Blog Tour | “5 Things I Didn’t Know About Being A Published Author” Guest Post by E. Latimer

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Hi everyone and welcome to my stop on the Witches of Ash and Ruin blog tour hosted by The FFBC! Today I’m so excited to be having a guest post by author E. Latimer on “5 things you didn’t know about being a published author” Keep reading for the behind the scenes life of the published life and then an amazing giveaway!

5 THINGS I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT BEING A PUBLISHED AUTHOR

S 1) Waiting is everything.

I absolutely underestimated the amount of waiting that being an author would require. I think I pictured furiously typing away at my laptop, and then looking at the bookshelves proudly as my book was displayed. It just sort of clicked from one picture to the next in my mind, like a slideshow. There was no long, drawn out period of agonized waiting in between.

But one thing I’ve learned over the years is that publishing moves like a herd of turtles stampeding through molasses. First you wait while your book is on submission with publishing houses, then for your contract to come through, then another few months until you can announce. Then you wait two years for the book to come out. Repeat.

And that’s not counting all the waiting you do while people are reading your manuscript. Beta readers, your agent, that reviewer you really hope will love you. That author you hope will blurb you. It never really ends.

2) The bar can always be raised.

Before I was published, I got into this terrible habit of dreaming about life “after I get published”. Things along the lines of, “I’ll be truly happy when I get published” and “I’ll be more confident when I get published” and, “my hair will be super shiny and fall in perfect Disney princess waves at all times after I get published”.

Spoiler, none of that happens. I’m more satisfied, yes. And I’m even a little more sure of myself. I confidently write in “author” at the doctor’s office when they make me fill out the forms. I no longer flinch when I’m at a wedding and someone asks, “So what do you do?” But the problem is, once you reach the bar you’ve set for yourself, you tend to reach up and give it a little nudge. You know, just push that sucker up a little higher.

Maybe I won’t be truly happy until I sell the next book. Maybe my hair won’t be super shiny until I hit the NYT bestseller list (I hear that’s a common side effect).

Eventually I learned to catch myself thinking like this and now I attempt to put a stop to it. To coach myself to savour every milestone I reach, and to look back on the journey once in a while, to see how far I’ve come. It’s good to be driven, but it’s also good to celebrate your achievements.

3) Seeing your book on the shelf never gets old

I knew seeing my published book on the shelf for the first time would be exciting, but I didn’t know I would tear up the very first time in the middle of Indigo Books. I also didn’t know the feeling would never fully go away.

With Witches of Ash and Ruin out on the shelves now, I have two books out, and it never fails to make some kind of impact when I see them out in the wild. Sometimes I’m just wandering the bookstore and it almost takes me by surprise, other times I’m honing in on the “L” section like my cat going for that slice of cheese on the coffee table.

Either way, seeing my book there always feels a little surreal.

4) Imposter syndrome doesn’t go away

Maybe this is a symptom of above, but the same way I can never fully believe I made it onto shelves, wow, I also regularly wonder if at some point the people at the bookstore will realize I’m a total imposter and throw my books out.

Or that my publisher will wake up one morning and think, “Wait, why did we publish this person?” and the jig will finally be up.

Every time I’m in front of an audience, or on a panel, I wonder if I really have any right to be here. The first time a reader came up to me and said I was her favourite author I was completely stunned. My friend later told me that I just stared at her like a deer in the headlights. It was like my brain just stalled out, I couldn’t process it. Thankfully the poor kid’s mom had the presence of mind to ask for a photo, and my brain coughed back to life and I became a functioning human being again.

5) Each book is different, and it never stops being exciting.

The same way that seeing my book on the shelf never gets old, the writing process doesn’t seem to either. I don’t even know how many books I’ve written by now (many of them will never see the light of day) and every time I start another one, the process seems completely new. In a way, it’s a bit scary, I feel like I don’t know what I’m doing. But it’s also exciting, because I never know what’s going to happen. If this book will be even more fun than the last one, if it will be even better. If the writing process is going to transcend every experience I’ve had up until then.

I thought things would be scarier when I got published, like maybe I’d be writing for other people instead of myself after that, but thankfully at this point that hasn’t happened. I still write for myself. I still write the story I want to tell and the one I’d want to read if I could pick anything in the world off the shelf.

I hope it keeps being that way no matter how much I publish. That no matter how many books I have on the shelf, the writing process will stay fresh and exciting. That I’ll always be eager to discover new worlds, and the potential the blank page has.

E. Latimer is a fantasy writer from Victoria, BC. Her middle grade novel,The Strange and Deadly Portraits of Bryony Gray was published by Tundra Books, and was recently nominated for the Red Maple Fiction Award.In her spare time, she writes books, makes silly vlogs with theWord Nerdsaboutwriting, and reads excessively.Her latest novel,Witches of Ash and Ruin, will be released Spring/Summer 2020from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

AUTHORLINKS

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About Witches of ash and ruin

