Bond to Break Cover Reveal

I’m super excited to share the cover of the final installment in the Finding Nate series, Bond to Break! The action-packed conclusion follows Mira Everson and Nate Burnham as they immerse themselves deeper into the war between science and magic—a war that could easily tear them apart.

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And now without further ado, the cover and blurb for Bond to Break: Finding Nate Book 3.

Planning the ultimate act of revenge is easy for seventeen-year-old Mira Everson when she has nothing left to lose. After sacrificing her freedom to save her ex-boyfriend, Nate Burnham, Mira must test her limits to discover what she’s capable of. Endowed with dark powers due to a magical bond with Nate, Mira must risk losing everything good within her in a war she never wanted to be a part of—if she is to survive.

Unable to accept that Mira wants to fight their battle alone, Nate turns to the creature world for help in rescuing her from the hands of their enemies. Immersing himself deeper in the creature world turns out to be more than Nate bargained for. A shocking discovery makes him question what he’s doing with his life—because as it turns out, his enemies might’ve been right all along.

With enemies on both sides of the war between science and magic blurring the lines between friends and foes, Nate and Mira must figure out where their loyalty lies—and if it’s with each other. Can they survive with their lives and hearts intact, or will their unbreakable bond be their undoing?

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Character Bio – Tristan Sparks

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Name: Tristan Sparks

Age: 19

Physical Features: Over six feet, reddish-brown hair, bright green eyes, lanky yet strong.

Style: Jeans and T-shirts, always has some sort of leather bands with elfin charms.

Strengths: Tristan is an elf with a strong grasp of magic. He’s persistent, caring, selfless, and wise beyond his years.

Weaknesses: Overly curious and somewhat of a pushover.

Quote: “While the HPA is powerful, they’re not all powerful. Look how many times they’ve underestimated you, or all the times their skills were faulty, or the times that their own people have turned against them—they’re only human.” This is one of my favorite Tristan quotes because of the truth of his words.

Fun Facts:

  • Tristan’s last name is never actually mentioned in the novel.
  • I had a lot of fun creating what elves are like in my HPA and Creature Council world. Elves happen to be one of the most powerful creatures and can create all sorts of charms and talismans for any situation. It’s why they have one of the few seats on the council.
  • The HPA used elfin blood to formulate the virus to alter human DNA to give people a tracking ability like Evie’s.
  • Tristan has the potential to live hundreds of years if he’s careful.
  • The telling feature of an elf is their pointy ears.

I hope you enjoyed a more in-depth look at one of my favorite book boyfriends, and I hope you enjoy Tristan in Stolen from Me, which you can purchase here.

XOXO,

Ginna

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Writing Stolen from Me Thoughts and Facts

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With the release of Stolen from Me upon us, I figured I’d share what I loved about the next part of Nate and Mira’s journey as they figure out their place in the creature and Human Preservation Agency world. Good versus evil is a running theme through my novels, and while things have never been clear or black and white, Stolen from Me shines a light on good and evil within a person and how they handle it.

I loved writing Stolen from Me and exploring the darker sides of my characters. With Nate Burnham, the Human Preservation Agency altered him into a killer—or what Dr. Prudence referred to as a “better killer” since he was capable of murder before the HPA brought him in as we saw in the beginning of Altered to Kill with the incubus. Stolen from Me focuses on Nate’s struggle with trying not to kill and learning how to survive in what he thinks is a kill or be killed world.

On the other side of things, Mira Everson has been quite the opposite of Nate. As an enchantress, she’s innately benevolent, and she encourages Nate to be the boy she fell in love with. Unfortunately, she finds herself in a downward spiral as she starts to recognize the real evil in the world. She battles with her humanity and starts to question if it’s worth being good when the bad guys seem to always win. Out of all my characters, Mira has the biggest transformation which you’ll see in the second installment of the Finding Nate series.

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Apart from what I loved exploring with Mira and Nate, I figured I’d share a few more fun facts and tidbits to watch out for while you read.

