Friday, December 16, 2016

Melissa Wright: Scarred Beauty Giveaway

Melissa Wright, author of The Frey Saga and Descendants Series is hosting a new giveaway for the Scarred Beauty release! Click on the link for a chance to win!

Melissa Wright: Scarred Beauty Giveaway: Doing a special giveaway to celebrate a new release from friend and writing partner Jennifer Silverwood. Check out Scarred Beauty , book tw...

Monday, December 12, 2016

Prism Book Tours: It's the Grand Finale for SCARRED BEAUTY by JENNIF...

Just three hours left to enter the Wylder Tales Series giveaway! 


Prism Book Tours: It's the Grand Finale for SCARRED BEAUTY by JENNIF...: On Tour with Prism Book Tours . Book Tour Grand Finale for Scarred Beauty By Jennifer Silverwood Vynasha's journey contin...

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scarred Beauty Book Tour Launch!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Book Tour Launch for
Scarred Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Vynasha's journey continues in this Beauty and the Beast retelling.
Come along with us to find out more about this fantasy world...

Tour Schedule

December 4th: Wishful Endings & Falling Leaves
December 8th: Grand Finale
December 9th: Twitter Chat 8-9 PM ET #ScarredBeauty



Do you create fanart? 

Jennifer is offering extra entries on her tour giveaway and a special giveaway
during the Twitter Chat to one lucky artist! Post your fanart and share with
Jennifer on social media (@JennSilverwood on Twitter and Tumblr and
silverwoodj on Facebook). Look for inspiration and see her posts on Tumblr.

In the meantime, check out the book trailer for Scarred Beauty:



Scarred Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #2)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 209 Pages
December 1st 2016

Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, but she is not alone. In the howling darkness her majikal bond with the Dungeon Master, Grendall grows, awakening the dormant power in her blood.

Yet as she discovers the true nature of the other beasts, she learns she must embrace madness in order to free them all. Vynasha is willing to do anything to end the curse, even if that means transforming into a monster.

Burried secrets come to light in this seductive sequel to Craving Beauty, the Gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero.

Other Books in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.


Wolfsbane's Daughter
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages
February 25th 2016

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.



Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


Other Books by the Author


Tour Giveaway

3 winners to receive ebooks of all three books in A Wylder Tales: Craving Beauty, Wolfsbane's Daughter, and Scarred Beauty (extra swag to US winners)
Open internationally
Ends December 12th

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Melissa Wright: Cover Reveal and Update

Been waiting for this cover art! So exciting to see Frey come to life like this. Can't wait for the print edition to come available. :D Spread the cover love -

Melissa Wright: Cover Reveal and Update: COVER REVEAL The cover art for  The Frey Saga Book III: Rise of the Seven is currently being updated at all ebook retailers. Watch for ...


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Scarred Beauty Book Tour Sign-ups!

Exciting news for all you lovely book bloggers! I'm releasing the next installment in my Wylder Tales series, titled Scarred Beauty, Volume 2, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, on December 1st. Prism Book Tours is hosting a week long tour + twitter chat to celebrate, & share some goodies. If you are interesting in participating by signing up as a host, click on the picture below and follow the link. Looking forward to seeing y'all there!


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Friday, August 19, 2016

With Love for Books: Reading in the Sun - Interview with Jennifer Silve...





With Love for Books hosts me along with their Summer blog hop! 

Click on the link below to learn about my years piloting a zeppelin, the many colors of orange and all about Craving Beauty. 

Oh, and there is a giveaway of course!



With Love for Books: Reading in the Sun - Interview with Jennifer Silve...: About Jennifer Silverwood Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high sin...

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Review for The Sacred Flame by Nanette Littlestone

The Sacred Flame

The Sacred Flame by Nanette Littlestone


My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Sacred Flame is unlike anything I've read before, while breathing life to a moment in history I vaguely knew of. Rome is still in its early days as a Republic and not yet at the height of its power. The Vestel Virgins are charged with keeping the spirit of Rome safe. But new and often bumbling High Priestess, Livia, seems to make one mistake after another. She is close to retirement, after a lifetime of servitude, ready to settle down with the man she loves. Livia is soon wooed by a man from her past and torn between two types of love. This alone is enough conflict to typically keep a modern romance novel on its head. But Hannibal the Barbarian is on the march against the city, and the people are fueled by their fear. 

