Everless (Everless #1)  by Sara Holland



In the kingdom of Sempera, time is currency—extracted from blood, bound to iron, and consumed to add time to one’s own lifespan. The rich aristocracy, like the Gerlings, tax the poor to the hilt, extending their own lives by centuries.

No one resents the Gerlings more than Jules Ember. A decade ago, she and her father were servants at Everless, the Gerlings’ palatial estate, until a fateful accident forced them to flee in the dead of night. When Jules discovers that her father is dying, she knows that she must return to Everless to earn more time for him before she loses him forever.

But going back to Everless brings more danger—and temptation—than Jules could have ever imagined. Soon she’s caught in a tangle of violent secrets and finds her heart torn between two people she thought she’d never see again. Her decisions have the power to change her fate—and the fate of time itself



Summer interview series -Mckenzie Hunter

The next amazing author in our summer interview series is the incredibly talented Mckenzie Hunter

Welcome, Mckenzie.

You have written a great range of books, is there one that currently stands out to you to be the highlight of your writing career so far?

Darkness Unchained, the second book in the Sky Brooks series is the one that stands out for me. It’s written in both first person (Sky’s POV) and third person (Chris’s POV). It helped me improve as a writer and a storyteller. I enjoyed writing from the perspective of a different character who is very different than the main character. 

Where did the ideas for the Sky Brooks and Legacy Series come from?

Oh my, that’s a hard question because my ideas come from so many places and they tend to be quite unusual. I watch and read a lot of fantasy books but my ideas rarely come from them. It is usually something obscure. For example, the reason Levy has red hair in the book, is because my niece love and wanted me to write a character with red hair.  I created a storyline behind that for her. Scenes from Sky Brooks are a result of something said in a song I listened to. I people watch a lot, in order to find new characters and describe them. Someone can do something and it will trigger a scene or even a story idea. 

I know it sounds weird, but I sleep with a laptop next to me and I’ve had ideas come to me while I’m sleeping. I wake up and write the scene and go back the bed. So, anything can trigger an idea for me. 

I  know that you work with beta reader. As I am lucky enough to be one for you  what effect and influence do they have on the stories?

I listen to my beta readers a lot. They are my readers and have read a lot of fantasy. They can tell me what works, what is confusing, and what didn’t meet their expectation as a reader. As a writer, that is my goal. I want my readers to put down my book and be happy that read it. 

I have GREAT beta readers and I can say they haven’t been wrong with their suggestions. Authors tend to be too close to the story and beta readers provide an objectivity that I believe is needed. I just finished a story, Shadow Bound, and my beta readers found things that I really missed and I can’t thank them enough.  It is a better story because of them. My beta readers definitely influence my stories. 
Can you give us any sneak peaks on what you are going to be working on next? 

Not yet. I just finished a story and it is with the editor. I will post snippets in my group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/McKenzieHunter/

Did you base any of the characters on people you know? 

Yes, a lot of the characters in the Sky Brooks series are based on my friends and family but of course, some of their quirks and or personality traits are exaggerated for the sake of the story. I didn’t do it as much with Legacy. Most of the characters are a result of me interacting and watching people. I know that sounds weird. It’s not as peculiar as it sounds. I might go to a coffee house and just observe people and their interactions. 
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

 I don’t have an underappreciated novel but I do have an underappreciated author. I absolutely love Lilith Saintcrow. I love her writing but her stories are a little dark. 

How do you select the names of your characters?

There are so many. You are going to laugh. I use  http://www.babynames.com/. I might have a name I like and I will look up that name and find the male or female version of it. I do this especially if they are going to be a love interest. A couple of the names I’ve used are from people I’ve met or a suggestion from a friend. 

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

  I am a licensed physical therapist. I think you all call us physiotherapist. I just started writing full-time a little over a year ago. If for some reason, I can no longer write full-time I would probably return to my profession. 

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

When I first started publishing I used to read them. Reading reviews helped me improve as an author and I can always find out what problems readers had with the writing or the story.

After a certain number of reviews, I tend not to read them because most I start to see a pattern and can see what people liked or disliked about the characters and the story. 
I’m very mindful of reading reviews. I’m very sensitive. I love constructive feedback but eventually, it can become overwhelming. I nearly unpublished the Sky Brooks series because of bad reviews. As with everything, moderation is the key. 

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?


What was your hardest scene to write?

