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Fanning the Flames by Chris Cannon

A Going Down in Flames novel

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Release Date: 3/6/17

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Bryn McKenna has it all, including her smoking-hot knight turned live-in boyfriend, Valmont. Even though she’s a hybrid dragon, she’s finally fitting into the new shape-shifting dragon world that’s become her own. But her grandparents want to ruin everything by making Bryn’s nightmare of an arranged marriage to Jaxon Westgate a reality. It doesn’t help that Jaxon’s father is on a witch hunt for Rebel sympathizers and Bryn finds herself in his line of fire.

If she doesn’t say, “I do,” she’ll lose everything. Good-bye flying. Good-bye best friends. Good-bye magic. But if she bends to her grandparents’ will and agrees to marry Jaxon, she’ll lose the love of her life—her knight.

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~*~ABOUT THE AUTHOR~*~

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Award winning author Chris Cannon lives in Southern Illinois with her husband and her three dogs, Pete the shih tzu who sleeps on her desk while she writes, Molly the ever-shedding yellow lab, and Tyson the sandwich-stealing German Shepherd Beagle. She believes coffee is the Elixir of Life. Most evenings after work, you can find her sucking down caffeine and writing fire-breathing paranormal adventures and snarky contemporary romance.

Connect with her at: https://entangledpublishing.com/index.php/author/chris-cannon

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Take a tour with #Fate @_heatherlyons series about a girl who has the power to create or destroy, and the love of two of the most powerful magical beings. #myfatepower #teamkellan @inkslingerpr

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FATE SERIES BY HEATHER LYONS

✿ A MATTER OF FATE (Fate, #1)

Chloe Lilywhite struggles with all the normal problems of a typical seventeen-year-old high school student. Only, Chloe isn’t a normal teenage girl. She’s a Magical, part of a secret race of beings who influence the universe. More importantly, she’s a Creator, which means Fate mapped out her destiny long ago, from her college choice, to where she will live, to even her job. While her friends and relatives relish their future roles, Chloe resents the lack of say in her life, especially when she learns she’s to be guarded against a vengeful group of beings bent on wiping out her kind. Their number one target? Chloe, of course.

That’s nothing compared to the boy trouble she’s gotten herself into. Because a guy she’s literally dreamed of and loved her entire life, one she never knew truly existed, shows up in her math class, and with him comes a twin brother she finds herself inexplicably drawn to.

Chloe’s once unyielding path now has a lot more choices than she ever thought possible.

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18454992✿ BEYOND FATE (Fate #1.5)

There are always two sides to every story . . .

His whole life, Jonah Whitecomb has strove to meet everyone’s expectations of him: the perfect student, dutiful son, loyal twin, accomplished surfer, and powerful Magical. But behind his carefully composed façade hides the truth of how his family has fallen apart, leaving Jonah more often than not feeling adrift. To complicate matters, he fell in love long ago with a girl in his dreams, one he’s never told anyone about, including his twin brother.

Just when life seems its bleakest, Jonah discovers that Chloe is real. Wanting to finally reach out and grab happiness for himself, he embarks on a journey to track down the girl of his dreams, only to find that happy endings aren’t always guaranteed, the best laid out plans can go horribly awry, and sometimes, you have to simply let yourself go along for the ride.

* Beyond Fate is Jonah’s point-of-view of the events of A Matter of Fate, and is a companion novella.

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Mama Says:
First of all, if you’re new to the series, you might want to skip the rest of the blurbs in order to avoid tiny spoilers.  Fair warning, I’m about to fangirl hard y’all.  Because I’m a huge lover of fantasy series that build and grow as the books go on, and of surprises and shocks along the way.  I love when a series ages with its readers and think Fate does exactly that.  Hence why past the first 1 1/2 books they are labeled New Adult instead of Young Adult.
Heather Lyons takes your heart and rubs it a bit, then warms it up, then rips it out and smashes it to pieces, making you beg for recovery.  Her writing writhes under your skin and won’t leave you until you re-read it.  Again and again.  I’m obsessed with her ability to take clichés and tired tropes and spin them into a complicated web of poetry and emotion.  She makes you think you’re going to read a light fluffy fantasy romance and then kicks you in the lady balls.  More than once.
In book 1, we get a good introduction to the characters, but only a little bit of information about what all is going on in the Magical world and how Chloe and the Whitecombs play into the whole of it.  I thought I needed more information but honestly this series does a good job of steadily feeding you what you need to move forward while hinting at more to come.
Each book sees more complicated relationships, more complex maneuvers, and more magic and fighting and general chaos.  I enjoyed the varied pacing, and the lack of tedium for the most part.  If you’re needing something to binge read (though I admit I whipped through these books way too quickly) then you can get the entire series now!  No waiting, the best way to read!

