COMING SOON: Serial – Your Lies

I’m so excited about this. Really, so so excited.

This project started a while ago. I’ve been wanting to do a serialized story for a long time. After talking to the fabulous Kris Norris, we decided we were going to do it 🙂 We came up with a common theme – enemies to lovers – one of my favorites!

We’re going to be posting chapters twice a month – the 2nd and 4th Mondays. The first chapter will post next Monday 4/13. 

Kris, who is not only a fabulous author but also a brilliantly talented artist, has designed the most gorgeous covers for these stories.your lies

 


Keeping her magic secret keeps Delia Lancaster safe. That is the one truth among the lies that make up her life. Having left the safety of home for college, Delia clings to that truth. Trusting someone with her heart is difficult enough. Trusting someone with her secret? After everything she’s already lost? Next to impossible. And isn’t it just her luck that the first guy she feels any interest in just happens to be the charming and very attractive face of the anti-magic movement on campus?

His entire life, Maddock Roberts has watched his parents work to relieve magic users of the burden they carry, the disease that corrupts them. Popular and confident, Maddock finds himself a leader in the fight against magic. Eyes on the future, he’s more than ready to take up the mantle and continue the battle beyond the boundaries of campus. The last thing he needs is to be distracted by a pretty face. Particularly when everything about her—her actions, her words—makes him question everything he’s held as truth.

Working with the magic Sympathizers on campus brings Delia face-to-face with Maddock more than she wants. Physical attraction, Delia can handle, but getting to know the man behind it all…and liking what she finds? That’s a problem she doesn’t need. Despite her best efforts, she and Maddock grow closer, and keeping her secret becomes more difficult. But their fledging relationship isn’t the only thing that could be destroyed if the truth comes out. Her life is at risk, and it may already be too late to walk away.


Also, each month, I’ll be doing a giveaway – a $20 Amazon giftcard. Entering is easy peasy. All you need to do is comment on the posted chapters. At the end of the month, I’ll randomly choose a commenter as the winner. So comment on both chapters, and you’re entered twice. 🙂 Kris is doing the same, so there are lots of chances to win. 🙂

I have given a couple peeks into our heroine’s past in a couple of my flash fiction posts.

“The Lies Begin”
“Lying in Wait”


Kris’ story, Red Sky Dawning, promises to be amazing. i’ve gotten a sneak peak of the beginning…AND I WANT MORE. I know you will, too.

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In a world where magic can destroy kingdoms, there’s no greater force than the bonds of love.

Rylan, son of Roan, and heir to the throne of Ravendale, has been fighting his father’s battles since he was old enough to hold a sword. His abilities as a fire mage gave his kingdom the ultimate weapon, until he seemingly vanished. Left vulnerable, his father erected a magical barrier that has provided Ravendale with a false illusion of peace—until now.

Shunned by her own people for being born with a power no realm has witnessed in over five hundred years, Aelwyn, Princess of Aldhaven, bears the mark of the gods, themselves. Both blessed and cursed, she’s devoted her life to protecting her brother, Aelrik, until he can take his rightful place as King—and finally end the war between her kingdom and Ravendale.

But his mysterious disappearance on the eve of his coronation brings a new scheme to light—one that’s designed to thrust Aldhaven into another millennium of bloody war. Left with no other option, Aelwyn has freed the only man capable of getting her brother back—a brutal, Ravendale warrior captured a century before she was born. But his cooperation comes with a price.

Enemies by heritage, Aelwyn has to put her faith in a man whose conquests are the horrifying legends of her past. Their mission is simple—rescue Aelrik and prevent a new battle from tearing both their worlds apart. There’s just one problem—circumstances of their agreement have put Aelwyn into her enemy’s arms, and she’s seeing a different side of the man history has labeled a murderer. Knowing firsthand that claims are often wrought from fear, she can’t help but strive to see the warrior beneath the lore. The man within the monster. But falling in love is a dangerous choice—one that might break far more than just her heart.

Click the banner to learn more about Red Sky Dawning and read a teaser!

