[Review] Swipe – Evan Angler

This book is a bit of a backwards read for me, as I read Sneak (book 2 in the series) a long time ago for review. There were quite a few things in that one that I didn’t quite understand, but after reading Swipe, they make a little more sense. Definitely a good idea to start with book 1 🙂 So, here it is!

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Everyone gets the Mark. It gives all the benefits of citizenship. Yet if getting the Mark is such a good thing, then why does it feel so wrong? 

Set in a future North America that is struggling to recover after famine and global war, “Swipe” follows the lives of three kids caught in the middle of a conflict they didn’t even know existed. United under a charismatic leader, every citizen of the American Union is required to get the Mark on their 13th birthday in order to gain the benefits of citizenship. 

The Mark is a tattoo that must be swiped by special scanners for everything from employment to transportation to shopping. It’s almost Logan Langley’s 13th birthday and he knows he should be excited about getting the Mark, but he hasn’t been able to shake the feeling he’s being watched. Not since his sister went to get her Mark five years ago . . . and never came back. 

When Logan and his friends discover the truth behind the Mark, will they ever be able to go back to being normal teenagers? 

Having been given it for review, I read the second book in this series a couple years ago. So I already knew I liked the characters. I both read and listened to this book and I think it made the story even better, especially hearing Logan talk. The audio, narrated by Barrie Buckner, gives so much more feeling to the story. Logan has quite a personality for a kid of almost 13.

I loved the twists and turns as Logan and Erin set out on their adventure/quest to stop Peck and the Dust. It was a bit slow getting into this one, which is why it ended with 4 instead of 5 stars. But I ended up really enjoying it. And the twist at the end makes me so excited to re-read Sneak and then continue on with the series!

Looking for a good dystopian story to lose yourself in? This is definitely it! And if you’re going to try it, I highly recommend the audiobook (find it on Amazon/Audible!). It takes the story to a whole new level!

I leave you with just one question – if you were forced to choose, would you get the Mark? Or would you choose a life with the Dust?

Happy Thursday!

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[Spotlight Tour] Karina’s Silver Shoes – Denise Marques Leitao

 

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She’s got the fate of a kingdom in her hands – or rather, in her shoes. 

14-year old Karina is not sure what she wants, but she knows what she’s found: fascinating silver shoes. Fascinating, dangerous, and potentially evil. On the upside, they do bring cool visitors. 

When two princesses ask Karina to go to Whyland, a kingdom in a parallel dimension, to destroy her fascinating and potentially evil silver shoes, of course Karina accepts. Who would refuse a free trip to an alternate world? 

Advised by a wise master and threatened by a beautiful stepmother, Karina goes on a journey with a princess to defeat a powerful witch. But Whyland is nothing like she expected. Karina finds herself stuck in a kingdom she doesn’t understand, with no clue on who to trust. Before saving anyone, she’d better save herself – if she figures out how.

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Nia raised her eyebrows. “Well, do you think you can just sneak into her fortress?” 

“No. I mean . . . Wait. Fortress?” 

Nia put her hands on her waist. “Where do you think she lives?” 

“A . . . house?” 

“Right, a little house in the woods, without any protection.” 

In reality that was exactly what Karina had imagined. “And that’s not it?” 

Nia got closer to Karina and stared at her. “It’s a fortress, better protected than any castle on Earth.” 

“We’re still on Earth?” 

“Don’t change the subject.” 

Karina stepped back and waived her hands. “It’s not my fault. I didn’t plan anything. I was sleeping, the girls woke me up, they asked for help and I came. That’s it.” 

Nia pointed her index finger towards Karina. “That’s exactly it. They are only going because you are going.” 

About the Author
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Denise Marques Leitao was born and raised in Brazil. When she’s not creating worlds and characters, she’s discussing the meaning of the Universe with her son, writing intellectual poetry, podcasting about popular culture, or teaching. She lives in Montreal, Canada, and has a Master’s in English Literature.