  1. Stolen from Me was the book that sparked the idea for the Destined for Dreams series. It was written before all three books and stories, and I went back and rewrote Stolen from Me after the fact to tie things into the Destined for Dreams series.
  2. You get to meet one of my favorite characters in Stolen from Me. His name starts with a T, and I’ve considered giving him his own series.
  3. I introduce a creature I’ve never written about before.
  4. Dreams are pretty prominent in all of my books, whether or not there’s a nightmare inflictor involved.
  5. I love the unexpected side effects caused by Nate giving Mira a fresh start in Altered to Kill. The scenes capturing his reactions were interesting to write.
  6. If you’ve read Destined for Dreams, you know the connection Nate shares with the Creature Council. Nate is the last one to know.
  7. Creatures on the west coast tend to be more aggressive because they haven’t had any sort of Creature Council protection until recently.
  8. I’m not able to share my favorite quotes because they contain spoilers.
  9. Some of Evie’s old friends make an appearance.

I hope you look forward to reading Stolen from Me! You can pre-order today or purchase your copy on April 12th!

Links: 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stolen-Me-Finding-Nate-Book-ebook/dp/B01CRI5QVK/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/stolen-from-me-finding-nate/id1097632650?mt=11

Barnes&Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stolen-from-me-ginna-moran/1123600170?ean=2940152945249

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/stolen-from-me-finding-nate-book-2

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/625947

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Lexie Lumins

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Name: Lexie Lumins

Age: Mid-twenties

Physical Features: Long black hair, blue eyes, petite, 5’4”

Style: Maxi skirts, bold patterns, colorful, full-length dresses, lots of jewelry

Strengths: Matriarch of Luminous Sisterhood, sensibility, independent, empathetic

Weaknesses: Always puts others first, bound by Enchantress Sisterhood law

Quote: “The mind is a powerful thing.” I love this quote because it sums up enchantresses. They understand the mind because their power influences it. They have to know just what to say to get an everlasting effect on someone. Physical commands are easy, but changing the way a person thinks takes a master. It’s why Lexie is the matriarch of her faction of the Enchantress Sisterhood.

Fun Facts:

  • Lexie is responsible for helping Alyssa Callaghan, from the Destined for Dreams series and Escaping Fate, leave the hardships of her life.
  • Lexie has no living biological family.
  • The book she shows Mira with the history of the HPA is one of four in existence. Only the other matriarchs of the sisterhood have a copy except for the Ever Sisterhood, since there isn’t a matriarch. The remaining copy resides with the Creature Council’s enchantress from the Destined for Dreams series.
  • The different factions of the Enchantress Sisterhood are Luminous, Crescent, Midnight, and Ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed an in-depth look at the amazing enchantress, Lexie Lumins! Sign up for my newsletter to read about Lexie’s first appearance in the creature world that the Destined for Dreams series and the Finding Nate series share.

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Evie Thompson

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Name: Evie Thompson

Age: 17

Physical features: Dark hair cut into a bob, golden skin, hazel eyes, slim/athletic.

Style: Casual wear, jeans, T-shirts, boots, scrubs within the HPA training facility.

Favorite Activities: Shopping, studying, learning about the creature world.

Fears: Making bad decisions, uncertainty, death, fighting against someone she knows.

Strengths: She’s fast and quick thinking, intelligent, careful, a critical thinker.

Weaknesses: Wishy-washy, anxious, regretful, a follower.

Quotes: “I’m just scared. You know, this whole thing wasn’t what I signed up for. The board told me I’d be safe, that I wouldn’t have to worry anymore because I’d be powerful and able to fight. They lied. I’m more scared than ever.” This is one of my favorite Evie lines because it’s one that rings true to her situation. Her realization speaks volumes to the evolution of her character from what role she played in the Destined for Dreams series.

Fun facts:

  • Evie’s name is four letters like Nate, Mira, and Liam. Like Nate, she goes by a nickname instead of her real name, Evangeline.
  • Evie has more secrets and tells more lies than anyone in the series.
  • Evie both loves and hates Nate’s impulsivity.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this in-depth look into Evie!

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Destined for Love Q&A and Other Stuff

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A few people have asked me questions about Destined for Love and a few other novels, and I figured I’d compile them into a blog post for easy finding. If you have any burning questions, feel free to leave a comment, send me a message through my contact page, or reach out to me through one of my social media pages—just don’t call me. I hate talking on the phone. 🙂


1. Why not use Valentine’s Day in Destined for Love?

I had originally considered using Valentine’s Day, but as it turns out, Nadia spent Valentine’s Day with the HPA. I don’t write about holidays in many of my books and never set an actual date for anything to keep the story evergreen and as readable as possible so it never feels outdated. It’s a fantasy world, so I used that to my advantage to create a creature world holiday. To vaguely answer as to when Lovers’ Day is, it would take place sometime between March and April, before the start of Altered to Kill.

