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The Masque of a Murderer

“The Masque of a Murderer” (A Lucy Campion Mystery, #3) by Susanna Calkins

Published as… Historical Mystery

A Chat with…Lucy Campion

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Lucy Campion: I have appeared in three books so far— all a rather odd chronicling of my life in 1660s London. The titles come from tracts I wrote, describing some strange events that have transpired around me: A MURDER AT ROSAMUND’S GATE, FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS, and THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Lucy Campion: Several years ago, when I was sixteen I joined Master Hargrave’s household as a chambermaid. He’s a magistrate, and never beat me like most masters will do. For a long time, my life was just an endless repetition of emptying pots, stoking fires, and laundering clothes. I did learn to read though, listening to the tutors brought to teach Master Hargrave’s daughter from behind a curtain. Everything changed when my best friend—another servant—was killed and my brother Will was accused of her murder. That was bad enough. But the world completely overturned when the plague struck, and then a Great Fire ravaged London. After that I had to do something different with my life, and somehow I finagled an apprenticeship with a master printer. Now, I spend my days setting type, running presses and selling books on street corners. I also am being wooed by two men, Adam Hargrave the magistrate’s son, and Jeb Duncan, a constable. I thought I was in love with Adam, but I wonder now whether I could ever fit into his social circle. Sometimes I am not even sure if I want to marry, since I rather like making books and selling them, and could not well do that with young ones hanging onto my skirts.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Lucy Campion: There is a madness to your question. I know that someone else, Susanna Calkins, claims to have written these stories, but I can assure you that I am the author. I know that women are not supposed to write books, especially about such indelicate topics as murder. Which is why I write my tracts as Anonymous, or with my initials, L.C. Master Aubrey, my master, has several of my works good enough to print. I have written several tracts now, but the ones about murder sell the best. I can always get a good crowd. But sometimes that’s a problem. When I first started to sell FROM THE CHARRED REMAINS, in which I wrote about a body that had been found murdered after the Great Fire, the murderer heard my story and came after me. It was quite terrifying, I can assure you. Maybe I should let people think Susanna is truly the author; madmen and lunatics might stop pursuing me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Lucy Campion: Even though my life is hard, I truly enjoy being a printer’s apprentice and a bookseller. Somehow I always seem to stumble across puzzles and secrets too, which makes life interesting. But it is never easy to see someone die, and death is ever present in my world. As I explain in THE MASQUE OF A MURDERER, I was even brought to record the last dying words of a man run over by a cart and horse. Before he died, he told me he had been pushed, and that his murderer was someone he knew. I have seen several murderers brought to justice though, and that is a reward that I will treasure.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Lucy Campion: I do not know what divine providence has in store for me, but if I had my druthers, I would set up my own printing press, and be the master of my own trade. Somehow I think though, that even if that wondrous thing should come to occur, that murders and secrets will still find me…

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Lucy Campion: I am currently writing another of my stories, based on a true but strange tale that I recently experienced. Early one morning, as I was walking near Holborn Bridge, I discovered a young woman, distraught and clad only in her nightdress, which was covered in blood. She knew not her name, but I realized very early on that she was a noblewoman and needed to be tended to. I have called this story, A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET, which Master Aubrey will print and I will hawk next April (the year of our Lord, 2016).

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Lucy Campion: I have heard tell of this devilish thing—“the movie—which seems to be strange and wonderful. I do not wish to point to a player with my likeness, however, for fear that she would be strung up as a witch for cavorting about in such an unnatural way. So I shall keep such speculation to myself. I wish you a very good day and farewell.

About the Book

In Susanna Calkins’ next richly drawn mystery set in 17th century England, Lucy Campion, formerly a ladies’ maid in the local magistrate’s household, has now found gainful employment as a printer’s apprentice. On a freezing winter afternoon in 1667, she accompanies the magistrate’s daughter, Sarah, to the home of a severely injured Quaker man to record his dying words, a common practice of the time. The man, having been trampled by a horse and cart the night before, only has a few hours left to live. Lucy scribbles down the Quaker man’s last utterances, but she’s unprepared for what he reveals to her—that someone deliberately pushed him into the path of the horse, because of a secret he had recently uncovered.

Fearful that Sarah might be traveling in the company of a murderer, Lucy feels compelled to seek the truth, with the help of the magistrate’s son, Adam, and the local constable. But delving into the dead man’s background might prove more dangerous than any of them had imagined.

In The Masque of a Murderer, Susanna Calkins has once again combined finely wrought characters, a richly detailed historical atmosphere, and a tightly-plotted mystery into a compelling read.

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About the Author

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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Susanna Calkins lives in Highland Park, Illinois with her husband and two sons, where she is an educator at Northwestern University. With a PhD in history, her historical mysteries feature Lucy Campion, a 17th century chambermaid-turned-printer’s apprentice. Her first novel, A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate, was a finalist for the Sue Feder Historical Mystery Award (Macavity). The second in this series, From the Charred Remains, is currently a finalist for the Bruce Alexander Historical Mystery Award. Her third, The Masque of a Murderer, will be released in April 2015.

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A Matter of Temperance

“A Matter of Temperance” (The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance #1) by Ichabod Temperance

Published as… Steampunk Action-Adventure

A Chat with…Persephone Plumtartt

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Persephone: Good afternoon, my dear, and may I first say, I am so happy to be here with you today. The book in question is ‘A Matter of Temperance’. This is a frightful tale of outlandish fiends bent on turning our beloved planet Earth over to inter-dimensional, world-devouring horrors. Yes, quite so. Though many of the harrowing ordeals endured within are at times terrifically violent, and at others, of an unseemly sordid nature, I am happy to report that Mr. Temperance has refrained from describing such in a morbid, or graphic manner. No, rather, he tends to bring a comical tone to the affair. Might I add, the boy is a rather naïve sort of chap, and occasionally sprinkles a bit of mild, suggestive, innuendo throughout, though he is unaware of doing such.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Persephone: My name is Plumtartt, Miss Persephone Plumtart. The tragic accounts are instigated by my own father’s brilliant, though ill-fated research. The Plumtartt lineage carries with it a legendary burden. My father toiled to formulate a process of tapping into the power of the Sun itself, but alas, he succumbed to the temptation of using the very knowledge that he had forsworn to protect. Shortening his route to success with the help of unclean magic, this tampering has cost him his life. Alien forces now have a portal into this world and hideous terrors beset me!

