The Bone Valley

Happy Release Day to The Bone Valley! Be sure to grab your copy if this sounds perfect for your October bookshelf!

The Bone Valley
By: Candace Robinson

Finished: 8/23/2021

I’ve read quite a few books by Robinson, and I can enthusiastically say that this one is my favorite! This is perhaps the most intense, grotesque, and beautiful story I’ve read from her, and I had a hard time putting it down!

I really loved Anton, a lover, and Nahli, a thief. They seem like characters whose paths would never cross until things go very, very wrong. Even Daryna, the old witch who lives int he woods, grew on me throughout this tale. Pav, Anton’s little brother, grew on me throughout this tale. At first I didn’t think much of him since he just seemed like he wanted to emulate his brother, but as the tale goes on he gains so much empathy and shows he has such a pure heart. I keep bouncing between Pav and Roka as my favorites, but as of this writing, I have to say the little skeleton meerkat Roka was my absolute fave. I can’t say too much about him without giving things away, but his tragic tale and determined love was touching. And he was such a cute companion to them.

I really can’t gush enough about this book because there were times when I was just blown away by the viciousness, the beauty, the cruelty, and the incredible levels of world-building. I could practically imagine this in a stock-motion animation ala Nightmare Before Christmas at times, and it was gorgeous. Robinson’s imagery and creativity was unmatched in this piece. She has such strength in mixing romantic storylines with horrific and dramatic world building and beautiful character development, but this one is a shining example of her skill. If this wasn’t already obvious, this book should not be missed!

I’ve never read a book like this and would happily devour more books in this style or in this world.

My rating: 5/5 skeletal thumbs up

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!

Grab Some Discounted Books

Due to Amazon Prime Day, you can now catch up on a bunch of books for a discounted price. All of the books in the YA Fantasy Stolen series are now on sale, including pre-order copies of Chosen, due out March 23, 2021.

This also includes pre-orders for my YA Horror novel, The Seeking, which comes out 10/27 this month! I’ve been getting some incredible reviews so far for this book, and I’m just blown away by the feedback readers have given me on it.

Honestly this is a fantastic chance to load up on books, especially spooky books. All Kindle books from my publisher, Parliament House Press, are on sale through 10/14, so if you want to grab a series for way cheaper, now’s the time!

Happy Spooky Season, folks!