WRECKED PALACE (Wrecked #3) by CATHERINE COWLES

‘We barely knew each other; had only kissed. Yet somehow, it felt as if I’d known Griffin for a lifetime. That he could see inside every nook and cranny of my soul. And with that knowledge and vision came the potential for devastating hurt….’

Wrecked Palace is a story of betrayal, loss, love and family. With  Griffin Lockwood, Caelyn O’Connor and the ‘tiny terrors’ completely stealing our hearts. This really was a story of sacrifice and immeasurable love. The children Will, Mia and Ava entertained us and seized our heart - Griffin and Caelyn captivated us with their selflessness and giving souls and their moving love story.

Watching the trust, friendship and relationship develop between Griffin, who had lost everything when his family died under tragic circumstances when he was very young develop was written with so much care and devotion to the characters, we couldn’t help but fall in love and become invested in their story. At times on the edge of our seat, other times with tears in our eyes and an ache in our hearts, we were equally swooning and smiling.

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Books To Read For Fans of Fantasy and Sci-Fi | January 2021

Books To Read For Fans of Fantasy and Sci-Fi | January 2021

The month of January has brought us some fantastic fantasy and sci-fi books and we couldn’t help but share some of our favorite new releases. Check out the latest from bestselling authors Mark Wells, E.A. Chance, Rory Surtain, Jule Owen, Victoria Saccenti, and Dianne Duvall. Enjoy your new books!


Gate of Shadows

by Mark Wells

Release Date: January 15, 2021

The second book in the Cambridge Gothic Series by Mark Wells… A mystic portal lies open. A chilling predator stalks the night. Can an undaunted student stop the darkness from spreading? Giles Chamberlain is determined to prove himself to his girlfriend’s family, so sets out to discover what became of her missing brother. But when he encounters a sinister figure prowling the college’s rooftops, he suspects last semester’s creature was not the only entity to cross into our world.

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Hunting Daybreak

by E.A. Chance

Release Date: January 14, 2021

The second book in the Shattered Sunlight Series by bestselling author E.A. Chance… In the aftermath of a deadly global solar flare, Dr. Riley Poole embarks on a treacherous journey to learn the fate of her two youngest children. After making the heart-wrenching choice to leave her injured teenage daughter, Julia, in the hands of her aunt and uncle, Riley and her new husband, Coop, strike out into the wilderness toward Colorado.

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Sorrow’s Twin

by Rory Surtain

Release Date: January 18, 2021

The third book in the Demon in Exile Series by Rory Surtain…Sometimes, everything goes according to plan. I dread those moments. Colivar is a Kingdom plagued by seemingly random incursions from the Infernal Domain. For centuries, the Order of the Vigil has fought to stem the tide and preserve the Realm, but politics and uncivil wars have depleted their ranks. For reasons unknown, the High Prince of Hell has decided to lend them a hand in the form of a demon in exile.

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Elidir

by Jule Owen

Release Date: November 15, 2020

The second book in The Recoverist Quartet by Jule Owen… At the end of the twenty-fifth century, two young women in search of their history, uncover dangerous secrets and create some of their own. Elidir can not be found on any official map. A dome protects its citizens from raging storms and deadly heat, while high walls protect them from the desert people known as Non-Grata. In this secret city, deep beneath a mountain, lie the remains of Western civilization.

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Titanian’s Phoenix

by Victoria Saccenti

Release Date: January 15, 2021

The first book in the Titanian Chronicles by Victoria Saccenti… Maya Brown doesn’t believe in magic—until she was kidnapped along with her eccentric godmother, Anna. By elves. After she is freed by a strange power, Maya follows Anna’s plea to seek out a man named Soren at a magical bar. Maya doesn’t believe in love at first sight, either, but when she encounters seven-plus feet of muscle and mood-changing eyes, her body does a full-on reset.