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Persephone: Eh hem, yes, well I do confess, my first impression of the young man was not immediately favourable. He is a rather homely little chap, with an expression that puts me in my mind the image of a turtle that has just awoken, and is not quite sure of his surroundings. Nevertheless, he has shown himself to possess a raw-boned strength in his wiry frame, and a tenacious, loyalty that endears him to me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Persephone: With full disclosure, I confess, I had thought myself a mature woman when this story begins, however, I find that I grow in many ways that I could not have foreseen.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Persephone: I do not feel as if ‘like’ is the correct adjective for my role. No, my dear, I think it is more of a responsibility. I owe it to my beloved planet Earth to do all I can to save her. Moreover, there is a sense of Destiny that I feel supersedes that of liking my part.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Persephone: Quite frankly, for there to be a future, Mr. Temperance and I must fulfil a near impossible task. The dire consequences of our mission cannot be overstated.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Persephone: As mentioned earlier, Mr. Temperance has shown a dogged loyalty to me, and I in turn, find it difficult to resist his bashful charm. Some may see the two of us as an odd pairing, that is, my own British background of aristocracy and extensive schooling, to his rural Alabama upbringing, yet somehow, the two of us manage to complement each other rather nicely, I must say. Yes, I do, in fact, see us continuing with an adventurous agenda for some time. Eh hem, yes, quite so.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Persephone: Mr. Temperance has spoken of this medium of entertainment that you speak, these, movies. He describes them as a photographer rapidly taking one photograph after another and when shown in sequence as projected against a silvered sheet, the approximation of movement is produced. Were the unlikelihood of such an occurrence coming to be should come to pass, the actress selected to portray me must be youthful, vital, brilliant, attractive, appropriately shapely, hyper-intelligent, and of the highest breeding. I suggest Merle Oberon, at nineteen years of age and her hair dyed the correct Auburn colour. If she could be persuaded to be just a few inches shorter, that would be greatly appreciated.

Tata!

About the Book

In 1869, the Earth experiences the close pass of a new comet. In its wake, thousands of Terra’s inhabitants find themselves strangely changed. Among humanity, many find that any talent they may naturally possess has been elevated to an astounding degree. Likewise, a number of animals become self-aware and intelligent. A young “comet prodigy” from humble beginnings, Ichabod Temperance, has become one of the world’s foremost inventors in this age of prolific genius. Traveling to England to deliver his latest brilliant device to a famous explorer, the young tinker is unexpectedly struck by the fearsome hand of fate. Meanwhile, a lovely young aristocrat, Miss Persephone Plumtartt, survives an experimental accident only to find herself imbued with a power she can neither understand nor control, while dark forces and malevolent creatures pursue her, leaving a gruesome wake of death.

Yet, worse is to come. The naïve young inventor and the lovely intellectual find themselves fighting not only to save their own lives, while concurrently coming to terms with their own budding romance, but to prevent the destruction of all life on Earth in this humorously told and poignant steampunk adventure!

This is the first book in the series, ‘The Adventures of Ichabod Temperance’. There are six books. Though in a series, each book is a stand-alone adventure.

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About the Author

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Ichabod Temperance is a silly little fellow living in picturesque Irondale Alabama, USA, with his lovely, gracious and kind muse, Miss Persephone Plumtartt and their furry pack family.

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The Frailty of Things

“The Frailty of Things” by Tamsen Schultz

Published as… Romantic Suspense

A Chat with…Kit

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Kit: I show up in the Windsor Series books because they are all about people in my life, but MY story can be found in the fourth Windsor Series novel “The Frailty of Things.” My relationship with my brother isn’t the best – he left me with our dad, who wasn’t going to win any father of the year awards, when I was fifteen. I never really got over his leaving and even though I’ve built a life for myself that I like, he and I have never really reconciled. Well, that changes in “The Frailty of Things.” Bad things happen that bring him back into my life and force us to actually talk about what happened all those years ago. It’s not easy, but he also brings his business partner Garret Cantona into my life. Garret is, well, Garret is an amazing man whose faith in us (he and I) as a couple helps bring all three of us through confronting a killer. We also learn a little about forgiving not just each other, but ourselves as well.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Kit: “The Frailty of Things” is really ‘my’ story – well, really it’s the story of love and forgiveness with me at the center and my brother, Garret (who becomes my partner), and my friends surrounding me. I grew up in south as part of the southern gentry, but most of my life was for show. I left home right after I turned eighteen and headed to Europe where I lived for a few years and wrote my first novel. Once I felt my life was somewhat put back together, I moved back to the States and built a home in Windsor. I’m a writer now, with several successful novels, but I also do a little side work for some friends of mine in the intelligence world. I’m unusually tall and share the same color of eyes with my brother which can be a bit disconcerting when he’s staring at me.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Kit: I think she’s fun to work with, we had some good times. That said, I wished she’d get out of my head a little more often. Or let me into Garret’s or my brother’s. It would have been nice if she could have shared some of her omniscience with me, it could have save me and Caleb, my brother, some heartache.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Kit: I thought I was well versed in the evil things people could do on this earth, but this story gets me caught up in things that even I can’t understand – things I probably don’t really want to understand. But the good news is, I have a lot of good friends who have my back even as I make some of the toughest, but most important, decisions of my life.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Kit: Yes, because when you close the page on the last chapter, I get to go on living without anyone peering in on me (or peering in on me and Garret – we do tend to like our privacy).

