They call me the Night Queen, with a heart as dark as the night itself. And as such, I will rule my future kingdom. No light shall ever touch my broken heart again.
On her twentieth birthday, the beautiful but arrogant Princess Mina von Rhine crosses the point of no return. Unwilling to be married off to a warmongering Northerner, she defies her father, the powerful King of the Rhine, and ridicules all her potential suitors.
Furious at her appalling behavior, her father vows to give Mina’s hand in marriage to the first unmarried man who walks through the palace gates—be it nobleman or beggar. And when an impoverished Northern soldier arrives at the castle the following day, the king stands by his word and offers Mina to him.
This ill-suggested match, however, might prove of use to Mina after all. The Northern soldier doesn’t seem too fond of the marriage himself, so Mina offers the handsome but insufferable warrior enormous riches if he helps her escape into the North.
But the dangerous journey through war-torn lands forces the princess to realize that if she can’t melt her frozen heart, marriage might be the least of her concerns.
From the author : This is a beautiful, dark, and romantic re-imagining of the long-forgotten German fairy tale ‘King Thrushbeard’ (first published by the beloved Brothers Grimm whose works include such classics as Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Rapunzel). If you’d love to read an adult version of a compelling old fairy tale and enjoy enemies to lovers romances with sizzling passion, then this book is a must-read for you.
About Denise Daye
Denise is an Amazon best-selling author who graduated with a master’s in Social Work from an ivy league school, the University of Pennsylvania. She has spent many years of her life supporting families and individuals in need of assistance. She has always had a passion for reading and writing, especially steamy romance, but it wasn’t until her own baby boy was born that Denise turned her passion into her profession. Whenever Denise is not typing away on one of her books, you can find her caring for her son (a.k.a. one of the toughest jobs in the world), binging Netflix with her beloved husband, or chasing after her puppy (who should technically be an adult dog by now).
horror that chills to the bone, The RUSH. is for fans of Dan
Simmons’, The Terror mined with a Northwestern Yukon gold rush
edge. Answer the call of the wild north and stampede to the Klondike…
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. ALL THAT HUNGERS IS NOT HOLY. ALL THAT LIVE
ARE NOT ALIVE.
This Hungry Earth Reddens Under Snowclad Hills.
1899, Yukon Territory. A frozen frontier, bloodied and bruised by the last
great Gold Rush. But in the lawless wastes to the North, something whispers in
the hindbrains of men, drawing them to a blighted valley, where giant
spidertracks mark the snow and impossible guns roar in the night.
To Brokehoof, where gold and blood are mined alike. Now, stumbling towards its
haunted forests comes a woman gripped not by greed — but the snarling rage of
a mother in search of her child…
From Si Spurrier (Way of X, Hellblazer) and Nathan C. Gooden (Barbaric, Dark
One) comes THE RUSH, a dark, lyrical delve into the horror and madness of the
Collects the entire series. For fans of The Terror, Fortitude, Coda,
book strikes a wealthy mixed vein of sophisticated psychological chills and
monstrous horror.”― Publishers Weekly
“Gritty historical drama meets supernatural horror in this sumptuously
drawn tale set during the Yukon Gold Rush.” ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“The Rush is a chilling bit of historical horror.
Rugged and raw and thoroughly researched. It’s got such a wonderfully creepy
sense of menace but most of all it’s the moving story of a mother searching for
her child, that’s its beating heart. Wonderful work.” — Victor
Lavalle (best-selling and award-winning author of he anthology, Slapboxing
with Jesus and four novels, The Ecstatic, Big Machine, The
Devil in Silver, and The Changeling, the fantasy-horror novella The
Ballad of Black Tom, and the comics series Destroyer and Eve)
“The Rush is a splendidly savage tale of frontier scum
and the doom they’ve brought down upon themselves, and the innocents cursed to
suffer alongside them. I for one can’t wait to see more.” — Garth
Ennis (best-selling and award-winning writer, Preacher, and
writer/co-creator of The Boys)
About Si Spurrier:
His work in the latter field stretches from award winning
creator-owned books such as Numbercruncher, Six-Gun
Gorilla and The Spire to projects in the
U.S. mainstream like Hellblazer, The
Dreaming, and X-Men. It all began with a series
of twist-in-the-tail stories for the UK’s beloved 2000AD, which
ignited an enduring love for genre fiction. His latest book, Coda,
is being published by Boom! Studios at present.
works range from the beatnik neurosis-noir of Contract to
the occult whodunnit A Serpent Uncoiled via
various franchise and genre-transgressing titles. In 2016 he took a foray into
experimental fiction with the e-novella Unusual Concentrations:
a tale of coffee, crime and overhead conversations.