 Sex scenes are the hardest for me. Oddly, I have a steamy romance series under a different pen name and it wasn’t difficult to write. With urban fantasy, I always wonder how much detail should I provide. With romance

If you could do a collaboration with any author who would it be and why? 

I’m doing a collaboration now with Gena Lutz. The series is called Magic Marked and there will be two books in the series.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

  I only have one and it is a spin-off from the Sky Brooks series and I wouldn’t say it is half-finished. I only about thirty pages are written. Since my books tend to be pretty long, it’s not nearly finished. 


What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

 It really depends on what is needed. For the Sky Brooks series, I had to research animals, their sounds, and pack behavior quite a bit. I also had to become very familiar with legal system for the sixth book. Legacy required research on agencies, business practices, and zoning. 

How long on average does it take you to write a book? 

The Sky Brooks series books are longer than the Legacy and take about 3-4 months or longer depending on how many changes are needed during editing. Legacy takes about 2-3 months. But my schedule has changed significantly since I started writing full-time. 

Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

 I can’t thank you enough for giving me an opportunity to entertain you with my books. Without you, I wouldn’t be able to do this. I am accessible to my readers and love to interact with them in my group. 


McKenzie, in her childhood, discovered that her life could be a whirlwind of adventures by simply opening a book. To this day, reading is still her favorite activity. She has a fondness for fantasy and mystery, which is probably why she writes urban fantasy.

When McKenzie isn’t working on her next book she is usually binge-watching paranormal and comedy shows, maintaining her title as “favorite auntie”, or trying to create a tasty low-calorie pizza.



Summer Interview Series -Gabrielle Williams

Paranormal angel would like to welcome Melbourne author Gabrielle Williams  
Thank you so much for joining us Gabrielle.

Where does your ideas and inspiration come from for our stories?

They come to me at the strangest moments: driving the car, hanging out the clothes, chopping vegetables. Generally, when I’m doing mindless tasks, that’s when my brain seems most open to receiving new ideas.

You have written a great range of books, is there one that currently stands out to you to be the highlight of your writing career so far ?

All of my books have been highlights for different reasons: ‘Beatle Meets Destiny’ because it was my first YA published book and it had so much great success in terms of awards, etc. ‘The Reluctant Hallelujah’ because it was such an original, crazy idea for a story. ‘The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex’ because I’d been fiddling around with the idea of using the real-life theft of Picasso’s Weeping Woman for years, but couldn’t make it work until I discovered the South American legend of La Llorona (aka The Weeping Woman). Once I wove them both together I had an idea for a book that I thought was original and compelling. ‘My Life as a Hashtag’ was a highlight because it’s so contemporary and got me invited to so many different writing festivals.

Can you give us any sneak peaks on what you are going to be working on next?

I’m working on a time slip/soul swap type book at the moment. A 16 year old Japanese girl from Kyoto in 1980 swaps places with a 40 year old housewife in Melbourne in 2020. It took a while to make the concept work, but I think it’s finally coming together now.

Did you base any of the characters on people you know?

In my earlier books I used people I knew as springboards to characterisation in my books, but now the characters in my books are all their own people. They drive the action, make the moves I wouldn’t expect, and generally surprise the hell out me with the direction they take my novels.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I’ve made some fantastic friends in the YA world – Fiona Wood, Kim Kane, Chrissie Keighery, Emily Gale, Nova Weetman, Rebecca Lim, Cath Crowley and Simmone Howell – have all become great friends of mine, and we make sure we get together at least few times a year. When I’m in Sydney I always catch up with the gorgeous Kirsty Eager, Melina Marchetta and Will Kostakis. All the writers I’ve become friends with are so generous in their support of me: whenever I write a new book I know I have to make it as good as it can be, because some of the best writers in Australia will be reading it!

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

‘Summer Skin’ by Kirsty Eager should be on everyone’s bedside table. Same with ‘When the Lyrebird Calls’ by Kim Kane; the ‘Mercy’ series by Bec Lim; ‘Whisper’ by Chrissie Keighery; and ‘Girl Defective’ by Simmone Howell. I’m not saying that just because they’re my friends – they’re all outstanding novels that should be on everyone’s pile.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

Publishing my first book felt like a fluke. A 60,000 word fluke that I doubted I’d ever be able to replicate. But getting published for the second time felt more like I was a ‘proper writer’. Each subsequent publication has given me the confidence that maybe I actually can write something people will be interested in reading.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Wanting to be published too soon. Each of my books has minimum 17 drafts. You need to spend a lot of time with your characters and in their world in order for the plot to develop organically (the final draft never bears any resemblance to the first draft in terms of, well, anything). I’m not convinced you can write strong, three-dimensional characters if you only do a couple of drafts.

