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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 Her younger brother Josef is cold, distant, and withdrawn, while Liesl can’t forget the austere young man she left beneath the earth, and the music he inspired in her.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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What I’ve Been Up To

First off, there are fewer than three months until DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING releases, and I could not be more excited! To celebrate, I’m hosting a giveaway on Twitter. You can check that out here!

If you haven’t already noticed, I’ve updated my website. There is now an EVENTS tab on my homepage, where you can find conferences, signings, and other events I’ll be at—I’ll update this throughout the year as more things come up. One highlight is the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING launch party, which will be held in Provo, Utah. If you’re in the area, I would love for you to join me for a night of giveaways, swashbuckling costumes, and piratey treats! More details here!

I’ve already commissioned my costume for the event. I cannot wait to wear this darling pirate corset! The only thing I need now is the perfect pirate hat to go with it! Oh, and I’ll be wearing boots and leggings instead of the skirt.

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As for the writing side of things, I’m currently working on edits for the DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING sequel. The series is only two books, so this is the second and final installment in the duology. The second book has a title already, but I’m not allowed to announce it yet. It’s somewhat of a spoiler if you haven’t already read the first book.

I’m still reading in my spare time. There are so many exciting books coming out next year that I’ve already had the pleasure of reading. You’ll want to put these on your TBR.

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And then Emily King’s THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN (doesn’t have a cover yet)!

Sadly, I haven’t allowed myself to watch any shows lately. I tend to glue myself to the TV instead of doing my edits, so I’ve cut myself off for now. The fourth season of VIKINGS is just waiting for me on Hulu as soon as I finish these edits.

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I was given an early Christmas present this year:

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OVERWATCH on Xbox 1. Playing the game is my reward each day I get in my page/word count done.

I think that’s everything! I’m so looking forward to the holidays, and I really hope I get these edits done beforehand so I can properly enjoy them! Happy holidays to everyone and stay safe if you’re traveling (and safe if you’re not, too)!

 

 

 

 

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Book Recommendations

While we wait for DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING to release in 2017, here are some book recommendations of novels written by other YA historical fantasy authors. I loved these books! Click on each book for a plot description.

GRAVE MERCY

Grave Mercy

THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS

The girl of fire and thorns

GRACELING

Graceling

THRONE OF GLASS

Throne of Glass

THE KISS OF DECEPTION

The kiss of deception

MAID OF SECRETS

Maid of Secrets

THE FALCONER

The Falconer

THE WINNER’S CURSE

The Winner's Curse

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Welcome!

Welcome to my new site and blog! Here I will be discussing writing, reading, pirates (woo hoo!), and other fun topics as I go through my writing adventures.

I’d like to give a quick shout out to Elizabeth Taggart for helping me put this site together and for creating such a beautiful pirate flag. Also, thanks need to be given to my sister, Alisa Levenseller, for coming up with the concept for the art.

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