Friday, July 17, 2015

Character Bios for The Shadow Soul by K. Williams - Giveaway

I'm happy to welcome K. Williams, author of Shadow Soul, to the blog today. She is sharing a bit more about the characters you'll meet in the novel.

Captain Maiel

C. Maiel is a duta, which is what we’ve come to call an angel here on earth. She’s quite tall, strongly built from all the sword fighting and martial arts. At times, she’s too serious, but there is a great deal on her mind. She’s had to reflect on thousands of years, and surrounded by her seven children, she worries about their future. C. Maiel is loved by her order unit, most especially her leader (lieutenant). Each one carries a braid cut from the vibrant red rope of hair she boasts. Ever at her side is Argus, the leader of her sub command unit of wolves. She is the twin sister of Joel, Captain in the Sun Order. These two are like Diana and Apollo. Their older brother is Zacharius, a stoic alder (bureaucrat), and Maiel’s favorite of the family.


Dominic is Maiel’s hapless human husband. For his species, he’s rather tall himself, equal to his wife. He has a penchant for painting and disappears into the work often. He is a former guardian, member of the Sun Order under Maiel’s twin brother. He tends to be self-centered, but might just lack focus and observation. Dominic is proud of his role as father.


Grandson of a fallne prince, Gediel is a svarg (svargaduta - archangel). His presence is alarming and well known to those of Zion. This notoriety might hobble other watchers (trackers, spies, special forces), but he is so adept that it little hinders him. Standing a head taller than his old friend Maiel, his great wings are an unusual silver color, as are his eyes--blue steel. His hair is short, choppy and shaggy like the wolves he is always surrounded by. It is from Gediel that Maiel receives Argus. He is responsible for training all the canines that will sub-unit the order forces. At his side, is Argus’s sire, Chiron. He is Order of Fenrir.


Lena is a human soul who has reached her last incarnation and will rise to become a duta. Her guardian is stolen away by the dark forces (danava), in order to pluck her soul when her body finally passes from cancer. Realizing this, the duta of Zion send in C. Maiel to watch over her. The plucky young girl is the daughter of an Indian woman and British Soldier, during the early 1960s. 


Father Gregely Orius is a priest serving a small parish in Hungary. His story is far deeper than it at first appears. He’s gathered to him several monks and priests which he watches over, having a sense that the church might wish them harm, should they be sent to other places. He is a kindly man, with graying hair and blue eyes. He’s unusually tall for his kind and without a guardian.

Father Salvatore Gallo

Gallo is Orius’s second at the church. He’s a mousey young priest who never expected his faith to be this tested or this proven. A slight man, he wears a pair of spectacles and keeps his face clean shaven. He’s fastidious and nervous, but forgiving and kind. He comes from Italy, and is quite catholic.

Captain Zaajah

C. Zaajah is Maiel’s best friend. These girls grew up over the centuries, going to the Orodo Priori (Duta School) together. Some joke that they should have been mates, they’re so close, and it’s true. They’re bonded in ways that marriage and separate lives can never break. Zaajah, though uncomfortable with children, attends her friend’s request to be babysitter--knowing that one day, she will likely have a few of her own. Zaajah is a stern teacher, and probably more serious than Maiel. When her faith in her friend is tested, she doesn’t break down. She holds onto the belief that what comes to pass is for the best, and those she loves will prove themselves. Her softer side shows in her interactions with Lena and her leader, Ibajah. She is Order of Horus. 


Alex, as they call her, is an alder and has been in the bureaucracy of Zion for thousands of years. Though her children are just duta, she has reincarnated as a svarg. A highly respected member of the council of Zion, mother of Captain Maiel, Captain Joel, and Alder Zacharius. Alex was present for the Conflict of Hosts (the great war between duta that created the prison out of Jahannam to protect souls from destruction and misuse by those who would mistreat them. Schism.) She is a silver haired beauty that still stuns even at the apex of her incarnation. 


Twin sister of Alex, she’s a no-nonsense bureaucrat who believes the lines between species need be respected. She’s a tough nut to crack. The root of her racism is fear. She fears what this will bring to her family, her only niece and the children.

