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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman

March 28th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fifty Shades of Book Boys 7 Comments »

50 Shades of Book Boys

Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we are featuring Mason from The Requiem Red by Brynn Chapman! The Requiem Red  is a thriller that is set in an asylum!  I got a chance to read this one early and I really enjoyed it. It creeped me out a little bit but it was defiantly a very interesting read!  If you want to read my review for The Requiem Red you can go here! The Requiem Red releases on April 5th from Month 9 Books so make sure to keep your eyes out for it!

After the awesome post all about Mason there is an amazing international giveaway for three ebook copies of The Requiem Red so make sure to check that out at the end of the post!

***Also don’t forget to enter here for the international Fifty Shades of Book Boys giveaway***

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Meet Mason:

I walk into the auditorium and instantly notice the stage, which has been considerably adorned from its usual near-squalor to now resemble a cottage.

“Oi, Mason. I thought you were off tonight?” Alexander, the beefy, dense orderly turns his bloodshot gaze to take in my street clothes.

I shrug. “Just got off. Thought I would wait, and see what this was about?”

His face splits in a grin that is more a leer. “I tell you wot it’s about. Bunch of imbecilies, playing hoity-toity music,” his watery eyes scan the audience, “to even more stupid, hoity-toity do-gooders, willing to pay good coin to see em.”

I grind my teeth. He sees Soothing Hills Inmates as animals. Truth be told, he is the bloody animal. And I am counting the days till I can shed this orderly uniform and stroll out into the sunlight, and never, ever look back.

The lights flicker and dim, and I seize the opportunity to put space between us.

I swim through the sea of well-heeled ladies and gents, fighting the current of bodies till I reach the front row—right in front of the stage.

A translucent screen is dropped and lights flare, allowing shadows to appear behind it. I watch in fascination as the musicians take their place on the stage.

In the far right…

My mouth is instantly dry. It is Patient Twenty-Nine. I recognize the cock of her head, even though she is mere shadow.

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Why, do you recognize her mannerisms?

I square my shoulders and close my eyes, willing the images of her to leave me. Images that plague my dreams, leave me breathless and heaving and awake till the cold morning light mercifully arrives.

The music begins….

I discern cello, harp….but no violin.

She does not play.

My heartbeat doubles and I wipe my palms on my trousers, willing myself to stay put.

She is not your concern. Not yours to aide. To help. TO hold.

“Stop it.”

“Did you say something?” A middle aged woman requests, peering over her fan.

“No, sorry.”

I hear a tune…no, a note, more precisely. Someone hums it, beneath their breath, a few seats away.

The identical note warbles from behind the screen. It is Twenty-nine, I am certain.

And she begins…her arm sawing furiously at the violin—its music infusing  the entire assembly with the sound of her heart, channeled through that instrument.

For the love of heaven, man. The sound of her heart? What is wrong with me?

All else fades to nothing. I hear the violin rise over the other instruments. Calling.

Crying, pleading.

Calling me home.

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Link to music used for inspiration.

Image link for inspiration-Mason.

See Jane Run. See Jane cry. See Jane Scream.

Let’s free Jane.

Do your part, on April 6th.

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Brynn ChapmanAbout Brynn:

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love—not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger’s syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society’s downtrodden. In fiction, she’s a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. She also writes non-fiction and lectures on the subjects of autism and sensory integration and is a medical contributor to online journal The Age of Autism.

You can visit Brynn around the Web here:  Website | Blog

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The Requiem Red

Available April 5, 2016 from Month9Books

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Patient Twenty-nine.

A monster roams the halls of Soothing Hills Asylum. Three girls dead. 29 is endowed with the curse…or gift of perception. She hears messages in music, sees lyrics in paintings. And the corn. A lifetime asylum resident, the orchestral corn music is the only constant in her life.

Mason, a new, kind orderly, sees 29 as a woman, not a lunatic. And as his belief in her grows, so does her self- confidence. That perhaps she might escape, might see the outside world.

But the monster has other plans. The missing girls share one common thread…each was twenty-nine’s cell mate.

