Kelsey Ketch’s Descendants of Isis Series

Last week Kelsey Ketch, author of the Descendants of Isis series stopped by and chatted about redemption in young adult novels. Click here to read what she had to say. This week I’m happy to introduce you to her series. Enjoy!

First novel in the Descendants of Isis seriesDaughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis #1)
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: October 26nd, 2013
Upper Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

“Her mouth parted slightly, waiting for Seth to breathe life into her own body, just like in the story. She wanted him to awaken her senses.”

Their worlds collide in California’s high desert.

The last thing Natara “Natti” Stone wants to do is to start anew at Setemple High School. She wished she had never left London. Yet the brutal murder of her maternal grandmother has made her life very complicated. The only clue related to her murder is an ancient, encrypted necklace Natti discovered after her grandmother’s death. And if trying to adjust to American life is not enough, Natti is being stalked by a mysterious, charming high school senior, Seth O’Keefe, who is annoyingly persistent in his attempts at seduction.

Seth O’Keefe is secretly a member of the Sons of Set, an order that worships the Egyptian god of chaos. Seth’s blessing from Set, his “charm,” never failed, except with one person: Natti Stone. Her ability to elude him infatuates and infuriates him, and he becomes obsessed with the chase. But the closer he gets to her, the more his emotions take a dangerous turn, and he risks breaking one of the most valued covenants of his order. The punishment for which is a fate worse than death.

The adventure this unlikely couple becomes engulfed in could cost them their lives and their souls.

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Praises for Daughter of Isis

Daughter of Isis is an addicting and enthralling read brimming with Egyptian mythology. Readers will be pulled into the story after simply reading a page!” —Emily, Reader Rising

“I always enjoy a good book about Mythology and Daughter of Isis brings a thrilling modern day spin to one of the tales. Kelsey Ketch wove the story perfectly and sucked me right into her magnificent world.” —Naomi, Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

2nd novel in the Descendants of Isis seriesSon of Set (Descendants of Isis #2)
By Kelsey Ketch
Release Date: May 2nd, 2014
Upper Young Adult Fantasy

Synopsis:

“. . . the Sons would never just let him go—alive.”

Seth O’Keefe has broken the laws of his god. He never thought he would sacrifice his own future to protect a Daughter of Isis. But when the Sons of Set discovered Natti is the Secret Keeper, he had no choice. Now, Seth and Natti are on the run from his father, who wants nothing more than to see Seth dead. With no allies, Seth turns to the Daughters of Isis for help, hoping they would protect Natti. But when they meet the Daughters, he discovers a secret that puts both their lives in more danger. Low on options, Seth sees only one possibility for survival. He must help Natti solve an ancient puzzle and find the secret name of Ra.

Natara “Natti” Stone is having a hard time swallowing the truth. She can’t believe what she has learned in the past twenty-four hours: Seth is a Son of Set blessed with charm; she is a Daughter of Isis blessed with a sliver of Ma ‘at; the locket her grandmother gave her holds an ancient Egyptian secret linking to Osiris and Isis. That along with being tortured and brutalized by the Sons of Set, she can hardly hold herself together. Thank God for Seth’s touch! That warm, tingling sensation that drowns it all out. Yet her heart struggles to stay focused. She must quickly embrace her destiny before the secret name of Ra falls into the wrong hands.

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About Kelsey

Kelsey Ketch

During her high school years, Kelsey Ketch could always be found tucked away in a little corner of the hall or classroom, writing her fantasy worlds and creating illustrations and maps. Today is no different, except now she’s writing in the break room at her office building or at the tables of the Barnes and Noble Café in Cary, North Carolina. She is also an avid reader, a part-time book blogger at Ketch’s Book Nook, and lives with her two orange tabbies and awesome and humorous flat-mate.

For more information, please visit her site at kelseyketch.com | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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Bridget Fitzgerald Takes On Hollywood

My wonderful friend and actress extraordinaire Bridget Fitzgerald is baaaaaccckkkk! I love having her on here she is so funny, talented, and brilliant! The last time I had her on here she lived in New York, (read the interview here) now she’s made the leap out to Hollywood. You gotta love a girl who goes after her dreams. Seriously she is relentless! So before she gets too famous for Plain Talk I plan on having her back as much as I can. Welcome back Bridget!

Bridget Fitzgerald on Plain Talk

What made you decide to swap coasts?
My dream is to be the lead of a romantic comedy feature film, so I felt like I needed to move to LA to really make that happen. Plus, I always wanted to grow up and be a real film actress and part of what would make that dream FEEL true for me was living in LA, so I had to make it feel true for me. It was a hard choice! New York has been my home for years, all my closest friends live there and will continue to live there. But the stars aligned, I had a good shot, and I took it.