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The Segonian

by Dianne Duvall

Release Date: January 19, 2021

The second book in the Aldebarian Alliance by New York Times Bestselling Author Dianne Duvall… Eliana has never had an ordinary life. Well, it hasn’t been ordinary for a long time. As a powerful Immortal Guardian, she spends her nights hunting and slaying psychotic vampires that most of humanity doesn’t even realize exist. Then she is presented with an opportunity to instantly make her existence seem downright boring. The leader of the Immortal Guardians asks her to guard a group of mortals who are embarking upon a voyage across the galaxy to the planet Lasara. How could she possibly say no?

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Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | January 2021

Must-Read Mystery and Thriller Books | January 2021

The month of January has been extremely exciting for mystery and thriller readers. Because of this, we thought we’d share some of our must-read recommendations! You can start reading the latest from bestselling authors William Bernhardt, Judith Lucci, Fiona Quinn, Sandra Woffington, Rachel Hawkins, Lisa Gardner, Marie Benedict, and Sarah A. Denzil. Enjoy!


Final Verdict

by William Bernhardt

Release Date: January 19, 2021

The sixth book in the bestselling Daniel Pike Legal Thriller Series by William Bernhardt… Daniel Pike has devoted his legal career to making sure that no wrongly convicted person dies in prison like his father did. Despite this, he is still no closer to uncovering his painful family secrets. In a terrible twist of fate, he has been hired to defend his arch-nemesis who has been charged with murder. With a string of grisly clues placing his client squarely in the frame, Pike’s investigations incur the fury of a powerful and callous cartel.

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Dead Silent

by Judith Lucci, Fiona Quinn, Sandra Woffington, and more

Release Date: January 19, 2021

The secrets must be kept, or the body count will rise… Dead Silent is the exciting new box set collection of eighteen deadly crime thrillers from Wall Street Journal, USA Today ad International Bestselling Authors. Shrouded in mystery, these books will keep you turning the pages for weeks. It’s a limited-time collection and is perfect for fans of David Baldacci, James Patterson, Chris Collett, Angela Marsons, and Lisa Gray.

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Critical Incidents: Korea – The Rok

by Thomas H. Ward

Release Date: January 7, 2021

The next major war could start in our lifetime. North and South Korea are some of the most potentially dangerous places on Earth. They could go off at any minute, creating the next major conflict. In between North and South Korea is a 2.5-mile-wide border. This is the most heavily mined and guarded border in the world and runs for 160 miles across the Korean Peninsula. Hard-charging Jack Gunn is at his new assignment working as Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Korea. He accidentally uncovers a group of terrorists planning an attack, but who are plotting something even bigger and more dangerous.

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The Wife Upstairs

by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: January 5, 2021

“Compulsively readable…a gothic thriller laced with arsenic.”… Jane has just arrived in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

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The Mystery of Mrs. Christie

by Marie Benedict

Release Date: December 29, 2020

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman that spends her time doing what no one else will… searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighborhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Resistance from the Boston PD and the victim’s wary family tells Frankie she’s on her own–and she soon learns she’s asking questions someone doesn’t want answered.

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Before She Disappeared

by Lisa Gardner

Release Date: January 19, 2021

“A stunning story… The ending is ingenious, and it’s possible that Benedict has brought to life the most plausible explanation for why Christie disappeared for 11 days in 1926.” … In December 1926, Agatha Christie goes missing. Investigators find her empty car on the edge of a deep, gloomy pond, the only clues some tire tracks nearby and a fur coat left in the car—strange for a frigid night. The puzzle of those missing eleven days has persisted.

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Books To Read For Fans of Kristen Proby

Books To Read For Fans of Kristen Proby

Kristen Proby is a New York Times Bestselling Author of contemporary romance novels. Some of her recent popular releases include Escape With Me, Honor, Imagine With Me, and Taunting Callum. If you’ve been craving some hot new romance novel, don’t miss these books to read for fans of Kristen Proby. Enjoy your new books!