As for #myFatepower, I’d like to have the ability to feel rested without actually sleeping so I have more time for all.the.things.

amatterofheart✿ A MATTER OF HEART (Fate, #2)

No longer in high school, Chloe Lilywhite is now living and working in Annar, the Magicals’ city-state plane of existence. Since moving, she’s joined the Council, gone on missions with the Guard, moved into her own apartment, and enrolled at the University of Annar. Plus, she’s happily engaged to be married to Jonah Whitecomb, the literal man from her dreams, not to mention her Connection. While she still struggles with aspects of her craft, Chloe feels like she’s finally coming into her own, especially after a difficult year that had her questioning nearly everything in her life.

After a brutal attack by the Elders, her life is turned upside down once more. Accusations fly throughout the Council and Guard, forcing Chloe to confront her worst fears about what’s she’s capable of as a Creator. And then there’s the matter of Kellan Whitecomb, Jonah’s twin brother and Chloe’s ex, who resurfaces after disappearing months before. Although Chloe chose Jonah, and despite their best efforts, the two find it hard to stay away from one another.

But no matter what Fate throws at her, Chloe is determined to take charge of her life, even as it begins to spiral out of control.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.

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amatteroftruth✿ A MATTER OF TRUTH (Fate, #3)

Not long ago, Chloe Lilywhite seemingly had it all: a prized spot on the Magicals’ Council as lead Creator, a loving fiancé and Connection, and a wealth of good friends. But the poised young woman she projected was nothing more than a façade. Her parents all but disowned her. Power plays and accusations of murder within the Council rocked her confidence. And most difficult of all, her secret, a secondary Connection to Jonah’s twin brother, Kellan, became painfully impossible to resist. Desperate to gain control over her rapidly unraveling existence, Chloe did the unthinkable: she ran away.

Now living and working in Alaska under an alias, Chloe is slowly discovering who she is and, more importantly, who she wants to be. But the more she tries to leave the Magical world behind, the harder it becomes to stay hidden. The Elders are back with a vengeance, and the stakes have never been higher. Chloe finally has to make a choice: embrace her pre-ordained Fate or pave her own way in the worlds. One thing’s for sure, though—she’s finally up for the challenge.

*This is a New Adult title, suitable for readers 18+.

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amatterofforever✿ A MATTER OF FOREVER (Fate, #4)

It all comes down to this . . .

Chloe Lilywhite has struggled for years to find her footing in a series of dangerous and demanding worlds. Creator, first tier Council member, and one of the most powerful Magicals in existence, she was little more than one of Fate’s pawns. But now, Chloe is back home and ready to call the shots. She knows what she wants and who she wants to be.

Except the Elders never got the memo.

Annar and Magical-kind are under attack. The lives of Chloe’s loved ones, and life as they know it, are at stake. Chloe’s the key to taking the Elders down, but they won’t go quietly into the night.

This time, neither will Chloe.

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hetherHeather Lyons is known for writing epic, heartfelt love stories often with a fantastical twist. From Young Adult to New Adult to Adult novels—one commonality in all her books is the touching, and sometimes heart-wrenching, romance. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. She and her husband and children live in sunny Southern California and are currently working their way through every cupcakery she can find.

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A very happy release day to super babe @ednahwaltersya and to Cora #goddess is out now!

Goddess by Ednah Walters
 Runes Novel, Book 7
Genre: YA Fantasy

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Cora Jemison has come a long way from her stint in a psych ward and her fear of the dead. A confident Medium, she allows souls to possess her to help them find closure. When she decides to tell her parents the truth, that she still sees the dead and that her fiancé is a soul reaper, the Jemisons reveal secrets of their own.
Her world starts to crumble, the ripple effect threatening to destroy the one thing she can always count on. Her relationship with Echo. Cora must sort through the lies to learn the truth about who and what she is. Only then can she embrace her destiny and claim her soul mate, Echo.ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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USA Today bestselling author Ednah Walters holds a PhD in Chemistry and is a stay-at-home mother of five. She writes about flawed heroes and the women who love them. Whether shes writing about valkyries, pirates, nephilim, or contemporary millionaires and billionaires, love, family, and friendship play crucial roles in all her books.

