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Bloggers! Interested in reading this novel? Star-crossed lovers, Pompeii, history and romance! Request it now on NetGalley

When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master’s injured gladiators. But his warrior’s heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag’s owner, doomed by her father’s greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she’s been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air… .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them — to Lucia’s father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?


Did you see the movie Pompeii starring Jon Snow? I mean, Kit Harington? Here’s what I thought!

I was deep into writing my young adult novel set in Pompeii, Curses and Smoke(Scholastic, May 2014), when my editor sent me a message that would’ve made any writer’s blood turn to ice.

"Turns out there’s a movie being made about Pompeii," she wrote. "And it too features a male slave as the love interest."

After dropping several f-bombs that nearly made my dog’s ears bleed, I wondered if I should change my story. “No, no!” my editor said. “Yours is different enough.” Which was true.

But it got me thinking. Why did the writer of the Pompeii movie make the same character choice I made for my novel? Why have a male slave as the focus of the “forbidden” love story? Why not the inverse — a guy in love with a female slave? 

Read the rest on HuffPo.

OMG I want these dresses. I will shoot the hell outta every single one of them. 



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HAHAHAH. *rolls on floor*

Belle does not like it when people try to ruin Roleplay Wednesday

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Can’t wait for @hollyblack’s new book! Doesn’t it look and sound awesome? Jan can’t come soon enough! 


You know when you read something and you have to stop every other page because you want to read it out loud to the person sitting next to you?

This is like that. Only you’re the person sitting next to us and we can’t read it out loud because this book doesn’t come out until January!

Grrr. C’est la vie.

Holly Black’s The Darkest Part of the Forest marks her triumphant return to her faerie roots, and will be out January 13, 2015. Until then here’s a taste:

Children can have a cruel, absolute sense of justice. Children can kill a monster and feel quite proud of themselves. A girl can look at her brother and believe they’re destined to be a knight and a bard who battle evil. She can believe she’s found the thing she’s been made for.

Hazel lives with her brother, Ben, in the strange town of Fairfold where humans and fae exist side by side. The faeries’ seemingly harmless magic attracts tourists, but Hazel knows how dangerous they can be, and she knows how to stop them. Or she did, once.

At the center of it all, there is a glass coffin in the woods. It rests right on the ground and in it sleeps a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives. Hazel and Ben were both in love with him as children. The boy has slept there for generations, never waking.

Until one day, he does…

As the world turns upside down, Hazel tries to remember her years pretending to be a knight. But swept up in new love, shifting loyalties, and the fresh sting of betrayal, will it be enough?

And this cover! Beautiful, right?

It’s sexy Tuesday, folks! Not really but what else should I call it? :D


B&W or Color? 

Which one do you like? 


Photos by Harmony Sage, edited by me. 

New photo folks from my Goddess series. What you think?