Title:Witches of Ash and Ruin

by E. Latimer

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT, Queer

Synopsis: Modern witchcraft blends with ancient Celtic mythology in an epic clash ofwitches and gods, perfect for fans of V.E. Schwab’s Shades of Magic trilogy andA DISCOVERY OF WITCHES.Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; theaftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the returnof her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really mattersto her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that arecomplicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic,arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at oddswith the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their covenleader.And then a witch turns up murdered at a local sacred site, along with the bloodsymbol of the Butcher of Manchester-an infamous serial killer whose trail has longgone cold. The killer’s motives are enmeshed in a complex web of witches and gods,andDayna and Meiner soon find themselves at the center of it all. If they don’t stopthe Butcher, one of them will be next.With razor-sharp prose and achingly real characters, E. Latimer crafts a sweeping,mesmerizing story of dark magic and brutalmythology set against a backdrop ofcontemporary Ireland that’s impossible to put down.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42773037-witches-of-ash-and-ruin

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2Tunj6P

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/witches-of-ash-and-ruin-e-latimer/1132410677?ean=9781368052252#/

iTunes:https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781368054317?mt=11

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Witches-of-Ash-and-Ruin-E-Latimer/9781368052252

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/witches-of-ash-and-ruin-2

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/audiobooks/details/E_Latimer_Witches_of_Ash_and_Ruin?id=AQAAAEAsPW99UM


TOUR SCHEDULE

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GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) copy of WITCHES OF ASH AND RUIN by E. Latimer (US Only)

Starts: 16th March 2020

Ends: 30thMarch 2020

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Blog Tour| Wicked As You Wish Spotlight + Giveaway

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Wicked As You Wish(A Hundred Names for Magic #1)

byRin Chupeco

Publisher:Sourcebooks Fire

Release Date: March 3rd 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis: An unforgettable alternative history fairytale series from the author of TheBone Witch trilogy about found family, modern day magic, and finding theplace you belong.Many years ago, the magical Kingdom of Avalon was left desolate and encased inice when the evil Snow Queen waged war on the powerful country. Its formercitizens are now refugees in a world mostly devoid of magic. Which is why thecrown prince and his protectors are stuck in…Arizona.Prince Alexei, the sole survivor of the Avalon royal family, is in hiding in a town soboring, magic doesn’t even work there. Few know his secret identity, but his friendTala is one of them. Tala doesn’t mind—she has secrets of her own. Namely, thatshe’s a spellbreaker, someone who negates magic.Then hope for their abandoned homeland reignites when a famous creature oflegend, and Avalon’s most powerful weapon, the Firebird, appears for the first timein decades. Alex and Tala unite with a ragtag group of new friends to journey backto Avalon for a showdown that will change the world as they know it.

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48999217-wicked-as-you-wish

Amazon:https://amzn.to/364FjcO

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wicked-as-you-wish-rin-chupeco/1131593170

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/gb/book/wicked-as-you-wish/id1483256714

Book depository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Wicked-You-Wish-Rin-Chupeco/9781728225289?ref=grid-view&qid=1575499879251&sr=1-3

Google Books:https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=X5u1DwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=es&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0

Despite an unsettling resemblance to Japanese revenants, Rin always maintains her sense of hummus. Born and raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. Dances like the neighbors are watching.She is represented by Rebecca Podos of the Helen Rees Agency. She is also fond of speakingin the third. person, and may as well finish this short bio in this manner. While she does not always get to check her Goodreads page, she does answer questions posed to her here a spromptly as she is able to.

AUTHORLINKS

Website: https://www.rinchupeco.com/

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7055613.Rin_Chupeco

Twitter:https://twitter.com/rinchupeco

Pinterest:https://www.pinterest.com/rinchupeco/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/rinchupeco/


PRE-ORDER PROMOS

Promo 1:If you pre-order WICKED AS YOU WISH on or before March 1, 2020 you will also receive a character card of Tala and an enamel Order of the Bandersnatch firebird pin!

US/ Canadapre-orders:https://t.co/5c7lQTI3Os?amp=1

International pre-orders:https://t.co/eCZvNLcWj1?amp=1

Promo 2: FromMarch 3rd–31st2020, the author will be hosting an Instagram giveaway for WICKED AS YOU WISH(https://www.instagram.com/rinchupeco/)!

Just post a photo of the book with the hashtag#PRETTYWICKEDASYOUWISH and every participant will receive book swag! (Alex character art card +character stickers). The Alex card will only be available during promos and not for the pre-orders!


TOUR SCHEDULE

https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2020/01/tour-schedule-wicked-as-you-wish.html


GIVEAWAY

1st Prize: Win a signed copy of WICKED AS YOU WISH by Rin Chupeco+ 3 character stickers (Alex,Tala, and the firebird) + 2 character cards (Alex and Tala) [INT]

2nd Prize: Win (1) of (3) character stickers from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex, Tala, and the firebird) +character cards from WICKED AS YOU WISH (Alex and Tala) [INT]

Starts: February 26th2020

Ends: March 11th 2020

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Blog Tour| Night Spinner Review+ Giveaway

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Night Spinner(Night Spinner #1)

byAddie Thorley

Publisher: Page Street Kids

Release Date:February 11th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings


Synopsis: A must-read for fans of Leigh Bardugo’s Grishaverse, transforming The Hunchbackof Notre Dame into a powerful tundra-inspired epic.Before the massacre at Nariin, Enebish was one of the greatest warriors in the SkyKing’s Imperial Army: a rare and dangerous Night Spinner, blessed with the abilityto control the threads of darkness. Now, she is known as Enebish the Destroyer―amonster and murderer, banished to a monastery for losing control of her power andannihilating a merchant caravan.Guilt stricken and scarred, Enebish tries to be grateful for her sanctuary, until heradoptive sister, Imperial Army commander Ghoa, returns from the war front with atantalizing offer. If Enebish cancapture the notorious criminal, Temujin, whose bandof rebels has been seizing army supply wagons, not only will her crimes be pardoned,she will be reinstated as a warrior.Enebish eagerly accepts. But as she hunts Temujin across the tundra, she discoversthe tides of war have shifted, and the supplies he’s stealing are the only thing keepingthousands of shepherds from starving. Torn between duty and conscience, Enebishmust decide whether to put her trust in the charismatic rebel or her beloved sister.No matter who she chooses, an even greater enemy is advancing, ready to bring theempire to its knees.


