Giveaway, Contest, and Some Fun with Brennus!

Ohhhh, 2014. Bring me Iniquity as fast as you can…

That last teaser Amy posted was AWESOME! Almost had me thinking about the dark side…

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I’m a bacon fan too, Luke. But I’m talking about a different dark side…

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What say you TEAM REED!?!?

“Dat is me aingeal dat ye’re breakin’, Valentine,” –Brennus  (Kristin: That was pretty bad-ass)

Leave to Kristin to research and come up with a totally hot Brennus quote!

I… I… I…

What do we make of all these teasers, ladies?

More importantly, Team Reed sistas, will Evie’s wings react to his? Does that battleaxe tattoo glow when she’s around? We already know the axe sings to Evie. And even hearing Brennus described from Russell’s POV, I’m all– he’s hot. Grrrr.

New mysterious characters

 “You must be Brennus,” Djet says behind him. Brennus’ eyes narrow as he straightens to face Djet. 
      “If I must,” Brennus says pleasantly enough, but his anger is recognizable to me. “And ye must be Emil.” Fallen angels move in closer, surroundin’ Djet protectively, while their eyes focus on the back of the room by the doors. Behind me I hear click, click, click, click, click, click…hundreds of Gancanagh fangs engagin’ at once.
     “How do you know that name?” he asks Brennus. 

(DOH! He’s Emil!)

Xavier and Evie

“Xavier’s soft tone does something to me. I want to hide beneath it, wrap myself in it like a blanket and rest.” –Evie

Reed and Evie

                   “My hand stills. I panic. Time could change us, like it had with Xavier and me. I feel like my heart unravels, but I don’t let him see it.” –Evie

Brennus and Evie

“His energy spreads through me, first from my heart, through the roadmap of my veins, to places I never wanted Brennus to go. I gasp as my body involuntarily curls toward him like a flower to the sun, for the pleasure of it.”  –Evie

Produces a lot of questions. And if I’m being honest, I’m half-crazed after these teasers. I. Cannot. Wait! Speaking of questions, check this out. This blog gets quite a few hits based on the craziest Google searches. Anything in (this) are my comments.

Here are few gems:

Are angels undead?

Fierce guardian angels (HELL YEAH!)

When do Evie and Reed have sex?

Why is Reed Wellington your book boyfriend?

An evil residue used by the foolish and the crazy

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Does Evie end up with Xavier? (that’s not even close to funny!)

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Where did Zee’s southern charms go? (lol… what?)

Angel wings ripped off fantasy (too many of us wished Tau maimed???)

Book about half human half angel meets soul mate and falls in love

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who is xavier in the premonition series (<– an angel I’m scared to death might steal Evie from my Reed and break his heart!)

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Will they make the Premonition Series into a movie? (WE WISH!)

Amy Bartol meet Reed

Gabi love death Brennus

Fantastic four fanfic Reed hurt dead

Hate Evie from premonition (Insert comment with profanity here)

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Brennus viewing slave woman analyzation (seriously?)

I hate Brennus

Who did Gabi have a crush on? (Answer: Reed)

Kristin Reed Engaged (So jelly!)

Another machine like Evie

Why can’t Reed and Evie just be happy?

who should play brennus in premonition series

(good question. Let’s say Henry. And let’s say there was a scene where he finally accepts Evie will never be his. Whoa. )

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intuition by amy bartol reed’s phone call scene ( 😦 Reed….)

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I didn’t include the umpteen sex + Reed questions. lol

Anyway, I get a good laugh sometimes. It also makes me happy that so many people out there are researching my FAVORITE series. 🙂

For the best updates go to Amy A Bartol’s website.

I read an interview she did on Vilma’s Book Blog during Vilma’s paranormal week. Awesome interview! In it Amy said she wanted to wrap up the series with Iniquity, and if she decided to continue it she would do it in secret. Release it, then tell the world. Fingers crossed that Iniquity is not the last book.

Here is the Premonition Series order:

Inescapable

Intuition

Indebted

Incendiary

Iniquity

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 Amy wrote a dystopian novel, UNDER DIFFERENT STARS. Released Dec17th, 2013

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I read it. Love it. At the top of my best of 2013 list!

Click here for my review

Let’s have a giveaway to celebrate being THIS CLOSE to getting our hands on book #5, Iniquity. Okay, maybe not this close, but we know it’ll be this year. In this giveaway are books by a few kick-ass authors. I’ve read them all and each one had a lasting effect on me.

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

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GIVEAWAY:

OPEN INTERNATIONALLY starts NOW! ends 1/26/14 at midnight EST

SIX EBOOKS!!!

Winner will recieve an ebook copy of:

Under Different Stars by Amy A Bartol

Vain by Fisher Amelie

Beauty From Pain by Georgia Cates

A Different Blue by Amy Harmon

Undertow by Amber Lynn Natusch

Trust in Me by J Lynn (Jennifer L Armentrout)

There will be MANY ways to enter this giveaway. BUT, in the spirit of “I’m about to lose my mind if I don’t get Iniquity in my hands Asap”…. let’s make this a little more interesting!

We’ll call it the What If Contest. A little side dish to the giveaway. One winner will receive any ebook of your choice up to $10.00.  Or a gift card. I will pick the winner randomly on 1/27/14. To enter this contest (separate from the giveaway & you can enter both), answer the following question in three sentences or less in the comments of this post:

What if Evie and Brennus ended up together? What would it take for that to happen? Some of you are reading this giving me the evil eye. That’s cool. If your answer is: I can’t even begin to imagine Evie & Reed not together. Okay.

