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#IndyAuthorTalk – Evermore by Alexandra Lee

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    The Era of Dawn Series has been in the making for ten years. I am happy to say that I know where the series will go and how it will inevitably end. I have written many other stories and conjured up numerous ideas along the way. At this point in time, I don’t have plans to go back and finish old stories, though it is possible I could in the future.

All my stories include mythology in one way or another. For Era of Dawn, it was vampires, but I have written stories on everything from dragons to mermaids. When I was younger, I simply loved writing captivating tales of people and fantastical creatures. As an adult, I’ve come to realize I can create complex worlds and stories. I also love to add an element of psychology to my stories to change how we perceive the world.

When it comes to my writing process for the Era of Dawn series, it can be as simple as putting on the right song. I have a vague idea in my mind of what will happen in every book. This is something that tends to happen with my longer stories as I develop them. For shorter stories and single books, such as my romance novel, Melody of the Sea, it’s a little more complicated. I love to look at art, especially on DeviantArt. I will search through many pictures until one just sticks out at me. It plagues my mind while I decide what element of mythology to write about. After enough research on the creature or place, the story just begins to come together. I always listen to music when I write, which helps keep my mind grounded in the world. Lastly, I type up as many details of the story and world as I can, even if I don’t use them all. Though none of my stories take place in a real setting, I do my best to make them feel real. I’ve yet to travel the world; perhaps one day it’ll feel like home to someone.

For me, writing has always been like watching a movie, only I am the actress, director, producer, and screenwriter, and it’s the most incredible feeling.

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#AwesomeBlog – The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

Hello Nerd Herd!!!!!

As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on The Fate of the Tearling

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

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Title: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) 

Author:  Erika Johansen

Published Date: November 29th 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

“Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent… Continue reading

***Awesome Blog *** The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen (Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my  thoughts on The Invasion of the Tearling 

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

 

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Title: The Invasion of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #2)

Author:  Erika Johansen

Published Date:  June 9th 2015

Genre: YA High Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

With each passing day, Kelsea Glynn is growing into her new responsibilities as Queen of the Tearling. By stopping the shipments of slaves to the neighboring kingdom of Mortmesne, she crossed the Red Queen, a brutal ruler whose power derives from dark magic, who is sending her fearsome army into the Tearling to take what is hers. And nothing can stop the invasion.

But as the Mort army draws ever closer, Kelsea develops a mysterious connection to a time before the Crossing, and she finds herself relying on a strange and possibly dangerous ally: a woman named Lily, fighting for her life in a world where being female can feel like a crime. The fate of… Continue reading

***AWESOME BLOG *** The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen (Review by Melanie V””V – #NerdGirlVamp)

Hello Nerd Herd!!!!!

As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are my thoughts on Queen of the Tearling.

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

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Title: The Queen of the Tearling

Author: Erika Johansen

Published Date: July 8th 2014

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

An untested young princess must claim her throne, learn to become a queen, and combat a malevolent sorceress in an epic battle between light and darkness in this spectacular debut—the first novel in a trilogy.

Young Kelsea Raleigh was raised in hiding after the death of her mother, Queen Elyssa, far from the intrigues of the royal Keep and in the care of two devoted servants who pledged their lives to protect her. Growing up in a cottage deep in the woods, Kelsea knows little of her kingdom’s haunted past . . . or that its fate will soon rest in her hands.

Now, on Kelsea’s nineteenth birthday, the tattered remnants of the Queen’s Guard—loyal soldiers who protect the throne—have appeared to escort the princess on… Continue reading

#AwesomeBlog – The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) by Erika Johansen (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

Hello Nerd Herd!!!!!

As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’s thoughts on The Fate of the Tearling

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

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Title: The Fate of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #3) 

Author:  Erika Johansen

Published Date: November 29th 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

“Katniss Everdeen, you have competition.”—Entertainment Weekly

The thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Tearling trilogy.

In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy—and named the Mace, the trusted head of her personal guards, regent in… Continue reading

#MainstreamMadness – THE FATE OF THE TEARLING By Erika Johansen

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In less than a year, Kelsea Glynn has transformed from a gawky teenager into a powerful monarch. As she has come into her own as the Queen of the Tearling, the headstrong, visionary leader has also transformed her realm. In her quest to end corruption and restore justice, she has made many enemies—including the evil Red Queen, her fiercest rival, who has set her armies against the Tear.

To protect her people from a devastating invasion, Kelsea did the unthinkable—she gave herself and her magical sapphires to her enemy, and named the Mace, trusted head of the Queen’s Guard, as Regent in her place. But the Mace will not rest until he and his men rescue their sovereign, imprisoned and imperiled in Mortmesne.  Now, as the suspenseful endgame begins, the fate of Queen Kelsea—and the Tearling itself—will finally be revealed.

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#AwesomeBlog Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland (Review by Gladys, #NerdGirlOfficial, #XoXoTheNerdGirl)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’ thoughts on Legacy of the Demon by Diana Rowland

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

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Title: Legacy of the Demon

Author: Diana Rowland

Published Date: October 4th 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Sidelined demon summoner Kara Gillian has her hands full when dimensional rifts allow demons to cause widespread panic and destruction on Earth. These aren’t the human-tolerant summonables she’s known before, but demons from the far reaches of the demon realm.

Add three demonic lords with conflicting ambitions to the mix, and Kara has the perfect recipe for global disaster.

***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Gladys, #NerdGirlOfficial Review***

Dianna Rowland has been one of my go to Urban Fantasy authors for a long time. Kara Gillian’s hard cop persona and her otherworldly demon-summoning powers are a smooth blend of the right kind of fantasy heroine. Dianna Rowland knows how to write a book with all the proper… Continue reading

#AwesomeBlog – Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas (Review by Cianna, #NerdGirlSunshine)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Cianna’s thoughts on Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas!

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Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Published Date: September 6th 2016

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Rating:

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25) by Laurell K. Hamilton (ARC #Vlog Review by Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp)

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Title: Crimson Death (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #25)

Author: Laurell K. Hamilton 

Published Date: Expected October 11th 2016

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

In her twenty-fifth adventure, vampire hunter and necromancer Anita Blake learns that evil is in the eye of the beholder…

Anita has never seen Damian, her vampire servant, in such a state. The rising sun doesn’t usher in the peaceful death that he desperately needs. Instead, he’s being bombarded with violent nightmares and blood sweats.

And now, with Damian at his most vulnerable, Anita needs him the most. The vampire who created him, who subjected him to centuries of torture, might be losing control, allowing rogue vampires to run wild and break one of their kind’s few strict taboos.

Some say love is a great motivator, but hatred gets the job done, too. And when Anita joins forces with her friend Edward to stop the carnage, Damian will be at their side, even if it means traveling back to the land where all his nightmares spring from…a place that couldn’t be less welcoming to a vampire, an assassin, and a necromancer.… Continue reading

**Awesome Blog** The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1) by Roshani Chokshi (Review by Gladys – #NerdGirlOfficial)

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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’s thoughts on The Star-Touched Queen 

Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp

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Title: The Star-Touched Queen (The Star-Touched Queen #1)

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Published Date: April 26th 2016

Genre: YA Fantasy 

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star

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***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of death and destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets—thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a… Continue reading

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