Will she be next?

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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry

March 27th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fifty Shades of Book Boys 14 Comments »

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Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we are featuring Razor from Walk the Edge by Katie McGarry! am such a huge fan of Kaite’s books and I think that Walk the Edge might be my all time favorite of hers. It was beautifully written and just one of those stories that leaves you a better person for having read it. I honestly can’t fully express in words how much I loved this story so please just go and buy it when it comes out! If you want to read my review for Nowhere But Here go here and my full review of Walk the Edge go here!

After the awesome post all about Razor there is an amazing giveaway for a finished copy of Walk the Edge so make sure to check that out at the end of the post!

***Also don’t forget to enter here for the international Fifty Shades of Book Boys giveaway***

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Meet Razor:

Walk the Edge, the second book in the Thunder Road series, features Thomas “Razor” Turner. He is one of my favorite heroes I’ve written. He’s gorgeous with his blond hair and ice cold blue eyes and he’s known for his dangerous edge. Razor is loyal and there isn’t much he won’t do for the people he loves. The moment he sets eyes on Breanna Miller, his entire world tilts and watching their relationship unfold is utterly delicious.

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A good time for me is: Hanging out with my friends at the Reign of Terror’s clubhouse.

I’d really rather: spend time with Breanna Miller. She’s the one person I always want to be around.

My biggest regret is: not hugging my mom tighter the last morning I saw her.

The best gift I could receive is: a brand new Harley Davidson V-Rod Muscle.

The last thing I do before I go to bed is: Text or talk to Breanna. Every moment apart from her tears me up.

If I could be anyone else for a day it would be: I like being who I am just fine.

I feel passionate about: my club. They are my brothers, my family. There isn’t much I wouldn’t do for them.

My biggest vice is: my inability to trust. It’s hard for me to let my guard down and let people in.

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About Katie:

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of the critically acclaimed Pushing the Limits series and the Thunder Road series. The first book in this series is Nowhere But Here.

You can visit Katie around the Web here:  Website | Blog

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Want to read more from Katie McGarry?

Pushing the Limits Dare You To Crash into You Take Me OnNowhere But HereRed at Night

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Walk the Edge

Available March 29, 2016 from Harlequin TEEN

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One moment of recklessness will change their worlds.

Smart. Responsible. That’s seventeen-year-old Breanna’s role in her large family, and heaven forbid she put a toe out of line. Until one night of shockingly un-Breanna-like behavior puts her into a vicious cyber-bully’s line of fire—and brings fellow senior Thomas “Razor” Turner into her life.

Razor lives for the Reign of Terror motorcycle club, and good girls like Breanna just don’t belong. But when he learns she’s being blackmailed over a compromising picture of the two of them—a picture that turns one unexpected and beautiful moment into ugliness—he knows it’s time to step outside the rules.

And so they make a pact: he’ll help her track down her blackmailer, and in return she’ll help him seek answers to the mystery that’s haunted him—one that not even his club brothers have been willing to discuss. But the more time they spend together, the more their feelings grow. And suddenly they’re both walking the edge of discovering who they really are, what they want, and where they’re going from here.

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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

March 26th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fifty Shades of Book Boys Comments Off on Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

50 Shades of Book Boys

Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we have an extra special post because we not only have an awesome boy we are featuring but also an awesome girl! Please welcome Tig and Polly from Exit Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston! Exit, Pursued by a Bear is a gut wrenching story that covers the tender issues of date rape! It is also a retelling of a Shakespear play which I think sounds intriguing. I have not personally had a chance to read this yet but I have heard it is amazing. This one hit shelves on March 15th so make sure to check it out!

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Meet Tig:

So the bad news is that in the original version of this story, Tig gets eaten by a bear. He is faced with an impossible choice, treason or murder, and when he picks murder, Providence acts quickly to balance the scales. He stands on the beach and gives a wonderful monologue about how wretched his life has become…and then he hears a noise.

