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Release Blitz: Secrets Legends Keep by Melissa Winters

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Secrets Legends Keep by Melissa Winters is now live! 

I’m the secret that legends were created to keep.

My life has been a series of plot twists, most of which I saw coming.

Having visions since I was a child, not much can throw me off balance. Until my brother and I are whisked away to the sleepy town of Pandora.

From the moment I crossed the town line, everything changed. Ghostly encounters, cryptic dreams, and deep connections to two local boys have me questioning what to believe. With my heart and my head at odds, I’m racking up enemies when what I need is allies.

There’s something strange going on in this creepy town, and I’m at the center of the secrets.

There are plenty of local legends to be told, but the more I learn about my new home–and my connection to it–the more questions that arise. The campfire stories might actually be truth passed off as myth, and I’m the secret they were created to hide.

Except nothing stays hidden for long.

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Melissa Winters writes paranormal romances featuring vampires, witches and feisty fallen angels. Wine and coffee keep her sane, but have also contributed to her being nocturnal!

She lives in the burbs of Cincinnati with her family who puts up with her constant daydreaming.

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Release Blitz: THE MATCHBREAKER SUMMER by Annie Raines

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A pitch-perfect summer camp rom-com about two teens with nothing in common who come together to help break up a romance and unexpectedly start one of their own….

Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning has been attending Camp Seabrook since she was a little girl, when her parents ran it together. For the last few years, since her father’s death, she’s been the one helping her mom run the camp behind the scenes. This year, however, will be Camp Seabrook’s last hurrah because Paisley’s mom has met a guy online and they’re getting married. 

Enter Hayden Bennett, who is working alongside Paisley. Paisley and Hayden are like oil and water. She follows the rules, and he seems to live to break them all. But when Hayden catches wind of Paisley’s predicament, he has an idea. If a matchmaker in some computer algorithm caused the issue, a couple of real-life matchbreakers can fix it. 

As they work to break up the happy couple, Paisley discovers that maybe Hayden’s not so bad after all. Has she met her own perfect match in her fellow matchbreaker?

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Annie Rains is a USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author who writes small-town love stories set in fictional places in her home state of North Carolina. When Annie isn’t writing, she’s living out her own happily ever after with her husband and three children.   Follow her online at annierains.com and @annierainsbooks on Instagram and Twitter!  

Review: She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

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Review: She Gets the Girl by Rachael Lippincott and Alyson Derrick

She’s All That meets What If It’s Us in this swoon-worthy hate-to-love YA romantic comedy from #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Feet Apart Rachael Lippincott and debut writer Alyson Derrick.

Alex Blackwood is a little bit headstrong, with a dash of chaos and a whole lot of flirt. She knows how to get the girl. Keeping her on the other hand…not so much. Molly Parker has everything in her life totally in control, except for her complete awkwardness with just about anyone besides her mom. She knows she’s in love with the impossibly cool Cora Myers. She just…hasn’t actually talked to her yet.

Alex and Molly don’t belong on the same planet, let alone the same college campus. But when Alex, fresh off a bad (but hopefully not permanent) breakup, discovers Molly’s hidden crush as their paths cross the night before classes start, they realize they might have a common interest after all. Because maybe if Alex volunteers to help Molly learn how to get her dream girl to fall for her, she can prove to her ex that she’s not a selfish flirt. That she’s ready for an actual commitment. And while Alex is the last person Molly would ever think she could trust, she can’t deny Alex knows what she’s doing with girls, unlike her.

As the two embark on their five-step plans to get their girls to fall for them, though, they both begin to wonder if maybe they’re the ones falling…for each other.

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MY REVIEW

She Gets the Girl is a sweet and authentic coming-of-age story. I’ll be the first to admit that this is quite the departure from the normal romances that I read, but I’m really glad to have picked it up and given it a chance.

She gets the Girl pulls you in from the very first page and you just can’t help but root for Alex and Molly. While their story might be YA, it deals with some very heavy, very real issues.

