Reluctantly Royal by Nichole Chase Launch + GIVEAWAY!

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We are beyond excited about the Release Day Launch of Nichole Chase's RELUCTANTLY ROYAL!! RELUCTANTLY ROYAL is a New Adult contemporary romance novel being published by HarperCollins Avon imprint and is the third book in Nichole Chase’s Suddenly Series. We love the swoony romance in these books and this one delivers in spades!

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RELUCTANTLY ROYAL Synopsis: Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be. Coming from a broken home and modest background, newly ordained Lady Meredith Thysmer has seized her chance to make a better life for herself and her son. She's not afraid to use her best assets to get what she wants. But when the unpretentious yet devastatingly handsome Max delivers his news, her plans for the future come crashing to a halt. In the challenging days ahead, Max's compassion, humor, and steadfast loyalty to Meredith and her son win her over. She quickly finds herself doing something she swore would never happen again: falling in love. And yet Maxwell still refuses to completely drop his guard. Somehow Meredith's got to find a way to seduce this reluctant royal.
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  Excerpt: As I turned to leave the room, my eyes fell on a sketch pad and I couldn’t help myself. Sitting back down in the chair I flipped it open and smiled at the drawings inside. Marty had promise for such a young kid. Turning to a blank page, I glanced around and searched for a pencil. Charcoal would be best, but pencil would do. I started with the lines of his forehead, the curve of his impish nose, the roundness of his cheeks. I was lost in the sketch, enjoying the shadows, the tenderness in his expression, working to capture that moment of utter innocence. “That’s beautiful.” Her voice was soft. I looked up from what I was doing, not surprised that she had snuck up on me. When I’m lost in a project, the world disappears; the only thing I’m aware of are the layers of the project I’m working on. “He’s a good subject.” I turned back to the paper and finished up the shading of the blanket. “Only because he’s asleep and not moving.” Her quiet laugh sent shivers over my body. “That does help.” I smiled up at her. “But it’s the contrast. The contrast of him awake versus him asleep. He looks so young right now, so innocent.” “What do you mean?” She leaned closer to look at the picture. “He’s so mature, quick-witted.” I whispered the words. “But here he is, looking like the child he is.” “His teachers say that,” she said. “That he’s quick to pick things up.” “I’d say so.” I turned and handed her the sketch pad. “I hope you don’t mind that I drew him. The light and shadows were too perfect to resist.” Sort of like her right now. The way the moonlight glinted in her eyes and shone along her hair. Her perfect features would make any artist ache to draw them. Her pixie nose, the heavy eyelashes, the curve of her body hinted at by the oversized sweater she had wrapped around herself. It made my palms itch. Partly because I just wanted to touch her, to see if she would taste as sweet as she looked in that moment. “Thank you for keeping him entertained.” She stood up. “Can I keep this?” “Of course.” I stood up and stretched. Her eyes swept over my chest and then back up to my face. Maybe I wasn’t the only one tempted to touch. I hated to admit it, but I had a flare of pride. “I enjoyed hanging out with him.” I was surprised to realize I meant it. I never would have thought spending time with a six-year-old would have been enjoyable. “Looks like he did too.” She moved away from the door and I followed her into the hallway. “Did you get everything settled?” “I think so.” She frowned. “What’s wrong?” Her expression worried me. “Granddad would have hated a large ceremony.” She sighed and headed for the stairs. “But I guess that as a duke there are some things that have to happen.” “I don’t blame your grandfather.” I followed behind her. “I would want a small ceremony, not to be made into a production.” “I’m starting to think you don’t like any type of production.” She looked at me over shoulder. “Not really, no.” I wasn’t going to lie. “I don’t like being the focus, being the center of attention. It makes me uncomfortable.” I wasn’t going to lie, but I hadn’t intended to tell her so much about me. “And yet you agreed to help me with my grandfather’s funeral.” She turned to me at the bottom of the stairs and set the sketch pad on a table. “Why?” I stared at her for a minute, enjoying the way her eyes looked up at me, the tilt of her chin, the way her hair cascaded around her shoulders. “I don’t know.” Unable to help myself, I reached out and touched her cheek with my fingers. Her pupils dilated and she inhaled softly. With one thumb I traced the dip under her plump bottom lip. Her hand reached up to trace my jaw and she took a step closer to me. “You should be running from me as fast as you can.” She whispered the words. “I’m everything you don’t want.” “I’m not so sure.” “I live for the spotlight, it’s my food.” Her eyes were half lidded as she edged closer to my mouth. “And you’ve seen my family. I’m trouble, Max.” Did I care? I wasn’t sure I was capable of making a real decision as her smell wrapped around my senses. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to taste her, to touch her, to press her against my body. To hear her say my name again. Dipping my head, I grazed her lips with mine and I was lost. On a sigh, she leaned into me and wrapped her hands around my neck. Tilting her head back, I brought my mouth to hers carefully, softly, tasting. I wanted to deepen the kiss, to hear her moan, to feel the way her body could wrap around mine, but I kept it soft, sweet, and simple. She was in such a hard place, she needed to be protected, treasured by someone. And right now, I was that per
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Nichole Chase Bio: Nichole Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Suddenly Royal, Flukes, The Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and several short stories. She is also the instructor of Say What? a dialogue class at the Romance Academy. Nichole lives in Georgia with her husband, energetic daughter, superhero dog, Sulcata tortoise, and two cats. When not writing, you may find her reading, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.    

