Novella Review: Open Flame by Lacy Danes

 

Review:

I’m not going to lie.  The main draw for me to want to read Open Flame was the cover.  I love the intensity, and was hopeful that the story would match the cover.  Does it?  While I enjoyed it quite a bit, the short length meant little character development and uneven pacing at times.  Still, this is a fun read, and I’d read more in the series without a second thought.

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Interview with Lacy Danes, Author of Open Flame and Giveaway!

Lacy Danes is visiting the virtual offices this morning to chat about Open Flame.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Lacy Danes] loving, loner, quite, bubbly, lazy, determined, adventurous, strong, weak, curious, green and yellow with no red.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Open Flame?

[Lacy Danes] Open Flame is Madoc the fire Zirs story. He is fascinated with time and time plays a big part in the story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Lacy Danes] I knew I wanted to write a story that was both historical and paranormal. I didn’t want to do a vampire story but wanted vampires as part of the mythology.  I did some brainstorming with my CPs and came up with the idea of my Zir.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Fina?

[Lacy Danes] Feisty, strong, determined.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Fina is never without.

[Lacy Danes] Her sketch pad.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Fina’s greatest regret?

[Lacy Danes] That she couldn’t do more for her father.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Lacy Danes] Music, reading, movies, friends, family.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Lacy Danes]  My puppy cooper dog. music, and the right frame of mind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Open Flame?

[Lacy Danes] Kids, and my day job.  I work in IT at a large company.  There is always something to get done and now.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Lacy Danes]  World War Z.  I love the book.  I recently saw the movie and it was good too though different.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

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Interview with Diana Quincy, Author of Tempting Bella and Giveaway!

Please welcome Diana Quincy to the virtual offices this morning!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Diana Quincy] I’m optimistic, stubborn, loyal, devoted and impatient. I value kindness. I have two great passions: my family and writing!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Tempting Bella?

[Diana Quincy] Tempting Bella was inspired by the true story of an arranged marriage between a 13-year-old girl and the heir of a dukedom to settle a gaming debt between their fathers. The groom, Lord March, was disgusted at being forced to marry the plain girl and they immediately went their separate ways after the vows were said. Years later, March spotted an enchanting beauty at the opera and was delighted to learn she was his wife. While I do re-imagine key parts of the love story—such as the youthful marriage and the first sighting at the opera—Tempting Bella takes its own course as my hero and heroine struggle along their way toward happily ever after.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Diana Quincy] When I came across the story of the 2nd Duke and Duchess of Richmond during my research, I was enchanted because their story sounded like something out of a romance novel! The duchess was pregnant 28 times during the marriage and 12 of those children survived.

My research also inspired me to make Bella a duchess in her own right, meaning she will inherit the dukedom once her father dies. I added this wrinkle to the story after reading about Henrietta Godolphin, the 2nd Duchess of Marlborough. Her father, the first Duke of Marlborough, had two sons but neither lived to adulthood. An act of parliament in 1706 allowed the first duke’s daughters to inherit his English titles. Henrietta became a duchess in her own right after her father’s death in 1722. Sadly, like her father, she outlived both of her sons, so the titles passed to her sister’s son.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Bella?

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Spotlight! One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne

Guest Post:

Fairytales, Zombies and Romantic BDSM

Hello, hello. I’m the author of One Thousand and One Nights, soon to be published by the Ever After line of Entangled. I live in South Africa, which is a country, and I write and review fiction while studying law.

1001 Nights adapts and retells the story of Scheherazade, the mythical Persian queen who escaped beheading at the hands of her jilted, homicidal husband Shahryar (in Persian, “king”) by telling him bedtime stories. In his original form, Shahryar inspires about as much empathy as Ted Bundy. Surrounded by man-eating corpses, protecting his own tiny island of the living, Aleksy (in Greek/Polish, “defender of mankind”) was my attempt to salvage the King from his misogynistic past. He hates and fears his Scheherazade, Sheri, because she’s tainted by a zombie-bite, but still human. The feeling of just subsisting from day to day translates well to an updated version: Aleksy tries to keep going in a world that’s betrayed him, and Sheri lives with the constant fear of death and undeath.

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Cover Reveal and Giveaway! PUSH by Eve Silver

Release Date: 2014
Harper Teen
 
Book Summary:
It’s either break the rules or die.
Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she—and her team—will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.
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