Saturday, March 31, 2012

Arson By Estevan Vega Book Review

Title- Arson (Arson #1)
Author- Estevan Vega
Source- Ebook sent from author 
Pages- 318
Publisher- Tate Publishing
Publication Date- May 4th 2010

Goodreads Summary- Arson Gable feels like a freak. He can create fire. He never asked for it. He never wanted it. But he can’t shut it off. Before now, three things were true: he both loved and despised his grandmother; his life was going nowhere; and he was alone. But when a strange girl–who feels more normal behind a mask than inside her own skin—moves in next door, Arson hopes to find something he’s never had: purpose. Using what he fears most about himself, Arson must face his consuming past and confront the nightmare that is his present as he walks the fine line between boy and monster. Dark, moody, and breathtakingly relevant, ARSON, the chilling chronicle of an isolated boy with unimaginable ability, is sure to ignite the hearts and minds of a new generation.
Cover Thoughts-
The cover is the strange girl's mask that Arson meets and I believe it is the perfect idea for the cover. I like it a lot.
First Thought-
Something completely new for me but still YA! I am getting tired of all the paranormal vampires and witches and zombies. I feel like my brain will explode if I don't read something new but good.

What I liked-
Arson. I love Arson. He's a 17 year old boy that doesn't act all immature and he is very sensitive. You can feel almost every emotion: Like his guilt for living when his mother died and his is pain and loss enduring his grandmother's wrath when his grandfather dies. I don't know how he supports his grandmother with they way she treats him. Then there is Emery. Her family is equally as unstable and somehow her and Arson seem to find each other. I cried once in the book when Emery finally takes her mask off and Arson tells her she is beautiful and that was diffidently my favorite part. Also the ending was very unexpected. I was blown away!
What I disliked-
I expected Emery to be a little more bitter. She is scarred and traumatized stuck in a home with no love or stability. I wanted to see her distrusting and sheltered but she just instantly bonded with Arson. I also didn't understand Mandy's part in the mix. Why would a popular girl risk her reputation with a freak and then try to burn Emery's face off...again? I guess she was a little drunk maybe but even the most harsh people aren't going to shove somebody's face in a fire. Maybe she was joking? But I have never known a teenager with everything to almost kill somebody for fun.
Overall Readability-
It was a pretty fast read. I don't think I ever read a page that didn't show real emotion. I could feel every word almost as if I was Arson but my favorite character is Emery. :) It was something new and I enjoyed it very much and I can't wait to read the next one!
My Final Thought-
Emery! Oh my gosh how could you end a book on that? Where did this come from? Must read second book! NOW!
4 out of 5 Haunted Roses
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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Forever Girl Blog Tour! Guest Post and Giveaway!

Behold! The awesomeness of my post for this blog tour! It includes a review, a guest post, and a giveaway! :) It just glows with raw awesomeness. Wish you had some of this awesomeness? Enter the giveaway below!

Title- The Forever Girl
Author- Rebecca Hamilton
Source- E-book sent from Dark Mind Book Tours
Pages- 350
Publisher- Immortal Ink Publishing
Publication Date- January 26th 2012

Goodreads Summary-
Sophia Parsons’ family has skeletons, but they aren’t in their graves...
Solving the mystery of an ancestor’s hanging might silence the clashing whispers in Sophia's mind, but the cult in her town and the supernaturals who secretly reside there are determined to silence her first. As Sophia unknowingly crosses the line into an elemental world full of vampire-like creatures, shapeshifters, and supernatural grim reapers, she meets Charles, a man who becomes both a lover and ally.
But can she trust him?
It’s not until someone nearly kills Sophia that she realizes the only way to unveil the source of her family's curse: abandon her faith or abandon her humanity. If she wants to survive, she must accept who she is, perform dark magic, and fight to the death for her freedom.
First Thought-

Oh darn. Please oh please no more lame witch and vampire romances. :( But the summary is just so enticing!

What I liked-

I was litteraly blown away. I flew across my room becuase it was just so magical. Ha no not literally I was just so engrossed that I couldn't put it down. I proudly read it in one sitting. I thinks its halarious that poor Sophia gets harrassed by a bible thumper in the beginning but after that I had no clue what was going to happen next. In my head I was like, this girl is a loser, an outcast. She sucks at life really. Even her own momma is disappointed in her. I really wish she wasnt hated so much though. Heres why her life sucks; she tried a simple positive energy ritual that just went wrong, she has a curse listening to voices in her head all day, she found a dead body a long time ago and people still think she killed him. But it all changes the night after that spell gone wrong. The very next day Ivory her best friend convinces her to party and thats the night she catches unwanted attention.