I’ve asked a hardcore Team Brennus member:  “I think Reed had to die in battle.  It’s the only way for Evie to be at peace knowing she’ll finally be with Brennus, her true love.  She loved Reed but she couldn’t breathe without her dark king.” — Cristina from Cristina’s Book Reviews <– One of my favorite book blogs

I’ve asked a loyal Team Reed member: “Reed runs off with Kristin after realizing she, not Evie, is his soulmate.  Then and only then, will Brennus have my blessing to make Evie into whatever he wants.” — Kristin from Kristin’s Kindle Book Reviews <– My partner in crime & amazing reviewer who can’t see past her lust to take this question seriously 😉

 And she said, “Reed and I would make fabulous babies together.”

My Answer: Zee dies in a battle saving Reed’s life.

OMG. I just freaked myself out.

Explanation: I love Zee. Nearly as much as Reed. If Zee dies, I will blame Evie. I LOVE her, but no doubt it’ll be some battle trying to rescue her and dammit! She will no longer be good enough for Reed. *thinks of feather exchange & Zee’s never ending and absolute loyalty to Reed and Evie*

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!

**I will purchase all ebooks through Amazon.

Paranormal Week; Villains We Love To Hate

Villains we love to hate?

No, I’m pretty sure I hate them. And the “L” word has no place in this post! I wish these villains a slow, painful death. But why? Damn good writing is your answer.

Villains make trouble for our main characters. They also kill or seriously wound side characters we almost loved, and some we didn’t give two shits about, but dammit… now we do. Because we needed another reason to hate on the villain and create pay-back and/or killing scenarios in our heads.

Getting back to my “it’s the writing” comment. There are a thousand and one different things that make up an excellent villain. For me, to make the villain believable, you need two things; unpredictability, and being able to (most of the time) out smart the main characters I love.

If those two things aren’t there, well, so you’re a dude with a grudge who is not nice. *yawn*

And therefore something else in the story is lost; Stakes. If I don’t believe that the villain is psycho and cunning enough to really, truly cause my peeps harm… then I’m bored. Worse! I nit-pick everything. Suddenly the protagonist is a total dumbass. And the hero is good for nothing more than the kissy-face scenes. And even those don’t do it for me now.

I love me a vicious, calculating, delusional villain. Here are a few of my favorites. And please, if you have a few that aren’t listed here… by all means give them a shout-out in the comments below.

Blake from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

What a douche.

Blake is a new kid in town. California surfer, throw-back T-shirt wearing, I-don’t-care-about-my-hair-but-yeah-I-know-it’s-perfect hair, and he’s mysterious.

I liked Blake at first. I thought — Oh yeah! What is Daemon going to do with this guy who has the hots for Katy? Here we go, a delicious love triangle I get to fret over!

And what’s this? He’s… not… normal?… oh God! Ha, ha, ha! Now we are on a new and yummy level! Blake has powers! So– Blake hotness taken up a few notches, Katy’s blind trust, and one pissed off Luxen who refused to make Katy his girl. Oops.

Aside from the love-triangle drama are the “real” problems. Keeping alien secrets, making sure the government agency that controls the Luxen don’t find out Katy was changed when Daemon healed her… and oh, yeah. The enemy alien race is after them all.

Well, crap. It all sucks. To make matters worse, Katy can’t control her new powers.

Powers… that seem… just like Blake’s. And guess who swoops in to save the day? Yep, Blake.

But hold up

Daemon doesn’t trust him. My douche radar is up too…

Then it happens, betrayal on a crushing level. Death, kidnapping, secrets exposed. But Blake has a reason. He too was healed by a Luxen. And once a Luxen heals a human they are tied together. If one dies, so does the other. Blake’s other half is held captive by the agency and tortured as a way to blackmail Blake into doing what they want.

And they want Katy.

Side note: I hate Blake on so many levels that Katy & Daemon’s rationale for NOT killing Blake (his other half will die) doesn’t even fly with me anymore. In my mind, I’ve made it ok, cause maybe, I don’t know, he’s on life support or whatever. It’s possible.

Valentine from The Mortal Instruments Series

This Shadow Hunter takes delusional to a whole new level of, GTFO!! He did what!!?? 

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We meet Valentine in City of Bones. I love what Cassandra Clare did with Valentine… he had been talked about, fretted over, and finally, FINALLY we meet him. By this point I’m so jacked up over him, that when he drops the twist of all twists on Clary and Jace…

*can’t mention his name without a pic. *

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I believed Valentine. He is so sick and evil, he would totally do what HE SAID HAPPENED after Jace was born.

Fast forward…

Many books later and my hatred is like nothing I’ve felt before while reading a book. What he did to Jace by the lake… the look on Jace’s face (VALENTINE RAISED HIM AS HIS OWN!)… Clary laying helplessly by (paralyzed)  & WATCHING! She couldn’t talk! Valentine took her voice too with his demonic spells and runes! SHE COULDN’T EVEN CALL OUT TO JACE!

Oh. My. God.

WORST FRICKIN’ 20 MINUTES SPENT READING… ever. The anticipation was maddening, I was hysterical, and literally made deals with God in my head for it all to work out.

Have any of you seen the movie?? Jace on the motorcycle in leather pants!!! That is all. 🙂

Abaddon from Fallen by Laury Falter

I talked about Maggie in the Badass Chicks post.

I mentioned the Fallen that were after her. Well, meet Abaddon, their leader. Straight -up psycho of the first order!!

Here’s one thing about the fallen in the Guardian Trilogy. The clock starts ticking the second the fallen die on Earth, because they will fall… again. And find you in minutes. *chills*

And his goal for hundreds of years? Maggie. The pleasure Abaddon  takes in torturing Maggie, Eran, and the rest of their angel friends is just, well, it leaves you with a feeling that you don’t know how far it will go. The creep-out factor is at a level that I am certain with every turn of the page Abaddon will show AGAIN and sever wings or string up my precious Eran and watch as demon creatures take bites.