Fear plays a major role into the novel and its characters. Each one fears the loss of something, and in Livia's case, losing the chance to experience what she never has before. The stakes are raised and I was glued to Littlestone's carefully woven historical epic, one misunderstanding and wrong choice at a time. 

Very much in the same spirit as Francine River's brilliant Mark of the Lion trilogy, The Sacred Flame keeps you hoping against all hope. I found myself rooting for both hero and villain, as Littlestone reminds us these aren't evil or good people necessarily. Like us, the characters are revealed to be just people, albeit largely selfish people seeking their own happiness no matter the cost. 

The author proves her strength for painting rich setting, depth of emotion and the constant threat of tragedy that will reel you in and leave you breathless in the end. A must read for fans of historical romance and mythology and for anyone who just wanted to experience that all-encompassing epic love. This is a novel for the realists and the dreamers, a sweeping, engrossing romance for the ages.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Melissa Wright Anniversary Giveaway

Today marks the five year anniversary of my first published book: Frey. This year has been crazy personally and so the most challenging professionally, but I'm fortunate to have so many friends and readers supporting me along the way. I'd like to say thanks with a little giveaway (Rafflecopter below) that will run from now until The Frey Saga book four release day on September 4th.




Enter to win your choice of a Kindle Fire Tablet (7" Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB--click image below for more information) or a $50 Amazon, iTunes, or Barnes & Noble egift card for your own book shopping spree. Additional winners will receive the complete Frey Saga or Descendants Series in ebook.

Open international where permitted (and where you are able to receive/use the prize).


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Thanks again for your support!
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Pre-Order links for The Frey Saga Book IV: Venom and Steel are live at iTunesBarnes & Noble, and Kobo. Links will be coming soon to Amazon.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Belle Malory & The Twelfth Keeper Review

Hey peeps! So I just finished reading "Center of the Universe" the sequel to Belle Malory's YA Sci-fi epic, "The Twelfth Keeper." This series is awesome and has so much potential. A month or so ago I looked up Belle's site & social to see if the third book would release soon, with every intention of adding it to my library. I was sad to read of her hiatus, but even more so because of the reasons behind it. 


Today I wanted to share my thoughts on this fantastical series, but also hopefully encourage others to pick up these books. If you're a fellow Indie author, or blogger, please reach out to Belle with a word of encouragement or two. We all go through difficult times and it helps to know what we write means something to others. Belle's novel, "Wanderlove" was one of the first Indie books I read in 2012 when I was starting out. I contacted Belle soon after devouring her book with hopes she might share some words of wisdom and she was so kind in return. Thank you for your kindness Belle & I hope you know we haven't forgot about you! 



Book Reviews


The Twelfth KeeperThe Twelfth Keeper by Belle Malory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Belle Mallory has a talent for taking us on fantastical journeys, whether it be into the mysterious lives of gypsies or the near future. I loved this story for its heroine in all her sweetness and faults. It was refreshing to read a story where the lead isn't already a sassy confident hero. And even more rewarding when she comes into her own in the end. The mythology of earth keepers throughout the ages is original and intriguing. Looking forward to learning more in the sequel. Great cast of characters, especially swoon worthy and aptly named Phoenix. A must read for any science fiction or fantasy fan.

View all my reviews Center of the Universe (Twelfth Keeper, #2)Center of the Universe by Belle Malory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore the world Belle Malory has crafted for us with The Twelfth Keeper series. Center of the Universe is a coming-of-age story that picks up with our heroine Kennedy and her sexy love interest, Phoenix. Teen angst and drama ensue with love triangles on both sides and investigation into the threats outside their universe reveals new enemies. In true, sequel fashion, Center of the Universe ups the stakes as these futuristic teen supers navigate relationships and their place in the world they were born to protect.

