Hello guys! I’ve got some more goodies to show you today! Don’t you like the cover? I think it’s extra cool And wait til you find out who designed the cover! 🙂 Now let me show you the rest!
Breaking the Nexus
Book 1 of the Mythrian Realm series
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Blue Phoenix Publishing
Number of pages: 200 print pages
Word Count: 42,000
Cover Artist: Miranda Stork (front cover)
Throughout history, myths and legends of extraordinary creatures have been told and retold. Fantastic tales of demons and banshees, gryphons and dragons, and of course, magic. Stories that every child grows to learn are nothing more than fantasy…or are they?
Beyond the world you see lies a hidden realm, the Mythrian Realm, inhabited by all of the creatures you’ve been told are mere fiction. Only one thing lies between humans and the truth: the Nexus. A magical barrier erected millennia ago to separate the two realms, it has stood the test of time. Until now.
For Mythrian Sha Phoenix, magic is nothing new. But when she stumbles upon a portal on the verge of collapse, her fate will forever change. Pulled through the portal into the Human Realm, she lands in the middle of Detective Connor Flynn’s brutal murder scene. Soon it is obvious someone is using blood magic to try to bring down the Nexus. Together, Connor and Sha must work to unravel the secrets before the barrier falls and the realms collide.
The Nexus is breaking and all hell is about to unleash…literally.
Sha floated, surrounded by a cold, dark abyss. This must be death. It was rather peaceful in a way and at least she didn’t hurt. The thought hadn’t finished forming when jagged shards of pain radiated through her body. By the flame. This was almost as bad as mage fire. She clenched her teeth, pride the only thing keeping her scream of agony locked in her throat. She wasn’t dead, though whether that was a blessing or a curse remained to be seen.
Forcing herself to steady her breathing, the deafening roar in her ears subsided to a low howl as she worked to push aside the pain. Backlash was brutal; the Gate must have collapsed, sending out a wave of raw energy that her mind had attempted to absorb. Talk about sensory overload, it was a minor miracle she still had her wits about her.
Gradually she grew aware of her surroundings, the surface beneath her body cold, hard, and…sticky? What the hell? Maybe she’d been hasty in assuming she’d kept her wits. The last thing she remembered was walking into the forest clearing. Trepidation welled up inside her body. Inhaling, she barely stopped herself from expelling what little she’d had for breakfast that morning. The stench of blood and Goddess only knew what else sent her stomach roiling. She had a sneaking suspicion she wasn’t in Mythria anymore.
“Right, let’s just state the obvious, shall we? And now I’m talking to myself. I’m going insane, that’s it.” Since Luca hadn’t teased her for muttering to herself, nor had he asked if she was alright, she surmised he was either missing or unconscious. “Stop being a baby and just open your eyes. What’s there to be afraid of?”
Steeling herself, she pried open one lid. The dawning sun lanced into her brain, triggering a resurgence of her headache. Could this day get much worse? As her vision cleared, she wanted to kick her own ass for taunting the fates.
“Hey miss, you alright? Cops are on their way. Do you know what happened?” The voice was unfamiliar, the accent not quite like anything she’d ever heard before. Her eyes narrowed, trying to bring her surroundings into focus. Holy hell. She was in the Human Realm. Lying in an alley. In a pool of blood; a lot of blood, though not hers since she’d notice losing important limbs or acquiring new holes. A commotion nearby drew her gaze to a crowd of strangers growing larger by the minute, all eyes fixated on Sha. Yup, she’d been an idiot to tempt fate.
Struggling to pull herself upright, she waved off the hands outstretched to help. “Fine, I’m fine. Just dazed, I think.”
A shrill scream amplified the pounding in her head. Why did some women have to sound like the infernal banshees that roamed the Enigma Forest?
“Oh my God! There’s a body over here! Oh my God, that woman’s covered in blood! She had to have done it! She could be armed!”
I will start by saying sorry kiddies, this ones for the big people LOL and by that I mean Adult themes 😉 this is also a great fantasy type story as well. You’ve got your human police and a supernatural as well. Most of the time, if you as a human saw a supernatural use their powers, you’d freak out! Well these police decide that the supernatural will be very useful to their investigation. Plus the detective working for the other side is hot lol
I also like how the romance played out. Yes Sha and Conner had an attraction and maybe some draw to each other, but it wasn’t like “oh you’re hot”… And fall into bed. Plus they had some serious “other” issues to deal with, like a killer going around trying to do unspeakable evils 🙂
I very much like the magical world that was created. The Mythrian Realm is like a parallel to the mortal realm. “The Nexus” is what keeps these two worlds apart and if you break that little thing, lets just say I love Dragons, but I don’t want them falling in my yard to eat my fur babies lol So when Sha is literally thrown from her world to ours because of these problems, she realizes that she’s got to stop that barrier from breaking. And there comes your mystery plot! 🙂 which is well done by the way.
