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Blud and Magick

“Uncle Ed, I . . . I did that to them,” she stammered.

Edwin cocked an eyebrow. “Did what?”

She pointed to the two bodies, impaled by ice.

“You did?” His eyes became wide with concern.

Darla nodded, biting her lip. “Uncle Ed . . . what am I?”

Darla Summer was born from the ashes of the dead Shadow Lord, Remmus Alrad. This left the Seven Sages to deliberate what was to be done with her. Darius, the Sage who slew the Shadow Lord, wants her dead. Another Sage, Edwin, believes she deserves a chance to live. Edwin is granted permission to raise her in the human world under the condition that her true identity not be revealed until an appointed time.

Fourteen years later, Darla has no idea of her magical beginnings or her dark heritage. But when she meets Ash and Cirrus—teenage brothers who are not so human themselves—her world is turned upside down. An organization known as the Shadow Risers is out to collect her, claiming that she is the vessel of their Master, and Darla is forced to fight back. But how do you fight your greatest enemy when he’s living inside you?

Product Details
Title: Blud and Magick
Author: Preston Norton
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 264
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.25
ISBN: 9781462110889
Vendor: Cedar Fort, Inc.
Imprint: Sweetwater
Release Date: 2013-01-08

Price: $16.99

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Meet the Author:

Preston Norton was born in California, raised in Texas, and is currently a student at Brigham Young University – Idaho, seeking a degree in English Education. He enjoys sushi, rock concerts, and scary movies.

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The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)

MBA&M: Please give our readers some insight into the mind of Sara Danvers.

Singer-songwriter Fiona Apple released a song recently that resonated with me. In the song “Valentine,” she states:

I’m a tulip in a cup
I stand no chance of growing up

That sounds about right. I may be 30, but my daily environment is all teens all the time. I teach them, most of my long conversations are with them, and I constantly read fiction aimed at their age group. How can I be expected to think and act like an adult?


MBA&M: What was your inspiration behind writing “The Seven Devils“?The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)

It seemed natural to write a YA fiction novel. I read almost exclusively YA fiction, and I read a lot of it since I am a school librarian. I had actually dreamed about Neil for years and decided to finally try to flesh him out a little so to speak. Whenever I dreamt of Neil, the most striking thing about him was always his eyes which seemed to see right into you. When we were children my friends and I used to ask each other what super power you would choose if you could have just one. A lot of them wanted to fly (which I find silly), but I always wanted the ability to read minds. When you take that and really think through it, though, you begin to wonder if you would ever be able to hold down a relationship if you knew every whim that passed through your friend/boyfriend/husband’s minds. The Seven Devils goes into much more than that, but it was the basis of my story idea.

MBA&M: What was the allure for you in writing YA romance novels?

Some of my friends and coworkers make fun of me for reading YA romance, but to me it just has so much more than adult romance. Adult romance seems very quick to me. There’s a glance, a touch, a flirtation, and then BOOM—they’re in bed together. YA romance novels build and build and build until you’re so invested in the story and the characters that you nearly die of happiness when they finally kiss. I wanted my characters to be part of that magic.

MBA&M: Who is your favorite character in “The Seven Devils”? What draws you to them?

Neil, obviously! He’s incredibly smart, sexy, and very dark and mysterious. You can read most of what he says two ways. Even I as the author didn’t always know whether I believed him or not. You can read the whole book as a fun romance novel and then go back and read it entirely differently where it is full of careful lies and manipulations. Which is the truth? You will all learn more when I finally finish the sequel!

MBA&M: What influenced you while you were writing?

Oh, everything! It took me four years to write this first book for many reasons, but one of which is that I would read a particularly great book and just give up on my own writing (once for a entire year!) because I would get depressed and feel as though I could never measure up. Then something would happen and I would get inspired and writewritewrite in every spare minute I had. Some inspiration would come from my husband… some sweet thing he would say or do. Sometimes I would dream about my characters and something would just come to me. Writing a novel wasn’t a fluid, linear process for me at all, and after four years of writing I found that my ending was better written than my beginning, so I took another year to edit and rewrite sections. It took a long time, but I’m proud of the result! (And I certainly have an even higher level of respect for professional authors now that I’ve tried it myself!)

The Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)MBA&M: Three words you would use to describe “The Seven Devils”?

Dark, Sexy, and Thrilling.

MBA&M: Last but not least, tell our readers where to connect with you and where they can purchase “The Seven Devils”?

This may sound silly, but I haven’t told anyone that I published a book, so you can’t really follow me on Twitter or Facebook or anything like that. If you read the book, you know that Ellen’s family is very troubled, and I was a little worried that my own family would draw parallels to themselves, so I published under a pseudonym and have only told 5 people in my personal life that I wrote this at all! You can purchase the book on Amazon.com in the Kindle store.

Thanks for having me and for reading The Seven Devils!

Thank you for visiting with us today! What an intriguing and interesting interview!

Much luck with your endeavor!