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Blog Tour: My Sort-of Kind-of Hero - Emily Harper + Kate Spade Giveaway!

Emily Harper is back! The popular chick lit author is bringing fans another of her quirky rom-coms in the form of My Sort-of Kind-of Hero. Celebrating the publication with a blog tour, Emily will be hitting some top book blogs for reviews, a couple of guest posts and a fabulous giveaway, including a Kate Spade organiser!
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'Etty Lawrence is a bestselling romance author. At least− she would be if she could just get someone to read her books. Apparently, Amazon doesn’t consider the 500 books purchased by your mother to be ‘bestseller’ material.
When Etty’s given some simple advice from a friend − write what you know − she takes it to heart. But she’s never been in love before, and she doesn’t really have time to fall in love and write a novel at the same time. So, she convinces her slightly unwilling lifelong friend, Travis, to let her follow him around and witness real love, first hand. A third person memoir, if you will. Travis is the perfect hero for her story: he’s funny, smart, and good looking; only there’s one problem. He says all the wrong things. Does any girl really want to talk about the NHL trades? And his jokes would make a kindergarten class roll their eyes.
But the worst part is, Travis’s dates laugh at his corny jokes; the jokes he told Etty first. They touch his sweater; the sweater Etty bought him. And the way these women swoon and gush over him…they obviously aren’t leading lady material.
Now Etty has to take this love thing into her own hands if she has any hope of writing a bestseller that people other than her mother will buy.'
My Review:

Okay this book was just a whole lot of fun and exactly what I needed at the moment. With my new busy work schedule I have been having a hard time to find the motivation to read. Especially with the last two book I read being just okay, but nothing that made me want to come home after working 9 to 10 hours and say "I want to read." 

But My Sort-of Kind-of Hero was exactly the kind of book I needed to help me get reading again! It was fun, funny, flirty and just an over all good time. There were several laugh out loud moment and exactly the right kind of story to keep me engaged and wanting to come home after a long day and dive right in. If you are looking for a fun read to lighten up your day, then definitely give this Emily Harper book a try! 

Oh and btw, dont' ever this giveaway because I want to win it! Okay fine enter away ;)
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Emily Harper has a passion for writing humorous romance stories where the heroine is not your typical damsel in distress. Throughout her novels you will find love, laughter, and the unexpected!
Originally from England, she currently lives in Canada with her wonderful husband, beautiful daughter, mischievous son, and a very naughty dog.
Emily is also the author of the funny and charming novels White Lies and Checking Inn.
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FFBC: The Jewel by Amy Ewing + GIVEAWAY

The Jewel (The Lone City #1)
by Amy Ewing
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 2nd 2014
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

The BFG by Roald Dahl 

The Vampire Diaries or anything Law and Order 

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I know that’s technically three movies so if I had to pick I’d say the Fellowship of the Ring. But it’s so hard to choose!)

Skinny Love, but the Birdy version (not the Bon Iver one). 

Cheese. Any kind of cheese. 

Ah, do I have to choose only one? Ok, I’ll say Stefan from The Vampire Diaries, because Paul Wesley is who I (physically) based the character of Ash on.

“I do not wish to expiate but to live. My life is not an apology but a life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay on Self Reliance 

Harry Potter. Books by Rainbow Rowell. The Vampire Diaries. Anything Loki-related. Anything Peeta-related. Anything—ok, I’ll stop now. 