REX

by Shayne Ford

Release Date: November 19, 2020

The first book in the House of Lions Series by Shayne Ford… Luna Rae Winter, a San Francisco pre-Law college student, spends her summer break on the Golden Coast with her best friend, Frankie Mendoza. The two young women look forward to an adventurous summer when the first day at the beach leaves them shaken after an unexpected twist of events. The news is not all bad as a handsome stranger comes to Frankie’s rescue, piquing Luna’s interest.

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Space Oddities

by Sara L. Hudson

Release Date: January 15, 2021

The third book in the Space Series by Sara L. Hudson… Trish Garret is a good girl who may or may not be wanted by the law. A poor decision in her past has her on the run, keeping a low profile while working waitress jobs at local watering holes. But during her latest stop in Houston, she’s managed to make herself a great group of friends she’s always wanted and never had. When a private detective shows up at her Airstream trailer asking questions, Trish takes it as a sure sign it’s time to pick up stakes and skedaddle.

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Storm

by Michelle Mankin

Release Date: November 5, 2020

He wants her, but he can’t have her. She wants him even though she doesn’t know who he really is. Storm Hardy left Ocean Beach to pursue a career in the music industry. Lotus Irving stayed behind, her world rocked by one terrible tragedy after another. What if all your best memories are behind you? What if you lost the one friend who understood you better than anyone else? What if your greatest wish is to recreate the past instead of imagining a brighter future?

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Broken Hart

by Kelly Collins

Release Date: December 3, 2020

The first book in A Cross Creek Small Town Novel Series by Kelly Collins… Kandra brought me to my knees when she fled Cross Creek to follow dreams that didn’t include me. I picked up the pieces of my broken world and built a new life—one free of heartache. I thought she was in the past and would stay there, but I thought wrong. Kandra is back, and if I’m not careful, she’ll gut me again. As much as she stole my heart, she left behind the longing.

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Enemy Dearest

by Winter Renshaw

Release Date: January 12, 2021

August Monreaux was a stormy sea of a man, the dark between the stars, an electric chill cutting through a crowded room—all wrapped into one wicked, beautiful package. He was also off-limits. My entire life, I was kept a safe distance from the notoriously virulent Monreauxs, banned from so much as breathing the same air. And like the good daughter I was, I obeyed those rules. Until the one time I didn’t…

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The Invitation

by Vi Keeland

Release Date: January 16, 2021

The first time I met Hudson Rothschild was at a wedding. I’d received an unexpected invitation to one of the swankiest venues in the city. Hudson was a groomsman and quite possibly the most gorgeous man I’d ever laid eyes on. He asked me to dance, and our chemistry was off the charts. I knew it wasn’t a good idea to get involved with him, considering the wedding I was at. But our connection was intense, and I was having a great time.

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Interview with Shayne Ford, Author of REX

What can you tell us about your new release, REX?

REX is the first book of the HOUSE OF LIONS Series, a suspenseful, delicious, dark billionaire romance that features Luna Rae Winter, a San Francisco pre-Law college student, who spends her summer break on the Golden Coast with her best friend, Frankie Mendoza, and begins an emotional, lustful journey of self-discovery with a handsome stranger who initiates her in an adventurous, sensual life she’s never planned for or envisioned before.

A few years older, Rex Jackson is a political science student heavily involved in his family business, a multi-billion conglomerate run by his stepfather and brother.

He feels an instant attraction for Luna Rae, and just as quickly, he knows what she needs from him.

The chemistry between them is off the charts, but there’s a catch. Liking her too much puts her in danger, so he needs to take precautions.

Rex Jackson and his older brother used to get involved with the same women, but this time, he wants Luna only for himself.

This book ends in a cliffhanger. There are several books available right now and more to come. The story will be complete in the last book of the series. This series is still a work in progress.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I had a deep love for books and stories since I can remember. I grew up surrounded by books that I read over and over again. Up to this day, my favorite place to shop is a bookstore. I could spend hours and hours browsing, checking covers, and reading excerpts.

I wrote my first story when I was sixteen. I wrote installments, and my best friend devoured them.