How do you select the names of your characters?

Naming my characters is very important to me. It takes at least a few drafts before I usually find the name they’re going to end up with. Although funnily enough, in ‘My Life as a Hashtag’ I decided to call my main character MC (short for Main Character) while I tried to find a name for her. And then I decided I liked MC so much as a name, I stayed with it.

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

I don’t have many skills I’m afraid; writing is about it. Although I’m pretty good at selling books (which I do part-time at Readings books in Melbourne), and I used to be a dab hand at waitressing back in the day, so probably one of those things.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I only read reviews of established bloggers and the mainstream media and I’ve been pretty lucky so far that most reviewers like my books. If ever I come across a negative review, I generally don’t finish reading it.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

There are definitely some things in my books that are specifically for friends – names of characters at parties for example, or minor events that are referred to – just a little shout out to some of my favourite people.

What was your hardest scene to write?

Each of my books has had a scene that I’ve found very difficult to write. In ‘Beatle Meets Destiny’ it was the moment when Beatle realized he was going to have to tell the entire truth to Destiny, in front of her family. In ‘The Reluctant Hallelujah’ it was when one of the main characters died. In ‘The Guy The Girl The Artist & His Ex’ it was when Guy was rescuing Joshie who’d been pushed in his pram into the river by La Llorona, the South American legend. And in ‘My Life as a Hashtag’ is was when MC realized that everyone, all of her friends, the entire world, hated her, and with good reason.

If you could do a collaboration with any author who would it be and why?

I’m not sure I’d be terribly good at collaborating with another author – I like the idea in theory, but I’m pretty opinionated about what should happen in my books, and I feel I would damage a friendship if I collaborated with someone. Besides, each book involves an intense collaboration between me and my publisher and my editor, and I can’t imagine how complicated it would get if there were another author involved.

Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I’d just like to thank them: thank them for reading generally, because the world needs more readers. And thanks to you, Kylie, for these great questions. I really enjoyed answering them.


Gabrielle Williams lives in Melbourne and has three kids, one husband and a dog. In the name of research, she has spent time underground with a clandestine group called the Cave Clan, conducted a series of in-depth interviews with a group of notorious art thieves, and spent some time animating strawberries and trawling Tinder. She is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Beatle Meets Destiny, The Reluctant Hallelujah and The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex, all of which have been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards


Summer Interview Series- Ellie Marney


Paranormal angel would like to welcome Ellie Marney,  to our Sumner Interview series. Thank you so much for joining us, Ellie.


What can you tell us about your upcoming book White Night ? 
It’s set in a rural Australian town, and it’s about a 16-year-old boy called Bo Mitchell, who makes a connection with Aurora Wild, a girl from an isolated radical-environmentalist commune called Garden of Eden. Rory starts to open Bo’s eyes to a new way of looking at the world, and when Bo’s family goes through a crisis, it’s Rory who offers him support. But Rory’s community isn’t as utopian as Bo has been led to believe, and when his friends organize a White Night event to raise funds for the local skate park, things start to implode…

Where did the idea for White Night Come from?
My parents became involved in a hardcore evangelical-Christian group when I was young, and I spent nearly ten years growing up in this very strange ‘community’ environment that promised utopia and salvation but was actually really unhealthy. I wanted to write about a religious group, but my agent suggested that might be a hard sell, so I changed the community into a group of radical environmentalists.

I believe in climate change and environmentalism, but a lot of the language and action surrounding these causes can be really elitist. I come from a working class background, and most working class people can’t afford organic groceries, and artisanal cheese, and all that stuff. And there’s actually a lot more to it than that. So I wanted to highlight that, and point out to teenagers that while environmentalism can seem like some left-y, middle class, adult issue, it’s actually not – it’s a real thing, that we all need to be thinking about and doing something about.

And I wanted to talk about grassroots activism and how teenagers can actually participate, plus raise a few issues about families, and how fathers and sons relate… There’s a lot going on in the story! I guess you’ll just have to read it to figure it all out [Symbol]

Did you base any of the characters on people you know?
Kind of? I mean, I kind of crib characters from all over the place. They’re an amalgamation of myself, people I know, people I see on the street, dialogue I overhear… Diana Gabaldon (Outlander) says that writing is a cannibal art, and she’s pretty much right.