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Kit: Caleb and I still have some things to work out as do Garret and I. But that’s probably because I have some things to work out on my own – things I’ve done or seen that I thought maybe I’d come to grips with but really hadn’t. That said, the future definitely looks good – I have amazing friends in Windsor, a partner who wants to share that life with me, and we may be getting a dog.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Kit: Windsor is a small town, you can’t get rid of me that easily. Besides, my brother needs to settle down. I’m bound and determined to find him someone in the Windsor area. I don’t think he’ll be so cooperative because he’s an ornery SOB at times, but I’m going to do my best.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Kit: Hhmm, someone willing to wear contacts. Both my brother and I have strangely colored, almost golden eyes. I don’t know any actresses with that color, do you?

About the Book

Independence. Kit Forrester is a woman who wears her independence like armor. Despite keeping secrets and hiding her past, she’s built a life she loves and is accountable to no one. Until, that is, one of the world’s most wanted war criminals sets his sights on her and she must weigh the risk to one against the chance of justice and closure for many—a decision Kit couldn’t make on her own even if she wanted to.

Certainty. As a man who makes his living in the shadows of governments and wars, certainty isn’t a part of Garret Cantona’s vocabulary, and he’s just fine with that. But when Kit walks into his life, he realizes he’s never before been so sure about anything or anyone. Suddenly, he finds he’s looking at the world, his world, in a different light. And now that he is, he’s determined to protect it, and her, in whatever ways he can.

Frailty. No one knows better than Kit and Garret that an appreciation for what is, or what was, or what might be, can be born from the uncertainty and fragility of life. But when a hunt for a killer leaves Garret no choice but to throw Kit back into her broken and damaged past, even his unshakable faith in what they have together might not be enough to keep it from shattering into a million pieces.

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About the Author

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Tamsen Schultz is the author of several romantic suspense novels and  American Kin (a short story published in Line Zero Magazine).  In addition to being a writer, she has a background in the field of international conflict resolution,  has co-founded a non-profit, and currently works in corporate America. Like most lawyers, she spends a  disproportionate amount of time thinking (and writing) about what it might be like to do  something else. She lives in Northern California in a house full of males including her husband, two sons, four cats, a dog, and a gender-neutral, but well-stocked, wine rack.

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Tabor’s Trinket

“Tabor’s Trinket” (The Coin Forest Series, Book One) by Janet Lane

Published on… 1 September 2014
Published as… Historical/Medieval Romance

A Chat with…Sharai

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sharai: Good Morrow, Lady Bella! ‘Tis a grand day for a visit, and I am honored to be here. My adventures are recorded in Tabor’s Trinket. It’s written by Janet Lane, the first story in her Coin Forest series set in fifteenth century England. It’s set during the Gypsy Honeymoon period–though when you learn my story, you would be hard-pressed to believe it was a pleasant time.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sharai: I am Sharai. It rhymes with, “Dare I.” For survival, I keep my background secret. I only say that I am a princess, from Little Egypt, on a pilgrimage.

Bella: So, who are you, really? You can trust me. I care deeply for literary characters!
Sharai: I see kindness in your eyes, yes. I–I’m only a peasant, born of peasants in Wallachia. My uncle betrayed our family, and we were sold as slaves. At just 12 years old, I was dragged, naked and bleeding, to the auction block. My mother and I were hauled to Marseilles, and she died on the slave ship.

Bella: What do you think of the author, giving you such a dreadful childhood? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sharai: Fie! I’d put a flea in her ear, or simmer an evil spell for her, but how can I? She gave me Etti, who saved my life, and gave me work at the big Winchester Fair! My author gave me the beautiful orphan baby, Kadriya. She gave me good health and provided me with beautiful costumes, so I could learn to dance and support myself. She introduced me to Tabor.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sharai: Very uncomfortable. Count Aydin’s eyes are hungry, but there’s a darkness about him, and a vague, uncomfortable odor when he comes close and speaks to me. It makes my throat tighten. I must be respectful–he is our Gypsy King and he can make critical decisions about my future, as well as Kadriya’s and Etti’s. But I am strong, stronger than my author ever dreamed I could be. She isn’t sure of my courage, and I’m going to surprise her.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sharai: Very much, but ‘twould be a blessing if there were less evil men about.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sharai: Tabor’s eyes stir spells in my heart, but I am a peasant, unworthy. I do not fit in his world, but my heart doesn’t listen. I must accept this reality! I must seek safety and dignity for Kadriya and me. I’m thinking we may find it in a convent.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sharai: I hope to exceed her expectations. I have exquisite spells to share!

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Whom do you want to play you, and why?
Sharai: Ah, I would pick a Gypsy girl, like me. Maria Shashkova! Search for her on your magic cubes, and she will take your breath away. She’s a dancer like me, and she leads the Gypsy band, “Tarna Romen,” and plays bright, brilliant music!

Thank you so much for having me, Bella. Godspeed!

About the Book

Love proves perilous in this “Pretty Woman/Pride and Prejudice” historical romance tale set in 15th century England.

Sold as a slave in Romania for seven pounds and three solidi, the Gypsy girl, Sharai, escapes a slave ship infected with the plague. As an adult, she performs her silky, exotic dances to earn enough to sustain herself and the toddling orphan girl she adopted. She yearns for relief from the grinding poverty, and a secure home. Having been violated by a nobleman posing as her hero, she wants naught of any other man of title, and also scorns the dubious Gypsy king who pursues her. In a tent at the bustling autumn fair in Winchester, she meets the dashing Lord Tabor, and her resolve to avoid all noblemen softens.