I love Eran! I love his cabin in Heaven by the lake.

I love how nervous he was when “human Maggie” (his wife in former lives) came to the cabin for the first time.

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Abaddon is a sociopath, one with powers. As I stated in the beginning of this post, we need stakes!! AND boy, do you get ’em with this trilogy!

Ryker from Shadow of Wrath (Sins of the 7) by L.W. Patricks

What a f#cking bastard!!

Shadow of Wrath is a dark dystopia, but there are some paranormal elements in it. So, I’m calling it a cross-over. 😉

In this book it is kill or be killed for the children in Ryker’s arena. Like Hunger Games meet the Gladiator.  The crowds bet, Ryker sets up boys for sure death to make sure the odds are in his favor.

In this world Ryker is in charge, and his delusional, psychotic ass actually thinks he’s doing it all for the greater good of every person who works for him, he enslaves, he kills. And let’s not forget the human trafficking.

Oh God, my hate for this guy… I would like to introduce him to my Louisville Slugger!

The one boy who he controls but can never fully get under his thumb, is Dog. Death Match survivor, friend to slave girl Allegra, and one way or another… Dog decides that Ryker will pay.

We come to the villain I couldn’t wait to tear apart before I got the interview questions back. So Kristin, who does reviews for this blog, was more than happy to do Brennus for this post. Then she sent it. It’s long. She cut the word count and it’s still long. 🙂 We cut a deal, she could keep THE WHOLE Brennus-hate session in here if she finally reads Divergent.

Here it is. THANK YOU SO MUCH Kristin!

We are first introduced to Brennus in book two of the Premonition Series, ‘Intuition’.  Evie feels his presence before she even sees him and not in that heart fluttering butterflies in the tummy good way.  No, what she feels is a bone chilling sensation that tells her something isn’t right. When she looks around for the source of this threatening (evil) presence she spots a tall “man” with short, black hair, pale skin and green eyes who is almost angelic looking.  Heart pounding, wings twitching in her back, instincts telling her he’s not human.  Armed with only a letter opener and the knowledge that she’s most likely f#cked, she makes a last ditch effort to escape.  But like all obsessive stalkers, Brennus has other plans; he has her harpooned in a net, slices her Achilles tendon so she can’t run off and punches her into unconsciousness so he can drag her to his underground lair.

And this, my friends, is where s#it gets real.  You’re either swooning or burning with rage over what Brennus does to Evie in the name of love (obsession).

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The swooners’ Brennus

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Kristin’s Brennus

Brennus makes it clear to Evie she will never be leaving and his undead people eating minions are instructed to stop her if she tries to leave.  And the added bonus, she will be by his side, as his queen, for all eternity.  (How nice of him to not give her a choice.) But first she must be turned into a Gancanagh.  If she doesn’t give up her soul willingly, he’ll force it out of her by any means necessary.  Evie, being the badass she is, flat out refuses.  This act of defiance earns her another punch in the face and a nice set of shackles and chains.  (Seriously, THIS is an act of LOVE?)   

Now it’s time for Evie to be shown to her cell with no windows and a dirt floor where she will rest uncomfortably, without food and water, for days.  When water is finally offered to her, Evie refuses to drink it; she’s wise to what Brennus is doing. (Fist pump).  Once Brennus realizes Evie would rather die than spend an eternity with him, as an immortal monster, he replenishes her fluids via an IV and lets her out of her cell.  She’s allowed to bathe, which of course, Brennus must supervise. (like a creeper).  Once she’s clean, she’s relocated to Brennus’ bedroom where he so graciously rips off her underwear and dresses her in skimpy lingerie.

With nothing left of her dignity, Evie is now forced to “show her skills” by fighting one of Brennus’ minions.  However, she is allowed to wear a pair of boxer briefs for this.  Evie begs Brennus not to make her do this.  Brennus chooses Keegan to fight for team Gancanagh.  They are given knives and told to square off.  Keegan slices her up good and vows to cut off her wings.  Brennus watches.  Evie, fearing for her life, slits his throat.  While everyone is distracted by Keegan bleeding out on the floor, Evie makes a run for it but she’s caught before she can get away.

Evie, shaken by the fact that she killed someone, begs Brennus to help her.  Does he offer her comfort?  No.  He bites her and drains her until she’s unconscious.  When she wakes up she learns she will lust for the blood of the Gancanagh who bit her.  This hunger?  Yeah, it’s really, really painful.  Evie, not wanting to be turned, refuses to knock back Brennus’ blood offering, thus choosing death.  Brennus, the humanitarian he is, bites her again.  Although this time, he’s generous enough to leave her conscious so she really feels the pain.  It’s the final push over the edge.  He finally broke her.

“When I bit her, it caused her extreme pain.”

  “Yeah, ya love her—ya sick freak.”

Thank you, Russell.  You took the words right out of my mouth. (exploding fist bump)

And this is just the beginning of Brennus’ efforts to claim Evie.  As his obsession grows, his actions intensify and he will not rest until he has made Evie is his queen.

Dear Brennus…..

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Signed, TEAM REED

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As a proud member of TEAM REED, I must end a Brennus post with something REEDcentric.

What's this?  Could it be a Reed and Evie angel baby.....I'm down with that.

What’s this?
Could it be a Reed and Evie angel baby…..

I’m down with that.

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Paranormal Week; Brennus Interview and Giveaway

If you follow this blog, then you know we are huge Premonition series fans.

And one of our favorite villains EVER is Brennus. We are very lucky to have sat down with Brennus (and survived) for an interview.

