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Release Day: The Last Protector a New #YA #Fantasy by @stephaniekeyes

December 14, 2014
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The Last Protector

By Stephanie Keyes

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing | Release Date: December 15, 2014

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

*The Last Protector is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Ebook only: $0.99

Buy it here:

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Excerpt

Creeping along, I slipped through the gates before they closed. The exterior lights shut off. The glow from inside the mansion threw shadows across the courtyard, making everything around me creepier. If that was even possible. At least these people hadn’t invested in motion lights.

I needed to get to the window on the second floor. And how the heck did I know that? Like everything else about this trip, I just did. A tall trellis swamped with vines ran up one side of the house. That could be the ticket. I inched closer.

I’d just about made it when a raspy voice reached my ears.

“The boy is alone. You’ve done well by me.”

Shivers ran up and down my arms as I swallowed and turned. No one. It must’ve come from inside the house. Ahead, a small window, one of those decorative deals, stood open. Taking slow steps, I moved toward it.

“Thank you,” said a second voice, crisp, sort of fancy…British, maybe?

“We can take him now. Use his power to harness what I need,” Spooky Voice said.

“As you wish.”

Go, go, go. A voice or maybe my own thoughts echoed inside my brain. I didn’t have time to think

Go, go, go. The voice came back. I had to get to the second floor. Now

The wood trellis scratched my hands when I grabbed hold. Splinters pierced my skin as I scaled the wall. I had to get to the boy.

“This is crazy, Gabe.” I muttered the words. “This could actually be the stupidest thing you’ve ever done.”

I climbed to the window way faster than I thought I could. This one part of me wanted to glance back, to see if Val noticed me. I ignored it though—I needed to get to the top.

To the kid with green eyes.

Where It All Began

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About the Author

Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

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Cover Reveal – The Last Protector by Stephanie Keyes

December 8, 2014

Today, I’m sharing the cover for fellow Inkspell author’s, Stephanie Keyes’, novella The Last Protector.

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The Last Protector

By Stephanie Keyes

Ebook only: $0.99- Releases on Dec. 15th!

Gabriel Stewart helped his best friend Kellen St. James save the world from The Scourge in the Battle of Dublin. But before that? Gabe was just an ordinary guy who kept having dreams about a little boy with black hair and green eyes—a boy he hadn’t even met yet.

And even weirder? Gabe’s mind kept replaying these images on loop of things he’d never seen. He heard voices in his head when no one was around. And he actually blew off hot Valerie Gibbons to chase after the black-haired kid in the park. What was up with that?

As Gabe searches for the truth, fate continually puts him in Kellen’s path, but will he be able to stop the Children of Danu from stealing Kellen before the battle begins? What will it take for Gabe to become The Last Protector?

The Last Protector is a companion novella–intended to be read after the other books in the series.

Check out some of the other books in The Star Child series!

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | All Romance | Indie Bound | Waterstones


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About Stephanie Keyes:

Stephanie Keyes grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent years traveling and working as a Corporate Trainer before she made the decision to pen her first novel. As a teen, her family always accused her of having an “overactive imagination.” Now, she’s encouraged to keep her head in the clouds and share her world with readers.

Keyes is the author of the YA Fantasy series, The Star Child, which currently includes The Star Child, After Faerie, The Fallen Stars, and The Star Catcher, all from by Inkspell Publishing. The Fallen Stars was a 2013 semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Awards. The Star Child has topped the Amazon best-seller list several times since its 2012 release. Steph writes YA novels because she’s a hopeless romantic who lives to believe that Magick truly does exist. She is hard at work on a new YA novel.