 

Her award-winning YA Paranormal RomanceRunes Series
started with Runes and has a total of 9 books to date. The next one, Goddess, will be released in 2017.  

 

Her YA Urban Fantasy seriesThe Guardian Legacy Series is published by Spencer Hill Press (BeaufortBooks). The series focuses on the Nephilim, children of the fallen angels. GL Series started with Awakened and has a total of 4 books.

Ednah also writes Contemporary Romance as E.B. Walters. Her contemporary works started with The Fitzgerald Family series, which has six books, and now focuses on her USA Today bestselling series, Infinitus Billionaires.

When not writing, Ednah travels with her family.

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Take another little Pizza my Heart with this anthology #guestpost #giveaway #reviewblurb

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A Pizza My Heart: An Anthology by Various Authors Genre: YA Fiction Anthology Release Date: February 9th 2017 Hocus Pocus & Co.
Summary:

Gooey cheese and warm pepperoni, with a side of kissing and murder.

A Pizza My Heart is a quirky and fun anthology that crosses all genres. Fifteen extraordinary authors have united to tell stories of mystery, mayhem, romance, danger, deceit…and pizza.

Sometimes spicy, sometimes cheesy, but always delicious, A Pizza My Heart invites you to explore life, happiness, and the pursuit of pizza.

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Stories Include:

A Slice of Adventure by Maria Carvalho

Between Slices by Andy Grieser

Fresh, Hot, and Deadly by Rena Olsen

KissingDancingPizzaMURDER by Darci Cole

Kneadful Things by Jenna Lehne

Love Pizza No. 9 by Vanessa Rodriguez

Madame Miraval’s Pizza Place by Kelly deVos

Password Is… by Jolene Haley

Pizza on the Brain by Emily Simon

Pizza Buddy by Brian LeTendre

Pizzamergency by Brett Jonas

Survival Pizza by Rebecca Waddell

The Last Stop at the End of the World by Jamie Adams

The Pizza Guy by Jessi Shakarian

Where There’s Pizza by Jasmine Brown

This book is so cute it hurts! Do you like cheese on your pizza and in your romance stories- then you’re in luck.  A great way to spend singles awareness day, or Galentine’s night in!

How to Research For Writing A Novel

By Jolene Haley

Writing involves a lot of research. It depends on what you’re writing, really, to know exactly what kind of research you may need to do.

For example, if you’re writing a historical romance, you’d probably want to read some books from that time to see how things worked and how people spoke. You’d want to look at geographical maps and fashion and customs and I’d even go as far to look at things that were invented at the time, major world events—you get the picture.

If you were writing a suspense novel involving an F.B.I. agent who is in hot pursuit of a criminal, I’d take the time to watch some true crime documentaries. I’d spend time on the F.B.I. website, look up books written by former F.B.I. agents, and I’d also take time to look through hot suspense thrillers on the market—see what makes them great so you can understand what works well, what doesn’t, and how you can set yourself apart.

But what kind of research goes into making a Pizzathology? Yep, that’s right, our new anthology called A Pizza My Heart that involves fifteen diverse authors and stories that revolve around pizza.

Well, lucky for you our authors are here to tell you exactly how they prepared for their work!

Brett Jonas

Well, I live on a goat farm, so there wasn’t much research involved in my story, which has cute baby goats and pizza and kissing. (And if you’re reading this, Dad, I promise I didn’t research kissing in the barn!)

Jamie Adams

I tend to research by experience and variety. Most of my book ideas come while I’m traveling, from my day job, or while I’m engaged in new, challenging activities. For visual inspiration I, like most everyone, scroll through Pinterest and various art/photography sites, and sometimes I even use things like textiles, food, and music to inspire my world building and culture development. My favorite research method, though, is asking really smart people for info on just about everything!

Rebecca Waddell

Google and picking my friends’ brains are my favorite forms of research. My story involves freeganism which I first learned about from my friend in college who spent several months eating mainly food she found in dumpsters around town.

Jolene Haley

Most of my story preparation came from reading and watching too many horror things, watching TV shows like Gossip Girl, The X-Files, Stranger Things, and binge eating pizza for “research.” 10/10 would do it again.

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What is your favorite way to prepare for writing something that requires research? Let us know in the comments below—we’d love to hear suggestions or your process.

A Pizza My Heart pizzathology comes out February 9th and you can enter to win a $20 Amazon gift card and a free copy of the book. Check it out on Amazon for less than the cost of an actual pizza!