Those are some great character names! Naming characters can be one of the most fun and most frustrating parts of writing :)

The Shadow Soul
The Trailokya Trilogy #1
By- K. Williams
Genre- Epic Fantasy

The Shadow Soul is the first part of The Trailokya Trilogy, a fantasy series that follows the rise and fall of fabled races and souls at the junction of three worlds: Zion, Earth and Jahannam. K. Williams weaves a tale that will leave you questioning long held convictions about the human legends of Heaven and Hell. Are you ready to enter the gates of Zion and learn the truth?
Captain Maiel is a duta warrior of Zion, a race of giant, winged guardians and chroniclers of the lesser souls. Maiel’s assurances are shaken when she nearly loses a young human girl to the dark forces of Jahannam, the prison realm where the lowest beings reside. To avoid answering to the leaders of her world, Maiel seeks refuge on Earth, but she is pursued by a baron of Jahannam intent on destroying her. Can she be saved before time runs out? Or will she be sacrificed to secure the borders of Zion and to hide the lie her journey uncovers?
With each step further into darkness, long held secrets are revealed and shadows rise from the past to challenge absolutes.

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About the Author-
Born in Saratoga Springs, New York, where she continues to reside, K.Williams embarked on a now twenty year career in writing. After a childhood, which consisted of voracious reading and hours of film watching, it was a natural progression to study and work in the arts.
K attended the State University of New York at Morrisville, majoring in the Biological Sciences, and then continued with English and Historical studies at the University at Albany (home of the New York State Writer’s Institute) gaining her Bachelor’s Degree. While attending UA, K interned with the 13th Moon Feminist Literary Magazine, bridging her interests in social movements and art.
Currently, K has completed the MALS program for Film Studies and Screenwriting at Empire State College (SUNY), and is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Foner Fellowship in Arts and Social Justice. K continues to write and is working on the novels of the Trailokya Trilogy, a work that deals with topics in Domestic Violence and crosses the controversial waters of organized religion and secularism. A sequel to OP-DEC is in the research phase, while the adaptation is being shopped to interested film companies. Excerpts of these and more writings can be found at: .

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Review: Deception by A.S. Fenichel

The Demon Hunters - Book Two

A.S. Fenichel

Regency Paranormal Romance
July 7, 2015
Lyrical Press

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When Demons threaten Regency London, only a Lady can stop them.

Lillian Dellacourt is beautiful, refined and absolutely lethal. She’s also the most feared and merciless demon hunter in The Company. She’s come a long way from the penniless seamstress’s daughter sold to the highest bidder, and it wasn’t by trusting a man, let alone an exiled Marquis with more on his mind than slaying the hellspawn . . .

For Dorian Lambert, Marquis de Montalembert, being sent to keep track of Lillian is no mean task. He’s wanted the fiery vixen since he first heard of her five years ago. But wooing the lady while fighting the demon uprising is no easy feat, especially when the lady’s tongue is as sharp as the Japanese sai blades she favors for eviscerating the spawn of hell.

These two will have to learn to trust each other fast, because the demon master is back, and he’s planning to turn Edinburgh into a living hell…

Review: I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

Regency paranormals are relatively new to me... I think I've read one or two others and I have to say- I really enjoy the genre. Regency London and paranormal just seem to mesh so well. Deception had a nice mix of an intriguing plot with enjoyable characters in a fast-paced read.

I loved Lillian. Plain and simple- she rocked. She was comfortable in her own skin, in her choices. Sure she was one tough cookie when it came to fighting demons, but she also had a softer side she was not afraid to display. Her kindness to people of all walks of life was refreshing. Lillian knew she was tough and didn't feel the need to prove it constantly.

It was rather hard not to fall for Dorian. He always seemed to say just the right thing at just the right time- sometimes to the point of being too good to be true. Sweet, strong, intelligent, and kind- he encompassed them all. The way he worshiped Lillian was rather adorable.

The plot was fast-paced and interesting. I always like being included in the research as well as the fighting and action sequences, so I enjoyed following along with the characters as they investigated. I never quite felt the romance between Lillian and Dorian. It was apparent in their words and actions, but the banter and the dance got old quicker than I'd have liked. It was strange- I mean I really liked the characters as individuals but together they ended up annoying me sometimes. This story had an ending of sorts. The author wrapped up the current story line while leaving room open for more to come.

You may notice that Deception is a book two in a series. I didn't read book one first, and I don't think it affected my enjoyment. Of course, I'm going to read book one now because Gabriel and Belinda seem like interesting characters.

