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emeraldbound1sEmerald Bound

Teresa Richards

Fantasy, Romance, Suspense

Evernight Teen Publishing ~ 83,000 words


Editor’s Pick

A princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses. This is the sliver that survives of a story more nightmare than fairytale…

 Maggie Rhodes, high school junior and semi-reformed stalker, learns the tale’s true roots after a spying attempt goes awry and her best friend Kate ends up as the victim of an ancient curse. At the center of the curse lies an enchanted emerald that has been residing quietly in a museum for the past fifty years. Admirers of the gem have no idea that it feeds on life. Or that it’s found its next victim in Kate. 

 Enter Lindy, a school acquaintance who knows more than she’s letting on, and Garon, a handsome stranger claiming he knows how to help, and Maggie is left wondering who to trust and how to save her best friend before it’s too late.

 If only Maggie knew her connection to the fairy tale was rooted far deeper than an endangered best friend. 


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A part of me died long ago.

It was the part of me that feels, and it was Calista’s fault.

What happened tonight was nothing new—innocent victims welcomed into our home, not knowing they would never leave. I learned long ago I could not help them, so I stopped trying.

But this time something was different. This time I was awake, burning with a gut-wrenching guilt, as the next victims slept downstairs. This time I knew the victims. And they didn’t deserve what was coming.

It had always been hard for me to make friends. I’d been called loner, loser, outcast, and freak. Even still, I remembered Maggie offering to show me around when I first transferred to their school. Through her, I met Kate and Piper. The three of them were always nice to me, while other kids kept their distance and spread rumors behind my back. I told myself I didn’t care—I wasn’t like them.

But being a loner was lonely.

So tonight when I saw Maggie and her friends here, something inside me snapped. Or, perhaps it was the dead piece of me coming back to life. Now I cared desperately about what was happening in the room below mine.

But there was still nothing I could do.

Calista usually lured in victims from out of town to avoid arousing suspicion. Pregnant ones were a particular favorite—easy prey, she called them. But Maggie and her friends came here all on their own. The opportunity was too good for Calista to pass up.

Everyone thought Calista was my mother, but she wasn’t.

Back in my day, almost four centuries ago, Calista had an alternate method of luring in victims. She and her husband, Theodore, advertised for hired help with their inn. The number of parents willing to sell their daughters into a life of servitude in exchange for a forgiven debt or a clean slate was staggering.

My father was one of them.

By the time my mother found out what he’d done, it was too late. There was no escape. I was bound.

My story was well known in this land, whispered as a bedtime tale to ease children into sleep. But, just like any other story passed down through time by rumors and idle gossip, the fragment that survived was woefully incomplete. It began something like this:

There is rumored to have been (once upon a time, of course) a princess, a pea, and a tower of mattresses.

That much was true, though in actuality it was only one mattress, not twenty. The pea was also real, though most would call it a precious stone—an emerald, to be precise.

The gem that sealed my fate was now in the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Calista was furious when she found it missing. She thought I’d stolen it until she remembered my limits. The identity of the true thief remains unknown.

Even though the emerald is no longer in our possession, we are still bound to it, as it is bound to us. Admirers of the opulent necklace where it rests don’t understand it. Like me, the gem is a prisoner, struggling against its fate.

Even now, centuries later, I don’t understand all the details of what happened to me that night. But it began with a troubled slumber on a bed of enchanted emeralds.



Top 10/Fav 5 Blog Post

Top 10 Favorite Songs to Blast in the Car


  1. It’s Raining Men by The Weather Girls—My college roomies introduced me to this song and of course it became one of my all-time favs. I mean come on, how awesome would it be if it really rained men?


  1. Bright Lights and the Big City by the Treblemakers (their final number from Pitch Perfect)—I can’t figure out why I love this song so much, I just do. It *might* have something to do with the cute guys in their adorable blazers and converse shoes. Plus, they’re singing, which is doubly adorable.


  1. Without You by David Guetta & Usher—When this song reaches its apex, and the sound completely surrounds you, it’s just unbelievable. Go listen to it in your car. Now.


  1. Shots by Imagine Dragons—So many of their songs are great, but I especially love this one. If you listen to the lyrics, this whole album is really soulful even though the sound is edgier and grittier than their previous stuff.


  1. Laura Palmer by Bastille—Okay, this is the song I like to end my workouts to. For some reason, listening to this song just makes we want to run faster, push harder, and be better. “This is your heart, can you feel it?” Feeling the breadth of emotions in this song reminds me that I’m alive and that it’s awesome!


