SparkSeries: The Firebrand Chronicles #1
by J.M. Hackman
Publication Date May 16, 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Young Adult
Main Character Ages: 15-18
Written for: High-School/Young Adult
Brenna James wants three things for her sixteenth birthday: to find her history notes before the test, to have her mother return from her business trip, and to stop creating fire with her bare hands.
Yeah, that’s so not happening. Unfortunately.
When Brenna learns her mother is missing in an alternate reality called Linneah, she travels through a portal to find her. Against her will. Who knew portals even existed? But Brenna’s arrival in Linneah begins the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy, including a royal murder and the theft of Linneah’s most powerful relic: the Sacred Veil.
Hold up. Can everything just slow down for a sec?
Unwilling yet left with no other choice, Brenna and her new friend Baldwin (Um, hello, Hottie!) pursue the thief into the dangerous woods of Silvastamen and beyond. Exactly what Brenna wanted to do for her sixteenth birthday. Exactly. When they spy an army marching toward Linneah, Brenna is horrified. Can she find the veil, save her mother, and warn Linneah in time?
And more importantly, why on earth doesn’t this alternity have Belgian waffles?
At the top of the stairs, a rush of air carrying the scent of wood smoke, moist earth, and sea salt filled my nostrils. On my left, a door to a small balcony stood ajar, letting in the fresh night air.
A guy about my age stood near the balcony’s iron railing, his dark head bowed. He was seriously hot, his profile lit by the hallway torches. Dark, mussed hair, square jaw, and a straight nose—but the solemn set to his mouth drew me.
Was he okay? I could—you know what? None of my business. I started to turn away.
My plan to continue to my room vanished when I saw the knife clenched in his hand. He studied it, tracing the blade, fingering the grip. That couldn’t be good. Was he going to stab someone? Stab himself? He didn’t look like a criminal—but then you could never tell. Sometimes the creepers were the gorgeous ones, like this guy. The seriousness of the situation gave me courage. I stepped onto the balcony, holding the king’s stationery box like a shield.
“Hey, how’s it going?” I got ready to run in case he turned the wicked-sharp knife on me.
With a start, he slipped his hands behind his back.
“Nice knife you have there.”
His jaw tightened, and he shot me a glare. “I prefer to be alone.”
“Yeah, good luck with that.”
Heaving a sigh, he gazed at the shadowed scenery. From opposite sides of the horizon, two bright, glowing bands bisected the night sky. The twinkling stars gleamed through the rings before scattering to meet the shadowed black cliffs in the distance. Nearer the castle, the tiny glimmers of the surrounding city glittered, pinpricks of light.
“Wow. That’s incredible.” I pointed to the shining display. The whole scene was wonderfully romantic, but here I was, stuck with a knife-wielding weirdo. Really cute, but still a weirdo.
“The Petrus Rings. They encircle the planet.” Several beats of silence passed before he spoke again. “You are not going to leave me alone, are you?”
“No, probably not. I don’t want you slitting your throat or jumping off this balcony. Or both.” I paused. “Though that might be a little difficult to do at the same time.”
A chuckle escaped him. “I am not intending to harm myself.”
“Good. Then put the knife away, and we’ll all feel better.”
Slipping it into the sheath at his waist, he held up his hands. “Better?”
His biceps flexed when he crossed his arms and leaned against the iron railing, his eyes attentive. “My name is Baldwin, and I am guessing you are one of the new visitors. The whole town is talking about your arrival.”
I startled, my eyes wide. “Why?”
“It is always an event when strangers visit, but your entrance was epic.”
Great. In the dim light, maybe he wouldn’t notice my blush. “I’m Brenna.”
(Links won’t work until the posts go live.)
December 1st: Launch
December 2nd: Gillian Bronte Adams – The Songkeeper Chronicles
December 3rd: Morgan L. Busse – Mark of the Raven
December 4th: Evangeline Denmark – Curio
December 5th: Kate Avery Ellison – A Gift of Poison
December 6th: J.M. Hackman – Spark
December 7th: Ronie Kendig – Embers
December 8th: C.E. Laureano – Oath of the Brotherhood
December 9th: Belle Malory – The Twelfth Keeper
December 10th: Melissa McShane – Voyager of the Crown
December 11th: J. Ellen Ross – The Remembered Queen
December 12th: Jennifer Silverwood – Silver Hollow
December 13th: Melissa Wright – Blood & Brute & Ginger Root
December 14th: Morgan Wylie – The Age of Alandria Series
December 15th: Grand Finale
Grand Prize #1: Winner will receive a FIRE HD 8 TABLET along with the following ebooks (open to those who are eligible for the Fire Tablet in their area can receive Kindle gifted copies of ebooks):
- CURIO, MARK OF BLOOD and ALCHEMY (The Curio Prequel), and THE ICE CHILD (a holiday novelette) by Evangeline Denmark
- A GIFT OF POISON by Kate Avery Ellison
- THE TWELFTH KEEPER by Belle Malory
- SERVANT O THE CROWN or VOYAGER OF THE CROWN (winner’s choice) by Melissa McShane
- THE REMEMBERED QUEEN by J. Ellen Ross
- SILVER HOLLOW by Jennifer Silverwood
- THE FREY SAGA (Books 1-3) ebook box set by Melissa Wright
Grand Prize #2: Winner will receive the following print books (open to continental US residents):
- ORPHAN’S SONG by Gillian Bronte Adams
- MARK OF THE RAVEN by Morgan L. Busse
- SPARK by J.M. Hackman
- ABIASSA’S FIRE 3-book collection by Ronie Kendig
- The complete set of SONG OF SEARE TRILOGY by C.E. Laureano
- SILENT ORCHIDS by Morgan Wylie
Ends December 19, 2018