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They can stay. Besides, I like Frank and Patrick. Patrick grins. Oh, and Mama said to tell you she has apple pie ready in the kitchen for after this chat. I may need to use the pie as a bribe to get the characters to cooperate. The doors to the Great Hall open and Jaye L. Habit, probably. I run to give Jaye a hug, then I hug Jace. I groan. Uh, oh. Brandi really bonded with Talas and Kaden last time. That makes me grin. After I give them all a few more minutes to chat, I call everyone to their seats. The Ilyon characters sit on one side of the table, the Acktar characters the other.

Kayleigh smiles at the Ilyon characters while Keevan gives them each a nod. Keevan gestures over his shoulder at Frank and Patrick. They tend to be rather overprotective. Leith glances across the table at Jace, shrugs, then turns to me. Our pasts are similar, and we could teach each other a few fighting techniques. How about another easy one.

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Janice wants to know how much taller Jace is than Leith. Jace is six inches taller than Leith. Fangirls are scary. He can have them. Jace looks embarrassed. You form opinions of people pretty quickly. Brandi grins. Of course I like him. Jace sends her a quick smile. I always do. Martyn huffs and mutters something under his breath. Kayleigh lightly smacks his arm. Letting Brandi meet Talas and Kaden at the last chat might not have been such a good thing. I can only imagine how much trouble she would get into with a dragon. What do you think are your weaknesses? And who is your best friend?

Leith huffs. Considering Brandi is friends with everyone, at least she kept her list short. You let your cousins take your burden. The room gets an awkward, tense silence to it. But his face is almost too carefully blank. Leith is staring at the table, looking like he wants to bolt from the room. Brandi snorts. Keevan shakes his head and waves from Prince Daniel to Jace.

When he speaks, his rasp scratches through his voice. The readers will never forgive you. I sigh. Keevan runs his thumb along the scar tracing down his cheek and neck. I was nearly killed myself and spent months unable to speak. I was driven from my home and spent over five months essentially imprisoned in a single room in Walden Manor to stay hidden. Those older and wiser than me were telling me going into hiding and leaving Renna and Brandi at Stetterly was the best plan, and at that point, who was I to question their wisdom?

If that makes me a coward, then so be it. Kaden shakes his head. Keevan turns away from them, still rubbing at his scar. Keevan, what do you think of Jace?

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My problem with Leith is personal. Good answer. Time to pick on someone else for a little while. Renna smiles at Leith before she faces me.

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Besides, I survived being left alone at Nalgar Castle with Respen. How will you deal with leaving Kayleigh and your brother behind when you go on missions with Leith and Shad? Let me get this straight. What about Kayleigh? Leith and Renna are obviously fine. Time to move on to another question before Martyn starts insulting people. She and her whole family taught me a lot about what it means to give selflessly, and that strengthened my faith in a lot of ways. Sorry, it is another uncomfortable one. Who do you think has killed the most out of all of you here? Apparently leading people into battle counts.

The characters start whispering to each other and shifting uncomfortably.

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But these characters sitting before me? Surprisingly, Jace speaks up first. Keevan lets out a long breath. I have led men into battle, into a battle against fellow countrymen. Keevan was the type of king who knew the casualty figures from both sides of the battles he fought to regain his throne, and he saw those casualties as more than numbers, but as a weight of individual lives and losses. Not like the way I killed. The answer is still too much for both of us, and we both are deeply thankful that there is redemption for someone like us.

Time to change the subject and lighten the mood. After giving everyone a few minutes to dig in, I turn to the Acktar characters. He swallows a bite of his apple pie and sits straighter. The fangirls went easy on you. Holly wants to know if you would like to visit Ilyon? It sounds like a fascinating place. Sorry about that. Two more questions: Just how good of an archer are you? And, can Jolene out-shoot you? Shad rubs at the back of his neck. Jace, here, could probably out-shoot me. And can Jolene out-shoot me? I raise my eyebrows at him.

