Tamara Grantham is the award-winning author of more than half a dozen books and novellas, including the Olive Kennedy: Fairy World MD series and the Shine novellas. Dreamthief, the first book of her Fairy World MD series, won first place for fantasy in INDIEFAB’S Book of the Year Awards, a RONE award for best New Adult Romance of 2016, and is a #1 bestseller on Amazon in both the Mythology and Fairy Tales categories with over 100 reviews.
Tamara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English. She has been a featured speaker at the Rose State Writing Conference and has been a panelist at Comic Con Wizard World speaking on the topic of female leads. For her first published project, she collaborated with New York-Times bestselling author, William Bernhardt, in writing the Shine series.
Born and raised in Texas, Tamara now lives with her husband and five children in Wichita, Kansas. She rarely has any free time, but when the stars align and she gets a moment to relax, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, taking nature walks, which fuel her inspiration for creating fantastical worlds, and watching every Star Wars or Star Trek movie ever made.
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Title: The Assassin’s Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1 – 0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published Date: March 4th 2014
Genre: YA Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Contains all five novellas.
Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.
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I want to talk about hope. Hope is a word that seems very Pollyanna-ish or unrealistic. Hearing the word can even cause folks to roll their eyes. But hope is my life. Between teaching at-risk kids in my day job and writing romance novels, and being a parent, hope is everything. My hope wavers from time-to-time, and I cling to it desperately when that happens, sort of like a life preserver that seems too small to hold my weight, but darnit if it keeps me afloat.
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Title: Echoes in Death (In Death #44)
Author: J.D. Robb
Published Date: February 7th 2017
Genre: Mystery / Crime
This chilling new suspense novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb is the perfect entry point into the compelling In Death police procedural series featuring Lieutenant Eve Dallas.
As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman—dazed, naked, and bloody—suddenly stumbles out in front of their car. Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.
Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it’s too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza. A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage of his obsessively organized town house, his three safes opened and emptied. Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him “the devil”…
While it emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold,… Continue reading
Beginning at a young age, I’ve been broken by the people who were supposed to love me the most. By people who were supposed to protect and care for me, and value me above all others.
I learned to rely on and trust myself more than anyone else with each heartbreaking lesson and as a result, I’ve been able to walk away from many people, friend and loved one, and erase them completely. I was a survivor; resilient and galvanized by tragedy and circumstances; outwardly normal, but inside, desperately fearful. I’m much like the main character, Brynn, in my Eva Series. She’s a reflection of me; strong, capable, and a survivor, but irreparably broken yet hopeful.
I didn’t realize just how shattered and vulnerable I was for most of my life. But then I became a mother and a few years later when personal tragedy struck, the pain I had buried deep inside for so many years returned with a vengeance, nearly destroying me.
That’s when I began writing, again.
I had written as a teen and as a young adult, but when I began writing Leaving Eva, I wrote to survive. I wrote because the alternative to writing was desperation and depression. I wrote because the words brought peace and the stories, clarity. I wrote because I couldn’t breathe and I couldn’t sleep and when I wrote, I didn’t think about those things and I was able to be myself again. I realized that writing broken stories healed me in a way that nothing else could. Writing drove away the darkness and my children needed a mother who could make sense of the world, for them and for herself.
Writing beautiful broken stories with heart, has given me hope, life, and far more love than I ever imagined that it would. I didn’t realize that these were always the stories that drew me in and touched me the most. They were the stories that reach deep inside of me and writing them now, has made me whole and given me peace in my life that nothing else has.
The chaos has quieted and the noise and dissipated, and once again, I am finally whole.
My name is J. L. Lora and I’m a writer. When I moved to the U.S., didn’t know English and had to brave a world, without one side of my family, that was very much my backbone, I wrote then. When high school/college/work/life got tough. Writing’s how I cope with the feelings I can’t contain.
When characters show up at my door, I just shrug, say okay, and assign them a number in the batting order. I’m Dominican, baseball analogies come with the territory. Sometimes I can put the characters down in the line-up, but sometimes they must be written now and I have to yank the character/book on deck and go with a designated hitter. To be clear … they designate themselves. Carissa and Alec did just that. I had been talking for years about writing another book, that was going to be my first published piece but these two people in a crazy situation, who are probably the worst people for each other, showed up at my door and were like: we have a story to tell.
That’s how Boss came to be and that’s how the Trinity Series was born. It hasn’t always been that way or that easy.
For a very long period of my life I went through a massive writing drought. I couldn’t pinpoint why, I just couldn’t write and that made me unhappy. And then one day watching a TV show, I got inspired and I started writing fanfiction. Since then, life did a 180 for me. Especially once I realized that talent is not enough. I needed to learn, get better.
From that came Boss.
The moment I decided to pursue a writing career and get serious about becoming a writer, it’s like someone flipped a light switch. I’m smiling more, even while going through the hard parts of writing, and it gets tough, I can find the silver lining and the good in everything.
Today, I’m beaming. My first book is debuting like a sunny spring opening day. Boss is braving a world of reviews and mingling with other genres on Amazon, iBooks, BN. I don’t know how the world will receive it ¾ my fondest wish is that you’ll love it ¾ but to me, it’s already a walk-off home run in game seven of the Word Series. I’m rounding third while my family and friends wait with opened arms.
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Title: Apprentice in Death (In Death #43)
Author: J.D. Robb
Published Date: September 6th 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense / Thriller
Nature versus nurture…
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.
Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.
Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads… Continue reading
Anthony Zicari is a professional freelance writer and editor. He began his professional writing career in 1998. He has written and edited for a wide number of companies, comic books, magazines, online web sites and other publications over the past nineteen years and counting. Including but not limited to the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, Dark Horse Comics, Aces Weekly, Antarctic Press, London Night Studios, Narwain Publishing, Dabel Brothers Publishing, Legendary Press, and Inkwerk Studios to name a few. He is also the Editor In Chief of Inkwerks Studios (www.inkwerkstudios.com) and in addition to his regular writing/editing work load, he continues to work on many personal projects, as well as branching out into writing films, TV and animation. Some films and companies that he has worked on/for include, Times Like These (www.tltfilm.com), Green Leaf Pictures (www.greenleafpictures.com), and NYC Pet Tails (http://nycpettails.com/index.