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Saturday, August 17, 2013

'Emergence' review

‘Emergence’, the last novel in Rachel E. Fisher’s breathtaking trilogy ‘Eden’s Root’, proves to be a moving, cathartic closure to the series. While I always focus on Fi, the truth is, I fell in love with all of the characters, especially Asher and Sean.

Without dropping plot bombs here, I will only say that I applaud the way these characters have grown through their trials and heartache but still –always- maintain a sense of youth and spark. Even in their darkest hours, even when Fi is in “the nothing”, I never lose sight of what makes her her. As the war with the Truthers rages, I still see Fi for Fi, Asher for Asher, etc… Fisher’s characters do not grow into strangers, changing too fast for readers to comprehend. They grow into themselves. They flourish in dust and blood as real people do.

Fisher doesn’t hold back. She never has. That’s what makes the ‘Eden’s Root’ series great. But I will admit, while I usually shy away from such endings, I did have a rewarding smile on my lips as I read the final pages. I felt a wholeness, and that is quite a feat for an author to accomplish.

There. I know this review sounds elusive, but so much happens in ‘Emergence’ and I don’t want to spoil it for fellow readers. 

I loved it! Fisher brings the series to a close with heart. 


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Indie Life -Interview with author Teshelle Combs

Teshelle Combs is the awesome author of 'Core', 
a young adult novel about a girl and...her dragon. You heard me. :)

A perfect read for dragon, shapeshifter, and supernatural enthusiasts, 'Core' introduces us to Ava Johnson's world. She's tough, but not without heart. And the reader can't help but fall in love with her as well as her relationship with Cale Anders, a sympathetic, enigmatic hottie who just happens to be a red dragon (err, he will be one day if he can find a rider and make the shift).

Click here for my full review. 


Now it's interview time!

Hello, Teshelle! Please tell us a little about yourself.

Let's see...obviously, my name is Teshelle Combs, though I oftengo by the nickname Tess. I'm 24 years old, married and expecting my first baby by the end of August, and I live in Cape Coral, FL. Both my hubs and I graduated from the University of Central Florida, me with a bachelor's in English.

Coming from St. Thomas where storytelling was part of your upbringing, who, as a storyteller, has inspired you the most?

Definitely my dad. He's a fantastic storyteller, from preaching on a Sunday morning, to telling me jokes on the way home from school in the afternoons. Storytelling is a huge part of our culture. Every get-together is centered around relaxing, eating good food, and sharing stories.

How did you meet Ava, the main character of 'Core'? Did she come to you in a dream, an explosive moment of clarity, or a slower process?

Ava was inspired by my childhood best friend. The toughness of her, the ability to care for others without seeking others to care for her, and yes, even the boxing are inspired by the girl who accepted my friendship proposal in third grade beneath the coconut tree at recess. Of course, Ava has grown into her own character and differs in many ways from my friend, but the Ava seed? I have my bf to thank for that!

If you could tell Ava or any of her counterparts one thing, what would it be?

I would tell most of my characters one thing: sorry.

Sorry I imagined you just to put you through all this turmoil. Sorry that I sacrifice your comfort for the sake of character conflict. Sorry that you come second to the needs of my plot. I feel kind of guilty, and maybe a little like a villain, but least I'm sorry!

What have you learned from your characters?

I've learned not to take things at face value, that there's always more to the story. My characters teach me how to see past people's mistakes; that they have hurt, they have motive, they have reasons for everything they do or say. I suppose, in a nutshell, my characters teach me how life is a lot like plot. Each real-life character I meet has a backstory that I don't know, and because of that, I should be more patient, more understanding, and overall I should attempt to be a better reader of life-stories.

Do you have other series in the works -on page or in your mind?

I do! I have half a novel written that I think would make a great story. It's more of a love story, but my characters are so intriguing. It's already gone through my number one beta reader/biggest fan, who thinks it's marvelous (because she's my little sister, and that's kind of her job). But I also need to work on the sequel for Core, so my fans don't stop at the Home Depot to grab pitch forks. I'm hoping to whip myself into gear and get to work on the new series, as well as the sequel to Core.

Please answer James Lipton's final ten:

What is your favorite word?


What is your least favorite word?


What turns you on?

Unexpected kiss on the cheek.

What turns you off? 

When he puckers, and you lean in for the kiss, but he was actually just burping.

What sound or noise do you love?

The horn on my brother's 2004 Volkswagon Jetta.

What sound or noise do you hate?

Scratchy noises, like on a chalkboard or really any firm surface.

What is your favorite curse word?


What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?


What profession would you not like to do?

Any office job. Literally ANY office job. They suck the life out of my soul. 

If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Well done, daughter. Welcome home. 

Thank you so much, Teshelle! 
I can't wait for the sequel to 'Core'.

And for the rest of you, don't forget to hop!