What did you edit out of this book?
Ah – well, my original ending for the book was quite a bit darker and more pessimistic. There were a lot of changes made to the book as it went along. And I originally wanted to write Bo as an indigenous character, but then I realized that I didn’t have sufficient understanding to do that, plus a lot of the themes of the book would be lost underneath concerns about whether I’d done a proper job with portrayal or whether it was appropriation – I consulted with a number of people about that, and decided it wasn’t a good idea. I also had a rather nice epigraph about families and communes, by a film-maker who grew up in a radical commune, but that didn’t make the final cut either.

What has been the hardest and most surprising part of the publishing process?
Well this is my fifth book, so I’m kind of used to the publishing process now. It’s always a rather long-winded process, which never gets easier – but I know what’s going on with that now, so I just try to relax into it and make sure I have a good collaborative relationship with my editors.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Usually, writing gives me energy. I have done some marathon writing sessions though – when I’ve written 6000-10,000 words in one day, under deadline – and the next day my brain is completely mush and I could sleep for a week! I guess it’s just better to write consistently, rather than marathon like that.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? If so what would you use?
No, I’ve never considered that – women frequently release under pseudonyms or initialize their first names, in case male readers are ‘put off’ by the idea of their book being written by a female. I don’t subscribe to that, although I can understand why some people do it.

I know some writers who wanted anonymity, which is okay. And some writers have struggled to find success with their books in one genre, so they switched genre or category – to re-start their career, they had to publish under another name. Fortunately I haven’t had that problem (at this stage, anyway!).

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? 
I would probably say, ‘Let go of your fear and nervousness about writing. Forget about voice and style and all that – those come over time. Just trust the story.’

What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
This will sound a bit sad, but – teasing. I remember being in primary school and realizing how teasing and gossip could create a bad feeling within friendship groups. Language has the capacity to create an emotional response in people, just like music and visual art and dance. It’s how you use it that counts.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
A tiny little feminist spec fic novel called ‘The Wanderground’ by Sally M Gearhart. It’s set in a future where the earth has revolted against male predation (sexual, commercial, environmental, cultural) and spontaneously created a safe space for women. Machines, tech and male sexual energy won’t work in this ‘women’s land’. The women that escape to it develop strange paranormal powers, and live a balanced life uniquely in tune with themselves, their all-female community, and the natural world. And they have resistance groups in cities that work to help women still stuck in male spaces to escape.

It’s an extraordinary book – I’ve never read anything like it since.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 
Good question – every writer I know has a few books in the drawer

I have two and a half middle-grade fantasy novels in a series I wrote for my sons about six years ago – that series was never published. There’s at least two long fanfiction novellas that I never completed, still sitting on my computer. And I have at least half a dozen pitch ideas – stories that never quite came to birth, or were rejected by my publishers – in a folder called ‘Random Originals’ on my laptop.

Basically, I never throw anything away, lol.

Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice? 
It is kind of meditative – it’s a bit like getting into ‘the zone’ when you’re running, or doing some sort of exercise. It has a flow, a natural rhythm. Like dancing. And it’s also about self-examination, mindfulness, empathy – you have to search back through your memories to find a way to reflect what a character is experiencing, or sink into another person’s point of view.

I don’t consider it a religious thing, but I suppose there’s a spiritual aspect to it.

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex ?
Um, nothing! I actually love writing a male POV. I had the most fun of all writing Harris Derwent for ‘No Limits’ – Harris is a gem. And when I came to write ‘White Night’, I first started off with dual POV, but I just couldn’t get Rory’s voice to come out right at all. That’s when I started to expand Bo’s POV more, and decided it was actually through his eyes that we get to discover this story. I love writing guys – I wrote a lot of fanfiction through a male POV as well.

But here’s the thing: I’m married with four sons, I live with five guys every day… So that might have something to do with it!

If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?
 Ha, well, almost every writer I know still has a day job. We’re essentially working one full time job – writing – and trying to subsidize it with other employment. My other job is teaching. I relief teach in primary and secondary schools, and I have a couple of regular days teaching Indonesian or English every week.

Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans? 
Mainly just a huge thank you! Readers make it all worthwhile. I mean, I would still write stories and put them in a drawer if I wasn’t publishing, but the idea that someone else reads and enjoys your stories is pretty mind-blowing. Thank you for reading, and reviewing, and buying the books. Thank you for loving the characters of Rachel and Mycroft and Harris and Amie and Bo and Rory and all the others like I do. Thanks for being so awesome [Symbol]

Thank you for having me over to visit, Kylie! My bio and pics and more info about my books is on my website – www.elliemarney.com – and you can find me on social media @elliemarney


Ellie Marney is a teacher and author of the Every series, No Limitsand a contributor to Begin End Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology. In 2015, her first book Every Breath was named as one of the top ten most-borrowed YA books in libraries nationwide. Ellie is an advocate for the #LoveOzYA movement, runs #LoveOzYAbookclub online, is an Ambassador for the Stella Prize Schools Program and speaks regularly at schools and events. Born in Brisbane, Ellie has lived in Indonesia, India and Singapore now she lives in a very messy wooden house on ten acres in north-central Victoria with her partner and four sons, who still love her even though she often forgets things and lets the housework go. White Night is her fifth novel for young adults.

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Website: www.elliemarney.com


Summer Interview Series – Wanda Wiltshire

Our next amazing author is the magical Wanda Wiltshire.  Creator of the magical Betrothed series.


I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to interview you in 2014 just after you released Betrothed. Since then you have release Allegiance, Confused and Telophy. What has the journey for you been like?

Ah, so many things! It’s been difficult at times, relentless and consuming. But above that, pure joy. The Betrothed series is my ‘other world’ and I probably spend as much time in it as I do out. Also, the inhabitants of the Betrothed world are old friends now and I feel like I know them all really well. Having said that, they still often surprise me!

What has been the highlight for you?

It’s hard to choose just one, so I’ll tell you some of my favourites: When an amazing plot twist occurs to me, when my readers write and tell me how much Marla’s story means to them, writing ‘The End’ on the first draft of the latest book, holding the very first book in my hands, and just knowing the Betrothed series is out in the world waiting for new people to discover it.

You know that I love your books. Could you give us a sneak peak as to what we can expect next?

Hmm, new elements to the land of Faera, new characters to love and despise, answers to questions still pending, surprises galore, and lashings of romance and excitement!

Outside of the Betrothed series, are you working on anything else?

I’ve written a few books in need of serious editing and I have many other stories brewing in my head. I think I’ll be sad when I come to the end of Betrothed but I am keen to start work on a trilogy I have mapped out in my mind.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

This one’s easy. The inner critic—that nagging voice inside that loves to focus on the negative. I’m pretty good at calling it out as a liar but sometimes I let it get the better of me.


Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

Yes, and I still might when it comes to books I’ve written that fall outside the YA genre. That is, of course, if I decide to pursue publication of them.

What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

I have a small group of writer friends, most of them not widely known, who give me wonderful feedback and ideas for the Betrothed series. A couple help enormously at the editing stage and the series wouldn’t be exactly as it is without their input.


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

There’s a book called ‘The Truth and Other Lies’ by German author and playwrite, Sascha Arango. Maybe it’s more appreciated than I know. It’s dark and definitely not YA, but it fascinated me. It left me with so many deep thoughts about people and life. For hours and days and weeks I unpacked it with every friend I could rope into reading it! I remember going online the moment I finished to see what else the author had written. Alas, there was nothing. And no twitter or fb page either!

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

A faery—no contest. I’ve adored faeries since I was a very young child. There’s so much to love about them. I see faeries as playful, joyful and free-spirited. Like sprinkles of sunlight they dance around the flowers and trees, coaxing the beauty and fragrance from them, only to be seen by the eyes of those who truly believe. Of course, faeries have darker sides to their natures too. Who hasn’t? But it’s always good to focus on the positive!

What does literary success look like to you?

Having readers who love your work and crave more, feeling fulfilled in the work you do as a writer, and earning enough money to live on from your work.

 Do you view writing as a kind of spiritual practice?

At times writing is hard work, a world of trying to make things fit. But at other times a kind of mystery takes over and it is though the story is coming from some other source, flowing into your mind and down to your fingers to be transcribed to the page. It’s not a conscious thing, and I have a feeling that if you stopped to think about it too much the process might stop. It’s strange really, and yes, definitely spiritual.

 How many hours a day do you write?

It depends on a few elements—what else I’ve got going on in my life, how confident I’m feeling, and how distracted I am by social media. But it probably averages out to be four or five hours a day. It used to be more.

Tell us what you have edited out of this series?