What I disliked-

I was so confused about the different charcteristics of the elementals. Sophia learns about them later on in the book. I had a hard time keeping up with who is what and what is who. At one point I cried becuase Ivory was my favorite character, and well ,you dont want to know what happens to her. I accidently got a smudge of mascara on my kindle too. :(
Overall Readability-
It rocked my mismatched socks off. It's fast, easy to get into, and just awesome. So you might be tired of witch or vampire romance, well that doesn't matter becuase this book blows your mind epically with witty comebacks, death wishes, and elemental powers. The Forever Girl won my heart over Twilight. 

My Final Thought-
Fly little birdy fly! <-My favorite bird Red :) Oh and I thought, HOLY CRAP. Excuse my language please but its just I can't wait for the second one. I must know what happens!

5 out of 5 Haunted Roses
(I was going to add my fancy rose pictures but i'm lazy)

~Guest Post~
And now the lovely Rebecca Hamilton will give the details of each elemental in the book...

All about the Elementals…

The elementals in the Forever Girl Series are all based on the five traditional elements: Earth, Air, Water, Fire, and Spirit. There is one series Main Character for every element, but there are actually 7 books in the series. The reason is that one of the elements (Sophia, the spirit) will take up 3 books. I also see Sophia’s Journey in the three Wiccan stages of Maiden, Mother, and Crone, and her books within the series can also work alone as a trilogy. Her books will be 1, 4, and 7. In books 2, 3, 5, and 6, we will meet the other main characters, which represent the remaining elements of Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit.Today I’m going to get a bit more into each Elemental.To begin, you must understand the role of Universe in this series.


The Universe is a bit like a god, though referred to almost most as a committee. No one knows who or what the Universe is.The Universe can create but not destroy.It lives on positive energy. Without positive energy, it will die, and if it dies, all life within the Universe will also die.The Universe gathers positive energy from the human lives it’s created. This gathering of energy causes human’s to sleep.Despite the Universe’s need for positive energy, humans full of darkness were born into this world. Not only can the Universe not feed off of their energy, but these darker humans are responsible for destroying positive energy within the world.

 FIRE Elementals

The Fire elementals are the Chibold, which are based on sprites. They are mischievous at times, and appear as children. They must have a “host” family in order to live. If they go more than a century without one, they will die. Initially the Universe sent them to differentiate good from the evil, the notion being that children are often seen as property or “less than” adults. Adults will say things to children they won’t say to each other, or they will say things around children that they think children can’t understand, or they will do things to children that they wouldn’t do to others. Children, in this world (and perhaps the real world, too…) are like little seers whose worth is undervalued. If you want to know what kind of person someone is, study the way they treat a child—more specifically, the way they treat them when no one is looking. So while these Chibold have the appearance of children, they have supreme knowledge and are able to communicate directly with the Universe. They also sometimes act as messengers and guides. The Chibold aren’t heavily explored in The Forever Girl (Book 1 of the Forever Girl Series) but they’re there and will become more prominent in later books in the series. What is most interesting about the Chibold is that the other elementals don’t know much about them!
Special Notes: Chibold restore energy through hibernation-like sleep and by connecting with nature. They are known to be mischievous and have a history of causing trouble, sometimes even harming other unintentionally.

EARTH Elementals

The Earth elementals are also known as Cruor. They are similar to vampires. Their legend, in the world of The Forever Girl, is that they were created by the Universe to hunt the dark humans. They were humans who were buried alive, and the Universe resurrected them as guardians of the night. As time went on, Cruor became able to multiple in number by “turning” other humans. The intention of the Cruor was to purify the darkness in this world by eliminating it and by creating other Cruor to help them. Instead, some Cruor harboreddarkness of their own, and soon this darkness became more of a keystone than an anomaly. Cruor are immortal until they die either by sunlight, decapitation, or a stake through the heart. Quite traditional indeed. No sparkles need apply.Special Notes: Earth Elementals can use their blood to heal injury and disease. They can also erase or create thoughts in a human minds. Cruor are extremely fast and strong, but they are not the fastestelementals.