*Author photos courtesy of Kristina Serafini Photo

Website: http://www.stephaniekeyes.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stephanie-Keyes-Author/150860604966160?ref_
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/StephanieKeyes
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/stephaniekeyes/
Tumblr: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/stephkeyes
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Cover Reveal The Angel Killer by Lisa Voisin #theangelkiller #ya

November 14, 2014

 

Today’s the day where I finally get to share with you the cover of The Angel Killer (Book 2 in The Watcher Saga). Inkspell Publishing let me work directly with designer Najla Qamber, who was amazing to work with. Najla worked tirelessly to pull together ideas from my unconscious and make this cover both tell its own story and still visually tie in with The Watcher. A few of my friends and Street Team members got to join in the fun and give me some input as well. (Thank you Jessica, Marilyn, Elinor, Matthew, Anna, and Kris!)

There is also an amazing giveaway included with the reveal for a copy of THE WATCHER, the first book in the series, or a pre-order copy of THE ANGEL KILLER and a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

The Angel Killer releases on January 5th, 2015. If you want to be notified of its release, join my mailing list or follow this blog (via email) by using the link on the right.


The Cover Revealed

 

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Coming January 5, 2015

 

Description

Now that she’s found him again, all Mia Crawford wants is some downtime with her fallen angel boyfriend, Michael. But the call of duty keeps him away—from school and from her—with more demons to smite than ever.

When Michael is mortally wounded by a cursed sword, Mia must perform an ancient blood ritual to save him. But the spell exacts a price. Haunted by visions of war, torture, and despair, Mia discovers the world is in more danger than she ever imagined. Behind the scenes, an evil adversary pulls all the strings.

After redemption, there’s Hell to pay.

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The Excerpt

Michael leaned against the building’s stucco wall and rested his hands on my hips. Light from the store cast a warm gleam in his crystal blue eyes. He leaned in, and the draw to be close to him was a gravitational force. “Hello,” he said.

“Hello.” I had to get a grip. It’d been so long since we’d talked, I tried to focus on all the things I wanted to tell him. “We went to see Fatima.” His fingers caressed the sides of my waist, sending happy tingles through me. “You know, in her store…” To my own ears, my voice sounded raspy. I trembled.

“Cold?” He drew me closer, his mouth crooking into a grin.

Lost in him, I forgot all about Fatima. “You know damn well that’s not it.” I twined my arms around his back and touched the spot between his shoulder blades where his wings connected. Its warmth thawed my fingers.

He leaned in and brushed his lips along my jaw line. “Thought that was just me,” he whispered, and his breath tickled my neck. “I’ve wanted to do this for three days.”

Our lips met, and I melted into him, not caring that we were on the sidewalk, outside a deli with families shopping inside. Nor did I care that, being an angel, he had to follow very strict rules about contact with humans—especially contact of the relationship variety. Angels had the ability to enthrall humans with their touch, something Michael had to constantly keep in check. But I didn’t have to be enthralled to want to kiss him. That was my own doing. All that mattered right now was that he was here. With me.

He pulled me closer and the buzz of his energy filled me heart and soul, blocking out the rest of the world. My hands sought warmth under his leather jacket and found bare skin. I could feel the shiver from my touch surge through him. His mouth pressing more firmly against mine, he brushed a hand along my cheek and tangled it in my hair.

A dreamlike blur of light and color filled my thoughts. But then the image shifted to blood. His.


 The Giveaway

The reveal includes an awesome giveaway to ONE WINNER for a print copy of THE WATCHER (US/CA/UK) OR a pre-order copy of THE ANGEL KILLER (when available) AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card.

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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About The Watcher

Series: The Watcher Saga #1

Release date: March 4, 2013

Publisher: Inkspell Publishing

Pages: 556

Formats: Paperback, eBook

DESCRIPTION

Millennia ago, he fell from heaven for her.

Can he face her without falling again?

Fascinated with ancient civilizations, seventeen-year-old Mia Crawford dreams of becoming an archaeologist. She also dreams of wings—soft and silent like snow—and somebody trying to steal them.

When a horrible creature appears out of thin air and attacks her, she knows Michael Fontaine is involved, though he claims to know nothing about it. Secretive and aloof, Michael evokes feelings in Mia that she doesn’t understand. Images of another time and place haunt her. She recognizes them—but not from any textbook.

