Series Saturday: Marcus Damanda

Happy Saturday! Welcome to another Series Saturday.

Today I’m featuring two series by the wonderful Marcus Damanda. First up we have the dystopian Salvation State, published by Evernight Teen. I love this series, and he’s working on book three!

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AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT TEEN

Blurb:

“This is what the truth is. Second Salvations murdered my parents, and I’m running away.”

A single post over unregulated Internet channels. A sleeping society awakens to a chase, broadcast live on television screens all across the New United States of America…

Rebecca and Daniel have never met. A fifteen-year-old preacher’s kid and a sixteen-year-old atheist outcast, they appear to have little in common. And yet they have both attracted the attention of a recruiter for Angel Island, where bad kids go to be remade—or destroyed.

Agents of the all-powerful New America Unity Church will stop at nothing to get them. They’re building an army, a modern children’s crusade, in which Rebecca and Daniel may be just the kind of future leaders they need.

If not, they might be just the kind of sacrifice necessary to keep the rest of the faithless in line.

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AMAZON ~ EVERNIGHT TEEN

BLURB:

The chase is over. For Rebecca, Daniel, and the rest of the Forgottens of Second Salvations, there is only one choice: get with the program or die. But there’s a spy lurking somewhere within the cabins of Angel Island, someone with contacts in the outside world. Ruth Black is determined to find out who it is before the world learns the truth about her—and about the special punishment ministry of her husband, the Reverend Matthew.

Rebecca and Daniel are not destined to remain forgotten very long.

Welcome to New America: one nation, under God. An island prison, just for kids, built to convert the very worst of them. Kids like Rebecca and Daniel, with one impossible task:

Escape.

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Marcus also has a series called The Devil in Miss Drake’s Class, which I absolutely love and also highly recommend. It’s also through Evernight Teen, and is definitely in the dark fantasy/horror genre 🙂

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As I said, I highly recommend both series. If you get the chance, add them to your TBR pile or, better yet, read them right now!

 

 

 

 

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Fantasy Friday: Urban Fantasy

One of my favorite genres 😀 Since this post will go on forever if I just listed all of my favorite books, I’m going to focus on the very first urban fantasy books I read that got me hooked, and a little bit about my feelings on the genre now.

I have always been an avid reader, and when I was in high school I read several vampire and werewolf/monster books that would probably be considered UF nowadays. The first UF books I ever read were by Mercedes Lackey. Her Diana Tregarde series 🙂

Shortly after finishing Jinx High, my mother surprised me with an omnibus from the Science Fiction Book Club. It was Club Vampyre, the first three books in the Anita Blake series by Laurell K Hamilton. Once the second omnibus was released, The Midnight Cafe, she bought me that as well, which had the next three books in the series.

Another early UF book I read was Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

 

And after that I started reading so many UF books I’ve lost count. I’ve slowed down on UF, but I’m always on the lookout for new authors/series. I stopped reading several series, I’ll admit to that, and I find it hard to find quality UF because the market just became so over-saturated. But I still love the genre- to read it and write in it 🙂

What Urban Fantasy books did you first read?

Ghost Stories

While I’m into ghost stories all year long, we have officially entered the season of hauntings and such 🙂 Here are a few of my favorite classic tales.

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One of the first ghost stories I read was The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. I was drawn immediately into the story, and is still one of my favorites to date.

 

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving was another story I read early on that hooked me on ghost stories 🙂 This one will always be at the top of my ghost list.

 

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Shwartz had a hand in some of my childhood nightmares 🙂 I still enjoy reading them from time to time, however.

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What are your favorite ghost stories?

 

Aequitas Snippet

Here is a snippet of Aequitas~ Isles and West, book three.

AMAZON

 

copyright@October Weeks

 

 

When she arrived at Edison a half hour later, she parked next to Milly’s Range Rover and rushed inside. Milly and Mariah Tapman— head administrator —met her by the front desk.

“How’s Beca?”

Mariah hung her head for a moment. “We have Beca stable, but she’s weak and injured. Her left wrist and right foot are sprained and she has multiple bruises on bones and flesh. Her energy is depleted, and her mind…” Mariah sighed, and then took a deep breath. “Her mind has taken a beating as well. Whoever attacked her did a bang-up job of causing her physical and mental harm.”

“How are you treating her?” Milly asked.

“We have her in the children’s section under the protection of several energy barriers. Right now we’re having her body and spirit cleansed of the dark taint that attacked her. We calmed her mind, but it will take time for nightmares— both when she’s awake and asleep —to fade. She’ll probably be out until this afternoon.”

Currently, it was around two-thirty in the morning.

“Where’s Evie? Teri and Laird?” Delilah asked.

“Laird is sitting with Beca, Teri and Evie are waiting for you in my office. Go on up— the office is yours.”

“Thank you, Mariah,” Milly said. “We’ll talk to you soon.”

“Take care,” Mariah replied.

Delilah gave a nod, worry coursing through her as she and Milly began walking down the hall then taking a flight of stairs to the second floor. Mariah’s office was three doors down and to the left. Teri was sitting on the couch, a packet of tissues in hand. She stood immediately as they walked into the room.

“Thank Glory you’re here!” she cried as she stood.

Delilah embraced her first, and then Milly.

“Sit back down, Teri,” Delilah said gently. “Mariah has caught us up on Beca’s condition. You know the drill— tell us what happened.”

Delilah grabbed a chair, as did Milly, and sat in front of the couch. Evie was sitting beside Teri.