The Night Spinner was a captivating fantasy novel that is also a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling, say whaaaaaaat. Honestly as soon I saw that I was immediately all for it 🙌.

The world of The Night Spinner was lavish and well drawn out. I loved the authors tone. We are also given a fair amount of characters to fall in love with. I’d say our MC,Enebish, was my absolute fave. She is constantly growing and changing and I love that in a character. We’ve also got villians, morally grey characters (such a sucker for them tbh😏😏), and a sweet bby cinnamon roll.

Whilst starting out slow, the plot picks up pace once you’re a few chapters in and then you won’t be able to put it down. Watch out for the plot twists they will getcha!! Overall, I adored this retelling and cant wait for the next book( yes this is a DUOLOGY)

BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43603777-night-spinner

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2q98BYj

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/night-spinner-addie-thorley/1131253821?ean=9781624148880

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/us/book/night-spinner/id1470964391

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/night-spinner

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Addie_Thorley_Night_Spinner?id=oVCSDwAAQBAJ


Addie Thorley is the author of An Affair of Poisons, a YA historical fantasy, whichwas chosen as a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and is aYALSA Best Fiction for YoungAdults nominee. Her forthcoming novel, NightSpinner, will be released on February 11, 2020.She spent her childhood playing soccer, riding horses, and scribbling stories. Aftergraduating from the University of Utah with a degree in journalism, Addie decided“hard news” didn’t contain enough magic and kissing, so she flung herself into theland of fiction and never looked back. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey withher husband, daughter, and wolf dog. When she’s not writing she can be foundgallivanting in the woods or galloping around the barn where she works as a horsetrainer and exercise rider.

AUTHORLINKS

Website:http://www.addiethorley.com/p/hi-im-addie.html

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17590955.Addie_Thorley

Twitter:https://twitter.com/addiethorleyInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/addiethorley/?ref=badge


TOUR SCHEDULE

:https://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-night-spinner-night.html


GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a copy of NIGHT SPINNER by Addie Thorley (US/CAN Only)

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Starts: February 11th, 2020

Ends: February 25th, 2020m

Blog Tour| Malice Review + Giveaway

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Title: Malice
byPintip Dunn
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Release Date: February 4th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction


Synopsis:What I know: a boy in my class will one day wipe out two-thirds of the population with a virus.What I don’t know: who he is.
In a race against the clock, I not only have to figure out his identity, but I’ll have tooutwit a voice from the future telling me to kill him. Because I’m starting to realizeno one is telling the truth. But how can I play chess with someone who already knowsthe outcome of my every move? Someone so filled with malice they’ve lost all hope in humanity? Well, I’ll just have to find a way—because now they’ve drawn a target on the only boy I’ve ever loved….

Malice follows the story of a girl named Alice. One day a voice appears in Alice’s head, claiming to be her from the future. The voice tells her that someone she loves will create a virus that wipes out most of the world and now she must find a way to stop the person responsible.

This was a fast paced, high action, science fiction novel that left me so curious as to what was going to happen next. All the characters were well drawn out and complex and the world building was unique and . I do wish some parts of the world were elaborated on more(mainly the time travel aspects) We’ve got time travel, some romance, mysteries, and lots of action. I thought some parts were predictable but it was an overall riveting read.



BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37638107-malice

Amazon:https://amzn.to/2QlGpfH

B&N:https://perftest.barnesandnoble.com/w/malice-pintip-dunn/1127684931#/

iTunes:https://books.apple.com/cy/book/malice/id1409697738

Bookdepository:https://www.bookdepository.com/Malice-Pintip-Dunn/9781640634121

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/malice-42

Google Books:https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Pintip_Dunn_Malice?id=e8pkDwAAQBAJ

AUTHOR INFORMATION

Pintip Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author of young adult fiction. Shegraduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B., and receivedher J.D. at Yale Law School.Her novel FORGET TOMORROW won the 2016 RWA RITA® for Best First Book,and SEIZE TODAY won the 2018 RITA for Best Young Adult Romance. Her bookshave been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for thefollowing awards: the Grand Prixdel’Imaginaire; the Japanese Sakura Medal; theMASL Truman Award; the TomeSociety It list; and the Romantic Times Reviewers’Choice Award.Her other titles include REMEMBER YESTERDAY, THE DARKEST LIE, GIRLON THE VERGE, STAR-CROSSED, and MALICE.She lives with her husband and children in Maryland.