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Links for the Author

If you enjoyed this post and want to show Belle support, check out her books through the links above. Also, leave an encouraging word on her social media:

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Prism Book Tours: We're revealing the cover for VENOM AND STEEL by M...


In case you missed this post on my webpage, I had to share the exciting news about Melissa Wright's next book in her Frey Saga! I'm beyond excited about this book. I've been a huge fan of Melissa and Frey since I picked up the first volume in 2012. I also love when authors pick back up a series you thought was finished. It's like you were forced to say goodbye to your best friends, only to discover they're coming back again for more fun & adventure! Check out the link below for the Prism Book Tour's page and the Amazon Gift Card Giveaway! 


Prism Book Tours: We're revealing the cover for VENOM AND STEEL by M...: On tour with Prism Book Tours . Welcome to the Cover Reveal for Venom and Steel By Melissa Wright Coming September 2016... ...

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Cover Reveal for Scarred Beauty!


On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Cover Reveal for
Scarred Beauty
By Jennifer Silverwood

Coming December 1st 2016...



(A Wylder Tale Novella)
YA Dark Fantasy

Vynasha has become prisoner with the other wyld beasts of the castle, but she is not alone. In the howling darkness her majikal bond with the Dungeon Master, Grendall grows, awakening the dormant power in her blood.

Yet as she discovers the true nature of the other beasts, she learns she must embrace madness in order to free them all. Vynasha is willing to do anything to end the curse, even if that means transforming into a monster.

Burried secrets come to light in this seductive sequel to Craving Beauty, the Gothic retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, where nothing is exactly as it seems and the heroine must be her own hero.

Pre-order from:

Other Books in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.


Wolfsbane's Daughter
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages
February 25th 2016

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.



Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


Other Books by the Author


Cover Reveal Giveaway

ebooks of all six of Jennifer's books: Silver Hollow, Qeya, Ohre, Stay, Craving Beauty, and Wolfsbane's Daughter (Open Internationally)

Print & ebook copies of the first two books in A Wylder Tales: Craving Beauty and Wolfsbane's Daughter, plus swag (US Only)

Ends June 29th

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Review for "A Court of Mist and Fury"

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Painted in shades of the classic myth, Hades and Persephone, A Court of Mist and Fury shines high above its predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Now that Feyre is immortal, she is left to deal with the bloody consequences of what happened Under the Mountain. Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court and her lover has his own demons to battle. Between planning for their wedding and the new High Priestess in residence propping and puffing up Feyre like a puppet, both Tamlin and Feyre tuck their troubles under the rug.
This is one of the things I love best about Sarah J. Maas's stories. Rather than settling for a happily ever after, Maas takes you beyond the ending you expected and makes her characters face consequences for their actions. She made me fall in love with Tamlin and Lucien in the first book as they introduce Feyre to the world of Prythian. And then during Under the Mountain, she had me aching for the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand. Something about the way Rhys treated Feyre Under the Mountain made me love him maybe a bit more.
In A Court of Mist and Fury, Rhys makes his reappearance with a classic dramatic entrance, subsequently pissing everyone off and then doing his best to make Feyre and us the readers fall in love with him. The Night Court was just as terrifying and dreamlike as I could have imagined and the sort of place I would happily live (partially thanks to the plumbing). As Feyre meets Rhys's inner court, and the High Lord's many masks begin to unfold, she slowly begins to piece herself back together. As they travel to other fae courts and realms, both achingly gorgeous and frightening, Feyre slowly becomes the immortal Fae she chooses to be.
An adult fairy tale about the darkest and brightest shades of the soul and the loves that break and remake us, A Court of Mist and Fury is addictive in its prose and ephemeral as stardust.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Review of Kimberly Readnour's Paranormal Crime Novel, Visions


Visions (The Mystical Encounter #1)

Visions by Kimberly Readnour


My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Fans of the paranormal and Ghost Whisperer will fall in love with Kimberly Readnour's, Visions.