THE SEVEN DEVILSThe Seven Devils (New Adult Fiction)


  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KT2RI0

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: October 2, 2011
After nearly being drowned by her alcoholic father, 17-year-old Ellen, her mother, and her brother move across the state to start over. Ellen soon meets Neil, a gorgeous loner with a bad reputation. Her classmates warn her to stay away, but he seems to be the only one who understands her. Besides, the rumors about Neil are too far-fetched to be believed. When she is threatened by Derrick (a jealous classmate) it becomes clear that there is more to Neil than meets the eye. In this sexy page turner, Ellen must discover Neil’s dark secrets and learn to stand up for herself before the plot hatched against her unfolds.

Some mature content.

This a full-length novel of almost 80,000 words.





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Shakespeare and The Hunger Games: Adapted from Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is a fascinating series, even more for its depths of meaning. For instance, did you know that Shakespeare’s Roman plays contributed sixteen of the character names? By doing this, Collins recreates the world of Rome with its arena and its spoiled citizens eager for bread and circuses. She also retells many of the ancient epics, especially that of Julius Caesar and his cycle of tyranny.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides interesting echoes with Collins’s epic. The story is simple: Caesar tries to crown himself Emperor of the Roman Republic, so a band of rebels conspire to murder him. “President” Snow, despite his democratic title, is likewise absolute dictator of Panem. However, as with Julius Caesar, destroying the dictator only leads to more wars. There is more loss than triumph for both sides: Caesar is assassinated, yet the rebels die as well. Characters from the play that appear in Collins’s trilogy include Caesar and his wife (Cal)Purnia, and rebels Cinna, Portia, Flavius, and Messalla. (Brutus and Cato are also rebels in Julius Caesar, but are remade as Career Tributes because of other connections with their Roman counterparts).

In the play, Brutus murders his ally and leader Caesar to save his republic, echoing Katniss’s final shot of the war. The rebels also wonder whether they should slay Caesar’s ally Mark Antony, echoing the questionable decisions of executing Tributes, prep teams, and other noncombatants. In fact, they spare Antony, who pledges loyalty to Brutus the rebel leader and says all he needs to say to charm him. He then betrays Brutus and publically calls for his death, just as Katniss charms Coin and says what she must so she can end the war on her terms. Brutus comments that he thinks it “cowardly and vile” to commit suicide “for fear of what might fall” but ultimately kills himself rather than submit to the shame of punishment (V.i.112-113). Katniss tries suicide for just this reason, fear of the consequences, but gentle Peeta stops her.

Themes of Julius Caesar include the question of when a revolution is necessary and the transience of power: The play starts with one citizen reminding his friends that they all once cheered Pompey, the previous leader of Rome, and now they cheer Caesar “that comes in triumph over Pompey’s blood” (I:i:53). Blood and bleeding, in fact, are mentioned a whopping forty times in the play, linking once again to President Snow and the violence of rebellion. There’s also a great emphasis on how speeches and public proclamations can gain the people’s sympathy, as Caesar orders his statues draped with crowns and the rebels try to win over the people with cries of “Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!” after their brutal deed (III.i.86). The crowd is swayed by Brutus’s impassioned defense, and then swayed again by Antony’s inflammatory speech, emphasizing the extraordinary power of the media. This echoes Katniss’s television propos as the beloved Mockingjay.

In Shakespeare’s sequel, Antony and Cleopatra, Mark Antony takes over Egypt, falls for Cleopatra, and rebels against Rome. He loses, and Antony and Cleopatra die together in a manner reminiscent of Katniss and Peeta’s attempt with nightlock berries.

Antony’s wife and political pawn, Octavia, and his treacherous aide, Enobarbus (Enobaria) are cast in The Hunger Games series, as are title characters from Shakespeare’s other Roman plays, Troilus and Cressida, Coriolanus, and Titus Andronicus. Coriolanus hated those who didn’t live in his Capitol, and oppressed them until they rebelled, while Cressida was a famous traitor and Titus turned cannibal. His daughter Lavinia had her tongue cut out and was eventually murdered, a silent victim like Katniss’s Avox friend.

While there are many plant names in the series—like Katniss—that have nothing to do with Shakespeare, a few fit so well with Shakespeare’s intent that there may be a connection. Shakespeare, in The Winter’s Tale, speaks quite to the point of “pale primroses/who die unmarried” (IV.iii.143-144), as a certain Primrose remains in the series. And who could forget Ophelia, minutes before her suicide: She hands the tyrant King Claudius flowers, saying,

There’s rue for you, and here’s some for me. We may call it “herb of grace” o’ Sundays.—Oh, you must wear your rue with a difference [for a different reason].

—Hamlet IV:v:181-183

While Claudius must bear regret for murder, Ophelia bears it for her losses—for those loved ones like her father who have died in this struggle for political ambition. Katniss echoes this moment when she gives Snow a white rose, the artificial Capitol flower that has always in her mind been linked with blood and death. Ophelia and Katniss both willingly go to their deaths but take a final moment to give the tyrant this particular gift, showing they know about the deaths that stain him forever.