He lives in Margate, regards sushi as part of the plotting process, and
has the fluffiest of cats.
award-winning illustrator and sequential artist, Nathan C. Gooden is
Art Director at Vault Comics. Nathan studied animation at the Pratt Institute
in Brooklyn, and worked in film production, before co-founding Vault Comics.
Nathan’s previous works include Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One (Vault), Barbaric
(Vault), Zojaqan (Vault), and Killbox (from
American Gothic Press). He lives in Southern California, where he plays a lot
of basketball and hikes constantly with his wife.
S.M. McEachern (who also writes new adult as Susan McEachern) comes from the rocky shores of Canada’s East Coast. She is a graduate of Dalhousie University, with an honors degree in International Development Studies with a focus on ocean development. Throughout her academic studies and early career, Susan had the privilege to study and work with Elizabeth Mann Borgese, daughter of nobel prize winner, Thomas Man). An author in her own right and a political activist for world peace, Mrs. Mann Borgese played a significant influence on Susan’s view of the political world stage.
Visit Susan’s website at smmceachern.com for free short stories and updates on new releases.
The Blue Bloods are
back…more fanged and fabulous than ever.
After defeating Lucifer and sacrificing the love of her life, Jack, Schuyler
wakes up back in New York safe and sound. Only it’s not quite the New York she
knows, and she’s not in her regular body. She looks different and feels
different and so does everyone else. Schuyler soon discovers that in this
world, her best friend has a different last name, her parents are both alive
and well and one of them is an entirely different person, and the love of her
life? Not so dead after all. The catch? Jack has no idea who she is.
As it turns out, Schuyler is not in her New York. She’s not even in her
universe. This is an alternate reality. One where Lucifer is alive and well and
acting as mayor of New York, Blue Bloods are luring humans to clinics to drain
their blood, and Jack is Lucifer’s right hand man. Just when she thinks all is
lost, Schuyler is contacted by a familiar friend―the Silver Blood, Kingsley.
The Kingsley from her world. He actually remembers the Schuyler she used to be!
But he also has a theory, and it’s one she doesn’t like. That Schuyler was sent
here to defeat Lucifer. Again. And that she’s the only person in this universe
or any universe that can defeat him.
New to the BLUE BLOODS
world? Read the original series and the spin off books now!
Melissa de la Cruz is the author of
the #1 New York Times best-selling Descendants series, as well as many other
best-selling novels, including Alex & Eliza and all the
books in the Blue Bloods series: Blue Bloods, Masquerade, Revelations, After
Life, The Van Alen Legacy, Keys to the Repository, Misguided
Angel, Bloody Valentine, Lost in Time, and Gates of Paradise.
She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.
I had forgotten how much I love Melissa de la Cruz’s series! It’s been a while since I’ve revisited her world, but oh what a ride! There’s so much to enjoy, even after all of these years. Schuyler wakes up in a completely different year, with a new name, a new mother and her old memories are co-exisiting in her mind. A parallel existence. Oliver is the same lovable librarian and familiar, but Jack…he has no idea who she is. Readers get a chance to see the two meet all over again. The only chance Jack has is if Schuyler’s light can outshine his darkness and overcome the forces seeking power and dominance in another time and place.
De la Cruz is brilliant with her mixture of paranormal elements, Hollywood culture and the evils of politics. There is a pandemic of global proportions going, which readers will relate to since we just exited one. Told form two points of view, we get insight to both Schuyler and Max’s minds as a well as a small third glimpse at Oliver’s mindset at the end. Action packed, rich with character. I am so happy to see the series continuing on! Thanks so much to Disney Hyperion and Rockstar tours for the complimentary copy for review. If you’ve never read the Blue Bloods books, it’s time to pick them up!
Trigger and content warnings: moderate violence, LQBTQ relationships, abuse by those in power.
dreams come true when you’re living with a family curse?
1965—San Francisco, California
The 1960s are bursting with music and movement and love in San Francisco,
perfect for a budding artist like Blake. Unfortunately, the art world is not
welcoming to people of her gender or her multi-racial heritage, making it tough
to land an internship that could put her on the map. That, plus the fact that
Blake’s family has been notoriously riddled with bad luck, makes her feel like
she can’t catch a break. Things only get worse when Blake starts to have
ominous, confusing visions that grow stronger and more frequent, prompting
Blake’s aunt and uncle to tell her about a long-lost family heirloom that could
be the key to everything
Fueled by the ambiguous clues in her visions, Blake sets out on a journey
through the city to retrieve her ancestors’ legendary mirror. But Blake is not
the only one looking for it. Soon she must attempt to unleash her own dormant
powers . . . or else risk all she holds dear.