WATER Elementals

The Water elementals are known as the Strigoi. They are similar to shapeshifters. The Universe intended them as hunters of the darker Cruor, but, unfortunately, this turned into more of a battle between the elemental races. You could call them im-mortal enemies, though Strigoi are only immortal so long as they don’t shift. When they are born, they age the way a human would, but once they reach adulthood, they stop aging so long as they shift regularly. If they don’t shift for prolonged periods, they can age. This also makes them able to carry and birth children (so long as they don’t shift while pregnant.)Special Notes: Water Elementals can see auras. They are faster than the Cruor. Strigoi can go out in direct sunlight. They can be killed as easily as a human or animal, and if they are killed in their animal form, they remain an animal—this is to protect the secret of their existence.

 AIR Elementals

Air Elementals, or the Ankou, are faerie grim reapers. They’re based on the legend of the Ankou, and they brought to this world a magic intended to help bring peace between the Strigoi and the Cruor, and also to deal with the spirits of these supernaturals following their death. If they are one of the dark supernaturals, the Ankou are supposed to destroy the spirit entirely. However, if the spirit is good, it may be reborn into another life, and the Ankou are responsible for arranging this. Not all spirits reborn, however, will be supernatural in their new lives. Of course, this was not without its problems as well (as ever the Universe is clearly incapable of perfection!). When the Ankou came, they brought peace between the Cruor and Strigoi, but this also led to procreation between the races.Special Notes: The Ankou can also heal the earth. Their wings are visible in direct light, and prolonged sunlight can shrink their bodies overtime. Trying to reverse this effect has some undesirable effects… Ankou are the fastest of all elementals, with the ability to travel through space AND time. The Ankou, when they go dark, can be some of the most vicious of elementals.

The COUNCIL (and Dual Breeds)

The Council was meant to oversee the wishes of the Universe. The Universe, however, began to request things of the Council that it’s members did not want to honor. For example, the Universe wanted to bring a balance to the Council, with one element representing one of each of the five places as leaders of the Council. The current leaders, however, and more especially the Queen (Queen Callista), did not want balance. Moreover, the presence of the Ankou led to cross-breeding of other supernatural races. Dual bred races have an easier time integrating with human society. Compared to their purebred counterparts, they are weaker in some ways and stronger in others, but this gives them an edge (while also making their abilities a bit unpredictable). This worries the Council. Further, the presence of dual breeds increased discovery by humans (or those two events coincided—which does not necessarily mean one was the cause!). However, the Council liked to blame the dual-natured for this, as it gave them an opportunity to launch an attack against all of their kind.Before that point, there was a resistance between the Universe and the Council, but at this time, the Council was in complete rebellion. The Council would argue that the Universe didn’t know what it was doing—that the Universe had messed up time and time again. The Council believed they could do better, but the Universe will not give up yet, because the Council’s actions could lead to the extermination of all life within the Universe (and the Universe itself).And that’s what brings us to…

SPIRIT Elementals

There had been several witch trials (such as in Denmark) before any spirit elementals were chosen, but as they were the first spirit elementals chosen during the Salem witch trials, they quickly became known as “witches” as well, this being largely because “witch” was something humans used to call humans they thought of as supernatural, and the spirit elementals were just that—mortal supernaturals.Witches were intended to conjure magic from the Universe directly and use that magic to restore balance in the Earth. Their very presence, of course, would help restore balance just by bringing all of the elements into play, but it was their magic that was intended to create harmony. The Universe, being a bit wiser for its past mistakes, created witches in such a way that any harm they caused would be brought back to themselves. (Yes, I did take some inspirations from the Wiccan religion here, though I’d like to be clear that although Sophia is Wiccan, the witches in the novel are not meant to translate to Wiccans. I see the Wiccan faith and Fantasy magic in my series as separate…)
Because of a supernatural war (over the existence of dual breeds), the spirit elementals were not able to fulfill their duty, and the war raged in humanity over the idea of “witches”. But as the witches were mortal, the Universe granted immortality instead to their *magic*. This was the start of hereditary witches. The magic, however, when passed down, would be halved, and when it was passed down again, it would halve again.Forever Girls were something more. They are also spirit elementals, but their magic is carried with their soul. The spirit of the first witch stays in her lineage (this means it always passes down to the daughters of the males with the same surname). So if a woman can discover she is one of the Forever Girls, she can tap into all those lifetimes of magic. Otherwise, she can only use the magic that was passed down to her through her ancestors.Special Notes: Witches can have one or more special skills, such as clairaudience (the ability to hear thoughts in another realm) and telekinesis. Even witches can be dark, however such choices have a history of ultimately being self-destructive.