“I woke around one in the morning,” Teri began, hands bunching the tissues between them, “because I felt this deep sense of something in the house. Our house is well-guarded because of my work.” She was a highly regarded medium, who worked with both law enforcement and privately with families. “Nothing should have gotten in, and I felt nothing attaching itself to Beca.”

Evie took her hand. “What next?”

“I got out of bed and walked the house, following the sense of darkness. I found it in Beca’s room. I walked inside and she was…hovering five or so feet above the bed.” The tears fell harder. “A girl a little older than Beca came into my mind, smiling, and she felt dark. I told her to leave my daughter be. She threw Beca against the wall in return, and then tossed her around the room as I pushed and pushed at her with energy and words. Just like a rag doll. Laird tried to get in the room, but that little girl kept him out.”

Delilah’s heart broke seeing her good friend in so much pain. To see not only a friend, but a co-worker of Leo and Derek fighting so hard… Anger wasn’t a strong enough word for what she was feeling at the moment.

“I shouted ‘Get away from my daughter! I order you out!’ and pushed energy out of myself. Everything stilled— Beca hovered four or so feet above the floor. The little girl came to my mind again, weakened. She told me ‘Tell them this is the first warning’, and then all the windows in the room imploded. I pushed the rest of my energy out and the little girl shattered in my mind. Her spirit shattered, just like the windows. Beca dropped to the floor…we rushed over here…”

“It’s okay, Teri,” Evie soothed. “Beca is going to be okay. She’s safe.”

Teri nodded, taking deep breaths as she tried to calm herself.

“Teri,” Milly said softly, “what did she look like? The girl you saw.”

“Um…waist length dark brown hair, a little lighter than Delilah’s. Light brown eyes, very light skin.” She swallowed, and it looked painful. “She, um…she was wearing a nightgown that looked a couple centuries old.”

“Did she give her name?” Delilah asked. “Or the names of those she was telling you to warn?”

Teri shook her head, and then took a deep breath. “Not the names of those she wanted me to warn, but in mind, just before she shattered, I kept getting the name Rhiannon. Rhiannon. She didn’t say it, but I could feel it.”

“What about a last name?” Milly asked.

Teri dabbed her nose with the tissue. “It was hard to see it. I want to say Trembly, Dembly…”

Delilah froze, recognition gripping her. “Trombley?”

Teri stopped sniffling, locking her gaze to Delilah’s. “Yes. Yes, that’s it. Rhiannon Trombley. Delilah?”

Delilah looked at Milly, who wore an identical expression of shock and dread.

“Delilah…”

“One of you speak to me?” Teri demanded, standing. Evie stood with her. “Who hurt Beca? Who hurt my child?”

Delilah stood as well, meeting Teri’s gaze head on, swallowing down her emotions because Teri didn’t need them on top of her own. “Rhiannon Trombley. Seraphina Tay’s second born.”

 

BLURB:

Two families. Over two centuries. Countless victims.

It all comes down to this…

Delilah Isles has been waiting for the Tay family to make their move, and when they do the cost is a heavy one. They attack the young daughter of a close family friend, which forces Delilah to go up the mountain and start the investigation that has been two centuries in the making.

The Tays have been planning the moment of battle since their deaths, and Delilah knows that she and Milly won’t be able to fight the Tays on their own. But calling in backup brings unexpected consequences. Consequences that Delilah could never have imagined.

 

A Recommendation: Skyla Dawn Cameron

The awesome, talented, and amazing author Skyla Dawn Cameron is currently having a sale on her novel, Solomon’s Seal only $0.99!!!

I can’t even tell you how much I love this book. Urban Fantasy mixed with Lara Croft is how I can best describe it. But Livi is a very refreshing heroine for so many reasons. She’s not a lone wolf (as so many are), she is a single mother, has friends…and breathtaking adventures. Solomon’s Seal is the first book in the Livi Talbot series, and I highly recommend checking it out!

KINDLE US ~ KINDLE UK ~ KINDLE CA ~ KOBO ~ iBOOKSTORE ~ NOOK ~ SMASHWORDS 

GOOGLE PLAY ~ PAYHIP

 

Blurb:

EX-DEBUTANTE. SINGLE MOTHER. TREASURE HUNTER.

Disowned and left penniless for getting pregnant as a teen, former celebutante Olivia Talbot was willing to do whatever it took to provide for her daughter…including become a treasure hunter. After the Pulse hit, activating relics of legend, there are plenty of artifacts to be had—not to mention wealthy clients willing to pay top dollar for them.

Just as her daughter’s private school tuition cheque bounces, Livi gets an offer that could be the break she needs to return to some semblance of her former life. A powerful man wants her to travel to Ethiopia and retrieve the Seal of Solomon—a mythical ring said to control demons and djinn—and this bounty comes with one hell of a financial pay off.

The deadline: a week. The team: unreliable. The competition: her world-renowned archaeologist older brother. Nothing Livi can’t handle… Except the danger goes beyond a few subterranean serpent-dragons she might encounter or tangling with her employer’s deadly second-in-command. This client isn’t all he seems, and handing him the ring might be worse than what he’ll do to her—and her daughter—if she doesn’t.

 

A Recommendation: Vampires

Hello all 🙂 This Tuesday I offer you a look a few authors to consider adding to your reading list…if they aren’t there already! This list will continue, but I figured I’d keep the post shorter than it originally was LOL

Here are some links and book trailers to give you a taste.

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LILY LUCHESI

author of the Paranormal Detectives series

 

FAITH MARLOW

author of the Being Mrs. Dracula

 

SKYE KNIZLEY

author of the Storm Chronicles