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Be My Valentine!

Today’s Brew: Caramel Hot Cocoa. Because it’s a special day. Hallmark SAYS SO.

by Kristen

I was at work, bored out of my mind listening to people rave about a new platform to sell investment banking, and I came up with a brilliant idea.  See? Good stuff can come out of sitting in a cubicle.

I decided to ask some of my author friends what their main couples would get each other for Valentine’s Day.

I think Mr. Jacob Farrish would whisk Lady Eleanore Barnaby off for a few days to Bath or Cornwall, to spend time alone. He’s a busy barrister! 😉 She would most likely give him a set of new law books, and a more…um, PRIVATE present later.
–Olivia Kelly, The Heart of a Duke

Corbin would get Mara a new bow and Mara would get Corbin a silver shield. Lol.  Not as fun in the middle ages.
–Tammy Farrell, The Darkness of Light

Beau would get Jack something sarcastic. A slogan tee with ‘If I were chocolate, I’d eat myself‘ written across the front. Or maybe, ‘James Bond 2.0‘  Jack would get Beau a limited edition Yoda doll to replace the one that was broken during the chaos. Or, all things considered, he may get her one of those squidgy stress balls with his face printed on it…
–Louise D. Gornall, In Stone
For their first Valentine’s Day together (if they make it that far, because you’ve got to remember a. They got together two months before graduation and we all know how that usually works out, and b. Tash is kind of an emotional land mine), Grant would most-likely spend weeks stressing over what to get Tash and then eventually ask his mom for guidance. She would tell Grant to get Tash a sweater or something, and Tash would hate it. Tash, on the other hand, would probably be so uncomfortable about the mere thought of taking part in Valentine’s Day that she’d attempt to lighten the mood with some kind of gag gift, and Grant would be horrified because he’d wonder if deep down Tash secretly believes that he would be caught dead wearing a “Female Body Inspector” T-shirt. After a few moments of extremely creative cursing (on Tash’s part) and painful politeness while inwardly violent self-kicking (on Grant’s part), they’d both admit how socially awkward they are and have a good laugh about it together. And then they would make out. The end.
–Isobel Irons, Promiscuous

Abel will give Brandon a customized heart-shaped guitar pick stamped with I PICK YOU, plus a hoodie with the Castaway Planet logo. His valentine card will be very large and festooned with smooching robots, and it will play a tinny “Let’s Get It On” when opened. Brandon will give Abel a limited-edition Captain James P. Cadmus action figure and a giant tin of cinnamon jelly beans, because cinnamon jelly beans will remind him of their road trip always and forever. Also, his construction-paper valentine will look handmade by a monkey with extra thumbs, but Abel will put it under his pillow anyway.
–J.C. Lillis, How to Repair a Mechanical Heart

Tavis would create a special corner in the hedge maze at the Imperial Palace for Faylanna, one with some of her favorite plants from the Gardensia Exotica planted there. It would be secluded, so she could have time to herself if she wanted, or with just Faylanna, Tavis, and their daughter.  Faylanna would secretly arrange with Tavis’ steward to clear several days of commitments and tell him to spend the time any way he wanted, so long as it had nothing to do with being the Crown Prince. They’d end up leaving the city, taking no one but themselves for the week.
–J. Elizabeth Hill, The Nine
 Cerise would give William a doctor costume and he’d go rent a wing of some hospital.
Torren has always loved literature and spent a lot of his free time reading, so as a romantic gift, Lilly would get Torren something book-related, such as an autographed first edition of a book he adores or a new book he hasn’t read yet but which she knows he’ll love. Torren’s romantic gesture for Lilly, on the other hand, would lean toward the experiential rather than the material. He would plan a romantic date and not tell her where they were going. Something super special like showing her a spectacular view she’s never seen before or taking her to a production of Turandot, which was the opera they saw on their first date together and which captivated her and stirred her emotions.
–Jeanie Grey, Awakening 2
Eliza would get Nicholas something ridiculous and so wrong it was right like a plant stand. Nicholas would get Eliza a crazy amount of food, not fancy especially but a lot. Like lobster and stuff. And an onyx necklance. He’d say it was pretty and deathy like her.
–Julie Hutchings, Running Home
Tristan would get Callie an antique sewing machine and some really pretty fabrics, like crushed velvet with a funky dye to it, because she’s been sad she hasn’t been able to make anything since she’s been in Vegas.  Callie would get Tristan a journal, a leather one with a cool cutout pattern for his songs. Then one of them would say something to ruin the whole thing, but they’d make up and have a great night.
–Kristen Strassel, Because the Night


