Friday, June 27, 2014

First Sentence Friday - Encounter at Shalana

My weekly meme. Wanted something fun to do for a little bit and thought it would be fun to go through one of my books and pull out the first line from each chapter each week. So here is the next one.

Chapter Eight

Kristy stewed in her room.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Q&A and #Giveaway: Children of Avalon Series by Meredith Bond

AIR: Merlin’s Chalice,
Water: Excalibur’s Return &
FIRE: Nimuë’s Destiny
Children of Avalon Series Books 1-3
By: Meredith Bond

Meredith stopped by to answer a few questions about her Children of Avalon Series.

What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?

First of all, Angelia, thank you so much for having me here today. I really appreciate it! The idea for the Children of Avalon series was to describe the beginning of the world I created in my Regency Fantasy Romance, Magic in the Storm. In that book I created a people I call the Vallen. They're a magical people who are tasked with using their magic to make the world a better place (think Benjamin Franklin, Mozart and Einstein).

I wanted to explore how this world began and came up with a prophecy from the great wizard Merlin and a magical chalice in which he left all of his powers when he was entombed into an oak tree by Nimue, the Lady of the Lake. His prophecy states that his descendant (Dylan) and that of Morgan le Fey (Scai and Bridget) will have to find the chalice and use it to stop Nimue from becoming the most powerful Vallen in the world and using her power for her own advancement -- but only if she doesn't kill them first. This series, the Children of Avalon, tells this tale in three books: Air: Merlin's Chalice which begins the story and is told from Scai's point of view; it continues in Water: Excalibur's Return told from Dylan's point of view; and concludes in Fire: Nimue's Destiny, told from Bridget's point of view.

What was your favorite part of writing this book? 

Coming up with all of the magic that is used in the books--and there's a lot of really cool stuff that these Vallen can do! They turn into different animals depending on which element they're associated with, can repair broken bones, bring to life drawings of fantastic creatures such as dragons and griffins, and so much more!

What is your favorite line from your book? 

It is so hard to pick just one! I'd have to say, though, that when Morgan le Fey says to her sister, Nimue, "Good luck with that," I love it. She says this a couple of times when Nimue tells her how she's going to kill the Children of Avalon. This is Morgan's snarky come back just about every time.

What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters? 

There really isn't one. Think of any Arthurian movie you've seen and add a touch of Monty Python and the Holy Grail to that and you can get an idea of what it's like. It's not a comedy, but it's got touches of comedy in it along with lots of magic and a quest.

If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say? 

The Children of Avalon: Ready to free the world—or be killed trying.


Over two hundred years ago the great Merlin prophesied the coming of the Children of Avalon who would fight and, hopefully, defeat Lady Nimuë in her quest to rule and become most powerful Vallen ever. To guide them, he left a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table​, Sir Dagonet​. Now, after seven generations, it is finally time for events to begin to unfold.​

Our story begins with:​

Air: Merlin’s Chalice

In one day Scai has gone from being considered unusual by the people of her little Welsh village to an outcast fleeing for her life. Left on the church steps as a baby, she knows nothing of her history—or her abilities. Did she really stop the rain just by wishing it to stop? But she is determined to learn all she can. Travelling alone to find her family seems to be the only way she’s going to find the answers she seeks.

Her journey leads her to the comical old knight Sir Dagonet, who tells her that she is one of a magical people called the Vallen. Together they continue on, joined by the handsome Dylan and the fiery Bridget on a new quest—to find the fabled Merlin’s Chalice, said to hold all the power of the entrapped wizard. Together, Scai, Dylan and Bridget discover that they are the long awaited Children of Avalon, destined to save the world from power-hungry Lady Nimuë—unless she kills them first.

Along the way, Scai finds magic—both in the wind and air that she can control at will, and in the sweet ache of a first love that she cannot.

Next, Dylan continues our story in:

Water: Excalibur’s Return

​ ​Dylan has never been good enough. Neither his foster-brother nor his father have ever thought so. But now, finally, Dylan has a chance to demonstrate what he can do in the most difficult of situations. Dylan is the only descendant of the great Merlin and a member of a magical race known as the Vallen. One of the Children of Avalon, he knows he is strong enough to defeat Lady Nimuë. But when Dylan thinks he can take her on on his own, he is quickly shown otherwise.

​ ​When not even the love of a beautiful and powerful woman is enough, what will it take for Dylan to prove that he is worthy of taking on the greatest threat Britain has ever faced?

Finally, Bridget will finish our tale in:

Fire: Nimuë’s Destiny

​ ​Bridget isn’t sure she has what it takes to be a leader, but she’s about to find out. The witch hunts are getting worse by the day. But when Lady Nimuë kidnaps Bridget’s own family things get personal. Only Bridget, the brilliant Scai and powerful Dylan—the prophesied Children of Avalon—have the power to defeat Lady Nimuë. The question is, does Bridget have the strength of will to lead them through to the end?

​ ​When Scai’s childhood friend, Aron the blacksmith, joins their group, Bridget is suddenly faced with a new challenge—this one from her heart. Will her love for Aron get in the way of defeating Nimuë, or will it give her the confidence she’ll need?