About the Author

A.S. Fenichel gave up a successful career in New York City to follow her husband to Texas and pursue her lifelong dream of being a professional writer. She’s never looked back.

A.S. adores writing stories filled with love, passion, desire, magic and maybe a little mayhem tossed in for good measure. Books have always been her perfect escape and she still relishes diving into one and staying up all night to finish a good story.
Multi-published in erotic paranormal, contemporary and historical romance, A.S. is the author of the Mayan Destiny series, Christmas Bliss and many more. With several books currently contracted to multiple publishers, A.S. will be bringing you her brand of romance for many years to come.
Originally from New York, she grew up in New Jersey, and now lives in the East Texas with her real life hero, her wonderful husband. When not reading or writing she enjoys cooking, travel, history, and puttering in her garden. 

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

At Death's Door & Between Heaven & Hell by Astrid V. Tallaksen

At Death’s Door

Astrid V. Tallaksen

Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

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The world is a pretty straightforward place. Even for medium Sara Stone things seem pretty simple, aside from the whole talking to spirits bit. But when the spirits get too hard to handle and Sara ends up admitted to a mental hospital, the world starts to seem a lot less straightforward. First her family disappears, including her four year old son. Then she gets the sneaking suspicion that not only are the staff at the mental hospital somehow connected, but they also have no intention of ever letting her leave the hospital.
Everything changes when Sara has her first visitor in three months. Daniel is handsome, friendly, and a complete stranger. When he promises to spring her from the hospital and swears that everything she's experienced is completely real, Sara has no choice but to believe him. But once she reaches a run-down Victorian house in the tiny Alabama town her rescuer calls home, the last thing she expects to discover is that every memory she has is a lie.

Daniel reveals a world filled with angels, demons, and an impending war humans know nothing about. Sara wants to ignore her role in the whole mess – all that matters is solving the mystery of where her son has gone. But the forces of Heaven, Hell, and the Heart have other plans for her. Can she find her child before the world comes crashing down?

Between Heaven & Hell

Astrid V. Tallaksen

Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Romance

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Being a fallen angel used to be easy. A quiet life with the people she loves is all Sara ever asked for. Unfortunately, the apocalypse didn't get the message. After nearly losing everything, she's managed to put her life back together and start living what she hoped was happily ever after with her small family. Now she wants nothing more than to hide away and pretend the end of the world is a distant rumor. Her life has already been torn apart once. Doesn't she deserve a break?

    The apocalypse finds its way back to her doorstep when a letter arrives. Is it a friendly warning, a dire threat, or a simple reminder that she can't run away from what's to come? Sara refuses to take heed and pays dearly for her avoidance. With her family in danger and the preservation of free will hanging in the balance, she finds herself with no other choice. Sara must follow the path forged for her, a path that may take away everything she holds dear and leave her in pieces at the end. She's caught between Heaven and Hell, and the last person she'd ever have considered trusting might just be her greatest ally.

About the Author

Astrid V. Tallaksen grew up with a heart for stories of creatures and places outside of this world. Her love of reading quickly became a love of writing. She spent several years creating content and helping writers to improve their craft on the online world of Althanas, a creative writing workshop in the guise of a roleplaying forum. A self-avowed nerd, Astrid loves science fiction, comic books, and eighties fantasy movies in the vein of The Princess Bride and Labyrinth. Her geekiness extends to annual volunteer work at the massive sci-fi convention known as Dragon*con every year in Atlanta, Georgia. In the odd times that she's not immersed in geekdom or writing, Astrid loves to sing karaoke, crochet, and spend time with her family and pets.


New Release Alert! Madison's Song by Christine Amsden - Excerpt & Giveaway

I am so excited about this one. I loved the Cassie Scot series and can't wait to read Madison's story!! Check back for my review on July 23.

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: July 15, 2015

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Her voice is enchanting; his soul is black…
Madison Carter has been terrified of Scott Lee since the night he saved her from an evil sorcerer – then melted into a man-eating monster before her eyes. The werewolf is a slave to the moon, but Madison’s nightmares are not.

Despite her fears, when Madison’s brother, Clinton, is bitten by a werewolf, she knows there is only one man who can help. A man who frightens her all the more because even in her nightmares, he also thrills her.

