Author: Marianne Curley

Best known for her international, award-winning series The Guardians of Time, which is now four books - The Named, The Dark, The Key and THE SHADOW. Her other books include the internationally acclaimed Old Magic and The Avena Series - Hidden, Broken and Fearless. Marianne is currently working on her new Young Adult Paranormal Fantasy, and Young Adult Contemporary Fiction.

ATTENTION BLOGGERS AND REVIEWERS

THE GUARDIANS OF TIME SERIES, BOOK IV

The Shadow
Marianne Curley

The battle is over. The war is won. The prophecy complete.

But life can’t just pick up where it left off for Ethan. Struggling to cope with the death of his soulmate, at odds with his friends in the Guard, he finds himself adrift, jumping at shadows and sensing someone who can’t possibly be there.

Blaming herself for Lathenia’s death, Jesilla swears to avenge her mother and fulfil her final plans. But she hadn’t planned to fall in love. And that leaves her with an impossible choice – should she follow her heart, or the parental strings of a Goddess short on praise but high on expectation that continues to pull on her from the grave?

The Guard and the Order battle through the past and into an impossible future where darkness lurks at every step.

Released on March 10, 2018, the long-awaited fourth book in The Guardians of Time Series is now available on NetGalley for interested Bloggers to review. Just click on The Shadow cover below for a direct link, and please leave an honest review.

Two years in the planning and twelve in the making, Marianne Curley intended to write the fourth book to The Guardians of Time Series immediately after the release of the The Key in 2004, but that was the same year Marianne was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, bone marrow cancer, and had to take time off to have a stem-cell, bone marrow transplant. It was eight years before Marianne returned to the publishing world with a new trilogy, inspired by her health experience called The Avena Series. Today, Marianne is fourteen years cancer free, and her new book, The Shadow, fulfils a long-awaited promise to both herself and her readers.

Email: marianne.curley7@gmail.com
Web: https://mariannecurley7.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarianneCurleyAuthor/

Old Magic 

The Named | The Dark | The Key | The Shadow 

Hidden | Broken | Fearless

Counting Down – Six Days to the Release of THE SHADOW

FireworksI can’t believe after all this time there are only six days until The Shadow is unleashed on the world. It seems surreal that next weekend, on Saturday, The Shadow will be available for purchase. It could be in your hands in one week’s time. In e-book or paperback, The Shadow will be selling from most bookstores, predominantly Amazon and other online stores in whatever country you happen to live. And all I can say right now is… happy reading everyone. But, wait, there’s more I want to tell you.

 

 NEWSFLASH!!!    NEWSFLASH!!!

For all of you Spanish readers, I have wonderful news. I recently made an arrangement with an awesome Spanish translator who will begin working on translating The Shadow into Spanish beginning this coming April. I will keep you informed of her progress, but all going well, the Spanish translation of Guardians Four, The Shadow, could be available late in 2018 or thereabouts.

I’m still looking for translators in other countries  too, where The Guardians of Time books have become well-loved. Some of these countries include Germany, Turkey, Poland, Finland, Russia and of course the Czech Republic. Drop me a message  if you are a professional translator and native to one of these countries. Email is best for me: marianne.curley7@gmail.com.

Speaking of people I’m looking for, if you are a Blogger  who has also read the Guardians of Time Books 1, 2 and 3, and would like to review The Shadow, you can now go to NetGalley and download an e-book edition in exchange for an honest review. If you have any problems finding The Shadow on NetGalley, email me privately for a direct link.

Plenty more to come in the final days of this countdown, so stay tuned.

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A Page from The Shadow in Isabel’s View

THE GUARDIANS OF TIME SERIES, BOOK IV

THE SHADOW

Marianne Curley

The countdown continues, with only 14 days left until The Shadow is released on March 10, 2018.

The battle is over.  The war is won.  The prophecy complete.