Overall, I found this to be a really entertaining read and loved the way it was written. This is my first book by this duo and I look forward to checking out more from them in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Rachael Lippincott is the coauthor of All This Time, #1 New York Times bestseller Five Feet Apart, and She Gets the Girl and the author of The Lucky List. She holds a BA in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh. Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, she currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.

Alyson Derrick was born and raised in Greenville, Pennsylvania, a town where burn barrels take the place of recycling bins. After making her great escape to Pittsburgh, where she earned her bachelor’s in English writing, Alyson started her own food truck, but soon realized she much prefers telling stories over slinging cheesesteaks. Alyson currently resides in Pennsylvania with her wife and their dog, Hank.

Release Blitz: Wilder Play by Ali Dean

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RELEASE BLITZ

Title: Wilder Play

Series: Wilder Trilogy #3

Author: Ali Dean

Genre: YA/NA Sports Romance

Release Date: March 10, 2022

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The addicting, edge-of-your seat Wilder trilogy concludes with this final installment filled with sports, romance, and characters you’ll obsess about. Enjoy this fast-paced binge-read and its twisty, unpredictable plot!

I’m back on the tennis court, but the rest of my life is a hot mess. My mom stopped paying my bills, and I just discovered the reason for it: she’s dead. I’m about to get kicked out of my apartment – the same one that’s been broken into twice – if I don’t pay rent soon. My sister is still lurking about, up to no good. And someone is leaving messages telling me to break up with Jude. 

He’s back from football camp and didn’t forget about me while he was gone. Jude’s seen the reality of my life, and he isn’t running away. Instead, he’s demanding I open up to him more, even though I’ve already made myself more vulnerable with him than with anyone else in my life. I keep telling myself it’s for his own good to keep secrets from him, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s more about protecting my heart than it is about proving my independence.

We’ve fallen hard and fast, and it’s up to me what happens next.

The man who’s come to deliver the news about my mom is about to tell me who my father is, and I have a feeling my world is going to get turned upside down. Should I take Jude’s hand and bring him along for the ride? And if I do, will having Jude beside me make me weaker, or stronger?

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AUTHOR BIO

Ali is a USA Today Bestselling author of sports romance books. She has always loved to read, especially when there’s a happily ever after, but found that there weren’t enough books out there featuring girl athletes. So, she decided to work on that. Like the heroines in her books, Ali is an athlete, with running and skiing her favorite sports these days. Ali hails from Vermont and now lives in her own happily-ever-after in Colorado with her husband, two sets of twins (yes, you read that correctly) and golden retriever Pancake. When she’s not pursuing an outdoor adventure, Ali’s less healthy passions include ice cream, coffee, and beer.

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Review: Edgewood by Kristen Ciccarelli

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Can love survive the dark?

No matter how far she runs, the forest of Edgewood always comes for Emeline Lark. The scent of damp earth curls into her nose when she sings and moss creeps across the stage. It’s as if the woods of her childhood, shrouded in folklore and tall tales, are trying to reclaim her. But Emeline has no patience for silly superstitions.

When her grandfather disappears, leaving only a mysterious orb in his wake, the stories Emeline has always scoffed at suddenly seem less foolish. She enters the forest she has spent years trying to escape, only to have Hawthorne Fell, a handsome and brooding tithe collector, try to dissuade her from searching.

Refusing to be deterred, Emeline finds herself drawn to the court of the fabled Wood King himself. She makes a deal—her voice for her grandfather’s freedom. Little does she know, she’s stumbled into the middle of a curse much bigger than herself, one that threatens the existence of this eerie world she’s trapped in, along with the devastating boy who feels so familiar.

With the help of Hawthorne—an enemy turned reluctant ally who she grows closer to each day—Emeline sets out to not only save her grandfather’s life, but to right past wrongs, and in the process, discover her true voice.

Haunting and romantic, Kristen Ciccarelli’s Edgewood is an exciting novel from a bold, unforgettable voice in fantasy.

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MY REVIEW

Edgewood is a truly unique young adult, fantasy novel.