  1. Superheroes by The Script—Oh man, I love this song! Just so empowering. My preschooler loves it too, which is super convenient for me.


  1. Great Big Storm by Nate Ruess—This is one of my newer favs but I love it because it’s so empowering. “We’re holding our own in a great big storm, it’s a great big storm and we’re holding our own.” Just such a powerful reminder that even when life is stormy you can hold your head up and fight.


  1. Shut up and Dance by Walk the Moon—this may sound cliché because now everybody loves this song, but I can’t stop loving it just because everyone else does too. I first heard this song on an alternative radio station that prided themselves on being the first to play new music. I went home and played it for my family and made them all dance with me in the middle of our kitchen. It truly is a fantastic song and I can never get enough! Actually, all songs by Walk the Moon are great for blasting in the car.


  1. Light & Day/Reach for the Sun by The Polyphonic Spree—You may remember this song from the movie trailer for the animated movie The Lorax. I looked it up as soon as saw the trailer because I loved the song so much. This was one that inspired me while I was working on my first manuscript. (You know, the one that never sees the light of day, but gets you excited enough to get better and then try again?) If you listen to this song, it sounds exactly as I was feeling while I worked on that first book. Just happy and carefree—giddy, even. I felt almost magical, like I could do anything and that anything could happen


  1. A Sky Full of Stars by Coldplay—I love, love, love this song. It’s so hauntingly beautiful. It came on once when I was driving home from meeting with my writing group. It was really late at night and the host’s house was pretty far away from mine so I had almost an hour drive ahead of me. It was the beginning of winter and on the drive home, snow began to fall. It wasn’t cold enough out for the snow to really stick or turn into big flakes. It was just slushy snow, but it was so beautiful. I stopped my car on the dark country road and just watched it fall. Illuminated by a streetlamp, it looked like falling stars, and the soundtrack of this song in the background was just breathtaking. Now this song reminds me of The Fairfield Scribes every time I hear it and even in the middle of summer, I can still picture the snow falling that winter night.



Favorite 5 Books worth staying up way too late for

It was so hard to whittle this list down to only five, but here it goes:


  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgentern—this is a hauntingly beautiful book and the way the author ties everything together is just masterful.
  2. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales—this book combined two of my favorite things, music and reading, into one. What’s not to love?
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater—This author has such a unique, breathtaking style of writing, anything of hers is good. But I really enjoyed this book, and all the subsequent books in the Raven Boys series.
  4. I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella—ever since the Confessions of a Shopaholic series, this author has been one of my favorites. But this is the first standalone book of hers that I absolutely fell in love with. I’ve read this book several times and it’s just like a mini-vacation every time.
  5. Splintered by AG Howard—Oh my goodness, if I could crawl inside of this book and just live there, I totally would. I love the world Miss Howard creates and her characters are just stunning. This was one of those books that I lived and breathed and just drank in from start to finish. And when it was over, I went through serious withdrawal. Love, love, love this book.


About the Author:

Teresa Richards writes YA, but loves anything that can be given a unique twist. Her zombie stories ‘Are You My Mombie?’ and ‘The Zombie Code’ can be found in Z Tales: Stories from the Zombieverse by The Fairfield Scribes.

When Teresa’s not writing, she can be found either chasing after one of her five kids, or hiding someplace in the house with a treat her children overlooked. Emerald Bound is her debut novel.

You can connect with her on twitter @BYUtm33 or atauthorteresarichards.com.




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Dream Cast for The Frozen Star by Jessie Lane w/a $25 GC giveaway!

We are really excited to share with you the second book in Jessie Lane’s YA/NA Paranormal Romance series, THE FROZEN STAR! Available now! And we’re ecstatic to have Jessie Lane join us today! if you haven’t started this incredible series yet the first book, THE BURNING STAR, is available for just 99Cents for a limited time only! 


The Frozen Star’s Dream Cast

Hi everyone! Crystal here from the Jessie Lane duo and today I’ve stopped by Harlie’s Books to talk about the dream cast I have for the Star Series characters in both The Burning Star and its sequel The Frozen Star. The characters (and the story) for The Burning Star came to me in a rush. There was no slow buildup of plotline or development. Nope. It was like BAM! Here we are, and you will tell our story. Melissa, my sister-in-law and co-author for this series, continued to tell each of the characters stories beautifully in The Frozen Star. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to some of the characters as we see them.