My first ever story was not different than what I write today. It was steamy, adventurous, and suspenseful, and it had a dominant hero who teased and tormented the woman he fell for.
I love to write emotions and angst and the battle ensuing between imperfect people who fall in love.

Life inspired me to become an author. There was a big writing pause between my teenage years and the moment I started to write fiction again a few years back. Life got in the way, served me a few harsh lessons, and forced me to spend a lot of time in my head, introspecting.

Then one day, a story came to me as I was walking my dog. And then another one, and another one. I knew I had to put them down, but it took me a while until I found the courage to start writing again.

I wrote 60+ books so far, and I have many more writing projects and book ideas to materialize.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

I don’t have a top 5 best books list. I wouldn’t know how to choose and categorize them.

To me, a good book is a book I finish. A story that I like. A book that doesn’t hold my attention is not necessarily bad. It just doesn’t fit my taste. I believe every book has its readers, and as a reader, it’s a privilege to have a large variety of books to choose from these days.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I would love to interview Collen Hoover. I would ask her what inspires her and what made her wrote the first book.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My absolute favorite thing about writing is writing. I am one of the blessed authors who enjoy writing more than anything else.

I love to get inspired, imagine the story in my head, and dive into it. Living in a fictional world is fascinating to me.

I feel my characters. I laugh and cry and fall in love as they do. It’s cathartic. It’s escapism at its best.

I also love to create the actual product—cover, formatting, title, synopsis.

And last but not least, I love to get positive feedback from my readers. If they feel what I feel when I write that story, my job is done.

What is a typical day like for you?

I work anywhere between 10 to 12 hours. The outcome of a typical day of writing is up to 8,000-9,000 words per day. I try to clump up my writing days together, so I finish the first draft in a few days or a week. Sprinting is more efficient for me when it comes to putting the story down. It helps me focus and gives me a sense of accomplishment.

On my non-writing days, I work on editing, cover design, formatting, newsletter publishing, and marketing.

I work every day–– weekends and holidays included.

To balance the hours I spend in front of my computer, I work out daily–– two and a half hours of walking, weight lifting, spinning, and dancing. Sometimes swimming.

I watch movies, read, or talk on the phone while spinning.

I don’t watch TV or spend much time on social media.

What scene from REX was your favorite to write?

I loved writing the scene when Rex takes Luna to a cave by the ocean and spends the night with her there.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Live an authentic life aligned with your values. And live in such a way to add positive things to your life and other people’s lives.

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Interview with Sara L. Hudson, Author of Space Oddities

What can you tell us about your new release, Space Oddities?

NASA, pole dancing, and politics! Space Oddities is the third book in the best selling romantic comedy Space Series, featuring Trish Garrett and Ian Kincaid. They’ve been circling each other for a while and now Trish’s past has caught up with her and she needs to lean on Ian for help. Friends to Lovers, Fake Relationship, Laugh out Loud moments and, of course, steamy sexytimes.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My parents. I was all set to major in business and take over my father’s company when my dad, at college orientation, said to my mom– this really doesn’t sound like Sara. And he was right. So I switched to Creative Writing, having always liked telling stories and entertaining people.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Giver by Lois Lowry, Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid, and Hosed by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I’d really like to invite a whole mix of authors, everyone from Dan Brown to Janet Evanovich to JR Ward to Helen Fielding and sit back and watch magic happen (while serving cocktails and charcuterie boards)

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Working in my pajamas.

What is a typical day like for you?

Alarm (not a morning person), coffee (at least one cup before I function properly), get kids off to school, take a walk (if I’m feeling motivated), shower (if I’m feeling motivated, haha) and write (while trying not to fall into the social media rabbit hole).

What scene from Space Oddities was your favorite to write?

The pole dancing scenes. Never knew there were so many amusing names for pole maneuvers.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

I think Dory from Finding Nemo really hit the nail on the head with “Just Keep Swimming”

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Interview with Kelly Collins, Author of Broken Hart

What can you tell us about your new release, Broken Hart?