Edgewood is a well-written and intriguing story that spins quite the web of mystery. I enjoyed the mysterious woods and all of the secrets they held. I loved trying to figure out who you could trust or not. This book does dive into some pretty tough issues such as memory loss and I think the author did a really great job with the way she not only handled them, but the creative spin she put on them.

My only complaint about this book is that I wish the pacing had been a little more on point. There were some parts where the story seemed to drag a bit. And I do wish that the romance between Emeline and Hawthorne had been fleshed out a little more. Yes, their romance was definitely a slow-burning one, but they really left me wanting more.

Even though I did have a couple of issues with this book, I did find it to be an enjoyable read. I really liked all of the fantasy elements and the world this author created. I thought the author was really creative with the way the tough issues were handled.

This is my first book by this author and I would definitely be interested in checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via the publisher & NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review* 

Year in Review: 2021 Reading Challenge!

Year in Review: 2021 Reading Challenge!

Each year, I try to create a reading challenge that’s not only fun and challenging but also realistic. This year, I set the bar pretty high, and couldn’t be happier with the results. I’ve read over 128 books for this challenge, 113 of those being books that have sat on my kindle for far too long. I’ve discovered a lot of new authors and exciting books in 2021 and can not wait to see what next years challenge will bring.

Here are the books that made my 2021 Reading Challenge a success:

