Resilient Character Profiles by Patricia Vanasse

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I originally planned on spotlighting RESILIENT back in September, but due to personal obligations it had to be postponed until now.  Please check out these character profiles of Patricia Vanesse’s main characters in RESILIENT!

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Livia Berwick

Age: 17

Height: 5 ft 6 in

Hair: Long wavy black

Eyes: Turquoise blue


As far as Livia knows, her biological parents abandoned her on the footsteps of a Catholic Church convent in New York City. She was adopted by the Berwick couple and raised with all the love she needed.  Now she’s in search of her biological parents because she believes they have the answer to why she develops strange new powers every couple of years.

The first ability she developed was Empathy, which is the ability to feel emotions, thoughts, hopes, desires, and dreams of others. As cool as it sounds to be able to do something no one else can, Livia wishes she couldn’t. It affects her life making it difficult for her to live a normal teenage life. She has a strong personality and is very determined. Nothing will make her give up, until she wishes she had.


         “Why would Mom think my abilities are gift from God? Why does Dad seem to think the opposite? Being able to heal fast is my fifth ability to develop. What will be next? Or will this be it? I need to find my biological parents—someone, somewhere has to know who they are and what I am. I wonder if I was born different and they knew they had to get rid of me. It would explain why they left me at a church; they thought only God could have mercy on me.” (Livia Berwick.)


Adam Cooper

Age: 17

Height: 6 ft 0 in

Hair: Dense and smooth Brown

Eyes: Black


Adam is the older son of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper, among his three younger siblings. He is the only one who doesn’t have red hair and green eyes.  Adam believes he has gotten his father’s looks, but that’s all they have in common. Adam’s relationship with his father is hanging from a thin thread. The closer he gets closer to the truth about himself, the more he understands his father’s indifference toward him. To everyone’s eyes, Adam has a picture perfect life; his friends think he has it all. Adam is smart and athletic. He’s the captain of his school wrestling team and the quarterback for the football team. However, he’s constantly fighting a battle within himself. He can do things no human should be able to do. He keeps his love interests at arms length so they won’t see him how he sees himself—a freak with unexplainable abilities that would make him the perfect lab rat if discovered. That is until he meets Livia and starts to believe he’s not alone in his supernatural world.  Adam is patient and he’s willing to wait for the truth to reveal everything.



            “Something is off, but I can’t bring myself to look deeper. It would only make me hope that she might be different like me, and I know it’s impossible. It’s just an empty wish from my childhood—that I would find someone who has the same secrets so there would be no secrets” (Adam Cooper)



Resilient by Patricia Vanesse

Genre: YA Paranormal

Publisher: Pants on Fire Press

Pages: 336

Published: September 2nd, 2013

Links: GoodReads | Amazon

Author Links:  Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Livia has never felt like she fits in. As normal as it sounds, Livia is anything but ordinary. She can feel every emotion of every single person around her, and it’s maddening. In pursuit of some psychic quiet, she moves with her family from New York City to Whidbey Island in the lush and sleepy Pacific Northwest. But when a horseback riding accident in her new home gives her a broken leg that heals in a day, she finds that another unexplainable ability has manifested, and her life isn’t about to get any easier.
Adam has no problem fitting in and making friends. In fact, he’s the top of the school, the boy everyone knows and loves. However, people only see what he allows them to. No one knows what Adam is truly capable of. After witnessing Livia’s accident, Adam sees something intriguing in her quick recovery, something that gives him hope that he’s not alone.
Adam is the only one whose emotions Livia can’t read. Afraid of not knowing what goes on behind his dark eyes, Livia decides to keep him at a distance. Yet the more she tries to ignore him, the more alluring he becomes, and while their personal quests for identity will inevitably bring them closer together, it is the confirmation of what they really are that threatens to tear them apart.

Resilient, told in alternating point of views, is a gripping story of survival and romance, in which two teenagers face the consequences of being anything but normal.

about author

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Patricia Vanasse was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Now she lives on Whidbey Island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two adorable children, and two crazy dogs. She has been trough Culinary Arts, Psychology, LawSchool, and now has finally found her passion in creative writing. She also loves traveling, cooking, and is an avid reader. Her strength- believes that everything is possible.


Have you read RESILIENT?  What do you think of Livia and Adam?

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Cover Reveal: Open Gates by D. T. Dyllin

Can I get an AMEN, hallelujah?  Finally a NA novel that isn’t contemporary!

Open Gates (P. J. Stone Gates #3) by D. T. Dyllin

Genre: NA Paranormal Romance

Publisher:  Dragonfairy Press

Expected Date of Publication: November 12, 2013



book description

Bryn is gone. Jenna isn’t…herself, and the world has been taken over by the alien Riders. The only constant in P.J.’s life is Khol. But even he might not be able to help her pick up the shattered pieces of her life.