Broken Hart came about because fans of my popular Aspen Cove series wanted to know more about the Lockhart brothers, four sexy construction brothers who helped build The Guild Creative Center. They popped up here and there and because of demand, I gave them their own series which Broken Hart is book one. This starts with the oldest brother Noah who finds out the woman who broke his heart is back in town. Will he succeed at keeping her at bay, or will his heart rule his world and let her back in? Readers are going to love this second chance romance.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

Actually, it was a flight from New York to Colorado where a very handsome man sat next to me on the plane and my creative mind wondered “what if” a woman met the perfect man on a plane, fell asleep, did something totally inappropriate to him, and then found out he was her new boss. That started my writing career with a book now called Dream Maker.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Oh wow, only five? Well, here goes:

The first romance book I ever read was A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux so one of my all-time faves.

Next would be The Royal Treatment by Melanie Summers, it’s laugh out loud funny.

Third would be One Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole, that one made me cry.

Fourth would be First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, I fell in love with paranormal reading this book.

Fifth would be The Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones who can weave a wicked tale.

As you can see I have a very diverse reading palette.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

What a great question. I’d totally want to interview Stephen King and ask if he had trouble sleeping at night.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

There’s the fact that it saves me a fortune in therapy, but in truth, I love exploring love relationships, the conflict that ensues and making sure that everyone gets their happily ever after.

What is a typical day like for you?

I have the best job in the world. I get to choose who to hang out with each day and when I get tired of them I write them out of the book. I’m a plotter which means, each day I sit down to work, I know exactly what I’m doing. I strive for one or two chapters a day. My days are long because not only do I write but I do everything else as well. A twelve-hour day isn’t unusual but I wouldn’t want to do anything else.

What scene from Broken Hart was your favorite to write?

The best scene in the book is the black moment when all seems lost and that’s because I know they’ll soon get their HEA. I can’t tell you what that scene is because I don’t want to spoil the book, but it involves my favorite things like a hot guy, good food, and a sassy heroine.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Yes, I do, It’s never hard to be kind. I try to Live for Love.

Kelly Collins is the author of the new book Broken Hart

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The Story Behind Hunting Daybreak by E.A. Chance

By E.A Chance

I’ve always been fascinated with cosmology, so a few years ago, I got the spark of an idea about what it would be like to live in the aftermath of a global solar flare that has destroyed the power grid and decimated the human population. The Shattered Sunlight series is the result. When I began researching for the series, I never dreamed I’d be writing this story amid a global pandemic. There were days when I was creating Hunting Daybreak that what I wrote hit a little close to home. Fortunately, our situation is nowhere near as dire as what Dr. Riley Poole and company faced, and gratefully, we have an end in sight.

That’s not the case for Riley. Hunting Daybreak begins days after Riley has made the gut-wrenching choice to leave her thirteen-year-old daughter, Julia, behind at her uncle’s ranch in western Virginia and head out with her new husband, Coop, to learn the fate of her two younger children Colorado. Traveling on horseback, Riley and Coop run into trouble right away when they’re hit with drenching downpours that go on for days. Their journey only goes downhill from there.

Riley and Coop cross paths with old acquaintances early on and combined resources to travel together but soon learn that one member of their group has put them in grave danger. This forces them to stay one step ahead of a hostile, newly formed government. In the middle of all this chaos, Riley and Coop get life-altering news that further jeopardizes their trek’s success.
Will Riley have the wit and courage to cross a continent and reunite her family?

Riley has been one of my favorite characters to write because she’s tougher than she knows but only sees her flaws and weaknesses. She’s an orthopedic surgeon, which is a hugely male-dominated profession. She’s five-feet tall with fiery red curls and suffered from PTSD due to the tragic death of her first husband. She’s left alone to care for their three children and continue her medical practice. Believing she’s been dealt the worst life has to offer, she’s thrust into a devastating post-apocalyptic world.

Riley comes from a place where I believe most of us are capable of far more than we give ourselves credit for. I’ve wondered many times in the past year how many of us have discovered an inner reserve we didn’t know we possessed? I’ve heard many say they’ve been pushed to the edge but have found the strength to continue, and sometimes thrive. To me, this is what life is about, growing, learning, overcoming, conquering! We all have that inner superhero. It’s only a matter of tapping into it.

