Tuesday, May 28, 2013

SALE and GIVEAWAY: Rematch by Janine Caldwell

Rematch  (Vortex #1)  

Trent Astor is many things—orphan, runaway, musician. But what’s most extraordinary about Trent is that he’s a time traveler. His supernatural gift sends him on missions to the past to save unsuspecting victims from harm. However, when he fails to save the life of a young girl, his life changes in ways he could never have dreamed.

At eleven-years-old, Cassie Moore suffered through a horrific shooting. Tragically scarred from the ordeal, the once promising tennis prodigy was forced to throw away all hope of a future in tennis. Now, as she begins her senior year of high school, the past continues to haunt her. She struggles to find herself, her self-esteem at an all time low. If only she could resolve the past, she might be able to move on with her life. She never imagined that could be possible until she meets the gorgeous new student in her PE class

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BOOK TWO: Double Fault
DOUBLE FAULT is the 2nd book in The Vortex Series where Cassie and Trent’s problems have only just begun. As they fight through the repercussions of creating a parallel world, other dangers are lurking. After years of running, Trent and his orphaned sister, Lorelai, sense the dangerous and power-hungry Dr. Fox is close to discovering their whereabouts.

While Cassie fears for Trent’s life, her tennis career hangs in the balance. Caught between her old and new life, she watches her world slowly crumble until it’s a tragic portrayal of all that she used to know. But worse yet, if her secret is revealed, she might lose what’s most dear to her heart.

About this author

Janine Caldwell was born in Concord, CA and raised in the small San Francisco Bay Area town of Clayton. Four days after her high school graduation, Janine attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and graduated with a degree in English.

Janine now lives in Anthem, AZ with her husband and two sons. As a lifelong literature fanatic, she knew it was only a matter of time before she would become obsessed with writing her own work. With relatives like the Brothers Grimm and Anita Loos (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), she figured fantasy writing had to be in her DNA.

Books published by Janine include Rematch and Double Fault, the first two books of The Vortex Series. The final book in this YA fantasy romance, Deuce, will be released this fall. Janine also plans to publish Visited, a YA coming-of-age fantasy in the next month.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

COVER REVEAL: The Cindy Chronicles by RaShelle Workman

The Cindy Chronicles 
by RaShelle Workman 
Series: The Cindy Chronicles will be told in 6 volumes  
Genre: YA Paranormal
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Life sucks.
Possessing magic sucks.
What doesn’t suck? Fashion, Cindy's boyfriend Gabe, and her best friend, Snow White.

Cindy (Cinderella…shhh, don’t tell) was born a witch. It’s part of who she is. But there’s more to her than that. She loves deeply. And has a big heart. She’d do anything for those she cares about, including risk her own life to save theirs.

When her fairy godmother demands she leave Salem, Massachusetts and return to the land she was born to rule, she has two options. Tell her fairy godmother no, and seal a death sentence on complete strangers. Or, leave all she’s ever known behind, including the love of her life, for an unknown land she’s fated to save.

So, yeah, life sucks.
But Cindy is determined to change that.

RASHELLE WORKMAN lives on a mountain with her husband, three children, and three dogs. From her back porch she can see the city lights and imagine... She's the bestselling author of the Dead Roses series (Sleeping Roses is being translated into Turkish, and will be available in print wherever Turkish books are sold in 2014), the Immortal Essence series, and the Blood and Snow series.

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Friday, May 24, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Forged by Magic by Angela Orlowski-Peart

Forged by Magic, Origins is a collection of short stories, featuring the characters from the Forged series. This is the first out of two prequels to the series. Each story is told from a different character point-of-view.

Find out the details about how the Amulet and the Dasht-e Kavir have been created, and how the powers of the Universe opened the gates to other dimensions, letting some terrifying supernatural creatures into the Human World.
Prequel 1 to the Forged series, Forged by Magic. 
Cover created by Jeannie Ruesch.

Angela Orlowski-Peart was born and raised in Poland. She describes herself as European born, American by choice. She was just seven-years-old when she decided to learn English and translate her favorite Polish fairytales.