P.J. finally gets the answers to all of her questions, but will she be able to handle the truth? And will she be strong enough to face her own destiny when the time comes?



Other books in the series:

  hidden gatesbroken gates

My thoughts:

 OMG!  How amazing are the covers in this series.  I’ve seen the image within an eye before, but never when the eye is the centerpiece of the cover.  I absolutely love the vibrant colors of the series.  The cooler blue hue of this book is captivating and portrays a cool facade to the inner turmoil within the eye.

And that man is LITERALLY eye-candy.  Yum.

Although, I don’t think I could stare at this cover forever.  I’m fairly certain I’d lose the no-blinking contest with the cover.

about author

Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.


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Cover Reveal: Capstone by Misty Provencher

I’m happy to announce the fourth book in the Cornerstone series!  This came as a huge shock to me, since I didn’t realized that book three had been released.  You can check out my reviews of book 1 + 2 HERE.  

Yes, it is a series worth checking out!  

Misty Provencher also has a couple of New Adult books out, but they’re contemporary so…yeah.

Capstone (Cornerstone #4) by Misty Provencher

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Expected Date of Publication: September 30th, 2013

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book description

It’s supposed to stink. That’s what Cusps do.

The Ianua, Nalena and Garrett’s own community, have welcomed them back by charging them as traitors and chucking them into the Hotel Celare’s slammer.

And outside the fortress walls, it’s no better.

The Cusp is at full-boil as the world finally surrenders to The Fury’s lifestyle. Looting, riots, murders—every kind of crime has become the norm—and The Fury want to make it all permanent.  They might even succeed, now that they’ve nabbed all thirteen of the Ianua’s Cornerstones.

To preserve mankind, the only chance the Ianua have left is to beat The Fury to the Earth’s Core and somehow trigger the Reset.

Like that’s easy.

There’s no manual on how to activate a Reset. Nobody even knows if there’s an actual Core to the Earth.

Shoot, it could be one big myth; an epic waste of effort.

But the Addo thinks there is one last hope.


So long as someone is willing to sacrifice everything to be mankind’s long shot.


Other books in the series:


My thoughts:

Brutally honest – this is not my favorite cover in the series.  I’m in absolute love with Keystone’s cover!

Okay, first I like how this is the first cover where Nalena isn’t whitewashed.  I can actually appreciate her ethnicity here.  Nalena is a very easy character to connect with in the series and I like how she finally looks like I envision her.

Secondly, I do like how rich the colors look.

Thirdly, this cover adds more cohesiveness to the series covers.  Before this one was revealed, the third one looked way out of place.  This cover takes the stone elements of the third cover and ties them with the picture elements of the first two books.  I kind of wish that both the third and forth books were more similar to the first two, but returning completely to that style with this cover alone would have made the third cover stick out like a black sheep.

I also wish that there was some sort of interaction between Nalena and Garrett on the cover.  They don’t appear to be a couple and I wonder if that ties to the book or if it was an artistic decision.  Actually, this is the same pose from the first cover.  Hm, that’s interesting.  I didn’t notice that until now.  Maybe the characters are coming full circle?  I wonder…

Oh, and nipples.  Tee-hee!

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Interview: Toni De Palma, author of The Devil’s Triangle

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Author Interviews at Lizzy’s Dark Fiction

Author on the hotseat:  Toni De Palma, author of The Devil’s Triangle

Welcome to a different kind of interview.  I promise that it’s darker and more intimate than any other.  Don’t expect to hear about the author’s favorite color or inspirations here.  These are the questions that should be asked, but you’re too scared.

1.  Imagine you are the center of the cliche paranormal love triangle.  Do you pick the classy yet blood thirsty vampire or the testosterone driven wolf man?

I have a thing for a hairy man, so I would say Wolf all the way!

2.  What’s the strangest thought you had while writing in the POV of the opposite sex?

Uhm…what does jock itch feel like?

3.  Cooper tries to burn down the school.  Describe the most rebellious or impetuous thing you’ve ever done.

It involved jumping a fence in Mexico, but that’s all I’m sayin’.

4.  Have you or anyone close to you experienced an abusive lover?  If not, explain why you chose Grace to have an abusive boyfriend.

I didn’t have an abusive boyfriend like Blake, but one of my boyfriends thought he was always right and made it a point to put me down whenever I disagreed. I was out of there pretty fast.

5.  Cooper dies in The Devil’s Triangle.  What do you think is the worst way to die? 

Whenever I go over a bridge, I hold my breath. I think falling into a body of water, while in a car is super scary.

6.  Describe the most ridiculous way to die.

I think people who don’t live their dreams die a slow death every day. I think fear is ridiculous. We are all afraid, but you just have to do it.

 7.  What are the perks/drawbacks to having the Devil as a sibling?

I think my character Lucy (the Devil’s sister) is jealous that her brother gets all the attention.

