Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Riven by Jane Alvey Harris - Book Trailer and Q & A with the author!


Happy Tuesday!

Today we are featuring a book trailer of "Riven" by Jane Alvey Harris. We also had an opportunity to share Q and A with the author and I hope you enjoy that!

Which reality would you choose?

29856826  The multi-faceted YA fantasy genre has made a strong comeback this year as stories shifted from vampires and zombies to teenagers with mystical powers. This resurgence may be rooted in the genre's contemporary features or issues. Many authors decide to intertwine their fantastical tales with real-life issues—they're relatable. It's a modern ingredient for writing YA, and in Jane Alvey Harris' Riven, fantasy and contemporary collide.

Riven, book one in the My Myth Trilogy, delves into the world of the Fae and follows a seventeen-year-old Emily as she struggles between realms of reality.

Harris also touches on hard subjects like sexual abuse and mental illness. The story crosses over into this reverie-like world to, like Kirkus Reviews said, "offer salvation."

The gripping book trailer is sure to capture the minds of those who love the innovative genre twists of fantasy and thriller, and it stars the talented Chase Coleman from The CW's The Originals.





RIVEN BOOK TRAILER

RIVEN, Official Book Trailer from Film 14 on Vimeo.


Summary:

  Seventeen year-old Emily’s dad is in prison for securities fraud and her mom's strung-out on pain meds, leaving Emily to parent herself and her younger brothers and sister. She’s got things mostly under control until a couple weeks before Dad’s release, when voices start whispering in her head, and Gabe, the hot lifeguard at the pool, notices the strange brands engraved on her arm...the ones she's trying desperately to hide. Emily doesn't know how the symbols got there or what they mean. They appeared overnight and now they're infected and bleeding. She's pretty sure she's losing her mind. Stress, insomnia, and her wounded egos drive Emily to self-medicate, which has to be why the nightmares from her childhood have resurfaced, why they're commandeering her conscious even when she's awake. It has to be why the fairytale creatures she created as a little girl insist they need her help. Triggered by the return of her childhood abuser and unable to cope with reality, Emily slips completely inside her elaborate fantasy world. She's powerful in the First Realm, maybe even more powerful than her attacker. It would be so easy to stay there, to lose herself in enchantment...to lose herself in love. But something sinister lurks in the forest shadows. Emily soon discovers her demons have followed her inside her fairytale. They're hunting her. With the help of the Fae, she frantically searches for the weapons she needs to defeat her greatest fears and escape back to reality before the man who tortured her can prey on her younger brothers and sister, too. Time is running out...  



Q and A with Jane Alvey Harris

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Q: Why did you decide to write the My Myth trilogy?

To document the impact childhood sexual assault has on victims. Riven specifically focuses on the way children dissociate from trauma by taking their minds to a better place in order to endure what is happening to their physical body, and how that dissociation impacts them as survivors.

The first book deals with acknowledgment and self-acceptance, which are both essential on the initial road to healing. Emily's journey is based on real events, and just like life does, I've woven in romance, adventure, wit, and a touch of magic. My goal is to entertain while raising awareness and spreading hope about topics that are extremely important to me.

The trilogy explores the struggle to heal, to rise above guilt and shame, and ultimately promotes empowerment. The over-arching message is that victims can do more than survive...they can thrive.

Q: How do you handle criticism of your writing?

Gosh, that was really difficult at first, but it has given me a huge opportunity for growth. I had to develop a thicker skin and learn not to take things personally, which is a very good lesson to learn! I'm open to constructive criticism. I hired an editor and consultant to find problems, and you'd better believe I listened to them. I also engaged beta readers. If there's a problem with grammar, plot holes, continuity, etc., I want to know about them, and things that make sense in my head don't always translate onto paper. If it's opinion, you're welcome to share your opinion, but it likely won't affect my choices as a writer. The process of writing and publishing my first novel have taught me to be humble, strong, and that I can't please everyone, and that it's so important not to try.

Q: If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?

My kids say I'd be the Lumpy Space Princess from Adventure Time, which sounds about right. She's elegant and oh-so-charming...lololol.

Q: What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don't know how interesting it is, but active day-dreaming is a huge part of my process. And because I was processing my own PTSD while writing Riven, some of the scenes are taken directly from therapy sessions, hypnosis, and EMDR. I think this is what makes my writing so visual: I create each scene as a movie in my head before writing it down.

Q: Besides the My Myth trilogy, do you have any other works planned?

I do! I get new ideas all the time and write them down. I have synopses for a modern retelling of the Rapunzel story told from the witch's point of view called Anatomy of a Curse, and an adult novel about a femme fatale who has to work off a lifetime of karmic debt called Obligate.   