The good news is that in THIS version of the story, Tig does not get eaten by a bear. He is faced with an impossible choice, his best friend or his best friend’s ex-girlfriend. No one alive picks the ex-girlfriend, most of the time, but Tig does. And so he doesn’t get eaten by a bear.

He’s never going to be the leading man or first in line, but he’s a good soul, when the chips are down, and he learns quickly, which not all boys do. He makes the right choice, not the easy one, and since, as author, I stand in for Providence, he gets to live.

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I wish I could stop: Aggravating Polly Olivier, but it’s kind of my destiny at this point.

My biggest accomplishment is: My nickname. Someone else noticed me long enough to give it to me, and even though it’s kind of still connected to Leo, mine stuck and his didn’t.

I’m a sucker for: Chicks. By which I mean baby chickens. They’re just so fluffy.

My celebrity crush is: Cassie Campbell. SHUT UP.

My biggest fear is: What if high school IS the best years of my life?

My drink of choice is: I refuse to answer this question on the grounds that it might be used to incriminate me.

I am the happiest at: Sleeping, obviously. I’m a teenager.

Nobody would believe my: Teddy bear collection. It’s embarrassing, but it started when I was too young to really control that sort of thing, and now it just feels like destiny.

Meet Polly:

So the bad news is that in the original version of this story, women still weren’t really considered people. They were more plot devices and props. So even though Paulina, handmaiden to the queen and general all-around badass, literally runs the entire show, she gets very little of the credit for it. She saves three lives, plus her own, and then manages to keep secrets like a boss for nearly two decades before coming up with the cunning plan that gets everyone a happily ever after.

The good news is that in THIS version of the story, Polly gets her due. Or, at least, I tried my best. She is an amazing friend and a wonderful person, and an absolute BEAR when you cross her. I love her tremendously, and she is easily the most “you should date this person” person in the whole book (of the kids, anyway. Doctor Hutt is also pretty great).

Polly knows what she wants and gets it, and manages to do so without throwing people under the bus. She terrifying and competent, and I am very proud of her.

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I wish I could stop: The patriarchy, obviously.

My biggest accomplishment is: Getting through high school without murdering anyone.

I’m a sucker for: Star Wars

My celebrity crush is: Daisy Ridley

My biggest fear is: Raisins. They lurk in cookies and deceive the unwary.

My drink of choice is: Chocolate milk. I’m 18 and I don’t live in Quebec.

I am the happiest at: Camp. But if you tell anyone, I may end up disproving question #2.

Nobody would believe my: Chosen profession. I mean, it’s a few years off, but it surprises the heck out of everyone.

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E.K. JohnstonAbout E.K.:

E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

You can follow Kate on Twitter (@ek_johnston) to learn more about Alderaanian political theory than you really need to know, or on Tumblr (ekjohnston) if you’re just here for pretty pictures.

E.K. Johnston is represented by Adams Literary.

You can visit E.K. around the web here: WebsiteTumblr | Twitter 

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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Available March 15, 2016 from Dutton Books for Young Readers

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“I love you,” Polly says suddenly when I’m almost to the door.

“I know,” I say.

Hermione Winters has been a flyer. She’s been captain of her cheerleading team. The envied girlfriend and the undisputed queen of her school. Now it’s her last year and those days and those labels are fading fast. In a few months she’ll be a different person. She thinks she’s ready for whatever comes next.

But then someone puts something in her drink at a party, and in an instant she finds herself wearing new labels, ones she never imagined:

Victim. Survivor. That raped girl.

Even though this was never the future she imagined, one essential thing remains unchanged: Hermione can still call herself Polly Olivier’s best friend, and that may be the truest label of all.

Heartbreaking and empowering, Exit, Pursued by a Bear is the story of transcendent friendship in the face of trauma.

“I love you,” I say, because I really, really do.

“I know,” says Polly.

