Guest Post • April Kelley Jones

I’m turning over my blog today to author April Kelley Jones, who has a new 5-Star release, The Curse Breaker. Enjoy! ~ Suzanne G. Rogers

Eris’s sister is missing, and Magic is definitely to blame! Eris knows only Magic can bring her back, but even as a Light Magic born, is she strong enough to save her sister?

Knox is cursed to spend his days as a corpse and his nights trying to find the prophesized girl who can break the curse. If he can’t find her by his 20th birthday, he’ll stay dead forever.

Eris and Knox will discover there are scarier things in their path other than curses and half-truths. If the Queen of the Underworld has her way, everything and everyone will die. The only thing standing in her way is the curse breaker, and Eris will have to choose between saving herself or everyone she loves.

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Inspiration for The Curse Breaker

I’m a constantly curious person. You should see my google history. I’m full of the most random questions, which happens to be a lovely thing when you’re a writer. The idea for The Curse Breaker came to me one day just before a NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) was about to kick off. I had purchased a collection of old Irish folktales, which sat on my bookshelf for longer than I’d like to admit, and for some reason, on that day I decided to give it a go. I was immediately interested in one story in particular. It was about a girl whose older sisters had fallen prey to a cursed boy’s touch after they had neglected to get their mother’s blessing, and I thought to myself, what would happen if I added magic to this story and maybe a dragon or two? So, I did. I wrote the first draft in a month and spent the next year reworking all of the story’s moving parts. In the end, The Curse Breaker came into being. Luckily for me, people like stories with dragons and magic so I have been able to share it with lots of new friends. If I were to leave you with any advice, it would be this: stay curious my friends! You never know where it will take you.

Author Bio:

April Jones has read, written, or edited her way through numerous fictional worlds. When she’s not teaching or writing, she spends her time trying to learn other languages or keeping her mischievous cat from eating the pet fish. She received her bachelor’s in English and her M.F.A. in creative writing.

A Tennessee native, April currently lives in Michigan with her husband and three children. You can find her poems and short stories published in various literary magazines across the internet and in print. You can also check out her debut novel, The Curse Breaker. For more information visit her website thepathtostory.com

Social Media Links:

Facebook: Facebook.com/editorapril
Twitter: @akejones
Instagram: aprilkelleyjones
Website: thepathtostory.com

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#Free Kindle Download • Something Wicked in L.A.

If you are a fan of Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, give Something Wicked in L.A. a read…absolutely free.

An evil plot is afoot to bring about the Apocalypse and Tori is the key. Demons are pouring into Los Angeles and she seems to be the only one who notices. If she can manage to survive past her eighteenth birthday, she hopes to graduate from her performing arts high school. Unfortunately, something wicked this way comes and the only thing standing between her and a blood sacrifice is a mysterious new classmate—a classically trained actor from London who knows more about her than she does herself.

The story begins with the prequel, Apocrypha, which introduces the character Jem the Demon. Jem is dedicated to the diabolical, through and through…but is the demon losing her taste for leading the susceptible into sin? One man thinks so, and he uses her image in his supernatural game. Is Jem destined to be anything more than a beautiful face on a playing card or will she ultimately have a greater role in the real-life battle between good and evil?

Darkly humorous and witty, Something Wicked in L.A. will keep you guessing until the end.
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Go HERE to download your free Kindle copy, now through Sunday, August 18th.  And if you enjoy it, please don’t forget to leave a review!
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Whimsical Tendencies • Now in Audio

The audiobook version of my fantasy novella, Whimsical Tendencies, has been released! Narrated by extraordinarily talented actress Tara-Louise Kaye, this two and one half hour long audiobook is perfect for when you have a limited period of time. As a bonus, the price is also gentle on your pocketbook.

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Tara-Louise Kaye

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Blurb: Although she has no memories before the quake that destroyed the kingdom of Augury, Cypher McCall holds a steadfast hatred of the repressive Cauldian regime now ruling the country. Because her magical gifts are deemed subversive, she does her best to avoid detection. She stumbles on a silver key that she hopes will unlock her past, but first she must confront a long repressed horror at the Castle Augur ruins.

