Book Promo Feature–WICKA by Christy Deveaux

YAPC would like to welcome Christy Deveaux to the blog today. She is here to share some info and an excerpt of her book WICKA. If this looks like something you would like to read, please go pick up a copy!

Book Description:

Wicka

Amazon Bestseller in 3 categories!

While mourning the loss of a mother figure, Elizabeth Blake, a smart but socially introverted seventeen year old girl from Ann Arbor Michigan, thinks she’s enrolling in an international school in the south of France to finish her final year of high school. Instead, she falls in love; finds out that she is a witch from an ancient family –– who weren’t thought to exist anymore; and discovers that her life is in danger, as the Elders believe that she is the heir to a legend they fear above all else.

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Excerpt:

“Clara and I knew each other. We were friends. We grew apart after school when she met her husband. He was from an ancient family who viewed power as essential. They were close to the Elders—that’s how they received the assignment to monitor you. They were sent to watch you and report back to the Elders. It was considered an honour. When they learned about the Elders’ true intentions and practices, the Hills went against the Elders and tried to protect you. When the Elders learned of their betrayal, they were merciless.”

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About the Author: Christy Deveaux is the author of The Chronicles of Elizabeth Blake series. She majored in Christy Deveauxpolitical science and earned a cross-disciplinary degree from the University of Western Ontario. She lives in Toronto, Ontario with her husband, three children and a fish named Cow.

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Interview and Book Promo Feature–Fallen (The Fallen Saga, Book 1) by Emily Clarke

YAPC would like to welcome Emily Clarke to the blog today. She is here to share some info, an excerpt, and answer some questions about herself and her book Fallen. If this looks like something you would enjoy, please go pick up a copy!

YAPC: Try to describe your book in one sentence.

Emily: A paranormal romance with a dark edge.

YAPC: Where would you live if you could live anywhere in the world?

Emily: I love England but if I had a choice probably Iceland.

YAPC: When did you begin writing?

Emily: I use to write in a diary from a young age and always like to express myself with words. I started writing poetry when I was in grade school and it is my favorite.

YAPC: Do you have a day job?

Emily: I taught English for 14 years but decided to take a year off and write my book and I have throughly enjoyed it.

YAPC: Could you describe to us your typical writing day?

Emily: I like to write in the morning with coffee and music on my headphones. I try to write something for an hour everyday and I love to write hand written letters to friends and family.

YAPC: Did you do any research before start or during of the writing of the books?

Emily: I have an idea then I start writing as I go along then I will research certain things to get ideas but I have no set plan.

YAPC: How many books do you read/month?

Emily: Maybe 3 at the most.

YAPC: Where can readers find your books?

Emily: Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, and Google Play are the main ones.

YAPC: Favorite place in the world?

Emily: Iceland.

YAPC: Are you working on anything new and if so when can we expect to see it?

Emily: Yes I am writing Forbidden Love (The Fallen Saga, Book 2) Hopefully it will be out next year.

Book Description:

FallenJulie Anderson never wanted to leave her life and friends behind in Connecticut, but when her father gets a new job in Texas she discovers her destiny. When she meets the devilishly fallen angel, Nick Landers, her life begins to unravel. Nick is different from the other boys and seems to have a crush on her. Julie soon learns that Nick has taken an oath never to fall in love with an earthly woman. Despite Nick’s unhealthy obsession with her, Julie finds herself falling for him. When Julie’s mother is killed in a car wreck, Julie realizes her own life is at risk and only fate will decide whether Nick kills or protects her.

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Excerpt:

Julie Anderson never wanted to move. She had the perfect life back in Connecticut and now that was about to change. When her father told her they were moving to Dallas because of his new job she locked herself in her bedroom and turned off the lights. She crept under the covers and pulled them over her head.

The thought of leaving her friends and school behind made her soul fill with melancholy and the tears began to stream down her face, here she was about to turn fifteen and yet she felt like a child. Then she felt a cold wind, she had forgotten to shut her bedroom window and being upstairs it could get quite chilly at night. Then she thought about the razor blade and cutting herself, it wasn’t something she did often but girls at school were doing it and after trying it, she found it made her feel something real.

Her parents didn’t know about it so she often wore long sleeved shirts to conceal her cuts. She lay there awhile, then the compulsion came and she got up and went to the bathroom. The razor was there and she took it out of the medicine cabinet. She used the light from her phone to see and then gently cut the inside of her arm. The blood came and she felt a sense of relief and she needed it with the impending move this weekend. The movers had already come and pretty much all her things were packed.

In the morning it would be her last day of school in Connecticut and the thought of leaving her friends made her cut one more time. She washed the razor and put it back in the cabinet grabbing some band aids to stop the bleeding. Then she crept back into bed and gently fell asleep as rain began to fall outside.

“Julie, wake up.” Susan Anderson put her hand on her daughter’s face and caressed it. “It’s your last day of school; don’t you want to go see all your friends?”
“I don’t want to move.”

