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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The Sisters of Reckoning by Charlotte Nicole Davis




ASIN ‏ : ‎ B08GZXVXXL
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Tor Teen (August 10, 2021)
Publication date ‏ : ‎ August 10, 2021
Language ‏ : ‎ English

Praise for THE SISTERS OF RECKONING

Featured in Teen Vogue

“Populated by a unique and diverse collection of characters that you will immediately fall in love with, this is a novel that will make you think, make you feel, and make you cry out, 'glory to the reckoning'.” ―Lauren Shippen, author of The Infinite Noise: A Bright Sessions Novel

“Davis has a knack for effortlessly tying in character development to the fast-moving plot. Readers will enjoy meeting and continuing to get to know the diverse cast[.] This book is hard to put down and readers will be inspired by its ending...Perfect for fans of Snowpiercer and Firefly.” ―School Library Journal


The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set commercial fantasy adventure.

The Good Luck Girls are free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta's landmasters and debt slavery.

When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.

But will Arketta's dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?
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Photo Credit: Brett Pruitt

Charlotte Nicole Davis is the author of The Good Luck Girls, a young adult fantasy novel releasing in Fall 2019 with Tor Teen. A graduate of The New School’s Writing for Children MFA program, Charlotte loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. She currently lives in Brooklyn with a cat with a crooked tail.

       
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Monday, July 26, 2021

Lindsay Cameron Interview - Just One Look


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Lindsay Cameron worked as a corporate lawyer for many years in Vancouver and New York City before leaving the law behind to write books. Her first novel, Biglaw, was published in 2015. Just One Look is her suspense debut. She lives in New York City where she is currently at work on her next book.

        



Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ballantine Books (July 27, 2021)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0593159055
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0593159057


Praise for JUST ONE LOOK

"I inhaled Just One Look. I was going to read one chapter, then one chapter became the whole thing. YUM." Caroline Kepnes, New York Times bestselling author of the You series

“A brilliantly addictive exploration of modern loneliness and obsession, with hints of The Girl on the Train.” —
Helen Monks Takar, author of Precious You

“Lindsay Cameron has penned a relentlessly gripping and cunning tale of the new Pandora’s box—the inbox. Just One Look had me promising myself just one more chapter, just one more page, just one, until—oops—I was done.” —Chandler Baker, New York Times bestselling author of Whisper Network

“Will leave you chilled to the bone.” —PopSugar

“You will be obsessed after the first paragraph. Lindsay Cameron has created an unforgettable character who beckons from the pages until you’ve devoured her every last word. Just One Look is a delicious and irresistible read!” —Liv Constantine, internationally bestselling author of The Last Mrs. Parrish

“Lindsay Cameron takes obsession to a whole new level and I am here for it! With each twist, Just One Look becomes more intriguing, more shocking, and more fascinating.” —Samantha Downing, bestselling author of My Lovely Wife

“Just One Look is addictive and compulsive, with a wicked sense of humor. Clear your diary, because once you start reading it, you won’t want to put it down.” —Emma Rous, author of The Au Pair

“Bitingly modern and totally addictive, Just One Look is a juicy entry into the unhinged-women canon. I loved it—it’s propulsive, surprising, and deeply creepy. With wry prose and deliciously wicked twists, Lindsay Cameron’s suspense debut is the freshest take on stalker fiction since You.” —Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd

“Gripping, darkly funny, and razor-sharp . . . a brilliant suspense debut, with a multifaceted, sympathetic heroine to root for (no matter how devious she may seem), and a perfectly paced sinister plotline. I could not tear my eyes away for a second.” —Samantha M. Bailey, author of Woman on the Edge

“Fast paced and thrillingly tense, Just One Look is a terrifying tale of obsessive love that will have you changing all your passwords.”—Kimberly Belle, author of Stranger in the Lake

“A highly entertaining narrative that positively sparkles with wit and insight into the mind of a young woman with much promise, hobbled by self-doubt yet insanely pursuing an impossible dream. This is the author’s suspense debut, and it succeeds wildly. Highly recommended for all collections.” —Booklist (starred review)

“[An] entertaining, seamless story about obsession, stalking, and revenge . . . Cameron skillfully makes the unlikable Cassie sympathetic, even as her propensity for anger and violent fantasies grows. The twist-filled plot contains myriad surprises. Psychological thriller fans will be more than satisfied.” —Publishers Weekly



Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
I think storytelling is a powerful tool for gaining new perspectives and fostering empathy for all types of different people. There is no better way to walk in someone else’s shoes and see the world from another point of view. I read somewhere that people who read fiction are more empathetic and more in tune to social cues of others, so the world clearly needs more stories!