Plus there’s plenty of action to go around! The writing was well done. Plus there’s some great supporting characters as well! You know I love this. And a small spoiler, there’s a cliff hanger- so, I guess this means I will just HAVE TO read book two 🙂 and I love that everything felt real, even if it was magical. I am definitely in for book two! 4 MAGICALLY DELICIOUS PAWS!
About the Author:
I am a wife, a programmer, and now an author. I have an adorable mini Schnauzer and more books than I have room for. I love reading romance because no matter what may be happening in my life, I can always count on my books to end happily ever after. The day I met my husband was the day I truly began believing in happily ever after. After hearing me complain a few too many times that I had “nothing” to read despite the hundreds of paperbacks scattered around the house, my husband began suggesting I write my own stories. When I finally took his advice I discovered that although I enjoy my day job as a software engineer, my true calling is to be an author.
My sister drilled into me an appreciation for fantasy and mythology, something I try to bring to my books. My debut novel, Breaking the Nexus started as a book written for NaNoWriMo and has grown to so much more. It was the conduit that introduced me to a fantastic group of independent authors who have changed my life in unimaginable ways.
When I’m not writing, I’ve found a passion for blogging and interviewing fellow authors. I also love reading (of course!), baking, crochet, sewing sock monkeys, playing video games, and all sorts of random crafts. I have an incurable love of rubber duckies and stuffed animals, and I believe nobody should have to grow up if they don’t want.
WELCOME!! Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I never thought I could write a full length book because I was never that into writing in high school. I wrote poetry but would lose interest in anything longer. Turns out, I just hated writing for a grade. My sister convinced me (aka bugged me until I caved) to do NaNoWriMo with her and it was the spur I needed. I also have a tendency to look around at all my scattered paperbacks and then complain I have nothing to read. A few times too many I said this and finally my husband suggested I try writing my own books. When I finished Breaking the Nexus, I knew I’d found my calling.
What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
My sister bugged me to do NaNoWriMo but my husband was the one who gave me the suggestion to write what I love, paranormal romance. My first book was Breaking the Nexus but my first published story was actually a novella called Song of the Abyss in the anthology Once Upon a Twisted Time. In Breaking the Nexus, I combined my two loves: paranormal romance and mythology.
Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
The characters are loosely based on personalities of friends and families. Otherwise, I base my work on actual myths and legends or whatever my imagination can come up with. Sadly, as far as I can tell, mythological creatures and magic do not exist in our world so I can’t base it off of real experiences *pout*
How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I haven’t come across that issue just yet but I will let my characters determine the story. They’re very vocal in what they want.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Oh yes, definitely but if I were to take the time to sit here and list them all, we’d be here all day lol. I’ve met so many fantabulous indie authors that I’m astounded by how large my TBR pile is now lol!
Who do you look up to as a writer?
I’d have to say all of my indie author friends and also Nalini Singh, Gina Showalter and Kresley Cole.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Not a thing. I adore where Breaking the Nexus ended up and I can’t wait to write more!
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Finding the time and discipline to write lol. I work full time, I blog full time, and I try to write full time. I’m ADD so it makes sitting still and focusing a pain a lot times. I’ve discovered wearing headphones works wonders for helping my focus but then I feel bad because I’m ignoring my husband. He tells me to do it anyway if it helps though ❤
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m reading several books for review from true crime, erotica, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense. I’m a bit crazy and read multiple books at once lol.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
The absolutely amazing Miranda Stork designed the cover for Breaking the Nexus. I help come up with the ideas but beyond that, I’m severely design challenged.
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I learned that the passion I lacked in my day job was because my day job is not my true calling. I’m meant to be an author. I adore writing and am literally counting down the days until I’ll be able to quit in a few years.
If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
I think I’d want to be Sha because she kicks ass J Or maybe Saia from my upcoming novella, Warrior Unleashed, because she’s awesome too lol.
Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
A single book in particular? Anything by an indie author but especially A Special’s Love by Jennifer Blaney. I adore this book!!
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you to everyone who has read and loved my books. Your feedbacks energizes me so much and makes me want to be an even better author. Please feel free to chat with me on Facebook! I love hearing from my readers ❤
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!!
THANK YOU for coming over!! I enjoyed our chat! 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed today as much as I have and I hope you guys all check out this new book! Happy reading and later gators!