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Always
(The Lost Princesses #0.5)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 136 Pages
August 13th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

A fierce elite guard. A loyal lady in waiting. They must work together to save three princesses from certain death.

On the verge of dying after giving birth to twins, the queen of Mercia pleads with Lady Felicia to save her infant daughters. With the castle overrun by King Ethelwulf’s invading army, Lady Felicia vows to do whatever she can to take the newborn princesses and their three-year-old sister to safety, even though it means sacrificing everything she holds dear, possibly her own life.

Gravely wounded in battle and knowing all is lost to his enemy, the king of Mercia tasks Lance, one of his fiercest elite guards, to protect his family along with keys to an ancient treasure. As Lance makes plans to sneak the princesses out of the capital city, he doesn’t need or want Lady Felicia’s help.

With the dark enemy in pursuit, Lance and Felicia must put aside their differences to outrun King Ethelwulf and prevent him from killing the princesses. In a desperate attempt to hide the young girls, Lance and Felicia agree to a marriage of convenience, a decision that will change their lives—and hearts—forever.

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Please forgive me if I squee a bit.  Oh my…What a beautiful book to discover.  I’m not one for YA Historical but I made an exception.  What sold me?  I’m not afraid to say, the cover.  Stunning, isn’t?  But there is more to this book than the cover.  There is intrigue, romance, and its set in medieval times, too.  Ms. Hedlund wrote a book that I just couldn’t put down.  Shocked?  You shouldn’t be, because I love a well-written book regardless of the genre.

I really enjoyed getting to know Felicia and Lance.  Willing to sacrifice themselves for the greater good and finding the strength that neither one of them thought they had.  Ms. Hedlund has written a strong female character that I fell in love with and a hero that reminded me of a lot of Lancelot.  Yes, I’m a sucker for anything King Arthur and Robin Hood.  Sue me.  Anyway, their beginning wasn’t on easy footing but as the book moved along, you can see the respect and love that they had for each other.  Keep in mind that this is a sweet book and at times inspirational, as it should be.  Ms. Hedlund doesn’t beat you over the head with it but it is there and subtle.

There is plenty of action, adventure, and suspense.  The villain in the book, the evil King Ethelwulf is vile, to say the least.  That said, I’m glad that he will be in the other books, as well.  I enjoy knowing that the arc will be played out during the series.  The world-building is phenomenal.  I’m definitely hooked now and look forward to the other books in the series.

Evermore
(The Lost Princesses #1)
By Jody Hedlund
Christian YA Historical
Paperback & ebook, 222 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Northern Lights Press

An ancient key. A secret treasure. And a princess destined to use them both to fight evil and restore peace.

Raised by a noble family, Lady Adelaide has always known she’s an orphan. Little does she realize she’s one of the lost princesses and the true heir to Mercia’s throne…until a visitor arrives at her family estate, reveals her birthright as queen, and thrusts her into a quest for the throne whether she’s ready or not.

Unable to tolerate King Ethelwulf’s cruelty and lawlessness, Christopher Langley left Mercia years earlier, training a group of rebels in neighboring Norland. When he returns home after his mother’s death, he discovers that not only is Adelaide all grown up, but she’s also the rightful queen of Mercia.

When King Ethelwulf discovers Adelaide’s location, he’ll stop at nothing to capture her and the key she holds to the ancient treasure. Christopher is just as determined to protect Adelaide so she can lead the growing rebellion. When feelings ignite between the two old friends, forces threaten to destroy their love and rip them apart forever.

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Again, another squee for me.  I just can’t with this series.  I’m a middle-aged woman that is totally enamored with this series and author.  I have never read anything by Ms. Hedlund before and I’m sad.  I went back and looked at her backlist and I almost slapped myself.  Seriously?  Her Noble Knights series looks amazing.  Anyway…

This is such a great book.  The book opens with the princesses grown up.  They were separated so the intrigue is upped somewhat now.  King Ethelwulf is still bent on finding them and destroying everything that Mercia holds dear for their people.  We see that he will stop at nothing to destroy the good that is still there with the people.  Unfortunately, Adelaide wants nothing to do with any of it.  Thrust into, she finds her voice with the help of her childhood friend, Christopher.  *sigh*  Talk about a knight in shining armor.  Christopher and Adelaide are a great couple.  They compliment each other and find their voice with each other’s help.

I will warn you that the book is violent.  Not overly, but considering the plot and setting of the book, it is necessary.  You need to see just how evil and what the King will do to find the key and destroy what is good.  Adelaide is a strong character that I fell in love with.  When she finds her voice, there is nothing to stop her.  With the help and love of Christopher, there is nothing that she won’t do for her people.