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Probably getting a starred review from Booklist which is the publication of the American Library Association. I spent a lot of time inside libraries growing up, so to receive such a high honor and read the words “highly recommend for all collections,” my heart was very full.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m fairly superstitious and don’t go into details about current projects, but it will be another suspense novel. More to come soon!

Can you tell us when you started JUST ONE LOOK, how that came about?
I started writing the book in 2018, but the idea had been percolating in the back of my mind for many years. The seed of the idea came when I was a lawyer at a law firm in New York. There was a group of temp attorneys who were reviewing achieved emails related to a large lawsuit and, as the result of a glitch, entire inboxes of multiple lawyers were mistakenly included in review folders. After the error was discovered, the rumor mill churned as to whose emails had been read, what was written, and what the fallout would be. The anxiety that filled the air of the hallways was thick and it struck me that the fear of someone accessing your inbox was probably up there with someone breaking into your home. Our inboxes can contain an entire blueprint of our lives. And, because I love a good thriller, I started to wonder what would happen if that blueprint fell into the wrong hands…

TEN FACTS ABOUT JUST ONE LOOK
  • 1. It’s my suspense debut.
  • 2. The original title for the book was “Discovery.” (but now I like Just One Look much better!)
  • 3. It received a starred review from Booklist.
  • 4. The idea for the book came to me over 10 years ago, but I didn’t start writing the book until much later.
  • 5. I lost count of how many drafts I wrote.
  • 6. The ending of the book is very different than what it was in the first draft.
  • 7. I wrote a lot of this book while sitting in Starbucks, so a few of the character’s names are names that I heard being called out by baristas for drink orders. It’s actually a good place to be if you want to hear a lot of different names!
  • 8. So many of my favorite authors read early copies and wrote amazing blurbs for the book.
  • 9. Publishers Weekly said “the twist-filled plot contains myriad surprises.”
  • 10. It will likely make you want to change all of your passwords!
What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
I love a book that’s hard to put down, so my goal was to make Just One Look a real page-turner. I hope readers are thinking that they want to read just one more chapter…just one more chapter…just one chapter…until they realize they’ve read the whole thing in one sitting. And they enjoyed every minute.

What part of Cassie did you enjoy writing the most?
Cassie can be a little snarky inside her head and I loved writing that side of her. It brought a little comic relief to balance out some of her darker thoughts.


A young woman's escalating obsession with a seemingly perfect man leads her down a dangerous path in this novel of suspense brimming with envy, desire, and deception.

Eyes aren't the windows to the soul. Emails are.

Cassie Woodson is adrift. After suffering an epic tumble down the corporate ladder, Cassie finds the only way she can pay her bills is to take a thankless temp job reviewing correspondence for a large-scale fraud suit. The daily drudgery amplifies all that her life is lacking--love, friends, stability--and leaves her with too much time on her hands, which she spends fixating on the mistakes that brought her to this point.

While sorting through a relentless deluge of emails, something catches her eye: the tender (and totally private) exchanges between a partner at the firm, Forest Watts, and his enchanting wife, Annabelle. Cassie knows she shouldn't read them. But it's just one look. And once that door opens, she finds she can't look away.

Every day, twenty floors below Forest's corner office, Cassie dissects their emails from her dingy workstation. A few clicks of her mouse and she can see every adoring word they write to each other. By peeking into their apparently perfect life, Cassie finds renewed purpose and happiness, reveling in their penchant for vintage wines, morning juice presses, and lavish dinner parties thrown in their stately Westchester home. There are no secrets from her. Or so she thinks.

Her admiration quickly escalates into all-out mimicry, because she wants this life more than anything. Maybe if she plays make-believe long enough, it will become real for her. But when Cassie orchestrates a "chance" meeting with Forest in the real world and sees something that throws the state of his marriage into question, the fantasy she's been carefully cultivating shatters. Suddenly, she doesn't simply admire Annabelle--she wants to take her place. And she's armed with the tools to make that happen.

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you LINDSAY CAMERON for making this giveaway possible.
3 Winners will receive a Copy of JUST ONE LOOK by Lindsay Cameron
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Friday, July 23, 2021

Breakaway by Craig Alanson




Listening Length: 19 hours and 22 minutes
Author: Craig Alanson
Narrator R.C. Bray
Audible.com Release Date: June 01, 2021
Publisher: Podium Audio
Program Type: Audiobook
ASIN B08XGH8B79

Best Sellers Rank #143 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Military Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Space Opera Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#4 in Military Science Fiction (Books)


The Expeditionary Force saga continues with Breakaway, the eagerly awaited sequel to number-one Audible-ranked and New York Times best-selling Brushfire, from an epic sci-fi writer at the top of his game. Join the millions of listeners who have enjoyed R.C. Bray’s hilarious portrayal of Joe, Skippy, The Merry Band of Pirates and so many other unforgettable characters.