I’ve added more in than I’ve edited out! Mostly I edit out anything that doesn’t add something new to the characters, or move the story forward. When I was working on Allegiance, I edited out a whole chapter. It was when Marla’s grandparents came to Earth and was one of my favourite parts of the book. But it wasn’t doing anything—aside from being cute (in my opinion) so it had to go!

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do read my book’s reviews. Naturally I love getting good reviews and don’t love getting bad ones. I rarely leave comments on reviews. The people who love my books and want to talk to me are able to contact me on social media. And the people who don’t love my books are entitled to their opinions and not my target audience anyway.

 With the rise of social media, fans can reach out and connect with you in many different ways. What have been some of your favourite things that fans have done?

I love chatting to fans on social media. I’ve met several and always get on fabulously with them! Which makes sense, because anyone who loves my books enough to reach out must be a kindred spirit! Favourite things—faeries coming along to my book launches, hand drawn pictures of my books and characters, and receiving glowing reviews and emails and letters.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

Yes, often, and every now and then a reader will contact me about one of them! So much fun!


What was your hardest scene to write?

Writing the end of Confused was challenging because there was so much going on! And I’m at a similarly busy place in the book I’m writing now, so my writing is the less spiritual journey and more hard work at the moment.

Do you Google yourself?

When I was first published I googled myself often. It felt so strange and thrilling to see my books listed everywhere. The novelty has long worn off. Now if I could only make myself stay off Goodreads …

Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I would say to my fans, you give my writing purpose, and I’m glad you’re part of my faery world. I love you all!




Wanda Wiltshire – Author of The Betrothed Series, has long been a lover of reading and writing.

As a child, she was often found spellbound with a novel stashed beneath her desk or tucked between the pages of her geography book.  Alternatively, she could be found sketching or penning poetry during maths and science lessons.

Wanda has also always been an incurable dreamer, her school reports a testament to her pastime of staring out of classroom windows.

But now she is long grown and finally found her passion for writing novels, Wanda puts her daydreaming to good use, spending many long and satisfying moments gazing across the sea cavorting with fairies and other magical creatures as she develops scenes and storylines for her latest work.

Betrothed is the first book in the series, an exciting story of a girl caught between two worlds — Earth and the enchanting land of Faera. Allegiance is the second book, Confused the third and Telophy the forth.






Brave (A Wicked Trilogy #3) by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Ivy Morgan hasn’t been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars.

It’s more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine… and it’s coming between her and the man she’s fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens.

Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life-altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far-reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart.

If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves but with an enemy, she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies.

Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves–and, ultimately, to save herself.

Because behind every evil fae Prince, there’s a Queen


Jennifer has done it again. I don’t know what it is about Jennifers books but whether it is writing about fiction or fantasy,  she has this incredible way of creating a story that engulfs the reader. Making you part of the world you are reading.

Brave is the third book in the Wicked Saga, so if you haven’t read  Wicked and Torn you need to stop here and read these first.

The book begins with Ivy still reeling from the events of the previous book.  Ivy is really struggling to deal with what when on in the house, not only to herself but to Ren as well. Though she knows Tink and Ren are trying their hardest to help and support her, she is so lost in her own mind that she is pushing everyone away.

Ivy, Ren and Tink are still hiding out at Hotel Good Fae, but is everything really

what it seems?

Upon learning that the Prince has his sights set on another halfling, they set out to take down the Prince and get the crystal before an apocalyptic baby is on its way. But the showdown with the Prince and his minions leaves everyone reeling…and questioning who can be trusted.

Tink continues to be a highlight of the books and I would love to see a Tink story. Perhaps set before and after the events in this series.

I know it is supposed to be the final book in this series, but it felt very open-ended and i can definitely see the potential for more in this series.

Brave was action packed, but there was no lack of heat. T As is always the case, Jennifer L. Armentrout did not disappoint, delivering on the drama and leaving me wanting more.

Keep the eye out for  the release of the novella The Prince in August 2018 as part of the 1,001 Dark Nights

Brave is a great conclusion to the Wicked Saga. Fans of this series, and this author, won’t be disapponted.

Summer Interview Series – Ella West


Paranormal angel would like to welcome New Zeland author Ella West.
Thank you so much for joining us Ella.

What can you tell us about your upcoming book Rain Fall?