Isabel

The Shadow Cover Every time I look at Ethan my heart aches. He’s so broken up, it’s killing him. And I foresaw Rochelle’s death in a vision. I knew how it was going to happen, just not when. I should have stayed closer to her. I would have recognized signs. She’d still be alive today if I’d done my job right. I can’t let it go. The guilt is eating at me.
    Then there’s Arkarian keeping things from me. Where did he go these last few days? Why doesn’t he let me into his personal life? Doesn’t he trust me anymore? Love and trust go together. Without one, the other doesn’t exist.
    Jimmy waits until we have our backpacks on and hard hats fastened before he starts the lift. With the door shut, a mildew smell makes me want to hold my breath. The lift drops only a few meters before it jerks to a sudden stop, knocking us against each other. Dust fills the cabin space and hangs in the air. As Jimmy gets the lift going again Neriah’s hand reaches for mine.
    A sudden bright light that has nothing to do with being in a bumpy, fast-dropping lift flashes before my eyes, making my head throb. I groan, alarming both Neriah and Jimmy. I lift my hands to indicate that I’m all right, but the light rapidly becomes too bright to bear and the ache so fierce I tug at my hard-hat needing to get it off, but my fingers struggle with the fastener.
    ‘Whoa there, girl. Let me do that.’ Jimmy gets it off fast.
    ‘What’s happening, Jimmy?’ Neriah asks, worried.
    I don’t hear his reply as my legs suddenly give out from under me. But he knows. I’m getting a vision. And as the white light surrounding me dims, my eyes roll up and I get a sense of falling backwards into another place, far, far away.

THE SHADOW – available in Paperback & E-book, is out in 14 days

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Marianne’s books:
Old Magic |The Named |The Dark |The Key| Hidden |Broken |Fearless  The Shadow

 

The Countdown Begins to the Release of: THE SHADOW

The Shadow Cover After a glitch on Amazon that was entirely of my own making that saw six lucky readers purchase their copy of The Shadow early, the countdown now begins to the official release of The Guardians of Time Book 4 – The Shadow.

The Shadow will be released on March 10, 2018. That’s a countdown of only 26 days from today. So after the long wait for it, the fourth book in the Guardians of Time Series  will arrive in only 26 days. 

You will be able to purchase The Shadow in paperback and as an e-book at all the usual places. I’ll have more details as the date draws nearer. So mark your calendars and start ticking off the days, the next instalment of The Guardians of Time Series is about to land. 

It’s so exciting that even my dog Pixie could hardly drag her eyes off a copy of the proof. I had to call her a dozen times before she would look at me. 

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Remember you can find me on the links below, and please also remember to share this post so we can spread the word that The Shadow is arriving in bookstores on the 10th day of March, 2018. 

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A Scene Adapted from Old Magic by Marianne Curley

Hi Everyone

Some years ago, a producer named Sarah Usmen, a recent graduate at the time from a film school  in the US, approached me about making a film of Old Magic. She had very little financing to pull it off but she had enthusiasm and friends, mostly other graduates, who were happy to work on the movie just for the experience. They wrote a good script, held auditions for the roles of Kate and Jarrod, and with the idea of finding more funding, they filmed a scene.

The scene takes place after Jarrod is hurt in the classroom on his first day when a shard of jagged glass flies across the room and lodges in his arm. Kate volunteers to take him to Sick Bay but ends up taking him to her place.

Unfortunately the film didn’t go ahead and this clip is the only scene that was made. See what you think of it and feel free to let me know your thoughts. The Old Magic Adaptation Original Scene is on YouTube under the name of Queens of Waban.

There have been several offers to make my books into movies, and even a TV show, but unfortunately nothing has come of them yet. This scene is the closest any of my books have come to the silver screen.

Guardians of Time Book Four Notice

The Guardians of Time Book Four will be released within the next few months. A confirmed release date and the title will be announced very soon. Keep watching this space for more details.

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“Hidden” Surprise Book Trailer

Hi everyone

I had a lovely surprise today when I was updating and checking on my writing playlists on YouTube and a book trailer appeared in my side feed. All it said was this: “http://www.ravenswood.nsw.edu.au student-made book trailer.” This was accompanied by an image of a girl’s face in black and white. Over the years readers have surprised me with their sometimes extremely moving comments, and such things as dedicated art works, book covers, further chapters, and even complete sequels, as you may remember from one of my past featured blogs. Below is a cover for Old Magic that I love. It has a rich authentic Medieval look. It was designed by Jessica Castillo and the story behind it can be found at Jessica’s page here: Jessica Castillo’s Old Magic Cover

Old Magic Cover designed by Jessica Castillo

The Hidden book trailer caught my eye and when I viewed it, I couldn’t find the creator’s name other than “RavoLRC”. I would like to let the student who created this trailer know that I love her work and I sincerely hope she received a high mark for it. In case you’re wondering how I know the student was female, it’s because the project was from the school called Ravenswood in New South Wales, an all-girl high school.