Other Abilities

Humans can also have special gifts, but without any form of immortality.
This is probably a lot to take in all at once, which is why in The Forever Girl (the first book in the series) the information is given in bits and pieces, and some parts won’t be elaborated until later books in the series.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

The New Death and Others Free On Amazon!

A while ago I reviewed a funny collection of short stories and poems by James Hutchings. His book A New Death and Others is a free ebook on Amazon for a limited time!
You can find it here.

Heres the summary:
Death gets a roommate...
An electronic Pope faces a difficult theological question...
A wicked vizier makes a terrible bargain...
44 stories. 19 poems. No sparkly vampires. There's a thin line between genius and insanity, and James Hutchings has just crossed it - but from which direction?

You can also view my review here.

This is my favorite poem of the whole book:

If My Life Was Filmed

If my life was filmed, it would
go straight to DVD
and someone who was famous once
would have the role of me
and if five stars meant 'excellent'
you'd give it two or three
and most of those who rented it
would watch ironically.
Years later they would track me down
and do an interview.
They'd say "I heard you died," and I'd
say "Yeah, I heard that too."
"Is any of it fictional?"
"Perhaps a scene or two.
There weren't as many ninjas, but
the rest is mostly true."

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cover Reveal of Cataclysm By Karice Bolton

The final conclusion to the watchers trilogy!

Releases April 2, 2012

When it becomes obvious that the dark side will stop at nothing to control the mortal world, Ana is faced with a decision that could determine the fate of Fallen Angels everywhere. Determined to not use mortals as pawns, Ana does her best to prepare for the battles ahead while protecting the innocent souls around the world. As danger looms at every turn, she realizes that the ones she thought were prey might actually be the predators, and it will take an army like never before to stop the wickedness from spreading throughout the world.
The first two books in the series:

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Beautiful Chaos By Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Book Review

Title- Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)
Author- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Source- Public Library
Pages- 518
Publisher- Little, Brown Books
Publication Date- October 18th 2011
Goodreads Summary- Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending
Cover Thoughts-
The cover reminds me of the dark casters eyes in the series. I love it. The background is probably the door to the Temporis Porta which is also another good idea for the cover. I don't think you could do better for a cover without being unoriginal.
First Thought-
Holy craptastic! The 3rd one is in my arms. I couldn't decide if I should cuddle with it or read it. *Note- I chose the 2nd choice.

What I liked-
The Ending. Oh my god the ending. I cried miserably into my blanket. It blew me away and had me searching online for the next one right away. The book was so beautifully done! To be honest this one is my favorite of the whole series. Throughout the book Ethan is slipping. He is losing memories and touch with his former self. There is almost a poeticness to the writing in this one. It symbolizes Ethan being lost and unable to concentrate. I loved how the authors didn't forget the guilt Lena feels, or forget to include her fights with Olivia. There was so many memorable parts of the story that I know for sure I won't forget his scenes for a long while. I love how Ridley was still dark even as a Mortal. I love how Link is still his loyal big headed self. So much to love!
What I disliked-
I really didn't get the part where Ethan's dad starts writing a book about 18 moons. What does that have to do with the Civil War and Ethan's dad doesn't even know anything about the Caster World. I really really disliked Amma just throwing away her virtues and going to the dark side just to save Ethan. She was so fiercely superstitious that it was hard to believe she could act that way.
Overall Readability-
It had a slow beginning, a moderate middle, and a fast ending. I believe the soft hearted will be crying but if you hate cliff hangers, well I just hope you don't throw the book at the wall.
My Final Thought-
What? Nah uh? Are you freaking kidding me? Omg! When's the next one? October? NOOOOOO!