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#GetUndertheCovers with @j_kowallis and #Dominion Book 4 in The Enertia Trials! Giveaway info included.

Dominion
J. Kowallis
(The Enertia Trials #4)
Publication date: May 19th 2017
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

WE ARE THE FIRST
WE ARE THE END

“I didn’t want to wake up. Sometimes I almost wished I hadn’t.”

With Reggie’s death, Nate and the others are forced to continue on in their attempt to defeat Roman with the help of The Rising—a rebellion movement thriving in the bowels of Public Two.

New faces and mysterious secrets—hidden technology, lies, and darkness—from within The Rising shake the balance of their trust.

When an unimaginable encounter infiltrates the rebellion, true identities are revealed and loyalties torn apart. In the end, there’s only one target that matters: Roman—and they’ll do anything to stop him from claiming dominion.

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J. Kowallis, the only girl of four children, grew up in northern Utah with a head full of wild stories (most often unreal). At the age of 9, she wrote her first poem, a dedication to E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. It was so intriguing, her third grade teacher requested to keep the original. Between living in various fictional worlds, and spending time on her studies, she managed to graduate from Weber State University’s creative writing program. She now lives in Utah with her Mini Schnauzer, Etta, and spends most of her time still bouncing between this world and the fantastical while enjoying delectable über-dark chocolate and lavender baths. She enjoys dreaming about, flying to, and writing about distant lands (real or unreal).

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@EntangledTeen and @chapterxchapter tour for #GuardianofSecrets with $50 amz #Giveaway

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Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2)

by Brenda Drake

Publication Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher:  Entangled Teen

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Being a Sentinel isn’t all fairytales and secret gardens.

Sure, jumping through books into the world’s most beautiful libraries to protect humans from mystical creatures is awesome. No one knows that better than Gia Kearns, but she could do without the part where people are always trying to kill her. Oh, and the fact that Pop and her had to move away from her friends and life as she knew it.

And if that isn’t enough, her boyfriend, Arik, is acting strangely. Like, maybe she should be calling him “ex,” since he’s so into another girl. But she doesn’t have time to be mad or even jealous, because someone has to save the world from the upcoming apocalypse, and it looks like that’s going to be Gia.

Maybe. If she survives.

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Mama Says:
A fun, fast paced urban fantasy with some elements of sci-fi, the Library Jumpers will entertain young and old alike.  Although the first book was somewhat beleaguered with young adult clichés, these fall away by the second book and you’re so swept up in the story that they don’t bother you nearly as much, or that’s how it worked for me anyway.
I am a gigantic fan of libraries and traveling, so reading about all these places was a reminder that I have many new things still to try and many new cultures to learn more about.  I found that I rather liked Gia more in this book than in the first, and that I got more of the character development that I was hoping for as well.
Though teenage saviors might be a dime a dozen, what makes Gia stand out is her realistic reactions, the fact that she knew in many ways she was not like other people already, and the fact she knew about aspects of the Sentinel life, even if she would not admit it.  So although she’s thrust in to the action rather abruptly in book 1, she’s learned a lot by the time we get to Guardian of Secrets, and is starting to see the bigger picture.  I can only hope this continues in the next installment.
Drake gives us brief descriptions of some places to allow for the dialogue to take precedence, and I found I rather enjoyed when she gave herself time to linger in a place long enough to go into further detail.  Pacing might be my only complaint really, that it would speed through scene after scene only to sort of a stall a couple times where nothing much happened.  And when that’s the only issue, I am going to keep reading.  In this case with a reward in the doing so.  I highly recommend these books to any teen urban fantasy fans, and anyone who loves libraries like I do!

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Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

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Brenda Drake is a New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2). She grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. She hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she haunts libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or reads someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

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#HalfwayHunted audiobookworm tour with #review and #giveaways @terrymaggert

Author: Terry Maggert

Narrator: Erin Spencer

Length: 6h 56m

Publisher: Terry Maggert⎮2016

Genre: Paranormal

Release date: November 10, 2016

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Welcome to Halfway; where the waffles are golden, the moon is silver, and magic is just around every corner.
A century old curse is broken, releasing Exit Wainwright, an innocent man trapped alone in time.
Lost and in danger, he enlists Carlie, Gran, and their magic to find the warlock who sentenced him to a hundred years of darkness. The hunter becomes the hunted when Carlie’s spells awaken a cold-blooded killer intent on adding another pelt to their gruesome collection: hers.
But the killer has never been to Halfway before, where there are three unbreakable rules:
1. Don’t complain about the diner’s waffles.
2. Don’t break the laws of magic.
3. Never threaten a witch on her home turf.
Can Carlie solve an ancient crime, defeat a ruthless killer and save the love of her life from a vampire’s curse without burning the waffles?
Come hunt with Carlie, and answer the call of the wild.