Part contemporary crime and ghost story, Visions benefits most from the perspective of its troubled, often insecure heroine, Heather. Unlike the recent alpha females populating most YA novels, Heather acts like a teenager. Her relationship with her single mother is loving but strained at best because of her abilities. She struggles with her identity and the boy next door is not only gorgeous but actually seems interested in her. Her constant struggle to quit smoking because of aforementioned abilities give her an often entertaining inner dialogue. In a true coming-of-age fashion, Heather begins her journey viewing her abilities like a curse. Through the growing love of Barry and his friends, she begins to believe her curse is a gift. As she comes into her own, Heather shows her true grit as she embraces her abilities and uses them selflessly to help others. She is a refreshingly real heroine, who is equal parts frustrating as she is someone you can identify with and ultimately root for.

Other strengths in this novel I felt rested in the relationship between Heather and her mother. It was often strained but very believable as both struggle to learn how to communicate and love one another at the same time. Another strength was the consistently spooky and moody atmosphere Readnour wove throughout Heather's journey. You will want to turn the page in a need to find out what comes next, while dreading it in the best of ways.

There are few weaknesses to this story, more based on my opinion than reflecting the writer's obvious strength. But one that continues to bother me is Barry. He is so clean-cut, and so nice in a story of imperfect, sometimes gritty characters, he makes me not want to trust him. I wasn't surprised Heather was constantly rendered ridiculous around him, because who hasn't drooled when the school hottie actually takes the time of day to speak to you? Yet she is also so trusting of Barry, like most first-loves, I was convinced most of the novel he was the killer. So it's almost a let-down when you learn he really is just a pretty, perfect face. His greatest strength as a character is his loyalty to his friends and the way he chooses to love Heather in spite of her gift.
Also, I felt a lot of Barry and Heather's dialogue to sound almost formal at times, and not what I would expect to hear from a pair of seventeen year-old's. True, Heather has been much isolated and isn't your typical teen, no matter how much she wants to be, but the author only hints at Barry's past. I have a feeling his character and back story will be expanded greatly in the sequel.
However, I loved how Heather handled her relationship with Barry at the end, again showing her inner strength as a character.

Filled with more than a few thrills and chills, Visions is a unique take on the paranormal young adult genre and much needed break from fangs and full moons.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gateway to Fourline Trilogy Reviews

Gateway to FourlineGateway to Fourline by Pam Brondos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thoroughly enjoyed this foray into fantasy. I'm a huge fan of gateway fantasies like Narnia and Alice In Wonderland and while Fourline isn't filled with magical creatures, the adventure Natalie Barnes finds there is nothing short of magical.

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On the Meldon PlainOn the Meldon Plain by Pam Brondos
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Meldon Plain has it all, adventure, romance and like its predecessor, a unique twist on the fantasy genre. I'm a huge fan of parallel world stories, like Narnia. Gates of Fourline pulled me in from the get-go, with it's capable heroine, unique love story and a well-rounded ensemble cast of characters. I was thrilled when I discovered the next installment was already available and like before, dove right in. Natalie left things in a bad lurch last time. Her family is estranged, she's been avoiding her new friends and she carries the scars from her last journey to Fourline. Desperate times call her back, this time as the warrior she pretended to be before. Fourline grows in breadth and legend in this second part of the trilogy. The Nala are eerie and frightening as they should be and Natalie has come into her own as a Warrior Sister. I loved watching her journey as they embark on a rescue mission and join forces with the resistance and exiled Sisters. Excited to see where our characters end up next! Now I have to go pre-order the sequel...

View all my reviews The Last RemnantThe Last Remnant by Pam Brondos
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

At last! Natalie, Soris and Annin have come full circle in their quest for the freedom of Fourline & found their own happiness at the end. The Last Remnant was full of action, answers and all-encompassing romance, everything you want in the conclusion of a trilogy. While I would have liked to see a little more Nat/Soris love, I was satisfied with the way their story ended. The final, epic battle was rich Brondos delivers a strong first trilogy and showcases her gift for weaving the mundane with the fantastical. She is an author to watch!