A MILLION thank you’s to Amy Bartol!!

To celebrate we are having a giveaway!

TWO GIVEAWAYS!

*** U.S. residents only ***

One for Team Brennus and one for Team Reed

(yes, you can enter both)

Also, please declare your team status in the comments below. And vote in the poll. We need a winner once and for all!

And I’m counting our votes… TEAM REED + 2

Make that 3, I just described Reed to my daughter. She’s in!

My dog barked his approval, that’s 4!!

So here it is:

Whoever gets the most votes (Brennus or Reed) I will add in a $10.00 Amazon gift card to the winner of that giveaway!

SO, if Brennus gets more votes in the poll below, then the winner of the Brennus giveaway will get a $10.00 Amazon card on top of the Premonition goodies! Same goes if Reed gets more votes!

Just as I typed Reed’s name… my cat, Logan meowed and rubbed my hand. If that’s not a Reed vote, I don’t know what is!

At the mention of Reed, my bird Murphy just spread his wings.  Angel wings anyone? ….1 more vote for Reed.

Yes I live in a zoo (not with Matt Damon 😦 )

Too bad Team Brennus started off down 6-zip

*mocking sad face*

AMY is hooking us up, ladies!! And a few other (AWESOME) authors want to sweeten the pot!

Giveaway Goodies!!

One Brennus T-shirt (Brennus giveaway)

One Reed T-shirt (Reed giveaway)

One signed audio book copy

ebook of Running Home by Julie Hutchings (NICHOLAS!!)

ebook of Fallen by bestselling author Laury Falter (ANGELS!!)

Click on this link to enter the Reed Giveaway

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Click on this link to enter the Brennus Giveaway

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And what’s this????

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Turns out Henry Cavill is on Team Reed

*evil laugh*

*Blows a kiss to Cristina from Cristina’s Book Reviews & Caitlin from The Road Is You*

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**Random and unrelated**

Found this today on Amy Bartol’s PINTEREST

Let us take a moment of silence and be at one with the wonders of a heavenly creation

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INTERVIEW!!

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Brennus walks into the room and takes a seat across from us, casually leaning back in the chair. He gives both Kristin and I a crooked smile, while looking at our Team Reed T-shirts. I grab her hand under the table and squeeze to calm myself (despite my hatred, he’s hot as hell!) and also to stop Kristin from lunging at him. She lets go of my hand and sticks another pin in her Brennus voodoo doll. He is dressed in a dark gray suit, his hands manicured, and his black hair slicked back, yet not.
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GD—Thank you for joining us today, Brennus. I trust you’ve fed on a few of your harem this morning?
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*Kristin snorts*
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*Brennus gives them both a wry smile* I am na hungry at da moment, if dat is whah ye mean.
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GD—I have a song for you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vji-j9kMdhc Do you like it? Fitting, seeing as you can’t stay away from our good girl, Evie.
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Kristin—Yeah, you delusional piece of…
* I start the song, cutting Kristin off. We jump up and dance like no one is watching– hands in the air & hip bumping & mumbling our way through the rap part like we know the words*
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Brennus—*gives Kristin a bored look* I’ve watched dis Ye Tube video. In fact, Finn and I saw da explicit one wi’ da musicians in it. *laughs nefariously* Dey were singing of deir prowess wi’ da wans. ’Twas amusing. Normally, humans do na interest me atall because if I were ta expose dem ta me world, dey would cry and wet demselves. Finn suggested we blur deir lines even more and send Molly ta see dem. ’Twould be diverting ta discover whah parts of dem she could tear in two as she domesticates dem. She’s known ta get nasty even though she’s a good girl.
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GD—My first question is something I’ve wanted to ask you for a long time. If you truly love Evie, then why is what she wants, I mean the fabulous Reed of course, not a factor? And please, don’t give us some bull about Evie not knowing what she wants. Part of loving someone is respecting their wishes.
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Brennus—Whah lengths would ye go ta for love, Gabi, ta save yer love? ’Tis na an easy question. In yer world ye value choice—maybe ye’d respect someone’s decision ta do someting ridiculously foolish, even when ye believe ’twill result in her death. I pity ye. Ye see Reed as a viable option for Evie because, like her, ye’re blind ta his weaknesses. Ye see him as a champion—an aingeal. I see him quite differently. I see him as her Achille’s heel—da one who can na possibly protect her. He’s a Power wi’ no true power save whah he can do wi’ his fists or a sword. He’s da one who will destroy her, which is fine wi’ ye. Ye would have me respect her choice even at da cost o’ her life.
In me world, I had ta decide two tings: Do I love her? And am I in or am I out? Once I realized dat I do love her, well, it became extremely simple for me. She belongs wi’ me. She was made for me. She’s da first being in me undead existence who I can touch wi’out enthralling her. I’ll go ta every extreme ta protect her because I can na live if she’s destroyed…*he shakes his head with a grim expression*…and dere are many, many tings waiting ta banjax her.
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Kristin—Is torture, abuse, and kidnapping part of love? And torturing those she cherishes a way to show that love?
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GD—*nods in a knowing way* Yes, Brennus. Would you torture Finn’s love? Or anyone that meant something to any of the Fellas? And I’m not talking about the Harem you Undead feed off of and have your way with, and then burn their bodies like garbage.
*I throw my hand up, Kristin slaps me a high five*
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Brennus—*sighs heavily* Yer version of love bores me. Ye see love in such a human way—in human terms. When ye say ye’ll love someone forever, ye do na mean it. Ye mean for a few decades—maybe a lifetime at da most, which is often less dan a century. And frequently, ye mean ye’ll love someone until it gets too difficult or until dey lose deir beauty or deir newness. Ye do na know how extremely rare ’tis ta find someone dat ye love deep in yer bones—in da marrow—a love dat ye crave more dan ye’ve craved anyting in yer life or yer death. Ye have no experience wi’ it. Ye have no sense of da love for which I speak.
Genevieve has taught me many tings about love. I admit dat I have na made all da right choices where she’s concerned. I’ve done tings wrong. But, ultimately, she has survived dem. Genevieve will forgive me for dese mistakes because she loves me. And I’ll protect her and dat love for da rest of me existence.
 