What do you like least and most about LA?
Least I am gonna say the time difference between me & my folks. I love calling my mom after a big audition goes well, or after something nice and unexpected happens, but I can’t do that if it’s after like 6 during the week. I still do sometimes if it’s really important, but I guarantee the next day it’ll be like I talked to her zombie or something because she won’t remember it at all. Maybe next time I have something terrible to tell her, I’ll call her at like 11. :) “What, you don’t remember us talking about that?”

What I like most about LA is how people get tv & film actors out here. I honestly felt like such a weirdo in NY because I was always modeling or acting and hanging out with fellow comedians who didn’t do any of that, so I would be like the odd girl out who brought healthy snacks to all the parties because I watched my figure, or who kept getting tired early because I would be up for the gym at 6 am before my day job, before an audition, before our shows, because otherwise, I wouldn’t have time to go to the gym and I wouldn’t be camera ready.

Whereas here in LA it’s not only ok to be focused on film and tv but also, everyone else is or knows someone who is, so they get it, and the pressure’s off to try to fit in more because I already do. It’s really nice to feel accepted, and it makes me feel at home. Continue reading

The Highland Collection of Historical Romance

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Highland Honor book coverTitle:  Highland Honor by Angela Ashton
Published:  November 3rd, 2013 by Champagne Book Group
Genre:  Historical Romance
Recommended Age:  17+

Synopsis:

Darius MacDuff was at his zenith in the midst of a raging battle. He never expected his home would one day become his most treacherous battlefield…nor would his most lethal opponent come in the form of a shapely siren. Delicious deception, her weapon of choice.

Rival Scottish Clans. An ancient relic. One has possession. The other will stop at nothing to obtain it…

The honorable Clan MacDuff has protected the coveted relic for centuries. When rival Clan MacAlpin discovers the eldest brother of the MacDuff is to take a wife, their scheming materializes in the form of deceit as they kidnap Alick MacDuff’s betrothed and send their sister in her place.

Tegan MacAlpin has no choice but to pretend to want to be bride to her blood enemy. But once inside Castle MacDuff she fears her ability to procure the relic before Darius, Alick’s dangerously handsome and highly suspicious younger brother, discovers her treachery. When all is said and done, will she remain loyal to her clan in hopes of claiming her long-sought freedom, or bend to the bidding of a forbidden nemesis? In the end, it all comes down to a question of honor…

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About Angela Ashton

Angela Ashton

As a child award-winning author Angela Ashton pulled anyone that would listen into her world of fantasy. Her love of the written language led to the desire to write her own novel. Her first labor of love, Amulet of Fate, combined her love of Scottish historical, time travel, and paranormal romances. Angela continues to write in an array of genres and has received rave reviews for her works. Happy to teeter between two worlds, she lives in the Midwest with her family and personal petting zoo by day…slipping into the enchanted land of tall, dark and handsome by night!

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Detective Nate Sanders Interview

Dixie Lee BrownLate breaking news! PNN managed to secure an exclusive interview with Detective Nate Sanders, the Portland Police Bureau officer in the center of a bloody confrontation at a waterfront bar late last night. Story at eleven…

Hi all! Dixie Lee Brown here with a brand new book to share, the 4th book in the Trust No One series. WHATEVER IT TAKES features Nate Sanders as a big city detective caught off guard in more ways than one. Here’s a little taste of an interview I managed to convince the local TV station not to air.

PNN reporter: Excuse me, Detective. I’d like to ask you a few questions.

Det. Sanders:  What the (censored) are you doing here? This is a crime scene. Back off.

PNN reporter: Uh…sir…we’re live.

Det. Sanders:  Oh, (censored), I mean shoot. Sorry, but you need to get back behind the tape like everyone else.

PNN reporter: Rumor has it there were several seriously injured men inside that bar.

Det. Sanders:  Yeah, well, rumors being what they are, your information is probably exaggerated.

PNN reporter: Were you involved, Detective?

Det. Sanders:  (Glances toward the front of the bar where a woman is just coming out) No comment. You’ll have to wait for the official press release.

PNN reporter: (Follows Sanders’ gaze—gives a low whistle) Beautiful girl. Who is she?

Det. Sanders:  None of your concern.

PNN reporter: What do you mean, Detective? She’s right in the middle of your crime scene. I’m thinking she must be involved. Maybe I’ll just go ask her myself.

Det. Sanders:  (Blocks reporter’s path, straightens to full 6’5”) That girl has had a life worse than you or I could imagine. If you get in her face, I won’t be responsible for what happens.

PNN reporter: (Smirks) Are you threatening me, Detective?

Det. Sanders:  (Glances toward the woman again) That’s no threat. That’s a warning. Alex Morgan can take care of herself.

Hope you enjoyed that! As you can see, Alex has earned Nate’s respect in a number of ways. Now he only has to earn her trust. Continue reading

Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress

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The Earl's Mistress book coverThe Earl’s Mistress
(MacLachlan Family and Friends # 10) by Liz Carlyle
Release date:  August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Avon Romance

Synopsis

Women rarely refuse the wicked Earl of Hepplewood, whose sensual skills are the stuff of legend. But when his new governess answers his proposition with a slap to his face, then stalks out with references in hand, Hepplewood finds more than his face is left burning . . .

