Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Curses and Ash by Tiffany Daune w Giveaway!

Curses & Ash (Book Two)
Curses & Ash (Book Two)
Release Date:  January 2016
Jester Ink Press

Summary from Goodreads:

Discover the spellbinding sequel to Coral & Bone...

A demented twin sister, a demon hijacking her powers, and a mysterious journal filled with more questions than answers—Halen needs her Guardian Dax more than ever. But if she confides in Dax, she fears he will never forgive her, not after all he sacrificed to help her vanquish Asair.Halen drowned Asair in a tornado of wings—at least, she thought she killed him. Why then does his mocking voice snake through her thoughts, enticing her to surrender her power?

Maybe she screwed up—big time—but she will never allow Asair to control her magick. And when Etils' fires threaten the Earth, suspicions surrounding Asair's death rise, igniting restlessness within the realms. Her life in balance, Halen must race time, purge the demon's soul before flames consume the Earth or the Tari strike first. 

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Curse & Ash Excerpts
“I don’t think he’s dead,” Tage said.
Halen shrank back, shooting her a dagger death-ray glare.
“What do you mean?” Daspar’s eyebrow rose on one side.
“Tage thinks Asair’s soul is inside Halen, same as Pura’s soul is
inside your body,” Dax said.
“Is this true?” Daspar’s voice held an inflection of hope.
Her mom nudged her back, ever so slightly away from Daspar.
Did she believe he would harm her?
“I’m not feeling anyone else,” Dax said.
“I’m not feeling anything from her,” Tage blurted. “It’s like her
emotions are turned off. That’s not natural.”
“And do you feel him?” Daspar asked Halen.
Halen shook her head. “I have flashbacks of his memories. It’s like
I’m seeing his life through his eyes.”
“That’s normal.” Lina too stepped in front of Halen.
No one felt Halen’s emotions, but she sure sensed everyone else’s.
The tension was a tautly strung wire ready to snap at any moment.
“She entered his seam.” Lina shrugged. “She’s bound to have
residual memories. We can fix this in Etlis.”
The outer corners of Daspar’s eyes sprouted with lines as he
studied her. He had Dax’s same haunting stare, the fiery stare that
melted away self-confidence.
Lina reached back, soft green light emanating from the center
of her palm, jumping with static energy. Halen’s senses awoke with
tingly fear. What was Lina up to? Was she preparing to strike? And
at whom—Daspar? They were all on the same side here.
“Corinne, perform the test.” Daspar’s stern tone alarmed Halen.
“I don’t think that’s necessary.” Her mom’s smile was tight. “I’m
sure Halen would know. Remember how sick you were when Pura
entered your body? It took you months to adjust to her memories
while they merged with yours, and then when her soul took root, you
vomited for days. You couldn’t even get out of bed.”
“I was human. My lungs, my blood, my heart, even my brain
changed. Halen is a siren already. Do the test.”
Halen looked at Tage, ready to ream her out for tattling, but her
head was down-turned. Ezra sat silent by her side with his hand on
her shoulder.
“None of this is necessary,” Tasar said. “We all know Halen killed
Asair.” He nodded toward Lina. The green glow in her palm spun to
“It’s all right.” Corinne touched Lina’s shoulder. “I’ll perform
the test.”
Lina’s hand balled and the glow extinguished. She stepped aside,
leaving Halen in the open.
Her mom couldn’t perform a test in front of everyone! What would
they do to her when they found out? “Mom, I’m fine. I don’t need a
test.” Her gaze drifted to Daspar. His jaw was tight, his arms crossed.
“Mom, really.”
Without saying a word, her mom grasped her by the back of the
neck, yanking her forward. Her hot palm sent a chill down Halen’s
spine. She squirmed, trying to break free.
“Be still.” Her mom’s fingers curled on her neck.
“Mom, I—”
“Shh.” She all but hissed. Then with her free hand, she wedged
her thumb and index finger against Halen’s left eyelid, prying it open
so she couldn’t blink. Halen’s eye watered. With the tip of her nail,
her mom scraped out a tear. When she let go, Halen rubbed her eye
and then the back of her neck where she was sure her mom’s nails
had left an impression.
Heat flushed her cheeks as everyone watched her mom bring
the tear to her tongue, her back to the room, so only Halen saw the
shock flicker in her eyes when she tasted the tear. She had seen the
same stricken look in her mother’s eyes when Halen was nine—after
she set their beach house on fire. Her mom no longer looked at her
as a daughter, but as something to fear.

My Review

Oh man, I'm still shocked with the ending from the last book and this one picks up right where that one ended. A big crazy has happened. Halen has Asair with her. I won't explain because I won't give anything away for those of you who haven't read this series yet, but it's a big deal. It's big trouble. Tage and Ezra and Dax are trying to protect Halen, Catch and Pepper are back at home dealing with the fall out and maybe the bad guys aren't the only bad guys and maybe some of the good guys are bad. There's no shortage of drama here. And death. Be prepared. And changes. Not always for the good. When something bad happened, the fall out and reaction became jaw dropping for one of my favorite characters. I learned a lot about several characters that I thought I knew before. But people can change. Man... 