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Create Space Previews



For anyone interested in reading a preview of my upcoming romance, She Walks In Moonlight, follow this link:
https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1193244
Create Space has a new feature I discovered where you can post a preview of your upcoming work, whether you plan on releasing in a year, or a couple of weeks. This ain't just for Indie authors, either, since you can check out music, and other media. I love this because it lets other authors & readers check out your work and depending on what questions you ask, give you some legitimate feedback.
So if you're a member of Create Space, I highly recommend trying this out. I know I'll be looking at the other submissions now. Exciting to see WIP!
Happy Reading & Writing!


P.S. If any of you are curious about the Silver Hollow pic above, leave a comment below & I will share my dastardly plans with you ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Creativity Exploits

It's been absolutely forever since I posted on my blog. I had a kid back in December so these extra social media sites get pushed to the wayside a lot more. For those who read this, thanks for sticking with me! From everything I read about blogging, you are supposed to do it daily at the most, weekly at the least. I will try to share my book reviews with y'all on here soon. I need to update those, for sure. 

I typically post on my website the most often, occasionally share on Facebook and spend most of my time daily on Twitter connecting with people. So if you want to strike up some fun conversation, book, fandom or otherwise, you can find me @JennSilverwood 

Meantime, here are a few things I've been dabbling with...

Here is some recent art :D


More Pastel Chalk Art  

You can find more of my work on the above Portfolio link, and also featured with Qamber Kids Book Design

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Submitted short story: Mermaid's Tear for the latest Jay Henge Publishing Anthology 

Besides working on the first draft of Craving Beauty, Vol. 2, I've also written a new adult romance, 


She Walks In Moonlight

here is an excerpt

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I had spent so long wrapped in my selfish wants and desires that I forgot to care for someone else. It wasn’t something I planned on happening, but by the time I realized the truth it was almost too late. The person I had always taken for granted, the boy I tried so hard not to love, was dying.

I ran the entire way to his house, through back fields. I hopped two barbed-wire fences, tearing holes in my shirt. My converse and the hems of my flared blue jeans were soon covered in mud but I kept running. My lungs burned from lack of oxygen thanks to a lack of practice. But if I was honest with myself, I hadn’t been able to breathe properly in the past three hours. A pressure clawed its way up my chest, the same weight that had settle in the moment the phone rang. Because I already knew what had happened. My older brother, Peter wasn’t aware I was the indirect cause of the accident. He didn’t know Adam wouldn’t have been out in the first place if he hadn’t been looking for me.

Please wait for me, I prayed. Adam didn’t know I was a liar and I had to tell him the truth.

I almost collapsed the moment I caught sight of his family’s two-story, white board farmhouse. I focused on the soft yellow light shining from his bedroom window upstairs as I hopped the picket fence around their front yard.

I fell against the front door panting as I lifted a hand to pound on its cruel surface. I needed to see Adam, to feel his hand in mine. I stumbled when the door gave way to a familiar, albeit haggard face. My heart fell into my stomach at the sight of Adam’s big sister, Hailey. Her mouth twisted as she recognized me and I felt the full weight of the bad blood between us. Hailey had dated my brother Peter off and on for the last few years. She had never been a fan of me.

“Please, Hailey,” I gasped and braced a hand on the doorpost. Her green eyes narrowed and she crossed her arms over her chest.

“Haven’t you done enough already?”

My heart sank while my mind screamed at me, your fault! She was right and I couldn’t argue with her. I looked at the familiar front porch and tried to think of something. I could climb the garret to reach his window. We had sneaked in and out of his bedroom plenty of times growing up. I could sleep on the porch until they let me in. Peter would understand and he would confront Hailey if I called and asked him to. My hand reached in my jeans pocket for my flip phone, convinced, when another voice called from the hallway, “Hailey, who is it?”

I peered over Hailey’s golden crowned head and tensed when Ms. King stepped into view. She still wore her hospital scrubs and I wondered if she had been on duty when Adam was brought in. Her pale blue eyes were worn and so sad I couldn’t look up at them too long before staring down at my muddy converse.

“Danica?” Ms. King’s voice was filled with compassion and to my shock, relief. I looked up again to find the same warm smile that filled some of the gap my mother tore open. Her plump hand came to rest on Hailey’s narrow shoulder and she spoke firmly to her daughter without breaking eye contact with me, “I’m so glad you’re here. He’s been asking for you every time he wakes up. He was worried sick until Peter confirmed you were safe at home.”