For Kay I was inspired a bit by my youngest daughter. Red curly hair and blue eyes that look wise beyond her years. Freckles on her face and creamy alabaster skin. So, to find someone who I felt might look like a grown up version of my little girl wasn’t the easiest thing to do, but I think I came close. Sophie Turner plays Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones, but if you gave her some wild curls to that gorgeous red hair on her head, then she would definitely be my pick for Kay. Delicate, gorgeous features, but all the inner strength and spark of a redhead.Harlie's Books Dream Cast Kay (Sophie Turner) edited

Harlie's Books Dream Cast Ryan (alexander ludwig)Ryan’s dream cast was a very easy pick for me. Hands down Alexander Ludwig. Have you ladies seen that young man? Soooo handsome! Whoa… that sounded almost cougar like, but it’s the truth. Beautiful blue eyes, blond hair, tall and flat out handsome. Imagine him the cocky swagger of a guy who’s used to getting anything and everything he wants and there you have the Prince of the Fae Summer Court. Can I just say that I love that the cocky guy gets thrown for a loop by the shy, awkward young woman that Kay is? They’re an example of that “opposites attract” theory.

Harlie's Books Dream Cast Nick (Colton Haynes) edited

Nick was probably the hardest character for me to dream cast because no one seemed to come close to how I see him in my head. Just when I was getting frustrated and desperate… Colton Haynes happened. Granted, in real life the guy is twenty-five and his hair isn’t the silky black locks that my character wears, but imagine him as an alpha, confident werewolf and BAM – Nick is born in the flesh.

Harlie's Books Dream Cast Kira (Emilia Clarke) edited

When dream casting Kira, Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys on Game of Thrones came to mind. Graceful beauty with a core of steel. In all honesty, she’s so broken that she’s willing to sacrifice everything for peace, including death. There’s someone who can pull her back from the edge, but there’s no way for her to whether he wants to honestly care for her as he claims, or use her as everyone else has so far.

Harlie's Books Dream Cast Kane (legolas - orlando bloom) 2bPrince Kane, son of Queen Mab of the Fae Winter Court is hundreds of years old. He’s seen many things so far in his lifetime, but nothing intrigues him as much as one young almost eighteen year old Kira does. Some might judge him for the age difference between them, but Kira’s physical age doesn’t match up the age of soul. When writing Kane I saw him quite clearly as Orlando Bloom in his role as Legolas from Lord Of The Rings and The Hobbit. Long blonde hair, ethereal eyes and a toned physique of a trained warrior.

That’s all for this dream cast ladies! I hope you enjoyed it. Tell me, if you’ve read The Burning Star or The Frozen Star, do my picks match how you envisioned the characters? And if you haven’t read The Star Series yet, maybe you’ll tell me what you think of my picks anyways? A huge thank you to Harlie’s Books for letting me stop by today! I hope you all will check out Jessie Lane’s latest release, The Frozen Star, from our YA/NA Paranormal Romance & Fantasy series! Happy Reading!

The Frozen Star
Book #2 in the Star series
by Jessie Lane
Release Day: May 29, 2014

The journey continues:
Kay had discovered secrets, lies, shocking truths, and even love in a strange new world hidden from humans. Everything she thought she knew was turned upside down when she found out three things:

– She wasn’t human.
– She has a power she can’t control.
– And there was a possibility that she had found a way to cure the cancer that was rapidly killing her with that very same power.

Then, just when she was on the precipice of gaining everything she wanted and saving her own life, tragedy struck. Will she be able to fight her way back to Ryan and save herself in the process?

Kira had lived a terrifying and confusing life of servitude and abuse under Lord Donovan and his son, Cole. It was an existence that had stripped away her emotions, and eventually, her reason to keep fighting. Just when she thought freedom was within reach, Lord Donovan struck again, ruining her plans and almost killing her in the process. When she awoke from her injuries, it was to stunning revelations that would change her life forever. Changes that she was not entirely sure she wanted to embrace.

Persistent individuals such as Prince Kane refuse to let her walk away, though. Will she embrace all of the sudden fortune in her life? Or will she walk away from those who need her most, forsaking their acceptance and love?

