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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fantasy Fan Art Contest!!! Fellowship of Fantasy!

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The authors comprising the Fellowship of Fantasy have the best readers.
They are discerning readers (obviously). They are clever readers (undeniably). Are they also creative readers?
How could they not be?
Because of these indisputable facts, we are hosting our very first Fellowship of Fantasy Fan Art Contest!

Art is broadly defined, but for the sake of this contest we’ve divided it into four categories (along with a separate category for young artists).
The categories are as follows:
Cosplay/costume
Writing: Stories/Poems/Essay
Visual Art: Painting/Drawing/Sculpture/Textile Art/Photography
Multimedia: Video/Audio/Music/Animation
Juvenile Art: all of the above but the applicant must be 15 or under.

Each category will have a category winner who will receive a Fellowship of Fantasy T-shirt. From the category winners we will select a grand prize winner who will also receive a $20 Amazon gift certificate!

Go FellowshipofFantasy.com/contests.html for official rules and more information.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Finders Keepers: J. J. DiBenedetto

  FindersKeepers

1,400 miles. 3 countries 2 men she can't trust. What could go wrong?              


  FINDERS KEEPERS is the first book in the new Jane Barnaby Adventures series:
It should have been a simple job. All archaeology student Jane Barnaby had to do was pick up a box her professor needed and deliver it to him at his dig site, along with his new car. Yes, his office was in Oxfordshire, and his dig site was in Spain, a trip of 1,400 miles across three countries and two bodies of water. Still, it should have been simple. And it was, until Jane discovered she picked up the wrong box by mistake. Not the one with boring pottery samples, but instead the one with priceless ancient Egyptian artifacts. The one that a team of international art thieves is after. Now she’s chasing – and being chased by – the thieves. And she’s picked up a pair of passengers who claim they can help her outwit them, get her professor’s pottery back and return the artifacts to their rightful owner. If only she could figure out which one of them is working with the thieves and which one she can trust in this high-stakes game of finders keepers.
It's available everywhere eBooks are sold: Amazon (Kindle or Paperback) Smashwords Barnes& Noble (Nook or Paperback) Apple iBookstore Kobo   James047
  About the author J.J. (James) Dibenedetto's fans would swear he's got a sixth sense when it comes to seeing into the minds of others and often wonder if his stories could possibly be fiction. He enjoys suspending disbelief with suspenseful paranormal tales that are a perfect blend of reality meets fantasy. His popular Dream Series continues to delight readers with each and every exciting installment. Born in Yonkers, New York, he currently resides in Arlington Virginia with his beautiful wife and a cat he is sure has taken full advantage of its nine lives. When it comes to the cat, he often wonders, but then again it might just be his imagination. You can follow him at his website, on Facebook and on Twitter. And you can find all his books (including the complete Dream Series) on Amazon and on audiobook at Audible.com   Here's an excerpt from Finders Keepers:
The thieves simply made a mistake. Whether Tom had put his box in the wrong room, or whether the thieves had gotten their wires crossed, who knew? She’d had trouble reading Professor Welldon’s writing; she hadn’t been sure if she was meant to go to Room 16 or Room 18 herself. It hadn’t mattered because the thieves had already gotten there and made the choice for her. “When they finally got where they were going, they opened it up, and you can imagine their surprise.” Jane noted the vagueness there; she assumed Alex knew exactly where that was and, for whatever reason, didn’t want to say. She didn’t challenge him; she kept up her happy fa├žade instead, and he went on. “They knew they couldn’t go back and steal the right box, but they had the label on your pottery, they knew where it was supposed to go.” “They’re headed to Mallorca!” Jane couldn’t help herself; the words just poured out. “They’re going to wait there until I show up and try to trade, the pottery for the artifacts!” She knew she’d said too much. Alex’s eyes lit up, just for an instant, when she mentioned Mallorca. That was something, obviously, he hadn’t known. But he caught himself almost immediately, and so did she. She wondered if he knew that she knew he was putting on an act. She wondered if he knew that she knew that he knew she was, too. And she wondered if she had any aspirin in her purse, because that train of thought was giving her a headache.
Jane Last, but not least, to celebrate the launch of FINDERS KEEPERS, I'm giving away a signed paperback copy of either this new book, or any one of my Dream Series novels (winner's choice). For your chance to win, just click HERE to enter!)          

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Random Interview Saturday! Wendy May Andrews

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

A trumpet fanfare blasts and in parades Wendy May Andrews, down the red carpet. Let's grab her before the paparazzi swarm hits.

