170 million children are enslaved today. Will you listen?
The Herald Väktare bears a new title in the apocalyptic battle of good vs. evil: Shira Hart amnesiac.
When a black magic spell strips her of her memory, powers and identity, Shira Black Hart faces the impossible question of what matters most: who you are or who you choose to be?
With secret enemies lurking in the shadows, there is no safe haven to run to. As Brin seemingly abandons her and a new forbidden attraction flares, she must decide whether to believe what her fractured mind is telling her or to follow her traitorous heart. Xydon’s son may desire to claim the Herald Väktare for himself, but evil’s secret weapon has risen from its grave. While Shira Hart must stop the consuming tide of darkness from rising, the only enemy standing in her way is the worst adversary of them all: herself.
Here’s a special sneak peek
A furious rattling roused me from my stupor.
I blinked confusedly, trying to adjust to the blackness around me. Instead of my pillow, my head was resting on dry sands. The sun rising over the horizon told me that this definitely wasn’t my bedroom, nor was I alone in my bed.
Well, I wouldn’t say alone. The irked rattlesnake at my feet paused its rattling long enough for me to scuttle backward in alarm. It slithered off with a curse sent in my direction after I sent it a hasty apology for disturbing it. Then I was alone in the low dawn light, the dusty soil dry and sharp under my palms. I was laying completely alone in the center of a very large, open expanse of desert.
Or was I? I could hear echoes in my mind that didn’t seem to belong to me. But then they were gone. Had I imagined the whole thing? Or was I losing my mind?
How had I gotten here? I had no memory of leaving my room in my grandfather’s underground compound. Last I remembered, Brin was carrying me to bed after dozing off during a movie, pressing a kiss to my cheek. He tucked me in as I fell asleep.
As I stumbled backward, I came into a whole new kind of horror. I recognized this place. This expanse of desert was one I’d been to only once, two months before. The debris may have been gone from the landscape, but the cactuses remained singed by the fires that had burned here. I would have recognized it anywhere, my insides constricting in panic like a vice.
I was standing on the edge of the crash zone where I’d absorbed Shitheed’s life force. But it couldn’t be. He was dead. I watched him die.
Yet as the dawn spread over the morning sky, I knew without a doubt that something was still to be unearthed. The restlessness in my soul was reawakening with gusto.
It wasn’t over. Somehow I had been brought back here. The question was why and, even better, how. A thousand voices sang in my head, “It’s not over. It’s just begun…”
But what could it be? Shitheed was dead.
Or was he…
To celebrate the release of Forgotten Hart next week, Book 1 & 2 of the Vaktare of All Realms series Cursed Hart and Black Hart are on sale for .99 cents each, today only!
*Or, for Kindle Unlimited subscribers, they’re free with your membership. Snag the deal while it’s on before they go back to full price at $3.99 each!Get them while they’re 75% off!
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Lost by the Fidem. Hunted by Xydon. Her family murdered… Only one power can save them all; the power of a herald Väktare and her Protectore.
When a mysterious stranger arrives at Shira Black’s motorcycle restoration shop, trying to kidnap her and knowing her true identity, all hell breaks loose… quite literally due to her curse. Her only hope to stay free and in turn alive, is to trust two brothers to find the last of her family. To survive, they must unite their powers to evade the demonic forces of evil looking to capture her soul…
Book 3, Forgotten Hart is coming out next week February 8th, so if you haven’t started this action-packed series, you’d better start today!
Your Tuesday entertainment is here!
Join Richard H. Stephens, Fantasy Author and Christie Stratos, Psychological Suspense author, at 8 p.m. ET January 26 for a chat with me, Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel – Author and Filmmaker, bestselling sci-fi and fantasy author and president of Whatsit Productions TV.
👉 Watch live and ask questions in the chat here: bit.ly/LFLEpi3
You can learn more about the hosts here:
Richard H. Stephens (I love his Legends of the Lurker fantasy series!): http://www.richardhstephens.com/
Christie Stratos: https://linktr.ee/christiestratos
Your Christmas gift from me has arrived! As a special holiday present for all my readers, I’ve released a new Destiny in the Shadows holiday novella. It’s free to you all since I love you so much. 2020 has been a difficult year and I hope this lifts your spirits:
‘Twas the night before Christmas in the mountains of MoiRai,
A snow leopard lingered on the streets under a snowy sky,
For her three kittens were trapped in a ceiling and nobody would’ve guessed
That Dantenn would be run ragged when Michael unwittingly lets in their holiday guest…
Fans of Destiny in the Shadows will rejoice with this heartwarming Christmas tale, providing a glimpse into the mysterious village of MoiRai. Told from fan favorite, Dantenn’s point of view, it will bring a smile to your face and perhaps a few tears to your eyes this Christmas. It is best enjoyed if you have read War Machine and Slave to War first since this is set three years after the events of book two in the series.
A note from me: It was an absolute joy to write this story. Getting directly inside Dantenn’s head was fun, showing you all his point of view. I cried as I wrote the tail end of the story, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it. Part of the inspiration of the story came from the new addition to my family, a loving stray cat. All I ask is that you review it on Amazon or Goodreads if you enjoy it. All in all, I wish you a very merry Christmas and a healthy, happy New Year! God bless you.
You can nab your free copy below until December 30. Then it will return to full price at 2.99.
