THE SHADOW, Book 4, The Guardians of Time Series

When You Get A Review Like This…

Review of The Shadow

By Daphne, as found on Goodreads on 9th April, 2018

How poetic is it that a series about time travel made me travel back to my childhood.
I was 8 when The Key was published in 2005, but I only discovered the trilogy when I was 10. I remember I found the first two books at my local bookstore, translated copies of my mother tongue language. I bought the first one, thinking it seemed interesting. I started reading it at night when I was in my bed, and soon after my mom started coming to my room every five minutes telling me to turn off the lights, it’s past my bedtime. When she seemed too mad to argue with anymore, I turned off the light, waited for her footsteps to die down, then went under covers with a flashlight, the way every child should. The next day I demanded my mom to go to the bookstore and get me the second one.

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When I was done with the first two, I made my mom take me to every bookstore in our area, searching for the third. When we couldn’t find the translated version, we ordered it off amazon, in English. It was the first English book I read. I remember having a dictionary open next to me, but as it turned out I didn’t need it much. I read it secretly under my desk at school the next day, and I finished it by that night. And in the following eleven years, I’ve read it countless many times, so much so that the covers of the books are torn apart, there are years old chocolate stains on the pages, and ripped corners from where I doggy eared my page. Every time my dad saw the books on my nightstand, he would chuckle and say, “these, again?”.

I ordered The Shadow off amazon on Thursday, and received it six hours ago. I’m 21 now, alone in a college dorm with no mother near me telling me I should be studying instead, but as soon as I laid my hands on it, I ran into bed, went under covers, and started reading. From the very first sentence, I was back in my childhood room, with my stuffed dolphin under my arm, diving into this world in childlike wonder.

When I read the part in the first chapter where Ethan says “it’s been one week since the final battle” I actually teared up. It hasn’t been a week, it’s been 13 years. 13 years since the final book was published, and 11 years since I became a part of the Named. But then, it feels as though it really was only a week ago. I remember so vividly finding the first book in the bookstore; I remember exactly which corner of the store it was in, on which shelf. I even remember what the cashier looked like. I remember it so well, it could not have been more than a week ago. There’s nothing more effective than reading the books you grew up with to be transported to the time when you first found them.

What I’m trying to say is, thank you for the trilogy, and thank you for this additional book, which let me be the one doing the time traveling, and not just the one reading about it. It’s been a pleasure growing up with your books.

My Reply

Dear Daphne

What can I say to your heartfelt and eloquent review, except that you brought me to tears, and made every moment of the two years I spent writing The Shadow, worth it.

Thank you.

Marianne Curley

THE SHADOW IS RELEASED THIS WEEKEND

Hello everyone! Today, here in Australia it’s the 10th of March, 2018 and the official release day of The Guardians of Time Series, Book IV, THE SHADOW. Only… in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and many other countries the day is still Friday the 9th, the day before the official release day. So I decided to celebrate the end of the count down now, and tomorrow. Or, you could just say, all weekend.

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The best place to purchase The Shadow is from Amazon in the country you’re ordering from, such as Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Spain, and so forth. In Amazon Australia, only the E-book is available at the moment, but the paperback should be available from Amazon.com.au soon. 

PLAYLIST

I’ve been asked about a playlist. We all have such different tastes in music, and because I wrote The Shadow over two years, I added and removed songs all the time. This link is to my Golden Oldies Playlist, which I listened to during my latter editing stages. 

Golden Oldies for Nostalgia and Easy Listening

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SIGNINGS

Some of you have asked for a signed copy of The Shadow. I’m always happy to sign your books. That’s one of the reasons I’m delighted to be participating as a guest writer at the Gold Coast Supanova Comic Con and Gaming Event in April. It’s always fun and a great place to sign books and chat with readers, not to mention seeing the parade of dressed-up costumes on display. But if you can’t come to GC Supanova on April 28 and 29, there is another way to have your new book signed. Here is my email address.

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Write to me with the subject heading SIGNED BOOK and let me know what country you are from, and I will get back to you with the details to make this happen.

PINTEREST

I have been collecting Pins for so long now I can’t remember how many years ago I started. I loved Pinterest from my first introduction to the site. Below is the link to my Pinterest Boards page. From there you can check out any or all of my boards, such as my Books boards, including one called: “Books – The Guardians of Time Books 1, 2, 3 and 4”.

Marianne’s Pinterest Boards

So before I end this blog post, I want to say a big thank you to you all. Without you, the beautiful souls you are for loving my characters and coming on this amazing journey with me, my life would not be so fulfilled right now, my heart not so overflowing. I hope you enjoy spending some time with The Guard and The Order, the new and the old. Feel free to put up your reviews. Your honest opinion is important to me. 

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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.

 

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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.

Black Bearded Iris

 

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