Written/Interviewed by Nadege Richards.

Thanks for coming by! Happy reading!


Review: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

Hi all!

Something fresh this time!




Author: Emma Chase
Title: Royally Screwed
Release date: 16th of October 2016
Series: Royally #1
Reading level: FICTION – ADULT: Romance, Contemporary
Published by: Emma Chase, LLC
Pages: 294 in Kindle e-book format
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle

Summary:

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka “His Royal Hotness,” is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant―hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you.

Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn’t bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face.

Nicholas wants to find out if she tastes as good as her pie, and this heir apparent is used to getting what he wants.

Dating a prince isn’t what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be. 

There’s a disapproving queen, a wildly inappropriate spare heir, relentless paparazzi, and brutal public scrutiny. While they’ve traded in horse drawn carriages for Rolls Royces and haven’t chopped anyone’s head off lately―the royals are far from accepting of this commoner.

But to Olivia―Nicholas is worth it.

Nicholas grew up with the whole world watching, and now Marriage Watch is in full force. In the end, Nicholas has to decide who he is and, more importantly, who he wants to be: a King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

Review:

I should have liked the story more. I should have liked it a lot more than I did. I'm still baffled why I didn't love it to bits. Modern Cinderella type fairy tales are as great as it can get with appealing to my ultimate guilty pleasure romance trope. BUT, if the guy is an actual prince, as opposed to any other rich, handsome and sexy guy, then my excitement wavers, because I simply cannot imagine modern princes being hot -- I just can't. I never could and it's a serious turn-off. The more realistic the story, the less I believe in the swoon-level of the hero. Also, I don't find the relationship of Kate and William to be even remotely romantic, so this also helped dampen my mood for the book at hand, since they are the epitome of a commoner-royal romance in our times. BUT, these complaints are solely my personal quibbles and shouldn't really stop me from enjoying the story of Olivia and Nicholas.

I thought the first meeting between the two was highly entertaining, promising and sparks were flying all over the place. I wanted to high-five Olivia for how she put him in his place and brought his ego down a notch or two. She continued to be a heroine with a backbone and an admirable amount of sass for a bit more time. And then... she did a 180 and turned into a doormat for her family, Nicholas and even the plot. I admire characters who continue to be giving and forgiving, but come on, there is a line to everything, and if that line is crossed, I expect my heroines to kick ass and take names. Even if it's family needing the reality check. Olivia didn't and it got boring quite quickly. Then again, she was a generally likable heroine who deserved to get her prince and ride to the sunset. Still, she could have been great, but didn't quite reach as high.

I don't mind cliches and predictable plots and this story had it's fair share. There wasn't anything overly original in it, but there wasn't really supposed to be and it didn't bother me even a bit. There was the big misunderstanding, the grand gesture of love, sacrifice for love, out of nowhere out of place love hurdles, please let's stop with the annoying old flames already!, etc. Nothing new to see here folks! Instead, the heavy lifting was on the dialogue and chemistry between the main couple. Luckily, these aspects of the story were successful in carrying the book. The banter was witty and engaging, the text full of enough snark and spark. Olivia and Nicholas were a pretty electrifying couple together. What also surprised me was my lack of irritation towards the dual POV. I usually prefer having just one POV, because I rarely encounter male POVs who don't sound too try-hard or overly douchey. Nicholas was just the right amount of cocky without being too macho and sounding like what a woman thinks a hot man thinks like. 

The story also employed several colorful supporting characters who caught my attention. The bad-boy prince of a brother, who was the right amount of tortured, naughty and endearing. The, too-similar-to-ignore to the actual Queen, scary grandma. Servant Fergus was a hoot with his deadpan teasing comments. I also thought Franny was brilliant with her advice to Olivia to ignore Nicholas for fun, because that would make him upset, since he wouldn't be able to fathom why the sudden attitude. She was a notable support for Olivia in general as well.

The sexy blue blooded hero Nicholas he did in some ways earn my fancy, but he also acted really chaotically at times too. For example, I thought it was skillfully delicate and hot how he handled the crazy deluded fan. On the other hand, his decision in the end, I can only call idiotic and highly irresponsible. He really sold me as being a potentially decent king, but what he did, wasn't romantic, it was a huge misstep. Okey, it might not be one in the long-run, but at that stage, I was really shocked. What was he thinking? I guess, he probably wasn't. Due to that, the ending, while sweet and satisfying to the romantic in me, the rationalist was left shrugging my shoulders and feeling annoyed. Everything was also wrapped up too conveniently, but then again, what else would I have accepted? A happy ending is a must. Maybe there should have been one or two not so sugary aspects as well in the finale, but all in all, I was content. 


3 stars!

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