Monday, August 27, 2012

Enemies of the Cross - Early Release

Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series #3) by

I can say with absolute certainty that Enemies of the Cross is my favorite book of The Warrior Series. Yes, I do like it more than Warriors of the Cross and Guardians of the Cross. Within it, I've ratcheted up the excitement to a point where the readers' nerves might truly fray and snap. There are unexpected surprises and unforeseen twists that will keep you glued to the book/e-book desperately begging for Dark Angels of the Cross spoilers.

The most intriguing aspect of Enemies of the Cross is the Underwater Realm. Within its territory, there are both villainous and friendly characters who are interesting enough to star in the remaining stories.

Without a doubt, Allison La Crosse and The Warrior Series are just now hitting their stride. Fans of the series should stay tuned for more with Dark Angels of the Cross. Its release is scheduled for spring of 2013.

T. R. Graves, Author
Warriors of the Cross
Guardians of the Cross
Enemies of the Cross
Dark Angels of the Cross


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Off to College

The YA Indie Carnival's weekly topic has never touched on a subject more near and dear to my heart than the one we are discussing this week. Instead of simply posting an excerpt - included at the bottom of this post - from The Warrior Series, I'm going to share the experience I had last weekend when dropping my daughter off at The University of Texas in Austin, Texas for her first away-from-home college year.

Since my son and husband had baseball and football to practice, I was charged with escorting my daughter, getting her new apartment set up, and coming back home with a sense of accomplishment on a job well done. The entire weekend, I followed the plan perfectly. I stayed on task and ignored every feeling of angst, anxiety, and sadness bubbling to the surface. I pushed them down by finding one more chore that needed to be completed before I could leave her side once and for all. Until finally, there were no more excuses for delaying my departure. 

Before leaving and like a military drill sergeant, I gave her strict instructions to continue to live her life the way she always had, to be careful, and to call if she needed me. Focusing on the three-hour drive home, I - stoic, so there wouldn't be a scene - pulled out of the apartment's parking garage right before hearing a single tap at my window. It was my daughter, and she was upset. Watching her, I finally had to admit that breaking up our very tight-knit family was going to be much harder than I'd ever expected.

Standing on the sidewalk and waiting for me to open my window, she reminded me of the infant who'd cried all night every night for the first year and a half of her life because she wanted to sleep with me and be near me. I saw the toddler who at eighteen months - and in the face of the experts - learned how to climb out of her crib and dart into my bed in order to be with me anyway. She was the little girl who held my hand every night until she was ten-years-old, begging me not leave her side while she slept. Abandoning her with those pictures in my head and with her fear of being away from me burned into my heart, mind, and soul made driving off (after several more hugs and kisses) one of the hardest things I've ever done...one of the hardest things I will ever do. At least, it was until I made it home. 

While my eight-year-old son understood my daughter was going away to college, he was upset with me when I returned home without her. I knew something was wrong with him, but I had no idea how much he was hurting until one hour after he went to bed. I heard him crying. I went to his room, and he, a tough football-wielding, baseball-playing boy, was sobbing. He missed his sister, and he wanted her back NOW! In his hand, he held the his letter that she'd written before leaving.
T-Bucket (our special nickname for him)
Hey Trevor,

I hope you do good at your games today! I'm gonna miss you, but I'll be back soon. Get ready to have a good school year and make sure to do all your homework. I love you so much! Call me if you ever need me.
Allie

The sight before me...and the fact that I had left my baby girl nearly brought me to my knees.  Unable to speak a word, I cried with Trevor and held his hand like I'd done with Allie so many times when she was little.  All I could do was silently let him know I missed her as much as he did, and my hurt was just as fierce.  When I was finally able to speak, I asked if he'd like to sleep in her bed. Instantly and almost in disbelief, his head shot up.  As if he expected me to change my mind any minute, he hopped out of his bed and dashed to her room.

Resting on her bed next to him, I rubbed his back until he cried himself to sleep.  While I was there, I prayed that Allie's first night away from us was less agonizing than ours.  In my heart, I know it wasn't.