Will the knowledge of Cypher’s true identity tear her apart or will it empower her to restore everything she ever loved?

Listen to a five-minute sample of this ghostly, romantic tale while you enjoy a mesmerizing display of dancing paint.

The audiobook is available at:

Amazon

Audible by marketplace:

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Buy Whimsical Tendencies in ebook format at Google Play or your favorite bookstore through this universal link.

Now available as a paperback, too!

The Dragon Rider’s Daughter• Audiobook

When I was casting the audiobook version of The Dragon Rider’s Daughter, a very talented actress by the name of Tara-Louise Kaye sent me a promising audition. After having a listen and checking out her credits, I came to think of her as “The Dr. Who Girl,” after a part she narrated in a Dr. Who audiobook.  Interestingly, Tara-Louise has a Dr. Who lineage, since her actress mother, Carole Ann Ford, played the granddaughter of the Doctor in the 1963 series. Tara-Louise is my narrator now, and she can be forevermore known as “The Dragon Rider’s Daughter Girl.” I’m thrilled she has lent her special talent to the narration, and I know audiobook fans will enjoy it, too.

~ Suzanne

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DRDaudiobookAfter Minna’s father loses his career, health, and wealth due to a rogue wizard, he forbids his daughter from studying magic. She carries on in secret, all the while plotting revenge against the man who ruined her father’s life.

Evan Valentine has attended a prestigious magical academy on scholarship, although he’s cleverly managed to conceal the fact from everyone. He’s on the fast track to success—until he discovers he owes a debt that can never be repaid.

Minna and Evan don’t realize it yet, but their destinies have been intertwined for years. Once the truth is known, they’ll be forced to choose between vengeance…or each other.

Buy Links: Amazon • Audible by Country: US • UK • FR • DE • Now at iTunes.

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Narrator Tara-Louise Kaye

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Tara-Louise lives in London with her two young children and her cat, Pip. She is an actress and writer who has recently embarked on producing from her professional studio, nicknamed ‘Edna’.

Tara likes the variety of roles and genres available within the audio book world as it allows her to play many different characters that would be impossible to perform on the stage or screen. She particularly enjoys playing villains and quirky types.

In her spare time, Tara is an avid horse rider and loves salsa dancing.

Learn more about Tara-Louise Kaye: Twitter  • SpotlightFandom/Tardis

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The Dragon Rider’s Daughter is also available as an ebook and in paperback.

 

 

Something Wicked is Here

SWILAFINALCOVERMy supernatural romance, Something Wicked in L.A., has been released and is ready for its closeup. The book comes in two parts, beginning with Apocrypha, a short story about a demon who may or may not have lost her taste for leading the susceptible into sin.

Excerpt:

“I’ve been experiencing a little job dissatisfaction,” I said.

It just popped out. I couldn’t believe I’d said it, but the old man had the sort of face you could talk to. When he didn’t respond, I flicked a glance at him to make sure he was listening.

“Hold steady, my dear,” he said. “After I get your mouth right you can tell me about it.”

I sighed and waited for the geezer to finish sketching my mouth. To be honest, I really did want him to get it right. I have a very nice pair of lips for a demon, even if I do say so myself. It was too bad he couldn’t just take a picture, but since demons can’t be photographed, we were stuck doing my portrait the old-fashioned way. I shouldn’t have called him a geezer, even though technically that’s what he is. His name is Greer Richmond and he’s older than dirt. Of course, I am too, but I look considerably fresher than he does.

“You were saying?” Greer prompted, a few moments later.

“Oh, yeah—well, when I started out as a young demon, it was all fun and games,” I continued. “I made a big splash with the whole missing Roanoke colony thing.”

“That was you?” Greer’s bushy eyebrows lifted. “I’ve often wondered what the Lost Colony was all about.”