If this book trailer of Hidden, Book I of The Avena Series, is your creation, please let me know. I would like to tell you that it was awesome. Click this link to see the Hidden Book Trailer:

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MARIANNE CURLEY DAILY, a Blog by Zuzana Citovská

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As a writer for many years there have been times when I’ve been impressed and humbled by what a reader has told me, shown me, or created in regards to my books and the characters within. It’s an absolute thrill and a truly humbling experience to know that my books have helped people through difficult times in their lives, or started them on their reading journey, moved them to the point of making videos, playlists, designing new covers, writing sequels or scripts, and creating works of art. I’m even thrilled when I see someone who has dyed their hair blue, even though 99.9 percent of the time it wasn’t because they wanted to look like Arkarian in The Guardians of Time!

Zuzana Citovská’s dedicated website Marianne Curley Daily continues to grow and display Zuzana’s many talents. Her love of my books and her interpretation of them using the images she’s put together is a wonderful tribute.

I highlighted Marianne Curley Daily some months back, but when I visited it again recently I knew I had to give it another plug so Zuzaná’s imagery can be seen by many more, as it should be.

Thank you, Zuzaná. Your talent and dedication to my books inspires me.

 

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Three Editions of the Guardians of Time

 

 

 

 

L.L. Hunter’s Release of Rebellious Heart, the Third Book in The Molten Heart Saga

Hi everyone

As you know I’ve been busy finishing off Book Four of the Guardians of Time Series, and while the manuscript is currently with the Proofreader, I finally had a moment to check out some new books coming out. Today I want to draw your attention to a book my good friend Laura L Hunter is having released today. It’s called Rebellious Heart and is the stunning conclusion to The Molten Heart Saga.

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If you haven’t read this saga yet, now is a good time to start.

Four years after Skye became the youngest president in history, and returned precious resources to her people,
She had hoped this would mean the end of the war.
But there is still a threat.
An enemy once thought dead has returned from the grave to exact revenge, and he won’t rest until he gets what he wants.
In the quest to give herself some credibility despite her young age, and to defeat their enemy, Skye, Lukas and their friends devise a plan to distract their enemy using a decoy, while they go in for the kill.
But, when their plan goes south,
Lukas and Skye must do whatever it takes to save their people and the world from ruin.
Even if it means betraying those they love the most.

In the thrilling conclusion to the Molten Heart Saga,
When matters of the heart are concerned,
Risks will be taken.

She thought she’d found utopia. She was wrong.

Purchase links:

Amazon US: http://a.co/13P9udR
Amazon UK: http://amzn.eu/eE7wwDE
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rebellious-heart-ll-hunter/1125837985?ean=2940154023143
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/rebellious-heart-2
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rebellious-heart/id1209794126?mt=11

L.L. Hunter is the author of over 20 published works, including The Legend of the Archangel Series and The Eden Chronicles. She has studied everything from veterinary nursing, forensic science, and dramatic arts, but has always known her true calling was to be an author. She has been writing since her teens – everything from fan fiction, to song lyrics, to plays and musicals. When not working on her next paranormal romance, she can be found at home in Australia, reading somewhere comfortable with one or both of her “fur babies.” Follow her on Facebook (Facebook.com/llhunterbooks, Twitter @llhunterbooks, and her blog – http://llhunter.blogspot.com.au.

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Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/llhunterbooks/
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Guardians of Time Book Four Release and Year of The Follow Up’s

It’s official, the Guardians of Time Book Four will be released in 2017. The month is yet to be determined, but it will be this year. The wait is shortening. Within six-eight months The Guardians of Time Book Four will be released.

It looks like 2017 is going to be the year of the follow ups. Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere was originally published 21 years ago, and now he tells us he’s writing a follow up called The Seven Sisters. So what has inspired Neil Gaiman to write the follow up after such a long time? This is what he said last week in The Guardian:

“When Lenny Henry and I came up with the original idea for Neverwhere almost 25 years ago, what attracted us was the idea that we could talk about the homeless, talk about the dispossessed, talk about the people who fall through the cracks, and do it in a way that was exciting and fun and interesting and also relevant and might change people’s heads.

“Neverwhere for me was this glorious vehicle where I could talk about huge serious things and have a ridiculous amount of fun on the way. The giant wheel has turned over the last few years and looking around the work I have been doing for UNHCR for refugees, the kind of shape … London is in now, the kind of ways [it] is different to how it was 20 years ago, meant that I decided that it actually was time to do something.

