A Quick Chat with Kailee Reese Samuels

Kailee Reece SamuelsWho is Kailee Reese Samuels?

Embracing diversity. Coffee addict. Mango lover. Blueberry fetishist. Sweet peach tea crazy. Red wine devout. Whiskey deviant. Tattooed & pierced. Loves shoes. Collects rosaries. Fanatical organizer/cleaner/list-maker. Never sleeps. Hermit and recluse.

Storyteller.

Kailee Reese Samuels has been spinning tales since she can remember. Her books are contemporary fiction with a no-holds-barred attitude. She adores listening to her characters ramble and putting them into situations that push the boundaries.

Creativity is the way to change.

I see from your bio that you collect rosaries. Why rosaries? 

*smiles* That is such an awesome question! I started collecting rosaries years ago when I was confirmed. This is not to say I am a strict Catholic, I am not. I embrace many forms of spirituality, I have studied Buddhism and Wiccan extensively. I am rather bohemian and try to walk in grace at all times.

Back in 2013, I almost died and I was very incoherent and out of it. I ended would clutch my rosary and japa mala— one in each hand. It was during that time that I decided if I came out of it I would write with the intent of publishing.

Six months later, I eventually recovered and I just started carrying the rosary and my laptop with me, they went hand-in-hand. The one I have used the most is one of those that you give children – My first rosary – it’s broken and a mess, but that is also why John bought it for me. So I didn’t ruin any of my precious collection. I have many antique ones and even one made from rose petals from Italy.

Let’s talk mangoes for a bit. I am originally from the Caribbean and mangoes were a staple. Which variety is your favorite? Do you make any special dishes with them or do you eat it raw?

I am not well versed in the variety of mangoes, sadly. Living in Texas, they are usually always available in the markets. I love them raw, but I have also been known to cook with them. In the summertime I always make fresh preserves to can  – strawberry, cherry, blueberry, apricot, peach – last time I did it, I made a batch of mango. Oh my, it was tasty! We have used it on everything from toast to chicken and fish dishes. I can never have too much mango. I adore the mango!

Since you enjoy making lists… share the top 5 things you like doing when you are not writing. Continue reading

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Q&A about Seasons Within by Lele Iturrioz

Lele Seasons Within authorWhat genre are your books?

Seasons Within is a YA fantasy book. It has romance, adventure, and quirky humor.

How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

I love fantasy. I like the idea of new worlds and possibilities beyond what we can achieve. I like stories where anyone ordinary can become extraordinary.

What is Seasons Within about?

It´s about a teenage redhead with unusual markings on her wrist that goes by the name of G.

Unlike most teenage girls, G doesn’t know her real name, she doesn’t know where she came from and she doesn’t know who she’s meant to become. G’s life before the age of six has been a mystery to her.

Each night for the last twelve years she’s been haunted by the same nightmare—a war. Horrendous beasts, warriors able to wield the four elements, and a boy who saves her by means of blue fire taunt her memory. But on her eighteenth birthday, G’s life begins to unravel. When she meets her new Chemistry professor, a man with.

How did you come up with the idea?

One day I was walking around with my headphones while listening to Breath of Life by Florence and the Machine (Awesome song!). The street was covered with hundreds of leafs and when the wind came, it made all the leaves fly. In my perspective and with the headphones it looked as if they were dancing, so I lifted my arms and danced among the flying leafs. Besides the fact that I looked like a crazy person swinging my arms to the sky, for a moment I felt like I was the one moving them.

And that’s how G, my main character was born, a girl who had the power to move Nature in a world that was possible.

How did you come up with the title?

The title is based on two things, the first one is that G has the power to wield all elements, she has the four seasons within herself and the second one is that the seasons represent the year she has before her Resurgence.

How old are your characters?

G turns 18 at the beginning of the book. The rest are between 15 to 24 years old. Continue reading

Love, Alchemy by Eden Ashley

Love Alchemy book coverTitle: Love, Alchemy by Eden Ashley
Publication date: July 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Daveigh Little is preparing for college, planning to leave behind the tiny hick town she’s spent her entire life in once and for all. But plagued by a trouble at home and school, Daveigh makes a series of bad choices that land her in hot water with a local kingpin. Suddenly, people around her are dying and Daveigh finds herself on the run.

