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mar╚Ťi, 30 aprilie 2013

Read! Don't let the books die!

30 aprilie 0 Comments
Books bring colour into our lives. They are alive as long as we read them. Each one tells a story and as we turn page after page, we get lost in a fantastic universe. Read! Don't let the books die!

C─âr┼úile aduc culoare ├«n vie┼úile noastre. Ele au via┼ú─â at├óta timp c├ót le citim. Fiecare din ele spune o poveste ┼či, d├ónd pagin─â dup─â pagin─â, ne pierdem ├«ntr-un univers fantastic. Citi┼úi! Nu l─âsa┼úi c─âr┼úile s─â moar─â!



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duminic─â, 28 aprilie 2013

Review: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 1

28 aprilie 0 Comments


Welcome to Ponyville, home of Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Applejack, and all your other favorite Ponies! Something’s not right in the town though, as some of the inhabitants are acting very, very strange! It’s up to the Mane Six to find the source of the weirdness before it’s too late!



104 pages

Expected publication: May 21st 2013 by IDW Publishing

Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel


My review


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It all happened one day... when I was browsing NetGalley's new titles and I've seen this cute comic. As a huge fan of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic TV series, I just had to read this! It was exactly what I was looking for, maybe even better!

The drawings are incredibly cute, although a little bit different from how the ponies have been drawn in the actual show. The story really grabbed my attention from the very first pages and I couldn't wait to read the rest.
The wedding episode was my favourite one in the second season and I was thrilled to see more of the Changelings - they make awesome villains.

This comic about friendship and love is suited for all age groups, little children, as well as crazy people like me who are in love with the show. It also teaches patience, endurance, optimism and... what's most important... never giving up.
The dialogue is very well written. I actually read it in each pony's voice the entire time. I found myself laughing out loud every few pages.

You can't not love these amazing ponies, with their unique, different personalities, joined together by the magic of love.

P.S.: Pinkie Pie is by far my favourite character, with her random, cheerful personality.


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In My Mailbox / Stacking the Shelves (13)

28 aprilie 1 Comments


Hi! Welcome to In My Mailbox and Stacking the Shelves, the weekly memes where I show you what books I bought and received lately. To find official information like how to participate or why it was started, check the official IMM page and STS page!

It seems that, for me, this was the week of bookmarks and ebooks. Simona from Secrets from Books sent me a nice pack of them (plus a poster and a magnet), and I also received a cute page-corner monster bookmark from Lili Lost in a Book.



And, as I mentioned before... brace yourselves for huge amount of ebooks! Because of their great number, I will only add their covers. :)


Won:



Freebies:




What books did YOU get?
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duminic─â, 21 aprilie 2013

In My Mailbox (12)

21 aprilie 0 Comments


Hi! Welcome to In My Mailbox, a weekly meme where I show you what books I bought and received lately. To find official information like how to participate or why it was started, check the official IMM page!

This week I didn't receive nor bought any paperbacks, but I got a few ebooks that I'm very excited about.

From Amazon, I bought the following freebies: Lichgates by S.M. Boyce, Dark Wolf Rising by Rhyannon Byrd and Love and Truth by Kathryn Vance-Perez.

Apart from these, I received The Mourning Hours by Paula Treick DeBoard from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.



What books did *you* get? :)
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vineri, 19 aprilie 2013

Feature & Follow Friday (8)

19 aprilie 2 Comments
Alison Can Read Feature & FollowJoin the fun in the Feature and Follow Friday Hop! If you don’t know anything about this blog hop and/or want to find out how you can participate, check the rules here!

Basically, each Friday a blog is featured by the two hosts, Allison Can Read and Parajunkee. Participants to the blog hop have to follow the hosts and the Featured blogs and add their link to the list. This way, they can make new friends and follow each other. It’s really fun! And also, there is a weekly question so everything is even more interesting.

Q: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do?