Wendy May Andrews
  1. Would you rather travel to the past or the future?
This is such a tough question!! Can I pick both?? If there’s only one option, I would like to go to my own past and have a little talk with a younger me ;-)
  1. What is the best dream you ever had? Alternately, what is the worst nightmare you’ve ever experienced?
I usually have trouble remembering my dreams, but the most vivid ones that I can remember included either the ability to fly or breathe under water. Those were pretty great. The worst nightmare I’ve ever experienced involved bugs. I am phobic of bugs and I used to dream they were in the bed whenever I was going through a period of stress. Yuck!!
  1. What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
Absolutely, sunny! Except my most recent manuscript that I just sent to my publisher, there are some distinct dark clouds in that one. But always with a happy ending
  1. Your book is being made into a movie, who would you like directing it?
Sarah Polley. She’s a young Canadian actress and film director. She is fabulous.
  1. Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together?
My fictional best friend is Jo March (from Little Women) and we are great friends because we read together.
  1. What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?
Stay far, far away from the coyote!
  1. If you could enter any fictional world, which would you choose?
I would choose to enter Betazed, but only if I could be Betazoid. This was a race of people from Star Trek who were humanoid but had telepathic abilities. Being able to read other people’s thoughts or feelings would be SO useful!
  1. Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order?
Extra vacation days for everyone!!
  1. If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Favorite Muppets character? Animal He always seemed to be having the most fun.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Short Story Review Round Up!

I'm a big short story reader. If I'm stuck waiting for my husband in Home Depot, or pushing my kid on a swing for a half hour, or any of the many other people I have to wait for long enough to get bored but too short to get far into a novel, I'll pull out my phone, pick something on my Kindle Ap based on length and try to get through it.



So here are some Short Stories I've enjoyed recently. I've got a good mix of genres today, so there's a little something for everyone.



Father's Day

Valerie Allen
Genre: literary/slice of life
I enjoyed this tight, heartfelt story ... my only complaint isn't actually about the story. It's about the cover and title. This may seem strange, but the cover and title give way too much away about the story. The moment I started it and the idea of an essay was introduced I basically knew what was going to happen from that point out. I think I would've enjoyed it a lot more if there was more of an element of surprise.



The Keymaker

Teshelle Combs
Genre: paranormal/romantic fantasy
This short story definitely feels like it takes part in a larger story. Without looking into it, I could tell the characters and setting were both jumping off into a longer tale, but it was still a quick, interesting read with good imagery. It did make me curious about the world as a whole. 



The More the Merrier

Liwen Ho
Genre: contemporary romance/sweet romance
While not my usual genre, I enjoyed this cute little story. It had likable characters who managed to have believable foibles without making me want to scream at them for stupid choices. A quick read with a satisfying end. 



Fade to Gray

S. A. Molteni
Genre: literary/humor/slice of life
This is a charming short story that tackles aging with humor and confidence. A very quick read, you'll have it done before you know it, but a great way to kill the time when waiting for your husband in the Home Depot parking lot. 


Saturday, March 19, 2016

Random Interview Saturday! N A Cauldron

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

I spy with my little eye ... N. A. Cauldron, come to answer questions!


Author Bio


N. A. Cauldron grew up on the outskirts of modern Cupola. As a young child, she enjoyed listening to the tales told of Cupolian's history. This ultimately led to a successful career as a research historian and her recent authorship of historical fiction. She is an avid herbologist, and spends her free time hunting out and collecting rare herbs for her potion making. She is especially fond of the snaggled tooth humpmoss, and has been known to spend weeks at a time on fungal expeditions.

The Interview


You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do? I would like to go back to the Royal Wizards who wrote the journal. I have a lot of questions for them. Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. So confused! What happens next? What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day? Wow-it really varies! I actually jump around from horrible storms to glorious beaches. It depends on what mood I'm in. Oddly though, I can't help but add a ray of sunshine to every scene one way or another, usually in the form of laughing rain, resulting in pretty rainbows. If you had to build a house without conventional materials, what unconventional materials would you use? (Gingerbread is inadvisable because it attracts snacking children) I've always wanted a cob house, but I guess that's conventional. Same for a yurt. Hmmm.... I have to have my privacy, so glass is out. I would say puppies, but that sounds horrible, when I really just mean cute fluffy walls. So I'll go with fairy wings. They're strong, airy, and extremely sturdy. Although SEUMTNABP (the Society for Ethical Use of Magickind and Their Nolonger Attached Body Parts) may have a problem with that. Unless puppies are OK, and then I'll make my house out of puppies. Who is your fictional best friend and what activities do you choose to do together? Scrooge McDuck-that man is a hoot! And we do all sorts of things together while chasing his nephews and trying to make more money. He also inadvertently teaches me how to make millions. You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why? Actually, I'm thinking Brutus. He knows all the Queen's secrets. And since it's only for a day, surely I could avoid doing anything too terrible! If you could enter any fictional world, which would you choose? Does this have to be just in the land of books? Because I would really love to be on the crew of Voyager. But if it's just in the realm of literature, then I would choose the land from Inside the Wing-Pits of Dragons by Nicholas Speutum. But it's a Cupolian novel, so I doubt many of your earth readers have heard of it. Congratulations! You are now president of this blog post. What's your first executive order? Wow-um, bring me a cookie and some tea! And thanks! If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
What is next to you right now? Gizmo, one mess of a dog. Well, he was. But now that I've gone back over this it's Tootsie and Priscilla, another mess of a dog and a pointless cat.




