Review: Lyrics & Curses

Lyrics & Curses
By Candace Robinson

Finished: 12/11/2020

I’m a big fan of Candace’s work, and although this one was slow to get started, the final half makes up for it! I think part of it for me was the focus on the romance during the first half. While I don’t mind romance, I tend to prefer it as a side plot rather than the main plot, and I wanted to dive into the fantastic elements earlier. That’s my own preference though.

The concept of getting trapped in a mirror world and having to watch doppelgängers take over your life is fascinating! I loved the whole world-building and mechanics of that and would have loved to see it explored more.

While this was a great read with some fascinating elements, the slow build at the beginning was a little difficult for me. Folks who love sweet romances with some eerie and fantastic elements will definitely love this book! And as usual, Candace does not disappoint with the finale.

I’m really curious to see where this goes in the sequel!

My Rating: 4.5/5 stars!

Happy Release Day to Chosen

This is it. The final book in the Stolen trilogy!

It’s a strange feeling to finish a series, to write THE END and mean it for more than a single book, but to characters you’ve gotten to know for almost a decade. But it’s so rewarding!

When I first wrote Stolen, I feared nobody would ever read it. They would never read the banter between Teagan and Shaleigh, or the friendship between Mawr and Colin. They would never see the fire dragon Tanwen or explore the Bloody Forest and the bloodthirsty Pello Pines there. But that isn’t what happened.

I’m always going to be grateful to Parliament House Press for taking a chance on my YA portal fantasy series with its mysterious faeries and fantastic creatures from Living Statues to Minotaurs. I’ve learned so much compared to where I started!

Today both Stolen and Broken are discounted too, so it’s a great time to dive into an immersive world!

New Merch Available!

I’m thrilled to share that I now have new merchandise available for the Stolen series!

In celebration of the final book, Chosen, releasing on Tuesday, I’ve commissioned some beautiful artwork from @the_letterrographer on Instagram. He did such amazing work with these quotes that I’m absolutely blown away!

Separate they were strong but together they were unstoppable.
We aren’t what people think we are.

And while I was getting these designs uploaded and aligned on Redbubble, I figured why not add in my sister’s (Morbid Smile Art) incredible artwork featuring Mawr and Shaleigh? Previously this was only available as a print on my site, but now it’s available on a wide variety of items on Redbubble. This throw is probably my favorite of the bunch, and I may just have to order one for myself!

I’ll Be Your Stars

Chosen Giveaway

EDIT: The winners were announced in my Chosen Release Party on Facebook on 3/23!

We are less than a month away from the release of Chosen, the final book in the Stolen trilogy! This series has been an incredible journey and I’m so thrilled that in just a few weeks the entire series will be available. I’m celebrating this moment with a cross-platform giveaway!

Prizes

Five people can win one of the following:

  • $10 Amazon gift card
  • Signed paperbacks of Stolen and Broken
  • Audiobook of Stolen on Audible
  • An art print of I’ll Be Your Stars with Mawr and Shaleigh by Kelley M. Frank
  • A mystery prize! More details later…

How to Enter

Here’s how to enter:

  • What is your favorite scent? Comment your answer below!
  • +1 entry for each share — make sure you tag me!

Deadline

March 22, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST

Winners will be announced on the release day for Chosen, March 23rd! I’ll comment to your response below to let you know you’ve won, and I’ll be posting the winners here on my website too on release day.

There’s still time to pre-order your copy of Chosen, or to dive into the Stolen series for the first time!

Happy reading & Good luck!

Brand New Year, Brand New Goals

Usually I post my annual check-in around the beginning of the year, but already 2021 has proven it’s a little different than normal.

Between checking the news on a regular basis here in the U.S. and working on my latest work in progress, The Blood of Kanta, it’s taken a bit to wrap my brain around 2021. If you follow my mailing list, you’ll have likely already seen all these plans, but I like to share things publicly too on my blog every year. You can go back and check out my previous entries from 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020.

Last year the pandemic threw a huge curve-ball in my plans, but I also had several experiences that made me re-examine my work and my publishing process. Here’s a quick overview:

  • At the start of 2020, I had a short story coming out in Masks, a Mardi Gras anthology alongside some incredible authors. I had a second short story coming out in an anthology with the same publisher that was set to come out in December, but then the publisher closed its doors suddenly. Although the anthology was picked up elsewhere, I kind of wanted to take the reigns back on my short story, and now I’m planning on publishing it this October in my own collection of tales, The Impostor and Other Dark Tales.

    I made some truly amazing friends throughout this journey, but I still felt singed by the whole experience. That made me start looking at my writing differently and led me to the next step.
  • In 2020, I got back most of the rights back to The She-Wolf of Kanta, and have since decided to turn it into a full series, The Wolves of Kanta. This ended quite amicably, but I had been considering expanding on this universe for some time. Now I’m aiming to re-release The She-Wolf of Kanta along with two sequels in 2022.

I’ve always considered myself a hybrid author, with one foot in the small press world and one in the independent publishing world. I’m very proud of the Stolen series. The final book, Chosen, releases on March 23rd from Parliament House Press, who have been amazing to work with. However being hybrid means that I also publish independently, so I’m going to try my hand at that next year. It’s going to be a learning curve since I plan to tackle physical books and ebooks, in a series that doesn’t yet have a solid ending.

With that in mind, here’s my overview for my writing for 2021, and where I’m planning to go next.

Listing of my books and stories that are currently in progress.

There’s a lot listed above, but here is a quick run-down of what I’ll be working on this year:

It’s sure to be a busy year, and it’s already started off pretty darn busy. It’s going to take a lot of learning, a lot of writing, and a heck of a lot of editing, but I’m excited to see where this all goes!

If you want to follow my progress, check out my mailing list or follow me on all the social media channels. I’ll be posting regular updates and sneak peeks as I continue on this journey.