The list would go on forever. I would love to be around J.K. Rowling (my all time favourite), Naomi Novik or Joseph Delaney. I think I'd have a lot to learn from then and good time would be guaranteed - at least for me. I'd even be thrilled to just look at them! However, I'd have a lot more fun with Peter Koevari, whose friend I'm very happy to be though we've never seen each other (epic distance between us). I think chatting face to face would be awesome, or maybe playing boardgames? Yeah, I'm proud to be *that* kind of girl. :)

For those who want to follow me

Since mine is a WordPress blog, it doesn’t allow GFC, but you can follow me via Networked Blogs, email, or even Facebook!
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duminic─â, 14 aprilie 2013

(ENG) Say NO To E-book Piracy: E-book Do's and Don't's

14 aprilie 1 Comments
no-pirace-banner2You can also read the Romanian article, here.

Lately, I've noticed a series of "unpleasant" events in the blogosphere. I mean e-book piracy. And to make everything worse, it takes place out in the open, in the shape of giveaways which have pirated books as prizes. I don't want to point fingers, I'll only say I've noticed this on some Romanian book blogs. Maybe even sadder is that participants and sometimes, even giveaway organisers do this sort of things without knowing how wrong the path they are taking is. You already know downloading pirated e-books is illegal. So in the first article of this campaign, I want to make it clear what you can and can't do with an e-book that you have legally purchased.

I bought an ebook. What can/can't I do with it?

You can read it.

Whether on an e-reader, your phone or even your personal computer, as long as you got it through an online book shop (like Amazon, B&N, Smashwords and others). You will notice that some books can be "bought" for free, such as old books in the Public domain, or "freebies" - as free books on special offers are often called.

You can't give it to someone else.

Buying an ebook doesn't give you the same rights that buying a printed copy. For instance, you can lend a printed book to a friend or even give it away if you don't need it anymore. Well, you can't do the same with an ebook. It's not the same thing.

Why? you ask. It's very simple. A quick search on an online book shop will show you that ebooks have much lower prices than printed books. Now, think! If we send the ebook to someone else, both we and the receiver will each have a copy of that book. It's like photocopying a book. In both situations, the author, who has worked hard to write a book for us to enjoy, will not receive any cent.

How to gift someone an ebook

If you liked a book and you want to give its ebook to someone else, the solution is very simple. Online book shops know our needs and they created a system so we can pay for another copy of the e-book and directly gift it to someone else. Of course, this means you have to pay multiple times for the e-book, but it's legal.

In what circumstances can an ebook be the prize of a giveaway?

As I mentioned before, the ebook can be directly gifted through the special options online book shops have. But there is another way that doesn't require a second purchase of the book. This means getting permission from the author or the publishing house. It is usually the case of book reviewer bloggers. How it's done? Simple! Authors usually have a personal blog or a website with a contact page. This way, you can send them a private message, in which you tell them who you are and explain to them that you want to organise a giveaway. Then, ask them if they would accept to give the winner an ebook. You can also receive an ebook in exchange for a review in the same way. It's simple, and more importantly, legal.

Another way would be to participate in book tours. The companies which organise them can be paid by authors or editors and can often offer you an ebook version of the promoted book: in exchange for a review or a giveaway for your blog. An example of such companies would be  Black Lion Tours or Xpresso Book Tours.

DO NOT:

  • download pirated books

  • offer someone the ebooks you bought without permission from the author or the publishing house, or without buying a special copy for each of the friends you want to gift the e-book

  • promote piracy! If you see people who do that, show them the right way!


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In My Mailbox (11)

14 aprilie 3 Comments


Hi! Welcome to In My Mailbox, a weekly meme where I show you what books I bought and received lately. To find official information like how to participate or why it was started, check the official IMM page!

This time, I received two books that I've already read and loved - Legends of Marithia's first two books! What makes them special is that they are signed by Peter Koevari. Thank you again for being an amazing author and a great friend, Peter! :)

(sorry for bad quality photo)

You know already I'm crazy for ebooks, right? Well, this week I only got two freebies from Amazon, but I think I'll love them! They are "Eye of Newt" by Kimberly Kinrade & Dmytry Karpov, and "Jenny Pox" by J.L. Bryan. For the latter, I have read mixed-feelings reviews, but I still want to try it myself. :)



What books did YOU get?



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vineri, 12 aprilie 2013

(RO) Say NO To E-book Piracy: Ce nu poţi face cu un e-book

12 aprilie 1 Comments
no-pirace-banner2English article coming soon!

