Wednesday, December 7, 2016

World of Shadows Coming Soon!

Hello, my lovely readers! I come to you today with more updates on my new young adult novel World of Shadows! The book launches on December 11, a date that's approaching quickly. Are you ready? I am!

First of all: World of Shadows is available for Kindle preorder now on Amazon!

This is so exciting! I can't wait until I hold the paperback in my hands, but I've already seen the Kindle copy on my ancient first generation Kindle. I love it!

I made a promo banner for my Facebook!

Next order of business: the blog tour!

Starting right here on Sunday, December 11, aka launch day, I and some of my book blogging friends will be hosting a blog tour. It's been a while since I've run a tour of my own, but I do so love how like a party it is - a party where you can stay at home and wear pajamas!

Some of the bloggers you might recognize as old friends here at Emily Rachelle Writes. We have some new names participating this year, too. I'm hyped. Are you hyped yet? If not, maybe this will help: we're having a giveaway! A blog tour just isn't the same without prizes, am I right? More details will be available when the tour begins, but exclusive behind-the-scenes content is involved.

Finally, come see me in person on December 20!

I'll be reading an excerpt from World of Shadows, signing books and offering an exclusive giveaway at the Youth Christmas Decorating Party at Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Georgia. I'd love to see you there! Contact the library for more information or to register for Christmas decorating.

P.S. A fun bonus: Thanks to the help of a writer friend and my college design class, my publishing imprint Red Geraniums Press has a new logo! What do you think? I much prefer it to my old logo. Nothing against the simplicity of a Paint sketch, but this feels much more professional. The timing is perfect, too, launching the new logo with my new book. Yay!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Book Review: A Thief in Time by Cidney Swanson

Hello, my lovely readers. Today I'm reviewing Cidney Swanson's latest book, a time-traveling adventure titled A Thief in Time. I'm elated to experience another of Cidney's works. Let's dive in!

About the Book

He can't stay - She can't let him go.
Halley’s world is full of hand-outs and hand-me-downs. Even her apartment bedroom is shared, with her distant and self-centered mother. Halley has only a battered blue truck to call her own—until she meets Edmund, the second Earl of Shaftesbury.

Edmund has a manor, employs dozens of servants, and has never been close to falling in love—until Halley crashes into his life during an accidental trip to 1598. Now a spiraling series of encounters with a dangerous time-traveling thief will bring their worlds together with heartbreaking ramifications.

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My Thoughts

When Cidney offered me an advance preview of her latest novel, I jumped at the chance. Long-time readers of this blog might remember my reviews of Cidney's Rippler and Saving Mars series. Her talent is on the level of authors like Suzanne Collins and John Green, and this new release does not disappoint.

Like John Green, Cidney's books always follow a formula. Hers include a strong female main character, a fresh science fiction twist on reality, and a romantic subplot featuring an unique love interest.

Main character Halley is well developed, with a strong voice and a variety of character traits and life experiences that make her unique. Her life is difficult, especially her relationship with her mother. Her best friends are distinct characters that stand on their own merits. They come from incredibly different backgrounds from Halley with unique voices and interests of their own.

Edmund, the love interest, stands apart as well. He's driven by responsibility and is determined to fulfill his duties as an earl. His language is unusual for Halley, considering his being from 1598 England. The conversations this "language barrier" leads to are highly entertaining.

Our villain lives up to Cidney's usual high standards. He has strong motivation, convincing internal monologue, and relatable desires. The stakes in this novel are far from contrived for anyone - people's livelihoods and even lives are on the line.

The twists the plot takes are unpredictable and engrossing. The amount of research that went into scientific believability for time travel and historical accuracy for 1598 England is clear. Every character stays true to their motivations and is attempting to do what they believe is best and right. Of course, this gets more complicated as motivations shift and characters' desires clash. At times even the reader is left torn as to what should be done. Just when you think you know where the story's going, Cidney surprises once again.

In short, this work is yet another modern masterpiece from the marvelous Cidney Swanson. Five out of five stars.

I received a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Cover Reveal: World of Shadows

About the Book:

In this urban fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, modern-day teenager, Beila Durand, is plagued by nightmares that lead her to discover — and wind up trapped in — a cursed underground world. The invisible people that live in this medieval village depend on Beila learning the truth behind their curse — and why she is the only one who can set them free.

In her quest for answers, however, all she seems to find are more questions. Where do the echoing screeches at night originate? Who is the isolated man that speaks with Beila from the shadows of his cloak? What does this New York girl have to do with any of it? And will she ever find a way back home? 

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World of Shadows will be available in paperback and Kindle ebook on December 11, 2016. Stay tuned here at Emily Rachelle Writes for more updates!