AUTHORLINKS
Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13442212.Pintip_Dunn

Website:http://www.pintipdunn.com/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/pintipdunn

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/AuthorPintipDunn?pnref=lhc

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/pintip_dunn/

TOUR SCHEDULE http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-malice-by-pintip-dunn.html

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of MALICE by Pintip Dunn (US Only)
Starts: 4thFebruary 2020
Ends: 18thFebruary 2020

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Blog Tour| The Queens Assassin Review + Favorite Quotes +Giveaway

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Hi everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Queen’s Assassin by Melissa De La Cruz! Be sure to keep reading for my thoughts on the book, my favorite quotes, and a chance to enter a giveaway to win a copy of the book!

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Title: The Queen’s Assassin (Queen’s Secret #1)

by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons
Release Date: February 4th 2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis: Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Red Queen, this is the first novel in a sweeping YA fantasy-romance duet about a deadly assassin, his mysterious apprentice, and the country they are sworn to protect from #1 NYT bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.

Caledon Holt is the Kingdom of Renovia’s deadliest weapon. No one alive can best him in brawn or brains, which is why he’s the Guild’s most dangerous member and the Queen’s one and only assassin. He’s also bound to the Queen by an impossible vow–to find the missing Deian Scrolls, the fount of all magical history and knowledge, stolen years ago by a nefarious sect called the Aphrasians.

Shadow has been training all her life to follow in the footsteps of her mother and aunts–to become skilled enough to join the ranks of the Guild. Though magic has been forbidden since the Aphrasian uprising, Shadow has been learning to control her powers in secret, hoping that one day she’ll become an assassin as feared and revered as Caledon Holt.

When a surprise attack brings Shadow and Cal together, they’re forced to team up as assassin and apprentice to hunt down a new sinister threat to Renovia. But as Cal and Shadow grow closer, they’ll uncover a shocking web of lies and secrets that may destroy everything they hold dear. With war on the horizon and true love at risk, they’ll stop at nothing to protect each other and their kingdom in this stunning first novel in the Queen’s Secret series.

My thoughts

The Queens Assassin follows the story of Shadow and Cal, two strangers who are thrown together by a twist of fate. Shadow has grown up outside the palace, with her two ‘Aunts’, learning the ways of the Guild and wanting nothing more than to join its ranks. Calendon Holt is known as the Assassin for the queen, but little else is known besides that. When the two are both requested to come to the palace, the story really gets going.

Ok I will start with the things I liked! I love the world building in this! I really enjoyed the two main characters and their banter with each other. Their romance was entertaining to read mixed with all the political intrigue. This was action-packed that has a few moments that will keep you on your toes. This was a fun fantasy read that I went through quite quickly.

Now the things I didnt enjoy. The POV shifts were a bit confusing between Shadow and Cal. Shadows POV is first person whereas Cals POV was third person. I thought this was quite disconcerting going back and forth between the POV changes. Another thing is the repetition. There was a lot of phrases repeated. Although it was an information dump starting out, as the story goes on it gets much easier to follow and enjoy.

Overall, this was a compelling YA fantasy romance. I am giving it a 3 out of 5 stars.

3 stasr

FAVORITE QUOTES

“My aunts taught me that sometimes when the world is too much, when life starts to feel overwhelming, we must strip away what’s unnecessary, seek out the quiet, and listen to the dirt and trees.”

The problem is, while he’s come to the grudging realization that she may be useful, it’s clear that as much as she might admire him, she also finds him deeply exasperating. So he isn’t quite willing to allow her the satisfaction of being right so she could hold something over him.”

“I’m almost tempted to go back to my aunts’ farm and then on to the palace, where at least I can live out my days in comfort and warmth. But I can’t even pretend to want that. If I’m being honest, that’s still less appealing than sticking out the journey ahead with my knight in shining armor, Sir Full of Himself.”

*ARC provided in exchange for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to the publisher and The FFBC for including me on the tour.

BOOK LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39334176-the-queen-s-assassin

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2WQpCSR

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-queens-assassin-melissa-de-la-cruz/1131493132

iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-queens-assassin/id1463329191

Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Queens-Assassin-Melissa-de-La-Cruz/9780525515913?ref=grid-view&qid=1573047342544&sr=1-2

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/the-queen-s-assassin-5

Google books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Melissa_de_la_Cruz_The_Queen_s_Assassin?id=mNqXDwAAQBAJ


AUTHOR INFORMATION

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.

She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.

Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).

She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.

AUTHOR LINKS

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21911.Melissa_de_la_Cruz

Website: https://melissa-delacruz.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/MelissadelaCruz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorMelissadelaCruz/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/authormelissadelacruz/

Tumblr: https://authormelissadelacruz.tumblr.com/


TOUR SCHEDULE

http://fantasticflyingbookclub.blogspot.com/2019/12/tour-schedule-queens-assassin-queens.html

GIVEAWAY

Prize: Win a copy of THE QUEEN’S ASSASSIN by Melissa de la Cruz (US Only)

Starts: 4th February 2020

Ends: 18th February 2020

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Blog Tour| Below Review+ Giveaway

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Title: Below(North #1)

by Alexandria Warwick

Publisher: Wolf PublishingRelease

Date: February 4th2020

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy


Synopsis: From the author of The Demon Race comes a YA dark fantasy series inspiredby Inuit mythology.In the heart of the frigid North, there lives a demon known as the Face Stealer. Eyes,nose, mouth—nothing and no one is safe. Once he returns to his lair, or wherever itis he dwells, no one ever sees those faces again.When tragedy strikes, Apaay embarks on a perilous journey to find her sister’s face—yet becomes trapped in a labyrinth ruled by a sinister girl namedYuki. The girl offersApaay a deal: find her sister’s face hidden within the labyrinth, and she will be setfree. But the labyrinth, and those who inhabit it, is not as it seems. EspeciallyNumiak: darkly beautiful, powerful, whose motives are not yet clear.With time slipping, Apaay is determined to escape the deadly labyrinth with hersister’s face in hand. But in Yuki’s harsh world, Apaay will need all her strength tosurvive.Yuki only plays the games she wins.


BOOKLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/39813043-below

Amazon:https://amzn.to/33oZ3GT

B&N:https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/below-alexandria-warwick/1133914646?ean=9781733033404

Kobo:https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/below-14

Below is based on Inuit Mythology and takes place in the Arctic. While out hunting for her family the day, Apaay learns that dusaster has struck and her sisters face has been stolen by a demon. Apaay decides to track the demon down and get her sisters face back before it is gone forever.

This was such a unique premise! I’ve never read any books inspired by Inuit mythology and I found it all to be so fascinating. I liked all the characters in it, especially Apaay, our MC. Her growth in this was ah👏maz👏ing👏 I was not sure how much I liked her when the story first started but as she begins the trials of the labyrinth our girl really starts to grow on you. While I enjoyed almost all aspects of the story I think the one part I was not a fan of was the repetition that goes on. Apaay spends a lot of time walking by herself and talking with herself and it just felt monotonous. The world building was beautifully written and it felt like I was freezing my bum off in the chilly lands of the Arctic. Haunting and dark, I really enjoyed this story of the sisterly bond and how far one would go for her loved one. I will be eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series.


Alexandria Warwick is the #1 fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender. She is the authorof The Demon Race and the upcoming North series.

AUTHORLINKS

Goodreads:https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15371632.Alexandria_Warwick

Website:http://www.alexandriawarwick.com/

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/alexandriawarwick/

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Blog Tour|Fish Out of Water

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FISH OUT OF WATER

I am thrilled to be hosting a stop on the FISH OUT OF WATER by Jennifer Sommersby Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours! Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The
Book:
Title: FISH
OUT OF WATER: A Little Mermaid story (The Girl Without a Phone)
Author: Jennifer
Sommersby
Pub. Date: December
6, 2019
Publisher: Young
Actors Project (YAP)
Formats: Paperback,
eBook
Pages: 272

Synopsis: Be who you were born to be …
Marina Andersen’s structured life is ruled by the Three S’s: Swim. Study. Succeed. But
all this routine and order leaves little time for what she really wants to do:
SING. Try telling that to her overbearing father, a former rock legend whose
personal demons keep Marina’s extraordinary musical talents behind closed
doors.
After a chance performance at school drops a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity—and a
gorgeous young rocker—at Marina’s feet, she’ll have to decide what lengths
she’s willing to go to in pursuit of the one thing that reminds her heart to
beat.
While navigating the rough seas of managing her father’s expectations and finding her own voice, will Marina summon the courage to show her dad who she really is
inside before their family is dashed like a galleon in a storm?
***
Brought to you by the hugely popular YouTube series, The Girl Without A Phone, from the Young Actors Project, in collaboration with YA novelist Jennifer Sommersby,
Fish Out of Water is a timeless, heartwarming tale inspired by the beloved
Little Mermaid. Join Marina—alongside friends Lily and Sierra—in this fresh new
adventure meant to inspire the reader to find their own song.


About Jennifer:
Jenn

I am a writer, copy/line editor, bibliophile, and mom of four living in the Great
White North.Represented by Victoria Doherty Munro at Writers House.Romantic comedies under Eliza Gordon.

Giveaway Details: International
5 winners
will receive an eBook of FISH OUT OF WATER, International.

Tour
Schedule:
Week One:

1/20/2020

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1/20/2020

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1/21/2020

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1/21/2020

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1/22/2020

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1/22/2020

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1/23/2020

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1/23/2020

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1/24/2020

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1/24/2020

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Week Two:

1/27/2020

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1/27/2020

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1/28/2020

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1/28/2020

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1/29/2020

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1/29/2020

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1/30/2020

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1/30/2020

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1/31/2020

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1/31/2020

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Book Tour| Wardens of Eternity Review

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Title: Wardens of Eternity

Author: Courtney Moulton

Publisher: Blink YA

Genre: YA Fantasy


SYNOPSIS: Magic and magical creatures. Immortal gods and goddesses. History and mythology. Strap in for this action-packed YA novel that takes place over the days leading up to World War II, when Ziva must rely on her wit and magic to outmaneuver Nazis and ancient Egyptian gods to prevent global destruction.

Ziva has one memory of her parents, made the day they abandoned her on the streets of New York City when she was three years old. They left her with only a memory and a promise that she had a great and terrible destiny.

Fifteen years later, Ziva discovers that destiny includes powers that she doesn’t understand and can barely control. Her magic attracts vicious, otherworldly monsters, and eventually compatriots to help her fight them. Sayer and Nasira know the secrets Ziva doesn’t; that Ziva is descended from Egyptian royalty and in possession of ancient magic passed down from the time of the gods. They promise to teach Ziva to control her magic and to give her the family she’s always yearned for.