“Now I had things I was angry about. I cared about things I wanted to put in and I’m now a solid three chapters in to a book called The Seven Sisters.”

And then there’s Philip Pullman. He’s following up His Dark Materials, remember The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass? Who could forget those amazing books. They sold multi millions in 40 languages between 1995 and 2000, and there was even the movie with Nicole Kidman. Philip Pulman’s follow up starts with a book called The Book of Dust and is set to be another trilogy.

From Philip Pulman’s website, this is what he says about why he wrote The Book of Dust:

“I know from their letters and tweets that my readers have been waiting patiently (mostly) for The Book of Dust for a long time. I’ve been writing it for several years, and I’ve been very parsimonious with information about it. It gives me great pleasure and some excitement at last to satisfy their curiosity (and mine) about this book.    the-book-of-dust

 

“What can I tell you about it? The first thing to say is that Lyra is at the centre of the story. Events involving her open the first chapter, and will close the last. I’ve always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College and, in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she’s grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her 20 years later.”

 

 

So what inspired me to write the follow up to The Named, The Dark and The Key? Like Philip Pulman, my readers have been requesting a sequel since The Key was published in 2005, twelve years ago. Where it’s different for me, I was planning a fourth book even before The Key’s release. I have notes I’d written from that time, an outline for Book Four, but my life turned upside down that year when I was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis (bone marrow cancer) after seeing my doctor because I was feeling very tired. I don’t think anyone knew it would be 8 years before I would be published again with The Avena Series – Hidden, Broken and Fearless.

Then there’s the matter of timing. The timing just feels right now. All going well, Book Four won’t be just the conclusion, but also the beginning of a new journey.

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What is Your All-Time Favourite Read? “Katherine” by Anya Seton

I have a collection on Google called “Young Adult Books You Can Read More Than Once”, and while writing a post for that the other day I remembered in one of my all-time favourite books, Katherine by Anya Seton, a book I’ve mentioned in interviews and  FAQs quite a few times before, and I thought everyone must have one or more, probably many more. So what is your (or one of your) favourite all-time reads?

Katherine by Anya Seton is a book I read – and wait for this – forty years ago. Yes, I am that old. I was in my teens when I first read this. I loved reading and couldn’t get my hands on enough books at the time. I particularly liked meaty sagas. You know the kind I mean, the book of substance, the book that had an important message to tell, of an event we should never forget, or a book that was based on a true story, or my favourite type – historical fiction. The longer the meaty saga, the more I loved to bury myself in it. A book of a thousand pages would not be daunting to me back then, but would excite me. And yes, I didn’t have many friends. I lived on a farm that was not within walking distance of my school, so it was hard to have anyone come over. I was too young to drive the family car, and my family had only one car at the time with three children older than me. Being shy and awkward didn’t help my social life either. Books were my constant companions. Books were my friends. The school library was one of my favourite places in the world.

I can’t recall how many times I read the true story of Katherine Swynford (Roet) and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, written by Anya Seton, but it was a substantial number. It had everything I loved, especially a to-die-for romance. You know the kind, the dangerous clandestine, cloak-and-dagger affair of a prince with the daughter of an obscure Picard herald who spent five years  in a nunnery and came to Medieval court at fifteen. There were castles and gallantry, knights, lords and ladies, kings and queens, battles and plagues. And though Anya Seton penned “Katherine” more than 60 years ago, other than a change in writing styles from then to nowadays, this novel hasn’t dated and likely never will.

Goodreads says it well: “This classic romance novel tells the true story of the love affair that changed history—that of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of most of the British royal family. Set in the vibrant 14th century of Chaucer and the Black Death, the story features knights fighting in battle, serfs struggling in poverty, and the magnificent Plantagenets—Edward III, the Black Prince, and Richard II—who ruled despotically over a court rotten with intrigue.

“Within this era of danger and romance, John of Gaunt, the king’s son, falls passionately in love with the already married Katherine. Their well-documented affair and love persist through decades of war, adultery, murder, loneliness, and redemption. This epic novel of conflict, cruelty, and untamable love has become a classic since its first publication in 1954.”

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Do you have an All-Time Favourite read?  Or have you read “Katherine” by Anya Seton? Love to hear your thoughts.