In search of the truth, Mia discovers a past life of forbidden love, jealousy and revenge that tore an angel from Heaven and sent her to an early grave. Now that her soul has returned, does she have a chance at loving that angel again? Or will an age-old nemesis destroy them both?
Ancient history is only the beginning.

AMAZON | AMAZON CA | INDIEBOUND | KOBO | CHAPTERS/INDIGO | GOODREADS

 


The Trailer

 

Young Writers Club of Lynn Valley

November 12, 2014

This past spring, I took over the leadership of the Lynn Valley Literary Society’s Young Writer’s Club. Every month, I lead these monthly two-hour workshops for young writers in grades 5 to 12. The sessions run from October to June and use various techniques including free-writing, interactive exercises, role-playing, black out poetry, and round robin writing challenges to help young adults develop a passion and skill for writing.

The Lynn Valley Literary Society has been running these Young Writers Clubs since 2007. before I came along, these workshops were led by my colleague Maggie Bolitho From November 2012-March 2014.

This November, Maggie and I will be joining the board for LVLS along with fellow North Vancouver author, Lynn Crymble.

If you know of any young writers in the North Vancouver or Victoria area who would be interested in these workshops, please contact info[at]lynnlit[dot]ca.

For more information on the Lynn Valley Literary Society visit their site.

 

Sample Exercise:

This was done in the October 2014 Session. It was adapted from 11 Amazing Quotes by Famous Writers and Writing Lessons to Accompany Them:

Unlikely Hero (approximately 30-40 minutes)

Group discussion: Ask participants to list people who they think are heroic. Facilitator writes those people on the board. It may be jobs (like Firefighters, Astronauts, Soldiers, EMTs, etc.) or it may be public figures (such as Mother Teresa, Ghandi, Martin Luther King).

Then ask the participants what character traits make people heroic. Write those traits on the board as well. (You might see selflessness, generosity, willingness to take action, etc.)

Break off into small groups of 2-3 people. Each group is given a character and they must figure out a story where that character is the hero:

Examples:

  • 40 year old comic book store owner
  • a six year old baby brother
  • a garbage collector

Once all the groups have a general story line for their group’s hero, one spokesperson from each group tells their story. Everyone cheers each other on.

 

 

 

 

Cover Reveal – Poison Tree By Kacey Vanderkarr

November 10, 2014

The Poison Tree

By Kacey Vanderkarr

Release date: December 2, 2014

I’m super thrilled to be sharing a gorgeous new Young Adult fiction cover with you today for a fellow Inkspell Publishing author, Kacey Vanderkarr.

 

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Poison Tree Blurb:

The road to the City of War is dangerous.
With their home in ruins, Callie and Rowan are Eirensae’s last hope of stealing the cauldron back from Fraeburdh. They must travel into the human world where the Fallen hide. The banished fae wait for Callie, desperate to sacrifice her before she comes of age.

If Callie and Rowan survive the journey, something worse looms in Fraeburdh. Rowan is destined for a dark family legacy too horrifying to accept, and his father is anxious to welcome him home. Once the truth is revealed, will Callie ever look at Rowan the same way?

Trapped between feuding cities lost in a centuries’ old war, Callie and Rowan will face their biggest rivals yet, and neither of them will make it out unscathed.

Author Bio:

Kacey VanderkarrKACEY VANDERKARR is a young adult author. She dabbles in fantasy, romance, and sci-fi, complete with faeries, alternate realities, and the occasional plasma gun. She’s known to be annoyingly optimistic and listen to music at the highest decibel. Kacey is president of the Flint Area Writers and the Social Media Director for Sucker Literary. When she’s not writing, she coaches winterguard and works as a sonographer. Kacey lives in Michigan, with her husband, son, and crazy cats. In addition to her novels, Antithesis and Reflection Pond, Kacey’s short fiction is featured in Sucker Literary Vol III, Out of the Green: Tales from Fairyland, and will appear in Spark Vol VII and the inaugural issue of Ember: A Journal of Luminous Things. Check out her website: www.kaceyvanderkarr.com

 

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