Angela is the author of the Young Adult and New Adult fiction novels, including YA paranormal/urban fantasy series, The Forged. First book in series, Forged by Greed, was published on September 20, 2012. There are two anthologies of short stories, serving as the prequels to the series. First of them, Forged by Magic. Origins is scheduled for publishing on May 31st, 2013. The second anthology (still untitled) will be out at the end of June 2013. Next three full size novels, including Forged by Coalescence, will be released in 2013 and 2014.

Angela writes in multiple genres, including paranormal, fantasy, urban fiction, sci-fi, and short stories. She loves reading good books almost as much as writing them. She speaks with Polish accent, but loves listening to the Southern drawl.

She is passionate about watercolor painting, fashion—especially stilettos, rock climbing, environment, and organic food and gardening. She lives in the Seattle area with her family and a chronically curious cat.

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REVIEW and GIVEAWAY: The Tale of Mally Biddle

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The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. 

Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. 

Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything... 

REVIEW: The Tale of Mally Biddle

Mally Biddle is a strong young heroine who rises to many challenges, displays courage, and makes up her own mind as she learns to be a servant/spy in the castle of King Lenzar.  This book has a lot of things going for it… there’s plenty of mystery, characters, and a fabulous setting.

Mally is lamenting her bad luck in being  I charge of a herd of goats when an opportunity presents itself… she’s offered a “job” spying on the King and his Knights by Rebels in her Kingdom.  Being a brave girl, and wanting to help the rebels and stick it to the knights, (everyone hates knights in this story, they are the worst!) she agrees.

When she gets to the castle she has to learn to be a bit submissive, which does nto come natural to her.  She’s an outspoken girl and has no experience serving others.  But she makes friends easily, and draws the attention of some bad people.  She endures some pretty challenging attacks (but by whom is the mystery) and come out the other end more powerful and more mature.

This is a great read for younger young adults, perhaps 12-14.  The writing isn’t watered down, so it’s good for advanced readers.  Also, the plot, while interesting, is not fast-paced, so this is a good book for readers who enjoy detailed descriptions.

I highly recommend this book as it’s clean and presents a lot of positive messages for young people.

Author Melissa LeGette

Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel. 

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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

COVER REVEAL: Smash Into You by Shelly Crane

Smash Into You
Shelly Crane
Expected release: Summer 2013
Genre: Contemporary
Age Group: Young Adult
Cover Designed by: Okay Creations
Cover reveal organized by: AToMR Tours

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Jude has spent the whole twenty three years of his life running. From what, he wasn't quite sure. His mother tried to keep him safe; a low profile, a constant move on the horizon, a week's pay always stashed away. She tried to instill in him that he was special somehow, though would never elaborate. He never felt different. He was so completely normal and vanilla that he wondered if it had all been in her head. But then she was murdered and all he saw was a running silhouette of a man as his mother said three final words to him. Three words that changed his whole being. Never stop running… Now he's semi-settled into a big town. The college is huge and easy to blend into. It's been three months since he had to move because 'Biloxi', as he calls the man who killed his mother, found him once more. Then Marley, an eighteen year old girl who is as infuriating as she is blissfully ignorant of her gorgeousness, smashes into his car with hers. Then smashes into his life as he realizes that whatever it is he has that Biloxi wants, she has it, too. And now, they're after them both.    

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Shelly is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband's job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read. Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn't go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.  
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Friday, May 17, 2013

GIVEAWAY and COVER REVEAL: Ignite by Erica Crouch

by Erica Crouch
Publication date: June 11th 2013
Genre: YA Paranormal fantasy

Penemuel (Pen) fell from grace over a millennium ago, yet there are still times she questions her decision to follow her twin brother, Azael, to Hell. Now that the archangel Michael has returned, threatening Lucifer’s vie for the throne, she begins questioning everything she has always believed.

As Hell prepares for war - spreading a demonic virus and pilfering innocent souls to build an army - the lines separating the worlds blur.  Fates erase and the future is left unwritten. Azael is determined that he and his sister will continue to serve as demons together, but for the first time in her life, Pen is not ruled by destiny. She has the freedom of choice.

With choice comes sacrifice, and Pen must decide which side she’s willing to risk everything fighting for: the light, or the dark

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Erica Crouch is a twenty-year-old living on the outskirts of Baltimore, Maryland. She is pursuing a degree in English and Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction at Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, she works for a small press in editorial services. She spends what spare time she has reading an overwhelming stack of books, watching an obscene amount of Netflix and procrastinating. 

