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Why to defy: Laura explains

Immortal Defiance Book Cover Immortal Defiance
Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1
Laura Maybrooke
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Laura Maybrooke
Publication date: October 10th 2019

Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance. Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands. As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her? Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion? … Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?

Can you tell your readers something about why you chose this particular topic to write about? What appealed to you about it? Why do you think it is different and your approach is unique?

Immortal Defiance is a slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance, where the lines blur between heroes and villains, and where things are far from what they seem. In its heart is an elven heroine who finds that not all heroes are good… or even alive.

The story of Immortal Defiance is a story of friendships, love, valor, and courage against the backdrop of a freedom war, set in a medieval-like world. There’s magic, elves, talking dragons, vampires, ancient castles, and a cure that may be deadlier than the poison.

I wrote Immortal Defiance and its sequels (it is the first book in a trilogy) because I wanted to explore a soul-reaching connection between two unlikely people. Dulcea and Krath’s story is a story of overcoming conflict. On the surface, these two people, an elven lady and a vampire, are as dissimilar as can be, but they may yet discover that differences are often only skin deep.

I feel the approach is unique, because I’ve not yet read a book with elves, vampires, and dragons, questioning whether something perceived as evil can be good or neutral. Also, I wanted to explore a more realistic way in how our mortal elven heroine might overcome her prejudices and see the man who our vampire truly is (and he is no Mr. Nice Guy), and yet still come to appreciate him for exactly who he is.

Enemies to best friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and one you’ll find for this series as whole.

What do you read when you are ill in bed?

The same as on any other day – whatever I am currently reading on my Kindle. Or these days, my Kindle App on my smartphone. More likely than not, it’ll be something from my favorite genre (see answer below).

What is your favorite genre?

I read a lot of fantasy. Serve it to me with a side of slow-burn romance, and I am a happy camper. I also like suspense and thrillers and historic romance, but the fantasy genre is my favorite.

If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

For a living author, C.J. Sansom and his splendid Matthew Shardlake series. For a dead author, I struggle between J.R.R. Tolkien and Jane Austen, and… let it be undecided. May each of you make their own decision, based on the genre you more prefer.

What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

Rewrote them time again. I have been writing since my early teenage years, for about 25 years now. Immortal Defiance, the slow-burn paranormal fantasy romance now releasing, is based on writings began during those days. To my memory, it took about twenty years and four complete rewrites to come to this situation, to the release of the first book in the trilogy.

I have spent a long time with these characters and know them like the back of my hand. I have grown up and matured along with their story, rewriting it to suit my current level as a writer.

Do you have an unusual hobby?

I would call it anything but unusual these days, but growing up in a small northern European town, it was an oddity. Like… 25 – 30 years ago. I am talking about gaming. Us gamer girls were a little odd back then. I am still an avid gamer; I love playing RPG games. They often have excellent stories; some of them could easily compete with many other forms of entertainment.

If you could be any fictional character, which would you be? And why?

Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She is one of my favorite heroines. She is bold, smart, and loves to read! But she can also admit to her mistakes and learn from them.

If you could choose to live in another country/town – which would you choose? And why?

I have long loved Scotland. The image of its highlands appeals to me on a deeply spiritual level. I have visited the country before and hope to do so many times still in the future.

What would you take on a desert island to read if you could only take 3 books?

For my love of romance, Pride and Prejudice. For my love of fantasy, the Lord of the Rings. And for my love of mystery/suspense, any of C.J Sansom’s Shardlake novels.

Would you like to add a jpg of yourself? Or something that is important to your writing? Why is it important? Does it have an emotional impact?

I am pleased for this question. I have long also been an artist, for over 20 years. I find that my writing and art hobby support each other. Art allows me to bring my characters and scenes to life in a way that nothing else can.

I would like the show your readers a piece of my artwork featuring the leading lady Dulcea, together with her friend and dragon guardian, Amparo Darksun; both enjoying a rare moment of peace.

