SOMEHOW…and I really don’t know *how* this happened…but there’s only TWO months left until A CROWN OF WISHES releases! Upload your pre-order receipt by March 14th to receive a 100+ page e-novella that is all about Maya and Amar’s first meeting. Those who pre-order will receive the novella a month early than its slated release date of 5/2/2017. And right now, A Crown of Wishes is ~$11 on lots of retailer sites including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Can’t wait to share it with you! In the meantime, take a look at the gorgeoussss cover for Death & Night, and the blurb! [Read more…]
So, I think my love for Stephanie Garber’s debut novel is pretty obvious. I shout about CARAVAL constantly because this story is AMAZINGGGG. If you haven’t pre-ordered it already, it’s available on Amazon, B&N and IndieBound! It’s sexy, decadent, and imaginative. It will change your dreams, it’s that good. In honor of her upcoming release (January 31st!!!), I came up with this look 🙂 I think it’s perfect for the holidays. It is a little challenging, but go slowly and it’s worth the effort. For this look, I only used the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette and the rose gold MAC pigment pot! [Read more…]
I haven’t had this much fun with a makeup look in a lonnnnnnng time. Somehow, we are only SIX months away from the release of A CROWN OF WISHES. It’s absurd. This book demanded so much of me. It’s very different from The Star-Touched Queen because, like siblings — which I think is an accurate description since ACOW is not a sequel, but it’s own standalone — they may have grown up side by side but they wanted different things out of life. [Read more…]
Last week, EW revealed the cover, synopsis and first chapter of A CROWN OF WISHES. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check it out here! I could not be more humbled by the response the book got, and I am so so so thankful for your enthusiasm! This book is wildly different from THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN. If TSTQ is the book of my heart and homage to my childhood stories, then A CROWN OF WISHES is the book of my dreams. It’s less of a fairytale and more of an adventure. If you want to sneak a peek at some of the things that have inspired me lately, all you have to do is peruse my Pinterest (sorry not sorry that 30% of it is Fawad Khan because omgthatmanisbeautiful). And if you haven’t already, you can add A CROWN OF WISHES on GoodReads right here!
And last, today (June 27) I’m on Reddit participating in an AMA! So if there’s anything you want to know, or if you’d like your future predicted or what have you, please find me there and ask away!
At long last, THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN…exists.
I have imagined this day since the time I wrote my first story about a queen ladybug laying waste to a kingdom of aphids (…rather gruesome first tale…). I did my best to write neatly and in straight lines on precious computer paper. I wrote it first in pencil. Then I traced it in pen. Then I stapled the pages together, and handed it to my parents.
They weren’t exactly raptured by my brilliance.
But they were still encouraging! [Read more…]
Impossibly, there is ONE WEEK left until The Star-Touched Queen comes out! I wanted to share some of my own inspirations for the characters. This past week, I released some character graphics on Twitter. I’ve placed them here below in case you didn’t get a chance to see!
— Roshani Chokshi (@NotRashKnee) April 19, 2016
I’m so delighted to share this excerpt of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN with you!
You can find it HERE!
Can you believe there’s only 22 days left until the book hits shelves?!! WHAT IS LIFE I CAN’T EVEN…
So pleased to share the first excerpt of THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN audiobook! You can listen to it here or below!
I think Priya Ayyar has infused her entire narration with magic, and I hope you like it as much as I do!
Soooo excited to be a part of the Young Adult Scavenger Hunt this year! This year, I am hosting supreme authoress Julie Reece! I’m a huge fan of retellings, and so I’m super excited for Julie’s book THE ARTISANS. I never get tired of Beauty and The Beast.
Without further ado…here’s more from Julie with links to her incredible book trailer and some lovely artwork for THE ARTISANS below!
Whether it’s a paragraph or fifty pages, often sections of books end up just like in the movies: on the cutting room floor.
THE ARTISANS is a loose retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I say loose so people aren’t shocked when the story takes a very big left turn about half way through the book, and by the last quarter of the novel, the plotline leaves the B&B reservation altogether!
Gideon is our hero, but he’s stubborn and proud, and it takes him a while to get into hero mode. And by that I mean the end of book two. He really does start out as a pretty big jerk/ass/Beast ______ other? You get the idea, but just hang in there with him. Gideon’s had a tough time, but he’s learning, and hopefully you are going to love the poor beast in the end!
In this deleted scene, he needs to do some serious sucking up to Raven, the Beauty/heroine in the story. She innocently hugs Cole, a friend who’s in some serious trouble. But when Gideon sees them embrace, well, let’s just say the beast lurking inside him didn’t take it very well …
And though this scene didn’t make it into the book, sometimes it’s fun to peek behind the curtain anyway.
I hope you enjoy the deleted section.
I may need therapy.