✿Excerpt from Warriors of the Cross✿✿
  
Impossible for me to shake was the sensation that today was life changing.  With absolute certainty, this milestone – one imagined for years – marked the end of the life I had known and the beginning of one I had yet to envision.  Both outcomes filled me with overwhelming gratification…and grief.
The compilation of three major transitions at the same time made a recipe perfect for disaster.  First, I was leaving my hometown for a new city that was eight hours away from everyone I loved.  Second, I had been assigned to complete my residency at a university I only knew through pamphlets.  Third (and most important right now), I rented a room in a house with a stranger whom I had met during a spur of the moment phone call weeks ago.  Hands tied and without options, I moved toward my new world.

 ✿✿✿✿✿

1.Laura A. H. Elliott 2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
7.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed8.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
9.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga10.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
11.Ella James12.Maureen Murrish
13.Valerie Sloan14.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings
15.A Little Bit of R&R16.Melissa Pearl



Thursday, August 16, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Hot Summer Reads

This week (actually, last week...I'm a week behind), the sponsors of the YA Indie Carnival are sharing their favorite summer reads.  Below, I've included just a few of my favorites along with my review of each one.  Notice that I've included Enemies of the Cross.  It will be released 9/1/12.  Be on the look out! 
 City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by








In this book, love... blood... betrayal... revenge definitely collide and every lover of paranormal/fantasy will want to take part. If you haven't begun this series, you should. If you've read every other book in the series except this one, you should right that wrong immediately. You will not be disappointed.




This is an AMAZING... PHENOMENAL... WONDERFUL series, and it has instantly shot to the top of my personal all-time favorite series list. I should mention that I have three series tied for the top spot honors, meaning I could never choose between them. All are equally great in their own way.

In awe of this story, I could go on for pages and still not do justice to 's brilliance as it relates to this series. Instead, I will say Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a perfect beginning to this amazing story. You can't keep yourself from falling in love with the very meek, extremely gentle, and absolutely endearing characters. I'm in love with every last one of them: Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, and Mr. Kadam.

The story is as intriguing as the characters. We are not forced to like anything about it. The aspect which makes this better than the rest is the way allows us to fall in love with each and every character through their actions, their stories, and their love of each other. Also, she has a talent for making the reader curious. I found myself mentally planning a visit to India because of her beautiful descriptions.

This is another one of those stories that can easily be appreciated by anyone. The book gives us plenty of action and lots of wonderfully intimate moments. There is nothing (sex or profanity) that would make me shy away from recommending to avid readers younger than eighteen. Honestly, Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) is a great read for anyone and everyone. As I said earlier, there are few that I would recommend higher.

 Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) by


Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) had so many parts to it that I literally felt as if I'd read three seperate books once it was over...all equally amazing. I said with Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1) that



Without adding spoilers, Tiger's Quest (The Tiger Saga #2) will make you feel like your heart has been ripped from its cavity, and it's done in such a way and at such an unexpected moment that you are all the more shocked when it happens.



Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3) is another wonderful book within one of my favorite series to date. is a phenomenal author who has done a great job writing a story filled with heart-squeezing romance, unbelievably believable fantasy worlds, and spine-tingling adventures. Honestly, I can't say enough positive things about this timeless saga.

The characters. From the main ones to the supporting ones, they are created and molded until they are perfect. Their every action and reaction believable...frustrating...and amazing. Kelsey, Ren, Kishan, and Mr. Kadam have come to feel like old friends.

The settings. Each and every one of the fantasy worlds traveled to during this version of the quest are described in a manner where I can easily visualize its traits, its magnificence, and its dangers.




I love this series so much, I've spent several weeks reading and re-reading it. This is important to mention because I almost never re-read a book. I have so little leisure time that going back over a book where I already know the final outcome is rare. I've made the exception with The Tiger Saga because of all the great details that I missed the first time. The excitement and anticipation prevented me from appreciating the lengths

I won't give anything away, but Tiger's Voyage (The Tiger Saga #3) ends in such a surprising manner that fans like me will be rabidly awaiting Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga #4)'s release. I for one...I can not wait!

