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New Book!

I have a new standalone fantasy coming out next year, titled THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US. The cover was released yesterday. Isn’t it stunning?

Nekro is the artist behind this masterpiece. He also did the cover for WARRIOR OF THE WILD!

THE SHADOWS BETWEEN US releases February 25, 2020. Read on for the synopsis.

“Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:

1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.

No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.

But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?”

This book is hands down my favorite thing I’ve ever written. I like to describe it as a Slytherin romance. I can’t wait for you all to read it next year!

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WARRIOR is out in the Wild

WARRIOR OF THE WILD has been out for one full week! I’m so excited to introduce you to Rasmira, Iric, and Soren. (I like to think of them as my very own Harry Potter trio.) Here is a description of the book:

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying. ​

Rasmira is my point of view character, and she is the Hufflepuff to Alosa’s Slytherin. Being a Slytherpuff myself, it felt only natural to draw on the other side of my personality to create this character. Rasmira shares many qualities with her predecessor. Both girls are fierce with a weapon, a loyal friend to have, and sarcastic to a fault.

Though it is my third published book, WARRIOR OF THE WILD is the sixth book I have written from start to finish. Four of those prior five books all had something in common: sword fights. Now don’t get me wrong, I love a good sword fight, but I grew tired of writing fight scenes with the sword, and I decided that for this book I would like to do something different.

That’s when Gimli popped into my head, swearing his allegiance to the fellowship of the ring. “And my ax!”

And suddenly I knew what I wanted to do differently. I wanted to write a battle-ax story so that all the fight scenes would feel a little different as I was writing them.

But in order for things to make sense, I needed to figure out why a society would choose to use battle axes. They’re heavier, harder to swing, and harder to aim than swords. There needed to be a reason why these weapons would be the primary method for killing.

So I came up with a world where everything is more hardened than our own. The animals have tough exoskeletons, the fruits all have tough husks, the vegetables have thick skins, the monsters are massive and relentless. I created a world where the only way to survive is with an ax.

On top of the axes, I took a few other small elements from Viking culture (such as names and the idea of a warrior-based society), but for the most part, the world, scenery, religion, society, structures, etc. are all of my own creation.

This book is a standalone fantasy, so you can read and finish the story without having to wait for any sequels. Next year, I have another standalone fantasy releasing, but more on that later!

I hope you will enjoy this world of monsters, gods, betrayal, friendship, and hope! WARRIOR OF THE WILD is available wherever books are sold. You can find buy links here.

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WARRIOR OF THE WILD Preorder Incentives

If you’re a US resident, click here to redeem all the items above!

If you’re international, send an email to TriciaLevenseller@gmail.com with your proof of purchase and full address (spaced exactly like it needs to go on the envelope), and I will send you the items myself!

If you’re looking to preorder a special edition of the book (with a full color poster map on the reverse side of the dust jacket), you can do that here. But be sure to order soon because most of the special edition books are sold out!

Feel free to email me at the address given above with any questions! Thanks so much for your support!

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Book Trailer and New Events

Have you seen the book trailer for WARRIOR OF THE WILD? I might be biased, but I think it’s the most epic thing ever!

And then I’ve added more stops to my Events page! I’m heading out on the Monsters & Sirens tour this March, this time with author Alexandra Christo, who wrote TO KILL A KINGDOM, which I loved!

Hope to see you at an event this year! If not, you can get a signed bookplate for your WARRIOR OF THE WILD book when preorder incentives go live later this month! Stay tuned!

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2019 Events and Giveaway

I have lots of appearances in 2019 that have already been announced, along with many more to come! The closest are my launch party for WARRIOR OF THE WILD and the Rebel Warriors Tour! See the details below, and head on over to my events page for more details!

As for the giveaway, head on over to Goodreads to enter! My publisher is giving away 50 ARCs! So exciting!

Hope to see you on tour, and keep an eye out for my next announcement of places I’ll be going in 2019!

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2019 Tour and Life Updates

I’m super excited to share that I will be going on tour again next year, this time to promote the release of my newest book, WARRIOR OF THE WILD.

We will be announcing tour stops later this year, so stay tuned!

In other news, we’re less than five months out from the release of WOTW. This year has been so fast for me. I went to a lot of fun places (see the Events page for specifics) and met a lot of fun people. I can’t wait to do it all again (and more!) next year. My launch party will be on February 26th at the Provo City Library, so be sure to mark your calendars if you’re local!

In the meantime, I’m working on my 2020 novel, which I’ve almost finished drafting. I can’t wait until I’m allowed to talk about it!

This year, I read my first graphic novel (Check, Please), and I’ve decided the medium is fantastic, and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out. My favorites so far have probably been Saga and Rat Queens. No matter what medium, whether book or movie, my tastes always tend to gravitate toward sci-fi/fantasy.