What were you thinking after you kissed Anne, she pushed you off your horse, and you watched her gallop away? The wait was excruciating. Thanks so much for coming and cooperating. Shad raises his eyebrows, grins, and pats his sword hilt. Trask nods. So much friendlier of a reaction than the Leetra and Martyn fight. Giveaway is open only to the US due to cost of shipping. Jaye and I are excited to share this tour and these books with you! Below is the blog tour schedule with links to all the posts. Take special note of the 4 character chats. These are the combined character chats Jaye and I put together based on reader questions for both the Ilyon and Acktar characters.

Not only are these chats hilariously fun, but they also have 4 additional giveaways on top of the main tour giveaway at the end of this post. Jaye L. I am so excited for Jaye and for these books! Already struggling with a harsh winter and the threat of food shortage, a catastrophic event leaves those in the Landale camps reeling. However, there are only two sources—the queen, or a powerful gang of smugglers who have made the dangerous city their home.

When Jace gains audience with the gang leader, he finds the price of the cure is steeper than any of them imagined, forcing him to make an impossible choice—betray his conscience or let those he loves die. The last thing Aaron ever envisioned was falling for a prostitute. Everything about it spells trouble. Neither can he ignore how desperately she needs rescue and protection. Yet, such a choice could destroy his reputation and maybe even cost him his freedom. Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website! Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict with a passion for Christian fantasy.

She has been penning stories since the age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. You can connect with Jaye on her website , blog , Facebook , Twitter , and Etsy. Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a full signed set of the Ilyon Chronicles and The Blades of Acktar! Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally. Click on this link to enter.

If you have purchased books on this Black Friday sale in the past, then this sale is going to look a little different. But, you can find a list of all the books that are for sale on the main sale website with links to direct you to the place to purchase them. I have a few really good deals for signed paperbacks here on my website click on the store tab above or follow this link , including free shipping on all paperbacks purchased through me during this sale.

Click here to go to my book page on Amazon. If you pre-order Decree, make sure you email me for your pre-order author swag. First people will receive 2 character cards for characters from The Blades of Acktar. Click here for more details on how to claim your pre-order swag. Williams did for these character cards pre-order swag. I love how much of their personalities the artist captured in these sketches!

Only a little over a month until Decree releases! I worked with the lovely artist H. Email me at triciamingerink at gmail dot com with a screenshot of your pre-order receipt with payment details blacked out or clipped out , your address where I can mail the character cards, and which 2 characters you would like with a third choice if your first two are unavailable. Knight is now open! Please use this form if you want to be reviewer or part of the blog tour. Reviewers do not need to have a blog. Thanks so much in advance for your willingness to post about our books and to spread the word on the Internet!

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In the meantime, keep a look out for more release announcements. They are going to be coming fast and furious over the next month or so. Many of you are also fans of Jaye L.

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Since we also happen to be good friends, we decided it would be awesome to do one massively epic co-release! Able to talk to each other. But we need your help. Please submit your burning questions in the form below for the Ilyon and Acktar characters. There will be more information and the sign up form for the actual blog tour and book reviewers in the next few weeks, so please watch for that.

If you paged through all the coloring book entries on Tuesday, then you already heard the big news. Yes, you read that right. This one is a collection of 4 novellas and 5 or 6 short stories depending on which ones remain in the collection after editing.

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The best part is that my planned release date is December 18, Can they fight to become more than the Blades they were? Will Keevan accept what it means to have the man who attempted to kill him as family? Can he figure out how to forgive, especially when confronted with an enemy in need of his help?

Will they be able to arrest their quarry before they are caught themselves? Click here to add the book on Goodreads. Click here to preorder the Kindle version on Amazon. Though, if it is spoiler-related, be prepared if I might give a rather vague answer. Why are you releasing these novellas and short stories as one book?

I thought about releasing the novellas on their own, but in the end, I decided for several reasons that it was best to keep them all as one book because:. I could then label it as The Blades of Acktar 5 on Amazon. Together, the novellas tell one story. So it makes sense to group them together. In many ways, they stand together as one book better than they would as separate novellas.

There is a lot of set up in the collections for The Blades of Acktar books 6 and 7.

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Future bad guys are introduced. The countries around Acktar are introduced. The new Blades are established. A whole bunch of new systems and laws are in place. Having a 7 book series in the end just sounds better to me than a 6 book series with a lot of companion novellas. Just personal preference, lol. Wait, wait, wait. Did I read that right? There are going to be two more books after this one? Yep, you definitely read that right. I finally gave in to the inevitable and allowed all the various ideas I was getting for Acktar characters to work their way into a cohesive plot.