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Interview with Dan Petrosini, One of the Authors of Dead Silent

What can you tell us about your new release, Dead Silent?

The Barrow Case included in this eighteen book collection, is a prequel to the Luca Series. It’s about the case that shaped Frank Luca as a homicide detective. A young girl was brutally murdered and as the investigation unfolded, a consensus of who the killer was formed. The problem for Luca was he didn’t think there was enough evidence. Before it was solved, there was another death and another devastated family.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I’ve been writing & making up stories since I was ten. At that time, there wasn’t a person, besides my mom who encouraged me in anything I did. I started reading some of the Hardy Boys books and others about guys with cars and girls and was hooked.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Count of Monte Christo, A Day in the Life of Ivan Desinovich, Grapes of Wrath, Lolita & Gulag Archipelago.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

This is a tough one. Rather than pick a raconteur like Hemingway, I’ll go with a biographer like Walter Isaacson. Writing about someone who lived long ago and bringing it to life in an entertaining way is a skill all writers need. It would also be interesting to learn about their approach to research.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Having the spark for a story and making it real. It’s not easy, as I am not an outliner but I enjoy going where the characters take me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Rarely a day goes by that I don’t write. Most days, I sit in front of my lap top and try not to get too distracted by social media and get the words down. Some days they come easier than others where they must be forced. I’m not a fast writer. It takes me four – five hours to get my 1000 words written.

What scene from Dead Silent was your favorite to write?

Interviewing the father of the victim when he’s caught lying.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Here are two – The Price of Discipline is Always Less Than the Cost of Regret. & Live like it’s your last day but learn like you’re going to live forever.

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Interview with Jule Owen, Author of Elidir

What can you tell us about your new release, Elidir?

Isobel Twelvetrees and Mo Llewelyn are drawn together across societal divides. They search for clues to the truth in their history, but their relationship threatens those in power.

Elidir is the second book in The Recoverist Quartet, a science fiction story for young adults of any age. It is set in the same world I created in The House Next Door trilogy, but 350 years further into the future. It tells the story of Isobel Twelvetrees and why she was rejected by her people and left outside her city walls to die.

My stories imagine a future transformed by climate change and technology. The British Isles near the end of the twenty-fifth century is unrecognizable to twenty-first-century eyes. Rising sea levels and extreme weather have transformed England’s green pastures to dust and moved the population north. The privileged retreat to climate-controlled cities. The rest survive the best they can, exposed to superstorms and lack of water as the seas rise steadily and transform the coasts.

Elidir is an anomaly. It is a small place built around a hollow Welsh mountain. It contains the remnants of the British Isles’ cultural heritage and has been erased from maps to protect it from destruction. The documents the archive contains are dangerous in the wrong hands, and Isobel’s and Mo’s curiosity leads them into danger.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I have written stories since I was a very young child. I never really stopped, I just learned how to write longer stories, to finish a book and a while after that I worked out how to finish a book other people wanted to read.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Gosh this is a very hard question. I will interpret ‘best’ as ‘books I enjoyed most’ because beyond a certain point the judgement of the quality books is highly subjective.

At a push, my top all-time top 5 would be:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Orlando by Virginia Woolf

Frankenstein by Mary Shelly

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

They are all beautifully written, entirely absorbing worlds with unforgettable characters. In case you are wondering, two of them are ghost stories, one of them a fantasy novel (verging on speculative fiction) and the other two science fiction, with Frankenstein being the original text that spawned a whole genre.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I’d probably bring Terry Pratchett back from the dead (generally a good idea IMHO) and ask him who in his life inspired his characters.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

Making up worlds and naming things.

What is a typical day like for you?

Meditation, exercise, sitting at a desk and typing.

What scene from Elidir was your favorite to write?

The one where Isobel and Mark meet.

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Strong intention, low attachment.

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