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That’s all for today! I’m off to go grab a copy of this exciting book for myself 🙂
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[Spotlight Tour] Emily Knight I Am – A. Bello

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How does it feel to be different and misunderstood? And who cares? Emily Knight is young and famous, self-aware and intelligent. But what if the one thing that makes Emily different also makes her a target for evil? Can she defend herself . . . and everything she loves? A. Bello breaks boundaries with this gritty and gripping fantasy novel.

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Dark times are upon us. Neci is back and she is more dangerous than ever. The warriors are forced to pick a side and to stand up for what they believe in. The race is on to find the missing warrior first. It’s the only way to prevent a war from happening and to stop Neci from destroying everything. Emily Knight has to get sharper, stronger, and faster because Neci has made her a target and someone is going to great lengths to hurt her. Can Emily win the race? Or will Neci take her down once and for all? 

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About the Author

A. Bello is a young author from North London and the author of the Emily Knight series (Emily Knight I Am and Emily Knight I Am Awakened).

She wrote her first novel at aged 8, where she fought monsters and dragons daily and was first published at aged 12 for a poem she wrote in school.

A. Bello wrote the first in the Emily Knight saga at aged 12, with the intention of filling in a gaping hole in children’s fiction for an inspirational, strong, black female protagonist (who can fight like a man!)

A. Bello has received rave reviews for her debut book as well as success with her Emily Knight Warriors pop-up book. She is the founder of The Lil’ Author School and co-founder of The Author School. The Author School was shortlisted for The Great British Entreprenuer Awards 2016.

A. Bello has appeared in Female First Magazine, The Mirror, BBC1XTRA to name a few.

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Well, booknerds, that’s all we have for you today 🙂
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[Author Interview] Claressa Swensen [Kid’s Book Week 2017]

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I can’t believe how quick this week has gone! We’re already to the last day of Kid’s Book Week! And with us today, we have Claressa Swensen, author of Dino Dino Doing Homework and Teensy the Littlest Fairy.

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Megan: Welcome, Claressa! We are so happy to have you here, finishing out Kid’s Book Week! Since our interview with you in 2016, I’d like to know – how has being a new mom changed your views on writing/publishing, if at all?
Claressa: I have always been passionate about writing. But my little girl has me working even harder than I already was. I want her to see her mom be successful. I want her to know that she can achieve anything and everything if she works hard enough for it. Also, the look on her face when I read her my stories is priceless. There really aren’t words to describe how rewarding writing (and being a mommy) is.

Megan: That’s a great motivator if I ever heard one! Is there a part of writing kid’s books that you like best?
Claressa: Aside from watching the illustrations bring my story to life? Getting to spend time working closely with kids. Encouraging them to follow their dreams. Watching their faces light up when they read my stories. It really is a rewarding genre to write in.

Megan: Many authors are also avid readers. Are you? And if so, do you have a favorite or go-to author?
Claressa: Honestly, I really just love to read other children’s books. I mean, it is the genre I chose to get into for a reason. I love illustrations, and the way they bring the story to life. I’m a child at heart myself, and I love being able to work with kids. I am passionate about the genre I chose.

Megan: That is great! Is there anything else you would like to share with us before we go?
Claressa: Yes, actually! After much hard work, two of my books – Teensy the Littlest Fairy and Dino Dino Doing Homework are now available in select Barnes & Noble stores, including 7 locations across the state (Utah).

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That’s all we have for today! And here at the Ginger Mom, we’ve been toying with the idea of doing a monthly Kid’s Spotlight. I’m interested to hear what you think of that? How many of you would be interested in an author/illustrator/children’s book spotlight once a month? Let us know in the comments below! And if you’d like to hear more from Claressa, check out her Facebook, Instagram, and Goodreads 🙂

Thank you to all our amazing authors and illustrators who participated in the First Annual Kid’s Book Week! We had so much fun this week and can’t wait to see what happens next year!