Am observat ├«n ultima vreme c─â au loc un soi de evenimente "nepl─âcute" ├«n blogosfer─â. M─â refer aici la pirateria ebook-urilor. ┼×i ca s─â fie totul ┼či mai grav, aceasta se desf─â┼čoar─â pe fa┼ú─â, ├«n forma unor concursuri ale c─âror premii sunt exact c─âr┼úile electronice piratate. Poate ┼či mai trist este faptul c─â, de cele mai multe ori, participan┼úii ┼či, uneori, chiar organizatorii, fac aceste lucruri f─âr─â s─â ┼čtie c─â merg pe un drum gre┼čit. ┼×ti┼úi deja cu to┼úii c─â este ilegal s─â descarci c─âr┼úi piratate. Prin urmare, a┼č vrea s─â clarific ce este legal ┼či ce este ilegal s─â faci cu un ebook odat─â ce l-ai cump─ârat.

Am cump─ârat un ebook. Ce pot ┼či ce nu pot s─â fac cu el?

Po┼úi s─â ├«l cite┼čti.

Fie pe un e-reader, pe telefon sau chiar pe calculator, atâta timp cât l-ai cumpărat dintr-o librărie online (precum Amazon, B&N, Smashwords sau Elefant). Vei observa că există chiar unele cărţi care pot fi "cumpărate" gratuit, cum ar fi cărţile vechi, asupra cărora nu mai există drepturi de autor, sau cărţi aflate la promoţii speciale.

 Nu ├«l po┼úi da mai departe!

Faptul c─â ai cump─ârat un ebook nu ├«┼úi ofer─â acelea┼či drepturi pe care le-ai avea dac─â ai cump─âra o carte tip─ârit─â. Spre exemplu, o carte tip─ârit─â o po┼úi ├«mprumuta unui prieten sau, dac─â nu o mai dore┼čti, o po┼úi d─ârui altcuiva. Ei bine, nu po┼úi face acest lucru cu un ebook. Nu este acela┼či lucru

De ce? v─â ├«ntreba┼úi. Este foarte simplu. La o c─âutare rapid─â ├«ntr-o libr─ârie online, ve┼úi observa c─â pre┼úul unui ebook este mult mai sc─âzut dec├ót al unei c─âr┼úi tip─ârite. Acum, g├óndi┼úi-v─â. ├Än momentul ├«n care d─âm un ebook cuiva, at├ót noi, c├ót ┼či persoana c─âruia i-am dat respectiva carte electronic─â vom r─âm├óne cu c├óte o copie. Este ca ┼či cum am merge cu o carte la xerox. ├Än ambele cazuri, autorul, care a depus mult efort ├«n a scrie o carte de care noi s─â ne bucur─âm, nu va primi astfel niciun leu.

Cum îl faci cadou?

Dac─â ┼úi-a pl─âcut o carte foarte mult ┼či ai vrea s─â i-o d─âruie┼čti unui prieten, solu┼úia este foarte simpl─â. Libr─âriile online ne cunosc nevoile ┼či au un sistem prin care putem pl─âti ├«nc─â o copie a c─âr┼úii electronice, care ├«i va fi trimis─â apoi persoanei c─âreia vrem s─â ├«i facem o bucurie. Desigur, asta implic─â un cost suplimentar, dar este legal.

În ce condiţii se poate da ca premiu la un concurs?

Ebookul poate fi, a┼ča cum am men┼úionat anterior, cump─ârat de tine drept cadou prin folosirea acestei op┼úiuni speciale a libr─âriilor online. Totu┼či, mai exist─â o variant─â, ┼či care nu implic─â o plat─â suplimentar─â. Aceasta se refer─â la ob┼úinerea acordului de la autorul c─âr┼úii sau de la editura care a publicat-o. Permisiunea este acordat─â, de obicei, bloggerilor care se ocup─â cu scrierea recenziilor. Cum se procedeaz─â? Este simplu. Autorii au, de regul─â, un site sau blog personal pe care exist─â o pagin─â de contact. Astfel, le pute┼úi trimite un mesaj, unde v─â prezenta┼úi frumos ┼či le explica┼úi c─â vre┼úi s─â ┼úine┼úi un concurs ┼či ├«i ├«ntreba┼úi dac─â vor s─â ofere un ebook c├ó┼čtig─âtorului. Tot a┼ča pute┼úi ob┼úine ┼či voi un ebook ├«n schimbul unei recenzii. Simplu ┼či, cel mai important, legal.

