And I Darken by Kiersten White | Lit Meme

Jun 28, 2016

I was fortunate enough to read an advanced review copy of Kiersten White's upcoming book And I Darken, which releases today, and you guys, this book is so fantastic and ruthless y'all will absolutely enjoy it!

“Heads will roll, bodies will be impaled…and hearts will be broken.”

Title: And I Darken
Series: The Conquerer's Saga #1
Author: Kiersten White
Publication Date: June 28, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult Historical Fantasy

{Story Diary} Zenith: Part 1 by Sasha Alsberg + Lindsay Cummings

Jun 21, 2016

zenith Zenith Part 1 by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Young Adult Science Fiction Fantasy
June 21, 2016 from Mirabel Inc.

There is darkness sweeping across the stars.

Most know her as the Bloody Baroness, the captain of a fearsome glass starship called The Marauder. Androma and her crew strike terror in the hearts of those who cross them amongst the many corners of the Mirabel Galaxy.

When a routine mission goes rogue, the all-female crew is captured by a bounty hunter from Andi’s past and forced into a job that could, quite literally, start a war that will devour worlds.

Meanwhile, on the far side of the galaxy, the ruthless ruler Nor waits in the shadows of the planet Xen Ptera, biding her time. The final pieces are about to fall into place, liberating a plan that will tear Mirabel in two.

As the Marauder hurtles toward the unknown, there is one lesson that proves to be true: No one can be trusted in a galaxy that runs on lies and illusion.

From internet sensation Sasha Alsberg and multi-genre author Lindsay Cummings comes a new serialized space opera, full of action, intrigue, and steamy star-crossed romance.

ZENITH: THE ANDROMA SAGA will be released in small sections at a time.
The adventure begins June 21st, 2016, wherever ebooks are sold.


The Mirabel Galaxy

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Arcardius: The hub of Mirabel's government.

Tenebris: The planet where the military is based.

Solera: Minor planet that focuses on education and science.

Adhira: Terraformed farming planet.

Xen Ptera: The oldest planet in the galaxy that separated itself from the others in rebellion.

The Marauders

The Marauder is a sleek, beautiful, deadly and delicious beast of a starship that looked to be made of the stars in which it swam, that is led by the Bloody Baroness herself Captain Androma Racella (aka Andi), and run by a group of girls that had run from every hellish corner of the galaxy. And they were as sharp as Andi's blades. They are the Marauders.

Androma Racella (aka Andi): Captain of The Marauder.

Lira Mette: Pilot of The Marauder.

Breck Niles: Main gunner of The Marauder.

Gilly Ferris: Second gunner of The Marauder.

Dex: Bounty hunter, works for Mirabel.


Krevs (n.): currency; payment.
Holoscreen (n.): a holographic screen, projecting maps and radars and such.
Fike (adj.): swear word.
Godstars (adj.): a curse word of sorts.
Starshine (adj.): another colorful curse word.

"Her nightmares were like bloodstains. . .
On the darkest nights, they clung to her like a second skin."
--Sasha Aslberg and Lindsay Cummings, Zenith (Loc 54)

"We will see where the stars lead us."
--Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, Zenith (Loc 113)

"A female captain was one thing. But a whole rutting ship full of girls?
They flew like demons sprung from a pit of fire."
--Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, Zenith (Loc 225)

Hell yeah -- GO LADIES!!! Show 'em who runs the galaxy.

"Hearts were pathetic things, too easily broken.
The Bloody Baroness couldn't afford such a weakness."
--Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, Zenith (Loc 725)

There would be another tally added soon, accompanying the others on her blades.
It had Dex's name written all over it.
--Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings, Zenith (Loc 728)


lindsayLindsay Cummings is the 24-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX duology and THE BALANCE KEEPERS trilogy for HarperCollins. She lives in North Texas, where she writes full time.

Lindsay is represented by Pete Knapp at New Leaf Literary.

Find out more about Lindsay and her books, and get writing/publishing advice on

sashaSasha Alsberg is currently attending Emerson College as a Writing, Literature & Publishing major.

When she is not writing short stories for class or obsessing over Scotland she is making YouTube videos on her channel Abookutopia.

Sasha is represented on YouTube by Collective Digital Studios.

For her writing, she is represented by Joanna Volpe at New Leaf Literary.

{Story Diary} The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Jun 14, 2016

tbatsThe Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
New Adult Fantasy
May 6, 2016 from CreateSpace

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?




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Character + City Pronunciations

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The Gifted

The Gifted lived long and had many children of their own, but even with blessed words and magnificent abilities, life in the world was dangerous and difficult.

The Spinner spins objects into gold, but it can lead to greed and get out of control.

The Changer can transform into an animal, but one might lose control of himself to the animal side. The  Volgar are Changers.

The Healer could heal others, but not oneself.

The Teller predicts the future and breathes life to objects with words, which can lead to trouble if not careful.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."
-- Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

"The castle was full of secrets and schemes, full of people hungry for power and afraid of magic."
-- Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

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"Suddenly yearning had a flavor. It tasted like a king, a beautiful, frightening, infuriating man who flew into my life and began to free my words." -- Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

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"Love might be the only magic left."
-- Amy Harmon, The Bird and the Sword

Amy Harmon is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times Bestselling author. Amy knew at an early age that writing was something she wanted to do, and she divided her time between writing songs and stories as she grew. Having grown up in the middle of wheat fields without a television, with only her books and her siblings to entertain her, she developed a strong sense of what made a good story. Her books are now being published in twelve countries, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Levan, Utah.

Amy Harmon has written ten novels - the USA Today Bestsellers, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, as well as The Law of Moses, The Song of David, Infinity + One, Slow Dance in Purgatory, Prom Night in Purgatory, and the New York Times Bestseller, A Different Blue. Her newest release, The Bird and The Sword will be released in the spring of 2016. She will release From Sand and Ash in October of 2016, via Lake Union Publishing.

To receive updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, follow Amy on Facebook, Twitter or subscribe to her newsletter.

Amy Harmon is represented by Jane Dystel of Dystel and Goderich Literary Management.
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