Okay, I do. Raven’s been suggesting I go for months to deal with my ‘short fuse’, but so far, Hell no has been my typical response. Afterwards, I kiss her breathless for caring the way she does. It’s not that I’m unaware of my issues. The fact that my hands curled to balls of iron earlier watching Cole hold my girlfriend in his arms is proof my emotions are spiraling. But I’ve never seen the point in talking to strangers.
For counseling to work, there are two rules: first, you have to be honest; second, you have to trust your therapist. Since I can’t very well admit the magical elements of my family’s legacy, the first rule is out the window. And trust? In my world, it’s practically a four letter word. So, laying on some old geezer’s couch talking about my jacked-up childhood just isn’t going to fly.
Still, something’s got to give—and it will likely be Cole’s nose if I can’t control the power growing inside me.
Which brings me to this moment. Facing the closed door of a mutual friend’s house, I stand on the front stoop like an idiot, working on an apology for losing my temper again. I guessed Raven would be here. That she’d want to talk things over with her best friend Maggie, since they both voted to help Cole and the mysterious girl who keeps visiting his dreams. My jealousy over Cole (which I’m not admitting out loud) isn’t making anything easier for her, and I hate myself for that.
Still, what Cole thinks he needs is irrelevant. Rae and I are connected by a bond stronger than magic or even love. Over the last year, I’ve learned to read her. Emotions roll across her face clearer than closed captioned TV. We’re part of each other. I won’t lose her, now. Especially not to the French speaking, ass wipe that made my adolescence a living hell.
Before I can knock, Maggie’s boyfriend opens the door. Dane is as tall as I am, but wiry. His cheekbones jut out beneath a menacing brow, and I’ve always thought of his expression as a good imitation of the skull and crossbones warning label. Good thing, I don’t scare easily.
Dane smirks. “What, no flowers?” He shakes his head before giving my shoulder a slap. That’s as much sympathy as I’ve ever gotten from the guy. I enter and follow him toward the back of the house. His rust-colored dreads swaying like ropes across his back.
Rae’s voice floats down the hall. “Based on today, I don’t think a private meeting between me and Cole is the best idea. Do you?”
Maggie leans on the doorframe of her room with her back to us, rubbing her forehead. “Cole’s in real trouble. He’s also cute, and European, and crazy about you … Okay, nope. You’re right. Gideon will kill him.” She glances over, eyes widening as her gaze fixes on me. “Oh, uh … hey there.”
I nod to Maggie, then peer into the room beyond. On the bed closest to the window, sits the girl who owns me, body and soul. “Something you want to tell me, Rae?” Surprisingly, her covert plotting doesn’t unhinge me. I remind myself she only wants to help. That’s who she is.
Maggie slips into the hallway behind me, and I take her place filling the doorway. “Dane?” Maggie says, “How about you and I make a pizza run.” My admiration for Rae’s friend continues to grow. I angle, giving Mags a wink, and she smiles. “Play fair.”
Not a chance. I lean my cane against the door and make my way to the bed. The mattress gives under my weight, and Raven raises her stormy gray eyes to mine. We don’t touch. Hell, I don’t have to, just sitting this close to her makes my heart rate climb.
Rae threads her fingers when she’s nervous. “What are you doing here, Gideon?” Her tone is defensive, but also soft and unsure.
“I came to see you. And to apologize.” That earns me a little smile.
“I don’t believe it.”
“No.” She glances down. “I don’t.”
I watch her tongue wet her lips and heat fills every cell. One hand slides up her back until my fingers disappear into her dark hair. “Well, then. I guess I’m also here to change your mind, because I never want to hurt you.” I duck my head until her chin lifts and our eyes lock. “Or make you doubt the way I feel about you.” Our breath mixes and a wave of desire surges through me. “You mean everything to me …” How do I even begin to make her understand the everything I mean when I say that? “I overreacted, and I’m sorry about that. I can try to be nicer to the little … French … ferret.”ut
Her lips twist as though they can’t decide whether to smile or frown. “His name is Cole.”
“Whatever.” I slide her direction. “You and me? We’re going to figure this out. The magic, the curse … all of it, but I want us to do that together, okay?” We’re close enough that my last words are whispers against her mouth. When her nose brushes mine, I pull away—no more than an inch or two—just enough to search her eyes. “I’m sorry I got angry.
She’s so beautiful, an imperfectly perfect blend of strength and vulnerability, and she’s all I want. My lungs tighten. Need expands inside me to the point of bursting. “Do you believe me?”
For years, I hid behind walls of magic and cruelty built to keep people away, but there was no escaping her rain-gray eyes. Raven sees me as no one else has or will again. Her warm fingers cross the short distance between us, curve over my wrist and squeeze. That’s all the answer I need. I sweep her into my arms, lower my head, and show her everything my clumsy words won’t convey.
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