Together for the first time since that terrible night, Scott and Madison drive to Clinton’s home only to discover that he’s vanished. Frantic now, Madison must overcome her fears and uncover hidden strengths if she hopes to save him. And she’s not the only one fighting inner demons. Scott’s are literal, and they have him convinced that he will never deserve the woman he loves.


            “Silence,” David commanded.
            Her throat continued to work, but no sound emerged. She felt like a fish being gutted, choking and spluttering as David returned to the work of cutting into the soft, sensitive flesh of her belly. Yet even as tears refilled her eyes and fear devoured her heart, some part of her recognized that her guts remained intact. Whatever David was doing to her with the dagger involved tracing shallow patterns across the surface of her skin.
            Fight the pain. Take deep breaths. Ground and center. She was not in the empty living room of a house she had not quite moved into yet, she was at church, singing in the choir. Above her, Jesus hung from a cross, a crown of thorns atop his head, a soft glow surrounding him. She usually found the magic within that glow. She reached for it...
            “Stop that!” David slapped her hard across the face.
            Once again her eyes flew open. She saw the dagger dripping with blood – her blood. Had her feeble grab for magic actually made a difference? David seemed to have noticed something, but what?
            “You're just making this harder on yourself,” David said.
            “What do you want?” Madison tried to ask. Her mouth moved, her lips forming the question, but no sound emerged.
            She didn't think he would answer; he couldn't even have heard the question, but to her surprise he only hesitated a moment before saying, “Your soul.”

About the Author

Christine Amsden has been writing science fiction and fantasy for as long as she can remember. She loves to write and it is her dream that others will be inspired by this love and by her stories. Speculative fiction is fun, magical, and imaginative but great speculative fiction is about real people defining themselves through extraordinary situations. Christine writes primarily about people and it is in this way that she strives to make science fiction and fantasy meaningful for everyone.

At the age of 16, Christine was diagnosed with Stargardt’s Disease, a condition that affects the retina and causes a loss of central vision. She is now legally blind, but has not let this slow her down or get in the way of her dreams.

In addition to writing, Christine teaches workshops on writing at Savvy Authors. She also does some freelance editing work.

Christine currently lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Austin, who has been her biggest fan and the key to her success. They have two beautiful children.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Release Alert: Portrait of a Girl by Luanna Stewart - Excerpt & Giveaway

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Portrait of a Girl
Publication Date: July 14, 2015
Genres: Romance, Suspense  

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An old crime and an irresistible new lead... When her wealthy art dealer father died, Heather James was expecting a fortune. Instead, his bank account was empty and Heather's working in a bakery, wondering exactly what happened to her father's millions...until someone tries to kill her. Tony Simons is on the trail of an art theft cold case that's practically giving him frostbite. He's hoping that by sticking close to Heather - the daughter of his deceased prime suspect - he'll find the answers he needs. Instead, he's finding himself distracted by a gorgeous woman who drives him crazy in every way imaginable... Now Tony's in serious trouble. Even if Heather can't - or won't - tell him where the stolen paintings and money are, she may well have stolen his heart. And now someone wants her dead...

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“Sit down, Heather. Let’s chat.”

Her mouth dried instantly, and her heart threatened to beat its way out of her chest. Wobbly knees that verged on giving out barely got her to the chair. She slouched down and stuck her hands into her coat pockets, trying to make herself appear as small and nonthreatening as possible. Her icy fingers encountered her phone and she whipped it out, frantically trying to punch 9-1-1.

Everything seemed to move in slow motion. Her muscles didn’t respond to her brain’s commands. He plucked the phone from her hands and turned it off before tossing it onto the counter.

He sat across from her and rested his elbows on the table, keeping his gaze on his folded hands.

“So tell me again why you were in the basement.”

She had to clear her throat a few times before her voice worked. Delilah seemed to sense her distress, because she sat next to her and put her head in Heather’s lap. She stroked the dog’s large silky ears, and her heart slowed to a more normal rate. “Well—”

“The truth. What were you doing down there?”

“Of course I’ll tell you the truth. I don’t lie or deceive. Not like some people.”

His eyebrows raised, then dropped into a deep scowl. So maybe it wasn’t smart to start a war of words.

“Well, as I started to say before I was so rudely interrupted, I’m missing some—ah—papers of my father’s.”