CategoryBook Title
Re-Read a favorite bookCity of Bones by Cassandra Clare
A book by an author new to meCrashing East by Aly Stiles
A ContemporaryBlame It On The Champagne by Fiona Cole
A New Adult ReadThese Monsterous Ties by K.V. Rose
A Biker NovelTounge by K.L. Savage
A Paranormal/FantasyA Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
A Sports RomanceThe Bombshell Effect by Karla Sorensen
A Romantic ComedyBet Me by Lila Monroe
A book chosen for its coverOne Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker
Accidental PregnancySay Yes To Love by Anne Williams
Older Brother’s Best FriendFalling For My Brother’s Best Friend by Piper Rayne
Holiday Romance (any holiday)Holidate by Monica Murphy
ForbiddenSweet Dandelion by Micalea Smeltzer
BillionaireClose Quarters by Kandi Steiner
Bad BoySkater Boy by Mary Catherine Gebhard
Workplace RomanceBossy Nights by Liv Morris
Fake RelationshipThe Trouble With The Fake Boyfriend by Holly Renee
Marriage of ConvenienceDon’t Kiss The Bride by Carian Cole
Favorite tropeSancte Diaboli: Part One by Amo Jones
A book with a red coverThe Life You Stole by Jewel E Ann
4 books on your TBRThe Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb
The Saint by Kelsey Clayton
Corrupt My Mind by Kelsey Clayton
Savage by Caitlyn Dare
2 New ReleasesDestructive King by RVD
The Invitation by Vi Keeland
A trope you haven’t read in 12 monthsThe Dead List by Jennifer Armentrout
A Rock Star RomanceGone For You by Jayne Frost
A Non-Romance bookBecoming by Michelle Obama
A ClassicI Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
A book picked by a friendThe Kiss by M. Robinson
Dark/TabooFable of Happiness, Book One by Pepper Winters
Historical RomanceThe Songbook of Benny Lament by Amy Harmon
Fairy Tale Re-TellingThe Love Hack by Lauren Helms
A YA BookThe Problem With Forever by JLA
Enemies to Lovers tropeA Vow of Hate by Lylah James
A book that will make you Ugly CryBared Souls by Ellie Wade
A book with an Age Gap tropeDead Man Walking by Giana Darling
A book with Friends to Lovers tropeFor Keeps. For Always. by Haley Jenner
A book with a blue coverThe Life That Mattered by Jewel E Ann
4 books on your TBRShow Me How by Molly McAdams
Alpha’s Claim by Amelia Hutchins
Crossed Fates by Lexi Foss & Elle Christensen
Lost Souls by Emma Creed
2 New ReleasesUnderboss by Kristen Proby
One More Time by Aurora Rose Reynolds
1 DuetLove and Lies Duet by Stacey Lynn
MafiaRuthless Monarch by Ava Harrison
A NovellaForevermore by Alex Grayson
Sweet RomanceThe Bloom Girls by Amy Pine
Romantic SuspenseBroken Sparrow by Chelle Bliss
A book with a Cowboy on the coverTrue Love Cowboy by Jennifer Ryan
A book, where the main character is/, was in the militaryLove So Irresistible by Marquita Valentine
Small Town romanceSouthern Heart by Natasha Madison
First Responder (Police Officer/Firefighter/EMT)Protecting What’s His by Tessa Bailey
Second Chance RomanceRise by Cassandra Robbins
Dystopian/Science FictionRunner by Evie Mitchell
A book with a yellow coverEternally North by Tillie Cole
2 books on your TBRUnforgettable by Melanie Harlow
Beneath the Stars by Emily McIntire
2 New ReleasesBroken French by Tasha Boyd
Strict Confidence by Skye Warren
Insta-loveDistraction by Aurora Rose Reynolds
Bearded Man On CoverSide Hustle by Emily Goodwin
A Fighter/MMA BookFighting For Irish by Gina Maxwell
A TrilogyCruel Summer Series by Rachel Van Dyken
Finish A Series I StartedA Line of Duty Series by Tessa Bailey
Bully RomanceThe Bet by JL Beck & C. Hallman
2 DuetsThe Pawn Duet by TM Frazier
The Retake Duet by Ella Fox
2 NovellasBeautiful Nightmare by Giana Darling
Fallen King by Giana Darling
2 Sweet RomanceAnything But Sweet by Candis Terry
Kissing Her Crush by Ophelia London
A Suspense or Romantic Suspense NovelThe Au Pair by Emma Rous
Read 1 SeriesThe Baraginer Series by Laura Thalassa
2 Box Sets of BooksDark Legacy: The Complete Collection by Jaymin Eve Bleeding Hearts: The Complete Duet by A. Zavarelli
Small Town RomanceFragile Hearts by Amber Kelly
A Stand-alone NovelThe Love Interest by Kayley Loring
A Beach ReadAin’t He Precious by Sawyer Bennett
4 Books I Already Own Per Month
JanHere Be Sexist Vampires by Suzanne Wright
Dear Enemy by Kristen Callihan
Even If It Hurts by Marni Mann
Focused by Karla Sorensen
FebWreck by Cora Brent
Treachery by Lily White
Not What I Expected by Jewel E Ann
The Dare by Elle Kennedy
MarchCrazy for Loving You by Pippa Grant
The Sinner by Kelsey Clayton
Guilty Pleasure by Jessica Prince
Never Gonna Happen by Cynthia Eden
AprilWhat Are The Chances by Ashley Munoz & Brittany Taylor
Callous Prince by Brecker Gray
Bad Alibi by Jessica Prince
Wrong Text Right Love by Claudia Burgoa
MayTempt Me by Kally Ash
From Our First by Carrie Ann Ryan
Bad Liar by Lauren Rowe
The Legacy by Dylan Allen
JuneFaking Ms.Right by Claire Kingsley
Aggro by Coralee June & Carrie Gray
Love At First Fight by Carrie Aarons
Rich Prick by Tijan
JulyHawk by Kat Savage
Protecting You by Claire Kingsley
My Besties Ex by Piper Rayne
Waiting On The Rain by Claudia Connor
AugFlame by Chelle Bliss
Falling For My Enemy by Claire Kingsley
Cruel Temptation by Kelli Callahan
Gods & Monsters by Saffron Kent
SeptOff the Cuff by KI Lynn
My One Week Husband by Lauren Blakely
Dotted Lines by Devney Perry
Hold the Forevers by KA Linde
OctPretty Little Savage by Lucy Smoke
Reckless Memories by Catherine Cowles
The Lies We Tell by Becca Steele
Wreck & Ruin by Emma Slate
NovRuthless Stranger by Maggie Cole
Royal Line by Carrie Ann Ryan & Nana Malone
The Fall We Fell by Victoria Denault
Wicked Rule by KI Lynn
DecDevious Lies by Parker S. Huntington
Keeper by Harloe Rae
Saint & Sinner by Georgia LeCarre
Only One Night by Natasha Madison

Review: Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Review: Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger trilogy!