The Merry Band of Pirates offered the bad guys a ceasefire. We won’t mess with them, if they don’t mess with us. Easy, right?

No.

The aliens chose to do things the hard way. So, the Pirates are racing around the galaxy to clean up the threat to Earth. The infant UN Navy has their own mission with the Alien Legion: get humanity some allies in the fight. And the Ethics & Compliance Office might have to do something...ethical. Unless they can find a way around it.

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Photo Content from Craig Alanson

Craig Alanson used to create financial reports for a large IT services company. Writing fiction at nights and on weekends, he finally independently published three novels on Amazon. Within 6 months of his first ebook release, he was able to quit his day job and pursue a full-time writing career. The breakout success of Columbus Day (Expeditionary Force, Book 1) reached new heights when Podium Audio released it in audio format, narrated by Audie Award Winner R.C. Bray. The Columbus Day audiobook was a huge hit, and a finalist for an Audie Award as Audiobook of the Year. 

The ExForce series, as it is known to fans, has gone on to 10 books/audiobooks, many of which have hit the NYT best-seller list, with a 11th book releasing June 2021 and 14 books planned. Craig has also published a spin-off series, ExForce: Mavericks; an ExForce audio drama, Homefront; a fantasy trilogy, Ascendent; and a young adult space opera, Aces. Craig lives in Virginia with his wife, who loves him even though he perpetually refuses to clean the garage.
        
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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Susan Schoenberger Interview - The Liability of Love


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Susan Schoenberger is the award-winning author of A Watershed Year and The Virtues of Oxygen. With a linotypist as a grandfather, she has ink in her blood and worked as a journalist and copyeditor for many years, including The Baltimore Sun and 12 years with The Hartford Courant. She currently serves as Director of Communications at Hartford Seminary, a graduate school with a focus on interfaith dialogue. She lives in West Hartford, Connecticut, with her husband Kevin. They have three grown children and a small dog named Leo.

        



Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
Storytelling is how we learn what it means to be human. The experiences I offer in a story might help you understand your own experiences, or put your experiences into a different context. Artists of all kinds are trying to tap into the universal by telling a specific story, whether it’s on a canvas, in a song, through dance, or in a novel.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I used to think I would love being the author at the podium, reading from my work or talking about the writing process. But it’s been much more rewarding to hear from readers who find resonance in something I’ve written. I save every one of those emails, which mean much more to me than a Goodreads or Amazon review, even though I’m supposed to ask for those.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’ve started a novel about a hyperpolyglot, someone who speaks an extraordinary number of languages. It might end up being about something very different, though. I’m never sure where my stories are going to go.

Can you tell us when you started THE LIABILITY OF LOVE, how that came about?
I started writing this book in 2014, just after I finished my second novel. I had an idea about rewriting The Wizard of Oz with a male character in the lead, but it evolved into something completely different. It was originally called Under the Rainbow.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
On one level, I don’t want them to think about the writing. I want them to get swept up in the story and turn pages to see what happens. But on another level, I want them to enjoy the sentence structure, the metaphors, and the word choices that mean so much to me as a writer. So maybe read it twice?

What part of Margaret did you enjoy writing the most?
Margaret is a complicated character. She’s not someone you love right away, and I struggled a bit to make her relatable. I most enjoyed working on her scenes toward the end of the book when she takes back some measure of control.

Did you learn anything from writing THE LIABILITY OF LOVE and what was it?
I learned a ton from writing this book, mainly that I will never be able to stick to an outline, no matter how much I think it works.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
That’s a great question. I would introduce the character Fitz from The Liability of Love to the character Owen Meany from John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany, one of my favorite novels. Physically, they’re opposites – Fitz is too big for his age, Owen too small for his. But temperamentally, I think there are some great parallels. Both have huge hearts and a sense of destiny.