Happy Friday, booknerds 🙂
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[Author Interview] Alysson Foti Bourque [Kid’s Book Week 2017]

Here we are again with yet another amazing children’s book author! Her name is Alysson Foti Bourque and she is the author of the Alycat series. I found out about this series through a book tour and when the book (Alycat and the Monday Blues) arrived on my doorstep, Lady Quinn and I had so much fun with it! And we read it more than once! But that’s all the gushing I’m going to do because my tour stop isn’t until the end of the  month!

Let’s give Alysson a big Ginger Mom welcome! We are so excited to have you here with us today 🙂

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Megan: So, Alysson, what drew you to writing kid’s books?
Alysson: I have a passion for children’s literature. It serves as the perfect parenting tool for teaching life lessons with the use of characters that children can relate to. Before the Alycat series was developed, our bookshelf was based on books that were “popular” but not instrumental for a child’s social and educational development. I wanted to write books that could strengthen a child’s imagination and, at the same time, demonstrate problem-solving skills that they could use in their daily lives. Alycat is a character that they can relate to. She’s not “cookie-cutter”, and has her ups and downs, but she tries her best to solve her own conflicts with confidence, creativity, and conviction.

Megan: As a mom, that is very important for me to see in books I read to my children. Congratulations, Alycat definitely hits the mark on that! What I also loved was that Alycat and the Monday Blues centers around music. So my question – do you play an instrument? Or, if not, is there one you would like to play?
Alysson: I played the flute in middle school and was pretty bad at it. I spent the majority of weeks in last chair until the band director, Mr. Benoit, recommended that I try to play the oboe. Luckily I was the only oboe player and spent every week as first chair from that day forward. Some may argue that I was “the only chair” – but I choose to look at it optimistically.

If I could play any instrument – and be good at it – it would be the harp. What a magical, heavenly instrument with such an elegant sound. I don’t think my arms would be long enough to play it, though.

Coincidentally, my husband has a “band room” above our garage that has many different instruments to choose from – drums, bass guitar, accordion, saxophone, harmonica. But I leave the music talent up to him.

Megan: I love all the extras (the song, coloring pages) that you put in with this book – how did you come up with the idea of doing that? (And I highly recommend buying Alycat and the Monday Blues, not only for the book but for the goodies that come with it!)
Alysson: When I finish books, I feel sad that it’s over and I want to know more about the characters and continue their journey with them. I miss immersing myself in their world, and I imagine that children feel the same way about a book that they have just finished. So when I wrote Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day, I added the recipe that Alycat develops in the story at the end of the book. Children can recreate Alycat’s Popcorn Popsicles with a parent after they finish the story and even add their own spin to it. In Alycat and the Monday Blues, Alycat comes up with a song that she wrote herself for the talent show in the book. At the end of the book, there are lyrics to the song and you can find the produced song, Monday Blues, on iTunes and on the Dropcards that I give away at my book signings. There is even a karaoke version of Monday Blues!

Also, each book has a coordinating Alycat plush to accompany the book. The dress has the day of the day of the week and theme of the book that it represents. The plush toys were my children’s ideas. They said it was a must. I won’t argue with that!

Megan: The extras were a great idea! I am going to have to get another copy of Alycat and the Monday Blues because Lady Quinn would adore the plush Alycat 🙂 Okay, how about the nitty-gritty of writing. I’m curious – do you outline first when writing (like many authors I know do) or do you just sit down and write?
Alysson: I don’t outline prior to writing stories. My brain functions so fast (sometimes a disadvantage) that the outline would be a scribbly mess. When I start to write a story, I begin from scratch with a general idea. I know the main plot and just begin writing . . . I start writing by immersing my imagination in Alycat’s world – which is a combination of my childhood memories, my children’s experiences, and my imagination. I picture the events as they develop and I describe my imagination on paper as it progresses. After a few hours, I do get stumped. At that point, I jot down notes of where I envision the story heading and I come back to it when I am more energized – could be a day or more. After the entire story is written in rough draft, I go back and change around the story structure, wording, and add descriptive details to help the reader discover the scene that I am visualizing.