O alt─â variant─â ar fi s─â participa┼úi ├«n book tour-uri. Companiile care le organizeaz─â sunt pl─âtite de autori sau editori ┼či v─â pot oferi, de multe ori, c├óte un ebook al c─âr┼úii pe care vre┼úi s─â o promova┼úi, fie pentru o recenzie, fie ca premiu pentru un concurs pe care vre┼úi s─â-l organiza┼úi. Astfel de companii sunt, de exemplu, Black Lion Tours ┼či Xpresso Book Tours

Sub nicio form─â:

  • nu desc─ârca┼úi ebookuri piratate de pe internet

  • nu oferi┼úi ebookuri cuiva f─âr─â permisiune de la autor sau editur─â, sau f─âr─â s─â cump─âra┼úi o copie suplimentar─â pentru fiecare persoan─â c─âreia ├«i face┼úi cadou cartea

  • nu promova┼úi pirateria! Dac─â vede┼úi c─â altcineva face asta, ├«ndruma┼úi-l pe calea corect─â!


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joi, 11 aprilie 2013

Recenzie: Apocalipsa dup─â Ceau┼čescu - Sergiu Some┼čan

11 aprilie 1 Comments


„├Än 2012 - an ├«n care evenimentele politice din Rom├ónia nu i-au prea scos din cas─â pe scriitorii autohtoni, dar─âmite s─â-i mai ┼či determine s─â scrie! - , Sergiu Some┼čan a fost singurul care a avut ├«ndr─âzneala s─â-┼či exprime, prin crea┼úia sa, atitudinea fa┼ú─â de cele ├«nt├ómplate la referendumul care a transformat ├«n «oameni invizibili» aproape 8,5 milioane de aleg─âtori rom├óni. Povestirea sa F─âuritorul de vise, publicat─â deocamdat─â numai on-line pe blogul http://moshulsf.wordpress.com, a fost citit─â ┼či apreciat─â ├«n doar c├óteva zile de peste 700 de internau┼úi - mai mul┼úi dec├ót tirajul mediu actual al unei c─âr┼úi ├«n Rom├ónia!!! Iar dac─â v─â ├«ntreba┼úi de ce a luat atitudine ├«ntr-un subiect pe care cei mai mul┼úi colegi de breasl─â l-au «b─âgat sub pre┼č» ori s-au f─âcut c─â nu exist─â, atunci v─â dau ┼či o explica┼úie: pentru c─â - dac─â-i citi┼úi lucr─ârile - ve┼úi descoperi c─â este un scriitor «vertical», cu atitudine, un om pentru care societatea reprezint─â at├ót obiect c├ót ┼či subiect de discu┼úie, ├«n majoritatea cazurilor la modul foarte responsabil. A┼ča cum unii se pricep s─â manevreze sabia, pu┼čca, securea sau suli┼úa, eventual tancul sau racheta intercontinental─â, Sergiu Some┼čan ┼čtie s─â manevreze CUV├éNTUL ┼či o face pentru cauze nobile… ┼či o face foarte bine!” ┼×tefan Ghidoveanu

Gen: Literatura romana, scriitori clasici si contemporani
Num─âr de pagini: 166
Ap─ârut la Editura Vremea

Recenzie





├Än ultima vreme, cum editurile rom├óne┼čti se preocup─â ├«n principal cu scoaterea pe band─â rulant─â a c─âr┼úilor de mare succes dincolo de grani┼úele Rom├óniei, s-ar p─ârea c─â am uitat s─â apreciem valoarea literaturii autohtone. Mea culpa, ┼či eu sunt o cititoare a literaturii americane ┼či britanice, mai ales de c├ónd am ┼či un Kindle pe care pot s─â o citesc ├«n limba englez─â. ├Än afara literaturii din programa de bacalaureat ┼či a c├ótorva clasici precum Mircea Eliade, Cella Serghi sau Ionel Teodoreanu, am "degustat" din scriitorii rom├óni contemporani prea pu┼úin. Astfel se explic─â ├«nc├óntarea mea ├«n momentul ├«n care domnul Sergiu Some┼čan m-a ├«ntrebat dac─â mi-ar pl─âcea s─â-i citesc romanul intitulat "Apocalipsa dup─â Ceau┼čescu" ┼či s─â-mi ├«mp─ârt─â┼česc p─ârerea.