As for whah I will or will na do ta Finn’s love or ta da fellas, ’tis very simple, Kristin, and it goes back ta whah I was tellin’ ye earlier: am I in or am I out? *his eyebrows lower dangerously over his eyes* I am in. I’ll do whahever I have ta do ta protect Genevieve and make certain we’re together. Forever—and, unlike ye, I am aware of how long dat is.  
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GD—There were a few moments after the battle that you were changed back to just a Faerie. You seemed… freed. Can you describe those few moments for us?
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Kristin—*leans in and whispers in my ear* Who cares?
 
GD—We have friends that love him, Kristin. He probably touched them.
 
Kristin—*rolls her eyes* They wish.
Brennus—*he looks away from Gabi and Kristin* I tink for a few moments when Genevieve first touched me with her fire dat I glimpsed me soul once again. Da conquered part of me was freed of Sheol, ripped from it for jus a moment. Me soul saw how everyting in me death has been torn so deep…*his jaw tightens and he looks back at them*…but da fire took me soul over—he could na stay. I try na ta tink too much about it. Da dark can leap and fall upon ye if ye do. ’Twill tear ye apart at da seams if ye let it…but I’ll na let it.
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GD– *wipes a tear and looks away from Brennus*
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GD—You’ve been around for thousands of years. So have all the angels. I’m curious, how well you really know Tau, Evie’s father? Be honest. And what will you do if he succeeds with plans to use Evie against the Fallen?
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Brennus—*watches Gabi as if she’s a toy* I’ve been entirely honest wi’ everyting I’ve told ye, ye jus do na like whah I have ta say. And jus because I’ve been around for forever and a day, does na mean dat I’ve cast me shadow upon Tau, or he upon me. ’Tis likely why we both still exist: we’ve never been formally introduced.
 
Whah I know of Tau are rumors and legends—nuting more. He’s a Divine aingeal. He wants ta do whah’s right. But, whah if right and wrong are one and da same? Eh?
*Brennus shrugs* If Tau plans ta use Genevieve against da Fallen, den he’s feeble-minded. Genevieve is a powerful craitur. She’ll na be easily manipulated or controlled. ’Tis Seraphim conceit dat will be his undoing. Genevieve once asked if dere was a cure for arrogance. Dere is; it’s called defeat.
 
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GD—Russell is a nonissue, now that he has his own aspire. Who are you more threatened by, Reed or Xavier? Or better said, because you will dismiss that question entirely, which angel is more of a challenge for you?
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Brennus—*lifts his eyebrow, arching it while he thinks* I make it a point na ta underestimate me opponents. I treat dem all as a threat, but ’tis very difficult when me opponents keep evolving new traits and powers. *smiles warily*
Truth ta tell, Da Other should logically be me only obstacle ta Genevieve’s heart, but he’s na. I don’t know why he has chosen ta bind himself ta da Throne, Anya, over his soul mate. I suspect ’twas na he who made da choice. Dis smacks of Genevieve—her self-sacrificing soul. I keep asking meself, ‘Who was Genevieve rescuing dis time? Was it da Power, Reed, or da Seraph, Xavier?’ Me money is on Reed who needed saving. Xavier is fairly bursting ta throttle her for it. ’Tis an enigma I intend ta solve…and when I do, I’ll make certain dat she’s da one who’s saved.
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GD—We’ll admit—the fact that your knife from your Faerie home (that speaks to Evie), scares us a little. To us, this lends some validity to your claim that Evie is meant to be your queen. Is making Evie your queen worth her losing her soul?
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Brennus—I won’t pretend dat Genevieve’s soul means nuting ta me. I tought once that I could let it go, let it fall. Dat’s no longer an option. Since Genevieve has changed me, I find da idea of losing her soul ta Sheol an unacceptable one. I’ll na lose even a piece of her ta dem. Genevieve has made me her God o’ War; I’ll protect her. Her soul is more important ta me dan recovering me own. Me queen will lose nuting; she’ll gain da kingdom she was born ta rule. Moin.
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And so there it is. Everything (including the intro and contest description) was done BEFORE I got these interview questions back. What can I say? I am not forgetting all the atrocious things Brennus has done. Nor am I wanting him to end up with REED’s girl, Evie. BUT, folks, I can no longer hate on him as hard as I used to.
Oh Reed… *wipes another tear*
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In two days I will sing your praises on this blog like a proper team member.

Tomorrow we have a special treat! Want to get to know another vampire? One that was born to be an angel of death (in a good way).

Here’s a sneak peak

GD—I’m nervous about Lynch. All this time I thought he was a total psycho, incapable of real emotions, then… well, you know. *sigh* With the unfortunate turn of events do you think he will target Ellie?

Nicholas — *frost spreads from his fingertips down the arms of the chair* He wouldn’t dream of it.

Oh dear God… *closes eyes* He just did his frost thing in front of me! COMPOSE YOURSELF, GABI!

GD—Are you still planning a trip to Japan? If so, will you be staying with Ellie?

Nicholas — *Looks down, face darkening* Eliza has her plans to go, and nobody will stop her. And she’ll never be out of my sight, never again.

I have butterflies just reading this again!!

See you all in the comments below! And good luck with all these giveaways! There will be a contest coming up soon *open internationally*!!