TODAY’S BREW: Still Autumn Roast. Though I might find a Christmas one since we took the tree down. Sad face.

By Julie

Christmas may be over, but gifts still come your way, as our dear friend, Julie Elizabeth Hill has realeased the third book in THE MIRRORS OF BERSHAN series today! LOOK AT THAT COVER. LOOK AT ALL THREE COVERS. So pretty I want to die.

Here is an exclusive on the new book, and all the ways you can find it and J. Liz. So go do that right now. Get lost in this post first.


The Mirrors of Bershan, Book 3



Civil unrest is being stirred by unseen hands in the Rianzire Empire. The Prince’s secret has been revealed; laws have been changed. Worse, a second Mirror of Bershan has gone missing. When the Emperor involves himself directly in this mystery, the results are disastrous.

After defeating the demon Aviatrez, Faylanna and Tavis return to Rianza, hoping their troubles are over. Faylanna is uneasy about the recently revealed truths of her childhood. Tavis is worried for his father, Crown Prince Keari. They find all is not well and nothing is as expected on their arrival.

Unable to ignore her problems performing magic any longer, Faylanna insists on leaving Rianza in search of a solution. Tavis’s inability to come with her is no deterrent, nor is the unborn child she carries. Faylanna leaves his side as Tavis is duty-bound to remain in the capital with his father. For the first time since meeting, they’re parted and neither expect the reaction of the magical bond they created between them.

Can Tavis fulfill his duties and survive unexpected challenges, even as he fights the constant demand from their bond to find her? Is there a solution for Faylanna to find and what will be the price if she finds one?

Available on:

Kindle             Smashwords              Kobo               Nook               Print

Haven’t tried the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy yet? Now’s the time to start. Bound, book 1, is on sale for a limited time! Just $0.99 for all electronic editions! Join Faylanna as she tries to escape her father’s hidden plans for her.


The Mirrors of Bershan, Book 1

Bound, Book 1 in the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy.


“Doesn’t she know you can’t do real magic alone?”

Faylanna Derrion’s graduation from the Voleno Academy is marred by her father’s demand that she return to the family estate, Iondis. He refuses to accept her decision not to bind herself to another Magicia in an unbreakable partnership, insisting she must do so with his help. No one understands her need to prove she can succeed on her own.

Then her mentor and his partner are taken before her eyes by a terrible darkness, forcing her to flee, even as her father’s soldiers try to force her to go home. On her journey to find help, she meets Tavis, a farmer in search of his mother, who she can’t manage to refuse. The revelation that he’s a novice Magicia causes Faylanna to question everything she’s believed.

At the same time, a dream that’s haunted her since childhood begins to change and the unknown man in it calls to her. His words are sweet but she’s not quite willing to believe he’s anything more than a dream, until she can’t deny it.

As secrets are revealed and events unfold, will Faylanna hold to her solitary path or will she choose the one that now beckons her with new possibilities?

Available on:

Kindle             Smashwords              Kobo               Nook            Print

About the Author

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she’s been making up stories, but it wasn’t until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she’s been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everything else in the process. She is the author of The Mirrors of Bershan trilogy (Bound, Possession and The Nine).

Twitter: @jlizhill



Get Possessed with J. Liz Hill: A Sneak Peek Into Possession

TODAY’S BREW: I already told you. I drank a bunch of coffee. Jeesh.

