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#37: The Shadow Prince - Stacey O'Neale (With Interview)

Stacey O'Neale lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she's not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.
Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult paranormal romance and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

Stacey loves hearing from readers. Follow her on Twitter @StaceyONeale, look for her on Facebook, Pinterest, and GoodReads. You can also visit her blog at http://staceyoneale.com/.
If you like to talk about books, tweet me. I love twitter. That's the best way to reach me.

Please tell readers about MORTAL ENCHANTMENT.
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It's the first book in a new YA paranormal romance series about elementals who live in the mortal world and the magical world of Avalon. It centers around a half mortal, half elemental sixteen-year-old girl named Kalin. She is the daughter of the air court king. The story begins when she is scheduled to move to Avalon to rule with her father. On the way, she's attacked by a fire court elemental. When she finally gets to Avalon, she discovers her father is missing. That's when things really start to get crazy for her. J

What inspired MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
I was researching faeries when I kept coming across the word elemental. I googled the name and happened to stumble upon the sixteenth century works of an alchemist named Paracelsus. He identified the four types of elementals, even giving them names. My brain started spinning with ideas, and eventually, the characters came to life.

How long did it take you to write MORTAL ENCHANTMENT?
It's hard to say. I guess the first draft took me about two months, but the revisions and edits add plenty of time to that number. I guess you could say the finished product took me about six months.

Have you written anything else?
Yes, I wrote the prequel novella to MORTAL ENCHANTMENT called THE SHADOW PRINCE. It's available everywhere for FREE. I'm currently writing the first book in an adult science fiction romance series about three alien brothers. It's fun to write an adult book since I've been focused on YA for so long.  

What are you currently reading?
City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare, Firelight by Sophie Jordan, and Triton by Anna Banks. Yeah, I like to read multiple books at a time. I'm weird, I guess. ;-)

Before you read MORTAL ENCHANTMENT, make sure you check out the FREE prequel novella, THE SHADOW PRINCE!

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission: 

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king. 

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

  • Kindle: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix Reign Publishing; 1 edition (March 4 2014)
  • ASIN: B00IT1DQX0



REVIEW:
Other than a severely abrupt ending, I liked the story. It was exciting, imaginative, and creative with cool elements that I look for in fantasy. I have to admit, at times I wasn't sure what type of breed the characters were either. I think it was about faeries, but maybe some kind of werewolves too. It didn't even matter  that I wasn't sure, I was too busy following along with the important parts to the story. Would the prince get coronated? Would Kailen die? I had to know. Well, I never did find out, I'm sure that's in book 1, but I aim to keep reading Mortal Enchantment to learn the answers.

3/5

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