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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Character Shorthand

Writing fleshed out characters is hard. 


Have you ever noticed there are certain "character short hand" things that some authors use to build up a character without actually taking the work to do it?

Like if a character is a red head, in 90% of the books I've ever read, that means she's feisty and has a bad temper, so telling readers that your character has "red hair" means these things, so you don't have to try any harder (not that all feisty red heads should be avoided, but telling us her hair color can't be the ONLY thing you do to establish "who" she is).

Green eyes: character is unique and mysterious.

Character likes to read: she's a reader, you're a reader, you should connect with her.

Character is clumsy: Ah, she's likable and flawed! How cute ...

Character has a pet: Like her. She likes animals. She's a good person!

It's not that any of these things are "bad," but it is always amusing to me how they often stand in for actual characterization. It's worse in movies where we have to get to know the character based on visuals, usually, and sometimes this can work really well, but other times it's like, "Oh! That character is wearing glasses. He must be nerdy!"

Recently I watched a stupid action/romantic-comedy where the guy kept saving a woman who was a complete and utter idiot. She shrieked and buckled under pressure. She panicked and whatnot. She was a total damsel in distress package, so annoying ... but hey, she had an atypical job for her sex. That must mean she's strong and different. Why bother giving her character beyond "a woman who is also a mechanic?"

The weird thing is, it often works. If you tell me a character is a "mom" I immediately connect with the character's momness without knowing much else about her. The idea of "mom" is established in my brain, both from being one and having one, that it does carry a lot of weight. However, this can't be all you rely on if you want your characters to be more than cardboard cutouts. I may automatically identify with a Mom but if the rest of her is just "blah," you'll start to lose me. Having a character be a reader says something about them, as does loving a pet. However, that's all surface. There are many different sorts of moms or pet lovers. Digging deeper into what makes your character "unique" goes a lot further than a quick paint job of surface traits.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Goodreads Giveaway: Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors!


Nyssa Glass and the House of Mirrors releases March 20th. 
If you'd like to win a copy, you can enter now on Goodreads!



Nyssa Glass is a reformed cat burglar turned electrician's apprentice, settled into a life repairing videophones and radio-sets. However, when her past comes calling, she finds herself forced into one last job. No one has entered Professor Dalhart's secluded mansion in almost a decade, at least not and returned to tell the tale. If Nyssa wants to ensure her freedom, she'll brave the booby trapped halls and mechanized maids. Nyssa has skills, but this house has more than its share of secrets. As she steps into the cobwebbed halls lined with dusty mirrors, she has to wonder. Is the House of Mirrors really abandoned?




 
 


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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Random Interview Saturday! Melissa Wardwell

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

Today I heard a knocking at my chamber door, and it was that dang raven again, so I caught him, plucked him, roasted him, and Melissa Wardwell and I shall have him for dinner while she answers my questions.


Melissa Wardwell

Would you rather travel to the past or the future? 
Past for sure. If the future looks anything like the present, I want no part of it. No corsets, though. I would hate to live that far back that I would have to wear one of those cages

What is the best dream you ever had? Alternately, what is the worst nightmare you’ve ever 
experienced? 
I had a dream once that I was working in the church nursery and I went into labor (I was not visibly pregnant yet. I didn't even know I was.) I ended up giving birth on the nursery floor and the baby looked like a life like version of this doll that was in the nursery in reality. Nine months later, I had my second baby boy and he looked just like the baby in my dream. That is the only good dream I remember. The other ones are not so good.

What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day? 
I would say winter into spring. Things start bleak but the sun begins to shine and everything is in full bloom by the end of the story.

Your book is being made into a movie, who would you like directing it? 
I don't know any directors besides the action ones and my books do not portray that level of action. 