5 out of 5 Haunted Roses

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Goddess Test By Aimee Carter Book Review

Title- The Goddess Test
Author- Aimee Carter
Source- Harlequin Teen Panel
Pages- 293
Publisher- Harlequin
Publication Date-April 19th 2011

Goodreads Summary- In a modern-day take on the myth of Persephone, 18-year-old Kate Winters is thrust into a mythical world, where she must pass seven impossible tests and outsmart a spiteful god in order to save the life of not just her mother but of her captor as well.

Cover Thoughts-
I love the old fashioned greek dress Kate is wearing. I could tell it totally represents the lostness she feels and the complete and utter failure she thinks she has. This cover is totally an eye catcher for greek mythology lovers.

First Thought-
I was actually pretty excited. It is my first book recieved for being a Harlequin Teen Panelist and I wanted to start reading it right away because it has greek mythology!

What I liked-
I love love love the idea of making a modern day version of the hades and persephone myth! I liked how Persephone chose to become human and die with a different lover so Hades is left with no queen. It gave the perfect opening for the 7 tests Kate has to go through to become his queen. If she fails Hades fades and leaves Hermes to become the new king of the underworld. One problem is Hermes becomes Kate's best friend. Kate's mom is dying, and for some reason the girls in the tests always fail. Kate selflessly helps someone who tricked her and that is when Hades (Henry) appears to her. He saves the girl and grants her 1 thing. She gets to see her mom everynight in exchange for doing his 7 tests. Another problem comes up, how can Kate be queen of the underworld if Henry loves Persephone more?

What I disliked-
I didn't like how confusing it was to keep the characters strait. There was so many gods and goddesses and traits of them you want to understand but keeping their modern names connected to the greek name was hard. I hated how easily Henry and Kate gave into each other. The love was a little unrealistic but hey its a romantic myth so what else could I expect?

Overall Readability-
It was really fast pased except for the confusing parts. The idea was also perfectly melded together. It's deffinently a good read for someone looking for a small series on greek mythology.

My Final Thought-
 I was very eager to learn if Henry and Kate's romance would bloom. I wonder if Harlequin will send the second one soon?

4 out of 5 Haunted Roses

Sunday, March 11, 2012

100 Follower Giveaway!

Yay! Only 7 months of blogging and I have 100 followers reading my reviews. Hopefully I can double this by my blogaversary. :) I want to thank every follower that continually comments on my posts becuase I love feedback! Anyway what do you have the chance to win....
drum roll please....




Yes you could win my favorite book of the year! Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

More New Stuff at The Haunted Rose

Dear followers, authors, and fellow reviewers,

~New Review Setup~
Okay so I decided my reviews suck. They are small and worthless to read. I barely dip into the actual feeling of the book. So I decided my reviews will also have the source, the publisher, the amount of pages, and the expected publication. I will also write more detailed reviews on the verge of being a spoiler so that way you my followers will have more of something to go off of. I don't want to mislead you to a horrible book that I put as "interesting". <- codeword for sucks. So yes my reviews will be more detailed and just better and then I won't feel bad about getting books in exchange for reviews and having only a paragraph for reviews.

~Contact Me and Review Policy~
I made a facebook page for the blog! Now I can always share the latest giveaways and reviews. You can now contact me on Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, Facebook, and by Email. Just visit the page labeled Contact/Policy and read up about what I except for reviews and how to contact me. :)

I can't even stress how thankful I am. Only 7 months of blogging and I made my goal way before 1 year. So I decided I'll be hosting a 100 follower giveaway. I'll be giving away my favorite book of the year plus some bookmarks with it. So look out next week when I do that.
Anyway once again I'd like to say:

 ThE hAuNtEd RoSe

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Lure of Shapinsay By Krista Holle Review, Interview, and Giveaway

Ever since Kait Swanney could remember, the old crones of the village have been warning her to stay away from the selkies. They claim that like sirens of old, the seal men creep from the inky waters, shed their skins, and entice women to their deaths beneath the North Sea. But avoiding an encounter becomes impossible when Kait is spotted at the water’s edge, moments after the murder of a half-selkie infant.

Unexpectedly, Kait is awoken by a beautiful, naked selkie man seeking revenge. After she declares her innocence, the intruder darts into the night, but not before inadvertently bewitching her with an overpowering lure.

Kait obsesses over a reunion deep beneath the bay and risks her own life to be reunited with her selkie. But when she lands the dangerous lover, the chaos that follows leaves Kait little time to wonder—is it love setting her on fire or has she simply been lured?