Again, unfair! I would like to say Roald Dahl, but I think he would be a real jerk to hang out with. And Tolkien could potentially be super boring, like one of those history professors who make an interesting event sound dull. So I’ll go with J.K. Rowling. Oh, and she’s alive too! A girl can dream… 

Hi! As Book Addicts, I assume you are all amazing people. I’m so thrilled to be here. Keep reading! 

The Jewel is about a city where young girls are auctioned off as surrogates to royal women who can no longer have children on their own. That’s what I always say when someone asks what the book is about. To add to that, it’s a book that combines beauty and cruelty—the Jewel is a glamorous, luxurious place, but the surrogates are abused, humiliated, and treated as property. It’s a book about choice, and how important it is to have the freedom to decide what happens to your own body. And it’s about friendship and forbidden love. 

I definitely had to research IVF, which wasn’t crazy, but very interesting. There was a lot of research for the names too, since every circle in the city names its children according to certain rules. I did a lot of research for different names of colors for the Marsh and different gemstones for the Jewel.

Kind, brave, compassionate, talented and stubborn.

The Auction itself was so much fun to write because it’s so heightened, so emotionally charged, and all Violet can do is stand there and watch it happen. And I love the scene where Violet and Ash meet for the first time.

Oh, hands down the funeral scene. I still sort of hate that scene because it was so hard. There were all these people there, there was so much happening, and I wanted to make sure everything was clear to the reader while also maintaining Violet’s emotional state. It took me forever to write.

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Amy Ewing is the young adult author of THE JEWEL, the first in a trilogy from HarperTeen, coming out September 2014.

She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.

Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching The Vampire Diaries.

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FFBC: Athena's Ashes by Jamie Grey + GIVEAWAY

Publisher: Clever Crow Press
Release Date: August 26th 2014


It’s Renna’s biggest job yet – convincing MYTH leadership that she’s put away her lock picks and is ready to save the galaxy, despite the dangerous implant in her brain. But with the Athena on the run, she’s working solo and facing her most ruthless enemy, the traitor Pallas, who’ll go to any lengths to destroy the MYTH organization. Including framing Renna for a devastating assault on MYTH HQ that leaves their defenses crippled and hundreds dead. 

Now that MYTH believes she’s a dangerous double-agent, Renna escapes their firing squad before they put more holes in her than a pair of fishnet stockings. But the ticking time-bomb in her head is the one thing Pallas needs to complete his master plan and he’s not about to let her get away. Even worse, he’s discovered the only thing that will bring Renna to her knees – threatening Captain Nick Finn.

Out of time and options, Renna’s got one shot to take down the traitor before he annihilates everything she loves, even though winning this battle may cost her everything.