THANK YOU AGAIN AMY!!

In case you missed the post yesterday with a HUGE giveaway, please click on the picture below

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AND DON’T FORGET TO VOTE FOR YOUR MAN! 

 

A Fight to the Death Fanfiction Contest

WIN A FREE EBOOK AND SIGNED COPY FROM TWO FABULOUS AUTHORS!!

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Recently I did an interview with author L.W. Patricks

His novel, Shadow of Wrath was released yesterday!

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In the interview I asked L.W. to write a very short story involving the arena in his book and two popular fictional characters, Thor & Magneto, in a fight to the death.

His story was hilarious!

And guess what? He offered a free ebook of Shadow of Wrath for a contest!!

Yay us!

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL….

Amy Bartol also offered a free SIGNED copy of any one of the Premonition series books!!!

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SO, my friends let’s have ourselves a contest! A fight to the death contest!

We won’t be killing each other for a free copy

BUT ANY TWO FICTIONAL CHARACTERS OF OUR CHOOSING WILL!!

Hell yea!

In Shadow of Wrath– Ryker, who is one of the biggest fictional jerk villains ever, makes boys fight to the death in a stone wall arena he created. Dog is forced to kill or be killed (yes, it very much reminded me of Hunger Games). Ryker watches from his balcony with his slave, Allegra at his side.

So here are the rules

Any two characters from any two books must fight to the death in an arena. Like a gladiator. Not cool with writing a death scene? No worries, my stories don’t end in death either. 🙂

Please give a shout out to the authors of these books!!

It can be as short as you want or up to 1,000 words!

Is your favorite an alien? Warrior? Fallen Angel? Zombie? Vampire? Shadow Hunter? Undead *cough* (Brennus) Or just a regular guy?

If they have special powers– cool.

*Gabi, I’m not a writer! And why do we have to work so hard for free stuff on your blog!!??*

This is going to be fun!

We will call it fanfiction

Don’t worry about not being a writer either. It can be as simple as :

REMEMBER THIS IS JUST FOR FUN

Jude from Crash by Nicole Williams & Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

Travis and Jude stare one another down in a fight to the death. Jude takes a swing and Travis blocks it, delivering an elbow to the temple. The crowd is shocked that Jude went down with one hit. He’s out cold. The crowd doesn’t know that Travis fights every weekend. They are demanding Travis finish the job, but he refuses.

OR….

DAEMON VS. BRENNUS

Daemon Black from the Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout  & Brennus from The premonition Series by Amy Bartol

(oh yeah!)

Evie and Katy stand side by side on a balcony overlooking the arena and a crowd of thousands cheering for Daemon and for Brennus.

Evie, who was subjected to more of Brennus’ bites and given a back-up control spell for good measure, loves Brennus and is terrified. She knows that the totally hot guy standing ten feet from her man is no mortal. Not because of his unbelievable abs and sexy hair — no! Daemon is an alien who’s strength and powers rival Reed, a power angel, who somehow made his way into this story due to his hotness and tile cracking skills.

Evie jumps as a gun is fired signaling the start of the fight to the death. Her crimson wings expand with a snap, and she growls at Daemon who has taken on his alien form of near blinding white light.

Brennus is as prepared as always with a small bag of Onyx dust he hid up his sleeve. He throws the bag at Daemon. A cheap shot. And dammit, will anyone ever kick this guy’s ass? He laughs as he does that evil villain slow walk thing, and stands over Daemon’s writhering  body.

Katy, who was infected with alien cooties and knows what Daemon looks like naked, lifts her hands holding blue fire balls. She whips them at Brennus– striking him on the side of his not so shimmering vampire face and knocking him to the ground.

Evie gets right up in Katy’s personal space. “Really, bitch? You wanna go there?”

Katy slaps Evie across the face. It would have hurt a human, but not an angel.

 *Click* Brennus’ fangs engage. “No one puts Evie in a corner! Or smacks her around, that’s my job. She’s moin!”

Evie, who wasn’t actually in a corner, instantly regrets the cat fight she started as Katy’s eyes start glowing and her feet rise off the floor.

“Ah, Brennus?” Evie says while backing up, and is now in a real corner. But this isn’t Dirty Dancing and Katy one pissed off infected girl.

Brennus leaps the three stories and takes Evie into his arms. He flips open the top to his knock-off Green Lantern ring and they are gone. Sucked into a portal.

Dozens of female fans of the Lux series are in the crowd and take action. Most are moms and well equipped to handle any kind of injury. They pour water over Daemon’s bare skin from bottles and back-up sippy cups found at the bottom of oversized mom purses.  A few have anti-bacterial wipes and take their time. One woman has a brilliant idea and suggests the Onyx might have gotten through his…. pants. They strip him down.

Katy jumps down to Daemon’s side.

“I’m sorry over what happened on the mountain Katy. I didn’t have a choice.”

“Blake!” Katy whisper-shouts.

A few of the ladies hear Katy and word spreads quicker than hot gossip that Blake is there. Katy turns away from Daemon and faces the man-boy responsible for the endless torture she endured. He smiles at Katy and runs a hand through his hair. A few women gasp and/or sigh.

Katy rolls her eyes. “I should have known you’d be here, stalker!” She looks over her shoulder, “Don’t let his surfer boy good looks and rock hard body fool you ladies!”

A small group of the women step forward, “Katy, my name is Kristin. These are my friends, Chrissy, Vilma, Simone, and Melanie. I think I speak for everyone here when I say we’ve got your back, let’s do this!”

Katy nods and rises from the ground, electric energy running down her arms, eyes glowing. She is flanked on both sides by angry, glaring soccer moms, lonely housewives and twenty-somethings– all of whom want nothing more than to be infected by Daemon….. I mean see Blake dead.