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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima

March 25th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fifty Shades of Book Boys 24 Comments »

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Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we are featuring Adrian sul’Han from Flamecaster by Cinda Williams Chima! Flamecaster is the first book in an all new young adult fantasy series and it sounds amazing. I haven’t had a chance to read anything by Chima but I heard great things about her books and I can’t wait to read Flamecaster! My lovely co-blogger Zed will be reviewing this on the blog very soon so keep your eyes out for it! Flamecaster will be available to purchase on April 5th!

After the awesome post all about Adrian there is an amazing giveaway for 2 ARC copies of Flamecaster so make sure to check that out at the end of the post!

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Meet Adrian:

“You never come to see me these days unless you’re on your way to kill someone,” Taliesin said.

She squatted barefoot between the rows of carrots, expertly lifting them with her digging fork and sliding them into her carry bag. The witch had her back to Ash, had not so much as looked at him, but she always knew him by his step, or the smell of him, or because he was so simple and she so clever that she could tell what he was likely to do on any given day.

Taliesin Beaugarde might be Dean of Spiritas, but she never put on airs. The contrast between the Voyageur and the humblest master at Mystwerk was striking. Wizards were arrogant by nature and Taliesin had her feet planted firmly in the earth.

Yet, after four years at Oden’s Ford, she could still put him off-balance.

“I’m a second-year at Mystwerk now,” Ash said. “There’s much more work than last year. The masters and the deans keep us busy.”

“I see,”  Taliesin said, continuing to work. “This is not your usual season for hunting southerners.”

“I thought I’d try something new. In the summertime, the southerners I want to kill are all in the Fells, killing northerners. This time of year, I might find them at home.”

She finally turned to face him, shading her eyes against the declining sun. The sun was at his back, and his long shadow slanted across the rows. “You’ve grown so tall, Mageling, in these four years,” she said, as if she hadn’t really looked at him for a while. “And handsome. Are you taller than your father was?”

“So I’m told. It’s hard for me to remember now.” That was a lie. He remembered—exactly—the measure of his father’s arm around his shoulders, the distance between them when he leaned down to speak at Ash’s level, even the scent of him—leather and sweat and fresh mountain air.

“Other young men your age come to me seeking love potions.” She looked him up and down again. “I suppose you’re not in need of those.”

“No,” he said, shifting from foot to foot. After four years at Oden’s Ford, Taliesin still had the power to put him off balance. She was the closest he’d had to a mother since coming south. A mother who was nobody’s fool.

“Quit fondling that jinx piece,” Taliesin snapped. “It makes me edgy.” Witches had no use for amulets. She wiped sweat from her brow with her forearm, leaving a smear of dirt, then tossed a digging stick at him and pointed with her fork. “Here. Finish that row.”

Idle hands made her edgy, too. Ash squatted next to her. He was in a hurry, but he knew better than to rush his long-time teacher.  There was a price to be paid for access to Taliesin’s vast inventory of plants and expertise in poisons.

Every marching season he traveled the south, working as an itinerant farrier. Farriers were welcome everywhere they went—in army camps, in cities, at every farm along the way, in the stables of the highest-ranking thanes—everywhere there were horses…Young as he was, his work was top of the line, and so his services were in great demand. He was good with horses, after all.

He was also good with poisons, garrotes, and the small daggers known as shivs. Poisons were his weapons of choice. Courtesy of Taliesin, he used compounds no one had ever heard of, that no southern healer would ever detect. It helped that green magic was considered witchery in Arden, and so forbidden.

Even if his poisons were identified, it was always too late, anyway. Once he got to someone, they were already dead. By then, young Adam Freeman would be on his way somewhere else, trailing death and misery in his wake.

He rarely took the life of a line soldier if it could be avoided, since many were unwilling recruits from the conquered lands. It wouldn’t make much of a difference strategically, anyway. The King of Arden viewed them as expendable.

He never targeted the horses, either. For one thing, it would draw attention to his work as a farrier. For another, he preferred horses to most people.

“Where are you off to this time?” Taliesin said. She seemed to have a talent for breaking into his black moods.

“Me? I’ll be in the southern islands, studying in the library of the arcane and collecting herbs for the healing halls.”

“Where will you be, really?”

