Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.
I'm happy to say that the release for Heirs of War, Crown of Flames went extremely well! The Vegas Valley Book Festival was loads of fun, and I loved getting the chance to chat with so many readers!
Heirs of War (#1) is going to stay at the introductory price of just 99 cents, so tell your friends! Let's see if we can hook in some more HeirHeads, huh? =D
I will be getting back to work on Heirs of War, Chaos to Reign (#3) next month and am shooting for a publishing date of October 13th once again. I'll be sure to get some extra content out before then to make the time go quicker. I have so many things planned for book three, and I absolutely cannot wait to share it with you all!
Altar of Reality (Shifted Realities #1) is due out from Curiosity Quills Press January 31st. We unveiled the cover at the Vegas Valley Book Festival, and I am thrilled to share it with you all now!
You can add this book to Goodreads, and be sure to keep an eye out for purchase links on my social media pages as the release date draws closer. I'm already working on book two in this series, and very excited about where these characters have taken me!
On sale September 11th! The Actuator 1.5: Borderlands Anthology picks up where The Actuator: Fractured Earth by James Wymore and Aiden James left us: When the Actuator breaks the earth into a patchwork of altered realities, the remaining Machine Monks begin looking for the Keys to put it back. In the meantime, everyone in the world has been transformed without knowing why. This collection tells about some of the people struggling to deal with the change.
This anthology includes my short story: “The Austenation” is a tale where Pride and Prejudice meets werewolves in the English countryside of the Victorian era. Dealing with the strict social mores of the day, along with lycanthropic consequences, the story’s young heroine is forced to do what was often unthinkable in that era: take matters into her own hands.
This was a really great read. I love how the people on the island are tied to the dolphins and culture Amy Evans has built surrounding this relationship--I would have loved to see more of it and look forward to learning more about these ties and the history surrounding the islanders in the future books.
The story is centered around Cami, who comes from a lineage tied to the dolphins surrounding the island and who is also special in that she is one twin from the five sets of twins in her generation. Cami is torn between her need for a life outside of the island and the duties she was born to (and the love she was basically promised to with Blake, another twin from her generation) and the pull she feels to those duties, Blake, and the ocean around her. When the twins mysteriously start falling ill, Cami knows there is something more to it than the elders are letting on and she is determined to find answers.
One thing I really appreciated about this book was that the teenagers were realistically portrayed. Cami is our heroine, but she isn't perfect by any stretch of the imagination. She can be irrational and stubborn, especially when she gets her mind set on something (or against it, as is the case with Blake sometimes), and she gets distracted by her blooming romance with Blake. That causes her to miss things, or not share things that maybe she should have and would have helped her figure it all out sooner.
I also really liked how Kaleb always felt present even though he wasn't there for most of the book. Kaleb, Blake's twin, rebelled against his duties like Cami wants to and isn't even on the island at the start of the book. Since he was her best friend, Cami feels his absence and we get to know him through her memories. I'll leave it at that to avoid spoilers, but I feel like it should be noted since his introduction was unique. And in a book that is already unique, that is really saying something to have it stand out. :)
Clicks was definitely an enjoyable read, and I look forward to more in this series and from Amy Evans.