But trouble is brewing in the world around them; darkness is descending on Hitler’s Germany, threatening World War II. As the last heir of a revered Egyptian queen, Ziva is the only one with the power to prevent another costly global conflict. As Ziva navigates her newfound abilities and makes a connection with Anubis and other Egyptian gods, the Nazis are hunting for the ultimate weapon, and Ziva has caught their interest.


My thoughts

Wardens of Eternity is a historical fantasy that takes place in the 1940s. It combines Egyptian mythology with magical elements and historical elements( WWII). I thought it was a pretty interesting setting and I have always been a big fan of Egyptian mythology. The two elements combined made this story very unique! I thought the world building was interesting and it kept me intrigued. The characters were hard to really connect with though and interactions between the characters felt a bit forced. Overall, this was a compelling read, especially for fans of historical fantasy and mythology. I will be looking forward to the next book in the series. I’m giving it 3.75 stars out of 5.

3.75

*ARC provided in exchange for honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Many thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for including me on the tour.

Blog Tour| Seven Deadly Shadows Review + Favorite Quotes

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Title: Seven Deadly Shadows
By Courtney Alameda & Valynne E. Maetani
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: January 28th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Synopsis: Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess.But Kira’s life is shattered on the night her family’s shrine is attacked by a vicious band of yokai demons. With the help of Shiro—the shrine’s gorgeous half-fox, half-boy kitsune—Kira discovers that her shrine harbors an ancient artifact of great power . . . one the yokai and their demon lord, Shuten-doji, will use to bring down an everlasting darkness upon the world.
Unable to face the Shuten-doji and his minions on her own, Kira enlists the aid of seven ruthless shinigami—or death gods—to help stop the brutal destruction of humankind. But some of the death gods aren’t everything they initially seemed, nor as loyal to Kira’s cause as they first appeared.
With war drawing nearer by the day, Kira realizes that if this unlikely band of heroes is going to survive, they’re going to have to learn to work together, confront their demons, and rise as one to face an army of unimaginable evil.

Alright I’m a sucker for books mixed with mythology and this one hit the spot! The book starts off on the ground running with a huge battle at Kira’s grandfather’s shrine. That night changes her life forever. The pace of the books pretty consistent throughout the rest of it as we are given lots of action. There’s magic, creepy monsters, a wee bit of romance (slightly rushed/predictable but still good), wonderful character development, and of course, mythology! I loved how our MC went from being a timid character to a strong, badass, fighting hero. I was completely immersed in the story the whole time and did not want it to end. I will definitely be looking forward to any future books written by these two!

FAVORITE QUOTES

I am a girl surrounded by monsters and ghosts from an ancient world. Most days, they scare me less than people do.

When people know your weaknesses, they can exploit them. Or in the very least, they’ll think less of you for them.“This mutt managed to set your precious palace on fire,” I say, drawing my sword. The dying sunlight glints off its blade. “I’d be careful, Tamamo-no-Mae. Even mutts have teeth.”“I’m not ashamed of who I am,” I tell her, taking the shards of the Kusanagi no Tsurugi from my back and resting them on the altar. “Not anymore.”
BOOK LINKS
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iTunes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/seven-deadly-shadows/id1278864114?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seven-deadly-shadows-courtney-alameda/1131419129
Bookdepository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Seven-Deadly-Shadows-Courtney-Alameda/9780062855701?ref=grid-view&qid=1573461648412&sr=1-5
Google Books: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Courtney_Alameda_Seven_Deadly_Shadows?id=vdCXDwAAQBAJ
COURTNEY ALAMEDAA veteran bookseller and librarian, Courtney Alameda now spends her days writing thriller and horror novels for young people. Her debut novel, SHUTTER, was nominated for a Bram Stoker award and hailed as a “standout in the genre” by School Library Journal. Her forthcoming novel, PITCH DARK (Spring 2017), is a genre-blending science fiction/horror novel in the vein of Ridley Scott’s 1979 film ALIEN.Courtney holds a B.A. in English literature with an emphasis in creative writing. She is represented by the talented John M. Cusick of Folio Literary. A Northern California native, she now resides in Utah with her husband, a legion of books, and a tiny five pound cat with a giant personality.
VALYNNE E. MAETANIValynne E. Maetani (pronounced Vuh-lin Mah-eh-tah-nee) grew up in Utah and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. In a former life, she was a project manager and developed educational software for children with learning disabilities. Currently, she is a full-time writer. She is a member of the We Need Diverse Books team and is dedicated to promoting diversity in children’s literature because every child should grow up believing his or her story deserves to be told. Her debut novel, Ink and Ashes, is the winner of the New Visions Award 2013, a Junior Library Guild 2015 selection, and Best Fiction Book in Salt Lake City Weekly’s Best of Utah Arts Award for 2015. She lives in Salt Lake City.
AUTHOR LINKS
COURTNEY ALAMEDA
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6983061.Courtney_Alameda
Website: http://www.courtneyalameda.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/courtalameda
Tumblr: https://courtneyalamedabooks.tumblr.com/
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VALYNNE E. MAETANI
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8473856.Valynne_E_Maetani
Website: https://www.valynne.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valynnemaetani
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valynne

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GIVEAWAY

Grand Prize: Win a signed copy of SEVEN DEADLY SHADOWS, a signed copy of Courtney Alameda’s SHUTTER, and a signed copy of Valynne Maetani’s INK AND ASHES; anime portraits of Kira and Shiro; a stuffed fox omamori charm from the Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine in Japan; an origami fox hand-folded by Valynne Maetani; a yokai mini sticker sheet; and an assortment of Japanese Kit Kats (not pictured) [INT]

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Blog Spotlight | Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara Excerpt

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Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to share with you Cast in Wisdom by Michelle Sagara! This is book 15(!!!)  in The Chronicles of Elantra. Keep reading for all the details of it as well as an excerpt! Title: CAST IN WISDOM

Author: Michelle Sagara

ISBN: 9780778309383

Publication Date: 01/28/20

Publisher: MIRA Books

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Synopsis :In the aftermath of the events in the High Halls, there are loose ends. One of those loose ends is the fieflord, Candallar. In an attempt to understand his involvement—with the Barrani, with the High Court, and with the much hated Arcanum—Kaylin has been sent to the fiefs.