“It’s better if you don’t know,” Ash said. Though she’d never admit it, he knew that she worried whenever he was away.

“Poison is such a scatter-shot technique,” Taliesin said. “You never know where your bolt will land.”

“I know that, but I’m careful. And I’m good at what I do. I had the best teacher.”

If he’d thought he was offering an olive branch, she slapped it away. “I did not teach you to travel about, leaving death in your wake,” she snapped. “I thought you intended to heal yourself by healing others.”

“I do heal others—three seasons of the year.”

“I wish you would stay here and work with me,” Taliesin said. “You still have much to learn.” She paused for a response, but he said nothing. “The time will come when you will wish that you were a better healer.”

Ash thrust his stick into the soil with vicious jabs. “Teach me how to bring the dead back to life. Then I’ll stay and listen.”

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Adrian sul’Han, also known as Ash Hanson

Also known as Adam Freeman

Also known as Adam Wolf

If it was my last day to live I would: Spend it hunting Gerard Montaigne, the gutter-swiving king of Arden

The biggest flaw I must overcome is: My lack of success in accomplishing the above

My most treasured possession is: The serpent amulet that once belonged to my father

I would rather like to avoid: Entanglements

I would describe myself with these three words: Guilty as charged

The first thing I do in the morning is: Ready my healer’s kit and my weapons

Nobody knows I am: A healer with a sideline in assassination, though sometimes it is the other way around

I am the happiest when: Left alone

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Cinda Williams ChimaAbout Cinda:

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima grew up with talking animals and kick-ass Barbies. Her Heir Chronicles young adult contemporary fantasy series includes The Warrior Heir (2006), The Wizard Heir (2007), The Dragon Heir (2008), The Enchanter Heir (2013) and The Sorcerer Heir (2014) all from Hyperion.

Chima’s YA high fantasy Seven Realms series launched with The Demon King (2009), followed by The Exiled Queen (2010) The Gray Wolf Throne (2011) and The Crimson Crown 2012.)  The Shattered Realms, a new series set in the Seven Realms, launched in April 2016 with Flamecaster (from HarperTeen.)

Chima believes in the magic of books. They took her from first grade failure to first generation college graduate to college professor to best-selling author.

You can visit Cinda around the Web here:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

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Flamecaster

Available April 5, 2016 from HarperCollins

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The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later

Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a thirst for revenge. Ash is forced into hiding after a series of murders throws the queendom into chaos. Now Ash is closer than he’s ever been to killing the man responsible, the cruel king of Arden. As a healer, can Ash use his powers not to save a life but to take it?

Abandoned at birth, Jenna Bandelow was told that the mysterious magemark on the back of her neck would make her a target. But when the King’s Guard launches a relentless search for a girl with a mark like hers, Jenna assumes that it has more to do with her role as a saboteur than any birth-based curse. Though Jenna doesn’t know why she’s being hunted, she knows that she can’t get caught.

Eventually, Ash’s and Jenna’s paths will collide in Arden. Thrown together by chance and joined by their hatred of the king, they will come to rescue each other in ways they cannot yet imagine.

Set in the world of the acclaimed Seven Realms series a generation later, this is a thrilling story of dark magic, chilling threats, and two unforgettable characters walking a knife-sharp line between life and death.

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Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

March 24th, 2016 Bridget Posted in Fifty Shades of Book Boys Comments Off on Fifty Shades of Book Boys: Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios

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Today for Fifty Shades of Book Boys we are featuring Raif from Blood Passage by Heather Demetrios! Blood Passage is the second book in the Dark Caravan Cycle. This is a fantasy story that features jinni’s! I absolutely loved Exquisite Captive and I have been really looking forward to continuing the series. I plan to read Blood Passage very soon so keep your eyes out for my review. If you are interested you can read my full raving review for Exquisite Captive here! If you are a young adult fantasy fan I suggest you give this series a try I have really loved it so far!