by Jamie Grey


For someone who was supposed to be the best thief in the galaxy, Renna had been spending entirely too much time locked up lately.
Not that a high-security hospital room in a secret MYTH base was much of a prison for her, but the IV line snaking from her arm might as well have been a pair of Saltani iron handcuffs. She swung her feet over the edge of the lumpy bed and watched the holoscreen on the far wall. Stats scrolled past, red text on the black background. Her vitals were stable; blood pressure was fine. Looking at her chart, she was the picture of health.
Except for the cybernetic implant taking over her mind.
Renna rubbed the back of her neck where the original incision site had started to throb. It had been doing that a lot lately, thanks to Navangs depraved experiments and the drugs hed injected her with. Drugs hed used to create a whole army of human-robot hybrids.
Thana Samil, the MYTH doctor in charge of her case, said it was nothing to worry about, but Renna knew better. In the five days shed been locked up here in the MYTH facility, the pain in her head had only gotten worse.
And then there were the weird side effects. She hadnt stepped foot outside her room, but she knew a bank of super-servers sat in the northeast corner of the facility, as if shed drawn the blueprints herself. Communications relays resided on each corner of the roof. Shed even felt the throb of the automated defense cannons guarding the facility.
If the doctor and her team didnt figure out how to slow down the integration between the implant and her nervous system, Renna would be a walking machine before she had the chance to stop the person behind all this.
If Rennas hunch was right, the traitor was close enough to touch. Maybe even inside this facility. But shed never find him if she was trapped here for the rest of her short life. She slid off the bed to pace the stark room, careful not to disturb the needles in her arm. Six steps to the door. Turn around. Six steps back to the bed.
Shed done this to herself. Shed volunteered to be locked away and dissected, just to keep Myka Aldani safe. To keep Finn safe.
Her pacing slowed as a pang of longing shot through her. Captain Nick Finn. Former gang member turned MYTH soldier and her first childhood crush. Now, she suspected that shed fallen in love with him, which worried her. Renna had spent most of her life making sure that didnt happen. Yet somehow his bright blue eyes, square jaw, and straight-laced moral code had slipped through her defenses.
And oh, the way his fingers had tantalizingly stroked her most sensitive places
Renna felt herself go warm as she remembered the last time shed been with him. Shed escaped from Navang, but not before hed started the process of taking over her implant. Finn had spent the night in her room, waiting for her to regain consciousness, and shed practically begged him to make love to her. She could still feel the heat of his skin. She inhaled, half-expecting to smell his scentsandalwood, gun grease, and something that was inexplicably him.
She needed to know what was going on between them, and if that meant more bunk-side exploration, shed totally take one for the team. But until she knew how to stop Pallas and put an end to these experiments, she wasnt going anywhere, despite the urge she had to run back to Finn. Shed stay in this facility and let them poke and prod her, just to protect him and Myka. Even if it made her crazy.
The lock on her door beeped, and high-heeled shoes clacked across the threshold. Speak of the devil.
Renna turned as Dr. Samil entered the room. The young doctor wore a pleasant smile despite the slightly frazzled appearance of her long blonde hair escaping the messy bun she always wore. Renna leaned back against the edge of her bed. Do you always have to look so happy at the prospect of stabbing me with those instruments of torture?
Dr. Samils blue eyes sparkled. For someone whos done her share of killing, I cant believe you have a needle phobia.
We all have our weaknesses, Renna said with a shrug. Pointy, shiny, metal bloodsuckers just happen to be mine.
Samil set her holopad down on the counter and pressed her thumb to the scanner to unlock the drawer. She pulled out a tray of tools. I guess its time for the torture to begin.
The doctor brushed her bangs back off her forehead, and Renna gritted her teeth as she slid back onto the bed, preparing to be poked.
Howd the last test go? Is the implant fusing normally? Renna stared pointedly at the far wall as Samil fumbled with the glinting needles on the tray. Or whatever normal is in this fucked-up situation.
The doctor shook her head, flicking a finger against one of the syringes before pushing the plunger. Pink-tinged liquid squirted from the needle. I wish I knew. I havent seen anything like this before. Its fascinating. Her voice was full of that breathless excitement Renna had come to hate. Whatever Dr. Navang did prompted your ordinarily harmless implant to start fusing directly with your nervous system. If my hunch is right, any other cybernetic implants installed during this time would also fuse to your body. You could even start picking up other electronic signals.
Renna flinched. Not only because of the quick jab of pain as the doctor deftly slid the needle into her arm, but because she was already picking up those electronic signals. Things were progressing faster than the doctor knew.
Relax. I promise this wont hurt.
Thats what Navang said. Renna tilted her head and fixed Samil with a frown. And look how that turned out.
The doctor finished injecting Renna with whatever drug cocktail she was trying today, then smiled. There. Wasnt so bad, was it? I promise I dont like torturing you any more than you like being tortured. Unfortunately, I need one more sample to check your antibody levels.
Of course you do. Renna grudgingly let the woman extract a vial of blood and then crossed her arms as Samil slipped the vial into her pocket. So what did you mean about the other implants?
Dr. Samil nodded as she tapped some information into her tablet. Navang wanted to create an army of hybrids he could control, right? Well, the first step was to keep their bodies from rejecting the modified implants he installed. But it didnt work. His technique destroyed some of their own tissue and risked the constant rejection of the implants. Hence the need for a steady infusion of the anti-rejection medications.