She has mixed feelings about this. There’s nothing mixed about her feelings when she discovers a very unusual building in the border zone between two fiefs, and far more questions are raised than are answered. Her attempt to get answers leads her back to the Imperial Palace and its resident Dragon librarian, the Arkon.

Things that were lost in the dim past were not, perhaps, destroyed or obliterated—and what remains appears to be in the hands of a fieflord and his allies—allies who would like to destroy Kaylin’s friends, the Emperor, and possibly the Barrani High Court itself. This is bad.

What’s worse: The librarian who hates to leave his library has a very strong interest in the things that might, just might, have been preserved, and—he is leaving his library to do in person research, no matter what Kaylin, the Hawks, or the Emperor think.

He is not the only one. Other people are gathering in the border zone; people who believe knowledge is power. But power is also power, and it might be too late for the Empire’s most dedicated Historian—and Kaylin and her friends, who’ve been tasked with his safety.


Michelle Sagara is an author, bookseller, and lover of literature based in Toronto. She writes fantasy novels and lives with her husband and her two children, and to her regret has no dogs. Reading is one of her life-long passions, and she is sometimes paid for her opinions about what she’s read by the venerable Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. No matter how many bookshelves she buys, there is Never Enough Shelf space. Ever.


EXCERPT

“You are such a coward,” Bellusdeo said when they’d reached the relative safety of the street. The roads in and around Helen were sparsely populated at the busiest of times, which this wasn’t. They would soon join roads that were crowded at the slowest of times, but Kaylin was dressed for the office. The Hawk emblazoned on her tabard encouraged people to make space. 

Had Bellusdeo hit the streets in her Draconic form, she’d have cleared far more of it—but some of that space would be created by panic, and panic could cause both accidents and the type of traffic congestion that caused the Swords to investigate. Also, it was illegal. 

“It’s not cowardice,” Kaylin replied, scanning the windows of the buildings above ground level. 

“What would you call it?” 

“Wisdom.” 

“Oh, please.”

“There’s no point in arguing with them now. Sedarias thinks it’ll be months before this ridiculous command performance occurs. We have months to attempt to talk her out of—” 

“Out of expressing any appreciation or gratitude?” 

Ugh. “You know they’re grateful. This isn’t about gratitude. It’s about rubbing that gratitude in the faces of the Barrani who attempted to brand you a—an army. An attacking army.” 

“I believe the term you want is Flight.” Bellusdeo’s eyes were orange. 

Hope squawked at the Dragon. Kaylin didn’t understand what he was saying. Bellusdeo did, but her eyes didn’t get any lighter. 

“You know as well as I do,” Kaylin said, emboldened by Hope’s entry into the discussion, “that this is not the time to visit the High Halls. I’m not sure the Emperor has ever been a guest there.” 

“We visited the Halls—more or less—when they came under attack, and the Barrani needed our help.” 

“From the outside. No one invited the Dragon Court in.” 

The chorus of Barrani voices that sometimes offered entirely unasked for opinions on the inside of her head maintained their silence for half a beat. The first person to break that silence was the fieflord. His words were tinged with amusement. 

You cannot expect that the cohort would suddenly cease to cause any difficulty, surely? 

I’m almost certain that the cohort understands why inviting a Dragon—any Dragon—to attend the High Halls would be a disaster. 

For the Dragons? 

For everyone. 

I believe some of the more conservative High Lords might be surprisingly supportive of such an invitation. 

Of course they would. It would be their best shot at killing Bellusdeo. If Bellusdeo died, there would be no new Dragons. No hatchlings. 

There’s no way the Emperor would give her permission to attend. 

Nightshade concurred. In his position, I would not. But I would be prepared, should I refuse to grant that permission, for all-out war. My brother has grown inordinately fond of her; living with you has made him reckless. 

He’s not— 

He has known Bellusdeo for even less time than you. He is willing to trust her in a fashion no one older would. And do not cite the Consort, please. 

Kaylin hadn’t intended to. The Consort seems to like her. 

Kaylin, the Consort “likes” me. But she does not trust me. 

She does. 

“Stop making that face, or it will freeze that way.” Kaylin reddened. 

I understand that you are attempting to avoid the Emperor’s ire. I consider this wise on your part. It is not, however, the ire of the Emperor that will be your most significant problem; he will do nothing to harm Bellusdeo. 

I know that. 

It is the ire of the High Lords. Sedarias is, I believe, genuinely grateful for Bellusdeo’s intervention. She does wish to honor her. But gratitude can be expressed privately—and in most cases, it is. Only rulers feel obliged to make that expression public because the public expression elevates those to whom one feels gratitude. It makes clear to witnesses that the aid tendered—in whatever fashion—is important and significant. The Emperor has codified such significance in public ceremonies and public titles, has he not? 

