PLEASE WELCOME RACHEL TO BOOKHOUNDS YA
1. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
This is a tough question!! I know there were books that I read often as a child, such as Paddington Bear and The Monster at the End of this Book. Those were a couple of my absolute favorites. But the first chapter book I can remember reading was The Boxcar Children. We had the entire set and I fell in love with the idea of being a homeless, runaway. I tried to convince my little brother to leave home with me every day. I just knew we could find an abandoned train car somewhere and set up a home. And I was pretty sure we would be able to find other runaways like us and make ourselves a little homeless community. It sounded awesome at the time.
2. What are you reading right now?
I just started Brutal Precious by Sara Wolf. I have loved her Lovely Vicious series and I’m super excited to get to the final book! I cannot wait to find out what happens between Isis and Jack. I need them to admit how much they love each other and then get married and have lots and lots of babies. And I need that to happen by the second chapter so my heart can be okay again.
3. How does your garden grow?
It doesn’t. At all. I don’t have a green thumb, I have a black thumb. A very dark and ominous black thumb that kills things on contact. I’ve attempted a couple gardens in my life and they just wither and die and then my husband had to mow over them. I have no house plants. Because, I’m honest with myself and know I would just kill them. And the only thing I’ve kept alive for more than a couple days was a basil plant. It lived for three weeks and then I threw it away because we were leaving for vacation and knew its death was inevitable. I just don’t have the talent to nurture and care for vegetation. I am what living things are afraid of.
4. What is the last thing you Googled?
Oh gosh! This could be a dangerous question, depending on what book I’m researching!!! But actually, my answer is pretty tame. Last night I Googled beer cocktails! I love Fruli. It’s a delicious strawberry beer. And I learned you can make a mojito of sorts with it. That was also delicious!
5. What makes you cringe?
So. Many. Things. Loud chewing. Ack! Teeth grinding. And all my kids grind their teeth! Hugging. I’m not really the touchy-feely kind. And when someone comes in close, I don’t just cringe, I freeze in full-blown panic. And mushrooms. Even the sight of mushrooms makes me cringe. Ugh. I’m cringing now just thinking about them!
About the Author:
I was born and raised in Nebraska, but spent my college years traveling the world. I fell in love with Eastern Europe, Paris, Indian Food and the beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. But I came back home to marry my high school sweetheart and now I spend my days raising our growing family. In those few spare moments I have, I am either reading or writing Young Adult Fiction, because I am obsessed with it.
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Heir of Skies (book 1):
Librarians note: this book was previously published as "Starbright"
Stella is a Star, sent by a Council of Elders to live on Earth and protect the planet from the Darkness, a terrifying evil that would suck the good from every living thing and leave the planet empty and desolate. She has until her twenty-fifth birthday before the Protectorship becomes hers and Earth is left solely her responsibility. Stella’s fate goes on fast forward as she struggles to balance the rest of high school with the duties of protecting humanity from the deadliest kind of evil. With her parents and Seth, the boy intended to be her Counterpart, by her side she faces down demons and fallen angels in an effort to protect the last inhabited planet in the universe. But evil is not her only enemy. She also fights her future as she tries to decide if she’s willing to give up her human relationships, especially that of her best friend Tristan, in order to save humanity.
Stella Day will one day be the Protector of Earth, but right now she’s focused on other things. Surviving high school, having a winning soccer season and balancing the two guys in her life all vie for her attention. She isn’t ready for her future or the massive destiny waiting for her.
Unfortunately for Stella, destiny isn’t patient. Stella’s life becomes complicated when the Darkness won’t leave her alone. She’s plagued by Shadows at practice and in school. Seven, Seth’s deranged sister, is stalking her. And Aliah has made it his life’s mission to destroy her before she turns eighteen and comes into the fullness of her powers.
In a risky effort to save her life, Seth makes a deal with the devil that changes everything. Suddenly, it’s no longer her own life that Stella is desperate to save. She must find a way to protect her Counterpart before he becomes the worst threat of all.
As Stella grapples with the intensity of her feelings for both Tristan and Seth, her choice might just be made for her. While the Darkness demands her attention, humanity and the high school life she loves will fade into the background as she embraces the purpose she was given and the most complicated battle yet.
This time it’s not just her life on the line, but her heart as well. Choosing which boy to love might not mean a happily ever after. Choosing between Seth and Tristan might just lead to a heartbreak she never imagined.
The countdown to Stella Day’s eighteenth birthday has begun with only a year left to go.
When Stella turns eighteen she will take over as the Earth’s protector. She will come into the fullness of her powers. And her counterpart will be released from his soul-losing contract.
Only three hundred and sixty five days to go. Only fifty-two weeks. Twelve months… But a lot can happen in that length of time.
As Stella trains for that day, the Darkness closes in around her. Seth sold his soul so that she would be safe until her eighteenth birthday but someone is still trying to kill her. And Seven, Seth’s deranged and evil sister, won’t leave her alone. There are more problems with the Council that’s supposed to be protecting her. And when Jupiter suddenly disappears things go from bad to worse.
It might be easier to solve all her problems if Jude Michaels wasn’t bothering her every second of every day. And if she didn’t miss Seth with such a consuming, paralyzing ache.
When her friends are threatened and her Midwest life exposed, she has to fight through every distraction that plagues her and find the real threat in a sea of enemies that want her dead. Aliah has never been more evil. Seven never crazier. Tristan and Piper are constantly threatened and in danger.
But it’s Seth she fights for the hardest. As he teeters on the precipice of Darkness and Light, can she salvage the soul of a boy who has given it up for her?
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Playlist Combined from all 3 books:
Monsters- Lenka Closer- Kings of Leon For Albert- Sara Jackson-Holmes Silence- The Ting Tings Anything Could Happen- Ellie Goulding Shake Me Down- Cage the Elephant Let the Drummer Kick- Citizen Cope Like a Song- Lenka Sail- AWOLNATION Store Bought Bones- The Raconteurs Hit Me Like a Man- The Pretty Reckless My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark- Fall Out Boy Who Gon Stop Me- JAY Z, Kanye West Chandelier- B.o. B. Stars- Grace Potter and the Nocturnals Cigarette Smoke- Cara Salimando The Monster- Eminem Sunshin- Skylar Grey Fall into the Sky- Zedd Icarus- Bastille Bleeding Out- Imagine Dragons To Be Bright- Sara Jackson-Holmes Blue Lips- Regina Spektor Burn- Ellie Gouldng Light Up- Lane Light up the Sky- Yellowcard Fire- Ingrid Michaelson Gold Dust- John Newman Soul Wars- AWOLNATION Til the Casket Drops- ZZ Ward Staring at the Stars- Passenger Wonderful Unknown- Ingrid Michaelson