Blood Magic Chapter 1 Excerpt

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Hi Everyone,

My book ‘Blood Magic’ is the prequel novella in my series ‘The Fire of the Soul’. It will be available for purchase on the 13th of December, 2014. To get everyone as excited as I am for the release date I am posting the first chapter as a .PDF file here exclusively.

So feel free to download the document and have fun reading as you anticipate the release!

Chapter 1

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Hi Guys,

Just a quick note. I have recently had an interview with the amazingly talented and wonderful Amanda Porter. You can check out the interview at

You can also enter a giveaway to win an e-copy of my series ‘The Fire of the Soul’. This includes ‘The Fire Within’ (Book 1) and ‘Last Ashes’ (Book 2). There are two copies being given away but the giveaway ends on the 5th so act quickly before you miss your chance.

As for the Sunday Snippets I know I’ve missed a few and not only is it because my muse is being agro lately but it’s also because of an overload of assignments being due at the same time for Uni. However now that things have been sorted out I will be bringing a new snippet this Sunday so I suggest you keep your eyes open for that.

Thank you all for your constant encouragement and support.


Sunday Snippet #4

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Hi Guys,

So its Sunday again and that means another Snippet from my WIP ‘The Eternal Flame’ is here for your enjoyment. For those who don’t know what it is it’s a snippet of 8-10 lines of any project (whether finished or in progress). This week my snippet comes from Anna’s perspective. We get to see Anna’s newest ability (fire elemental magic) in action. The snippet is from the fourth chapter of my WIP.

I can do this, I think, my mind trying to persuade itself that I am capable of doing this. I take another step forward and another. I can see the cocky grin on Matt’s face. He’s still swinging the sword around and all of a sudden whatever grief I had felt for setting him on fire the first time has completely vanished. He is no longer in pain, no longer screaming and howling from the agony of the burn and I no longer feel sorry for him. Because of that stupid, cocky grin I want to set him on fire again.

I can hear Matt taunting me, his voice sounds just as cocky as his grin looks but I try to block it out. I need to concentrate, I need to focus on that invisible well of magic within me and I need to connect to it because that is the only way that I can hope of defeating Matt. I close my hands into fists as I close my eyes. I try to find that well and as I focus I can feel it overflowing, freely giving me access to that abundance of magic. I feel it spreading out through my body, tingling every nerve, lighting every cell of my body on fire. I open my eyes and I instantly see that the grin that Matt had been sporting only seconds ago is gone. He’s staring at my hands and he seems slightly scared.

So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it and keep your eyes open for next weeks installment!

Sunday Snippet #3

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Hi Guys,

So this is my third post for Sunday Snippets. For those who don’t know what it is it’s a snippet of 8-10 lines of any project (whether finished or in progress). This week my snippet comes from Kayden’s perspective. We get to see the change in Kayden that Anna mentioned in the first Snippet. The snippet is from the third chapter of my WIP ‘The Eternal Flame’.

While my features had changed in the mirror I had involuntarily walked closer towards it but I leap back when the transformation is done and I can clearly see who I’ve become. Standing in the mirror before me is Christian Sitzman. He looks as terrified as I feel. I reach up and pull my fingers through the white hair and he mimics my actions.

I close my eyes and breathe. In and out, thought it is with an erratic rate. I urge myself to open my eyes and when I do it’s no longer Christian staring in the mirror at me but a face that I had thought was blocked in some inaccessible part of my mind. The dark brown hair and soft brown eyes are familiar but I know I’m not looking into my own eyes. There is a scar that mars the man’s left eye and his chin and cheeks are covered in a thick spray of stubble. If not for any of this I could say that I was looking at a slightly changed version of myself. The missing left ear gives away the fact that I wasn’t looking at myself. I reach up and touched the spot where his ear should be to check that the mirrors image copied mine. I collapse to my knees, suddenly weak and unable to breathe. My head is spinning in circles and I place my head on my knees and shut my eyes as I furiously try to regain some composure. When I finally look back up I can see that the image hasn’t changed again. The man meets my unsteady stare and the longer the eye contact stays the more sick I feel.

So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it and keep your eyes open for next weeks installment!

Sunday Snippets #2

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Hi Guys,

So this is my second post for Sunday Snippets. For those who don’t know what it is it’s a snippet of 8-10 lines of any project (whether finished or in progress). This week my snippet comes from my beloved little devil Christian’s perspective. He is the antagonist of the story and the snippet is from the second chapter of my WIP ‘The Eternal Flame’.

There is no noise here. Everything is shadows on the living world, an echo of the lives that we left behind. I tried to fight my way back to her, to that world but the veil had been shut, the door locked, the key thrown away. No matter how hard I fought I couldn’t go back.

I scream her name. Hope flutters inside of me when she turns around, searching the room.

“Let’s go,” He says, tugging on her arm but she doesn’t leave. I run to her, hoping she can see me, hoping she can hear me. I reach out and touch her cheek, desperately hoping she can feel my touch. She leans into my hand but there is no other reaction. It’s as if she’s turning around from me instead of reacting to my touch.