Megan: Wow! What a process! Okay, one last question 🙂 Your new book contains a foreword written by New York Times best-selling author, Jennifer Niven. How does Niven’s book relate to yours?
Alysson: I am so honored to have Jennifer Niven’s foreword preceding my story. Jennifer is an extraordinary writer and lovely person who addresses significant, yet heavy, topics in her young adult novels. She writes these books that pull on your heartstrings and leave you looking at the world differently. I asked Jennifer during one of our conversations if she would write a foreword for Alycat and the Monday Blues since our books, although for different audiences, address similar themes. She graciously agreed and it is so beautifully written. Her novels and my children’s books encourage readers to look for that bright place when they are down and inspire them to find that special something about themselves. Her foreword addresses the significance of conquering tough situations or blue days with love – which helps people of all ages to deal with difficult issues.

Megan: That is great! Thank you so much, Alysson, for joining us today and I can’t wait to read more of Alycat’s adventures to Lady Quinn & Mister Chu. They already enjoyed Alycat and the Monday Blues so much!

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See what I mean? She had so much fun with the characters and the song!

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How about one last goodie before we go? Stop by YouTube and check out the adorable trailer for Alycat and the Thursday Dessert Day. We loved it and can’t wait to read the book!

Happy Thursday to Alycat (and all of you!) See you tomorrow with one more interview as we close our first annual Kid’s Book Week!
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[Illustrator Interview] Virginia Allyn [Kid’s Book Week 2017]

Today, we are doing something a little different. Here at the Ginger Mom, we have talked with quite a few authors but today, we have a real treat for you. Today we are welcoming Virginia Allyn, illustrator of the adorable kids’ book Night Night Farm, to the blog!

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Crystal: Welcome, Virginia! We are so excited to have you here with us for Kid’s Book Week! First of all, we have to ask – how do you do it? How do you take someone’s brief manuscript and bring life to it with your images? Is it hard or do you just see what it should be when you read?
Virginia: As an illustrator, it’s my job to take a writer’s words and bring them to life pictorially. Which is a fancy way of saying I get to draw and color all day. Remember in grade school when your teacher handed out manila paper and crayons and told you to draw a picture based on a story? It’s a lot like that and just as fun. I think everyone imagines pictures as they read and if you can draw those images, you’re an illustrator.

Megan: Do you do your illustrations by hand, digital, or a mixture of both?
Virginia: I work entirely digital, sketches to final art.

Megan: That is amazing! I can hardly sign my name digitally without it looking like my three-year-old drew it! I know many authors are avid readers. Does that apply to illustrators, too? Are you?
Virginia: Absolutely! I read a lot of biographies and I have a HUGE collection of children’s books. I also listen to audiobooks while I work.

Crystal: Is there a big difference between illustrating a kid’s book versus something like a graphic novel?
Virginia: A graphic novel would require a lot more time but I think the illustration process would be similar.

Crystal: Amazing! Is this something you would like to do in the future?
Virginia: I haven’t illustrated a graphic novel yet but I’d love to.

Megan: Okay, we’re curious – with a book like Night Night Farm, how long does the illustration process take? Do you have redos? Or do your ideas not always mesh with the author’s?
Virginia: We are usually working on two books at a time so sometimes I will be illustrating the cover for the next book before I’ve started coloring the interiors for the previous book. But I would say each book takes approximately two months to illustrate, sketches to final art.

For Night Night Farm, I received an art brief along with Amy Parker’s manuscript from the art director at Thomas Nelson, wonderful Jennifer Showalter Greenwalt. Jen described what she would like to see on each page and which animals to include. She wanted the baby animals to be cute and sweet and sleepy so we put them in cozy pajamas. I had the idea to include the little mice to add a fun side story that wasn’t in the text. Nothing too goofy, just warm, drowsy and comforting.