2. Will there be more stories from Hunter and Nadia after this?

As far as I know, no. This is the last story that takes place for Nadia and Hunter. Of course, I know never to say never, but at this time, I don’t have anything planned. The rest of my writing year will focus on the Finding Nate series, a few standalone books, a new series, and editing the final spinoff companion series that features Mason Sullivan, Hunter’s brother. I might schedule some time to write a Mira and Nate short story or novella, but nothing is planned at this time.

3. Will Nadia and Hunter meet Mira and Nate?

Without spoiling too much, the simple answer is yes. Their stories take place in the same world within months of each other, so you can expect a run-in or two.

4. What’s with the new enemies in the creature world? Wasn’t the Human Preservation Agency awful enough?

I love blurring and blending the idea of good versus evil in a lot of my novels. In the Destined for Dreams series, you see mostly the good among the creature world, but that’s because the evil that is the HPA outshines all the other stuff. In the Finding Nate series, the darker side of the creature world comes lurking out of the shadows. It all depends on what character you ask and what you define as good and evil. New enemies keep things interesting for me and hopefully you, too.

5. Why aren’t there any vampires or werewolves in your series? They’re the most common creatures in paranormal books.

I thought long and hard about introducing both of those creatures, but ultimately kept them out of the Destined for Dreams and Finding Nate world. It doesn’t mean there aren’t creatures with the specific qualities to be considered a vampire or werewolf, but the creatures would fall under another name.

6. Some of your covers look different. Why did you change them?

You caught me! The covers for Hunter’s Curse, Escaping Fate, and Destined Together have all been changed slightly. I had the model portraying Jacqueline’s hair darkened to better match the Destined for Dreams cover. For Escaping Fate, I had the background fine-tuned to match my vision of what Alyssa Callaghan’s visions look like and opted for an image title to match the other books in the series. Lastly, two of the models on the Destined Together cover have been replaced with different poses of the same model, and Jacqueline’s eyes have been lightened to reflect a color more true to her character. I hope you like them!


That’s all the questions and answers I have for you at this time. I hope you enjoyed reading them, and again, if you have any questions of your own, reach out to me! I love to chat.

XOXO,

Ginna

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Liam Schultz

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Name: Liam Schultz

Age: 17

Physical features: Dark hair, dark eyes, tan skin, over six feet, thin and sinewy, facial scruff.

Style: Lots of black clothes, boots, hoodies, occasionally jeans.

Favorite activities: Playing guitar and singing, driving, music, performing at open mic night, song writing.

Fears: Not being strong enough, losing Mira, having his memories rewritten again.

Strengths: Level headed, great critical thinking skills, open-minded, adaptive.

Weaknesses: Being human, easily persuaded

Quotes: “‘Please, stay.’ His face hovers close, and through the shadow, I can see the outline of his eyes… ‘Mira, I know you’re with my best friend. I get that, and I respect that. But, I can’t stop myself from caring about you. I just wanted you to know. You’ve been in my life for so long, and I want to keep it that way. Please, stay with me. Please.’” I love the words Liam tells Mira when she’s recovering from the ceraste venom. He speaks his mind, unsure whether or not she can hear him, and does it because he’s unsure of what happens next. It shows how much he cares for her, even if nothing can happen between them.

Fun facts:

  • The song Liam sings to Mira in the car when she gets hit with a dart is one he wrote specifically for her. He thinks it was after Nate died, but Mira knows immediately that it had to be when she and Nate were still together since Nate never died. She’ll never mention it to him.
  • Liam blames Nate for all of their misadventures, even though it was the HPA’s fault.
  • Mira’s enchantress blood is what sways him in making the decision to help her find Nate.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Liam’s character bio! Do you have anything else you’d like to know? Leave your questions in the comments.

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Mira Everson

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Name: Mira Everson

Age: 17

Physical features: Blue eyes, long, straight black hair, Five and a half feet tall, full lips, delicate nose.

Style: Sundresses and skinny jeans, usually flip-flops, hoodies with anything.

Favorite activities: Watching sunsets, listening to music, shopping.

Favorite bands: Viral Night Walkers and Starlight Savages—both fictional.

Strengths: Feistiness, motivated, doesn’t give up

Weaknesses: Doesn’t recognize her potential, obsessive, overly focused, impulsiveness.