Blake will be given no more chances.

Just then the metal gates to the arena bust open. Reed, Russel, and Zee storm into the arena. They stand, scanning the crowd for Evie, in all their shirtless, rippling muscle glory and twitching wings!

Three women faint.

Caitlin and Christina step away from Daemon– awestruck, yet smirking.

Brennus will live another day.

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See how I didn’t take that seriously at all????

Have fun with this! And to make it fair — Every person who enters this contest will have an equal chance. Meaning, if you enter, your name will go into a hat and I will pick from the hat.

Post your twosome in the comments OR link it back to your own blog OR Facebook page.

Contest starts NOW and will end on Thursday, March 21th at 11:59pm.

GOOD LUCK & much love!!!!

Brennus; The Men, Angels, And Undead Of The Premonition Series

This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead.

I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).

I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters. Some of those authors are, Cassandra Clare, Nicole Williams, Sarah Fine, Colleen Hoover (LOVE!!), Veronica Roth, Laury Falter, Abbi Glines, and M. Leighton <–all Amazon links

Here it is in case you missed it

In the comments a few ladies suggested we all read the Premonition series by Amy Bartol. One said she was Team Brennus; the other was 100% Team Reed.

We can’t do an entire week of the Premonition without including Brennus. In an effort to remain fair to Brennus I asked Cristina from Cristina’s Book Reviews to tell us about her man.

Cristina asked that I not mention ____ <– name of the most amazing angel that EVER fictionally lived. So her Brennus could “shine”.

I have my battle shirt on….

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And my hands ready at the keys…wired on coffee…

LET’S DO THIS

Meet Brennus; Undead

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When I first stumbled upon Inescapable, I had no idea how much I would love this series and to say “I love it” is putting it lightly.  I have stalked the master storyteller, Amy Bartol since September and I believe the restraining order has been filed but I’m hoping those charges will be dropped soon.  In any event, I’m beyond thankful to Amy for introducing me to the fictional character that I want to marry and yes, it’s boarder-line unhealthy but who cares, right?

Moving on…

I see that you’ve met Reed, Zee and Russell.  *big yawn* While I think they’re nice, let’s just say…they don’t do it for me.  One word: Brennus.  Ladies, be prepared to fall in love and I mean, fall hard.

Brennus is introduced in book two of the Premonition Series, Intuition and this is when he meets Evie and nothing will ever be the same again.  Like EVER.

“I think ye’re looking at dis da wrong way. Why wouldn’t ye want ta be one of us; ta be protected and cared for by Gancanagh who will always have yer back?” he asks. “We will never look at ye like ye’re scum…like ye do na have a right ta exist.”

I get it, Brennus was a bit brutal with Evie when they first met but then Amy Bartol teases us with little shreds of hope that Brennus does in fact have redeeming qualities.

Just when I think I know Brennus, I really don’t because he becomes more than loveable in Indebted (#3). He demonstrates he’s capable of being selfless.  If he was attracted to Evie before, he’s now full on head over heels for her and he wants to make her his Queen.

“Dis is…ye are giving me yer blood?” he asks with a sultry look I can feel. “I’m giving you my trust.  That is the blood I planned on drinking in order to stop the craving of being bitten.  You can do whatever you want with it – my blood.  I just ask that you protect the trust I have given you,” I say, watching his eyes grow dark as he puts the stopper back on the bottle. “Do ye know dat no one has given me anyting since I died?” he asks, extending his hand for me to take, I sit next to him again.  “Everyting dat I have I have had ta fight for or earn”.

 

That one passage is so heartbreaking!!

I will admit that Brennus broke my heart in Incendiary (#4) but I think people do crazy things when they’re in love.  Okay, so the things he does is a bit over the top and somewhat drastic but I’m still team Brennus.

“I’ll save her, aingeal.  I’ll make her storng again,” Brennus says.  CLICK, his fangs engage and he uses them to tear open his flesh.  He lets his dark blood well up.“Why can I na do it?” Brennus spits out in torment.  “Why can I na turn her?”

Relief makes my neck bend and my head hang forward.  “You love her soul – willing or not.  Her soul has been rooting for you – for your redemption.”

“Dere is no redemption for me, ye know dat.”

There are so many layers to Brennus but once you reach his core, you know he’s not all evil.  Yes he’s mercurial and somewhat obsessive but no one is perfect.

I urge you all to take a walk on the dark side and you might find that you’ll love it as much as I do!

Brennus will always be MOIN!!! 😉

THANK YOU SO MUCH Cristina!

And thank you to all the Amy Bartol fans who stopped by and showed their love! This week was a blast!

I ask that everyone play nice. No name calling to each other (characters in the books is okay). We are all fans of the same books. Let’s keep that in mind while we rip each other’s opinions to shreds!

ALSO, since this will be the last Premonition post on this blog until Book #5

Get it ALL out of your system! Who you love, hate, don’t trust, root for, and…

Feel free to flat out beg Amy Bartol for the one thing that you NEED to happen.

Zephyr; The Men, Angels, And Undead Of The Premonition Series

This week is about ALL the men, angels, and undead. That means I have to set my obsession aside and be fair.

I’d also like to say thank you for all the shares on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!! It’s awesome that so many people spread their love for this series!! Especially with Iniquity coming out soon (I hope).

OK — HERE WE GO!

I gave myself a birthday gift recently – a post with some of my favorite swoon worthy fictional characters. Some of those authors are, Cassandra Clare, Nicole Williams, Sarah Fine, Colleen Hoover (LOVE!!), Veronica Roth, Laury Falter, Abbi Glines, and M. Leighton <–all Amazon links

Here it is in case you missed it

In the comments a few ladies suggested we all read the Premonition series by Amy Bartol. One said she was Team Brennus; the other was 100% Team Reed.