Peeps, I really can’t say enough about this series.  I know that you are probably saying that I haven’t said enough, but truly I have.  Ms. Hedlund has written a wonderful story with an evil king, princesses, knights and a world that I wouldn’t mind living in.  I can’t wait to meet the other princesses.

 

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Jody Hedlund is a best-selling and award-winning author who loves fairy-tales and happily-ever-afters. She makes her home in Midland, MI with her husband and five teen-aged children. When she’s not writing another of her page-turning stories, you can usually find her sipping coffee, eating chocolate, and reading.

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#Review of The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter by Caroline Flarity w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #YA Paranormal @CarolineCooney

The Ghost Hunter’s Daughter

by Caroline Flarity

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GENRE:   YA Supernatural/Paranormal

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Sixteen-year-old Anna sees things from another world, the spiritual world, a skill that isn’t exactly useful in high school. It’s bad enough that her mother, possessed by a demon, took her own life when Anna was a child, a loss she remains tortured by. Now her father makes his living “clearing” haunted objects, and Anna’s job as his assistant makes her a social misfit. Most kids in her suburban New Jersey town refer to her just as “Goblin Girl.”

Only Freddy and Dor remain loyal friends. But Anna’s so focused on her own problems, she’s missed that her connection with Freddy is moving beyond the friend zone.

As junior year approaches, a rare solar storm lights up the night skies and the citizens of Bloomtown begin to act strangely: Anna’s teachers lash out, her best friends withdraw, and the school bullies go from mean to murderous. When Anna realizes she can harness this evil power, she sets out to save Bloomtown and the only family she has left.

But to do so, she must keep her own increasingly dark urges at bay.

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Excerpt One:

Anna continued the staring contest with herself until the current of connection became so strong that she couldn’t look away from the mirror even if she wanted to. And then the details of the yellow flecks around her pupil—the golden starbursts in the hazel of her irises—suddenly grew sharper in the glass, crystallizing. Every muscle in her body tightened. Something was going to happen. 

At first Anna thought she was shaking with fear, and then she was sure that a bee had flown into her mouth. Her jaw clenched instinctually, biting down. She braced for the soft crunch and searing sting that was sure to follow, but her teeth met without resistance. There wasn’t a bee, but her teeth continued to rattle as an electric thrumming spread throughout her body. Was this another portal attack? Anna wasn’t sure, but it was a vastly different sensation from the river rage—a much faster and higher-pitched vibration. She waited with dread for the shaking to slow and deepen, for the waves of hatred and misery to roll through her. But the vibration inside her increased in tempo, intensity and pressure. 

It was like being in an airplane right before the wheels lifted off the ground—all that power. She was vibrating at a body-numbing, incredibly high rate, but was somehow still at the same time, like a tuning fork. It had been a mistake to try this in her room. What if the mirror gazing had opened her up even more to the destructive power of the portal spew? There was something familiar about it, the growing roar in her ears, but she braced herself and resisted with all her strength. No.

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Oh my gosh.  This book was phenomenal.  Just phenomenal.  And yes, I don’t read this genre at all.  What drew me in to read it was Anna herself.  Ms. Flarity as created a teenage character that I couldn’t get enough of.  Like, I could read a whole series of books with Anna has the central character.  Anna is a typical teenager, dealing with bullying, the loss of a parent, a father that hoards and is absent and two friends that are the glue that keeps her together.  Of course, Freddy could be a potential boyfriend but that’s for another time.  She has a town to save.

Once you get past the first couple of pages in the book, you are completely sucked in.  Yes, sucked in.  I read it in one sitting.  Fast-paced, but detailed.  The world that is created here makes complete sense and is fascinating.  Sure, its Jersey but the paranormal world is what I’m talking about.  It’s a setting all its own.  I loved how Ms. Flarity describes this world.  From the portals to the demon, to the objects that Anna’s dad kept.  Ms. Flarity definitely knows how to write creepy and it is so good.

There is a lot going on in the book so you need to pay attention at times.  The supernatural world has a bunch going on and if you decide to skip even a paragraph, you will be lost.  There are mean girls and a wannabe rockstar to deal with, too.  Not to mention a certain teacher that will make your skin crawl.  One of the more endearing characters is the new assistant that Anna’s dad hires.  She is exactly what Anna needs to find her inner strength to fight off the demon in the end.  The climax to the book is AWESOME!  Brilliantly creepy, brilliantly written and just all around wonderful.  Anna shows so much growth in those final scenes.

If you are looking for a creepy, paranormal/supernatural young adult novel with a lead character that could live next door to you, family issues that are too real, friendships at times that are tested and finding your inner strength, this book is for you.  One of the best books that I have read this year.

Oh…did I mention that it is a DEBUT?