Isabella Aldridge has brains, bravado, and beauty-but the latter is no use to a servant. With orphaned sisters to feed, eviction nearing, and Hepplewood’s words ringing in her ears, Isabella realizes she must barter her most marketable asset . . .

But when fate unknowingly sends Isabella back into Hepplewood’s arms, the earl must make an impossible choice-draw Isabella down into his sensual darkness, or behave with honor for the first time in his life.

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About the Author

A lifelong anglophile, Liz Carlyle cut her teeth reading gothic novels under the bedcovers by flashlight. She is the author of sixteen historical romances, including several New York Times bestsellers. Liz travels incessantly, ever in search of the perfect setting for her next book. Along with her genuine romance-hero husband and four very fine felines, she makes her home in North Carolina. You can contact her via her website at www.lizcarlyle.com.

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Kelsey Ketch on Redemption In YA Novels

Today’s guest post is by author extraordinaire Kelsey Ketch. Kelsey is the author of Descendants of Isis series. Next week you’ll learn a bit more about the series for now, enjoy this guest post.

Kelsey KetchRedemption in Young Adult Novels

Many plots in Young Adult are about redemption, usually for one’s self or in another character. In my young adult fantasy series, the Descendants of Isis, it’s actually one of the major themes when it come to my main character, Seth O’Keefe.

If you started reading Daughter of Isis (Descendants of Isis Book 1)
today, you would find out first hand that Seth is definitely not the perfect book boyfriend. He’s does things that generally make people’s skin crawl, even Natti’s. It’s what he does. It’s what he’s born to do.

Seth’s family worships the Egyptian god of chaos, Set, and he and his father are two of the last blessed with the power to charm anyone into anything. The expectations placed on him and his future in his cult are phenomenal. It also doesn’t help that his cravings for lust and greed resonate from a dark presence that rules overs his heart.

But redemption isn’t always about righting all the wrongs in someone’s life. For Seth, that would be impossible. Finding a reason to change, on the other hand, and being brave enough to do so might be another story. It would only take the right person to see beyond the charm:

Seth crept up behind Natti’s locker door and leaned against the wall while he waited. Swinging her backpack over her shoulder, she shut the door and jumped.

“Oh, bloody hell!” She placed a hand over her heart, startled. “And here I thought this might actually be a good day. Silly me.”

She began to walk away, and Seth stepped into her pace. Slipping his hand into hers, he called on Set’s blessing. An easy application of magic trickled from his fingertips into her skin. “Skip first period with me. I know a little, quiet place we can just talk.”

Natti pulled her hand away. “You’re lying again. And I already know what your intentions really are, so cut the bull.”

The predator inside him was growing hungrier. Seth stepped in front of her, increasing his power so it radiated from his body and enveloped his victim. “Okay then. Let me take you away from all this to a place where we can learn all about each other. In the physical sense.”

Natti gargled a chuckle and brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Wow. You are really laying it on thick today, aren’t you?” Continue reading

Greg Weisman’s Rain of the Ghost Series

Rain of Ghosts by Greg WeismanRain of the Ghosts is the first in Greg Weisman’s series about an adventurous young girl, Rain Cacique, who discovers she has a mystery to solve, a mission to complete and, oh, yes, the ability to see ghosts.

Welcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), a beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle. Rain Cacique is water-skiing with her two best friends Charlie and Miranda when Rain sees her father waiting for her at the dock. Sebastian Bohique, her maternal grandfather, has passed away. He was the only person who ever made Rain feel special. The only one who believed she could do something important with her life. The only thing she has left to remember him by is the armband he used to wear: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Only the armband . . . and the gift it brings: Rain can see dead people. Starting with the Dark Man: a ghost determined to reveal the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

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Spirits Ash and Foam by Greg WeismanWelcome to the Prospero Keys (or as the locals call them: the Ghost Keys), the beautiful chain of tropical islands on the edge of the Bermuda Triangle where Rain Cacique lives.

When Rain’s maternal grandfather passed away, he left her his special armband: two gold snakes intertwined, clasping each other’s tails in their mouths. Rain soon discovers that the armband is actually a zemi – a very powerful talisman created by the island’s native Arawak Taino Indians – and that it allows Rain to see ghosts, including her own grandfather who is determined to help her uncover the Ghost Keys’ hidden world of mystery and mysticism, intrigue and adventure.

Now, Rain Cacique’s looking for a few answers — and the second zemi, a Taino relic that allows her to see dead people. But it’s the first week of school, so she’s pretty busy juggling teachers, homework, babysitting duties, new friends, missing tourist kids… and a vampire with a tribal twist.

Spirits of Ash and Foam is the second installment in Greg Weisman’s Rain of the Ghosts series. Continue reading