“We’ve discussed this; but understand your father got a very good job in Texas.”

“I hate the thought of moving to Dallas, all my friends are here and I like a boy.” Julie slumped back in bed and pulled the covers up.

“A boy? What’s his name? I’m sure you can keep in touch and it’s not like we’re moving to Africa, we’ll be back to visit.” Susan rubbed Julie’s forehead and wiped a tear from her cheek.

“His name is Jason and we met in art class. He’s the first boy that really talked to me and understands me.” Julie sat up and realized maybe she was being overly dramatic.

“There will be other boys and you can visit Jason when we come back for the holidays, now get moving, your breakfast is ready and on the table. Why are you wearing those long sleeves? Aren’t you hot?”

“I left the window open.” Julie sat up and watched her mother walk out of her room. Maybe she was being a little brat, but her parents didn’t how much Jason meant to her. She wasn’t like the other girls even though many of her friends were popular, she never felt pretty or accepted especially with the boys. In fact, she only had one boyfriend and that was three years ago in sixth grade.

His name was Ben Wilson and the only thing they did was kiss one day after school. The crush soon came and went when Ben started going out with her best friend Melissa. The thought of this reminded her of the break up and she soon realized how stupid the whole thing had been especially when Ben dumped Melissa a few weeks later. This only made her and Melissa better friends, and of all her friends, Melissa would be the one she would miss the most. Not like they wouldn’t text every minute of the day but not having her really there would be different.

“About time you got down here.” Susan Anderson was rinsing out a bowl when her only daughter came trudging down the stairs.

“I made it.” Julie sat down at the table and began to stir her oatmeal. She usually ate healthy or sometimes not all. All the girls wanted to be skinny at school and the whole thing seemed like a dumb contest, some of the girls looked anorexic and said they drank water and ate only celery.

“Try and have a good day, I know this is difficult for you but enjoy today and seeing your friends. Your father will pick you up, and when you get back I need you to finish packing your things, because we are leaving in the morning.”

“Why is Daddy picking me up?” Julie couldn’t stand the thought of her father driving up in front of school, it embarrassed her in front of the other kids and definitely wasn’t cool.

“Alright mother, I’ll wait out front, but tell him to text me when he gets close, maybe I can hide.”
“Very funny.” Susan looked at her only daughter and wondered why she would be wearing a long sleeved black shirt on a mild day in October.

“It’s really your last day. I’m so sad.” Melissa Benton knew this day was coming, but now it was officially here. It wasn’t always easy being Julie Anderson’s bestie but they had stuck together since third grade.
“I know, it hasn’t hit me yet.” Julie grabbed Melissa’s hand and they walked towards Newton High.

Their freshman year was almost half way over, and it had been quite an interesting one so far, one thing Melissa noticed about her best friend was how much she changed from last year. For one thing, Julie started wearing black clothes including long sleeved tops and hoodies. This wasn’t unusual as many of the kids were into the ‘Goth’ look, but it was strange for Julie. Ever since Melissa met Julie, she always knew her friend to be outgoing and popular.

Despite Julie’s insecurities, everybody loved her at school and Julie even befriended the kids that were deemed outcasts among the ‘cool kids’. Melissa had always admired this quality in Julie, as she seemed to be a friend to everyone. When Julie told her that she was moving, there was a noticeable difference in Julie’s disposition, and for the last few months it seemed all Julie did was mope around and wear black. This was understandable but Melissa was going to worry about her friend even more when she moved.

It seemed that everybody knew Julie was moving, and everybody came up to her or mentioned how much they were going to miss her. By the end of first period, even the teacher hugged her in front of the entire class.

The day seemed to fly, and the next thing Julie knew she was standing in front of the school waiting on her father. Melissa stood next to her holding her hand when she saw her father’s car pull up.

“Text me as soon as you can,” Melissa said.

“I will.” Julie hugged her best friend and then got in the car.

“How was your last day?” Julie’s father knew this move would be tough for his daughter but he thought with time she would warm up to their new home in Dallas.

“It was alright.” Julie turned away from her father and looked out the window as Newton High seemed to fade in the distance.

“I know this is difficult for you, but you’ll make new friends.” Julie’s father looked at his daughter and knew his words were falling empty on her.

“Thanks Joe.” Julie said her father’s first name knowing it was like twisting a knife in his side. It was her little way of getting back at him for this move to Texas.

“Joe? You sure have gotten sassy. Don’t forget what your mother and I have done for you. We enrolled you in the best high school in Dallas, and believe me it isn’t cheap.”

Joe Anderson knew his daughter had been going through a rebellious phase but lately it seemed all Julie wanted to do was argue and disagree with his suggestions. He knew this new move would be hard but didn’t understand how his daughter could be so rude to him and her mother; after all they had given her everything she wanted.