Trebuie s─â recunosc, ├«ns─â, c─â nu ┼čtiam la ce s─â m─â a┼čtept. Netr─âind vremurile comunismului, ┼čtiind despre cum se tr─âia pe atunci doar din pove┼čtile p─ârin┼úilor ┼či bunicilor, ┼či a orelor de istorie de la ┼čcoal─â, m─â temeam c─â nu voi aprecia cartea la adev─ârata ei valoare. M-am ├«n┼čelat.

├Änc─â de la primul capitol, mi-a c─âzut drag personajul principal, un b─âtr├ónel simpatic, pensionar, fost profesor. De unde porne┼čte toat─â povestea? Protagonistul nostru, pe nume Adam, este pasionat de lectur─â ┼či are o problem─â. El intuie┼čte c─â ar mai avea de tr─âit vreo zece ani, ┼či cum cite┼čte doar patru c─âr┼úi pe lun─â, nu are cum s─â termine de citit cele 1000 de c─âr┼úi pe care ┼či le cump─ârase. Cred c─â pot spune c─â to┼úi ┼čoriceii de bibliotec─â ├«l ├«n┼úelegem perfect pe Adam ┼či ne reg─âsim ├«n situa┼úia lui, aceea de a nu avea suficient timp pentru lectur─â. ├Än aceast─â situa┼úie, singurul s─âu prieten care-l mai viziteaz─â, Virgil, un inginer mecanic, tot pensionat, care "vede sunete ┼či aude tensori", pune la cale un plan prin care s─â-i prelungeasc─â via┼úa lui Adam cu cel pu┼úin zece ani. Ei, bine, de aici, totul o ia razna. Cum? Nu pot s─â v─â spun f─âr─â s─â v─â stric surpriza, dar implic─â universuri paralele, c─âl─âtorii ├«n timp ┼či multe evenimente stranii.

Scriitura este cu totul deosebit─â. Dialogul este frumos construit, descrierile exact c├ót trebuie de detaliate ┼či avem parte, pe l├óng─â cele men┼úionate anterior, ┼či de umor. Da, a┼ča cum se intuie┼čte din titlu, subiectul politicii se reg─âse┼čte ├«n roman, dar nu ├«ntr-o form─â plictisitoare. S─â spunem doar c─â autorul "spune lucrurilor pe nume" ├«n stilul s─âu unic.

Cartea este prima dintr-o trilogie, ┼či eu una de-abia a┼čtept continuarea, intitulat─â "Apocalipsa dup─â Virgil". Dac─â v-am captat aten┼úia, v─â invit s─â citi┼úi romanul, care poate fi g─âsit ┼či pe blogul autorului.

Book Blast & Giveaway: Stay by Jennifer Silverwood

11 aprilie 2 Comments





Book Synopsis

Sometimes, love isn’t as magical as people expect it to be… Rona believes love is nothing more than a myth, a tale for little girls. As the oldest daughter, she knows duty and family honor as well as the difference between salt and cinnamon. Until the immortal ruler of the seas appears from thin air and she is swept into a dark and dangerous affair. What was formerly myth soon becomes part of the everyday. And Rona believes when Seid tells her they will be together forever. But forever is a long time and after she betrays him, what was supposed to be an eternity in paradise becomes an eternity in hell. Now she is cursed, unable to feel human emotions except through the couples she is led to save. Two thousand years is an awfully long time to live alone. And the business of love saving isn’t what it used to be. By the twenty-first century, love has become an illusion as grandiose as magic and Rona’s ready to give up. Until the night she is seen by a human. Deep in the underbelly of the city that never sleeps, she recognizes him instantly. He may dress differently and have gained a few new scars, but she would recognize the face of her former lover in any lifetime. Trouble is, he seems to have no memory of her and he and his ex-girlfriend are the ones whose true love she’s meant to save. But when he starts to fall for her, she is forced to learn what it means to be human all over again. Past and present come full circle in this tale of love, forgiveness and woe.