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I hope you’ll come back and read Your Lies as the story unfolds.
Hugs,
Jessyour lies banner

Wednesday Randomness: Love at First Sight, Soul Mates, Destiny?

Happy Wednesday, folks. 🙂 This week we’re talking about love at first sight, soul mates, and destiny…and whether we believe in them.

For me, the short and quick answer is no. As a writer – particularly one who writes romance – the ideas of love at first sight, soul mates and destiny are ones I love and love to work with. In real life, though, I really don’t believe in them.

Attraction at first sight, oh yeah. Love, nah.

Soul mates and destiny… I don’t believe in people being meant for each other or there’s a cosmic force bringing two people together for a greater purpose.

My belief is love and relationships aren’t magical.  They are the result of time and a whole lot of work.

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I guess that’s it from me this week. LOL Check out the other ladies’ veiw on love at first sight, soul mates and desiny.

Bronwyn Green Gwendolyn Cease | Jessica De La Rosa Kris Norris

Until next week!

Hugs,
~J

MERLIN CLUB: The Secret Sharer

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Or the One When Morgana SHOULD Figure Out Who Emrys Is But Is Written To Stupid To See What’s Right In Front Of Her

RECAP – This episode opens in Morgana’s hovel – where Greasy Agravaine has brought her after her magical throwing match with Emrys/Merlin. She tells Greasy Agravaine that someone has been telling Emrys about them and their plans. He immediately suspects Gaius – because he would be the only one who would know about the formorroh and GA is convinced Gaius was lying when he said he didn’t know anyone named Emrys. Morgana begins to plan how to get information from Gaius. 

In Camelot, we get this little gem. (Seriously watch it….morning banter, Merlin dragging Arthur out of bed…It’s lovely)

Greasy Agravaine comes in and ruins it all…

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Hey, Greasy Agravaine….

He casts suspicion on Gauis and, later, together with Arthur, they question the physicion about his views on magic. Oh wait, no, THEY don’t question him. Greasy Agravaine does and Arthur stands by and says NOTHING. And this pisses me off so much. Ugh. And GA is such a douche in this scene. I loathe that man. 

Morgana finds Alator of the Catha – a kind of warrior priest of the Old Religion. She asks him to abduct and question Gaius, offering her healing bracelet (remember that gift from Morgause?) as payment. Alator agrees and heads out to Camelot. Greasy Agravaine gets him into the castle and Gaius is taken. GA then plants evidence in Gaius’ chambers to show the older man was guilty of treason and clearly ran away. 

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Hey, Greasy Agravaine….

In the morning, Greasy Agravaine tells Arthur that Gaius was seen running away and some of his possessions are missing. Merlin protests but Arthur doesn’t listen. Gains’ chambers are searched and seriously the “evidence” planted is so obvious and ridiculous. Like Gaius is stupid enough to leave that kind of stuff laying around. But whatever, it seems to confirm Arthur’s fears.  Merlin argues, and this scene is actually lovely. One, Arthur basically tells Agravaine to let it go—not to send anyone after Gaius, and two, when Merlin is persistent and says GA is framing Gaius, Arthur pleads with him to stop. That he doesn’t want to lose another friend. 

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Gaius wakes in a cave and Morgana taunts him a bit. Gaius is determined not to give any information but looks quite terrified when he finds out that Alator is a Catha. 

Merlin sneaks into Greasy Agravaine’s chambers and finds books on sorcery and a strange substance on a pair of GA’s boots. When GA returns, Merlin hides then sneaks out, but GA sees him as he slips out the door. 

When Merlin gets back to his and Gaius’ chambers, Gwaine is waiting for him. He helps Melrin figure out the substance on the boots was iron ore and the two ride out to the only place Gwaine has seen it. 

Greasy Agravaine runs to Morgana and tells her that Merlin suspects and is out looking for Gaius. They rush out after Merlin and Gwaine. Once at the cave/mine, Morgana tells GA to kill Gaius while she takes care f Merlin and Gwaine. 

Altar’s methods have paid off, Gaius tells him about Emrys—how he is the most powerful sorcerer to walk the Earth and is destined to help Arthur unite Albion and the old and new ways. 

