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Check out This Sci-Fi and Fantasy Book Promo This Weekend!

This weekend, Rise of the Sparrows is included in this huge monster promotion! Be sure to check it out – it’s 100 amazing additions to your sci-fi and fantasy reading list! 😉

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“As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.”


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Happy Birthday, Precious Book Baby!

A year ago today I self-published my debut novel Rise of the Sparrows. The support this past year has been incredible, and I’m deeply grateful to everyone who’s promoted and loved my book since then <3

Today, I have two things for you to celebrate 😉

The first is a discount – today only you can grab the eBook for 99p/99c! Go get it while it’s cheap if you have’t already! Or, if you already own it and enjoyed it, now’s the time to tell everyone you know to get it 😉 Buy it on Amazon.co.uk or buy it on Amazon.com

The second is a shiny new cover and revised blurb! I’ll go into why I changed the blurb in the first place some other time. For now, here it is:

“As a homeless orphan, shunned for having the gift, Rachael knows how to survive. The visions of people dying are only hers to see. The shadows are her safety. When Cephy comes into her life, having a friend—a friend as feared by the villagers as Rachael—seems too good to be true.

And it is. Her visions are worse since Cephy came along, and Rachael’s gut feeling urges her to walk the other way. Alone.

When Cephy burns down her old home, the villagers respond with violence: they call on the White Guard to take Rachael and Cephy away for execution. Together they flee into a world they know nothing about. In the unknown awaits a Mist Woman, a prophecy, and a young rebel who sounds sincere –

but in Rachael’s experience, no one ever is. And how can she trust him when he believes in an ancient prophecy that seems to refer to her, and asks her to commit regicide so that people with the gift can be free?

Suddenly the cold shadows of Blackrock’s winter don’t seem so bad, and Rachael is torn between finally having food and warm shelter, and surviving on her own as she always has. The Sparrows—fighters of the resistance—believe in her because the prophecy names her. But can she be the leader they need when she can’t control her own magic?

Rachael knows the struggles the gifted endure all too well. Perhaps it’s time she stopped hiding, and fought back.”

Another big thank you to everyone who’s bought my book, took and shared pictures of my book, supported me, and recommended my book to friends and the internet over the last year <3 Your love means the world to me <3

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Rise of the Sparrows is only £0.99 until Saturday! ;)

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Apologies for posting twice today – I bring you the news that you can currently buy my eBook for only £0.99! Need a present for the bookworm in your life? Here ya go! 😉

You can download your copy here!

Not sure? Here are some reviews:

“Fantasy, action, magic, and abilities- this book has it all. The main character, Rachel, was a breath of fresh air- wise for her age, untrusting, and a heroine who wants anything but to stand out. Blending in, being ‘normal’, has always been Rachel’s wish in life, but she has to embrace the fact that normality isn’t hers. She is destined.” -Goodreads review, May 22nd 2016

“The novel opens with an incredibly well-written prologue that just had me hooked, from the style to the little details to the dangerous characters.” – Goodreads review, Dec 18th, 2016

“I really enjoyed this book. It was a well written, easy read with a page-turning storyline.” – Amazon review, Oct 25th 2016

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Rifarne is a country opposed to magic. When its people demand harsh action, King Aeric sees himself with no other choice but to outlaw those with the gift. Rachael, a homeless orphan with the rare gift of a Seer, soon finds herself with visions of her own violent death. When her escape goes wrong and she ends up in the clutches of a vicious Mist Woman lusting for her blood, she finds she is the only person to stop the war against people like her – and assassinating the King to become Queen to a people who once wanted her dead may well be the only way to do just that.

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Progress Update – Map Reveal!

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Hi, everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve last done one of these! But it’s been an exciting week, and I’ve got something to show you! 😉

You’ll no doubt remember the map I included with Rise of the Sparrows (if you haven’t read my novel and missed all the posts I published squealing about it – hang on), and if you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram, you’ve likely also seen the teasers I posted here and there, like this one from yesterday:

 

 

Guess what? It’s time! 😀 I can finally share with you the map I’ll be using for Books 2 and 3! And…..

