Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Author Blog Post and Giveaway: Sandy Williams

December 31, 2013 was the best New Year’s Eve I’ve had in a long time. The Sharpest Blade, the third book in my Shadow Reader series, hit the shelves. The Shadow Reader books follow McKenzie Lewis, a human who can not only see the fae, but she can track them when they fissure (or teleport) from place to place. That little talent of hers has put her in the middle of a fae civil war, a war that finally comes to a conclusion in The Sharpest Blade.

Readers have waited a long time for this book. I’m so grateful for their patience, and for all their support these last few years. The reception McKenzie has received has been awesome, and I’ve met so many wonderful readers since The Shadow Reader was published. Thank you all for sharing McKenzie’s adventures with me, and I hope 2014 brings you many hundreds of fabulous and kickass reads.

Author Bio:
Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn’t suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn’t sneak in novels there, but every other line of her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into books.

Sandy is the author of The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae. When Sandy isn’t writing, she’s taking care of her twin boys, who also debuted in 2011. They keep her busy, but she’s occasionally able to sneak in time to read books by her favorite authors, and she still enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.

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The Shadow Reader Blurb
There can only be one allegiance.  
It’s her time to choose.
Some humans can see the fae. McKenzie Lewis can track them, reading the shadows they leave behind. But some shadows lead to danger. Others lead to lies. 
A Houston college student trying to finish her degree, McKenzie has been working for the fae king for years, tracking vicious rebels who would claim the Realm. Her job isn’t her only secret. For just as long, she’s been in love with Kyol, the king’s sword-master—and relationships between humans and fae are forbidden. 
But any hope for a normal life is shattered when she’s captured by Aren, the fierce and uncompromising rebel leader. He teaches her the forbidden fae language and tells her dark truths about the Court, all to persuade her to turn against the king. Time is running out, and as the fight starts to claim human lives, McKenzie has no choice but to decide once and for all whom to trust and where she ultimately stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil war.
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The Shattered Dark Blurb:
A love declared. A war waged. 
A future endangered. 
McKenzie Lewis has a gift. It allows her access to a world few have seen, and even fewer can comprehend. It’s her secret. And it exists in the shadows… 
McKenzie was a normal college student, save for one little twist: she’s a shadow reader, someone who can both see the fae and track their movements between our world and the Realm. It’s a gift for which she has been called insane, one for which she has risked family and friends—and one that has now plunged her into a brutal civil war among the fae. 
With the reign of the king and his vicious general at an end, McKenzie hoped to live a more normal life while exploring her new relationship with Aren, the rebel fae who has captured her heart. But when her best friend, Paige, disappears McKenzie knows her wish is, for now, just a dream. McKenzie is the only one who can rescue her friend, but if she’s not careful, her decisions could cost the lives of everyone she’s tried so hard to save.
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The Sharpest Blade Blurb:
Torn between two worlds. 
Torn between two lives. 
McKenzie Lewis’s ability to read the shadows has put her—and …those she loves—in harm’s way again and again. The violence must end, but will the cost of peace be more devastating than anyone ever imagined? 
After ten years of turmoil, the life McKenzie has always longed for may finally be within her grasp. No one is swinging a sword at her head or asking her to track the fae, and she finally has a regular—albeit boring—job. But when a ruthless enemy strikes against her friends, McKenzie abandons her attempt at normalcy and rushes back to the Realm. With the fae she loves and the fae she’s tied to pulling her in different directions, McKenzie must uncover the truth behind the war and accept the painful sacrifices that must be made to end it. Armed with dangerous secrets and with powerful allies at her side, her actions will either rip the Realm apart—or save it.
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  1. I'm embarrassed to admit I haven't heard of the Shadow Reader books yet, but they sound awesome. Thanks for putting this series on my radar and for the fab giveaway! :-)

  2. I read and enjoyed the first and have the third...perhaps I need to get the second! It's an interesting series.

  3. I haven't heard of this series but the blurbs sound really good! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm going to give it a shot. :)

  4. Oooo I'm loving the sound of this series Melissa! It gives me a bit of a Fever series vibe, and that's one of my all-time favorite series. Adding these to the list!

  5. I've heard so many mixed thoughts on this series that I don't know whether or not to pick it up. I love UF but the promise of a love triangle has me skeptical. Still, thanks for sharing, Melissa - maybe I'll check out the first book before deciding whether or not to continue with this series. :)

  6. Thanks for the giveaway! Very interested in this series. I have been looking for a good Fantasy/magical/kickbutt book to get into.

  7. I don't believe I've heard of these. It sounds like a fun series though, and I like a good heroine! :)

  8. Gads I need to read book two the Shattered Dark, I really enjoyed book one.

  9. I really loved the first book but never did read the next two. Now that they are all out I really need to!

  10. I have been seeing this series around and I want to check it out as I needs some new UF>

  11. I loved The Shadow Reader and have The Shattered Dark but haven't read it, yet. Would totally recommend it.


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