Your fault, I thought. If Adam hadn’t been so worried about me, he never would have got in that vehicle to come after me.

Hailey continued to watch me with a poisonous glare as she stepped aside. Ms. King reached out for me and I bit my lip before rushing into her arms. Her embrace was almost too tight but I wasn’t complaining. I pushed off my muddy shoes onto the foray before following the rest of the way inside.

“Doctor McMorries let me bring him home, thank God. The hospital couldn’t take care of him any better than we can. And I want him to be comfortable as possible while he recovers,” she explained to me while guiding me up the hardwood stairs.

I knew some of this story already, thanks to Peter. Ms. King was a physician’s assistant with more than enough experience in emergency situations. Hailey worked as a registered nurse at the hospital as well, so Ms. King wasn’t lying when she said they could provide the best care. Still, I was impressed they let her bring Adam home.

Maybe his injuries aren’t as bad as we thought?

“The jeep was totaled, of course. And he’s not out of the woods yet, but it could have been a lot worse.”

“How bad?” I asked.

Again, she attempted a careworn smile as she put her hand on his bedroom door. “We aren’t sure if he’ll be able to walk again, Danica.” She pushed open the door and shut it behind me as I walked in alone.

Shadows tipped the atmosphere to match my mood. Instead of seeing Adam’s band posters and a smattering of my artwork, all I could focus on was the broken boy lying in the twin bed under soft lamplight. I wrapped my arms over my chest to keep from throwing myself at him. His eyes were squeezed shut, hiding the beautiful color I loved. His summer tanned skin was a winter pale now, from loss of blood, no doubt. I sank to my knees beside his bed and bit my nails to keep my fingers to themselves. His chest rose and fell in unsteady gasps.

I laid my head on the duvet and drank in the familiar scent and whispered, “I’m so sorry.” As my eyes fluttered shut, my fingers found his and I imagined they squeezed just as strongly back.

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Hope y'all enjoyed the updates! Feel free to comment and share your thoughts, or your recent creative exploits. Happy reading, writing, creating!





Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Release Blitz for Wolfsbane's Daughter

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Welcome to the Release Celebration for
Wolfsbane's Daughter
By Jennifer Silverwood

Read the exclusive excerpt and enter the giveaway below...

Wolfsbane's Daughter
(A Wylder Tale Novella)
by Jennifer Silverwood
YA Dark Fantasy
ebook, 52 Pages

Wolfsbane and his daughter Resha are on a never ending quest in the Wylder Mountains, to wipe out the wolves who destroyed their village. Before their enemies stole everything she loved, Resha cared for little beyond learning how to be a hunter. After, she learned a hunter must be prepared to fight as well as flee. Now she cares for nothing but revenge.

Until she discovers two majikal humans half frozen in the forest. Resha has a choice, to follow her instincts and leave the strangers to the wolves, or save them. Yet the enemy is on the prowl and there is little time for Wolfsbane's daughter to find safe haven before they are discovered.