Though possessed of a stately castle with prosperous lands, the English knight,Tabor, teeters on the brink of losing all his holdings. A powerful noble has attacked Tabor’s castle, determined to seize his lands. Tabor seeks revenge for his older brother’s murder, but England’s throne is held by an infant king and his feuding uncles. The realm is paralyzed with uncertainty and lawlessness, and the crown has abandoned him.

Then a stroke of good fortune helps Tabor, a sizeable dowry that can save his holdings. He need only wed an earl’s daughter, the regal Lady Emilyne. But he has already fallen in love with Sharai, and they are locked in a powerful dance of desire. His refusal to abandon Sharai plunges them into life-and-death struggles–and a painful choice between duty and love.

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About the Author

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Janet Lane writes best-selling historical romance novels set in fifteenth century England during the so-called “Gypsy Honeymoon” decades. She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado, completing their Creative Writing program.

Her debut novel, Tabor’s Trinket, is an Amazon Bestselling novel and has received several awards. Emerald Silk, part two in the Coin Forest series, was reviewed by the Historical Novels Review, which noted that it “goes beyond simple romantic suspense by including serious issues such as racism, homophobia, and clerical greed. However, the love story and the quest for the stolen chalice take center stage throughout.” A Rocky Mountain News review stated, “This fast-moving, smoothly constructed historical novel (features) well-drawn characters and … strong sense of time and place.” #1 New York Times Best-Selling Author Lara Adrian called it “..an enchanting medieval romance filled with passion, intrigue and vividly drawn characters that leap off the page. I loved this novel!”

The Amazon Kindle release of her third novel in the Coin Forest series, Traitor’s Moon, is scheduled for November 25, 2014.

Janet was a featured author in RMFW Press’s Tales from Mistwillow anthology, and co-chaired the editorial board for that press’s anthology, Broken Links, Mended Lives, which was nominated for the Colorado Book Award.

Janet lives with her husband in Colorado, surrounded by a forest of conifers, herds of deer, an occasional black bear and a snorting Chihuahua.

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Tales from Feyron

“The Legacy of Mist and Shadow” (Tales from Feyron, Book Three) by Diana L. Wicker

Published on… 20 December 2014
Published as… Young Adult Fantasy, Coming of Age

A Chat with…Nuriel & Zilya

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Zilya: We appear together in the newest adventure from the Age of Awakenings set, Legacy of Mist and Shadow. It’s the story of my discovery of my family’s background and where my magics came from.

Nuriel: *snorts as he turns to look at her* It is not. It is the story of the rediscovery of my World Beyond.

Zilya: hmm…perhaps we should just tell you what the author says about the story and let you decide for yourself.

“Old relics and have stories of their own. Sometimes they contain adventures waiting to be sparked and journeys bursting to begin.

The Box of Melodies was left with Clan Caris by Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists, for care and keeping. A series of visions revealing the last desperate moments of a forgotten clan – the loss of their gateway to Feyron and the escape of a lone traveler holding the box – spurs a handful of adventuresome youth on a trek through the Lesser Forest where they inadvertently cause a ripple through the mists with unintended consequences.

A few of the youth find themselves on an unexpected journey to a World Beyond, lost in mist and shadow, where misunderstanding and suspicion lead to danger and darkness. Forgotten histories are discovered, clan secrets are revealed, and old alliances are remembered as the families of the lost seek to discover where the youth have been drawn by the memories within the Mists of Time.”

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Nuriel: I am Nuriel, last descendant of the last Summoner. I suppose I’m the leader of the Avahaa, the remaining few, although that’s not a responsibility I ever asked for. I was just a child when my grandfather fell in battle.

Zilya: *rolls her eyes and shakes her head* You ‘suppose’ you’re the leader of those left behind? He darn well knows they all look to him for leadership.

I am Zilya, a griffin-child from clan Caris. I know that may seem odd, as Caris is the clan of shapeshifters, but my mother is a griffin-child, like her mother before her. I see visions in the moonlit mists. In this tale I find myself on an unexpected journey in an unforeseeable location. There’s nothing quite so disconcerting as finding yourself in a strange location where you can’t understand a word anyone is saying.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Zilya: I do wish she’d give us a bit of a heads up before dropping us in an adventure. I was, after all, a barely mentioned little sister, hardly more than a side note before this. It was quiet unexpected to find myself in the middle of one of her tales.

Nuriel: I, for one, and grateful to the author for telling our tale. Far too long did we wait in the shadows longing for the light.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Nuriel: Well, it’s the story of the rediscovery of my World Beyond, so I suppose I’d darn well better like it. I do hope she decides to look back on our past, for that is a story worthy of being told.

Zilya: I’m not really sure. Being throw into the middle of an adventure, finding magics I never knew I had…it’s all been quite overwhelming. I’m not really sure how I feel about all the excitement. I’m sort of used to fading into the background.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Zilya: You know, I’m not really sure. *giggles* I guess I keep saying that, don’t I?

Nuriel: *rolls his eyes and sighs, muttering something under his breath* Well, I am pleased that this story has been told, and I can’t imagine it can be told without me.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Nuriel: My future? *appears slightly confused* Now it’s my turn to say ‘I’m not really sure.’ So much has changed around me, but nothing has changed within me. I still feel…sort of lost.

Zilya: I sort of hope it goes back to normal, but I’m not sure that it can. I mean, after such an adventure, you’re not really the same person anymore, are you? *glances sidelong at Nuriel*

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Zilya: Oh gosh I hope not! *covers mouth and blushes* Is that rude to say? I mean, all things considered, I’m sure I will be. I just hope it’s a much calmer tale.

