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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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Lexie Lumins

Lexie Lumins Altered to Kill Young Adult Book Character Bio

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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Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

Grounded by Heather Young-Nichols

What is there not to love about a story that follows a sassy, confident Gremalian teen on the hunt to find a boy who’s supposed to save her people in a war against Gobels? Nothing, really. I enjoyed every minute of Alyssum Bracken’s story.

As a huge YA paranormal fan, it was quite the treat to stumble upon a novel with creatures I’ve never read about. Heather Young-Nichols does a fabulous job bringing to life such a sarcastic, funny, and rebellious female lead. Alyssum captured the essence of what it’s like stepping into adulthood by learning to make her own decisions when it comes to her life and what she wants to do.

Apart from Alyssum, who was a great lead, I loved several other characters, including her love interests, Jensen and Aric. Heather crafted the perfect story between them that didn’t disappoint. I also felt for Alyssum’s father, the leader of the Gremalians, and thought his character perfectly portrayed what it would be like having to be a leader all the while wanting and needing to protect his family. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for his and Alyssum’s relationship.

Another thing I loved about Grounded was the world building and how little pieces of Alyssum’s life and power were woven throughout the story. I liked how she knew she could stand up for herself, fight along with the best, and also not let others hold her back. It was refreshing.

I highly recommend this story to those who enjoy YA paranormal romance, love triangles, unique creatures, a fierce and feisty female lead, and some hot book boyfriends. I look forward to the next book in the series!

Get your copy of Grounded here.


 

About the Author (from Amazon)

Heather Young Nichols

Heather Young-Nichols has been writing since she was little. After a life hiatus from all things fun, she returned in full force and hasn’t stopped since. It’s unusual to find her without her computer, a book or her kindle unless she’s spending time with her family. And the real fun comes out during baseball season. Then, all bets are off. Heather grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and graduated from Saginaw Valley State University with a degree in Sociology. Although she’s currently living in the country, she’s always been more of a city girl.

Author links: AmazonWebsiteFacebookTwitter

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Nate Burnham

NATE BURNHAM

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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Introducing Altered to Kill!

I’m so excited to finally share the cover and book blurb for my newest series, which is a standalone companion series to Destined for Dreams, called the Finding Nate series. Altered to Kill is a novel dear to my heart, because it’s what inspired my creature and Human Preservation Agency world. I hope you enjoy it and love the cover as much as I do!

Now without further ado…

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Seventeen-year-old Nate Burnham never thought killing would be easy, but when his girlfriend, Mira Everson, is attacked by an incubus disguised as a classmate, Nate discovers love is worth killing for. With the possibility of a grim future, Nate finds himself in the back of an unmarked van with a decision to make—spend life behind bars or enroll in the Special Abilities Task Force run by the Human Preservation Agency. In order to protect Mira, Nate joins the secret organization and is plunged into a world of monsters, murder, and secrecy.

Mira Everson’s life is turned upside down when she discovers Nate has been abducted by scientists who have the ability to rewrite lives. She flees her home to escape a deadly agent sent to kill her, and she must come to terms with the idea that any future contact with Nate could result in her death.

Thrust into a war between humans and creatures, Nate and Mira are fated to fight on opposing sides. Can they unravel the secrets of the supernatural world or will they face deadly consequences?

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Here’s an excerpt:

I’m going to need a lot more than this dish rag and paper towels to clean up the pool of blood seeping from Ryder’s stomach. The puddle smears when I rub it instead of being soaked up like it should be. “Stop bleeding already, man.” I drop the dish towel, splattering blood on my shoes. “Where the heck is the mop?” I don’t know why I even ask. No one will respond.

I wipe my hands on my jeans without thinking. “Oh, come on!” I’m starting to look like a murderer. Hate to break it to you, Nate, but your appearance is the least of your worries. I’m sweaty, have blood all over me, and I’m sure my eyes are wild.