*dramatic drumroll*

…..here it is!

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Thank you so much once again to Glynn from MonkeyBlood Design, who turned my sketch into something stunning and remained patient despite my constant additions and changes – I’m pretty sure I was a right pain this time! ^-^

With the addition of the Cold Sea, we’ve also decided to amend the original map of Rifarne a little:

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It’s not huge a change, but both of us felt more comfortable with it. Continuity reasons, you’ll understand. When I eventually update Rise of the Sparrows with a couple of things I’ll add the new map, and I’ll make the changes here on CookieBreak in the meantime.

So what do you think of my newest baby? Isn’t she beautiful? <3

Next week I’ll begin the first edit on the sequel, and hopefully I’ll have a title reveal soon, too 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! ^-^

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Cartography by MonkeyBlood Design.

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'I've Finished the Draft!' Free eBook Promo

So much excitement in one title! 😀

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And what better way to celebrate than with a free book? 😉

Better yet, this isn’t a giveaway – all you have to do is pop over to Amazon, and download my eBook for FREE this weekend!

If you know somebody else who might like to treat themselves to a free book (and who doesn’t? It’s free!) tell them about it, spread the word – and enjoy!

Happy reading, everyone! 🙂

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Giveaway AND a free gift card!

Happy Friday, everyone!

It’s a long weekend here – and if there’s a better way to celebrate that than with a free copy of my eBook AND a free Amazon gift card, I don’t know it! 😉 (well, perhaps ice cream…)

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Want to get this beauty for free?
I’m over at Lina Rochelle Andrew’s blog today to talk about beta reading and what’s involved, and the giveaways are included! If you’d like to celebrate the weekend with me, you can take a look here:

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The Giveaway has now ended – thank you to everyone who participated!

And a wonderful weekend to you either way ^-^

~Sarina

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Giveaway!

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I’m currently hosting a giveaway on Goodreads! If you want to win one of three paperback copies of my book, take a look here for details:

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The giveaway is open to all countries, and will end on the 22nd June 🙂

Good luck to all who enter! And may the odds be ever in your favour 😉

~Sarina

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And the Winners Are…

It took a little while, but I quite literally drew the giveaway winners from a hat 😀

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I tried to get my cat to do it, but she didn’t care and walked away 🙂

AND THE WINNERS ARE:

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Laura Dilley

Annegret Harms

Allysa Ivey

Bashayer Bebita

Helen Devis

CONGRATULATIONS!! 😀

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I’ll be in touch shortly so we can figure out how I can get your copy to you 🙂

Thank you to all 84 of you who entered! <3

~Sarina

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Next Week's Schedule

Hi everyone!

IT’S (almost) TIME!!

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Next week I’ll be all over the place (on here as well as emotionally), so here’s what you can expect from Release Week:

Monday: aliasfaithrivens – interview & giveaway

Tuesday: Art And Soul – interview

Wednesday: Mollie’s Musings – review & quotes (favourites chosen by my betas) & excerpt

Thursday: The Old Shelter – review & quotes; Write it Anyway – interview

Friday: K. J. Chapman – interview

Thank you to all you beautiful people hosting me <3 If you haven’t checked out these blogs already you should, they are all awesome <3

Since I don’t share a timezone with most of them, I can’t guarantee when the posts will be published – just in keep an eye on here as well as twitter and you won’t miss a thing 🙂 I’ll reblog everything as soon as I’m able, too.

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We’ve got an exciting week ahead! I hope I can count on all your support? <3

Thank you also to everyone who has entered the giveaway! There’s still a tiny bit of time left to enter, if you haven’t already 😉 The giveaway will close in half an hour, and the five winners will be announced shortly after 🙂

A wonderful weekend to all of you – and good luck to everyone who entered the giveaway!