When Angels Fall

Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.

Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.

As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.

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MY REVIEW

“What’s inside you is the gift. It is both grace and Glory, a power that is beyond what your mind can comprehend and yet a power owned by you. Use it to strike through the heart encased in chaos.”

“You are all I ever wanted, even before I knew what I wanted. It was you. It was always you.”

Grace and Glory is the epic finale to the Harbinger Series. It will captivate readers from the very first page and in true JLA fashion, it will take you on one wild and emotional ride…..

Grace and Glory picks up right where the last book left off and hits the ground running. I didn’t know what to think or feel. I was surprised by the turn of events and didn’t know how things would play out. But, one thing I knew for certain is that I implicitly trust JLA, so I just sat back and enjoyed the ride.

The battle between good and evil, an unimaginable ally, and a love story that knows no bounds. Everything has come full circle now and believe me when I tell you, Trinity and Zayne’s story is riddled with shocking twists and turns. There’s so much action to keep you guessing and on your toes. Trinity and Zayne’s journey this time around is not an easy one. There are so many obstacles in their way, including the end of the world. All I can say is that their journey was worth every heart-pounding moment…

As I sit here trying to write my review, I feel like a bit of an emotional mess. This book was everything that I was hoping it would be. It was funny when it needed to be and filled with action. There was romance and a love worth fighting for. There were twists and turns around each corner. I loved getting lost in this book and this series. It was everything I needed and I am so incredibly sad that it’s over. I truly hope that this won’t be the last that we see of these characters…

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*

Release Blitz: The Descent of the Drowned by Ana Lal Din

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“The Descent of the Drowned”

Author: Ana Lal Din

Pub date: March 15, 2021

Publisher: White Tigress Press

Genre: YA/Crossover Indo-Persian Fantasy

Book Synopsis

She is bound to serve. He is meant to kill. Survival is their prison. Choice is their weapon. Ana Lal Din showcases her storytelling skills in her young adult debut, weaving together a harrowing narrative that examines humankind at its darkest and brightest. Set in a colonised Indo-Persian world and inspired by Pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, “The Descent of the Drowned” weaves together tales of power, identity, redemption, and what it takes to hold on to one’s humanity in the face of devastation.

As the sacred slave of a goddess, Roma is of a lower caste that serves patrons to sustain the balance between gods and men. What she wants is her freedom, but deserters are hunted and hanged, and Roma only knows how to survive in her village where women are vessels without a voice. When her younger brother is condemned to the same wretched fate as hers, Roma must choose between silence and rebellion.

Leviathan is the bastard son of an immortal tyrant. Raised in a military city where everyone knows of his blood relation to the persecuted clans, Leviathan is considered casteless. Lowest of the low. Graduating as one of the deadliest soldiers, he executes in his father’s name, displaying his worth. When he faces judgement from his mother’s people — the clans — Leviathan must confront his demons and forge his own path, if he ever hopes to reclaim his soul.

But in the struggle to protect the people they love and rebuild their identities, Roma’s and Leviathan’s destinies interlock as the tyrant hunts an ancient treasure that will doom humankind should it come into his possession — a living treasure to which Roma and Leviathan are the ultimate key.

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Excerpt from Chapter 27

Roma clutched the hairpin in her hand. The daunting frame of the Firawn’s son was shrouded in a black cloak, the curved-sword pendant tucked out of sight, but his hood was drawn back from his head. Shadows haunted the hollows of his face and obscured his emotions to anyone who might search beyond the surface. She met his unwavering stare with a cumulative numbness within her chest and the promise of blood in her eyes. She didn’t want to feel such despair, nor did she want darkness to swaddle her mind, but she had accepted that her auction would end with her death.

What did it matter if it were an executioner who took her life or if it were her?