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Author Info

Meredith Bond is an award–winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie–published paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s heart belongs to her husband and two children. Her paranormal romances include Magic In The Storm, Storm on the Horizon, and the short story “In A Beginning”. Her traditional Regencies include The Merry Men Quartet of which An Exotic Heir and A Dandy In Disguise have recently been republished. Meredith teaches writing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e–retailer.

Want to know more? Come visit Meredith at her website or chat with her on Facebook or Twitter @merrybond and find her at Goodreads. If you’d like to be one of the first to know of Meredith’s new releases and get a free vignette four times a year sign up for Meredith’s newsletter here.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Movie Monday - Movies you Watch Over and Over

I'm a chronic movie re-watcher. If I like a movie I have to watch it more than once. And if I love a movie well all bets are off and it probably won't be too long until I know almost every line. Think the Rocky Horror phenomenon.

So, I was just thinking what movies can I basically recite almost every line?

There are actually many more, but I'll leave it with these five. What's a movie you know so well you can recite the lines right along with the characters?

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Midsummer's Eve #Giveaway Hop

Midsummers Hop

Welcome to my Midsummer's Eve Giveaway Hop. I'm giving away a copy of Horse Charmer to one lucky winner. This giveaway is international. US residents can pick between a print or ebook copy of Horse Charmer. Non-US residents can have an ebook copy of Horse Charmer. Check out the rest of the hop with the Linky below.

At sixteen years old, Cassia would rather spend her days in the royal stables than in the royal court. But as the eldest child of King Robet and Queen Sarahann she obediently performs her duties as the Princess of Karah.

Her safe world changes forever when her father is murdered in the neighboring kingdom of Vespera. Cassia grapples with his loss as her mother prepares her for her new role as queen. Her first task - she must travel to Vespera to marry a prince she barely knows to fulfill the treaty her father signed just before his death.

Nothing is as simple as it seems with political intrigues and unusual powers shadowing Cassia on her search to find out who killed her father and why.

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Friday, June 20, 2014

First Sentence Friday - Encounter at Shalana

My weekly meme. Wanted something fun to do for a little bit and thought it would be fun to go through one of my books and pull out the first line from each chapter each week. So here is the next one.

Chapter Seven

Kristy fumed as Glenn docked the Gryphon into the Unicorn’s shuttle bay.

Friday, June 13, 2014

First Sentence Friday - Encounter at Shalana

My weekly meme. Wanted something fun to do for a little bit and thought it would be fun to go through one of my books and pull out the first line from each chapter each week. So here is the next one.

Chapter Six

The Gryphon cruised over the Rutledge development.

Friday, June 6, 2014

First Sentence Friday - Encounter at Shalana

My weekly meme. Wanted something fun to do for a little bit and thought it would be fun to go through one of my books and pull out the first line from each chapter each week. So here is the next one.

Chapter Five

Kristy’s room was incident command since her new passengers made it impossible to hold any type of meeting in the common area.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Monster Within Monster Giveaway

Squee! There's one month until the release of The Monster Within! That means it's time to celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than by having a giveaway? But before we get to the giveaway, check out the cover and blurb for The Monster Within.

The moment seventeen-year-old Samantha Thompson crawls out of her grave, her second chance at life begins. She died of cancer with her long-time boyfriend, Ethan, by her side—a completely unfair shot at life. But Ethan found a way to bring her back, like he promised he would. Only Sam came back wrong.

She's now a monster that drains others' lives to survive. And after she kills, she’s tortured by visions—glimpses into her victims would-have-been futures had she not killed them. Barely able to live with herself and trying to make things right, Sam ends up a pawn in a vicious game of payback within the local coven of witches.

But when the game reveals what Ethan had to do to save Sam, she must make a choice that will change all their lives forever.

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
ISBN:  978-1-937053-85-7
Release Date: 6/17/2014
Formats: Paper, e-book 

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So, what can you win? 

  • 1 signed copy of The Monster Within
  • The Monster Within bookmarks
  • a mask (winner's choice of purple, green, or gold)
  • a mood ring (winner's choice of small, medium, or large)
  • a triquetra necklace (not shown in picture)
  • a paperback ARC of Cold Calls, a YA thriller by Charles Benoit
  • a hard cover copy of The Magnolia League, a witchy YA by Katie Crouch
  • a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winner's choice; gift card not shown in picture)

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Rereading Books

Rereading books. Maybe not all of us reread books, but I know a lot of you do. Sometimes you just want something familiar. Reimmerse yourself in the world or the characters. Here are my favorite books to reread:

To Die For by Linda Howard
An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair
The Last Victim and One Summer by Karen Robards
After Caroline and Amanda by Kay Hooper
Family Man and Soft Focus by Jayne Ann Krentz
Sweet Baby by Sharon Sala
Shadow Game by Christine Feehan

When I was heavy into Nora Roberts I reread Sanctuary, Montana Sky, and Born of Ice over and over.

I can remember rereading Battlecry Forever by Joanna Campbell,  the Hart & Soul Series by Jahnna N Malcolm, the Secret of the Unicorn Queen series, and of course many Nancy Drew Files over and over when I was a teenager.

What are your go to rereads?