Fractured Path is the third book in the YA fairy-tale quartet,
following one family—and the curse that plagues it—over several generations.
Cervantes (www.jccervantes.com) is the New York Times best-selling
author of The Storm Runner, which Booklist called
“a rip-roaring adventure” in a starred review. Her first novel, Tortilla
Sun, was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers
Association and was named to Bank Street’s 2011 Best Book List. Jen grew up in
San Diego and was fascinated by stories about Maya gods and magic. Follow her
on Facebook, Twitter: @jencerv, and Instagram: #authorjcervantes.
If she thought college applications were complicated, just wait until she
catches feelings for the newest celebrity in town.
Ashley Adams doesn’t have time for haters. Already too busy dealing with dead
bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary, she is ready to put the lid
on her judgmental peers and finally bury her high school experience. But her focus
is shattered when a charming pop-star-turned-student needs her help evading his
The last place heartthrob Harry James wants to be is back in school. Sentenced
to finish his senior year after a case of accidental arson, the singer longs to
return to the stage. But he never expected to meet a girl who could see through
the fame to the real person inside.
Surprised by the chemistry between them, Ashley is shocked when Harry gives her
the cold shoulder. But with his publicist forbidding him from dating her, Harry
must choose between fame or love.
Can Ashley and Harry survive the turmoil threatening to tear them apart?
Ashes is a fun and snarky standalone YA romance. If you like captivating
characters, emotional twists and turns, Fairies and Cinderella retellings, then
you’ll adore MK Harkins’ fast-paced tale.
*Recommended for readers 13+ (Some mild swearing and off-page violence)
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “I’m no stranger to
retellings of fairytales so my expectations were high. The story is beautifully
written with a fresh and modern take on the characters, whilst retaining the
true essence of the story.” Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A delightful mix of finding love in the modern
world, with a bit of Fairytale magic mixed in. I thought the novel was
beautifully written. There really weren’t any plot holes that led to confusion.
The elements of a Cinderella retelling were masterfully placed, but not necessarily
made the center of the story.” Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “What a great read! Everything about this book made me
want to keep reading! From the great characters, great story line and a
Cinderella twist!” NetGalley Reviewer
About M.K. Harkins:
MK has always been a voracious reader. After hitting a dry
spell of reading material, she decided to write the kind of book she’d like to
read. This resulted in the creation of her debut novel, Intentional. (Award for
Best Sweet Romance – eFestival of Words- August 2014)
Breaking Braydon, Taking Tiffany and The Reader soon followed. MK’s newest,
Famous by Default, an Amazon Bestseller, was released March 2017. The follow-up
to The Reader, The Jack, published 2018. Next up- A series of modern-day fairy
tales. We’ll start with a Cinderella story: Ashes
THE BATTLE FOR THE FUTURE OF MAGIC HAS TAKEN ITS FIRST PRISONER.
Held captive by the leaders of a dangerous new movement, Neitya is forced to
face a darker side of her abilities that threaten to tear her away from Fife,
her only true friend. The only way back to one another may be to follow their
destinies down divergent paths and discover what it means to face their worst
Book 2 of the three-book original graphic novel fantasy series!
“Verse’s rich drawings and colours
beautifully illustrate a complicated, engaging fantasy world filled with
sympathetic characters. I can’t wait to learn more about them as their journey
continues!” — Faith Erin Hicks ― “The Nameless City” –
Comics Creator, Writer, Artist
“An intricately woven tale of magic and mystery, Sam Beck has written and
illustrated an unforgettable story.” — Victoria Ying ― Illustrator –
“Diana Princess of the Amazons,” “I Kissed Alice,” and
“VERSE is an intricately woven story of magic, mystery and
unforgettable characters with lushly illustrated worlds. You’ll want more and
more.” — Victoria Ying ― Illustrator – “Diana Princess of the
Amazons,” “I Kissed Alice,” and more!
“Verse is the sort of book you spend hours pouring over, even after
the first read. Every single page is a visual delight – I lingered on every
panel and relished every page-turn. Sam expertly crafts a sprawling world full
of gripping characters and thrilling stakes that transported me to another
dimension– it’s the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager, and
certainly still love now.” — Hannah Templer ― Artist –
FOR DOWNLOADABLE DIGITAL ITEMS
(Bookmarks, Digital Wallpapers, and Poster), please click on this link: https://www.readwonderbound.com/books/verse-book-1/
To see and hear Sam
talk about VERSE, click on the YouTube link below for her Zoom chat at the 2021
US Book Show, entitled: MAGIC IS REAL: https://youtu.be/6kJ_1k–KDs
About Sam Beck:
Sam Beck is a writer and illustrator living in Toronto. She likes to explore
themes of identity and relationships through the lens of fantasy. Sam has done
work with Dark Horse, Vault Comics, and BOOM! Studios. When she’s not drawing,
find her admiring the forests of northern Ontario or playing the ocarina and
Jett Hart, a 16-year-old girl from
New Jersey, refuses to accept the diagnosis that her mother is brain-dead. Yes,
Mom’s long-comatose body seems like an empty shell. But there was that
split-second, weird time Jett swears she lifted out from her own body and
travelled to an indigo-colored, starry space, where she felt Mom’s presence.