The new formula he tested on you was a different attempt at the same thing. If he could find a way to make your body fuse with the implant, make it think it was part of itself, eventually technology could overtake biology. Even better, when the process was complete, depending on the type of implant, he could have different types of soldiers. Hed be able to control them all using his neural network. Theyd be nothing but mindless robots until he gave them orders.
Samils voice rose as she spoke, her gestures growing even more animated, but a dull ache had started in Rennas stomach. She remembered the expressionless eyes of the minions at Navangs lab as shed slaughtered them to ensure Finn and Mykas escape. Her heart squeezed as she recalled Viktiss assurance that she would make it. Her skin crawled at the realization that she was nothing more than an experiment to the doctor, a shiny new toy to be studied until the novelty waned.
But this was Rennas life. She wasnt going to sit here helpless while other people tried to save her. How long do I have? she interrupted before Samil could get even more excited. The woman positively hummed.
Samil paused, blinking at Renna. Of course. Right. My assistant has had some success in creating a new drug to slow the fusion. Its not exact, but Im hopeful it will work. Wispy, flyaway hairs floated around her face like a halo as she shook her head. Im confident well have a breakthrough soon. I promise well figure this out.
Dont make promises you cant keep, Doctor. The headaches are getting worse every day. Renna rubbed at her sore temples, closing her eyes as a wave of pain started to build. She shored up the walls surrounding her heart and refused to even think about losing the connection shed made with Finn. On the plus side, if your drugs dont work and the implant takes over my brain, I hear metal body suits are all the rage this year.
Samil crossed her arms and leaned back against the table, a frown marring her pretty features. Youre awfully calm about this whole situation.
Renna shrugged. She was ten years younger than the doctor, but she suddenly felt like she was a hundred years older. Ive learned to deal with the unexpected in my line of work, doc. If you cant change something, you figure out how to work around it. Its the only way to survive.
Thats a cynical view of life for someone whos only twenty-three.
You saw my file. I grew up in the Izan tenements on Earth, with a prostitute for a mother and a background in stealing. Ive worked hard to move on, but growing up like that leaves a scar. Or two. Renna forced herself not to touch the physical scar on her neck, the daily reminder of that life and everything shed worked so hard to forget.
Thinking about her mothers attempt to kill her in a drug-induced rage still made Renna flush with shame and hatred. Still made her wary of trusting anyone. Even Finn.
Samils expression softened. I know. And for someone with your past, youve come a long way. Youre now part of an intergalactic organization, doing your part to save the universe. Youve become something bigger than just a thief. I admire you for that.
If I had a choice, I wouldve been long gone by now. Im no hero, and I certainly am not a team player. I dont need to depend on a galactic organization. I just need myself. Renna settled back against the pillows and crossed her arms. MYTH can keep its good deeds. Im just in this for the dental plan. And just maybe to make sure she got a shot at happily ever after.
Samil chuckled, and Renna felt a responding smile twist her lips. Despite the needles and the fact that the doctor viewed Renna as a science experiment, she liked the woman. Samil was whip-smart, and if anyone could solve this puzzle, it would be her.
What am I going to do with you, dove? the doctor asked with a shake of her head.
Save me, I hope. But the doctor could stop using that stupid nickname any time now. Thinking of Renna as a meek little dove was laughable.
Im doing my best. I do wish Navangs facility hadnt been destroyed. If I had access to his drugs and research, it would make all of this so much easier. Or even Myka Aldani. At one time, he was the key to all of this.
Rennas pulse jumped, and she dropped her gaze to the stark white tiles on the floor. This was exactly why shed sent Finn on the run with Myka. Destroying the facility had been the only way to stop the human-robot hybrid army Navang and Pallas were building, but it had also signed Rennas death warrant and put the kid in even more danger.
Had she made the right choice? Could she have stopped Navang another way?
Do you know why Captain Finn destroyed the place? Samil asked. It doesnt make sense. The captain doesnt disobey orders.
You know Finn? She clenched her hands in her lap at the unexpected pang of jealousy. The past seven years had changed Finn into a different person, and those years were wrapped in a protective cloak that seemed to surround his heart. He was different, but that Finn from her childhood still remained. Shed thought theyd have plenty of time to get to know him again, to figure out if there was, in fact, a relationship developing under her nose, but life never worked out the way she planned.
Samil nodded. I was ship doctor for a year on the Athena. Hes a good man. It must have been something big for him to turn his back on MYTH. Her blue eyes searched Rennas. Are you sure he didnt tell you anything?
A lump formed in her throat, and she had to swallow around it before answering. Finn and I didnt exactly get along when I came on board. Sticking to half-truths was the safest bet for now, until she figured out who she could trust.
Right. Id heard he was angry that Major Dallas wanted him to work with a thief on the last mission. You, I presume?
Guilty as charged. He wasnt likely to confide in me either way.
Probably not. I know how he felt about people like you. Samils eyes widened. I mean, people who dont follow the law. She shook her head with an apologetic frown. Im sorry, this isnt coming out right. I just mean Finns a good man. For him to go on the run from MYTH means something is seriously wrong.
Renna nodded. I get it. Im a thief. Untrustworthy. But I was hired to do a job and thats what I did.
I didnt mean anything by it, Renna. Im sorry. The doctor glanced at the door. Now that Ive put my foot in it, Im going to go make sure my assistant has your newest sample. Stay positive, Renna, its going to be fine.
I hope youre right because it feels like my brain is about to ooze out my ears.
Samil unlocked another drawer with her thumbprint and rummaged inside. She pulled out a small, flesh-colored disk. Here, put this medipatch on. It should help with the pain.
Renna slapped it on her arm. Thanks, doc. Ill see you later. Hopefully much, much later.