Nuriel: *says softly to himself as he watches Zilya* Some people are too important not to be mentioned again. *coughs loudly as Zilya glances over at him* I don’t know if I’ll be in any future stories. I may well have fulfilled my purpose now, as far as storytelling goes. I guess we’ll just have to see.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Nuriel: The author likes this thing called anime. I’ve heard her say that she once saw me in a show. The character’s name was Arawn, and he’s apparently my twin. As to live actors, possibly Colin Morgan.

Zilya: ooo, movies! That is something I do miss from my old World Beyond. Oh gosh, choosing someone to be me? Wow…

There’s so many good actresses that play characters my age. It’s so hard to decide… um…maybe, Amandla Stenberg?

About the Series

The Dreamweaver’s Return (Book One)

The Realm of Feyron has always been. It is the origin of all things magical, the axis point where all the worlds meet. Once, in days gone by, there were many gateways within the Temple of Pyli connecting the Worlds Beyond seeded with magic to their home. Now many gateways have flickered out, and Feyron weakens as the magic fades and the Guardians are lost.

For the first time in over three hundred years a Dreamweaver has come of age and is tasked with contacting the Guardians. When she awakens in the night after a vision of her best friend lost and alone, injured in the snows at the top of the Crystal Mountains, she seeks out the Sacred Fire in the Temple in an attempt to call forth more information. A voice calls out from the fire, “Dreamweaver, you are summoned.” An image appears of an ancient path through the Mist Shrouded Forest leading to a hidden gate into the Crystal Caverns below the mountains. The Guardians have summoned her on a quest that will take her to the four realms of light within Feyron in search of answers and aid.

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The Guardian Child’s Return (Book Two)

The Guardians have awakened after the Time of Sleep and returned to renew the magic with the clans of Faie. At the request of the Guardian, Lord Grypos, Keeper of Knowledge, the Master Scholar travels through the Outer Gateway with craftsmen and apprentices to coordinate the repairs of the once great oasis that houses the ancient archives of knowledge known as the Island in the Sands.

As the summer wanes and the oasis begins to return to its former glory, the Guardian calls the Master Scholar to the meditation room in the wee hours of the night to discuss a journey. In the fire an image flickers of the red desert sands speeding past, a land of grey beyond the desert, and a cavern of twilight behind an obsidian wall. “Arwyn and Shyamal are to go there for me to seek out that which was once mine.”

What starts as a seemingly simple journey becomes an adventure with life threatening consequences as the two are unexpectedly joined by their friends on a journey far from home beyond the Realms of Light in a realm that few within the clans of Faie knew could even be reached.

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The Legacy of Mist and Shadow (Book Three)

Old relics and have stories of their own. Sometimes they contain adventures waiting to be sparked and journeys bursting to begin.

The Box of Melodies was left with Clan Caris by Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists, for care and keeping. A series of visions revealing the last desperate moments of a forgotten clan – the loss of their gateway to Feyron and the escape of a lone traveler holding the box – spurs a handful of adventuresome youth on a trek through the Lesser Forest where they inadvertently cause a ripple through the mists with unintended consequences.

A few of the youth find themselves on an unexpected journey to a World Beyond, lost in mist and shadow, where misunderstanding and suspicion lead to danger and darkness. Forgotten histories are discovered, clan secrets are revealed, and old alliances are remembered as the families of the lost seek to discover where the youth have been drawn by the memories within the Mists of Time.

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Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit. She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)

The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role playing adventures with her friends. The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there. The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too. The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and may yet “ripple” outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic.

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The Blood of the Fifth Knight

“The Blood of the Fifth Knight” by E. M. Powell

Published on… 1 January 2015
Published as… Historical Fiction

A Chat with…Sir Benedict Palmer

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you?

Sir Benedict Palmer: The Blood of the Fifth Knight.

Bella: Can you tell us a little about it?

Sir Benedict Palmer: England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for attempting to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure the throne for the King, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and a worthy follow-on to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?

Sir Benedict Palmer: In my first outing in The Fifth Knight, I was a mercenary knight and got mixed up in the murder of Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170. I’m happy to confirm that I was on the side of good all along, and saved the life of the king’s daughter, Theodosia. I saved her out of loyalty to the king but also because I fell for her. Hard. It took her a bit longer for her to fall for me. But then she was living the life of an anchoress. That’s a nun who lives hidden away from the world. In The Blood of the Fifth Knight, it’s four years later. I’m now living quietly as a farmer. But Henry summons me back to his service once again, as someone is trying to kill his mistress, the Fair Rosamund. That means I have to leave Theodosia, (who is now my wife) and our two young children, while I serve my king. I hate to do that, but believe I’m keeping them out of harm’s way. I couldn’t be more wrong.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.

Sir Benedict Palmer: She claims to work really hard but I never see her with a churn or a scythe in her hand. She seems to like looking at a Book of Faces a lot, but it seems to mostly consist of images of cats. She describes how she tweets but I never hear the sound of birds, just the clicking of those small black plastic squares she keeps in front of her square lamp. She also talks to her hound a lot. And she often laughs when she researches my time period and discovers something even more foul. She’s a bit of a worry.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?

Sir Benedict Palmer: I hate leaving my family but I have to do my duty, which is to protect Rosamund. But Rosamund is more than fair. And seems to be more interested in bedding me than the King. That is not, repeat not, a position that bodes well for my life chances.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?

Sir Benedict Palmer: As usual, the author throws everything at me. I fight, hunt, battle fires and more. Try to keep my head on my shoulders, despite Rosamund’s interest in me. I even have a couple of close encounters with a leopard. Yes, that’s a leopard in twelfth century England. Henry really had a menagerie of exotic animals. I did mention the author’s tendency to find unpleasant facts, didn’t I?

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.

Sir Benedict Palmer: My future looks extremely bleak. There’s a mounting body count and suddenly I’m the one under suspicion. Worse, I thought my beloved Theodosia and my children were safe. But they most certainly are not.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?