Enemies of the Cross (The Warrior Series #3) by
I can say with absolute certainty that Enemies of the Cross is my favorite book of The Warrior Series. Yes, I do like it more than Warriors of the Cross and Guardians of the Cross. Within it, I've ratcheted up the excitement to a point where the readers' nerves might truly fray and snap. There are unexpected surprises and unforeseen twists that will keep you glued to the book/e-book desperately begging for Dark Angels of the Cross spoilers.

The most intriguing aspect of Enemies of the Cross is the Underwater Realm. Within its territory, there are both villainous and friendly characters who are interesting enough to star in the remaining stories.

Without a doubt, Allison La Crosse and The Warrior Series are just now hitting their stride. Fans of the series should stay tuned for more with Dark Angels of the Cross. Its release is scheduled for spring of 2013.

1.Laura A. H. Elliott 2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
7.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed8.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
9.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga10.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
11.Ella James12.Maureen Murrish
13.Valerie Sloan14.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings
15.A Little Bit of R&R

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by









In this book, love... blood... betrayal... revenge definitely collide and every lover of paranormal/fantasy will want to take part.  If you haven't begun this series, you should.  If you've read every other book in the series except this one, you should right that wrong immediately.  You will not be disappointed.

Friday, August 3, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Pinterest Inspirations

The YA Indie Carnival sponsors are talking about Pinterest and all of the wonderfully inspirational things that can be found on the site.  I've been using Pinterest long enough to attract great followers, and I now publicly stalk hundreds of people who post beautiful pictures, amazing scenes, fashionable designs, unusual architecture, ingenious products, mouth-watering foods, stunning people, and even interesting new reads.  It's like surfing a great magazine that's been specifically created for you because you have the ability to pick and choose who you want to follow.  Once you find a few people who PIN things that INTEREST you, others with similar tastes will soon follow.  Before long, you're in love with everything pinned because you've created a world where only your style is represented.

I'll be honest and say one of my favorite Pinners is , author of Tiger's Curse (The Tiger Saga #1).  I love her books and always feel like I'm getting a sneak peak into the scenes, jewelry, people, and locations she is going to be introducing in Tiger's Destiny (The Tiger Saga, #4) and Tiger's Dream (The Tiger Saga, #5).

Below, I've provided samples of my boards.  You can get to them by clicking on the picture.  Feel free to follow.  Like




Products I Love is reserved for great new products or ones I believe will be good for my characters to use.



  






Favorite Places & Spaces showcases specific places where I'd love to go or build worlds around.







Architecture details great architectural features that I would love for my characters to see or to have in my home one day. 








Books Worth Reading contains books I've read and loved or planned to read because the authors are so wonderful.




 






Clothes I Like shines the spotlight on clothes and jewelry I love and/or would like to see my characters wear. 









Food and Drinks provides a great central location where I can go to find the recipes that look great, seem easy enough to make, and (hopefully) will taste as good as they look.




Health and Beauty gives me the perfect location to store pictures of beautiful and interesting people who would make great future characters.   
 





 


For the Home is filled with beautiful, quaint, shabby, and sophisticated rooms that I'd love to plot and plan around one day.  







T. R. Graves, Author has a place for each and every one of my books (all designed by the wonderful Phatpuppy Art).  









Amazing Pictures is just that.  These pictures make you stop and think how wonderful the world we live in can be.   








My Style is a place for me to go when I want to visualize ensembles for the people being detailed within my stories.


Now, take a few minute to find out my fellow bloggers' opinions of Pinterest.


1.Laura A. H. Elliott 2.Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3.Heather Self4.T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5.Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga6.Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
7.K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed8.Gwenn Wright, author of Filter
9.Heather M. White, author of The Destiny Saga10.Liz Long | Just another writer on the loose.
11.Ella James12.Maureen Murrish
13.Valerie Sloan14.YA Sci Fi Author's Ramblings
15.A Little Bit of R&R