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12 Days of Interred continues with

Mara’s Interment (a short story)

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My skin is still red from all the scrubbing. Even now, standing in the waiting room, I can feel it tingling.

Not far from me, the Attenborough twins talk incessantly about Andrew Jacobs. I bite my tongue, drawing blood. The mere mention of his name causes me to swear out loud and that’s the last thing I need today.

“Mara Huxtable,” the woman calls my name, and carefully, I walk to the door, still wearing the white bathrobe with the letter “I” embroidered in gold over my chest.

I follow her through the long corridor until she stops. On the door, the family motto, Fide et Marte, is written on cardboard with a poorly designed family crest. Taking a deep breath, I push the door open and smile. It’s not difficult to smile when everyone expects you to be pleased. It just hurts your insides because you don’t feel a thing.

My grandmother, Eleanor Huxtable, is sitting in the big armchair beside the fire. On the other side of her, my mother and father wait. I can see my dad’s eyes glistening with tears as he grins my way. My mother, though clearly moved, remains standing stoic, her expression neutral, but her eyes threatening to let the dam open.

“I’m leaving. Just wanted to give you this.” My father smiles as he moves closer to me and gives me a quick hug, of which I know grandmother Huxtable disapproves.

“What is it?” I ask, frowning. Usually my birthday is celebrated a week before it really is. For one, mortals don’t know about the Magical World, and two, my birthday is on October 31st, a very sacred date in our world. It’s the night when we remember those who have died because of magic.

The fact that my interment is on Halloween makes the occasion that much more solemn. There is a ball to celebrate our Magical gifts. The American Council leaders will be speaking about our past and the way the future should be.

Even if it’s a celebration, it doesn’t go unnoticed that since the English Council Leaders and others who disapprove of the New York Council’s Absorber leaders are here, everyone is on high alert. The last time they joined us, there was a massacre.

My father places a gold chain around my neck as I stare at the beautiful locket. It has gardenia flowers engraved on the gold metal, and my name on the other side with my birthday.

“It’s beautiful.” I smile as he hugs me again before quickly walking to the door. I see him wiping away tears.

“Now…do you have a partner for the ball?” my grandmother asks matter-of-fact, sitting and holding onto her cane.

I see that she’s wearing the onyx pendant. The damn thing is never off her neck. People in the family believe she’s in touch with the boy associated with it, which is slightly creepy. A woman of her age shouldn’t be hanging around a sixteen-year-old boy.

“No,” I reply when I hear the cane banging against the floor, clearly to make me divert my attention back to her.

“Well, it’s a good thing that we asked Andrew Jacobs to escort you then,” she says.

My eyes widen and I turn sharply toward my mother, who smiles and moves closer to me. “The Council approved it,” she says.

As she takes my hand, I really want to ask what the hell they’re thinking. Instead, I ask, “Did the English approve it?” I ignore my grandmother and stare right into my mother’s eyes.

“Yes,” she says, clearing her throat before leading me to the divider where the beautiful blue dress she sewed for me is hanging.

“Are they mad? Have they lost the little shred of humanity that they had?” I ask in a muted whisper.

She cups my cheek with her hand. “Darling, listen to me,” she whispers as her eyes glitter in the light. “The Readers know of your abilities.”

“What?” My voice is louder than I want it to be as panic courses through me.

“After my mother told us, she had to inform them.”

I swallow hard as I look at the floor.

“Mara,” she says softly, “you belong to one of the oldest families in the Magical community. The Huxtables have always been very powerful, and my family leads the Puerto Rican Council. No one will ever harm you.”

“But he’s an Absorber.”

She smiles. “You used to like him.”

“That was a mistake,” I huff. I grit my teeth as she smiles and moves to the other side of the partition.

“Maybe not,” she calls.

I shake my head before moving to grab the dress. Once I’m changed, I stare at my reflection and sigh. I smooth the skirt of my dress and then walk out and see Eleanor’s face twitch. Fearing the worst, I brace myself for more disapproval. The fact that my main ability will be Necromancy hasn’t settled well with her or the Huxtables. They fear reprisals from the English Council…a loss of position or something even more dramatic. I wouldn’t mind watching her getting a dress-down.