Sir Benedict Palmer: She’s bringing me to Ireland with John (the youngest son of Henry II, who will one day become the despised King John).  He’s having a disastrous campaign in Ireland in 1185. I’ve been sent by Henry to keep watch on the impetuous John. But I uncover a plot by John to make his mark on the Lordship of Ireland by appalling means. He has to be stopped at all costs, with only me standing in his way.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?

Sir Benedict Palmer: A friend of the author has suggested Aidan Turner. I might have other ideas but the author is extremely happy with her friend’s suggestion. I don’t dare argue with her. No-one does.

About the Book

A triumphant sequel to Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight. A desperate king trusts a lone knight to unravel a web of murder.

England, 1176. King Henry II has imprisoned his rebellious Queen for her failed attempt to overthrow him. But with her conspirators still at large and a failed assassination attempt on his beautiful mistress, Rosamund Clifford, the King must take action to preserve his reign.

Desperate, Henry turns to the only man he trusts: a man whose skills have saved him once before. Sir Benedict Palmer answers the call, mistakenly believing that his family will remain safe while he attends to his King.

As Palmer races to secure his King’s throne, neither man senses the hand of a brilliant schemer, a mystery figure loyal to Henry’s traitorous Queen who will stop at nothing to see the King defeated.

The Blood of the Fifth Knight is an intricate medieval murder mystery and worthy sequel to E.M. Powell’s acclaimed historical thriller The Fifth Knight.

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E.M. Powell is the author of medieval thriller THE FIFTH KNIGHT which was a #1 Amazon Bestseller. Born and raised in the Republic of Ireland into the family of Michael Collins (the legendary revolutionary and founder of the Irish Free State) she now lives in the north west of England with her husband and daughter and a Facebook-friendly dog. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society, International Thriller Writers and Romance Writers of America. She is a reviewer of fiction and non-fiction for the HNS.

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Flirting with Fire

“Flirting with Fire” (Witches Night Out, Book One) by Tara Quan

Published on… 24 October 2014
Published as… Paranormal Romance

A Chat with Cat

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Cat: I’m glad you asked! Let me take this opportunity to voice my heartfelt protest. I don’t know what my nutty author was thinking, but Flirting with Fire makes absolutely no sense.

The book is about me being stuck as a cat, and how I plan to spend my one night off. It’s NOT about my warlock boss, who’s so clueless he can’t tell the difference between a familiar and a pet. (He tried to feed me Friskies! Who does that?). And since he’s the absolute last person in the world I want to spend the night with, I don’t understand how he plays a role in this book at all. He doesn’t even know how to use magic, but his useless and extremely erratic power gets featured on the cover—go figure.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Cat: I’m a 23-year-old apprentice witch and cat familiar. When my mentor Nonna The Great died, I discovered the remaining service term in my Familiar Employment Agreement is inheritable. Ownership of me passed on to her great-nephew, an attorney named Leo. Problem is—I can’t revert to my human form without my new boss’ express permission, and the silly man doesn’t know he’s a warlock. Until he says the magic words (which might never happen), I’m stuck as a cat.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Cat: Considering the limbo she’s left me in for the past six months, I’d say the b—woman has a weird sense of humor.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Cat: The situation isn’t that bad, aside from being under magical house arrest and having to shift into a cat whenever Leo comes home. I get to snuggle on his lap while watching TV though, which is a huge perk. He doesn’t know it, but he’s paying me a very decent salary for my troubles.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Cat: Hmm… I guess the kickass spells I pull off on a regular basis make up for some of the inconveniences.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Cat: Well, All Hallows’ Eve is my one holiday of the year, which means I’m free to leave the house and confront Leo. My sister thinks I should go on a 1-Night Stand date instead, seeing as how I haven’t gotten lucky in ages. I haven’t quite decided what to do yet.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Cat: She promised me a happily ever after at the end of this book, and I’m going to take her word for it. Leo’s best friend is the hero in Frosty Relations, the second book in the series (it came out last week). Book 3, Fireworks at Midnight, is my little sister’s story, and that will be available at the end of December.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Cat: I’ve never been slim (as in, nothing ever fits around the chest and hips), so I think someone with Jennifer Lopez’ body-type would be swell. I’m no where near as hot as she is, however.

About the Book

Apprentice witch Catalina Gato is prohibited from assuming her human form in front of her new employer without his express permission. Since he doesn’t know he’s a warlock, he can’t give it, leaving her in a familiar’s limbo. To make matters worse, she’s barred from leaving his house, and her attempts to enlighten him of his true nature results in burnt notes, charred walls, and exploding laptops.

On All Hallows’ Eve, she gets one night of freedom. Deciding some no-strings-attached sex might take the edge off the intense attraction she feels for her clueless boss, she signs up for Madame Eve’s service. When she meets her masked mystery date at the Castillo Capital, she realizes she might have gotten much more than she bargained for.

After being gifted a one-night stand from his annoying best friend, attorney Leo Difuoco reluctantly ventures to the Castillo Capital to celebrate Halloween. When he meets his oddly familiar green-eyed date in a Cat Woman costume, flames literally ignite, sparks magically fly, and life as he knows it changes forever.

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Globetrotter, lover of languages, and romance author, Tara Quan has an addiction for crafting tales with a pinch of spice and a smidgen of kink. Inspired by her travels, Tara enjoys tossing her kick-ass heroines and alpha males into exotic contemporary locales, paranormal worlds, and post-apocalyptic futures. Armed with magical powers or conventional weapons, her characters are guaranteed a suspenseful and sensual ride, as well as their own happily ever after.