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Meet Raif:

Raif is the leader of a revolution in Arjinna, the jinn realm. In Exquisite Captive he’s searching for Solomon’s Sigil, a mythological ring that allows the wearer to control the jinn. In order to get it, he has to track down Nalia, Arjinna’s heir to throne, who has been sold in the jinn trafficking trade to a human owner. Initially enemies, Raif and Nalia fall in love. There are many obstacles that they have to face to be together, especially in Blood Passage, but Raif’s loyalty to her always wins out. Raif has to-die-for green eyes and is a powerful Djan jinni, the jinn who draw their power from earth. He’s a little cocky, but his rugged handsomeness makes it impossible to fault him for it. He’s a kickass fighter and a fearless warrior. Other than Nalia, the most important thing to him is winning the revolution that will free the jinn from tyranny.

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A good time for me is: Spending time with my tavrai, my fellow revolutionaries, in our camp in the Forest of Sighs. When we’re not raiding our enemies, we spend our evening passings around bottles of savri (jinn spiced wine) as we sit by the fire. There’s always music and laughter. They’re my family. The place I feel the safest is with them.

I’d really rather: I’d really rather not have the love of my life be a Ghan Aisouri. It’s going to be hard for the tavrai to accept Nalia, since her race is the one that made us want to fight this revolution in the first place. The Ghan Aisouri were known for their cold brutality and oppression of the Djan, Marid, and Ifrit jinn. It’s not easy to forget their crimes. Even though Nalia is nothing like that, her purple eyes are a reminder of our dark history.

My biggest regret is: My biggest regret is the way I treated Nalia when I first met her. I called her a salfit, pretty much the most offensive racial slur there is. I hated her with a passion. The very first time we met we fought one another and it was only because I needed her to find Solomon’s sigil that I didn’t try to actually kill her, even though I wanted her dead. I was cruel to her until I realized that she wasn’t like the Ghan Aisouri I’d grown up hating, the ones who’d killed my father. I wish I hadn’t judged her so quickly—she had enough hurt in her life as it was.

The best gift I could receive is: Solomon’s sigil. It’s the most powerful ring to the jinn. Whoever wears it has control of the jinn in the realm they are in. Instead of having to fight Malek, Nalia’s master, for it, I just wish I could have the damn ring. I don’t intend to use it. Simply having it will force Calar, the evil Ifrit empress of Arjinna, out of the palace. I’m tired of my people being slaughtered because of their race.

The last thing I do before I go to bed is: If Nalia’s there, I kiss her. I take every opportunity to do that, anyway. If she’s not, I replenish my chiaan, what we call jinn energy. To do this, I need to find something from the earth—or earth itself—to draw energy from. I don’t like going to bed unless I’m full up. You never know what might wake you in the middle of the night.

If I could be anyone else for a day it would be: My father. He’s dead now, but I wish I could go back in time and be him so that I can learn how to be a better leader. Most of the time, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing. I feel like I’m always being compared to a ghost. If I could just be him and see how he felt, what he thought, it might help me feel more worthy of leading the tavrai.

I feel passionate about: Nalia. Always Nalia. She is the single most important thing in my life. I know it shouldn’t be like that. I know I’m supposed to put the revolution first, but I always choose her, even when I’ve promised myself I won’t. She’s my rohifsa, my soul mate. I literally can’t live without her. I’d rather die than live in a world that Nalia doesn’t exist in.

My biggest vice is: I’m a pretty simple jinni, so the only vice I could think of was Nalia. In my culture, we’re not supposed to be together. Every time I’m with her I feel like I’m committing a sin of some kind. And I can’t get enough of her. There’s a lot I could hold against her if I wanted to, but I have no desire to hate her. Loving her, wanting her, and especially having her are the only vices I have. And I have no plans to give them up.

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Demetrios Author Photo 2015About Heather:

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, I’ll Meet You There and the multiplatform serial novel, The Lexie Project. She is the founder of Live Your What, a project dedicated to creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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Blood Passage

Available March 1, 2016 from Balzer + Bray

About this Book:

A jinni who’s lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek’s third and final wish she’s not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she’s in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek’s past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what’s more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

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