During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?  
I would have no clue what to grab besides my 9mm

What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon? 
"Jesus Loves You Very Much..." Veggie Tales

If you could enter any fictional world, which would you choose? 
Any world that involved men in kilts who talked with a thick, Scotish brogue. (being of Scotish descent, I would be in heaven)

You are tasked with eliminating one letter of the alphabet. Which would it be and why? 
I am not sure I would. I would say,"Fire me as I can't not in good conscious complete this task." Every letter is important. Now ask me what master of language I would fire......Noah Webster. Being a homeschool teacher, I have learned to hate his changes on the English language.  It is maddening to teach it to children who have dyslexic tendencies.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it? 
Tell us something that no one really knows about you.
I love to turn up the jams as loud as I can without breaking the speakers and dance to my hearts content. Sometimes it is worship music and my moves a fluid and lyrical. Most of the time they are pop hits and I bust a move like an old MC Hammer video. Whatever mood I am in, I can translate it in dance. (no, I never took dance classes but I do have rhythm)



Monday, March 7, 2016

Review: Lady of Devices


Book One of the Magnificent Devices series. 

London, 1889. Victoria is Queen. Charles Darwin’s son is Prime Minister. And steam is the power that runs the world. 

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire’s talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It’s not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices. 

When she meets Andrew Malvern, a member of the Royal Society of Engineers, she realizes her talents may encompass more than the invention of explosive devices. They may help her realize her dreams and his . . . but sometimes the closest friendships can trigger the greatest betrayals . . . 

Lady of Devices: A steampunk adventure novel (Magnificent Devices Book 1)

This book is very much a start for a series. I'm not saying this because it has an incomplete plot or a nasty nasty cliffhanger (which we hates, my precious, nasty cliffhangers), because it doesn't, but because the book is mostly set up and character background. 
It is a thoroughly enjoyable read with good writing and characters. I was very much afraid that it would turn into a love story between a kind of obnoxious character and the strong lead who should know better, but that didn't happen and I was relieved. 
Now this book is somewhat empowering, but it is empowering in women standing up to Victorian level sexism, which, yeah, makes sense for a steampunk world, but this book doesn't say anything particular new about that issue. I more appreciated how the main character stuck to her scruples in the face of difficulties (being determined not to steal or have poor manners) than the fact that she stood up against people trying to put her in her place because of her gender. 
It was a fun read with tight writing and good humor. It did feel like a lot of set up, but there are already 9 books in this series (it appears) so a reader should go into it expecting a long commitment ... and I do think these are characters I could spend a good deal of time with. 


Saturday, March 5, 2016

Random Interview Saturday! Lisa Grace

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.

There's a knock on the door, and we open it to find a hooded figure. Is it Gandalf? NO! It's Lisa Grace. Let's see what she has to say.

Lisa Grace


Author Bio 
When I'm not busy battling supernatural forces of evil, I enjoy swimming with various ocean creatures, paddleboarding with manatees, and snorkeling with mermaids. It's possible because I live along the water on the Gulf Coast of Florida. Here's a minute long encounter with a dolphin off my dock. It's so hard to film the buggers as they move so fast, that by the time I turn my video on—they're gone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhBrSOZEc1c On my wish list is a waterproof Go Pro camera (actually two, so I can mount one in the water under my board) so I can post more of my encounters. My theme is: Lisa Grace - Where Good Meets Evil It's the commonality that runs through all my novels, whether they're about the angels among us, a future dystopian world, or a blend of real-life history with mystery fiction. Even my paperback Bible - Master Artist Woodcuts Coloring Books for Adults series shows the intersection of good colliding with evil.
I have twenty-three different books available on various bookseller sites. To join my personal subscriber list, go to www.lisagracebooks.com and you'll see the subscribe form on the right. This is the best way to learn of new releases.

All of my books are available through Amazon, (some are free), iTunes, and Nook plus various other resellers. Please ask your preferred retailer to stock my books. Thank you!

You can follow me on Twitter @lisagracebooks or friend me at Facebook


The Interview

  1. Who is your favorite superhero and why?

Larry Boy. “I am that hero!” I love his sense of conviction, how he just does it, in whatever manner God calls him to act out. Blind faith, without intelligence. I admire that combination. Not to mention the toilet plungers.

  1. What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?

Grey. With an “e” not an “a”, plus there is a gusty cool humid breeze. The smell of ozone is in the air. You’re “in-between.” It could rain, get cold, or the clouds could dissipate and the sun come out and shine. But it’s the crossroads of knowing anything could happen next.