~The Haunted Rose's Review~
The author contacted me asking me to review and at first I wasn't so sure. The cover was a little confusing. I review paranormal, fantasy, and young adult, but this cover looked like I might be getting into some erotica. The author assured me it was appropriate and I took a shot at it. Right away I was lured into the book just like Kait is lured to the selkie man. So many old customs were used to beautifully and I wasn't confused again throughout the book. I didn't know what was going to happen next partly because I have never read anything like this. I don't even think I have heard of selkies before. In case you haven't heard about selkies, they are basically creatures of the sea that live for the water. They wear a skin that molds to them and helps them become one with the ocean. Well Kait being human falls for the lure of a selkie, and the selkie fell for the lure that Kait didn't know she possesses. This books opened my eyes to this type of genre. I'm hoping I can learn more about selkies or other mythical creatures in Krista Holle's future books. Anyway, If your like ancient myths or legends about mythical creatures I encourage you to read The Lure of Shapinsay!

Krista has been writing since she was nine-years-old when she scribbled out her first adolescent work entitled Merish, the completely illogical but heartfelt story of a girl who was part mermaid, part fish. As a young mother, Krista added to her repertoire some middle grade readers and picture books she’s wary of mentioning.
In 2004, Krista began an intensive four year period working part-time as a critical care nurse while homeschooling her four children. During this hectic time, courses of writing were taught and learned, and rules of syntax were scolded to memory. Ironically this period of study equipped Krista with the tools she needed to enter the next phase of her writing experience. Now equipped with the mysteries of the comma, Krista was ready to tackle a much bigger project—a full fledged novel.
After the kids were enrolled in public school in 2009, it occurred to Krista that there is an insatiable audience of women and girls who want to read books filled with stories about true love. Convinced that there was an unfulfilled audience waiting for what Krista loves to write—romance, she sat down in the family’s dungeon, a.k.a. the basement, and began to furiously type. In no time, her first novel was drying on crisp white paper.
Krista currently resides in Midlothian, Virginia with her husband, four daughters, and an eccentric cat with an attachment to the family’s socks. She continues to write obsessively every chance she can get.

Krista Holle's Links-
1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Krista Holle (pronounced like the red berried tree), the author of the newly released novel, The Lure of Shapinsay. I’m a critical care nurse and the mother of four awesome daughters.  If this doesn’t keep me busy enough, I write like a fiend.  I also love pizza, live in blue jeans, and collect seashells.   

2. Are you working on any other books?
This summer I’ll be releasing a young adult book, entitled The Wind Whisperer.  It’s about a young Native American girl with the ability to “hear” the spirits of the wind.  While her tribe’s at war with a brother tribe, Anaii inconveniently falls in love with the enemy.  It’s basically a yummy love triangle that takes place before the arrival of the first white man.  It’s filled with intrigue, kidnappings, murder, and battles.  The guys will like this one too. 
3.  What authors influenced you the most? 
Stephanie Meyer, Shannon Hale, Tracy Chevalier.

4.  Zombies, vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, witches, or faeries, and why?
All of the above except for Zombies. They’re just gross.  Supernatural creatures are so much fun to write and read about, but please add selkies to the list.  These mysterious seal men and women have enchanted the Scottish people for thousands of years.

5.  What is the wildest idea you had while being an author?
Writing a modern remake of Tarzan and Jane.  I still haven’t let this one go.

6.  What is your favorite part in your book?

My favorite scene was when Kait got Eamon to eat Cullen Skink for the first time.  Eamonis from the sea, so he has an aversion to soil or anything that comes from under the ground.   He tolerates the first bite of smoked haddock (fish) pretty well, but when he chomps into a potato, the violent physical reaction that follows had me giggling when I wrote it.

7.  What is your favorite book? 
Honestly, I have so many favorites, but Twilight is high on the list as is a lesser known book by Cynthia Voigt called On Fortune’s Wheel.  

8.  If Harry potter and Edward Cullen had a fight what do you think the outcome would be? 
Great question, but ultimately, Harry would kick Edward’s butt.  It would only take one “Immobulus!” or an “AvadaKadavra!” and Edward would be finished.  This makes me sad, but it’s true.
9.  In one sentence only, why should we read your book? 
Many of my reviewers have told me they have nothing to compare my book to because it’s so darn unique!
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