Where do I start? It’s about 15-year-old Annie who is an unknowing witness to a murder. Plus her neighbour goes missing which may or may not have something to do with the murder and when she takes her horse Blue riding on the beach she meets a teenage boy on the most amazing horse and they, well you know, go riding together and do other stuff and you have to read the book because I’m not going to ruin it for you. But there are also guns and explosions and did I say it rains a lot? Like, a lot.

What inspired you to write Rain Fall?

I lived in a small, isolated town called Westport on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island for about 15 years. I went there for my first ffull-timejob after university and I fell in love with it. I went back a few years ago for an author tour and a kid at one of my talks asked me why I hadn’t written a book set in Westport yet and I couldn’t answer him. So I wrote this book.

You have had a rather diverse writing career so far. With a career including writing books, and plays. What has been your favorite thing to write so far?

My favourite thing is usually always the thing I’m working on at the moment, and the things I haven’t finished or are trying to get better so they can be published. Once they’re done I don’t think about them so much. Plays are fun but really hard to get on stage – so many people involved. I also dabble in film/TV but nothing has ever been made – yet!

Can you give us any sneak peeks on what you are going to be working on next?

No, I can’t because it’s kind of secret and it might not happen but if it does happen it will be huge and if it doesn’t happen no one will ever know. So sorry, top secret.

What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?

We went to the UK for a friend’s wedding and I made sure we also visited the parsonage where the Bronte sisters once lived. It’s now a museum. Thomas the Tank Engine was just down the road and that morning we walked through Sherwood Forest.

 What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

In New Zealand we all kind of know each other so it’s always great to catch up and find out what everyone is doing. It always challenges you and makes you believe in yourself more.

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

Conrad Cooper’s Last Stand by Auckland children’s writer Leonie Agnew – love the cats and everything about this book. Also, um, Twilight – not that it’s “under-appreciated” but it gets really bad press these days and it’s a great book! Also maybe another Aucklander Tessa Duder’s books from the 1980s. Again not under-appreciated but maybe a little forgotten about now.

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I had to get better at it – way, way better!

 What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Not putting it on the page! I mentor young writers and I also know I’m guilty of myself – it’s in your head but it’s not on the page. And it’s the simple stuff like what time of the day it is, where the characters are, what they are thinking, why they do stuff. It’s so easy to concentrate on the exciting big things and forget to write down what needs to be on the page. I’m so terrible at it.

 How do you select the names of your characters?

In one of my earlier books they were all from a TV reality show but since then I’ve got better and the story they’re staring in now influences their names.

 If you didn’t write, what would you do for work?

You mean if my hands were cut off and I couldn’t even do the Stephen Hawking thing????? I think die maybe?

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

I do and they’re so good. I love Goodreads. When my first book came out there was no Goodreads and the only reviews were written by adults but the books weren’t written for adults. However, on Goodreads almost all of the reviews are by teens and they’re so honest. I learn so much. The kids know when I’ve stuffed up and I need to do better.

Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

With Rain Fall – where do I start! There is so much in this book that is actually true – not the characters or the main plot but all the setting, all the little stories like the penguin and the funeral at the start when the horses bolt when the coffin of their owner was lowered into the grave to the best pies in Westport are really from Freckles cafe. And I did the Hitchcock thing too – Alfred Hitchcock was a famous movie director in the 1950s and sometimes he played a character in his own movies. So I’m in the book. Just on one page. Annie and her dad watch me do something I used to do a lot when I lived in Westport and we wave to each. Is very cool!

What was your hardest scene to write?

In Rain Fall the last scene was definitely the hardest. I cried the whole time while I was typing it. I waited until my family was out of the house so they wouldn’t find me and I bawled my eyes out. Not that the book has an unhappy ending – just that what happens to Annie happened to me and I’m still sad about it (trying not to do spoilers here!)

Lastly is there anything you would like to say to your fans?

I have fans????? Okay, serious now, thank you!!!!!!!!!!


New Zealander Ella West and her husband live on a small sheep farm near Dunedin after spending many years on the West Coast. Ella started writing plays for children for the New Zealand School Journal but soon crossed over to fiction and her first teen novel Thieves was published in 2006, the first in a trilogy. Since then she has also written several adult plays including The Middlemarch Singles Ball. She enjoys writing for children and teenagers because anything can happen in a story for children. There’s always magic. Ella was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writers’ Bursary in 2006, and her novel Night Vision won the 2015 LIANZA Young Adult award and the Young Adult Children’s Choice award in the New Zealand Book Awards.