He sat up straighter, his gaze so focused it felt like he could read her thoughts before she thought them.

She cleared her throat and forged ahead. “I was sure I had everything when I moved into the gatehouse, but I’m missing some—papers. I thought perhaps there were more boxes in the basement. I’d planned to take a quick peek and be out of there before you got home, and you’d never have to know. Since it upsets you so much. For some strange reason.”

He leaned across the table, an intense gleam in his eye. “And did you find what you were looking for?”

“Pfft, no. There’s nothing down there except spiders and dust. So like I said, sorry to bother you.” She rose from her chair.

His hand clasped her wrist.

“What are you doing?” she gasped, pulling against his grip.

“You must have heard me putting that lock on the outside door. I made plenty of noise. Why didn’t you call out?”

She continued to tug and twist but it was no use. He was too strong. His hand completely circled her wrist. She was alone in the house with a man who could overpower her and do whatever he wanted. If she screamed, no one would hear. All the questions she had about who he really was came stampeding into her consciousness. She was seriously in danger of peeing her pants.

“I knew you’d be upset, and I was trying to think of another way out.” Keep talking and think of a way to get out of this mess.

“How did that work for you?” His hold relaxed, and he commenced rubbing his thumb against the inside of her wrist.

That’s where the shiver started. It traveled along her arm and settled low in her belly.

No, no, no, she was not getting turned on. She really, really needed to get out of this house. Now.

“Not—not so good.”

He raised an eyebrow and tugged lightly on her arm, moving her slowly around the table to stand directly in front of him.

Standing over him gave her an advantage. She wished she knew how to do one of those flying karate kicks. But she didn’t. And besides, she was afraid it would hurt him.

“Is there anything else you’d like to tell me?” He continued his light caress, his dark eyes growing darker. He grinned, a small dimple creasing his cheek, right next to his mouth. His full, classically shaped lips surrounded by a day’s growth of dark beard parted to reveal a gleam of white teeth. She wanted to tell him everything, every worry, every question. Maybe he could make sense of it, or at least offer some comfort.

The cut on his cheek from the cemetery reminded her that too much weird stuff had been happening. Ever since she arrived in Portland.

Panic tightened her chest.

No, the weird stuff started when Tony moved into the big house.

About Luanna Stewart

Luanna Stewart

Luanna Stewart has been creating adventures for her imaginary friends since childhood. As soon as she discovered her grandmother's stash of medical romance novels, all plots had to lead to a happily-ever-after. Luanna writes full time, concentrating on sexy romantic suspense, steamy paranormal romance, and spicy historical romance. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Luanna now lives in Maine with her dear husband, two college boys, two cats, and one surviving gold fish. When she's not torturing her heroes and heroines, she can be found in her kitchen whipping up something chocolate. Writing under the pen name Grace Hood, she has two novellas published with The Wild Rose Press. Now she is super excited to have a book published under her own name with Entangled Publishing.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Character Interview with Brandon from The Courage Series by Jill Daugherty

I love character interviews. It's so much fun to get a bit more insight into characters before (or even after) reading the book. Today author Jill Daugherty joins us with an interview of her character, Brandon, from The Courage Series.

Siblings Today recently interviewed 13-year-old Brandon O’Neill about his relationship with his older sister, Maggie, and about his life as a typical teenager growing up in the suburbs of Denver.

ST: So, you seem to really enjoy doing things to torment your sister, Maggie. Do you have to spend a lot of time coming up with these ideas, or do they just come to you naturally?

Brandon: You know, for the most part, they just come to me naturally. I don’t even think about what I’m going to say because it just rolls out, and let’s be honest, just about anything I say is going to annoy or embarrass my sister in some way. But there are times when I feel like the occasion calls for something more thought out. Like when Maggie started dating Simon, I couldn’t just pull something out of a hat at the last minute. It was a big deal for her, and I needed to have something really good planned.

ST: You’re talking, of course, about her first date with Simon to the Denver Art Museum.

Brandon: DAM. Yes.

ST: So you spent a lot of time coming up with the DAM jokes?

Brandon: Well, I mean, I didn’t really have to spend a lot of time thinking up the jokes. I was sort of inspired by a trip we made to the Hoover Dam a few years ago. When you’re on the tour, they make all these dam jokes. Like, “We’re going to go up some dam stairs now.” Or, “This would be a good spot for some dam pictures.” That sort of thing. So when I saw that Maggie and Simon were going to the Denver Art Museum, I just ran with it.

