Review: Emma and the Banderwigh
Interview: Krisley Jior Castillo
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Colt by Lena Bourne
5 out of 5: Colt will keep you hot on a cold winter night.
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Six months ago I was the mistress of a powerful MC president, but I wanted out. Now I’m a slave for the nastiest biker club I’ve ever had the misfortune to know.
When a stranger rides into the bar I’m slaving in, my only goal is using him as a ticket out of here. That’s all men are good for. To use before they use you.
But he’s not like all those other guys. I could fall for this one. If I’m not careful, I’ll fall harder than I ever have. And there won’t be any standing up and walking away from that fall.
There she is, looking bored and gorgeous behind the bar, her midnight blue eyes showing me that perfect blend of wicked and nice. Her curves are just wicked. Two minutes of talking to her, and I know she’s the kind of woman you never tame. But I will try.
The only problem is, I met her while on a life and death type of job for Devil’s Nightmare MC. On any other night, I’d take her with me and never let her go. But I can’t mess up this job.
Emma and the Banderwigh by Matthew S. Cox
5 out of 5: Emma and the Banderwigh will make you believe in fae again.
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Ten-year-old Emma doesn’t believe in faerie tales or monsters that secret children away in the night–until she meets one.
She lives in a quiet village at the edge of Widowswood with her parents, her Nan, and her little brother, Tam. Ready to abandon the whimsy of childhood, she finds the boredom of chores comforting and Nan’s fanciful bedtime stories silly.
One morning, a wan and weary older girl staggers out of the woods and sets the entire town aflutter with whispers of a child-stealing monster lurking in the forest. Nan tells her of the Banderwigh: a dark soul who feeds on sorrow and drains the life from children’s tears.
Darkness comes calling on Emma’s happy home, threatening the reality to which she desperately clings. The impossible becomes more and more real, forcing Emma to reach inside herself for the ability to believe. Her family depends on it.
Inside the Mind: Krisley Jior Castillo
My interview with the author behind AURA: Revive Edition
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Lily: Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Krisley I enjoyed reading AURA. The way you open the book, the descriptions made me feel like I was watching an anime unfold. Was that intentional or do I just have anime on the brain? (note this was before I watched the trailers)
Krisley: Thank you for enjoying it! For me it was half-intentional, as AURA was always inspired by anime. But when I was writing it, I decided to make it the least anime it could be. I wanted to play to the strengths of the book format and I wasn’t confident I could translate well the more conventional anime elements and tropes. But whenever I’m reading it, I couldn’t visualize it any other way than in an anime artstyle. So I guess we both have anime on our brains ^__^
Lily: I love it. Was Ren inspired by anyone?
Krisley: Yep! His main inspirations were Kira Yamato, the protagonist from the anime Gundam SEED, and Riou, the protagonist of the PS1 Game, Suikoden II. Though it’s more like I was inspired by the situation they were put in- immature characters put in a mature situation like war.
Lily: I haven’t seen those yet, but now I need to watch them and see if I can spot your inspiration! Where did the idea for AURA spring from?