Samil smiled as she left. The door swished shut behind her, and the sound of the lock re-engaging echoed through the room.

Right now, I actually have a favorite series. I’m totally into the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – it has a kick-ass heroine, a steamy love interest and tons of action.

I’ve been on a Warehouse 13 kick lately. It’s a sci-fi show about a warehouse that stores magical artifacts and the team who has to go recover them.

Any version of Pride and Prejudice! 

It changes daily, but right now I think it’s Bastille - Oblivion


Oh man. How can I choose just one? I guess if I *had* to narrow it down I guess I’d have to go with a classic – Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. He’s just so dark and angsty! LOL

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.” J.K.Rowling

So Many Things! Lol. I guess most recently, the movie Guardians of the Galaxy. It was so funny and fantastic.

I’d have to go with J.K. Rowling. She just seems so cool and down to earth.

I am so grateful to all the bloggers and readers out there. They’ve been amazingly supportive and have pushed me to be an even better writer. Knowing people are looking forward to my books has been the best feeling ever, and the reason I keep writing!

Hi Jamie! We are super excited to have you back in our FFBC and specially to host Athena’s Ashes, second book in the Star Thief series.

Thanks so much for having me again! Athena’s Ashes picks up immediately after The Star Thief ends, and follows Renna as she tries to stop the traitor inside the MYTH organization, as well as trying to save herself from becoming a human-robot hybrid. There’s a bit of steamy romance thrown in as well!

I did a lot of looking around at Deviant Art for ideas on how aliens should look! LOL. It was actually a lot of fun to see how different people could come up with such different images of aliens. And it was kind of cool to try to mash a few of those ideas into ones that would work for my story.

Action Packed Space Opera Romance

The whole book is one situation after another for poor Renna, but I think the most dangerous situation she finds herself in is trying to learn to trust other people. She’s working with a team now, and has fallen in love with Captain Nick Finn, but she still doesn’t know if she can trust any of them. She’s too scared to get hurt.

I think I’d have to say the sparring scene between Renna and Alistair Blake. It was so much fun to write, and even better, it was a brief moment of pure fun for Renna, in the middle of a really stressful situation. Everything goes to hell immediately afterwards, but for that moment, she’s having a good time.

“She’d spent most of her life planning what would come next - an early retirement on a vacation world. But she knew no matter what happened, that would never work for her now. If she was really honest with herself, she was hardly the type to settle down. Either in life or relationships. Which made her current situation all the more confusing. Part of her wanted to see what happened with Finn. Part of her wanted to run the moment this was over. She wasn’t sure which part would win over at the moment.”

Complicated! Both of them have been scarred by their past and have a difficult time trusting anyone. And this definitely comes back to bite them later in the book. But at the same time, they genuinely care about each other, and have a connection that’s deeper than most.

I think Athena’s Ashes feels darker to me, more personal. There’s a lot more at stake for Renna in this book, and a lot more on the line, both personally and professionally. I think she’s started to realize her mortality, and is a little less cocky in this book as she realizes she might not be able to solve this problem on her own.

Yes! I hope so! If Athena’s Ashes does well, I have plans for a third book in the series. I’m also planning a spin-off series set in the same universe with a few of the characters you’ll meet in Athena’s Ashes. It’ll be a little more sci-fi romance than Star Thief, but it’ll still be fun and action packed J

Thanks so much for having me again, guys! It’s so great working with you!

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Jamie Grey spent most of her childhood writing stories about princesses who saved the day and pretending to be a daring explorer. It wasn’t until much later that she realized she should combine the two. Now, as a tech-obsessed gamer geek, her novels mix amazing scientific developments, future worlds, and the remarkable characters that live in them.

Jamie lives in Michigan with her boyfriend and their pets, who luckily tolerate her overspending on tea, books, and video games. You can learn more about her at, or follow her on twitter via @jamie_grey.

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