After reading through all the notes, I completed a round of rough sketches and sent them in for Jen’s approval. Jen sent back her thoughts on what worked and didn’t and also suggested elements that needed to be adjusted to make room for the text. We went back and forth with sketches until we were both satisfied. Then the sketches went to the publisher and to the author, Amy Parker, for approval.

After the sketches had been approved, the fun part began and I got to color! For Night Night Farm, Jen wanted bright, fun colors but nothing too loud since this was a bedtime story. We wanted the moon and stars to look soft and magical since they carry through from page to page. Each two page spread takes me approximately three days to color then we go through the same back and forth as with the sketches, making adjustments until we are all happy 🙂

Amy Parker has been fabulous to work with. We try to work out all the kinks in the sketching phase so there are rarely any large revisions that have to be made. But sometimes a spread just isn’t as effective as it could be so we’ll give it another go.

Megan: Wow! What an amazing process! I had no idea so much work went into it, though you can tell by how the art turned out that a great deal of care was taken. The illustrations in Night Night Farm are absolutely gorgeous! So, last question – is there anything else you want to share with us before we say goodbye? Maybe a current project or promo?
Virginia: We have lots more Night Night books on the way and I’m coloring as fast as I can!

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Oh, how exciting! Mister Chu and Lady Quinn absolutely adored Night Night Farm so I have a feeling we will be picking up each of the others as fast as you can put them out 🙂 This cover is so gorgeous – I can’t wait to see what is inside! Thank you so much for joining us, Virginia. It was so much fun to see the other side of the magic that goes into children’s books!

Buy Night Night Farm
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Night Night Farm comes very highly recommended from the Ginger Mom. Both Lady Quinn (pictured above) and her brother, Mister Chu, adore the pictures. We have a house full of moos and oinks as they sit and read this book together. The story is simple but sweet and the colors are, like Virginia said, bright but not too loud. It’s a wonderful bedtime story!

Come back all week for more Kid’s Book Week fun!

[Author Interview] Nia Mya Reese [Kid’s Book Week 2017]

It’s here! And to kick off Kid’s Book Week 2017, we have child author, Nia Mya Reese joining us!
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Megan: Welcome, Nia Mya! We are so happy to have you joining us and starting out Kid’s Book Week 🙂 My first question is one I’m sure you have probably heard a thousand times already – how has life changed for you, becoming a bestselling author so young?
Nia Mya: My mouth gets tired from speaking to everyone at school and I keep having to answer questions like this.

Megan: What is your favorite part of writing books?
Nia Mya: Me helping loads and loads of people with my ideas.

Megan: I think that’s a great thing to focus on 🙂 What about reading – do you have a favorite book you love to read?
Nia Mya: Superfudge by Judy Blume and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney.

Megan: I loved Judy Blume when I was your age, too 🙂 Now that you have written a book, is this what you want to be when you grow up? Or did you have another dream career?
Nia Mya: I want to be a preschool teacher that writes sometimes – I don’t want to be an author but it’s fun. I just so happen to write down my ideas and people like them.

Megan: Okay, one more question. Do you have a favorite subject in school (mine was always the classes where we got to sit and read all day)?
Nia Mya: Math because it speaks to me – lol.

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When Nia Mya was in first grade, her teacher asked them to write about something that they were an expert at. Nia Mya said that she is an expert at dealing with and taking care of her annoying little brother – thus the inspiration for this book. 

She hopes that this book will help kids everywhere. 

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This book was adorable! It has been back and forth between both the kids (3 yr old and 18 month old) since we got it. They even sit and read it together! (a shocker, I know!) I loved the way the story was told. And it was cute watching Mister Chu talk about Lady Quinn as the “annoying little sister”, though I’m not super certain he knows what annoying is yet lol. This was definitely a book they could interact with and the illustrations were gorgeous!

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And of course, the only one who would sit still for the photos was Lady Quinn. I think the bright colors were her thing (the rest of it probably still goes over her head).

Thank you, Nia Mya, for talking with us and for writing such an adorable book! And don’t forget to stop by all week long as we showcase some of our favorite children’s books and authors!