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Left-handed. Father of an apparent nudist. Husband to a half-Norwegian. Herder of cats and dogs. Lover of pie. I write books. I’ve had an unhealthy fascination with dragons since the age of– well, for a while. Native Floridian. Current Tennessean. Location subject to change based on insurrection, upheaval, or availability of coffee. Nine books and counting, with no end in sight. You’ve been warned.

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Erin loves audiobooks!  As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents!  She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category.  She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more.  She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.

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As with the rest of the series thus far, we get wry humor and supernatural mystery.  In this book, though, things take a bit of a darker tone.  The stakes are higher after the events of Halfway Bitten, and Carlie becomes the target, though she’s not exactly a wilting lily.  Also more waffles.  Of course.  I have to admit that there was a point in the book where it seemed like the narrator was very tired or sick, or maybe it was just muffled for some reason, but otherwise it was still a fantastic performance.  There’s Gran, there’s the boys starting to surround Carlie, and the witch herself, using her powers to right wrongs, and sometimes not having the best aim.  If you’re a fan of urban fantasy you’ll love this series!

 

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Jan. 30: terrilovesbooks (Review)
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Jan. 31: Chapter Break (Review & Author Interview)

Feb. 1: Dab of Darkness (Review)

Feb. 2: The Book Junkie (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 3: Collector of Book Boyfriends (Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 4: The Desert Bibliophile (Review, Spotlight, Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 5: Totally Addicted to Reading (Spotlight & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 6: Guilty Indulgence Book Club (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 7: Que Sera Sara (Review & Audio Excerpt)

Feb. 8: Rolo Polo Book Blog (Spotlight)

Feb. 9: Jorie Loves A Story (Review & Author Interview)

Feb. 10: Mama Reads (Review)

Feb. 11: Lilly’s Book World (Review)
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Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang is a beautifully written historical fiction novel steeped in Chinese folklore and racial tension. #tlcbooktour

About Dragon Springs Road
• Paperback: 400 pages
• Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (January 10, 2017)

From the author of Three Souls comes a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her long-lost mother.

That night I dreamed that I had wandered out to Dragon Springs Road all on my own, when a dreadful knowledge seized me that my mother had gone away never to return . . .

In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is zazhong—Eurasian—and faces a lifetime of contempt from both Chinese and Europeans. Without her mother’s protection, she can survive only if the estate’s new owners, the Yang family, agree to take her in.

Jialing finds allies in Anjuin, the eldest Yang daughter, and Fox, an animal spirit who has lived in the haunted courtyard for centuries. But Jialing’s life as the Yangs’ bondservant changes unexpectedly when she befriends a young English girl who then mysteriously vanishes.

Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing grows into womanhood during the tumultuous early years of the Chinese republic, guided by Fox and by her own strength of spirit, away from the shadows of her past. But she finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue, a relationship that jeopardizes her friendship with Anjuin and a forbidden affair that brings danger to the man she loves.

Mama Says:
Beautifully written, this historical drama is rife with emotion and touches of the unexplainable.  I loved the infusion of myth into the tale, and found the author’s style to be rather comforting even when the subject matter turned bleak.
True to form we have many factual references to this time in China’s history sprinkled throughout the narrative, and I found myself getting deeply connected to our main character as the story did unfold.  Although I do wish some of the secondary characters had been explored a bit further, for the most part the characters which played vital roles had a life of their own.
The loneliness of childhood is a common theme, but one given a unique perspective by Chang’s hand.  I greatly admired the insightful way in which the author showed us many different sides of prejudice, from the very young to the very old, male or female, it could often come down to a person being afraid of what they don’t understand, and this is one of the many things Jiang doesn’t go along with.  I loved that about her.  Her spirit carries you on a timely journey through her life, showing you what it could be like to be different, and how very wrong we are when we treat people as less than.
I highly recommend to any literary fiction or historical fiction fans.

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About Janie Chang

Born in Taiwan, Janie Chang spent part of her childhood in the Philippines, Iran, and Thailand. She has a degree in computer science and is a graduate of the Writer’s Studio Program at Simon Fraser University. She is the author of Three Souls.

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