“Alright,” She whispers and I can hear the broken note in her words.

“NO!” I scream. I push at him, her lover, desperately trying to break them apart but he doesn’t budge. It’s as if I’m not even there.

So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it and keep your eyes open for next weeks installment!

Sunday Snippets #1

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Hi Guys,

I’ve been invited to join in on a group where a group of authors post a snippet of 8-10 lines of any of their projects (whether finished or in progress). So for my first week I’ll be giving you a snippet from Chapter 1 of ‘The Eternal Flame’.

“Tell me what happened that night,” He demands. His voice is just as cold as his gaze. I can’t tell him what happened. It’ll break him. You don’t know that. He’s changed, I think and I can see in his eyes that it’s true.

“What do you mean Kayden?” I ask, desperately trying to avoid the question. He shakes me violently, I don’t know whether it’s in hope it’ll shake out my delusions of avoiding the question or to shake the answer out of me.

“Don’t play games with me. You know exactly what I’m talking about,” He says. He stops shaking me so that I have the chance to speak.

“I did it. I allowed it. I thought it was necessary and somewhere inside of me, in a part of myself that I resent, I wanted it,” I say. I know it won’t calm him, not when it angers me. He release me from his grip, almost as if touching me burns him. He does it so roughly though that it knocks me back a few steps. He turns his back to me as I try to get myself standing upright.

So there it is. I hope you enjoyed it. Leave a comment and let me know what you think about it and keep your eyes open for next weeks installment!


Harajuku Kiss‏ Blog Tour Stop

Hi Guys,


I’m so excited to be hosting for Linda Hamonou. She recently released her new book ‘Harajuku Kiss’! She’s generously provided an excerpt and the trailer for her book. Take a look below at this great content!


Enjoy it!




At times, life can be so depressing. She is walking her usual recovery tour in Harajuku, finishingwith a crepe, trying to forget that her boyfriend dumped her once again for the week-end… When the unthinkable happens… A boy stops in front of her in the street and kisses her, in the middle of the street, before running away.

Trying to discover more about him, she is dragged into a dangerous game of mystery. A biologist has been murdered and a deadly virus is on the loose. First suspect: the mysterious Harajuku’s stranger.



“It’s 5.19pm, you lost,” Christa said with a large smile.

She was so excited about my misery, it was almost unbearable. Looking at my love life had become a game to her. I sighted wondering why I didn’t get my text message yet, but I couldn’t really let her win on that one. It would have felt like being dumped a second time. I tried to be brave and looked at my phone. Surprisingly, I hadn’t looked at it in a long time. Generally, I would stare at it waiting for the text, but today, after the event of the last night, working on my wave functions seemed really sweet and stress free.

“It’s only 5:17pm on my phone. Would you please be a bit patient?”

Christa stood up and came to sit near me where she stared at my phone even more than I was.

“You’re being weird again,” she said.

“How so?”

“You didn’t ask me once if I thought he was going to text or not,” she said.


I didn’t know what to say to that. If I told her I had other preoccupation, she would ask more questions. Luckily, the ring tone of my phone prevented me to have to say anything.





About the Author

Born in November 1983 in Brittany, France, Linda Hamonou spent a lot of time lost in Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels. She entered university to study physics and obtained her PhD at Queen’s University Belfast in 2009. Her studies allowed her to travel to Europe and America. She then moved to Japan and after three years doing research in Tokyo, she is currently doing a new postdoc in Sendai, Japan.




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Teaser Thursday

Hi everyone! This site has been quiet for the past couple of weeks. That is mainly because I’ve been so busy with getting ‘Last Ashes’ out to you guys. If you haven’t heard about it yet, ‘Last Ashes’ is the second book in the ‘Fire of the Soul Series’. It’s out on all ebook sites including Amazon, iBooks, Nook, Kobo and Smashwords! I’ll be starting a new thing called ‘Teaser Thursdays’ where I’ll post a 400-500 word snippet from my current WIP (Work In Progress). At the moment that is ‘The Eternal Flame’ the third and final book in the ‘Fire of the Soul Series’. This weeks is from Chapter 1 and is from Anna’s perspective. I hope you enjoy it!  