Other highlights of the year have been going to the Oregon coast with my family, moving to a bigger apartment, where I actually get to have an office to work in, and redesigning my website!

 

 

 

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WARRIOR OF THE WILD Cover Reveal

For those of you who aren’t on Instagram, I wanted to make sure you had a chance to see the cover for my next book! WARRIOR OF THE WILD is a Viking-inspired standalone fantasy that will release February 26, 2019.

Here’s a bit about the book:

How do you kill a god?

As her father’s chosen heir, eighteen-year-old Rasmira has trained her whole life to become a warrior and lead her village. But when her coming-of-age trial is sabotaged and she fails the test, her father banishes her to the monster-filled wilderness with an impossible quest: To win back her honor, she must kill the oppressive god who claims tribute from the villages each year or die trying.

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I’m completely in love with the cover! What do you think?

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Fierce Reads Tour

Have you visited my events page recently? I have a ton of new events coming up this year, and I want to make sure you know if I’m coming near you! Check out my events page here for more details. Below I’ll be posting the stops for the Fierce Reads Tour, which I will be a part of along with authors Mary E. Pearson, Maurene Goo, and Taran Matharu.

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Schuler Books
Grand Rapids, MI

May 9
Red Balloon
St. Paul, MN

May 10
Boswell Books
Milwaukee, WI

May 11
Main St. Books
St. Charles, MO

May 12
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO

May 13
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA

May 14
Books, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Please visit each bookstore’s website for times and details. Hope to see you on the tour!

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Brave Girls Tour

Erin Summerill and I are excited to announce the full line up for our #BraveGirlsTour! We will be hitting four bookstores in the Pacific Northwest as well as making a one-day stop for a comic convention! See the graphic below for details!

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We’d love to see you! Come by to see us and get your books signed!

I will also be participating in the Fierce Reads spring tour, which is happening in May! The locations for that tour will be announced February 28th! Be sure to check my events page regularly for new stops!

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February Releases

It’s February! You know what that means? DAUGHTER OF THE SIREN QUEEN releases this month! The 27th is only a few weeks away. I’m having such a hard time being patient for it to get here, so I thought I’d talk about all the other awesome February YA book releases I’m looking forward to!

1. SHADOWSONG (Feb 6th) by S. Jae-Jones, the sequel to WINTERSONG. This book is perfect for those who love strong romantic plot lines; beautiful, atmospheric writing; and fairytales.

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What it’s about: Six months after the end of Wintersong, Liesl is working toward furthering both her brother’s and her own musical careers. Although she is determined to look forward and not behind, life in the world above is not as easy as Liesl had hoped. Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.

When troubling signs arise that the barrier between worlds is crumbling, Liesl must return to the Underground to unravel the mystery of life, death, and the Goblin King—who he was, who he is, and who he will be. What will it take to break the old laws once and for all? What is the true meaning of sacrifice when the fate of the world—or the ones Liesl loves—is in her hands?

2. THE QUEEN’S RISING (Feb 6th) By Rebecca Ross. Perfect for fans of political intrigue and historical settings.

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What it’s about: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

3. THE ROGUE QUEEN (Feb 13th) by Emily R. King. I loved Emily’s first two books in this series. This book will appeal to fans of elemental magic systems, strong female relationships, and well-choreographed action sequences.

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What it’s about: Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

4. SIGHTWITCH (Feb 13th) by Susan Dennard. This book is for fans of epic fantasy! With fantastic character dynamics, a touch of romance, and epic magical battles, this series will appeal to fans of THRONE OF GLASS.

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Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.

5. PITCH DARK (Feb 20th) by Courtney Alameda. The best way to describe this book is sci-fi horror! Courtney has such a way with creating unique, terrifying monsters. The pacing is spot on in this novel, and the characters jump off the page.

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What it’s about: Set against a future of marauding space scavengers and deadly aliens who kill with sound, here is a frightening, fast-paced YA adventure from the author of the acclaimed horror novel, Shutter.

Tuck has been in stasis on the USS John Muir, a ship that houses Earth’s most valued artifacts—its natural resources. Parks and mountains are preserved in space.

Laura belongs to a shipraiding family, who are funded by a group used to getting what they want. And they want what’s on the Muir.

Tuck and Laura didn’t bargain on working together, or battling mutant aliens who use sound to kill. But their plan is the only hope for their crews, their families, and themselves.

In space, nobody can hear you scream . . . but on the John Muir, the screams are the last thing you’ll hear.

6. HEART OF IRON (Feb 27th) by Ashley Poston. Another totally original sci-fi!

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What it’s about: Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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