In case anyone is interested in seeing more, I post a lot of my artwork on my twitter account (https://twitter.com/LMaybrooke) and also at: https://www.deviantart.com/lauramaybrooke

Author Bio

 “I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)

 That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?

 Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake

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And there was this Princess

Fire, Brimstone and Chocolate Cake Book Cover Fire, Brimstone and Chocolate Cake
#1 (The Dramatic Life of a Demon Princess)
Mina Carter
Paranormal, Demons & Devils, Romance, Witches & Wizards
Mina Carter Ltd
(17 Jun. 2019)

Escape hell. Save the world. Simple, huh?My name's Jynx. This morning I was a princess of hell.Now I'm it's most wanted.After a coup in hell, Lucifer's niece, Jynx Morningstar, is on the run with the king of hell in her back pocket (in handy stone doll form) and a hellcat with delusions of grandeur. To save her uncle and by extension, hell and the world above, Jynx must evade the legions of hell, master her human magic and track down her father: a healer witch.Simple. Yeah, right....What she doesn't expect is to walk into the middle of a shapeshifter/vampire turf war, a sexy as sin alpha werewolf who claims she's his one true mate, or to actually care what happens to the residents of small town, Boring.But when Death comes a'knocking she must make a choice. Go big and reveal what she is, or go home and leave them to their fates... A demon would leave them in a heartbeat, but can Jynx rise above her demon blood and prove what a true princess of hell is made of?Please note: contains high amounts of snark, an adorable werewolf looking for true love, a demon princess trying to avoid 'feelings' and a viking-wearing hellcat.

Oh yes, another snarky writer… and yes echoes of Robyn Peterman and that shifter town of Asshat – yes , Mina, I did recognise these …

But I do like this Princess Jynx, and I find I do like Mina Carter – the first book of hers I’ve read.

The storyline is nice, but I would have preferred the book to have been longer and more complicated. Still can’t wait to find out what Uncle Lucy will do next.

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Who is the craziest here?






Crazy Ella Book Cover




Crazy Ella




Crazy Ella in Love





Eve Langlais





ghosts, witches, vampires, paranormal




CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition




(8 Oct. 2013)



Ella’s always heard voices and because of them, she ends up institutionalized at a young age. Everyone calls her crazy and she believes she is too until the night she meets a vampire and for the first time in her life, the voices shut up. Zane just wants to enjoy his usual blood buffet, instead he runs into a wisp of a woman who makes him feel emotions he thought long dead. Rescuing her from the insane asylum, he brings her home, determined to seduce and feed from her, a plan that is foiled by ghostly voices determined to keep Ella untouched. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.

This is a fun read in the best style of Eve Langlais, where she takes a story trope – the falsely imprisoned female – and gives it a twist. The females are usually full of vim and vigour and Ella is not different. Despite her long time in the Asylum, she has learnt ways to circumvent the worst aspects.

She is fun, although I am not sure about  the explanations about her voices. This is – so far anyway – a short series of just 2 books and this is book 1. No doubt I will read book 2 in due course, but I was not immediately inspired to do so.

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Funny memory when you’re drunk?








The Wolf's Secret Bride




Howl's Romance





Eve Langlais





paranormal, mythology, romance, humour




Eve Langlais




(26 July 2018)



This lone wolf gets the shock of his life when he gets a bill for his wedding in Vegas.

 After a soap opera of a week where Rory meets his real father, attempts a hostile business takeover, torches the family business, and almost gets arrested for attempted murder, he decides a relaxing weekend is just what he needs.
 Vegas has a way of making a man—even one who’s part wolf—forget his troubles. Rory does such a good job of wiping his mind he doesn’t even remember the wedding he receives an invoice for.
Did he do the unthinkable?
 Rory sets out to find his blushing bride only to discover the one thing he never expected. Love. But can a wolf have a happily ever after with a mate who is on the run from danger?

This is a paranormal series of romances where there are wolves involved – well werewolves anyway.