While I was writing that book, the Acktar characters had a little bit of space to breathe so that when I came back to them, it felt like coming home instead of writing at the edge of being sick of them. What about books 6 and 7? The current plan for books 6 and 7 is that both of them will have Leith, Brandi, and Jamie as point of view characters. Leith and Martyn are still going to be point of view characters? Yes, most of the characters will be in their twenties in the later books. Yes, they sort of have a coming of age story line.

Yes, they have a romance. Yes, they have YA age protagonists. But none of that is the focus of the books. The focus is the adventure. And I can keep that focus even when the protagonists are older. After all, by book 5 in that series, Will is twenty. He spends half the series older than a traditional YA age range.

If anything, it is the later books that people like the most. As a teen, I read a lot of books about adults. But the other reason was that I wanted an adventure. I enjoyed the book regardless. Tade Thompson knows how to present a realistic horror story. There have always been rumors about the Kodari forest and the hidden things within it.

So many good books were released in that there were a few that got lost within the pile. Liba and Laya are sisters who are as different as night and day. Liba is stout and dark-haired, and Laya is willowy and light-haired; each sister resembles each parent in more ways than one. And, like most siblings, Liba and Laya are jealous of each other.

They both want what the other has and are oblivious to what they already possess. Liba wishes she was as beautiful as Laya, and Laya wishes she could fit in amongst the Jewish community like Liba. These wants and personalities define the sisters. And, when their parents leave them home alone in order to address a family emergency, the sisters are able to grow into themselves and obtain respect for each other. Throughout this coming-of-age story, both Liba and Laya realize what their parents were trying to protect them from—their heritage and its dangers.

For the first time, Liba and Laya are left home alone. At the same time, the sisters learn of their magical heritage and try to cope with the knowledge and the meaning of it. They soon realize that they have to make choices that benefit them as individuals before deciding their place in the world with, or without, their family.

The subplot in this novel is the growing tension between the Christians and the Jews, which is based on the tragic events in Moldova in After two young Christians were found dead under mysterious circumstances, the nearby Jewish community were left with the blame and the potential pogrom against them. The subplot mirrors the plot in that while Liba and Laya are concerned with how everyone else will see them. Their microcosm Jewish community is on edge on what could happen to them all if the macrocosm Christian community continues to blame them for the deaths and the disappearances.

The narrative is told in real-time and whatever is happening within the setting of the story, either Liba or Laya, or both are witnessing and experiencing these events, which makes them reliable narrators. The narrative is easy to follow because the story focuses on the events as well as the maturation of the sisters.

Rena Rossner incorporates her story of magic realism and folklore within her style of writing.

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She writes in two styles in order to reflect the differences between Liba and Laya, and the way they see their world compare to everyone else. Liba spends more time interacting with other people and Laya spends a lot of time interacting with the other. Both styles standout, but together they give a complete story of all of the happenings within the novel. The appeal surrounding the novel have been well-deserved. Fans—readers and critics alike—note the similarities between Rena Rossner and Katherine Arden. The historical and cultural elements will draw comparison to both Nnedi Okorafor and Jordanna Max Brodsky as well.

The Sisters of the Winter Wood is a beautiful story told with two styles of storytelling about two sisters adapting to adulthood. Fans of magic realism, historical fiction, and folklore will appreciate the combination of the genres and fall in love with the characters. Pale Daughter. Or Kingmaker.

Or Crow. But most often, nothing at all. A killer of killers, whose tally of endings only the goddess and I truly know. And was she famous or infamous for it at the end? All this death? I confess I could never see the difference. This novel, and trilogy, begins with the end and its aftermath: an empire is in ruins and its society has been left in shambles by a teenaged assassin, who killed more people than can be recorded. We are told this by the narrator who decides to record her story about her early life, the path that led her to becoming an assassin, and her death.

Mia Corvere is the protagonist and readers are introduced to her as she is killing a man. We learn two things about her immediately after. One, the murder is part of her initiation into the Red Church—a league of lethal assassins—and the institution that trains them. Two, Mia is the daughter of Justicus Darius Corvere—one of the four leaders who led a failed rebellion against The Republic of Itreya—who was publicly executed when she was 10 years-old.