Ignite is her debut novel and she is currently writing it’s sequel along with other future projects.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

COVER REVEAL: All In by Marta Brown

All In 
by Marta Brown
Publication date: May 28th 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

On the picturesque island of Martha's Vineyard, there are two kinds of residents. Locals and Stays.

Local boy, Lane McCarthy, plans on spending his summer working at the country club to save money for college in the fall, while summer stay, Ashley Whitmore, and her elite group of friends are only there to play.

As the summer heat goes up on the island, so does the ante, when both Lane and Ashley must decide what they’re willing to wager in order to follow their dreams… and their hearts.

With stakes as high as the surf, and hopes as high as the midday sun, will they risk everything and go all in?

Marta Brown grew up in the Pacific Northwest and was a teenager when Doc Martens, Pearl Jam and flannel were the norm and Dylan loved Kelly forever (Beverly Hills, 90210 shout out).

She still lives just outside Seattle, now with her husband and cat, and loves the rain.

When she’s not writing about cute boys, first kisses and the magic and wonder of being seventeen, she’s watching The CW. And she sleeps in. Late.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

GIVEAWAY: The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World by Christine Fonseca

Finding your unique voice in a noisy world can be hard—very hard. But not if you have a great guide! The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World is a must-read for girls in grades 6–8 as they enter the tumultuous world of adolescence. Packed with fun worksheets and quizzes, as well as stories from older girls and women.
The Girl Guide covers everything a teenage girl needs to know on the journey toward her own identity. Proven strategies for dealing with stress management, confronting relational aggression, being safe online, navigating the changing mother-daughter relationship, and more make this the ultimate guide for any girl to get through the teen years and discover her unique point of view in the world. 

Summer, Girl Guide Style
    The Girl Guide is all about finding yourself and your unique voice in the world. And what better time to start on that journey than summer! Summer is a great time for renewal. The days are long, the weather, perfect, and the vibe – magical. So, as you’re taking a break from school or work, catching up with friends and family, and venturing out for a special vacation, why not add a little “inner” journey to your adventures and spend part of the summer discovering the “real” you?

    Journeying inwards, like any trip, requires a map, some supplies, and an adventurous spirit. Fortunately, these things are easily acquired. A journal can become an ideal map to the inner you. Use it as you spend a little time each day reflecting on your dreams and hopes. Take stock of what you’ve accomplished so far, and plan where you’d like to go in the future. Then, once you have a good sense of your inner dreams and desires, make a plan for the future. Add new experiences, read different books, complete projects you’ve previous abandoned. In doing these things you can begin to cultivate your own authenticity. 

    And don’t forget to pack an adventurous spirit as you journey inwards. Embrace the you that lives within. You may be surprised the “you” you can get to know this summer.

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About Christine Fonseca
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Using her training and expertise as an educational psychologist, Ms. Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Her titles include Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students and 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids and delve into the often misunderstood world of giftedness and emotional intensity.
May, 2013 will bring the release of the much awaited The Girl Guide: Finding Your Place in a Mixed-Up World, a book for girls in grades 6-9 that focuses on developing strong resiliency skills. In addition to her nonfiction titles, Ms. Fonseca is the author of several YA novels including Lacrimosa (the Requiem Series) and the critically acclaimed YA thriller, Transcend.
When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website.

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Friday, May 10, 2013

GIVEAWAY and REVIEW: Project Five-Fifteen by Samantha Summers

First Light
Samantha Summers
Series: Project Five Fifteen #1
Publication: May 12th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

A government experiment. Sixteen teenage boys on the run. An innocent young girl caught in the middle. When Ronnie Rose meets the handsome and alluring Kalen Smith, she can tell there's something he's hiding - something dangerous. But in trying to uncover his secret, Ronnie is plunged into a terrifying world she isn't prepared for... and the consequences could be deadly. Can we choose who we fall in love with?

As You Were
Samantha Summers
Series: Project Five Fifteen #2
Publication: December 14th 2012
Genre: YA Romantic Thriller

For every choice, there is a consequence.