When the Firawn’s son took a deliberate step toward her, the blood promise blazed like a fuelled torch, and she touched the tip of the blade to her throat.

“Don’t come near me,” she warned.

Every sound, smell, and taste overpowered her heightened senses. Her frantic pulse throbbed like drumbeats in her ears. She smelled the scattered rose petals and tasted the subtle vibration in the air at his slightest shift. It somehow reached her, pricking her sensitive nerves and exposing his invisible stealth. She shifted as he did. Her mirrored movement caught his attention, and he looked at her with a different awareness.

“You don’t want to do this, Roma.”

Tipping back her head, she pressed the point of the blade into her skin. A warm line of blood seeped down the side of her bared throat. His face hardened and his movement stilled.

“I don’t want you to touch me.”

“If I wanted to touch you,” he said, disturbingly calm, “you’d already be on the bed.”

Her knees trembled from exhaustion and her skin still burned from the fever. Fear had eroded her for hours, days, years. Now she came full circle. It would all end tonight. “Then why am I here?” she asked in no more than a whisper. He was silent. Because he didn’t have an answer that could convince her of his lies. “I’m not educated like you, Saheb, but I’m not stupid.”

“No, you’re not,” he murmured.

“I know what you want. You want power. And it makes you feel powerful when you subdue me.” The blade burrowed deeper and the blood trail thickened. A surreptitious shadow of emotion came and went in the nadirs of his eyes. She didn’t care to define it. “I won’t be broken by your kind again.”

“My kind?”

“Your kind, Saheb. Men.”

“You’re a survivor.”

“This is my survival,” she whispered.

Drawing back her hand to stab her throat, she saw him close the distance in mere heartbeats. She should have killed herself, but an instinctual part of her—a part far too strong that always sought life over death—overwhelmed her, and she switched to sink the blade into him in the very last second.

It was a mistake.

Author Q&A

  1. How did you convey your own struggles with cultural identity through the two protagonists in the book?

Leviathan struggles with a physical sense of belonging in that the higher caste won’t accept him and neither will the clans. Roma struggles with a spiritual sense of belonging in that she feels disconnected from the belief system she has been raised with. Both characters have had society shape and force an identity on them that doesn’t harmonise with their nature, so they’re conflicted and rootless and have to dismantle their imposed identities, reconstruct them on their own terms, and carve out a place for themselves in the world — something that I feel I have had to do as well.

  1. How did you handle the identity crisis that came from being raised in three different cultures (Danish, Pakistani-Indian, Islamic)?

I didn’t handle it. I grew up confused, frustrated, conflicted. I still am. I think most people, if not all, experience an identity crisis at some point in their lives. Mine also came from the fact that I was the youngest child of immigrant parents from an Indian-Pakistani and Muslim background. Choosing to be Muslim over Danish, Pakistani or Indian, eased some of that frustration, but nothing has been resolved. I’m still attempting to understand who I am. I’m still sorting through the cultural baggage to uncover the things that hold value to me and discard those that don’t. It’s a process. A long, unstable process.

  1. How did you explore the theme of humanity versus depravity throughout the book?

Through the characters’ experiences, circumstances and choices. Some of the characters in the novel abandon human decency and become beasts. Others attempt to hold on to their humanity even in the darkest of times. I have tried to illustrate what happens when one crosses the line between humanity and depravity. When one chooses to oppress, violate, annihilate. And, also, when one chooses mercy, compassion and redemption.

  1. How do humans become a product of their social and cultural heritage?

Social and cultural heritage is the behaviour, values, social status and belief system which we inherit from our environment (i.e. the people who raise us and the milieu wherein we are raised). We become a product of this heritage when we’re brought up in a particular environment with a particular belief system and uphold/follow that system with or without question.

  1. What inspired you to start writing?

Stories. When I was a child, my older sisters would read the Arabian Nights and Danish fairy tales to me. I became so absorbed in the stories that I would enact them. If I didn’t like something, I changed the narrative or content. I discovered the power of words. That they can enlighten, manipulate, inspire, enrage. With this understanding, I wanted to use my own words to write something that might matter beyond just the entertainment value.