Now, as Jett’s caretaking Aunt threatens to pull Mom’s life support, Jett must
find this mysterious indigo place again and return her mother to her body
before it’s too late. The bad news is that only her schoolmate Farold — who
may or may not give off a more-than-friends vibe — believes she can do this.
The good news is that he’s an amateur quantum physicist in training and has
some ideas about how to help Jett get back “up there.”
Even if Jett manages to find Mom in the “indigo,” can she bring her
back to her body? While also staying connected to her own “empty shell” below?
And, what if . . . someone is trying to stop her?
A teen thriller offering astral projection cosmology, life cords, parallel
universes, and wormholes, THE INDIGO is a wild trip through one person’s
consciousness “above,” her interconnected reality “below,”
and the psychological and potentially fatal dangers of being disconnected from
this world! A fast-paced magical trip across the stars, Jett and Farold will
whisk you away to The Indigo in search of answers and leave you gasping for air
time and time again. Siegel creates a world you both fear and long for. A must
read for fans of Flatliners and Stranger Things. – Rajdeep
Paulus, award-winning author of the SWIMMING THROUGH CLOUDS TRILOGY
“The thing with The Indigo is the writing. It’s subtle, sweet and doesn’t
skirt around the subjects of grief and loss. It’s not afraid to talk about a
struggling family, emotionally, financially, and with each other’s
relationships. What Siegel has created here is a beautiful book, filled with
believable and relatable characters who have real feelings…. Siegel has
written a triumph.”- Sally Altass,REEDSY
“Wow! It has been a while since I have enjoyed a book as much as I
relished The Indigo. The concepts are wonderfully fresh and unique and Heather
Siegel is a remarkable writer. If you swap dreams for astral projection and
throw in a tad of fantasy and a bit more drama, then this book would be like
the movie Inception, but for young adults. It is an amazing book and well
written. I think it could be made into a phenomenal film or even a series of
films. I was blown away and reading it has converted me into a huge fan. There
are a lot more enthralling elements in the plot that I can’t give away. This is
an author to look out for.”– Michaela Gordoni, READERS’ FAVORITE
“A fascinating story involving portals, quantum physics, multiverses, and
astral projection, The Indigo is bound to entice fans of the paranormal genre.
Author Heather Siegel tells a moving tale about a tenacious teenager who
refuses to let go of her mother and gives her all to bring her mother back to
life. The plot takes unexpected twists and turns that you never see coming.
Jett is a likable protagonist you find easy to root for. Her devotion to her
mother is not only admirable but also very relatable. I especially enjoyed her
burgeoning romance with Farold, and it was one of my favorite aspects of the
book. Recommended to young adult readers who love fantasy or paranormal
stories.”– Pikasho Deka, READERS’ FAVORITE
About Heather Siegel:
Siegel is the author of THE KING & THE QUIRKY, and OUT FROM THE UNDERWORLD.
She teaches academic and creative writing, holds an MFA from The New School
University, and lives with her family in Southern Florida.
Will Harley Find the Missing Mayan
Statue & Save the World?
Amateur cryptologist Harley James has just landed in the sticky jungle of
Tikal, Guatemala—home to the famous Mayan ruins. She’s made a few friends, a
few mistakes…and a ground-breaking discovery.
The legendary statue of the long-lost Mayan King.
Just as she is about to impress her father with her discovery, the statue is
stolen. Right from her own room!
And what’s worse? The legend says if the statues of the three kings are
reunited, they’ll bring back an army from the dead to rule the world.
Follow along with Harley as she tracks down the missing Mayan statue, solves a
few riddles and stumbles upon a secret society that will change her life
About Leah Cupps:
Leah Cupps is an author, designer and entrepreneur. She came
up with the idea for Harley James with her oldest daughter Savannah. Savannah
had taken an interest in Mayan history and so the two of them worked together
to come up with the idea for the first Harley James book; the Mystery of the
Leah lives in Indiana with her husband and three children.
She is also the cofound of Vision Forty Press, a small family owned publishing