Quote: “I’m on a mission and some weird snake woman is not going to ruin my road trip. I’ve had enough fighting for my life for one week… ‘You better enjoy your last few minutes!’ I chuck a screw driver at her, and it hits her in the chest. She startles and backs up a few feet.” I chose this quote of Mira’s because it perfectly sums up her personality. She’s more likely to get over her fears quickly and gets angry with whoever tries to make her feel weak. It also captures her determination and resourcefulness.

Fun facts:

  • Mira loves music, a variety, but her favorite is indie rock. It was what made it easier to befriend Liam when she started going out with Nate.
  • Mira’s never been sick, not even with a cold. It’s one of the benefits of being an enchantress.
  • Mira’s enchantress bloodline runs with the Ever Sisterhood. Her great, great grandmother never told her son what she was, and he only had a son, and so on. Mira is the first girl born to the Everson’s (the last of the Ever Enchantresses) in decades.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a deeper look into Mira Everson. I can’t wait for you all to watch her morph and change as the series continues. You can pick up a copy of Altered to Kill here.

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Nate Burnham

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Name: Nate Burnham

Age: 17

Physical features: Green eyes, wavy, sometimes curly, blond hair, over six feet tall, lean and muscular.

Style: Beachwear, slip-on shoes, hoodies outside the HPA and then scrubs and jeans within.

Favorite activities: Hanging out at the beach, going to shows, eating, spending time with Mira and Liam.

Fears: Not being in charge of his future, the consequences in his forced actions, uncertainty.

Strengths: Curiosity, appetite for learning, questioning authority.

Weaknesses: Impulsivity, acting before thinking, constantly shifting moral compass.

Quote: “I’ve killed again. I’m officially a serial killer of sorts. I don’t like what I’m becoming, and I don’t know what to do about it.” This is one of my favorite Nate quotes because this is where he realizes he’s starting to change. His awareness of who he is, is what makes him stronger. It also pushes him into realizing what he wants with his future.

Fun facts:

  • In the original Altered to Kill, Nate never killed until he was forced by the Human Preservation Agency. He was originally taken by the HPA for drawing attention to himself in a senior prank gone wrong.
  • He once made Evie the best grilled cheese she’s ever tasted, but the scene was cut.
  • Nate’s name was shortened to have the same amount of letters as Mira’s name.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a more in-depth look at Nate Burnham! You can order your copy of Altered to Kill here.

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Altered to Kill Deleted Scene

As I find myself drawing near the end of the edits of the second book of my Finding Nate series, I figured I’d share one of my favorite scenes from the first book, Altered to Kill, that was cut and never made it into the final publication of the novel.

This scene takes place on Mira and Liam’s road trip to find Nate and includes the ghost of Bridgette, a character I had to cut for various reasons. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

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UNEDITED DELETED SCENE FROM ALTERED TO KILL

 MIRA

 

I sit in bed, holding a pillow to my chest. My puffy, red eyes burn from crying, and when I think I’m all out of tears, more manage to spill out. The television hums at a low volume, but I’m not watching it while Liam’s in the shower. I know he decided to take one to give me alone time, but I could use a hug.

I wipe my face on the pillow and flip through the photo album I had shoved into the glove compartment of the SUV for safe keeping. Every picture feels so long ago, like something from a history book of my life, and it’s hard to remember what it used to feel like being so happy without clouds constantly hanging over my head.

I stare at the ticket stubs and the picture of Nate, Liam, and me at a rock show after what was supposed to be Nate’s death date. The time-stamped was the proof I was going to show Liam but didn’t need to because the doctors were enough proof.

I lean back and stare at the ceiling. I count each breath, finding the will to calm down. I’m so depressed. I want to give up, curl into a ball under the blankets, and stay here forever. I’m homesick more than ever, and my heart hurts every time I remember I can’t go back.

A cool breeze plays with my hair, and I jerk up, startled. None of the windows are open and the AC unit isn’t on. I shiver as cool air slides over me again. Fear swells in my chest, and my heart races. There’s nothing here, but I can’t shake the feeling of being watched. I pull the blanket higher around me and search the room for something not there. I half expect the Boogie Man to jump from the half opened closet, and I grab the remote and turn the television up louder than my thoughts.

It blinks off.

I stare at the remote and hit the power button and set it down next to me. It blinks off again. Panic hammers through my chest, and I slide off the bed. My hands shake as I tiptoe across the room to the bathroom. When my fingers touch the door handle, the remote flies at the wall next to me.