Quick Facts 



Release Date: February 13, 2013.



Genre: NA Paranormal Romance



Formats: Kindle, PDF 


 

 

Excerpt

PROLOGUE




She walks amid the soft gray mist, the fog that rises up from the dew-softened earth. Her lover’s arms wrap round her, draw her to his broad chest, and she clings to him in return. And as always, I watch them from afar, from the lone north shore from behind the docks, listening to the creak of the wooden ship at my back and gentle lapping of waves caressing its hull. Overhead, seagulls cry as the sun begins to slip into its sea bed, casting a glow over the waters until they look to be on fire.


His lips caress hers and they walk together along the sands, towards the cottage stilted upon the rocks.


Relief floods me, completes me as I share in their satisfaction. The luminous cord, invisible to their eyes but ever present to mine, has repaired itself. At last he has given into his feelings for her and put aside his pride. This time took me longer than expected, but this moment makes everything I have done worth it.


Or so I tell myself. I try to ignore the stab of bitter jealousy in my heart. I feel this every time I succeed, whether I want to or not, because their love burns me. As always I watch, cursed to never feel such emotion again by the very man I loved.


I slip into the waters easily, my skin ready to burst with its newfound freedom and the ecstasy of the cool sea as I watch them from the drifting surface. The curse still lies heavily upon me and with it I am incapable of ignoring their feelings for one another. Even from here I see the brilliance of the invisible golden thread tying them together, glowing like the morning sun. When they listened to their doubts and fears, the thread was weak, likely to snap any second. But now it is twisted and tied so tightly I can’t tell where one ends and the other begins. They are one now, as they were meant to be.


From my vantage point on the waterfront I watch them hold one another upon the front porch of their cottage home. Always watching and wondering, I want to ask the unseen power that governs us whether their love is true. So long it has been since I last tasted the ecstasy of true love that I can scarcely remember now. Is it only an apparition, as I have witnessed so often through the ages? A midnight flight of passion, treasured words, looks, touch—all is meaningless to me now.


But once you were like her, young, hopeful. Until the dream was shattered, that is.


We will know soon enough. The cord binding them may be tight, but the true test is coming. Trials never fail to come, by mine or some divine hand. Already I can feel its forces stirring far in the ocean behind me, pushing the waves in rougher breaks along the shore.


Oblivious, they smile and joke upon their whitewashed porch, watching as the sun rises with pink and purple and golden brilliance. At first they do not see the harsh clouds gathering overhead, nor the high mountainous waves gathering in the far distance. But I do, as I know the being responsible for those waves and this test.


I have often wondered if my curse truly is nothing more than a mockery of my love for him. I give of myself to protect these lovers, but in the end nature will be the one to trigger my curse. Will the magic inside of me rise up to save them? Or will it sweep them away to a tragic, albeit romantic death?


In the beginning I did not hesitate to shake my fists at those clouds. The creator isn’t responsible for this. It is him, the being who has been given certain powers and, in my experience, done nothing but abuse them. I loved him deeply once for his darkness and strength, his power that can rival the most violent of hurricanes. He told me we would live forever. He promised me the sea, his world, all to do our bidding.


The glory of dawn fades around us but the couple only has eyes for each other. So they don’t see the colors drain from the skies and the waters and seep beneath my skin instead. Sunlight fills my bones and my soul, until I am bursting with new light, so my eyes reflect the glory of the skies. The waters are gentle around me, even as the winds begin to pull them in harsh circles, drawing them tighter, higher.


I know the lovers notice the change when I feel the sudden spike of their emotions prickling at the back of my neck. Fear is in their hearts though he shelters her in his embrace. And she is comforted, though in truth he is just as powerless as she. And the dark clouds descend, closing the distance between the calm and storm at an alarming rate. Rain pours over us and the waters churn and swell. I can feel the sea’s anger, its great fury, and its need.