Darkness. Death. Silence. It was all I ever knew until Victor and Christian had come into my life. Despite the war we had endured, despite their hatred of each other, there had been moments of joy. Moments that I cherished, moments that were important. Moments which left memories that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Then there were moments I wish I could escape, moments that still haunt me. Memories of death that plague my mind, that wake me from my dreams in fits of panic. I search the darkness for their faces and only lay back down in a shivering mess when I realize that they are not with me in the darkness. In those moments I am powerless to think of anything else but their deaths. In my mind I can see them dying over and over again, a gruesome display of the deaths that I am responsible of. Meg, Simon, Victor and Christian. Even with Manea’s confirmation of Meg and Simon’s happiness, I can still see my father hovering around Simon’s blood-stained body, Simon’s eyes staring at me and pleading me to run. I still see my hands plunging the knife into Meg’s heart. Yes, it had been a Skin-walker but it had worn Meg’s face and I was damned to spend the rest of my life seeing that image. I still see Christian plunging the blade into Victor’s chest. I still see Christian murdering Astoria in cold blood. I still Kayden plunging the blade into Christian’s chest. I see their deaths as if were happening right in front of my eyes and the list keeps growing as I witness more. I can’t deny the emotions warring in my heart. I want revenge. I want blood. I want to avenge their deaths. I want all this because I know what I truly want, which is to have them back and alive, is impossible. I should know. I’ve tried. I tried to bring Christian back when he died. In the past week I’ve tried to bring Astoria back. I tried but failed. Even if I could try to bring Meg and Simon back I know that I won’t be able to. It’s too late to save any of them.

  So there it is, the first of many. Subscribe to my blog to keep up to date and to see next weeks teaser. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about it!

Last Ashes Upate!

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Hi Guys,

Just a quick update about my book ‘Last Ashes’ which is the second book in the ‘Fire of the Soul Series’.

I’ve finished editing and formatting the book. Links to purchase the book will be available on Amazon, Kobo, B&N, iBooks and Nook on the 29th of June. However if you want to get a free copy of the book I will be having a release party on my facebook page. I will be giving away ebooks and some swag throughout the day as well as a major prize pack of the complete series so far (paperback copies) and swag; including posters!

I hope to see you all there!


Trial of Marriage – Mini Blog Hop Stop #2

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Hi Guys,

I’ve been asked to participate in a blog stop for R. Lynn Archie who is the author of the “Trail of Marriage” series.

Trial of Marriages is a novel about romance and commitment. It’s about the struggles of a couple and their devotion to make things work in their marriage.

Despite the fact that I don’t read much of romance I have found the series interesting. R. Lynn Archie shares a fascinating story that evokes a readers empathy, sympathy and love for this couple.

R Lynn Archie has agreed to participate in an interview for me. Below is our conversation where she shares her thoughts on her series ‘Trail of Marriage’.


Racquel: Why did you decide to write ‘Trail of Marriage’?

R Lynn: The first book was my brain child. The characters and plot was constantly on my mind, especially at night when I was sleeping. It got to the point where I couldn’t ignore the desire to write and out of all my thoughts, Trial of Marriage was born.


Racquel: Book one seemed to end on a good note for Trey and Angelique. So I have to ask was there a reason why you decided to write a sequel?

R Lynn: I originally wrote it to be one book but I wasn’t ready to let go of my main character, Trey and Angelique Moretti just yet.


Racquel: I have to ask, while reading ‘Trail of Marriages 2: Sacrifices’ I was overwhelmed with sympathy for both Trey and Angelique. There seemed to be a certain focal point for the sequel. Could you let us know what that focal point is?

R Lynn: The focal point for book two is there has to be a two way line of communication because even the individual with the best intension can spiral out of control by making indecisive and wrong decisions. Book two introduces the circumstance at hand.


Racquel: I must say that the sequel ‘Trial of Marriage 2: Sacrifices’ was outstanding. Did you feel there was a driving force or motive to the direction of the story?

R Lynn: Before I even began writing Trial of Marriage 2:  Sacrifices I knew which direction the story was headed and either my readers were going to like it or be pushed off by it. Since I tend to go in the direction that feels right for me, I went with the latter and it’s something that’s not expected.


I can only say that I look forward to reading more of this talented author’s works!


If you want to grab a copy of R Lynn Archie’s novels go to her author page here

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About the Author

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From the moment I learned letters formed words, I fell in love with reading. I will read anything as long as it peaks my interest, but my preference and love will always be romance. For so long I toyed with the idea of writing my own books, only I procrastinated by pushing it to the back burner multiple times. Then one day while book searching, I had an “aha moment,” there truly was no real reason to keep delaying publishing except for the fear no one would like my writing. Once I decided I wasn’t going to let that hold me back, I made the decision to move forward and fulfill my lifelong dream of writing my own romance novel.

I also never intended to write in different genres, it just happened that way; nonetheless, the common element that combines all my books is the relationship aspect, and that is why I consider myself a romance author. It is nice having the freedom to change things up and not concentrate on just one genre. My first book Trial of Marriage (TOM Series), an interracial romance published in 2012. I recently did an edit of the story and republished it on April 30, 2014. I followed that release with a vampire themed romance called Eternal Existence, I release it in2013. My current book from the TOM series is Trial of Marriage 2:  Sacrifices; It was published on June 6.

Working a full-time job, combined with being a wife and mom, can be pretty hectic when it comes to finding writing time, but I make it work because I take pleasure in creating my works of fiction. I do have to admit, one thing that keeps me sane is laughter. I feel it’s the best medicine for taking one out of a rut. For me, every day is a precious gift, and I’m enjoying it by doing what I’m passionate about.

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