 8.  As a resident of New Jersey have you ever participated in the craziness at the Jersey Shore or secretly wanted to?

Funny you ask. I was the original Snooki. In the 80′s, my friend Alyce and I used to tear the Bamboo bar up. I even dated the D.J. (BTW, not the abusive boyfriend I first mentioned)

 9.  Although you write YA, what’s one thing teenagers do that irks you?

I have a teenager so do I have to pick just ONE thing? LOL. No really, teens are great.

 10.  Your favorite author agrees to go with you on a date.  Who is it and how do you woe him/her? 

My favorite author happens to be an Italian writer named Niccolo Ammaniti. He doesn’t even write YA. He writes for adults. I’d love to say I could woo him with my prose, but I’m not so sure about that. I guess I’d love to hang with him in his hometown of Rome. Maybe I’d offer him a coffee at a little café.


the devil's triangleThe Devil’s Triangle by Toni De Palma

Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Pages: 216

Published: February 15th, 2013

Links: Amazon |  Goodreads  |  Barnes & Noble

When 17 year old Cooper dies in an attempt to burn down his school, he finds himself in the afterlife. Lucy, the Devil’s sister who has crossed party lines, decides to give Cooper another shot at heaven. The deal? Cooper returns to Earth and has to find a girl named Grace. The rest is up to him.

While Cooper figures out his mission, he’s thrown into the life he’s always wanted. Great parents, a spot on the Varsity football team and a real future are all within reach. But what he really wants is Grace, a feisty girl with an abusive boyfriend who can pound Cooper into pulp if he doesn’t watch out.

While Lucy plays demonic-puppeteer, clues to an unknown past between Cooper and Grace start to unravel. Cooper discovers that what’s keeping him and Grace apart is far more sinister than anything this bad boy could have ever imagined.

about author

Toni De Palma was born in Brooklyn, New York. As a child she spent many summers in Ischia, the Italian island where her father was brought up. Her first middle grade novel, Under the Banyan Tree, was published in 2007 and selected as a Kirkus New Voices Pick and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. Her second middle grade novel, Jeremy Owl, was published in 2010. Toni holds her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College and she is a recipient of a New Jersey Arts Fellowship. She currently resides in New Jersey.

Website  |  Facebook  |  Goodreads


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Giveaway: D. J. Dyllin Birthday Bash

Happy Birthday to D.J. Dyllin!

This is a surprise birthday bash featuring her books, but you’re the real winning in the giveaway below.  Don’t forget to send her birthday wishes in the comments!


Hidden Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #1) 

by D.T. Dyllin

Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance

Pages: 299

Links:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Dragonfairy Store | Goodreads

For P.J. Stone, being a “Seer” who has never seen anything is less than fun. And P.J. isn’t known for her patience.

To make matters worse, she must choose a suitable mate to continue the Seer bloodline. Duty always comes before her heart…at least that’s what her parents taught her. When she finds herself wanting someone who is considered off-limits, P.J. is forced to question everything she believes.

As if navigating her love life isn’t complicated enough, P.J. finally receives a vision—of a threat to her world that only she can perceive. But no one will believe a fledgling Seer’s warnings. With nowhere else to turn, she may decide to trust a stranger with her life, her world, and maybe even her heart.

Broken Gates (P.J. Stone Gates Trilogy #2) 

by D.T. Dyllin

Genre:  New Adult Paranormal Romance

Pages:  241

Links:  Amazon | Dragonfairy Store | Goodreads

P.J. Stone is a Seer who saw too little, too late.

In the past, her biggest worries were boys and school—but war has a way of changing things. Now, the alien Riders are trying to overrun the world. As the last of their kind, P.J. and her friends must find a way to save humanity before there’s nothing left to save.

After choosing a mate, P.J. hoped she’d have time to enjoy her love life. But with everything changing so quickly and major secrets revealed, who knows what the future will bring?


Feeling Death (Death Trilogy #1) 

by D.T. Dyllin

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

Pages:  307

Links:  Amazon | Dragonfairy Store | Goodreads

Samantha Bevans is having the best sex of her life—but it’s not with her husband. Fortunately for her marriage, the affair is all in her mind. Isn’t it? As an empath, she senses other people’s emotions. But her connection to the man with the the chiseled face and haunting eyes seems so real.
There’s no time for fantasies with a serial killer loose in Pittsburgh. The killer is targeting dancers at a strip club where Samantha used to bartend, back when drugs were the only cure for the torment of her abilities. As a member of a special task force, Samantha uses her talents to sense the victims’ final thoughts. Just when she thought the case was complex enough, she discovers one of the victims was thinking about her fantasy man when she died.

Who can Samantha trust when she can’t trust her own mind? An empath feels the emotional environment around her…and Samantha is surrounded by death


about author

Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

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