And then there’s Ethan. Fresh out of the academy, Ethan Remington represents the authority Daveigh has come to despise, but she is inexplicably drawn to the handsome rookie of few words. From the first moment she laid eyes on him, Daveigh knew Ethan was different. She just didn’t realize how different. Reasons of his own have led Ethan into the tangle strands of danger with the town of Harpey…but those reasons aren’t nearly as mysterious as Ethan’s origins or the irresistible passion between them. Continue reading

The Starriest Summer The Cycle of the Six Moons

Starriest Summer Adelle YeungTitle: The Starriest Summer (The Cycle of the Six Moons #1) by Adelle Yeung
Release Date: December 20th 2015

Synopsis

Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.

Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…

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About the Author Adelle Yeung

Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can’t go a day without a cup of tea. When she’s not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.

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RED by Jennifer Anne Davis

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Savenek faced Rema, his skin slightly flushed—whether from physical activity or embarrassment, Rema couldn’t be sure.

“Trust me,” Rema said, “I’d rather have someone else instructing me as well. I don’t particularly want to work with you either.”

“Do you even know anything?” Savenek practically growled.

“Plenty,” Rema seethed. “Probably more than you.” Maybe not with regards to fighting, but she was well educated.

Savenek raised his eyebrows in disbelief, the corners of his mouth turning up. “I sincerely doubt that.”

Rema’s hands went on her hips. “Are you always so arrogant and conceited? Because I’ve had enough with Prince Lennek, and I don’t need it from you too.”

“I’m nothing like him!” he yelled.

“Oh? And you’ve spent time with him like I have?” she yelled right back.  Continue reading

Cornerstone by Kelly Walker

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Cornerstone by Kelly Walker
(Souls of the Stones #1)
Publication date: November 30th 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Epic Fantasy combines with Young Adult romance in this stunning new adventure set in a richly developed medieval world. Second Stone and Broken Stone are now available! Also be sure to look for Jaded Stone, the thrilling prequel to the Souls of the Stones series.

When Emariya Warren learns enemy forces have captured her father, she’ll do anything to save him. Anything. Even marry a mysterious prince she knows nothing about in order to rally the strength to arrange a rescue. During her journey to Torian’s foreign castle, Emariya comes face to face with her mother’s killers–and a deadly secret.

Not only does Emariya possess a powerful but unexpected magical gift passed down through each of her families, the prince she’s promised to marry possesses a third, and an ominous prophecy has warned the three gifts must never be combined.

If she breaks her promise to marry Torian, she won’t be able to save her father and if she keeps it, she may bring a curse upon everything she holds dear. Determining which choice is best won’t be easy, but when she meets the gorgeous prince who may desire more than just her heart, she realizes she will have to fight just to have a choice at all.

Her heart wants him desperately. Her head begs her to run. If she doesn’t want to share her mother’s fate, she’ll have to find a way to untangle the truth from the lies in time to save herself.

Discover the heartbreaking betrayals, fascinating magic and fated love of Cornerstone. Continue reading..

Devil’s Dilemma by Sirena Robinson – Book Excerpt

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Excerpt:

She shut the door and leaned against it, her mind racing. She’d done not one thing she’d gone in there to do. Instead of stopping the God forsaken wedding, she’d helped Griffin turn herself into a bride! What was she thinking?

“Perhaps not all of your soul has eroded after all.”

Alaria turned her head and sighed. “Hello, Gabe. What brings you here this afternoon?”

“I love a good wedding, and this one should be rather interesting, what with all the Warriors present and the most notorious Devil of all in attendance. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

“I’d escape while I still could if I were you. If you stick around, you might get roped into performing the damn ceremony.”

Gabriel pondered that idea briefly. “That’s a fabulous idea. I’m glad you thought of it.”

Alaria shook her head in disgust. “Angels.” She started walking down the hall. “Please tell me you didn’t come here just for the festivities.”

“No, I didn’t. I came to speak to you outside of the range of prying human ears. I can’t drag you into my room, but I can take you there if you go willingly. Will you join me for a few moments?”  Continue reading