I will start by saying that I am Team Reed.

Are there only two teams?

Meet Zephyr; Power Angel

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Lethal assassin badass! A machine that annihilates the Fallen.

Zephyr is Reed’s best friend. When we first meet Zephyr (Zee), however, we have no clue how fast and hard we will fall for him.

Book #1 Reed’s house. Evie is at a party and Fallen show up. She tells Russell to call Reed and Evie runs (lightning fast speed) to Reed’s house. Only Reed isn’t home.

Oh no.

…. “A soft rustle of fabric coming from the library down the hall, alerts me to the fact that someone is here…. I stop dead in my tracks…. I scan the perfect figure of the angel in front of me…. Slowly, his dark-brown eyebrows pull dangerously close together over his ice-blue eyes. Then, my fear doubles as a low, primal growl accompanies his severe frown.”

Where is Reed!!??

Also, that’s hot.

“Tires screech on the pavement just beyond Reed’s driveway, and my eyes snap open wider…. In seconds, Reed is in the room and has me cradled in his arms…. “I did not harm her,” The angel speaks to Reed in a defensive tone…. He lets me go…. Whirling on the other angel…. Reed’s shirt tears instantly and falls away from his body, while his gray wings arc out in menace.”

Can you picture it? I CAN!

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*fans hand in front of face*

…. “Zephyr, if you ever do anything like that to Evie again, you will pray for death.” …. Zephyr grunts and says in a serious tone, “I will kill anything that attempts to harm her.”

And so it begins.

Let us review all the ways Zee has become, for any Team member, the one character in this amazing series we simply cannot live without.

Book #2

Evie cuts Zee while sparing. Reed is shocked and demands Evie show him. Reed leaps forward, and takes a viscous swipe at her, coming within centimeters.

Mr. Soul mate, Russell, is having none of it!

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Russell– …. “I shoot forward to pounce on Reed, but am held by Zephyr who whispers in my ear, “Do not go there. He will kill you.”

Zee– Always the voice of reason. Always stepping in. Always with his military plans of attack and/or escape.

Fast forward. Evie escapes from Brennus’ cave with Russell’s help…

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 only to find out that Zee and Reed have been captured by the Powers and charged with treason.

What is a half-breed Seraph Angel to do?

She goes and gets her angels, that’s what she does!!

TEAM EVIE!!!!

Zee and Reed, hearing Evie give herself up in exchange for them, fight their way into the room. They are bruised, cut, and Zee is … “courageously facing down about twenty or so Powers that are cautiously approaching them from the left and from the right…. Reed just has me in his sights—his expression is lethal.”

Whoa. It gets worse…..

…”Reed pulls me to him, crushing me in a vise-like embrace…. My eyes lock on Zephyr’s blue ones over Reed’s shoulder. He looks wrecked, like he has given everything he has to get to this point…. I reach my hand out to him and he takes it in his, hugging Reed and I together.”

 I feel gutted! I love them! Since we’re going down that road

“Reed places me in Zephyr’s waiting embrace…. Zephyr is trying to calm me down by speaking to me softly in Angel, while petting my hair…. Zee is eyeing all the other angels suspiciously while his arms remain around me.”  <– That part was when I knew if Amy EVER killed off Zee, I would never forgive her.

I came to depend on Zee’s strength as much as the rest of “the family” did through the rest of this series. Zee’s nod of approval, his grunts, his growls of either warning or stamp of approval for the way Reed is handling himself (love that!!) had me both sitting up straighter and relaxing.

Book #4 In the kitchen, battles over for now.

Zee and Reed eye each other. They vow, with an exchange of feathers, to be brothers and always have one another’s backs. I can’t quote it. It’s too emotional for me. And this post is running late as it is due to my inability to STOP reading each book while searching for quotes.

Okay. Let’s talk book #5

My fears:

Xavier roughed up Zee’s girl, Buns trying to get info. BASTARD! Worse! What will Zee do about it? Oh, God… Can he win a challenge? Will Reed step in? Xavier will challenge Reed for Evie. Will Zee step in? Will he be killed? Called back to Heaven? What if something awful happens to Buns? Going back to book #1 — Evie asks Zee what kind of angel is Lucifer? He’s a Seraph. I don’t even want to think about Evie and Lucifer facing off….

My wishes:

BRENNUS FINALLY DIES! , Tau is completely humiliated — Amy, please have his wings severed in the process! , Reed and Evie have a baby (it could happen), Evie can CHANGE Finn back. He’s still on my trust list! Dammit! ,  Russell and Evie detroy the Fallen.

What are your Zee moments?

Fears for book#5

Wishes for book#5

Up Next — BRENNUS

Miss Cristina over at Cristina’s Book Reviews is Team Brennus. She will be doing the Brennus post for us! YAY!

 Earlier today  I issued a challenge of my own — Letting her, and every other Team Brennus member know — Team Reed is ready!

Here it is

We are expecting an ice storm here. If Brennus isn’t up on this blog, that’s why.

Bring It!!

Zee will be posted later

FIRST

In preparation for Cristina’s Brenuus post on the Premonition series by Amy Bartol

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CALLING ALL TEAM BRENNUS MEMBERS

Team Reed is ready…

Que the music !

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Also, this is me

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These are my back-up wings

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Yea, I’m branded. And no, I’m not taking this too far. 😉

Taking it TOO far would have been digging into my 9 yr old daughter’s bin of fake tattoos. Okay, so I looked… she was out of wing tattoos.

*dead serious face* & * said in a menacing tone*

BRING IT