Julie didn’t say another word the rest of the way home, and her father remained quiet too creating a cold and distant feeling that seemed to depress her even more. One solace was that Julie had been keeping a diary for the last year and it was the perfect outlet to express her feelings when she felt nobody else could understand her. The diary was a secret and it was something Julie didn’t even share with Melissa.

10-10-14

I’ve been so depressed lately. Daddy got a new job in Dallas, and now we are moving tomorrow and it feels like I ’m leaving my whole world behind. All my friends are here and I won’t know a soul at my new school, in a sense it will be like starting over and just when things were good with Jason. He is the first boy that really likes me for who I am and he could have any girl in school. I will think of him everyday and he asked for my number. I hope we will stay in touch.

Julie finished writing in her diary, and got in bed. It was the last night in the only house she’d ever known and in the morning things would never be the same. She lay there a few minutes and then she felt that feeling and knew what it was although she tried to suppress it. The razor was in the medicine cabinet and she sat down on the bathroom’s tile floor. The cut felt good and a sense of relief rushed over her body. It seemed that her stress was dissipating temporarily and after she stopped the bleeding she put everything away and walked to the nightstand by her bed.

She opened up the top drawer and grabbed the cigarettes. She didn’t like it at first but after awhile she craved them especially with coffee. She thought about the days that she and Melissa skipped class and went to the coffee shop. They would sit on the patio and smoke discussing boys and all the school gossip. It would be things like that Julie would miss the most.

Julie grabbed a cigarette and opened up her bedroom window. It was dark outside but yet she could see in the back yard. She lit the cigarette and exhaled smoke into the cool night air. She wondered what Texas would be like and heard there was basically no winter and only heat year round. She didn’t know much about Dallas, except that it was big and that her new school was in an exclusive neighborhood called Highland Park. Julie used her burning cigarette and lit another, it was eerily quiet and the shadows seemed to play in the trees along the fence. After a few minutes, she put out the cigarette and shut the window. The thought of tomorrow made her want to die but she got in bed and closed her eyes.

“Wake up.”
“Can you please leave?” Julie knew it was moving day but she wasn’t in a hurry to get out of bed.

“I’m afraid you’ll never get up if I leave. The movers are here and I’ll give you twenty minutes.” Susan winked at her daughter and went back downstairs.

Julie reluctantly got out of bed and then lifted up her top just above her navel. She could see her ribs but didn’t feel skinny and to make matters worse, mother gave her twenty minutes to have everything packed. Most of everything was loaded but Julie had a small bag to get the rest. There were just a few clothes and the band-aid box in the medicine cabinet.

Julie had everything ready to go but then she remembered her diary and cigarettes in the top drawer of the nightstand. She grabbed both and put them in her purse. There was a knock on the door and one of the movers came in to get the remaining furniture, then her phone vibrated. It was a text from Melissa.

Miss you already.

The moving van rolled out of the drive way and onto the street. Julie and her mother trailed behind it and they began to leave the neighborhood.

“Text your father and see if he made it to Dallas.”

“Mother, I don’t feel good. I know Daddy made it, he always does. His flight was supposed to get in last night, by now he’s probably already at the new house.” Julie grabbed her phone and began to text Melissa.

“See if he’s there, he’d love to hear from you.”

“I’m texting Melissa.” Julie turned away from her mother and glanced out the window.

“You’ll get use to it, in fact I think in a few months you’ll have a whole new group of friends, your new school is supposed to be the best in the city, not only that it’s close to our new house.”

“Why don’t you focus on driving and when you get time pull over.” I need to get something,” Julie said.

“Aren’t you bossy today, I’ll stop once we get out on the highway. I’m going to let the movers get ahead of us, and we can spend some quality time together.” Susan had never seen her daughter act so rebellious and although it was frustrating, she figured it would pass with time.

“Where are we staying for the night?”

“Your father made reservations for us at a hotel, and then we’ll get up early and drive to Dallas.” Susan finally heard her daughter ask a question instead of being standoffish.

“That sounds miserable.” Julie slumped down in the passenger seat and stared out the window.

“Listen, your father and I know this isn’t easy for you, but try to improve your attitude. We’ve talked to you about this, and frankly we’re doing our best. We know it can be tough being an only child and then moving away from your friends and school, but you’ll make new ones and find your place, just think you’ll be taking driver’s education soon.”

“That will be fun.” Julie sarcastically laughed and leaned her head on the pillow up against the passenger seat window. “And Mother, pull over when you get time.”

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About the Author: Emily Clarke is a writer from England. A British woman with an ever growing creative side, I Emily Clarkehave always enjoyed writing from an early age. Only now, do my thoughts escape my head, spilling into the realm of others. Fallen is my novel and book one in The Fallen Saga. The idea for Fallen came to me on trips to the countryside and filled my head throughout the day. I started writing my ideas down and came up with an outline for the book and I let the words take over. Although already published in various poetry journals, I wanted to express myself through prose and Fallen gave me that opportunity. I look forward to writing even more in this series as Fallen has awakened a new found sense of creativity.

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