TEN REASONS TO READ THE LIABILITY OF LOVE
  • 1) It received a starred Kirkus review, which means “highly recommended.”
  • 2) I spent six years writing it.
  • 3) You will fall in love with Margaret, Fitz, Douglas, and Brenda, the four characters who tell the story.
  • 4) It’s set in Hartford, CT, a hotbed of liability (the Insurance Capital of the World).
  • 5) It’s set mainly in the 1980s, so you can feel superior about the fashion.
  • 6) It’s not too long (284 pages).
  • 7) You’ll get a kick out of Ollie and Tiffany, Margaret and Douglas’s oddball neighbors.
  • 8) Per the Kirkus Review, it’s full of “pithy observational gems.”
  • 9) It’s coming out in July, so “beach read.”
  • 10) It’s funnier than it might appear.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
That the only thing I can control is the writing. So many other aspects of being an “author” have nothing to do with whether or not a book succeeds, or whether it’s even published.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Attempt to read Ulysses.

Best date you've ever had?
Probably hiking Mount Washington with the boyfriend who would eventually become my husband.

What was the first job you had?
When I was 14, I worked in a bus terminal cafeteria. We would play board games until a bus came in, then we would work like mad, clean up, and go back to the board games.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
That would be three incidents – the births of my children. Even though they’re grown, I think differently as a parent than I would have without them.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
The lake district of Patagonia in Argentina.

What were you doing the last time you really had a good laugh?
Talking to a friend with cancer. When life is precarious, laughter seems like the only thing that matters.

First Heartbreak?
A middle school crush who didn’t know I was alive.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never loved before?
If you’ve read anything I’ve ever written, you’d know the answer is true love.
 

Margaret Carlyle is searching for an epic love as she heads to college in 1979 after the loss of her beloved mother to cancer. When a charismatic boy named Anders rapes her on their first date, she wants nothing more than to forget it ever happened. But as the years pass, each life decision she makes seems driven by what happened that night.

When Anders becomes famous as an actor, Margaret can no longer ignore her past--and she must make choices that will affect everyone around her, most notably her husband, Douglas, and Fitz, the man who has loved her patiently since college.

This deeply moving novel is a window into class and privilege, the mysteries of marriage, and the destructive power of secrets--and an examination of what happens when we try to bury the past, as well as the consequences of confronting it.
You can purchase The Liability of Love at the following Retailers:
        

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Thank you SUSAN SCHOENBERGER for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of The Liability of Love by Susan Schoenberger.

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Andrew Rowe Interview - The Torch that Ignites the Stars


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Andrew Rowe was once a professional game designer for awesome companies like Blizzard Entertainment, Cryptic Studios, and Obsidian Entertainment. Nowadays, he's writing full time. When he's not crunching numbers for game balance, he runs live-action role-playing games set in the same universe as his books. In addition, he writes for pen and paper role-playing games.
      


Listening Length: 17 hours and 21 minutes
Author: Andrew Rowe
Narrator: Nick Podehl
Audible.com Release Date: May 11, 2021
Publisher: Podium Audio
Program Type: Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language: English
ASIN: B08VS9F2BG

Winner of the 2020 Stabby Award for Best Self-Published/Independent Novel
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Why is storytelling so important for all of us?
This is going to vary from person to person. For some, it’s pure escapism — a means of getting out of their reality in order to find safety or entertainment. For some, it can serve as a social or bonding activity. For still others, it purely a mental exercise, a way of imagining people and situations outside of a normal day-to-day context.

One important element of all these is it can allow people to conceptualize things outside their usual day-to-day life. This can help people learn about things they might not be otherwise exposed to — other religious belief systems, other political systems, or things like the marginalization of groups the reader doesn’t belong to.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
It’s hard to pick just one, but I don’t think anything could make me prouder than seeing how happy my parents were the first time I could hand them a signed book.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m currently wrapping up a secret novella project. After that, I have several things in the works. The first item on my agenda is the fourth Arcane Ascension book, but beyond that, I’m working on my fourth Weapons & Wielders book and a variety of other new novels. I’ve described one of them as a combination between Peter Pan and a Chinese cultivation novel, for example, and another focuses on the background of one of my most famous side characters.

Can you tell us when you started THE TORCH THAT IGNITE THE STARS, how that came about?
Torch is the third book in one of my interconnected series. Since it’s a sequel, the genesis was fairly straightforward: it picks up right where the second Arcane Ascension book left off. The most notable distinction is that I chose to set the book during the vacation between the semesters at the university the protagonists attend, which was set up in the ending of the second book, but it’s a bit of a controversial choice. I used it as a chance to explore some parts of the characters and world that wouldn’t work as effectively while the characters were on the campus, but the structural change from writing a “winter vacation” book was too significant for some readers.