These literary references to all of Shakespeare’s Roman plays tie The Hunger Games to the decadence and violence of the Roman Empire, where spoiled citizens dined on fancy imported foods and watched slaves die in the arena for entertainment. They also connect to Shakespeare’s themes as Katniss watches her world cycle through war after war and mourns that all the deaths have changed nothing.

Names from Shakespeare

Antony and Cleopatra

Enobaria, Octavia


Coriolanus Snow

Julius Caesar

Brutus, Caesar Flickerman, Cato, Cinna, Claudius Templesmith, Flavius, Messalla, Portia, Purnia

Titus Andronicus

Lavinia, Martin, Titus

Troilus and Cressida








(From the author’s website)

Title: Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games

Author: Valerie Estelle Frankel

Release Date: February 2012

List Price: $6.95

ISBN-13 (print): 978-1469968247

ISBN-10 (print): 146996824X

Pages: 104

Trim size: 8.5 x 5.5

Ages: 12 and Up

BISAC Category: Juvenile Nonfiction / Literary Criticism & Collections

Format: Trade paperback

Available from: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Books in Print, Buy.com, and many others.

Keywords: Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mockingjay; Collins, Suzanne; YA; young adult; criticism; symbolism; analysis; children’s; Study Aids; Book Notes; commentary; movie

Official Summary:

Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow’s garden and Peeta’s bread? What about Katniss’s last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem’s heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies. In her series, Collins not only weaves a heroic tale of deep complexity but harnesses the power of Shakespeare and Rome to retell an ancient epic of betrayal, violence, and glory on the stage of an apocalyptic future.


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Good morning, Eric and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!
MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
             I am originally from Anchorage, AK and recently moved with my amazing girlfriend and her adorable little dog to Seattle, WA. The most important thing about me is that I love the rain and the grey. I am in my early twenties (for another year) and I love to write. It is my favorite past time other than video games. I also love talking to strangers, which I know I shouldn’t do, but I find it fascinating.
MBA&M: What made you decide to write a paranormal romance?
            Honestly, writing a paranormal romance sort of started out as a parody of paranormal romance. I thought the silliness and absurdity of a girl falling in love with a zombie would fit my style of comedy and would be something different. However, when I started writing the book, I realized that what I was writing was actually completely realistic. If there truly was a zombie apocalypse, every zombie that you met (or killed) would be somebody’s father, sister, son, husband. And so the book took on a new level of truth, and I began taking the story much more seriously.
MBA&M : What where some of the challenges in writing “Zombie Love”?
               The biggest challenge for me was walking the line of comedy, while trying to keep my book from being one big “joke”. The book is meant to make people smile and laugh, but at it’s heart, it is a possibly accurate portrayal of a zombie apocalypse.
MBA&M: What are some of your writing habits?
               Headphones!!!! This is the most important thing for my writing. The world has to go away so that I may live in my world, which is essentially in my head. Some times I turn on my noise cancelling headphones with no music playing.
MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine in your world?
              This is going to sound cliche, but it’s my mom. She raised three kids by herself for many years and still to this day is the kindest, most loving person on the planet. She does no wrong.
MBA&M: If you could step into another world or time,where would it be and when? Why?
              Oh my gosh, so here comes the nerd side of me. I would give almost anything to live in The Elder Scrolls universe! i have spent so much time in that world as it is, I feel like I could really fit in there and would love nothing more than to be an adventurer and explore dungeons.
MBA&M: What top 3 reads/author,do you feel most encouraged your writing?Why?
              Top three are Stephen King, Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis. These are not necessarily my current favorite authors, but I have been reading books from them for over a decade, so I feel that they really molded not only the way I write, but my desire to create.
MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing is most like,which author?
              I am going to be an optimist, and say Stephen King. I like to think that I have a similar style of pacing and way of diving straight into the action, even if that action might be kind of gross.
MBA&M:  What’s next for you and your writing career?
              Next up are Books 2 and 3 for the Zombie Love Series!! I am working on the second and am already so happy with where the story is going, and how the characters are changing. After the Zombie Love series is done? Don’t worry, I have plenty of ideas. Not sure which direction I will go yet, but humor keeps me going so everything I do will probably be weird and fun.
                   Eric, you do have anything else to add today?
               I would just like to say thank you so much for your time, and I hope that everybody checks out the book! I would also just like to say thank you to Kyle Morrow for creating the cover art for me. It is my favorite part of the book. Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!!

Paperback:188 pages

Publisher:Jericho Publishing (August 8, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0615523965

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Zombie Love is the story of a widespread virus, in a way that has never been done before. As people lose loved ones, some decide that sometimes the people you love are the only ones worth fighting for. As factions form, and the world crumbles, people must choose sides. Help or destroy. When a virus is developed as the ultimate cure all by reversing death itself, the world is plunged into a crisis of faith, dedication, and love. In book one we meet Summer Strom, a normal high school teenager who is thrown cruelly into a set of circumstances that nobody should have to deal with. She has to fight back against everybody she knows as she battles for the only thing worth fighting for. Love.


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