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Exclusive Excerpt

There was a time when she did not hate her father, when her only concern was checking her traps and learning knives from Grandfather. But this was before their village on the ridge of Mount Grimm was attacked and destroyed by their enemies. After that she learned a hunter’s claws must be longer and much sharper. A hunter must always be prepared to fight as well as flee, Father said.
“Stay close, Resha!” her father hissed, drawing her attention to their bleak present.
They had been on the run ever since the attack on Mount Grimm. An entire moon had passed since half the village was murdered, including her brother Vilhelm. If any others survived they were hiding deep in the mountains. The beasts had always been a threat to them. But recent attacks alluded to a new hunger, to wipe out the last humans living in the Wylder Mountains.  Some in the village had blamed Wolfsbane and his quest to avenge Grandfather’s death. Those who might still have blamed her family were dead.
Now all that was left to them was this hunt, her first true hunt. Before this she had been little more than a trapper, practicing her knife on the small creatures she found in the woods near their village. Every time she ended a hare or tripe’s life, she felt nothing of the thrill the other children did.
“Sometimes I wonder if you are too soft to be a predator after all.”
Truly, Father’s words resonated with her far more deeply than she wanted them to. A part of her was so much a child. She had never plunged her knife into the heart of a true beast. It was her greatest fear she would fail in a task Vilhelm would have fulfilled without flinching. Now the legacy of vengeance was left to her hands and the dagger Grandfather made for her last moon day.
Resha took a deep breath and watched it hover in the freezing air. The territory they hunted in was new, closer to the lost city than most of their kind had ever dared to trail. Her father, Wolfsbane, said they were searching for signs of man and beast. She watched the way Father crouched and inspected every curve of the path the tracks had made. When she looked down it was difficult to see anything but shadow and snow. Yet she could almost feel the faintest traces of their prey’s footfalls. It was the smell and the warmth Wolfsbane was following now.
Her attention was diverted by a bright splash of red along the roots of a nearby tree trunk. Her stomach clenched at the thought of the berries hanging from those thin branches. Mother told her to forage whenever they came across nuts and rare plant life. Just because they were hunting, didn’t mean she couldn’t savor a morsel. And there might even be a chance she could snatch enough to save for when they made camp. She glanced up, hopeful Wolfsbane would not notice.
She poked through the fur wrappings keeping her palms and wrists warm, making quick work of the winter berries. Meanwhile, she kept her eye on the glow of torchlight up ahead and slipped the rest into the satchel attached to her belt. The juice stained her fingers a faint purplish hue and she licked them, hoping to hide the evidence. Her eyes shut involuntarily as she drank in the sweet taste. A hand grasped her wrist roughly and pulled so she was forced to face Wolfsbane’s grizzled visage.
“Foolish pup!” he growled. “This land is cursed and you are a fool to touch it! Do you wish to fall asleep forever in these woods?” With every word he squeezed her wrist tighter, drawing tears from her eyes.
“Wolfsbane!” her mother interrupted, gripping his arm tightly with her free hand. “You will not harm our last remaining child. She is hungry and we have not stopped for three days. Leave her be.”
They stood together against the torch, the light illuminating the sickly rage in Father’s eyes and the fear in Mother’s. Resha tried not to give into that same fear. Father would only see it as a weakness. He was too deep into the hunt, and addled by grief to know better.
So she lifted her chin and willed her tears to stop. To say anything would only spark his fury again. Instead she kept her eyes locked with his. Mother’s fingers crept higher, resting over both her wrist and her father’s tense grip. His anger faded, and for a moment, Resha saw the love her father had for her. He opened his mouth to speak and hope bloomed in her chest.
That was the moment a chorus of howls rose together like a nightmare in the woods around them. The cries began ahead of them, further up the valley. Often she had heard them in the distance as a small child within their cottage. Never had she heard them so close and so far away from all she knew.
Her breath came in short, violent gasps as her heart pounded in her ears. These were the beasts who stole everything from them, the ones they had been hunting ever since. For the first time, Resha felt the stirring of the hunt in her blood.

The First Book in the Series

Craving Beauty
(A Wylder Tale, #1)
by Jennifer Silverwood
Paperback & ebook, 239 pages
October 31st 2015

Vynasha has spent the last four years tending her mother's roses and looking after her nephew. The fire that killed their family has left her scarred and put Wyll on the brink of death. Soon the first frost will come down from the mountains and she knows this winter will be his last.

Until a strange beggar appears on the road, telling her of the majikal Source that can heal her Wyll. With nothing left to lose, Vynasha braves the forbidden Wylder Mountains to seek out a cure and her fate.

A lost kingdom is uncovered by an equally lost girl, but the castle is not abandoned as she believes. Shadows cloaking unseen eyes watch. Tapestries whisper from the hidden corners, wondering if the one to break their curse has come. And a hungry beast waits, ready to devour her soul.

Jennifer Silverwood

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether it’s the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or a road trip to the next town. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven’s Edge series, Stay and Silver Hollow.


Other Books by the Author
Silver Hollow Qeya (Heaven's Edge #1) Ohre (Heaven's Edge, #2) Stay

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