17 October 2014

Book Spotlight & Guest Post: Enscrolled

Enscrolled (The Division Chronicles: Book Three)
by Connie L. Smith

In the aftermath of the latest battle, the stakes are higher than ever before, time hardly an ally to Nicholai’s army of paranormal soldiers. The Tomes remain hidden, and the clock is ticking for the Essenced tainted with the demon’s incurable toxin. And beyond those worries, reason exists to suspect that magic might be vanishing, a twist that could insurmountably cripple the army’s capabilities prior to the war’s conclusion.

Never has the conflict felt quite as desperate, danger escalating and hope lessening with the slow drain of each issue’s hourglass.

Will the answers to these dilemmas surface in time, or will the efforts of the band of warriors fail to prevent the ruin of the world?

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Author Spotlight:

Connie L. Smith spends far too much time with her mind wandering in fictional places. She reads too much, likes to bake, and might forever be sad that she doesn’t have fairy wings. And that she can’t swing dance. Her music of choice is severely outdated, and as an adult she’s kind of obsessed with Power Rangers. She has her BA from Northern Kentucky University in Speech Communication and History (she doesn’t totally get the connection either), and is currently working on her MA.

Guest Post:

One of the things that my characters do a lot of in Enscrolled is travel. Why, you ask? You have officially received as close to a spoiler as you’ll get in this post :)

But given their travels, it seemed appropriate to create a post that revolves around the topic. And if I’m talking traveling, I’m talking things that I really, really, really, really (I promise, I don’t narrate that way in my books!) want to see. So since The Division Chronicles are letting my characters explore places, how about we go through ten things I would love to see in my lifetime? Sound good? Good.

Note: You can find images for these places and possibly a few more on my “Places I Wanna Go” Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/conniel0194/places-i-wanna-go/)!

10. The Parthenon --- We should probably get this squared away early on. I have my BA in History, and I’m close to having an MA in Ancient History. You’re gonna see a few historic sites pop up just because of my inner nerd. My two very favorite time periods to study in undergraduate school were Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, so the list wouldn’t be compete without some semblance of Greek culture having a spot. When I think of Greece, I honestly can’t think of anything there I’d like to see more than this piece of architecture. Simple, and full of history.

9. Petra, Jordan --- I’ll level with you here. I wouldn’t have to do anything but stand outside and gawk. The architecture is carved so precisely into the mountainside that it looks like it just belongs there. I’m not even sure what precisely has been done here, or what was used, but it’s fascinating. Whatever happens beyond entrance doors wouldn’t need to be explored to make my day. I can’t tell you how intrigued just staring at photographs makes me.

8. Stonehenge --- History nerd, remember? So yes. It makes perfect sense that I want to see a collection of rocks in England. I can’t help it. There’s so much unknown about such a simple design, and I would love to take a glance at it myself. Besides. I could pretend Merlin had been there…

7. Winchester Mansion --- I admit it. I’m a dork. But this is just the kind of house that seems custom made for me. Construction apparently didn’t end on this house during the owner’s lifetime. She kept having additions put in until the entire building seemed like a funhouse, in my opinion. From what I remember hearing, this place includes closets too small to put things in and stairs that go absolutely nowhere (unless you count a dead-end somewhere). I would love to experience some of its randomness. And I can, because TAPS said it wasn’t haunted!

6. Broadway --- I love seeing live events (within reason – please don’t inflict opera on me), and I love musicals. Combined, there’s really no shock in knowing that I would love to see a musical on Broadway. While I’ve seen one great performance of Chicago already, there’s something to be said for going to New York and seeing a performance in – to me – the epitome of musical awesomeness. Someday, maybe. Someday.

5. Somewhere in Hawaii --- I have no legitimate preference here, as long as the Rainbow Eucalyptus is there. I mean, it’s not the only reason I want to see Hawaii, but a multi-colored tree? Yes, please. It’s like something I could only hope for…

4. Balfour Castle --- It’s a castle. And it’s Scottish. So there would probably be some Scottish accents throughout the castle. Do I really need to explain this further? No? Good to know you can be so sensible. But, for the record, it happens to be one of the most breathtaking castles I’ve found in my online searches. *sigh*

3. The Louvre --- My History nerdness definitely spills over into the world of art. And if you’re an art fan, where better to see some of the most amazing pieces in the history of the world? My all-time favorite statue, Nike of Samothrace, is there along with many other famous works. Count me in!

2. St. Basil’s Cathedral --- Colors… Pretty…. Architecture… Twisty… Colors…. Pretty….

1. The Coliseum --- Ancient History nerd, remember? No other time period can match Ancient Rome in my eyes, and the Coliseum is the pinnacle of Roman spots to me. Granted some of the things that went on in the Coliseum are worth frowning on, but it’s so synonymous with the area that it’s attention catching. Who doesn’t think of the Coliseum when they think of Rome? And Rome is interesting. So there ya go.

And such ends this list of things I want to see. Check out my Pinterest board for more.

Also keep in mind that my characters doing their own traveling in Enscrolled got their starts in Essenced, book one of the trilogy, and that book is the focus of a Goodreads giveaway: https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/111090-essenced.

Please consider giving it a try, and adding my upcoming NA Romance, Tail Lights to your to-read list: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23267803-tail-lights.

Thanks for reading!


McKenna watched him leave before refocusing on Johnny, confused at the expression her boyfriend wore. “What are you smirking at?”
            He shrugged. “I’m just not sure how this could be such a bad memory. My girl glued to my side.” Wiggling his eyebrows, he continued. “Playing nurse…”
            “Well, you are poisoned,” she deadpanned. “That puts a damper on these types of situations for most people.”
            “Oh, you’re serious again.” His smirk broadened. “Are you gonna yell at me like you did when my leg was broken? That was attractive…”
            Though she fought against it, her smile emerged, spreading over her lips as she shook her head. “You’re impossible. You know that?”
            “Nah. I just learned along the way how to make my girl smile.”
            Her grin lingered until her attention descended to his leg, the spot of the poison’s initial contact. Then she frowned, her eyes filling with tears and her hands beginning to tremble. Just ten days, she thought.
            “Hey.” Johnny cupped her face, gentling bringing her gaze to lock with his. “We’re not gonna think about that because that’s gonna get taken care of.” Tobias again entered the medical room, moving directly to the corner reserved for the cure’s research to recommence his work. “See?” Johnny nodded his head toward the angel. “Look how dedicated he is to finding this. Think of all the soldiers around us who are perfectly capable of getting whatever weird ingredients he comes up with. If you do, ten days will seem like a lifetime, because it’s plenty of time.”
            And then she was the one smirking. “That’s quite optimistic.”
            He laughed, shrugging. “I told you that you’re rubbing off on me.”
            “And you’re trusting others. Like you finally flipped a switch.”
            “It isn’t like flipping a switch.” He smiled, revisiting the lecture she’d given him while stranded on a cliff. “It’s like deciding not to be in the darkness anymore. You take steps, and the light comes a little at a time until the darkness is gone.”
            She quirked an eyebrow, chuckling. “That seems vaguely familiar.”
            “Someone really smart once told me that.” Pulling her closer, he tapped the tip of her nose with his finger. “She was really hot, too.”


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