He was sketching my hair at that moment. I had to squelch the temptation to toss a lock of it over one shoulder. That took some doing—squelching temptation isn’t one of my strong suits. I’m usually better at egging it on.

“Yeah, Roanoke was one of my first projects. I really scored points with the Boss on that one. Lizzie Borden was another high point.” I took a moment to gloat. “Those were the days.”dreamstime_xs_20793807

“What has changed?”

“A lot of up-and-coming newbies are total buzzkillers. It’s become a demon-eat-demon world, and a bunch of recent flashy ‘inexplicable’ events have made it impossible to stand out from the crowd.” I shrugged. “Don’t get me wrong—9/11 was impressive, I’ll grant you. But it seems as if demons are increasingly sacrificing quality for the quick thrill.”

Greer leveled a look at me that had nothing to do with the sketch. “Are you sure that’s all there is to it?”

“What do you mean?”

“Other demons I’ve met speak about their work with a bit more enthusiasm. Just between you and me, Jem, are you quite certain you’re not losing your taste for promoting evil?”

“Did Loqi put you up to saying that?” I jumped off my stool. “You’re wrong. I’m dedicated to the diabolical, through and through.”

Something Wicked in L.A. is still at its pre-release price and its also available to read free through the Kindle Unlimited program, so don’t wait!

 

Something Wicked in L.A. • Coming Soon

SWILAFINALCOVERAn evil plot is afoot to bring about the Apocalypse and Tori is the key. Demons are pouring into Los Angeles and she seems to be the only one who notices. If she can manage to survive past her eighteenth birthday, she hopes to graduate from her performing arts high school. Unfortunately, something wicked this way comes and the only thing standing between her and a blood sacrifice is a mysterious new hunky classmate—a classically trained actor from London who seems to know more about her than she does herself.

The story begins with Apocrypha, which introduces the character Jem the Demon. Jem is dedicated to the diabolical, through and through…but is the demon losing her taste for leading the susceptible into sin? One man thinks so, and he uses her image in his supernatural game. Is Jem destined to be anything more than a beautiful face on a playing card or will she ultimately have a greater role in the real-life battle between good and evil?

Darkly humorous and witty, Something Wicked in L.A. will keep you guessing until the end.

Something Wicked in L.A. will be released for the Kindle on June 11th, and it’s available at a pre-order price of $0.99 HERE.

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Excerpt:

Shopping bags in hand, Tori emerged from a store on Melrose Avenue, where the lampposts were decorated with holiday tinsel. She weighed whether to continue shopping, but then she noticed three human-shaped demons heading her way. They seemed to be staring straight at her, but because their eyes were completely red, it was difficult to tell for sure. Paralyzing fear took over for several moments, but then she forced her feet to move. Her car was several blocks away in a more deserted residential section. What if the demons caught up to her before she could get inside and lock her car doors?

A half-block later, she came across a store—The Mime’s Eye—which was dedicated to new age paraphernalia. In the window display hung several charms, talismans, crystals, and amulets. Her heart was pounding as she darted inside and pressed herself flat against the wall next to the window. When the three demons appeared, Tori held her breath. Would the red-eyed denizens follow her?

“Can I help you?”

Startled, Tori flinched. “What?”

The African robe-clad shop owner gave her a kindly smile. “Sorry if I frightened you, but you can relax. They won’t come in here. A special rune is painted over the doorway, so no demons can enter.”

“Y-you see them?”

“Certainly.” He tilted his head as he regarded her. “How long have you had the sight?”

“Since I was a child.” Tori craned her neck toward the window, but the unholy trio had disappeared. She took a deep breath and allowed her shoulders to relax a little. “I’ve been seeing more and more demons lately.”

“I’ve noticed an increase as well.” He leaned forward, as if to impart a secret. “Most people don’t realize what’s really happening.”

“Which is?”

“The eternal war between good and evil is heating up.”

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Written flights of fancy and adventure from author Suzanne G. Rogers