Also, there's some new twists with the siren mermaid happenings and the shifters are big players as well. When there's a big fire all over the world, it comes down to getting down and dirty. If people find out about Halen's secret with Asair, if her friends aren't found alive after capture, if her sister really loses her mind... See there's all kinda things about to happen. And we are trying to let the whole world burn. 

I want Dax and Halen to work out, but it's really complicated. I want her father huron and her to make a little leeway in their relationship.  I would like to see a lot of things but I am not sure what's going to happen now. The world building was originally great in book one, and now, we are getting to the gritty parts of the characters. Don't worry, the world around them is going down in flames, but I am more worried about who's going to live to see it burn. :) I am totally looking forward to more. I know I kept things vague but this was a hard review to write without spoilers. Everything I think about saying will ruin something. LOL but just check out this fantastic series. Really. Book one will hook you and book two will completely lock it down. You won't want to let this one go. 5 PAWS!!

Book One:
Coral & Bone Blurb
Halen knows the sparks igniting under her fingertips are dangerous. She has spent her entire life trying to quell the tingly feelings that make her destroy things, but now that she is back in Rockaway Beach, where she watched her father drown, the flames have become impossible to tame.
Halen is trying to hold on, but when she is thrust into a mysterious new world, the underwater realm of Elosia, she unravels the secrets of her past and can't help but ignite. As she explores Elosia, she realizes her life has been a lie. And when those who have deceived her come to her for help, Halen must choose—walk away or unleash the magick that could destroy them all.

ISBN Coral & Bone
Format: Mass Paperback ISBN: 9780993653704
Format: Mobi (Kindle) ISBN: 9780993653735
Format: Epub ISBN: 9780993653728

About the Author
I write stories about magick, love and dark creatures lurking in the shadows. When I'm not lost in Editland you can find me reading a book from my towering TBR pile or at the movie theater nibbling licorice. I don't have a lucky number, but my favorite time is 11:11. I completely believe that the fortunes found inside cookies will come true and that you must be careful when wishing on stars. I live on an island, so if you want to visit you'll need a boat, and if you want to survive the passage, be sure to bring candy for the mermaids.

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Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/6904400.Tiffany_Daune

Dream Cast
Halen ~ Halie Steinfeld
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Dax ~ Josh Hutcherson
Tage ~ Jena Malone
Ezra ~ Soto Fukushi
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Author Interview Questions

Can you tell me a little bit about your series and what inspired it?
I've always been partial to fins. I love mermaids, but I wanted to explore magic as well and see what would happen if I blended in shape shifters and sirens. I like to think magic is all around us, so I wanted Coral & Bone to feel real, yet still take the reader on a journey. I like urban fantasy for this reason; it makes the impossible possible.
The Etlins in the Coral & Bone series are shifters. If you could be a shifter what animal would you want to be and why?
Definitely a raven because they are wickedly smart and eerie.
What is one of your favorite quotes?
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light. ~ Albus Dumbledore
When did you know that you wanted to write professionally and how did you take the leap to get into the business?
I started writing with the intent of publishing seven years ago. I faced a lot of rejection letters, but I kept submitting and writing, until I received my first contract for Surface and the sequel Landlocked. Unfortunately, my publisher closed, and I had to start over. So, instead of resubmitting Surface, I wrote Coral & Bone and decided to self-publish.

Your first book SURFACE was published with a traditional publisher and CORAL & BONE was self-published, did you enjoy self-publishing and would you do it again?
There are pros and cons to both methods. Some writers are choosing a blended method and I think that's a great way to go. I loved every bit of the process, but you need a good team behind you. I was fortunate to have a great team of women working on Coral & Bone and Curses & Ash. I was blessed to have Mary Harris as an editor, the very talented Nathalia Suellen created the cover and Tamara Cribley designed the interior. With this team, I would definitely do it again.

What book is currently on your nightstand? And who are some of your favorite authors?
I have five on my nightstand right now. I'm currently lost in the pages of The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. I'm also reading some great works on Wattpad.
I could never pick just one, but I a few of my faves are Alyson Noel, Tehereh Mafi, Holly Black, Casandra Clare, John Green, Jennifer Armentrout and Kendare Blake.

What is next on your to read list?
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. 
Can you share a little about the current title you are working on?
I'm currently writing book three of the Coral & Bone series and working on an outline for an exciting new series. Keep an eye on my Instagram account where I'll be posting a sneak peek very soon.

Why mermaids?
You know when someone reads you a story as a child and it sticks with you forever? Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid was that story for me. I love the original and I adore the Disney version. But, it wasn't until I watched Pirates of the Caribbean on Stranger Tides did I find my mermaid muse for Coral & Bone.

If you could meet one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why?
Halen. Then I could apologize for all the crap I put her through. I'm not done with her yet, so she may need a big hug.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?

What was your favorite childhood book?
I loved so many books as a child, it’s hard to pick one. My top three would have to be The Lion the Witch and the WardrobeCharlie and the Chocolate Factory and Are you there God It’s Me Margaret. As a teen, I devoured anything by Stephen King, John Saul & Anne Rice.
What’s your favorite writing food?
Dark chocolate chips, but if it’s near Easter I can’t resist Cadbury Easter Crème Eggs. Chocolate is food--right?

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