I scream and run into the bathroom. Liam jumps from the shower, and I grab onto him, holding him in front of me like a shield. My hands slip off his wet shoulders, and I pull back, covering my eyes.

“I should’ve knocked,” I say, feeling behind me for the towel hanging above the toilet. My fear morphs into embarrassment, and I feel like running back into the room. It’s less mortifying out there.

“I’m covered,” he says. I glance at him through my fingers as he peeks into the room. “What’s wrong?”

I release a breath and stare at the floor. “Something weird happened.”

“You’re shaking.”

“It scared me to death. First the TV kept going off and then a remote flew at the wall. I think this place is haunted.”

Liam searches my face, and I can’t help but look at his bare chest. It’s very distracting, but I feel a lot better now. My heart isn’t pounding from fright anymore. It’s pounding harder because, well, it can’t help it.

“Maybe it was something electrical,” Liam suggests.

I reluctantly bring my eyes to his. “You don’t believe me.”

He sighs, rubbing his wet hair with his fingers. “It’s not that. A little TV flickering has never harmed anyone.”

Every single horror movie I’ve ever watched plays in my mind. “Are you crazy? TV flickering means we are going to die in here. It’s the perfect place. No one knows we’re here. People think I’m already dead. The TV flickering is taking advantage of me, and whatever is causing it is out to get me.”

He has the nerve to laugh. “I think you’re over thinking this entire situ—” Liam’s eyes widen and he freezes. By the look on his face, I know something horrifying is behind me.

My heart is going to explode. It can’t take this anymore. “You’re really scaring me.”

He offers his hand out to me and I take it. He pulls me to him, and I turn to look behind me. Nothing’s there, and I let out a giant breath. “Don’t mess with me. That wasn’t cool.” I push him back a little.

He frowns and doesn’t meet my eyes. “Look at the mirror.”

I turn away from him and shift my eyes to the mirror. My heart falls into my stomach when I see it. I compose myself even though I want to knock Liam out of the way and run out of the room. I step closer to the mirror instead. Traced into the steam is a word no one wants to see.

DIE.

I tap Liam’s shoulder and nudge him back so I can get out of here. He cups my chin instead of moving and turns me back to the mirror. A new line is forming and whatever is making it has more to say.

My eyes trace each letter as they form. H-I-D-E. “You want me to hide? Where? Who are you? Leo?”

N-O. The ghost is getting faster, but it’s not writing anything close to a novel and isn’t giving me the answers I want. B-R-I-D-G-E. What is that supposed to mean? The clues really suck. Am I going to die on a bridge? Or should I hide under one? “I need the map. I want to know what bridges are on the way to Virginia,” I say to Liam.

S-T-O-P. Each letter forms even faster. S-T-A-Y. A-W-A-Y.

Liam walks up to the mirror and inspects each word. “Stay away from Virginia,” he says. It’s weird hearing him talk to the mirror even though I was shooting out questions a second ago. It looks crazier than it feels.

Y-E-S. N-O-T. S-A-F-E.

“But Nate is our only chance. We need his help,” I argue.

C-H-A-N-G-E-D.

“What is that supposed to mean?” I ask.

D-I-E.

D-I-E.

D-I-E.

“Stop it!” I scream. I grab the hand towel and wipe the steam from the mirror. “Leave us alone.”

I fall into Liam and he holds me. He guides me away from the bathroom, and we sit together on the bed. He rests his hand on my knee and puts his arm around my shoulder. I sink into him and smell the fresh scent of his shower.

I twine my fingers through his hand holding my knee. “I’m at a loss.”

“It’ll all work out,” he says.

“How do you know?”

“I don’t. I’m trying to comfort you.”

I can’t help but smile. “Should we keep going?”

He shrugs. “I think so. Let’s try not to let a ghost influence our decision. We don’t even know who it is or if they’re messing with us.”

“You’re right,” I say.

Liam tucks my hair behind my ear. “We can leave now if you want.”

I press my head into his bare shoulder. “No, it’s fine, but you should really get dressed just in case.”

He smiles. “But I’m comfortable.”

I giggle and roll my eyes. Even after everything, Liam can still joke around and make me feel at ease. If only the ghost could’ve minded its own business and left us alone, I wouldn’t have to worry so much. The ghost has to be wrong. No one is going to die, not if I can help it.

Thanks for reading!

Ginna

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