Gwaine finds Greasy Agravaine over Gaius, knife in hand.

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Hey, Greasy Agravaine….

Gwaine falls for GA’s bullshit about finding him unconscious and trying to help him. The two hurry to get the older man back to Camelot. 

Morgana has found Merlin and is about to kill him when Alator comes in. He says that he knows who Emrys is. Morgana demands to know who it is, and Alator responds “never”. He uses his magic staff to knock her unconscious (like that’s EVER happened in this show before :-/) He kneels before Merlin and says that he understands Merlin’s burden and he and others are willing to give their lives to help Merlin fulfill his destiny.

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Back in Camelot, Greasy Agravaine tells Arthur clearly they misjudged Gaius and ow him and Merlin an apology. 

Gaius confesses to Merlin that he told Alator everything, but Merlin assures him all is okay, that Alator wasn’t loyal to Morgana and she didn’t get anything. Arthur comes in, some banter between the boys, then he apologizes to Gaius in private. And Gaius has some words for him…

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If I’d written this episode, I would have changed…This is the point in the series that I get really pissed about how the writers write women in this series. Morgana has always been an intelligent, strong characters, but no longer. Alator all but says who Emrys is (Crouching beside Merlin, staring at him intently as he says he not only knows who Emrys is but know exactly where he is – it was pretty pointed.) and NOTHING. She doesn’t clue in. She should have figured it out. But instead, she is a flat villain obsessed and hellbent on revenge. And not so bright. And that is so stupid. So I’d go for a bit of consistency in characterization. 

Also, I’d have Arthur not be so freaking malleable and passive. Again, consistency. There is none. I’d like some. Thank you.

Thing(s) I loved about this episode—Arthur and Merlin in the morning. 🙂 How heartbroken Arthur is about Gaius and the conversation between him and Merlin. How Gaius totally (and quietly, so effectively) slaps Arthurdown for doubting him. 

But the thing I loved most? Merlin’s friendships. Not just with Arthur though that was shown, but when all the stuff is happening with Gaius, both Gwen and Gwaine seek  Merlin out. This does NOT happen enough. It’s like Merlin builds friendships and then they have some connection to Arthur and it all disappears. Once Gwen is with Arthur, her friendship with Merlin isn’t really shown all that much. Same with Gwaine – once he’s a knight, there’s no effort to show the friendship. And Gwen was friends with Merlin long before she was interested in Arthur. And Gwaine wouldn’t even have stayed in Camelot if it wasn’t for Merlin. When they were going after Arthur in Eye of the Phoenix, Gwaine says Merlin is his only friend and it was clear how highly he thought of and cared for Merlin. But now? Very little interaaction between them. So that is was shown in this episode…his two friends seeking him out when the man who is all but a father to him has disappeared…it was lovely to see and made me so happy.

Also when Gwaine comes to Merlin…that scene gives us one of my favorite outtakes, which makes me giggle every time. (The sound is slightly off, but still worth watching for a chuckle)

Thing(s) I hated about this episode—Greasy Agravaine (this will be listed every week, just so you know), Morgana’s obliviousness, Arthur’s passivity and letting GA manipulate him.

Something I never noticed about this episode before—Got nothing here this week.

Proof of some head canon I’ve created— Nothing here either. 😦 

Favorite costume—I don’t know that we ever see Merlin in this color combo again and this makes me sad because I totally did it. 

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He’s so pretty…

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What made Jen lose her shit (in a good or bad way) in this episode? Guh, I don’t know. Um, Greasy Agravaine’s inability to understand the concept of time while questioning Gauis. (Gauis says he practiced magic “a long time ago” and Agravaine immediately asks if he has recently. Um, he just said a long time ago, dumbass.)

Bron’s Merlin Club: The Secret Sharer Post
Jen’s Merlin Club: The Secret Sharer Post

Next week 12/15 at 8pm EST, we’ll be watching S04E08 “Lamia”. We’ll be on Twitter with the hastag #MerlinClub