Happy Kid’s Book Week 2017!
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[Book Blogger Hop] Side Quest #3

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Didn’t you just love that interview yesterday? Megan Linski is one of my favorite authors! And Torrent . . . wow! Anyway, it’s that time again – time for the Book Blogger Hop (and yes, I know I should be focusing on everything for Kid’s Book Week – which starts on Monday! – but I’m going to sneak this one in and hope that my motivation holds and everything else gets done on time. It will. It should. Yes, it will!)

So, if you haven’t joined us before, the Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and it’s a lot of fun. Each week, there is a question to answer (the hop runs from Friday til Thursday) and all you have to do is link up your answer and hop around to other blogs and say hi! Easy peasy and lots of fun! This week’s question comes from our host, Billy . . .

Have you ever bought a book because you liked its cover art?

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You’re kidding, right? Maybe the more appropriate question for me would be “have you ever bought a book based on something other than the cover art?” Because yes, I am a very visual person. And yes, I tend to have a problem with buying books based on their cover (and signing up for tours based on the same criteria, which sometimes produces less than favorable reviews, unfortunately). Of course, I am learning to read the summary on Amazon / Goodreads before buying / signing up for books. Most of the time. Some of the time. Let’s just agree that I am a work in progress.

So . . . favorite cover art? Right now, it is With These Wings by another favorite author of mine, Wendy Knight.

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Although, to be fair, I don’t think there is a cover of Wendy’s that I haven’t absolutely fallen in love with 🙂

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The truth? Yes. We had suddenly lost our precious Yoda. I was walking around Barnes & Noble and this book was turned out so I saw the cover. I have been a big fan of his ever since 🙂

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That’s all we have for you today 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your hopping!

[Book Review & Interview] Torrent – Megan Linski

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What if you were in love with heaven and hell?

Cassia Delamore is a foster kid. Shuffled from home to home all her life after losing her mother, she’s never known her father, nor what it feels like to be loved. She hopes to start a new life in the idyllic town of Heaven. She has a plan: graduate high school, pack her bags, and leave her tragic past behind her. 

Yet fate is about to turn Cassia’s life upside down. On her first day of high school, she meets two very different men . . . bad boy Thames, who possesses a fiery temper, and cool Cairo, captain of the football team and all-around hero. But there’s more to these men than meets the eye. As Cassia grows closer to the boys, she discovers a world of angels and demons fighting for the souls of mankind. Cassia finds herself immersed in a holy war that isn’t hers, torn between Cairo and Thames in a love triangle straight out of a storybook. 

Will Cassia taste forbidden fruit? Or will her epic romance end in a dark destiny?

With a summary like that, how could you not be interested? I loved this book! At first, it had me thinking about Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (because of the angels and demons and nephilim). At the same time, though, it’s a refreshingly new story, entirely its own.

I had a really hard time picking a favorite character with Torrent, mostly because I formed a bond with each of the three main characters, almost right away. If I had to pick one (and I usually do), I would say it was Cassia this time. Even with everything she went through with her last foster parent, Eric, she didn’t just curl up in a ball and shut down. She was a very strong character (no, not just a strong female – I know what you’re thinking). Cassia was able to do what she needed to in order to have her fresh start. I really admire that.

I loved the trio dynamic! I guess I see it as a little bit of a love triangle but not a lot. There are definitely feelings all around but it plays out well. I don’t feel like anyone really goes home brokenhearted.

The ending wraps everything up well but, as with all books where I fall in love with the characters, I am left wanting more. I want to jump back into their world and see what happens (especially with Thames!). I can’t wait for the next book 🙂

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As if that wasn’t enough, we have Megan here with us today to talk about her book and the inspiration behind it 🙂 So, welcome, Megan! Thanks so much for talking with us today!

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Ginger Mom: I love the idea of Heaven and Hell personified (is that the right word?) in this book as two men. Where did you come up with that idea?
Megan: I think everyone in life has to choose between the dark and the light – but there’s more gray areas than we like to believe. Cairo’s not all good, and Thames isn’t all evil. Both boys have got good and bad qualities to them. Cassia just has to pick which one is best for her.