Think, Nate. Think. Think. Think. I growl like a rabid dog. “Why can’t you just go away?” I kick Ryder’s leg. “You piece of crap lunatic!” I kick him again. “You should be the one going to jail. You attacked my girlfriend. You held a knife to her throat. I heard you tell her how she didn’t deserve to live. How you were going to make her feel the pain she made you feel. But guess what? You did that to yourself. You knew she was in love with me. Mira is my girlfriend. Not yours. And if anyone should deserve to live, it’s her.” I kick him so hard his body rolls over.

What the…? No way. Bodies don’t decompose this fast. Part of the skin on Ryder’s arm is blackening. It looks like it’s raw and melting away, yet Ryder has only been dead for just over an hour. I nudge his arm with the toe of my shoe and it deflates. I jerk back in surprise. It’s foul and intriguing. Does Hollywood keep this postmortem fact a secret? I never knew this about dead bodies. At least he doesn’t stink. Actually, he smells rather nice. Like cinnamon rolls. Man, I’m disgusting.

Morticians have a lot of work to make bodies look presentable. If they threw Ryder in a casket now, it’d have to be closed. He’s nasty looking. But dang, his warm pastry smell is overpowering and making me hungry.

I shake my head to regain focus, but I can’t. My stomach growls. Despite Ryder’s disgusting flesh, his scent is mouthwatering, and I almost want take a bite out of him. Almost. Now that’s one way to get rid of the body.

I yank my shirt over my nose. This body cleanup business is ludicrous. I need to put him in a trash bag and somehow manage to get him in the back of my Ford Ranger without anyone seeing me.

I kick the dishrag away. No point in trying to soak up the blood if Ryder isn’t going to stop bleeding and decomposing. The police would never believe this happened just over an hour ago. Maybe that would help my case. I can find an alibi for another day and time. I wonder if anyone would believe I just stumbled upon him. With the way he looks now, only a DNA test could determine who the body belongs to. He’s in your girlfriend’s kitchen. That still leaves her a suspect.

I stumble around the rotting corpse and yank a few black trash bags from under the sink. They’re impossible to unfold with my gooey fingers, and I shake them until they open. With one hand, I yank Ryder’s blood-matted hair until he’s is sitting up. I let go to adjust the bag when he slumps against my chest. The trash bag slips from my fingers, and my shirt yanks down with Ryder’s weight. The cinnamon roll smell smacks me in the face, and I breathe deeply.  “You’re making me so hungry.”

I lean closer and closer. I can’t help it. I can’t do anything to stop myself. I have to taste him. One little bite won’t hurt.

I grab his soft, slimy arm and bring it to my mouth. Don’t do it! This is disgusting. And crazy. And completely not something a normal person would do. Pull it together. Seriously, pull it together! My mind doesn’t want any part of this Ryder tasting, but my hands won’t drop his arm, and my mouth won’t stay shut. I’m really doing this. I’m going to take a bite out of a dead guy.

I hope you enjoy Altered to Kill! You can pre-order a copy on Amazon!

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**New** Announcing Destined for Death!

Destined for Death by Ginna Moran

 

I’m happy to announce that Destined for Death, the 3rd and final installment in the Destined for Dreams series is available for pre-order and due to release May 8, 2015. Destined for Death picks up a few weeks from where Destined for Despair left off, and will leave you on the edge of your reading chair. While I’m sad Hunter and Nadia’s story is finished for now, I’m thrilled to share it with you.

Here is the blurb:

Seventeen-year-old Nadia Petrov’s world is shaken when the Human Preservation Agency robs her of the chance to live a normal life with the boy of her dreams.

Nadia finds herself in a devastating situation; she must hide her nightmare inflicting side as a means of survival—the discovery of her ability being a death sentence. The only thing keeping Nadia from succumbing to her unbearable circumstances is that Hunter Sullivan, the boy she’s madly in love with, feigns loyalty to the HPA to protect her.

 A possibly fatal decision leaves Nadia’s life hanging in the balance, and she must fight for a life away from the HPA or face a future destined for death.

In the final installment of the Destined for Dreams series, love and loyalty will be tested, trust will be broken, and sacrifices will be made.

I hope you enjoy it as much I do! Don’t forget to one-click pre-order on Amazon. It’ll also be available on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and Apple iBooks.