I turn back, towards the house by the sea. They have made no attempt to flee to safety, even as the seas grow and the waves turn out a great roar. I can’t help but wonder if it is all worth it. Perhaps they are better off dead? Will they not be happier with their lives ending in the throes of true love, rather than watching the love eventually fade and burn up to ashes? Life is so much crueler than they understand.


Yet miraculously, their cord only glimmers brighter with its own light. In this moment, I know that their love will last. Their devotion will never fade.


Aching within my heart and ignoring that old pang of sorrow that they have found what I must ever forgo, I can feel the color amid the black and gray dawn pour into me, shine through the calm waters about me and the rain. The power of the curse sings above the winds, whispering my instructions, and I take the first stroke towards the cottage. I am pulled towards them, hating that it is his song that compels me to obey when I detest it.


“Cursed,” he once cried in a fit of rage. His temper has always been as restless and unpredictable as the sea itself. But his words had power behind them and I felt the effects instantly. Too late to take it back.


Pain such as I once could not dream of in my human youth and ecstasy such as none could fathom fill my being as I swim towards them. With unnatural strength I push through the wild waters parting easily against my sides, urging me faster.


Tears glisten in her almond eyes. I can see them clearly now as they trickle down her cheek and blend with the rain. His hand shelters her head, in spite of the fear in his heart. He stands firm for her and defiantly for them both.


The waves are growing in strength and so I call upon the wind to push harder and faster. I lift up my arms and am gathered up into the core of a high ocean wave, a high wall of pure water and a force of nature within itself. Color and light surrounds and fills me as I keep my arms outstretched towards them and welcome the pain. Light shines from every pore of my skin, shimmering and changing, inconstant as dawn until dusk.


I watch as their eyes grow wide, disbelieving, as the wave guides me to hover just above the whitewashed porch, mere inches before their faces. I prepare myself for the pain I’m about to embrace and sigh when the air between us shimmers as though lit with a thousand tiny stars. Time stands still in our tiny protected sphere, while rushing madly outside of the captured air.


My body trembles with the effort to hold firm against the hurricane pounding against my back. Despite the sting I do not stop. Instead I focus on their faces, the ones I’ve been led by a higher power to save. Relief, terror and awe emanate from their eyes as the ocean roars around us and shakes the tender foundations of the wooden cottage built upon the rocks. As always I know they will live happily ever after as I never could.


I stand until I can stand no more, until only the spray of harsh winds billows on. Only then am I convinced they will be safe and allow the waters to carry me back down to the rocks. They cave into one another as I limp back into the sea and allow myself to fade from their sight.


Soon I am strong enough to walk upon the shore once more and the colors I stole from the world around me shine yet from my eyes, ingrained upon my skin. Eventually they will fade, when I am pulled to my next mission, my next task.


As I walk away I can still feel echoes of their love. One day they will answer, when others ask how they survived, that they cannot remember what happened when the hurricane came to take them. They’ll push the memory of me away until it is nothing more than a vague dream. Perhaps it is best they remain ignorant of a hidden world they can never see.


I know I will never forget their faces, the ones I managed to save and those I failed. And as always as I walk on alone I can already feel others in the distance.


“Cursed,” he once said, striking his words upon me to satisfy his own fears. I will be with him forever, he says, yet not in the way I wanted.


Always I am doomed to walk the earth and seas, to find love and protect it. The one joy I can never feel again, I am cursed to preserve at all costs. Always to watch and never be seen, never touch. Always I will remain unchanged until I am freed.


My name is Orona and this is my tale.







GOODREADS       AMAZON


The Author

Jennifer Silverwood was raised deep in the heart of Texas and has been spinning yarns a mile high since childhood. In her spare time she reads and writes and tries to sustain her wanderlust, whether by touring the Carpathian Mountains in Transylvania, the highlands of Ecuador or taking a road trip to the next town. After attending three different universities without managing to square a degree, she decided to do the next logical thing; become a writer. Always on the lookout for her next adventure, in print or reality, she dreams of one day proving to the masses that everything really is better in Texas. She is the author of the Heaven's Edge series and Silver Hollow.

To stay tuned, please have a gander at her website: www.jennifersilverwood.com

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