Ronnie and Kalen are finally together, living their life in secret under the radar of the people who want Kalen dead. But when a visit from an old friend sends Kalen away on a rescue mission, Ronnie finds herself plunged back into the world of Project Five Fifteen quicker than she ever thought possible.

It’s fast becoming clear The Agency will never give up their hunt for the boys, and a betrayal closer to home starts a chain reaction that will change everything. Now, caught in a deadly web of lies and deceit, Ronnie is forced to question who she can trust; even the person she once trusted most.

As enemies close in, Kalen’s past threatens to destroy the happiness they sacrificed so much for, and it’s only a matter of time before the ultimate choice must be made...

First, thank you to Xpresso Tours and Samantha Summers for providing me with a review copy of both books, First Light and As you Were. 

This review is for both books on the Project five-Fifteen series.

Ok, well, book three cannot come out fast enough for me.  This was fun.  I admit, sometimes when I look at my review schedule I think I can pick out the books that make me worry if I will like them or not.  I wasn’t sure about this series at first, mostly because I don’t care for the covers, but as soon as I started reading First Light, I knew I was wrong.  I loved both books but especially book two.

Book one is a romance, it’s got some mystery and some thrilling moments, but it’s not fast-paced enough to be a real thriller.  That doesn’t change the way I feel about it, it was great to meet Ronnie and Kalen, as well as the other boys – especially Ace and Denver. I enjoyed pretty much all of it, although I do admit to wishing for more Kalen when he was missing from the story.  And honestly, that wasn’t much.  He blew Ronnie Rose off and she took it like a champ – she partied!  LOL...take that, Kalen who?
And nothing drives a brooding I'm-no-good-for-you bad boy crazier than  a girl who gets on with her life, so he promptly returned, and actually, we know he was creeping, he never left in the first place.
And oh, the boys.  I love how she calls them the boys, well even Kalen calls them the boys, and he’s one of them!  They have a murky past, they know a lot of cool stuff, they can speak different languages… which all adds up to hot mystery guys with a dark side!  Who could resist?

I enjoyed Kalen’s flashbacks in the first book, but I really, really loved them in the second.  Holy crap, did they ever reveal what those boys went through.  Also, I felt the draw to Ace in book one, just as Ronnie did, but in book two, Ace was a major player and if he dies in the third book, I’ll be heartbroken.

I read another review that asked why Ronnie got so attached to the boys so fast and I think the reason was Ace.  He’s not like the other boys, he’s younger and his past is not as gruesome, although his training is exactly the same and he’s no chicken-shit.

But Ace was looking for something in Ronnie in book one, a friend, a sister, maybe even a girlfriend.  Ace desperately wanted female company, and not in a creepy way.  I think most of the boys felt this way – they were raised without women, so when Ronnie shows up with her girly ways, they loved her. (Most of them!)

Book two IS a real thriller from start to finish.  The pacing is lightning fast, Ronnie is in danger almost the whole time, and Kalen is so torn between what “they” are manipulating him to do and what Ronnie wants him to do that it gives the book a Jason Bourne feel to it, but with teenagers.

In book two we learn a lot more about Ace and he and Ronnie become close, confusing the poor kid to the point that he starts to have feelings for Ronnie.  And he’s so needy, for being what he is, that I almost wanted Ronnie to choose him just to make him happy!  Ace is a very well-developed character.

We also learn so much about the boys’ past and why they act the way they do.  And there is an unexpected addition to the “team” when another boy, not one from book one, shows up and freaks Kalen out.  You see, not all the boys are “good”.

I love thrillers but I really love YA thrillers because it takes a special character to pull off that kind of twisty pacing and keep it believable.  This is why a well-developed past is essential and Summers definitely hit that nail on the head in this series.

Kalen fits the bill for the action hero, but Ronnie Rose is no wallflower either.  In fact, she slips into the role of Mrs. Jason Bourne with ease and her courage is on display time and time again.  She takes real hits, bloody, bone cracking hits, and she gets back up and fights again.

Ronnie Rose is strong and likable, so her and Kalen together are like the thriller dream team.  I will definitely be waiting anxiously for book three, Becoming.