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*NEW* Escaping Fate- A Destined for Dreams Short Story

I’m excited to introduce a new, free, prequel short story in the Destined for Dreams series. Escaping Fate is the telling of Alyssa Callaghan’s story and how she had come to meet Dmitri Petrov, and of course Nadia. It takes place just over a year before Destined for Dreams and is told from Alyssa’s point of view. It was a lot of fun writing Alyssa’s story because of her seer ability, and I hope you enjoy it, too!

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The Blurb:

Plagued with visions of possible futures, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Callaghan was abandoned by her parents and taken in by her uncle. In a scheme to make money, Alyssa’s uncle forces her to predict the future for anyone willing to pay, even criminals.

After predicting the outcome of a planned homicide, Alyssa discovers that her fate is on the line. While racing to change her future, strange premonitions lead Alyssa to a world of mystery, magic, and murder. Alyssa must rely on strangers for help to escape her morbid fate. Is she strong enough to save herself in the end?

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**NEW** Hunter’s Curse: A Destined for Dreams Short Story

Hunter's Curse Ebook by Ginna Moran

I’m excited to announce Hunter’s Curse, a prequel short story to Destined for Dreams! Hopefully it’ll hold you over as you wait for the release of Destined for Despair.

I absolutely loved writing Hunter’s Curse. Jacqueline Matthews finally decided to speak to me and let me share a story from her perspective. She’s always been my most conflicted character, even before she met Hunter and Nadia, and now you can find out why.  Hunter’s Curse reveals the events leading up to Hunter’s imprisonment and how he and Jacqueline met. I hope you enjoy the story as much as I do.

Here’s the book blurb. Enjoy!

Seventeen-year-old Hunter Sullivan is the son of a doctor who is on the board of the Human Preservation Agency, an organization designed to rid the world of supernatural creatures. On the fast track to joining the ranks of the HPA’s agents when he turns eighteen, Hunter is set on spending the rest of his life fighting to protect humanity from monsters.

Jacqueline Matthews has been on the run all her life. Born a sin-eater, Jacqueline attracts bad souls and senses the wrong-doings of people. She has the ability to wipe away a person’s sins with the consequence of killing the person, but leaving their soul to die in peace. When tragedy strikes and she finds herself facing her own death, she must do everything she can to survive.

When Hunter and Jacqueline’s paths meet, both their lives are put on the line and an unthinkable bargain is made, changing their lives forever.

Hunter’s Curse is available on Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Apple iBooks, and Smashwords. If you loved Hunter’s Curse, feel free to leave a review online. I’d be forever grateful.

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Character Bio-Alyssa Callaghan

When plotting out a loose storyline for Destined for Dreams, Nadia Petrov was supposed to be a complete loner, but when I actually sat down to write the novel, she had a best friend from the very first page. Alyssa Callaghan’s character was a lot of fun to write because of her seer ability. While Alyssa isn’t all-knowing—her visions are based off the decisions of others—she’s definitely someone you’d want on your side.

Nadia and Alyssa are a lot alike because they both see things in their own worlds—nightmares or visions—that they can’t see in real life while living in their community. They also see the worst of the world, from people’s fears to the consequences of bad decisions, and the darkness that shadows over them through their abilities is what bonds them together.

Now without giving too much away, I’d like to share Alyssa’s character bio with you.

 

Alyssa Callaghan

Name: Alyssa Callaghan
Age: Seventeen
Hair Color: Red
Eye color: Green
Ability/Creature: Seer—predicts the outcome of decisions/ can narrow down the best possible outcome for a specific decision.
Family: Considers Nadia and Dmitri family.
Fears: Alyssa is afraid of her past and of losing the people she cares about. 
Strengths: She’s reasonable and not quick to make decisions. She is a good judge of character and brave.
Quote: “My advice is to just not make any decisions yet. First think about the future you’d have with Hunter and if it would be worth risking everything you have for it.”

I hope you enjoyed this look at Alyssa Callaghan! If you have any non-spoilery questions, please leave a comment. I love hearing from you!

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