Download for Ereaders: https://storyoriginapp.com/…/5ef698c2-46fd-11eb-89a8…
Free December 26th Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9GKYM2/
Or for Amazon Kindle Unlimited readers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08R9GKYM2/
Also, in case you did not pick up your copy of last year’s Christmas gift, A Christmas in Caligo, I have it here for free likewise until December 30th: A Caligo Christmas: A Fairy Shifter Novella (Legends of Arestina Book 2) – Kindle edition by Heron-Heidel, Maggie Lynn, Heron Heidel, Peg. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.
Cheat sheet time! 😂 While researching for Del Muerta, I was absolutely astounded how many peeps and beta readers didn’t know this! So herewith as bonus content for you guys, I present your Military Alphabet Code cheat sheet 😉📚💀
Feel free to share! How, if ever, have you used this code? Comment below!
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In this episode we talk to Maggie Lynn about her journey to authorship and some of the steps she takes to find her audience. She dives deep into programs she uses as well as her understanding of Amazon and social media algorithms. You don’t want to miss it! As always, find us on social and let us what you thought.
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I’m back, bitches. Put up the blaster shields because Maggie Lynn is back in power. Er, has power. You get the idea 😂 Thanks to all the out of state power crews that came to the rescue and to all the lovely indie books that kept me occupied when I wasn’t writing by candlelight.
I spent the last few days fuming. The power put me back a week on Del Muerta. I was literally one chapter away from completion of editing when – dun, dun, dun. The power went black. Still, while I was waiting, I finished the paper daft of Blood War. It worked out. A few trees down but we’re good. How are you all? Safe I hope?
Either way, I’m hoping for a good Autumn launch period this Fall. I’m thinking a release for Forgotten Hart in September, the release for Del Muerta on November first (El Dia de Los Muertos), and sometime around Christmas, both Blood War and the next (though still untitled) Wings of Caligo novel. I’m so excited for them all.
Needless to say, I’ll be taking signups ARC readers for my street team in advance since a few spots opened up, so make sure to either comment, DM or email me for the details.
It’s gonna be an exciting Fall. Stay tuned, for there will be blood… 😉
– Maggie Lynn
This book had such potential, but unfortunately fell disappointingly short. That said, I won’t trash it entirely. The novel kept me reading, even though at times I was scratching my head with the inconsistencies and sudden, impromptu twists. The story had intricate elements which were at best intriguing, but at many points did not cohesively mesh together.
1 – Pacing issues. For 800 pages, perhaps the story would’ve gripped the audience more securely if things had been sped up. I do not know if the book was rushed in its editing period, but I felt as though at minimum 200 pages might have been trimmed down even further, if not removed entirely.
2 – When twists surfaced in the plot, I often felt they had not been properly set up for the reader. They came without warning and sometimes felt out of character for the person in question. Perhaps more foreshadowing would’ve aided the transitions and actions.
3 – The copious amount of swearing, and mostly at the beginning of the novel, felt as if it cheapened the writing. Having read Maas’ other works, I know how well she can write without resorting to that measure. They began to feel like a crutch to support the story, especially since about halfway through the book, less expletives were used by the characters. That character inconsistency there made it feel as if they were unnecessary and added only for shock effect.
Note: I’ve read and enjoyed many books where the characters swore (and far more copiously and colorfully than in this one), but it seemed natural for them to do so. The usages in this dialogue seemed unnecessary and forced.
4 – The allusions to banging everyone in the bathroom only added to that ‘cheapened’ effect. And considering everyone knows that Maas’ previous adult books have been loaded with sex scenes and pulled them off without devaluing the story or the characters (Rhysand and Feyre being deliciously sinful examples), it was disappointing.
When the two protagonists finally did get around to their love scene, all the other references to meaningless sex had already burned out the powerful effect of a good romance scene. It’d already weakened the moment to the point it didn’t stand out at all between the two of them and felt like more of the same we’d already read. It made the attraction less meaningful. In this sense, a double positive equalled a dismal double negative.
5 – Character issues. Much of the character building was lovely and very well done. The devastation of many of the events was very well expressed and brought sympathy for the characters. But again, things would often surface that did not feel consistent.
(SPOILER) Hunt, for example, as a trained soldier, was unrealistically unaware of his surroundings at times. When he was ambushed twice, it felt as though he deserved it for being so lax about monitoring the goings on around him. I’ve known soldiers, and they keep their eyes open so to speak. It was out of character for him and his skill set.
When the novel finally did get to the climax, the story exploded. The last 150 pages were fantastic and kept my attention flawlessly. Everything was action packed and it leapt off the page. I only wish the beginning half or more of the novel matched it. The few glimmers of action in the beginning and middle act of the book were promising, but did not keep up the momentum. If they had, the story would’ve been outstanding. They felt like two different books entirely, but with the same characters.
I almost feel as if this book would’ve benefited from more time spent being edited and smoothed out. All the elements of a sizzling best seller were there, but the potential for it was seemingly unreached. Having read Maas’ other works, this novel could’ve surpassed them entirely. Unfortunately, it did not.
All I can hope is that these kind of issues will not plague the next in this series. Or the next book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Silver Flames, which is set to release next January.
Regretfully, 3 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️
– Maggie Lynn Heron-Heidel
If you enjoy Urban Fantasy action and romance series, you may instead enjoy:
Cursed Hart: Book 1 in the Vaktare of All Realms series, TOP TEN FINALIST FOR BEST URBAN FANTASY 2019 – CAFFIENATED FANTASY AWARDS. –