Hey Everyone! Today I have a excerpt for a new book from Entangled (which, if you've been around my blog long enough, or poked around on some of my reviews and features, you'll know I absolutely love Entangled). The book is called The Uncrossing, and is a pretty cool book. So here you go, check out the excerpt below, and let me know if you guys are interested in seeing a guest post/interview with the author Melissa Eastlake! (Also lets try something new, let me know if you have any questions you want to see answered).
The Uncrossing is a Rapunzel-esque romance between two boys who have grown up in the magic mafia. Luke can break almost any curse—they unravel for him like no one else. Working for the Kovrovs is exciting and dangerous, especially when he encounters the first curse he can’t
Luke always seemed busy and independent for a teenager, very…was glamorous the word? Mature. Intense.
Like the rest of his family, he wore formal clothes, but he carried them nicely. The top button of his white shirt was undone, a V of skin peeking under the knot of his tie.
What Instagram had taught Jeremy about Luke: He liked cats, purple Gatorade, and street art. He liked his parents’ cooking better than restaurants, unless it was okra or beets, and he worked a lot but he enjoyed it. He liked math and science better than English and history, which Jeremy could hardly even imagine.
Also, one of his friends posted weekly Thursday thirst traps of models and celebrities, all across the gender spectrum, but Luke only ever commented on the pictures of guys. Once, the friend had posted a picture of a wan model, all cheekbones and legs, and Luke had replied, “Drag me.”
Jeremy could second-guess the blue of the sky, but the evidence was pretty solid that Luke liked boys.
Jeremy snapped his eyes back to his empty plate, but Alexei’s attention was hot enough to burn his cheeks. This was the treat, or the test: just say something. Luke also liked the kind of flashy action movies no one in Jeremy’s family ever wanted to watch, so all Jeremy had to do was bring up The Fast and the Furious. “It sounds great on the new sound system at home…” Something like that. Something cool.
“We have a little business to discuss.” Alexei nodded to Yuri and Helene. “And there is a task I would like our witch doctor’s help with.”
The Melnyks all straightened in their chairs, their attention sizzling as Jeremy grabbed his messenger bag from the floor and pulled out two burlap witch bags.
Luke winced, and Camille leaned forward. “Oooh.”
“Quite,” Alexei said. “A client found these in their home, luckily before they managed to hurt anybody. I’d like an inventory of the contents and a swift execution.”
Luke nodded. “Yes, sir.”
“Wonderful. Jeremy will stay with you until that’s done—call me if there are any problems.” He turned to Jeremy. “I won’t need long, but take your time. Call me when you’re done, and we’ll come pick you up.”
Sure he would. He’d want a debrief on everything Jeremy had said to Luke, and there would be nothing to tell him. “I’ll take the subway.”
Alexei arched one sly eyebrow but didn’t answer. He followed Helene and Yuri downstairs and left Jeremy alone with the twins.
So that's it for the post today. Let me know what you think about the book, and if there are any questions I should ask in the author interview (coming in the near future!)
As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Hey Everyone! I know it's been a while since I've posted here, and I hope everyone is doing well. As for me, I just started school again and started a new extracurricular as well as a new job, so it's easy to say that it's been hectic nonetheless.
With that being said, I have a couple of posts for you guys in the upcoming 2-3 weeks, so keep an eye out for that. Today's post is a guest post from Courtney Brandt, the author of the newly released The Queen of England: Coronation. Here is a quick blurb, and then her post. Enjoy!!
A story of growing up and leading a nation.
Set in an alternate universe of London, after the untimely death of Queen Victoria in 1840, recently crowned Juliette faces a mysterious organization. The New World Order threatens her country and claims responsibility for the dirigible accident which killed off much of the aristocracy. Add in distracting romantic entanglements, a gifted unicorn, and tracking down the legendary Excalibur and this teenage Queen has an uphill battle leading to her coronation at Westminster. Will her reign be over before it has a chance to begin?
Fans of Gail Carriger, Shanna Swendson, and Gaslamp fantasy won’t want to miss out on this lighthearted steampunk adventure.
The Queen of England: Coronation is the first book in a trilogy by author Courtney Brandt.
Talk about your plans for the future and how you hope to get there. Do you have a specific plan? Or are you going where the wind takes you?
Excellent question! Regarding The Queen series, I've just finished the second draft of the sequel, and it will shortly be going to an editor (always a bit of a nerve-wracking process). I finished a rough draft of the third book in the trilogy earlier in the year, and it's time to break out the red pen. Yes, I tend to edit the first draft by hand, and I'm not entirely sure what I'm in for! Having read numerous books on the writing process, I subscribe to Stephen King's 'stick it in a drawer' method (and have done so for years). Sometimes the period a manuscript is 'in the drawer' is longer than I intend, but with Queen #3 having finished the book in late May, I feel enough time has passed and that October is a good place to start back on the project. While the second book has a title, I'm still on the fence about the final title for the third book.
Given book sales aren't in a place I'm pleased with for The Queen of England: Coronation, I may also look into alternative places to advertise the novel. I feel I can do better by my book, and I truly want Queen Juliette to succeed in the world.
If there's still time after all of this, I may also start a novel that's been in my head for about a year or so (working title, A.U.). I'd love to do it as a NaNoWriMo project, but I'm not entirely sure the timing is going to work out. I tend to write a book a year, and while Queen #3 was finished (or, at least, in the process of being completed), I'd like to get a jump on next year's book.
And, of course, there's an option on one of my earlier published books (Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek). I've always hoped this project might see some screen time, so who knows? I'd like to think that just about anything is possible.
In addition to my author stuff, I'm also a fairly regular food blogger (you can find me on Instagram under @atozaatar), which has been taking up more and more of my time. With a focus on fine dining, I post on my blog and freelance for other publications. I was recently on a television series for the first time (!), and am hopeful that I might work on another food show before the end of the year. Between fiction and food, it's a lot of words in a week, but I wouldn't have it any other way!
So, to answer your question -- it's a bit of both. I like knowing where my books (I think) are going to go, but I'm always open to new opportunities.
I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you did, definitely go and check out her book, and tell me what you think about it. I'm hoping to get the time soon to read it myself.
That's it for today everyone, I will be more active on here very soon so keep your eyes out for that! As always, leave me all your thoughts in the comments below or find me on social media, @BrookeEvans2001 on Twitter and @thecozylittlebooknook on Instagram.
Brooke's a high schooler who loves to read all sorts of books. She's happy to be able to share all the books she's reading with all of y'all.