​What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
That depends on the context of any given scene, really. I try to explore a broad variety of different themes in my works. In general, though, I have a lot of content related to things like neurodivergence, found family, corruption in power structures, dehumanization, general ethics (in both real world and fantasy contexts), flaws in educational systems, and how magic might be explored by society in a setting where it’s able to be studied and quantified.

Which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book 1 and in what way have they changed?
Corin, my central protagonist, is gradually learning to heal from many years of abuse. He’s figuring out who he can trust and how to value himself, his abilities, and his own accomplishments.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I think Corin would benefit immensely from meeting a warm and genuine superhero, like All Might from My Hero Academia.

TEN FAVORITE FANTASY WORLDS
  • a. I’ll never stop loving Hyrule from the Legend of Zelda games. It’s basically my childhood home.
  • b. Similarly, I’ve always had a soft spot for the Lufia franchise. Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals had some iconic characters, moments, and imagery that I’ll never forget.
  • c. Star Trek generally shows us a better future, where humanity has generally worked to build a post-scarcity, post-ethnic world. I see it as a positive, heartwarming potential future, especially TNG-era trek. (Yes, it’s generally considered sci-fi, but I don’t draw a hard line there, and entities like Q are basically magic.)
  • d. Final Fantasy 7 was hugely influential on the JRPG genre as a whole, popularizing the urban fantasy with magic mix that helped shape numerous works to come. I’m also thrilled with how they’ve been handling the remake.
  • e. More recently, the recent games in the Legend of Heroes franchise (from Trails in the Sky forward) have shown a similar magi-tech style setting to Final Fantasy 7, but with vastly more world building over the course of more than ten games in the same general universe and timeframe. From this, we get numerous perspectives on the setting, tech development, different counties, etc. I consider it a major inspiration.
  • f. Warcraft was hugely influential on my early writing career and I’ll always have a soft spot for it.
  • g. The manga/anime Hunter x Hunter has one of the best magic systems I’ve ever read, and I’d consider it a huge inspiration for how I think about magic in general.
  • h. The manhwa Tower of God is one of the best examples of the “tower climbing” genre that Arcane Ascension belongs to and serves as one of my many sources of inspiration for it, alongside earlier inspirations like the SaGa games, Tower of Druaga, etc.
  • i. Sarah Lin’s The Brightest Shadow has a setting with a beautiful deconstruction of the traditional hero vs. dark lord narrative, where both are absolutely terrifying forces of nature. I wouldn’t want to live there, but it’s an amazing setting.
  • j. One of my recent favorites is the setting for Forge of Destiny. It’s an incredibly well-developed world based on Chinese xianxia fiction, but with some western influences as well. Everything about the world and the magic helps stimulate my imagination.
Tell me about a favorite event of your childhood.
I used to love going out to live-action role-playing games with my friends. One of my best experiences was my first time carpooling with friends up to a game across the state and getting totally immersed in a new role-playing environment.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Rethink their biases.

Best date you've ever had?
Most of my favorite dates have involved simply reading something with my partner and trying to guess what is going to happen next, analyze what the protagonist should be doing in any given situation, etc.

What was the first job you had?
Writing for role-playing game books for White Wolf. I used that experience to work my way into working full-time in the gaming industry, then circled back around to books later in my career.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
Realizing that virtually every major hero I’d grown up with was a straight white male.

Which would you choose, true love with a guarantee of a heart break or have never
loved before?

I think true love is generally an absurd concept that puts a specific style of romantic love on a pedestal. Love comes in many forms, many of which require investment and work. Love can be mutual and blissful, but it’s generally messy. I generally don’t have a lot of interest in stories about true love.

Where can readers find you?
The easiest place is my blog, andrewkrowe.wordpress.com. I’m also extremely active on reddit, especially on r/climberscourt and r/progressionfantasy.


After concluding their first year at Lorian Heights, Corin and his friends catch a train from their native Valia to the distant country of Caelford.

For most, this would be a simple vacation. Corin has other plans:
  • Meet Anabelle Farren, the eccentric owner of Farren Labs, and learn about artificial attunements.
  • Seek out Warren Constantine, a previous Arbiter, for training and a potential alliance.
  • Find the visage Ferras herself to seek a cure for Sera's condition.
Of course, Corin is Corin, and there's absolutely no chance he's going to be able to stick to a list. Even if he miraculously developed a sense of focus, he isn't the only one with plans....

The Blackstone Bandit. Everyone's favorite mysterious book entity. The aforementioned Farren. A vacationing professor. The mirror of a figure from Keras' past. When their plots intersect, Corin and his friends are, predictably, stuck at the center.

It's going to be a long vacation.

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