ST: And do your parents object to you teasing your sister?

Brandon: Not really. I think they both know that it’s a duty I’m obligated to fulfill. Simon does like it very much, though. I have to be careful when he’s around.

ST: Do you worry that he would cause you physical harm if you tease Maggie too much?

Brandon: No. I don’t think he’d every do anything to physically hurt me, but I think he’d find a way to cause some serious emotional pain.

ST: How so?

Brandon: I’m no sure, really. I just get the feeling he could if he wanted to.

ST: Have you ever thought about teasing your sister, then decided not to go through with it?

Brandon: I don’t understand the question.

ST: Have you ever not followed through with plans to tease your sister?

Brandon: Seriously. I don’t understand what you’re asking here.

ST: Okay, let’s move on. If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?

Brandon: {Laughs openly.} Oh, you’re serious. What kind of question is that? Why I would I want to be a tree?

ST: {Shuffles through papers} Um...Okay...Let’s see...Oh, here’s one. If you were stranded on a desert island, what book would you take with you?

Brandon: Any book that tells me how to get off the island.

ST: Well, yes, but which book would you take besides that one?

Brandon: Any book that tells me how to survive on the island while I’m waiting to get off it.

ST: {Exasperated sigh.} Tell me three things you can’t live without.

Brandon: Video games, video games, and video games.

ST: {Exasperated sigh.} Well, I think we have enough here.

Brandon: Seriously? Those are all of your questions?

ST: Yes. That was it.

Brandon: But you have like 10 sheets of paper there with questions.

ST: Oh, uh, those are questions for another interview I’m doing.

{Shuffling paper.}

Brandon: Let me see.

ST: No. I can’t. It’s a top-secret interview.

Brandon: What kind of top-secret interview could you be doing for Siblings Today magazine?

ST: Oh. Look at the time. I’m running late. Must go.

{Footsteps. Door opening. Door closing.}

Brandon: I think that went well.

Courage and Other Demons

Jill Daugherty

YA Urban Fantasy

FREE on Amazon July 17 - July 22

The end of the world will start in the suburbs of Denver with a faery transfer student from Ireland. If you think that’s totally ridiculous, then you understand how Maggie O’Neill feels. In all of her sixteen years, faeries were something you read about in children’s books. They didn’t actually show up on your doorstep. They didn’t kiss you and make your knees go weak and whisper sweet nothings in your ear. Until Simon Brady, that is. Simon changed everything. He makes her heart race and her skin burn with excitement, but he has also changed her core beliefs about the world and made her see it as a dark and dangerous place filled with monsters that belong only in the lines of faery tales. There is no doubt in Maggie’s mind that she loves Simon, but can she see past who he is and find a place for him in her heart?

Abandoned Courage
Book #2

Maggie O’Neill had a rough junior year… She fell in love with Simon. She found out Simon was a faery. She spent some time with her dead ancestors. An evil faery with control issues came after her and brought his groupies to kill her. …but that was nothing compared to what’s in store for senior year. She’s the new girl at faery boarding school and is subjected to something she never thought she’d have to deal with in her entire life—mean girls. To make matters worse, she’s seeing less and less of Simon, her faery guard is smothering her in their efforts to protect her, and the evil faery is still stalking her, determined to kill her before she can kill him. She starts to wonder if she’ll make it to graduation. Then the unthinkable happens and she wonders if she’ll be able to survive even one more day.

Defining Courage
Book #3

Eighteen-year-old Maggie O’Neill is a high school dropout. If her parents knew, they’d probably kill her, but that’s the least of her worries. Balor—the evil faery from hell—is still stalking her, someone is still betraying her, and the mean girl at school is still mean. The worst part of her life, however, is figuring out how to live it without Simon. Will Maggie discover a way to defeat Balor? Will she ever be able to out-snark the mean girl? Will she find Simon? Tune in next week—uh, read the book—to find out.

About the Author
Jill Daugherty lives in Denver with Bailey, the world's cutest dog. By day, she works with gifted children and their teachers. By night, she writes. A lot. She is the author of the Courage series, which has received glowing reviews. At the insistence of her readers, she has started work on a spin-off series.