  1. Your book is being made into a movie, who would you like directing it?

The first two books in my Angel series actually are in movie development through Motion Picture Pro Studios. The lead actors and actresses must portray teens so by the time casting rolls around, (it could be another five years) I need to think of some Hollywood ten-year-olds, and I got nothin.’ I guess my daughter could play one of the parts.
I think more about the soundtrack. I like Natalie Grant’s Hurricane, Chris Tomlin’s God of Angel Armies, and anything by Toby Mac. Plus I have a young friend, Nicholas Grass, who writes and performs his own original work. I put him in Angel in the Ice, Book 3.

  1. You find a talking animal. What sort of animal is it and what’s the first thing you do?
I run across talking animals All. THE. TIME. I’ve found the best way to shut them up is throw food at them. You’d think talking animals would be cool, but they’re really not. About the only thing they’re interested in is what have you got on hand to feed them, and most are unbelievably picky eaters.
After that, they mainly want you to scratch itchy parts, and to sniff EVERYTHING. I’m so over it.

  1. During an alien invasion, what would be your weapon of choice?

During “an” alien invasion? You’re talking like there’s only been one! There have been at least three I’m aware of. I guess your memory wipe took.
During the Nebold invasion salt was what worked best. There’s a reason I live in a peninsula state and in a peninsula neighborhood surrounded by salt water.
The Trask invasion of 08 was the bloodiest. Those outbreaks of ebola? Not! It was Trasks.
Then just last year it was the Ozosts. The ozone depletion? Yeah, that’s them. Ozosts can stand higher radiation levels because they have natural radiation filtering systems, kind of like our lymphatic system. NASA did a good job of clearing them out and laying down chem trails to keep them away from what’s left of the ozone. It’s slowly coming back since the Ozosts signed the treaty and agreed to import ozone to replace the damage they caused. In all fairness, they didn’t think we’d miss the ozone, so it wasn’t really an invasion per se, but more of a misunderstanding. By the way, NASA really stands for National Alien Security Alliance.

  1. What’s the most important lesson you ever learned from a cartoon?

You can light farts on fire. No, that was YouTube. Don’t do it though, my hubby says it hurts. Keep some humor in everything. In all your books.

  1. If you could enter any fictional world, which would you choose?

I do enter fictional worlds daily. My life is fictional and I make it up as I go along. That’s the great thing about perceived reality. We-you-get to create it. What do you want to be? Where do you want to live? What color do you want your hair? You truly can do anything you want. Want to play basketball for a living? Start a league, join a team, or coach one. God made you totally customizable. Work with what you have, and GO for your goals.
I like unicorns and swimming with mermaids; so I do, in my mind, in my own fictional world. I love the water so I live on the Gulf of Mexico and get to paddleboard with manatees and dolphins. Make your dreams come true.

  1. You are tasked with eliminating one letter of the alphabet. Which would it be and why?

Texting has effectively eliminated quite a few letters. BUT if I had my choice, it would be the letter “e”, just because it’s the most popular letter and that would make it fun for everyone.

  1. If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?

Question: “How did you eliminate world hunger?”

I have no idea, but it’s a miracle.”



Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Review: E by Kate Wrath



BOOK ONE IN THE E SERIES



Life is harsh. It makes no exceptions. Not even for the innocent. 



Outpost Three: a huddle of crumbling buildings choked by a concrete wall. Cracked pavement, rusted metal, splintering boards. Huge robotic Sentries police the streets, but the Ten Laws are broken every time one turns its back. 



Eden is determined, smart, and a born survivor. Stripped of her memories and dumped on the streets of the Outpost, slavers and starvation are only the beginning of her problems. A devastating conflict is coming that threatens to consume her world and tear her newfound family apart. 


My Review


This is an atypical book for me, so if you follow my reviews and expect a certain sort of read, be warned. However, I'm judging this book as what it is, not holding it up to my "normal reads." What it is is a harsh, realistic dystopian with a gritty feel and visceral emotions. A lot of it, especially the last quarter or so, is downright disturbing by my (admittedly lightweight) standards.
However, the writing is clean, the characters are believable, and overall, this is a good book.
My only minor nitpick: the book is written in first person present, but occasionally, I had no idea what the main character was thinking. Sometimes I felt like I was playing "catch up" to figure out what her plan was. Looking back, I think this might've been trying to register the fact that since her memories were missing, she herself was acting instinctively, without all the information needed to form full ideas, but it did lead to a little bit of confusion for me during the climax. Confusion that may very well be sorted out in future installments in the series.
I'd call this New Adult as far as its age level. There is scattered swearing, and as mentioned the overall tone is very dark (especially especially the end. Yes, the double especially IS intentional), so be warned if you are sensitive to violence or f-bombs.

Purchase the book on Amazon through the link below.

E