His glamour would have fooled most into believing he was human, not an attractive human, but human nonetheless. I could see otherwise. With the costume of magic stripped away the gangly creature resembled the goblins more than it did the fey. He had the body of a human male, but something about his appearance… his black pupilless eyes, the pasty shade of his skin, the overpowering stench of rotting leaves… Perhaps he was once a normal human and had been tortured and twisted for centuries into something nearly undefinable. He wouldn’t be the first, nor the last. Unless Peterson’s people got their way and they managed to eradicate the co-mingling of fey and humans. I didn’t want to think about how they planned to pull that off.
“I’m not here for you. I’m looking for someone.”
“The one they call Camilla, yesss?”
I stared hard at the creature. What did he know about all of this?
“So, which room is she being held in?” I tried to sound persuasive, authoritative… but that was a mind-altering device best left to the elves. I was more than capable of fending off a goblin, but finding one here in the back alley had thrown me more than a little. Plus I wasn’t exactly armed. But we had agreed, I’d go to meet with him, before we knew the him I’d be meeting was a goblin from the Unseelie Shadow Court. He’d claimed to know of Camilla’s whereabouts, and I needed to find her. I needed to get answers about what was going on once and for all, and with any luck find a way to prevent the veil from sealing. And if things went according to plan, I’d be able to break the curse binding Adrius to Venus and free everyone from her wrath.
“I’ll tell you which room whelp, after I gets what I’s wants.”
I pulled out an envelope of bills. Not even sure how much Adrius had put in there. Enough to make most human miscreants salivate he’d said dryly. Not sure what a goblin would think.
I had practiced enough spells with Abby to know I could conjure one to weaken this creature, but I had to be in touching distance. Not the best plan. I stepped back, trying to stay out of his reach, but my back hit a brick wall behind me. To my left there was a chain link fence and the locked door of the warehouse to my right. He glided toward me, moving steadily closer until his chest pressed against mine.
Glancing at the envelope with eyes as black as tar he sneered. "What I want, is you," he said urgently. “Just need a lil taste, lovely.”
I sucked in a gasp of air. “You don’t want me,” I assured him, shoving at his caved-in chest. “Even goblins find me unsavory.” Craning my head to the side I searched wildly for something, anything to double as a weapon.
“I’ll make it quick.” He sniffed me, then licked my face, running his sandpapery tongue up my cheek. “I can be gentle,” he hissed as I shoved against his chest. I brought my leg up to knee him in the groin, but his hand snaked down to push it back in place. Curse their superhuman strength. The foul stench of him made it hard to get any air, and the more I struggled, the less oxygen I had.
“Ah-ah, I thought we agreed this was going to be nice.”
His knee slid between my thighs. Panic raced through me. I started to call for help, but his hand slapped over my mouth, slamming the back of my head against the brick. Splinters of pain shot through my head. I squeezed my eyes shut, to dull the ache. I bit down hard on his fingers, nearly gagging from the bitter taste. He hissed and pulled his hand away from my mouth and clamped it around my throat.
“Listen, just let me go and you won’t get hurt,” I rasped through his charred fingers choking off my air. “You don’t want to hurt me. Let go and you can have what you want.”
I felt something stir beneath my skin. A slow simmer that grew to a raging boil in a flash. With a burst of force, I put my hands on its throat. The creature began to cough, choking and sputtering black phlegm. He staggered back away from me. I ran toward the door, but he recovered and flew in front of me to block my path. “I will hurt you,” I said. My voice sounded dark, foreign, and when I spoke I felt cold winds swirl around us.
The goblin didn’t seem to notice. “Shhhhh, sweet one,” he cooed, burying his pointed nose in my hair, and sniffing me again. “Mmmm…” Gobs of saliva dripped over his chapped lips. “It won’t hurt at all.”

“That’s where you’re wrong.” Adrius’ voice filled the darkness and he plunged a flaming blade into the goblin’s back. “It’s going to hurt a lot.”







Michele Barrow-Belisle is chocoholic author and artist living in southern Ontario, Canada with her super-sweet husband, brilliant son and a ridiculously affectionate cat. Often told by teachers to stop dreaming and get her head out of the clouds, Michele still spends much of her time lost in make-believe worlds, populated with fascinating and occasionally terrifying characters. Her passion for fantasy extends beyond her writing into her clay figure sculpt-ing, creating miniaturized replicas of the paranormal beings she writes about. Michele is as passionate about reading as she is about writing. When she’s not reading or writing, she can be found sculpting tiny fairy desserts in polymer clay. She also loves mocha lattes and watching fireflies at twilight. Did we mention she loves chocolate?

   



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