And here we have one who is not really a very nice guy. It seems he ran away from Canada and lots of crimes, and then runs away again to Las Vegas, where he gets rather drunk and forgets what has happened.

And we have a heroine who has been captures by a Lion shifter group (think bad boys and motorbikes) and was held in the Canadian Woods until she escapes and ends up in Las Vegas.

And so we have a meeting and rather nice story.

I enjoyed this and thought Eve Langlais was on form here.

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SHADES OF FAE BOX SET








Shades of Fae




Box Set





Multi author





paranormal, mythology, romance




Carter and Bailey Publishing




Kindle



Not every fairytale has a happily ever after.

We know only three things about the Fae: they don't lie, they cheat. What they aren't given, they take. And if they can't rule ... they conquer.

Now the fate of humanity lies in a battle between good and evil where lines are not easily drawn.

Time travel to 19th century France, brave the gritty streets of New York city, or enter the realm of the Fae itself in this darkly enchanting collection ...

Sinister Sidhe and Dark Elves manipulate mortals, vengeful Fae warriors battle nefarious vampire lords, and an apocalypse rife with werewolves, dragons, nymphs, banshees, shifters, and supernatural hunters brings danger.

This is a limited edition box set of 23 full length novels only available to followers of CK Dawn.

Wicked paranormal reading with a Fae orientation but…

Reviews of #1-6

  •  Remnants of Ash by CK Dawn

4 stars

Here mortals meet the Fae with an Apocalypse coming along. And shock horror, it turns out that the 4 Fae nobles are the 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse them selves and thus bringers of evil whether they belong to the Light or Dark Fae Courts. Their aim – the Fall of Humanity.

But 1 Horseman turns on his own. An unusual but good re-telling of how the Apocalypse comes about. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next installment. 

  • The Shaded Veil by Shawnee Small

Another 4 star. A story about how to bumble your way into the world of the Fae – and to find out that your lazy worker is really a Fae prince in disguise. Oops!

Fun and flirty.

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Untimely Murder by  Cheri Schmidt and Tristan Hunt

So once upon a time Briar rose fell asleep and was awoken by true love’s kisses after her Prince battles his way through roses to her. 

Or alternatively, he inherits a castle and finds a ghost inhabiting a tower. And it has nothing at all to do with a wicked step-mother, but there is a Evil Fairy – male by the way – involved.

Another 4 star.

  • A Fey’s Wolf by Elle Boon

Only a 2 star for this one.

I got bored half-way through and abandoned it. Clearly a lot of back story – was this part of a series? I fund it too confusing and for me, the story didn’t stand alone.

  • Of Water and Blood by Pauline Creedon

Another 4 star story.

Normally I  don’t like heroines who are only 17 years old, but this one was very mature for her age. But, her ‘friend’ and accomplice was very immature and didn’t appeal as a hero. Still, a good story-line.

  • Fatal illusion by Tamari Etherton

Another 4 star!

So someone is tricking the Fae and putting them in lockets and then taking them to the human world. And rori is right in the middle of it – along with her brother and an Elven Prince.

I liked Rori. she is my kind of heroine. But she still has a lot of growing up to do….

  • lFAE101 by Cyndia Faria
  • A Kiss of shadow by Isadora Brown
  • Resisiting Moonlight by Amy L gal
  • Awaken by charlene A Wilson
  • Destiny’s Fae by katalina leon
  • Beauty sleep by J A Armitage
  • The Winter Sun by Megan J Parker and Nathan Squires
  • The triad’s Evolution by Lynda Kaye Frazier
  • Second to none by Kim Carmicahael’
  • the curse of the Fallen by Coleen Haleson
  • Forsaken by Danielle Rose
  • The Last ringmaster by Lynda Haviland
  • Hunted by Dyan Chick
  • The Brothers Djinn by Cate Rowan
  • A Capital Abduction by JB Michaels
  • Desolation by RS Broadhead
  • Marked Paradox by Jen L Grey and Heather Renee

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