~Sarina

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Character Insight: Arlo

For this final character insight of pre-release week I asked my betas and advanced readers for help – they have already read the book, so if anyone knows who they want to know more about it’s them! Their decision was pretty unanimous, and I hope this short insight gives you the answers you wanted 🙂

For everyone else – Arlo is a warrior-turned-hermit in my book, who lives on his own in a forest and who helps Cale here and there. Naturally he hasn’t always been a hermit, and my betas and advanced readers were curious to hear why he chose that life for himself.

Thank you so much to all of you who have responded to the previous two posts – you’re too kind <3

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“Let it go, Arlo.” There was enough finality in the commander’s voice to make a lesser man walk the other way with his eyes averted in shame. Arlo stood firmly where he was, meeting his commander’s eyes.

He grit his teeth, and ignored the hot pain in his chest.

Maker’s Breeches, that cut would leave a life-long scar. A constant memory of the day he should have died.

“She’s a danger to everyone. We need to investigate, we need to send men to-”

His commander rose from his seat behind his desk, his eyes hard and unforgiving.

“Enough! You will let this go. You are lucky you escaped her, don’t tempt fate further.”

Aye, he knew when to be quiet. He was a soldier of the White Guard, sworn to protect the King and to uphold the law – and his commander’s word was the law. He would be stupid to do anything but turn around and walk away.

Arlo cleared his throat. “We can’t let her get away. She’ll kill everyone if we-”

His commander brought down his fist hard on his desk. The impact shook the wood. Arlo thought he could feel it ripple through his wound, too.

“I said enough! I will not allow disobedience from my men!”

Arlo swore under his breath. This wasn’t the first time the Commander of the White Guard made him wonder. Protecting the people of Rifarne was his duty, and he wasn’t about to ignore it. He had sworn an oath. His first loyalty was to the country, not to one man.

His commander was right. He was lucky to be alive, but the others were not so fortunate. The witch – Aeron, she called herself – had burnt down an entire village in the Boneanvil mountains. It had only been a small settlement, but she hadn’t allowed anyone to escape. It was by pure luck that he had been in the area and had seen the smoke rise above the trees. It was by even greater luck that he was still breathing.

Mist Women were forces of nature. The oldest ones were impulsive and devastating, and the youngest ones were playful on top of it. He had seen similar behaviour in young wolves, who learned how to hunt. They were impulsive, too, and tore into anything they deemed save enough. The only difference was that Aeron wasn’t threatened by anything.

When Arlo had reached the small village, everyone was already dead. And in the middle of the burning remains of the town she had stood, bathed in blood and grinning like a demon.

He should have run. Why hadn’t he run?

She was a danger beyond all compare. If his commander wanted to ignore the threat so be it, but he wouldn’t be so blind.

He nodded his response, and – careful not to tear open the wound once more – removed his armor. His sword. His helmet, and his steel boots.

“What by the Maker do you think you are doing!” He had never seen his commander so angry. To an outsider his face would have looked calm, but Arlo had known the man for long enough to know that this wasn’t the case. His eyes were dancing with fire, and the small vein over his left eye pulsed threateningly.

“I’m leaving the White Guard. I won’t need these.” His mother had taught him two things above all else – always cook enough food to end world hunger, in case he had unexpected guests or indeed needed to end world hunger, and always – always – save your money, in case of an emergency.

He had done just that, and while his soldier’s pay hadn’t been much he had saved up for a while. He’d have enough to buy a strong horse, and a weapon. An axe, perhaps.

His commander watched, but didn’t say a word. The vein above his eye danced ferociously.

Arlo turned around, and closed the door behind him. He couldn’t stay in the White City, but there was a nice bit of forest near the mountains which had always reminded him of home.

He would build a small hut there, and observe. He could save money on the furniture – he’d build himself everything he needed, and he would hunt his own game. He had never seen the need to spend money where it could be saved, and it reminded him of his childhood with his Ma and Da.

If he ever ran into the witch again he knew he wouldn’t get away with his life – but he would make sure that she would die with him.

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