Jessie Lane is the best-selling author of The Star Series, Big Bad Bite Series and the Ex Ops Series.
She lives in Kentucky with her two little Rock Chicks in the making and her over protective alpha husband. She has a passionate love for reading and writing naughty romance, cliff hanging suspense, and out-of-this-world characters that demand your attention, or threaten to slap you around until you do pay attention to them.
You can follow Jessie at: WebsiteFacebookTwitterPinterestGoodreads & her Amazon Author Page
Jessie writes Upper YA Fantasy/Paranormal Romance & Adult Paranormal and Contemporary Romance. She’s currently working on her next two novels, The Demon Who Loved Me (Big Bad Bite Series #3) and Stripping Her Defenses (Ex Ops Series #2).
M.L. Pahl (Melissa) has departed from the Jessie Lane pen name to pursue other things. She will be sorely missed, but I know she has an amazing future ahead of her. You can follow M.L. Phal at: Facebook and Twitter.

You can also check out her Facebook page that she shares with her older brother Matthew Leo for their upcoming book, Zombies Don’t Ride Motorcycles, HERE.




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Top 5 List & $50 GC Giveaway w/ Five Corners: The Marked Ones by Cathi Shaw

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Five Corners: The Marked Ones


Cathi Shaw



Growing up in a sleepy village untouched by distant wars and political conflicts, it was easy for Thia, Mina and Kiara to forget such horrors existed in the Five Corners. That is until the dead child is found; a child that bears the same strange birthmark that all three sisters possess. A Mark their mother had always told them was unique to the girls.

Kiara’s suspicions grow as their Inn is soon overrun with outsiders from all walks of life. Strangers, soldiers and Elders who all seem to know more about what is happening than the girls do.

After Mina barely survives an attack in the forest, the sisters are faced with a shattering secret their mother has kept from them for years. As danger closes in around them, the sisters are forced from their home and must put their trust in the hands of strangers.  With more questions than answers, Kiara finds herself separated from everyone she loves and reliant on an Outlander who has spent too much time in army. She doesn’t trust Caedmon but she needs him if she has any hope of being reunited with her sisters and learning what the Mark might mean.

Top Five List from Cathi Shaw:


1. What kind of music you like?

I like acoustic, folksy, alternative music (think City and Color, Death Cab for Cutie, Conor Obrest, She & Him).
2. Do you like to dance?

I do. I love to dance.
3. Can you describe your dream home?

I’m living in my almost dream home. It’s a 4 bedroom home overlooking Okanagan Lake with a big deck and an open kitchen plan. What could make it completely my dream home? If it had 5 acres attached to it and a hot tub.
4. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?

Oh, that’s a hard one. I don’t know that I would choose to be any character that’s been written about but I could do a little cameo in Lord of the Rings – just a side character who gets to go along on the adventure but doesn’t have to play a huge role.
5. What is the first curse word that comes to mind?  How often and why do you use it?

Fuck. I use it way too much. It’s a bad habit that should be broken but it just sounds suitably irritated, don’t you think?




Excerpt 1


Kiara stared at the small body laid out in the family’s tiny kitchen. She didn’t know the child but that didn’t stop her heart from jerking in her chest as she looked at the perfect little girl lying in the wooden box. She was dressed in what were obviously her best clothes; her dark hair had been carefully combed and braided. She was only six years old.


Kiara felt her own mother watching her closely. She forced her gaze away from the small lifeless form. Brijit murmured softly to the parents and then moved to Kiara’s side.


“Come away from here, Kiara,” her mother said firmly.


But Kiara couldn’t stop herself from looking back at the child, noting how someone had twined a pretty scarf around her neck, concealing the ugly slashes that she knew were hidden beneath the colorful material. The result of a blade taken to vulnerable flesh. This poor girl had had no chance against her assailant.


Brijit tugged on her arm insistently. “There is nothing more for us to do here,” she whispered in a hushed undertone. “Let’s go and give the family some peace.”


Kiara felt a sudden wave of shame wash over her. She suddenly wondered what she was doing here?


Don’t try to deny it, she told herself vehemently, you know why you’re here.


She had seen the Mark on the child’s shoulder. She resisted the urge to rub her own shoulder where an identical Mark was hidden beneath her tunic. It was something she’d believed she only shared with her sisters. But this child proved different.


And there was no question that this child had been assassinated.









Cathi Shaw lives in Summerland, BC with her husband and three children.  She is often found wandering around her home, muttering in a seemingly incoherent manner, particularly when her characters have embarked on new adventure. In addition to writing fiction, she teaches rhetoric and professional writing in the Department of Communications at Okanagan College and is the co-author of the textbook Writing Today.


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