Kaylin shrugged. 

For Sedarias, however, genuine gratitude is not an impediment to political displays. She can be genuinely grateful and simultaneously, extremely political. She wishes to highlight Bellusdeo’s aid and import to Mellarionne. Why do you think this is? 

Kaylin thought about this. After a long pause, she said, She wants to thumb her nose at the rest of the High Lords, many of whom weren’t helpful at all? 

Nightshade’s silence was one of encouragement. 

Bellusdeo’s a Dragon. So…her presence means that even Dragons—with whom you’ve had a war or two— 

Three. 

Fine, a war or three, were more helpful, or at least more of a genuine ally, than any of the Barrani. 

Yes. I believe that is some part of Sedarias’s intent. That’s not going to help Mellarionne any. 

Perhaps, perhaps not. She will do so as An’Mellarionne. It would be considered a very bold move—but there are those who would assume that Sedarias is confident in her own power, and they would hesitate to challenge her. 

“If you are speaking about me,” Bellusdeo said, her voice almost a whisper of sound, “I must insist that you include me.” 

Hope squawked. 

“Well, yes, that could cause some difficulty,” the Dragon replied. “But I dislike Kaylin’s worry. She is mortal.” Squawk. “The marks of the Chosen don’t matter. She’s mortal. I may be a displaced person in these lands; I may no longer have a home or lands of my own. But I am a Dragon.” 

“I’m not exactly worried about you,” Kaylin said. When one golden brow rose in response, she added, “Not about you specifically. But—there’s no way for Dragon and High Halls to combine that isn’t political. Explosively political. On your own, you can survive more than any of the rest of the cohort—or me. But you won’t be on your own. The cohort won’t abandon you.” 

It was the Dragon’s turn to snort. 

Kaylin reconsidered her words and chose better ones. “Most of the cohort wouldn’t abandon you. Annarion wouldn’t. Mandoran wouldn’t. I don’t believe Allaron would either, from what I’ve seen. And you know what the cohort is like. The minute one of them enters combat to save you, they’re all going to rush in. It doesn’t matter if they’re there for your sake or their friends’; they’ll be there. But this is political, and anything political is far above my pay grade.” 

“You don’t seem to find this insulting.” 

“I consider it one of the biggest advantages of my rank. Which is the lowest rank I could be given and still be called a Hawk.” 

“One of? What’s another one?” 

“I’m not in command. I don’t need to make decisions that might cost the lives of other Hawks. No matter what happens in an action, large or small, I won’t have their deaths on my hands.” 

“But you don’t like being a private.” 

“Well, I could be a corporal, and it would still be mostly true. And the pay is higher.” 

“It’s not much higher,” a familiar voice said. It was Mandoran’s. Of course it was. Kaylin didn’t miss a step. 

“I don’t suggest you try to enter the Halls of Law looking like that.” 

“Like what?” 

“Like thin air.” 

“Oh. That.” Mandoran caused other people some consternation as he materialized to the side of Kaylin that Bellusdeo wasn’t occupying. To be fair, most of the street didn’t notice; people always had their own problems and their own schedules. “I was going to follow Teela into the office, but Teela’s not heading there directly.” 

“So you followed us?” 

“Not most of the way, no. I decided to head straight here to wait, but I caught up because you’re doing the Hawk-walk.” He glanced at Bellusdeo. “For what it’s worth, I think insisting on your presence on the inside of the High Halls is suicidal.” 

“Oh?” The Dragon’s voice was cool. “For who?” 

Mandoran grinned. “Mostly Kaylin.” 

Kaylin watched as flecks of gold appeared in Bellusdeo’s eyes. Mandoran had, once again, managed to set Bellusdeo at ease. Kaylin wondered if that was why he’d chosen to speak when he had. He never treated the Dragon with respect; had the Emperor been present for most of their spats, she wasn’t certain Mandoran wouldn’t be a pile of bleeding ash. Well, ash, because ash didn’t bleed, but still. 

“You left the rest of the cohort behind?” Kaylin asked. 

“We had a vote, and Helen decided it was safest to send me.” 

“She was the tie-breaker?” 

“Ah, no. She didn’t consider the first choice viable. But— we can all see what I see anyway, so unless there’s an attack, having more than one person here is superfluous. If Teela had been coming directly to the office, someone would have followed Teela.” 

“Not you?” Bellusdeo asked. 

“I had to live with Tain for a few years. Compressed into a few weeks, I might add. He’s stuffy and remarkably straightforward. Also, he hates fun.” 

“He hates mess,” Kaylin said, as they approached the stairs that led into the Halls of Law. 

“Define mess. No, wait, don’t. The problem with Tain—at least for me—is that Teela might actually kill us if we’re indirectly responsible for his death. He’s not like the rest of us; we can’t speak to him without shouting, and even if we can, he doesn’t listen half the time. So…it’s a lot less safe to tail Tain.” 

“I imagine it’s safer to tail Tain than it is to tail Kaylin if you’re worried about Teela’s reaction,” Bellusdeo said, frowning slightly. 

“You need a better imagination.”

Excerpted from Cast In Wisdom by Michelle Sagara, Copyright © 2020 by Michelle Sagara. Published by MIRA Books.