The aftermath led to her mother—Dona Corvere, Alinne—and her infant brother—Jonnen—being arrested and imprisoned, too. Mia is taken away to be drowned in the river; obviously, she escapes and is raised by Mercurio, a retired assassin, who trains Mis in the basics of killing so that she can avenge her family. She is about 16 years-old when she travels to the Red Church for training. Accompanying Mia is her shadow daemon—in the shape of a cat—Mister Kindly.

This is done by impressing one of the Shahiids—Solis, Spiderkiller, Mouser and Aalea—as well as Drusilla, the Revered Mother, and Cassius, the Lord of Blades and a Darkin—one who controls the darkness with their shadow daemon—like Mia. Throughout her training, Mia never forgets her goal—avenging her family—but, Mia begins to question the nature of an assassin all while learning about her abilities as a Darkin and solving the mystery of who is killing the residents of the Red Church.

Both plots are crucial because we learn about Mia through this plot and character development. The subplot is the killer who is attacking the apprentices within the Red Church. This subplot is essential because it presents Mia with a realistic view of what being a member of the Red Church entails. This 3 rd limited point-of-view lets readers know how Mia, and those closest to her, are feeling and thinking in the story. In addition, much of the world-building is mentioned in the footnotes, which is both informative and hilarious, so that readers have a better understanding of the world the author is creating.

That being said, we are left to believe that this narrator is a reliable one. This is brilliant because the author found a creative way to distinguish the dialogue between two species? Both the mood and the tone are relatable and juxtapose to each other. The mood tells readers of the realities within this fictional story—cruel, harsh and unforgiving. In other words, more and more people are reading this novel.

Nevernight is a great novel for those who are curious about the grimdark subgenre. The harsh reality told within the pages reminds us that good and bad are NOT concepts, but manifestations within each individual; everyone is capable of both, but what drives them to perform acts of one or both? This is the question readers are forced to ask themselves more than once. I shuddered. Several novels novellas, short stories, graphic novels, etc. In fact, so many works of the genre were released that it was difficult to keep up with all of the new releases.

Luckily, recommendations and award nominations forces readers to catch up. Miles Singer—the protagonist—is a psychiatrist and a veteran of the war that just ended between Aeland and Laneer. The dying man—Nick Elliot—calls Dr. All of this happens in front of the man who brought Nick Elliot into the hospital—Tristan Hunter. Singer is worried that his cover is blown and his true identity—Sir Christopher Miles Hensley—is known to both strangers, one of whom is now dead.

It is revealed that Dr. Tristan Hunter is an Amaranthine, a celestial being with more power than any witch or mage. This unraveling of political conspiracies presents the corruption and the fear that led to Miles fleeing his previous life. Yet, it is more than Miles, Tristan, and Grace knew about beforehand. The plot involves a mystery within this fantasy story.

Nick Elliot knew he was dying, and he sought out Dr. Miles Singer. Miles, in keeping with appearances, attends a dinner in which he is reacquainted with his sister, Grace, who thought he was dead. Miles now has to solve a mystery, stay away from his family to avoid bondage, and make sure that none of his patients become mass murderers due to their PTSD. Meanwhile, sparks fly between Miles and Tristan, which is an issue. Not because of the homosexuality—the magic world is open to all forms of sexuality—but because relationships between mages and witches, and Amaranthines are taboo.

The romance is as beautiful as it is described by the author and is appropriate for an alternative Edwardian English society. Even though this is a fantasy, the mystery is central to the plot of the novel. Once this is comprehended by the reader s , then the plot begins to make more sense and continues at an appropriate pace.

Besides the romance, the societal world of Aeland is the subplot of this novel. The author wants the reader to know that the magic world is just as power hungry, corrupt, and prejudice as the human world. The denizens have to decide whether or not it should be resolved. It is through him that the readers learn about the setting, the magic world and its rules, and the multiple conflicts.

As long as readers remember that the novel is both fantasy and mystery, the narrative is easy to follow. The style of writing C. Polk uses makes her debut novel captivating. First, incorporating PTSD in the veterans of the war provides realism to the readers.