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The Clever Mill Horse

“The Clever Mill Horse” by Jodi Lew-Smith

Published on… 15 August 2014
Published as… Historical Fiction

A Chat with Molly McGilligan

Bella: What is the name of the book where well find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Molly McGilligan: Aye, you’ll find me in a book called The Clever Mill Horse and before you ask me, I don’t expect you’ll make any more heads nor tails of the title than anyone else. I suppose she means it to refer to the great strapping Ella and not any live horse, but lord knows she never says as much. She has a way of saying things sideways, to my mind. But despite that it’s a fine story of Ella working like a madwoman to clean up the great mess her grandda left her, with that machine and all. I could see right off she wanted to be out in the woods or somewhere else but that machine wouldn’t never let her be.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Molly McGilligan: I come over on the boat sick as a dog, same as the rest of us. But once in New Jersey and upriver through the Pines, my good Irish luck took hold might quick and I had work in Batsto before I knew it. After that Glassboro, where I was throwing pots for the glassworks in between tending the tavern when Ella and Zeke and Jenny came along, needing my help of course. ‘Twas me who helped them find their way to Martha Furnace and got them work with me uncle Michael Mick. Never mind they teased me no end for being kin to half the county.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We wont tell.
Molly McGilligan: Like I said, she’s got the right devil in her when it comes to saying things sideways. She makes it seem all one way, but then you think on it and see it could mean this, that, or the other. Or both things at once. I think she’s having too much fun at this is what I think of her.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Molly McGilligan: ‘Tis a story like no other is what I think of it. There’s right little told of my time, and mostly of the generals and the admirals and the soldiers in the wars. What is there of the people like mine, those of us making and building things and trying to get by on the work of our own two hands? Those of us who had to hunt and salt our own meat, spin our own thread, weave our own cloth, cast our own iron—where are our stories? This is one of the few and it’s a right fine tale if you ask me. Could use more of me in it, naturally. And more of card playing. I could never talk that Ella into playing cards more often. She kept on about me being a sharp, cheatin’ her like.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Molly McGilligan: Can’t say one way or another, seeing as I never tried it any other way. Me da back in Dublin always seemed more a character, though. Someone you’d read of in one of those new novels, always showing up just in time to save the girl.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Molly McGilligan: Well that author may be a devil, but she’d be a right fool not to put me in another story and give me more of the stage. Nay, there’s no arguing that I’m not a favorite with her readers, is there? Lucky thing she’s no fool.

Bella: What do you know about your authors plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Molly McGilligan: Best of luck getting’ that tight-lipped one to tell you anything of the next story. She’d make a good card player, that one. Holds her cards right in close to her chest. Gives nothing away if she can help it. We’ll be lucky if she gives us our lines the day before she wants us on stage.

Bella: Lets say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Molly McGilligan: That’s an easy one. Rose Leslie (who played Ygritte in Game of Thrones) already has the red hair and the husky voice. She mightn’t be quite the beauty as me, but she’d do well enough.

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A young woman’s gift could weave together the fabric of a nation…

1810, upstate New York. 21-year-old Ella Kenyon is happiest gliding through the thick woods around her small frontier town, knife in hand, her sharp eyes tracking game. A gift for engineering is in her blood, but she would gladly trade it for more time in the forest. If only her grandfather’s dying wish hadn’t trapped her into a fight she never wanted.

Six years ago, Ella’s grandfather made her vow to finish his life’s work: a flax-milling machine that has the potential to rescue her mother, brother, and sister from the brutality of life with her drunkard father. The copious linen it yields could save her struggling town, subjugate the growing grip of southern cotton. Or it could be Ella’s downfall. If she’s not quick enough, not clever enough to succeed, more than her own life rests in the balance…

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Jodi Lew-Smith lives on a farm in northern Vermont with her patient husband, three wonderfully impatient children, a bevy of pets and farm animals, and 250 exceedingly patient apple trees which, if they could talk, would suggest that she stop writing and start pruning. Luckily they’re pretty quiet.

With a doctorate in plant genetics, she also lives a double life as a vegetable breeder at High Mowing Seeds. She is grateful for the chance to do so many things in one lifetime, and only wishes she could do them all better. Maybe in the next life she’ll be able to make up her mind.

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The Demon’s Game

“The Demon’s Game” by Sophie Park

Published on… 28 June 2014
Published as… Fantasy

A Chat with Sandra

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sandra: The Demon’s Game is a story following myself, my friend Mira and a group of mercenaries as we travel to the top of the world to recover a dangerous artifact. Lillith brought us together, having recently discovered the location of the artifact and needing some help getting it. She’s a mage and somewhat outrageous but I think it’s all an act. Not the magic of course, but the brave front she shows to the world. I think she’s really as scared as the rest of us and twice as scared to admit it.
None of us know that one of our group members is playing her for a fool, using us to gain access to the artifact with the intention of killing us all after.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sandra: I’m a royal guard.
Well, I was a royal guard. Now I’m just a hermit, living in the frozen northern reaches with Mira, thriving off the land and trying to forget about anything to do with adventure or danger. I’m being chased by ghosts, you see? I’ve killed evil men but in my weaker moments or when I’m in a crowd, I can see them and it doesn’t matter what terrible things they did in life. They’re still there.
Watching me.
Judging me.
When I listen to them, they tell me about their friends. Their families. Their hopes and dreams. Who was I to cut all that short?

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sandra: She has an unhealthy obsession with my moments of weakness. There are dark places in me that I don’t even like to go and she lays them bare for all to see! It’s embarrassing and maybe a little cathartic if I’m telling the truth. Mira looks up to me in an unhealthy way, and Lillith’s crew only sees my skills with the sword. They can’t know the real me because they can’t imagine that there’s another side, you know?
Sophie sees it. She sees it all. There are things I thought I could hide from myself, but I can’t hide them from her. It’s… freeing, I suppose? All the bravado and the false impressions and in the end I know that there is at least one person who understands me.