Four stars for First Light and five stars for As You Were

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Born in London, an only child with an overactive imagination, Sam spent much of her childhood telling ghost stories to her younger cousins and dreaming about far away places. She graduated university with a BA in marketing, but it wasn't long before her passion for storytelling and travel got the better of her. She currently lives in Sydney, Australia, where you'll probably find her hidden away in the corner of a park somewhere - writing, reading, dreaming or watching movies on her iPad. She loves everything spy and assassin and has a slightly unhealthy obsession with Star Wars, mainly Darth Vader.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

GIVEAWAY and BLITZ: The Tale of Mally Biddle by M.L. LeGette

The Tale of Mally Biddle 
by M.L. LeGette 

When Mally Biddle agreed to spy upon the King of Lenzar and his overbearing knights she knew she was heading into danger. She didn't know she'd find a family unlike any other. Posing as a servant in Bosc Castle, Mally serves tea and tends fires for the most dangerous men in the kingdom. 

Her goal is to learn the truth of what happened sixteen years ago, when the infant princess met her death ... a death that is surrounded by more questions than answers. Along her search for the truth, Mally meets the energized Lita Stump, the strict and matriarchal Meriyal Boyd, and the opinionated Archibald Diggleby. 

Then of course there are the knights: Leon Gibbs who is slicker than a greased hog, Adrian Bayard, hot tempered and violent, and the worst of the lot: Sir Illius Molick, Captain of the Knights. And then there is Maud, a mysterious woman who just might know everything... 


"To say I loved this book is an understatement. Mally is a wonderful character and she encounters so many quirky folks on her assignment. Very well written and engaging story! And an added bonus of a love triangle! I enjoyed it from beginning to end!! I will definitely be looking for more from this author!" ~April Holgate   

Author Melissa LeGette Melissa LeGette lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright. The Tale of Mally Biddle is her second novel. 

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Monday, May 6, 2013

GIVEAWAY and PROMO: Shadow Chaser by Jerel Law

Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Chaser blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Shadow Chaser  
(Son of Angels #3)
by Jerel Law
Release Date: May 7th, 2013
Thomas Nelson
240 pages
Join part angel Jonah Stone as he faces his biggest challenge yet!
Many months have passed since part angel siblings Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone began their angelic training. As part angels, or "quarterlings," the siblings joined other children of nephilim to begin honing their special powers.

In this third installment in the Son of Angels series, Jonah's story comes to resemble a modern-day Job as he's faced with trials that affect his health, strength, relationships, and most-prized possessions. As he and the other quarterlings prepare for mid-term exams, their powers are tested once again in the most fierce battle against Abaddon's forces yet. Will Jonah's faith in Elohim continue to persevere as he fights Abaddon in his hardest battle yet?

Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle-grade series packed with action, adventure, and supernatural fights. But the message is solidly based in Scripture, conveying God is always in control.

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Shadow Chaser - The story behind the title

Why the title, Shadow Chaser?

There are many stories in the New Testament of Jesus confronting not only the religious leaders of the day, but the powerful forces at work in the spiritual world.  Forces that the book of Ephesians calls “the powers of this dark world”, the “spiritual forces of evil”. (Eph 6:12)  There is a reality here that we have to come to terms with.  Jesus came across many, many people who were sick.  And on certain occasions, he recognized that the illness was due to a spiritual force attacking someone.  This isn’t always the case with sickness, by the way…but when we read the Scriptures we have to acknowledge that Jesus, at least, believed these powers were real, and harmful to people.  There were times where he healed someone from a sickness; there were other times where he told a demon bringing the malady on to leave.  Both listened to his commands.

There is an old Hebrew word – “Machala” – it is the word that means “sickness”.  In Shadow Chaser, I’ve personified that word.  M’chala shows up as a fallen angel of sorts…the angel capable of causing illness in a human being.  He moves differently…like a shadow, a wisp of smoke, so that even some of the fallen are afraid.  He plays by a different set of rules.

And he’s after Jonah, his family, and his friends.

How do you fight something you can barely see?  What can Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah possibly do to combat M’chala – the fallen angel of sickness?

And how do you trust God in the middle of it all?

About the Author

Jerel Law is a gifted communicator and pastor with seventeen years of full-time ministry experience. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tarheels!), and a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jerel began writing fiction as a way to encourage his children’s faith to come alive. He lives in North Carolina with his family. Spirit Fighter is his first novel.

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