  1. How did you portray the current issues, catastrophes, and sufferings of the voiceless within this fantasy world?

I have woven previous and current social, cultural and political issues into the setting. Things such as caste system, rape culture, ethnic cleansing/genocide, colonisation and war crimes are all familiar aspects of our world. I have explored those issues (and others) through the characters’ circumstances and personal experiences in the novel.

  1. What is the connection between your background, the #ownvoices elements and the issues that are represented in the book?

Like most of the characters in the novel, I come from a multicultural background, and I have struggled to break out of the social and cultural heritage that shaped the world wherein I was raised. Moreover, I’m a woman with a mental illness, which made it harder for me in a culture where women are already considered a burden without much value, so a mental illness on top of that was like the final nail in the coffin. Caste is also a reality in my culture. The perception/oppression of women, multicultural identity, mental illness, social and cultural heritage, and caste system are subjects I have explored or engaged with throughout the novel.

  1. What are some of the sources that have inspired the story world in your book?

I have attempted to build a colonised Indo-Persian world and drawn inspiration from pre-Islamic Arabian mythology, Islam, and the social, cultural, religious, and political history of South Asia, West Asia, the Middle East, ancient Arabia and other places over time. Most of the incidents in the novel are authentic cases from our own world in some shape or form.

  1. What do you hope readers gain from your book?

I want to spread awareness. It reminds us that we as human beings have a responsibility toward each other. To know, to understand, to listen and to help. I want to provoke thought, and I want readers to feel. Whether that feeling is anger, discomfort, compassion, hope, curiosity or a conflicting combination of all. If I can encourage even one person to research about any of the issues, I would feel that I have achieved something valuable with this novel. That I have succeeded.

Author Bio

Ana Lal Din is an #ownvoices author who was born in a Danish southwestern city and raised in a small town outside Copenhagen. Passionate about culture, language, religion and social justice issues, Ana’s story worlds are usually full of all four. What drives her as a writer is developing characters that are psychologically and emotionally complex, reflecting human nature at its darkest and brightest — and everything in between. Since Ana is a Danish-Pakistani Muslim with Indian heritage, she often explores the intricacies of a multicultural identity through her characters. “The Descent of the Drowned” is her debut novel. For more info, visit laldinana.net.

Release Boost: From Shadow and Silence by Carrie Ann Ryan

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RELEASE BOOST
Title: From Shadow and Silence
Series: Elements of Five #4
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2021

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The unforgettable conclusion to the epic fantasy Elements of Five series from NYT Bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan.

The end of the centuries-long war is almost here, and the fate of the realm rests on one girl’s shoulders. The Gray has gathered his forces—and has Lyric in his clutches. The enemy’s plan to control the kingdoms has been revealed, but traitors from both sides might alter the course of fate.
Lyric must return to Easton and the others before all is lost.  Battle lines must be forged, and surprising alliances cast.  The prophecy has never altered, and life comes at an ultimate price. Not all who fight will survive, but in the end, it will come down to the choice of a Priestess and her soul.

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Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.

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Release Blitz: From Shadow And Silence by Carrie Ann Ryan

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RELEASE BLITZ
Title: From Shadow and Silence
Series: Elements of Five #4
Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Genre: YA Romance
Release Date: March 9, 2021

BLURB

The unforgettable conclusion to the epic fantasy Elements of Five series from NYT Bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan.

The end of the centuries-long war is almost here, and the fate of the realm rests on one girl’s shoulders. The Gray has gathered his forces—and has Lyric in his clutches. The enemy’s plan to control the kingdoms has been revealed, but traitors from both sides might alter the course of fate.
Lyric must return to Easton and the others before all is lost.  Battle lines must be forged, and surprising alliances cast.  The prophecy has never altered, and life comes at an ultimate price. Not all who fight will survive, but in the end, it will come down to the choice of a Priestess and her soul.

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AUTHOR BIO

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.

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