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sandra: We’re saving the world! It’s difficult and sometimes boring and exciting and everything that you might want adventure to be, all rolled together until you don’t know what will be happening that day but it definitely is different than the day before. Frankly, I didn’t even want to go at first. Mira and I still have most of the gold we took from the dragon and our cabin is about as far away from civilization as we can get… I thought I liked it, right?
I thought it was everything that I needed. I thought it was helping drive away the ghosts for good.
I was wrong.
The building, the isolation, even the money. None of it mattered.

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sandra: Well, let’s see: I get humiliated, melted, stabbed, hugged, bludgeoned, swarmed by undead, and lacerated from the inside out. What do you think?

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sandra: A beach. Seriously, when this is all over I’m going to make Lillith show me where she’s from. Have you seen her outfit? It’s the middle of winter and she traipses around with almost nothing on!
She says it’s cultural, and her magic protects her from the cold, but I’m not so sure. There can’t really be a place where it’s that warm all the time.
Right?

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sandra: I don’t think she’s ever going leave me be. Steel runs through my blood, and I still need to find out what those hallucinations are about. Margo thinks that they’re visions but she’s a cleric so I’m pretty sure she thinks that everything’s a vision.
Besides: I really need to know how it works out with Mira and Margo! After everything we’ve been through she deserves a little happiness.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Sandra: Lillith mentioned one night that very powerful mages can go back and forward through time. Can you imagine it? She’s always setting things on fire with just the power of her mind so I’m inclined to believe her. My point is: late 70’s Sigourney Weaver, most definitely.
She kicks ass, she’s snarky but she’s not invincible. No one is, really. You’re always one breath away from doom, one mistake away from death.

About the Book

In this sequel to the Top Selling fantasy novel The Dragon’s Prize, Sophie Park blends dungeon-crawling fantasy action, romance and a bit of spice into an intriguing mixture sure to satisfy your palette!

After slaying the dragon Daro and fleeing their homeland, Sandra and Mira have been living a life of quiet solitude in the Wild North. With no one around for miles and nothing to focus on but survival, Sandra has finally quieted the ghosts of Velmar and her guilty conscience.

Everything starts to unravel when Lillith walks into their life: Mira, itching for adventure and any human company besides Sandra, sets off with his band of mercenaries on a quest to quite possibly save the very world while Sandra tries to focus on keeping the shreds of her sanity intact.

On the way Mira finds herself falling for Margo, the group’s cleric with an alien philosophy and a reputation for breaking hearts, and Sandra realizes that it may not have been the new lifestyle keeping her sane.

While relationships are tested and dangerous monsters challenge everyone’s skills, will they all lose The Demon’s Game before they even know they’re playing?

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Sophie lives and works in the Pacific Northwest with her supportive family.

In the dribs and drabs of her spare time she juggles a number of activities including reading, writing, video gaming and tabletop roleplaying. She DM’s a regular Monday session of Pathfinder for friends, and occasionally play GURPS and D&D 4th Edition on the weekends.

Her literary influences range from pop culture like TV, video games, anime and movies to the old Forgotten Realms series of books and of course the images whirling around inside her head. While writing she often listens to dubstep and other electronic music, but because of the kids she also knows all the words to the Hot Dog Dance.

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Grieving Liberty

“Grieving Liberty” by Kyra Gregory

Published on… 3 October 2014
Published as… Historical Fiction

A Chat with Sebastian

Bella: What is the name of the book where we’ll find you? Can you tell us a little about it?
Sebastian: The name of the book is Grieving Liberty and, frankly, feels like just that when you are a part of it. You get the sense that nobody is safe.

Bella: Tell us a little about yourself. Where do you fit into the story? What should we know about you?
Sebastian: I always thought of myself as very insignificant as a human being and my significance within this story is one that I really wish I didn’t have. I have responsibilities as an heir that I have never wanted. What should one know about me? Please do not judge my decisions as poor until you have understood my feelings.

Bella: What do you think of the author? Be honest. We won’t tell.
Sebastian: I would say ‘you don’t want to be on her bad side’ but even if you weren’t that wouldn’t say much of your fate. I don’t think she tries to be cruel, but…

Bella: How do you feel about the story you’re in?
Sebastian: Everyone wants to be remarkable, don’t they? But if you’re remarkable for all the wrong sorts of reasons, isn’t that a little disheartening?

Bella: Do you like being a character in the book?
Sebastian: I’m necessary to the book. The book isn’t necessary to me.

Bella: How do you see your future? Without giving anything away about the story, naturally.
Sebastian: Again, it is about remarkability. I don’t want to be remarkable enough to be written about any longer. I want to live the rest of my life out in peace.

Bella: What do you know about your author’s plans? Can we expect to see you in any future stories?
Sebastian: Goodness, I hope not. No, I do not think she has any intention of approaching our lives again. She’s gone and found herself some other poor souls to play with for a little while, I believe in the Middle Ages somewhere.

Bella: Let’s say they make a movie about this book. Who do you want to play you, and why?
Sebastian: Oliver Jackson-Cohen is the general opinion I’ve received.

About the Book

Sebastian and Serena have lived privileged lives, their every desire tended to, with their status as the children of the country’s ruler. However, the walls that contain them are not solely those of the palace, but of expectations and politics that come with their positions.

The country’s solidifying alliance with Rome upon the return of a childhood acquaintance brings about changes that they never wished to see, causing devastation and despair to touch their lives and loved ones far too closely for them to sit back and do nothing any longer. They become determined to take action, even if it means that their country may not survive. Even if it means that their history would fade into nothingness, at least they would have lived freely.

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Kyra Gregory is a young author from the island of Malta, a place made larger by her love for books. Through balancing a hectic schedule of duties, she is always trying to find her place in the world through the stories she tells. Beginning at a very young age, she wrote simply to save herself through the worlds in short stories, fanfiction and lyrics. Now, taking the plunge and creeping out of her shell, she chooses to share her stories in hopes they may save more than just herself.

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