Ginger Mom: Did you feel Cassia’s abuse from Eric was essential to her character or is it like you said when we spoke about Rhodi’s Light (it being a cause/issue that you are passionate about)?
Megan: I have loved ones in domestic abuse situations, and it’s so hard to watch. I also know survivors of sexual abuse. I didn’t know how much Cassia suffered at the hands of Eric until I wrote the actual chapter where she tells Cairo what he did to her. I never planned that . . . it just happened. The character wasn’t willing to confess until she was sure she trusted me. It sounds strange to someone who’s not a writer, but when a character opens up to you, it’s special, you know? Like finding a hidden part in someone you always knew was there, but couldn’t describe until now.

Ginger Mom: That makes a lot of sense. You aren’t so much creating Cassia’s story as you are just telling it the way it happened. Great answer! So, did you have a favorite character in Torrent? One whose story was more fun to tell?
Megan: Thames was my favorite. He’s so mischievous and rambunctious. Cairo has an obsession with following the rules. Thames doesn’t care about rules as long as he doesn’t get caught.

Ginger Mom: Yes! That was one of the things I loved about Thames 🙂 So, are there plans to keep this series going?
Megan: There are plans for a sequel! It will be called Torture. That’s all I’m going to say about it!

Ginger Mom: That answer, in itself is torture 🙂 So, is there anything else you’d like to say before we go? A new book, perhaps?
Megan: My dragon shifter book, Song of Smoke and Fire, is coming out a month after Torrent. It’s a romance based on a Polish legend. Early reviewers already love it, so be sure to keep an eye out when it releases on Halloween.

That sounds so exciting 🙂 I can’t wait! And thank you so much for chatting with us today!

– Connect with Megan –
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[Book Blitz] The Dark Mermaid – Christina L. Barr

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Welcome to the Ginger Mom’s stop on this exciting blitz tour! The Dark Mermaid by Christina L. Barr releases today and is a YA Fantasy retelling of The Little Mermaid. It sounds amazing and I am off to pick up my copy as soon as I’ve gushed about it enough that you want to go pick one up, too! (Just kidding, it’s a free country).

“True love is not a myth. It’s mystic. It’s a force in the universe that draws two people together, resulting in incredible power, for either good or complete chaos.” 

On the day Luna proves that she is powerful enough to be her father’s heir, she is banished for saving the life of an enchanting human boy. Her father, the king, gives her two options: kill Ian and regain her honor by the time she comes of age, or be destroyed. 

Luna finds shelter in forbidden waters and comes under the protection of her father’s greatest enemy, the Sea Witch. As her ward, Luna becomes a fearsome warrior, but struggles with the fear of turning her powerful magic dark. 

With only days remaining before her seventeenth birthday, Luna finds Ian sailing the seas in search of answers. Luna is determined to escape her father’s wrath, and the Sea Witch’s plot of revenge, but dark forces won’t allow her to live a human life without making an impossible sacrifice. 

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– Meet the Author –
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As the daughter of sci-fi enthusiasts and a pastor, Christina L. Barr has been taught to believe that anything is possible. She’s been a serious composer as far back as twelve years old, and has had the opportunity to sing her songs around the world.

In 2007, she graduated from Holly High School number nine in her class and attended College for Creative Studies. She started a pop culture website called The Gorgeous Geeks with her two older sisters, and was even featured on Times Magazine.

Her addiction to writing emerged when she was eighteen and started her first novel. To date, she has nine novels published, fourteen completed, and her goal is to finish thirty books by her thirtieth birthday.

She is currently a Creative Director and spends her days making graphics and videos.

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Feel like entering a giveaway? One lucky winner (US/Canada only) will win a signed copy of The Dark Mermaid, a starfish necklace and earring set, a signed poster, bookmark, and pin! Just follow the Rafflecopter link and get your entry in (contest ends September 14th!)
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