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Caroline Flarity is a web content producer living in NYC. Her fascination with fringe topics and love of scary movies led her to begin her writing journey penning creepy screenplays. Her debut novel THE GHOST HUNTER’S DAUGHTER started life as a feature script, placing in the finals of the StoryPros Awards and as a semifinalist in Slamdance Film Festival’s writing competition. She enjoys pitting her characters against both supernatural and cultural evils.

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Excerpt from Soul Dark: Chosen, a YA Modern Day Fantasy by Reddy & Wade w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #YAFantasy @keysmomma @AuthorELR

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War is coming between Lukas’ Goddess and an ancient Demon Lord. But the death of his parents shakes his faith, and with the loss of his remaining family it is shattered. Blinded by rage, Lukas turns away from his friends and trains under a deceptive, yet formidable master to hone his magic and prevent the demon’s final objective–obliteration of all life on earth.

War begins! A forged weapon, Lukas rejoins his friends and sets after the Demon King. From a hidden crypt, where evil lies waiting, to the Iowa countryside, they battle to prevent the end of all they know. Lukas must overcome his doubts and allow the Light to work through him–to defeat both the foe of his Goddess and a new more familiar one.

Soul Dark: Chosen is a coming of age tale in the modern-day world when a war between ancient deities and demons culminates in a winner-takes-all battle that could determine the fate of all mankind.

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Helen shook her head and wiped away perspiration from above her glasses; she was most uncomfortable so near the altar. “The last guardians of their tribe formed a peace with the ancestors of our Druid clan and together they tried to destroy it,” she continued, as if she hurried to share her tale before changing her mind. “When that failed, the wisest and most powerful of our two tribes dream quested within, to the other side. They were like you, Lukas—they were bruadaraiche—those who dream.”

Lukas regarded the altar one last time, lost in thought, redoubling the mental shields between himself and the near-physical malice that exuded from the ancient religious relic. He had never felt, nor even suspected anything so evil could exist—let alone, hidden in a quiet corner of his family’s farm. Why here? Why us? He wondered. What was so special about the trees in our grove? Or was it all just by chance? The way his parents and grandparents had raised him left no room for belief in the coincidence, which left him with one final thought. What force could affect the matriarch of his family so—a woman who for as long as he could remember met every problem head on—what could leave one such as her trembling and quaking in fear?

“The greatest powers of their day and not a one survived that perilous journey,” Helen whispered, revealing an amulet she wore, covered with the same imagery and artistry as your family’s forearm tattoos. “And as darkness fell over the prairie one last time, this—all of it—became our secret to guard until the end of days or until we are no longer capable.”

Lukas regarded the glowing tattoo on his own forearm, the shimmering amulet his grandmother wielded, and the archaic, shadow painted altar. Two poured warmth, however feeble, into the bin and the last, it drank it away. He heard a buzzing sound, not in his ears, but rather in his thoughts; his life had gone without warning from melancholic to deadly. “But how can we know when—”

“There are no certainties, Lukas, there never are,” Helen interrupted brusquely, “but now understanding that such a darkness exists, it knows of you, and now you must learn to defend yourself… And those closest to you from its many forms.” She offered him her arm, signaling it was time to move on—to step away from the overbearing gloom.

Lukas hooked his arm with hers and led her back outside into the frigid night that seemed somehow much warmer than the area within the bin. He slammed the door behind them with a thought and bid the chains and locks to rattle back into place and in almost an afterthought, he extinguished the sconces. He chose not to mention that during their visit it seemed as if the shadows had moved, almost in time to his thoughts, or his thoughts in time with them. No sense in having her doubt his sanity, or at least not as much as he already did.

In their absence and the sudden blackness, a red-hot glow radiated from the altar and the echo of a growl spun throughout the bin. The first visible twisted hint of life from within the altar, and in their hurry to distance themselves from its alien, cold touch, they both missed it. I saw it, as did the Other, and it was at night, when he was strongest. I cried and screamed, but he only laughed, and that frightened me more than whatever mystery dwelt within the altar.

About the Author: E. L. Reedy was born and raised in Iowa, where he devoured tomes of fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult novels as a child. In his free time, he is an avid gamer (D&D and Pathfinder). He has traveled the world as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and now lives in Iowa, where with his writing partner, he continues to pen works in the realms of Fantasy and Horror in the Young Adult Universe.

A. M. Wade was born the only girl in a family with five boys, she readily escaped into fantasy, sci-fi, and other fiction novels. Having traveled through most of the US, she enjoys using scenery and characteristics of the different states in the story adventures she created for the little ones in her family. Now, she writes sci-fi, fantasy and horror with a lifelong co-conspirator.

Together: Having lost many friends, associates, and even children from our home town over the years to suicide, they wrote their first novel, Upon Broken Wings. Told from the point-of-view of a young witness, the story teaches that suicide is not an end to suffering, but rather the beginning of unimaginable pain for those left behind and that there is always hope if we choose the path of life.

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