By Julie

(editing note from Kristen:  we can’t get the picture of Possession’s cover to post in here for some reason.  To see more, please visit Julie’s Blog)

We are honored to have our sweet friend, Julie Elizabeth Hill, give us a sneak peek into her upcoming novel, POSSESSION, the sequel to BOUND. She’s a wonderful friend, a dedicated and brilliant writer, and we wish her every bit of luck that there ever is, ever.

(Book 2 of the Mirrors of Bershan)
By J. Elizabeth Hill

Book Description

“I never meant any of this, least of all for you to pay the price of my pride.”
After binding themselves to each other through their magic, Faylanna Derrion and Tavis journey back to her ancestral home, Iondis, intent on restoring the estate to its former beauty. From the moment they arrive, they find the secret horrors of the place aren’t exhausted yet.
Faylanna finds an old journal of her father’s, one that shakes her understanding of her own past. Worse, Faylanna and Tavis are both nearly killed when attacked by one of the men set to guard the Ninth Mirror of Bershan, still residing at Iondis. In the aftermath, he disappears with the newly-found journal. Sure there is more to this event than they know, Faylanna and Tavis return to the capital, Rianza, for help.
More secrets await them there, ones kept for years by people Tavis never suspected. When the truth is revealed, it alters his present and future completely. Can he rise to the challenges this new fate presents him with or will the change be more than he can handle?
The truths each learn about themselves and those they thought they knew will test Faylanna and Tavis’ love for each other. Will they be able to endure the pain and chaos they face, or will it tear them apart?
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Excerpt (from Chapter 4):

“Faylanna?” Tavis said, worry coloring both his voice and the bond. “What-?”
“This date. It’s the day my mother died. ‘A’ arrived the day before she passed. I don’t remember any of this though. What’s going on? What happened?” She felt tears start to form and breathed deeply, trying to reassert her self-control. She looked up into his eyes, letting their wonderful, brilliant green soothe her. “What did he do, this ‘A’ that I don’t remember? I don’t understand. And where are the rest of the pages?”
Tavis looked down and hesitated. Her eyes followed his and she saw her name. The journal began again after the torn out pages, but her name headed the entry, right after the date. She began to read again, and it was immediately clear that he had been writing a letter to her, not a journal entry. This time, it was harder to read, and his sloppy writing was only part of the reason. There were stains on the paper that she thought were from tears, and brownish smudges that she was afraid might be long-dried blood.
“18 Gardeo. Faylanna, my daughter, dear Lords, what have I done, what have I allowed? Stupid, prideful, wretched, cost me everything. Forgive, please, sweet child, forgive what I let them do. Too late by the time I knew. Never knew the cost, should have refused, but too late. Couldn’t stop them. Tried, oh Lords of Life must know how I tried, and the cost of that too, more than I ever knew. If only I had known! Pella, my beloved, lost, gone, no more. Both of us lost her, but you will never know why or what happened. Only I will know my misdeeds! Can’t even bring myself to walk into her room in the days since. I want to stop it still, for her sake, my
Pella’s sake, and for yours but he says it’s too late to stop now, too late to change the plan. Trapped by my own stupidity. I’d live with it if I were the only one to pay the price, but you, Faylanna, I fear you will pay an even higher price than I have. My lovely little girl, can you ever forgive my foolishness, to have let them do this to you, to have trapped you with me in this? He threatens you every time I try to resist, says that if I don’t cooperate, you will be the one he hurts. I cannot bear this! I must find a way to make this right, find someone to protect you, someone stronger than I am. I will, I must. Forgive me. I love you, Faylanna.”
Her hands were beginning to shake now. She could hear in these words the echo of things he’d said, particularly his last words to her.

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About the Author

Born in Toronto, Ontario, Julie Elizabeth Hill exported herself to Vancouver, British Columbia after many years of staring longingly at the map following every snowfall. For as long as she can remember, she’s been making up stories, but it wasn’t until high school that someone suggested writing them down. Since then, she’s been hopelessly in love with story crafting, often forgetting about everything else in the process.

The first book in the Mirrors of Bershan trilogy, Bound, is available from:
Barnes & Noble

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