“Where is her head?” I hear Grandmother say as I roll my eyes.

“I’m right here.”

“I’m talking and you’re ignoring me then?” she asks.

My cheeks burn. “No, ma’am.”

She frowns. “Madam.”

“No, madam,” I repeat. She smiles one of her twisted smiles which usually foretell pain coming my way.

“I said Andrew is outside. He’ll escort you to the Power Room. Once you’re done there, you’ll join the ball,” she says, standing up. “Make sure that you pass the Interment with high marks. Your mother and father would be disappointed otherwise,” she adds before she walks out of the room.

As the door closes, I spy Andrew standing outside with my father, dressed in a tux, looking more handsome than the last time that I saw him.

“Ass,” I mutter.

My mother smiles as she approaches me. She pins my hair back with one of the special barrettes she made for the dance. They have flowers and tiny blue sapphires on them.

“These are beautiful,” I say so I don’t say anything else about Jacobs.

“I don’t know what happened between the two of you,” she begins as I turn around to look at her. She runs a hand through my blonde ringlets. “You might feel different after tonight.”

“I don’t think so,” I say vehemently as she kisses my cheek and then grins.

“I’ll bet you twenty dollars you will,” she sing-songs on her way to the door.

I frown. “What do you know?” I ask, watching her, but she never slows down. My eyes move to Andrew, who is holding the door open for my mother. Clearly scoring points.

“You look…” he says breathlessly as he stares at me.

“What?” I say, glaring his way.

“Come on, Huxtable.” He grins and I can feel the smile chipping away at my annoyance, but stand my ground.

“I’m going to say this once, Jacobs. It’s never going to happen,” I declare, mainly because I’m still hurt that he broke up with me because he thought we should cool our relationship down before we ended up having to elope. I turn, walking out the door, ignoring the arm he’s offering me.

He lets out a slow whistle. “Good thing there’s no time,” he says as I glance at him and notice the grin on his face.

“Dream on. All you’re getting out of tonight is me stepping on your toes when we dance,” I say as I stalk away from him.

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New Release: FISSURE (Chronicles of the Interred #2) by Marilyn Almodóvar

HAPPY RELEASE DAY!!!

FISSURE
(Chronicles of the Interred #2)
by
Marilyn Almodóvar

YA Paranormal Romance

Releasing
May 20, 2014

Published
by
Iambe Books, LLC

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Baxter Jacobs just survived the worst Sweet Sixteen in history: buried in a coffin, hunted down by assassins, and losing almost everything that mattered to her. She’s ready for some normalcy, but “normal” won’t play any part of this Time Bender’s future.

Now that the immediate threat is over, Baxter learns just how much the English Council expects of the newest Interred. The pressure has her seriously considering her uncle’s offer to take her to New York, especially since she thinks it will keep her Healer, Jack, from overusing his abilities. Knowing the New York Council’s ranks are filled with beings using dark powers, however, makes her hesitate.

Before she can choose, the decision is wrenched from her. Fissures in Time result in a new battle with an old enemy. Someone she thought she’d lost reenters her life, and she’ll discover a web of lies woven into the fabric of Time…lies only she can unravel. Baxter will have to use her growing abilities to try and reveal the truth, even if it forever changes the reality she knows.

 

About the Author

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

She currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son.

Amazon Author Page | Facebook | Twitter | Website

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Iambe Books Announces the Release of INTERRED by Marilyn Almodóvar

When I decided to publish my Daughters of Saraqael trilogy in July of 2011, I was completely green. I’ll admit that I made some missteps along the way as I learned the ropes of self-publishing, but I also made some good decisions. My best decision was creating Iambe Books.

Since that fateful day in July, the publishing label I created with my husband has developed into more than just a name behind my books. As of today, Iambe Books, LLC now represents one more author: Marilyn Almodóvar. I first met Lyn online shortly after my books were published. Early in 2012, she asked me to beta read her book, Interred. The moment I did, I recognized the potential in this author and her stories, and I offered to work with her. Today, I’m so delighted to be a part of helping Lyn launch her debut novel!

Also working with us on this release are the below authors and bloggers, some of which signed on through the YA Bound blog tour organizing team and some of which stepped up to participate on their own. We welcome all of them, and I know Lyn is so excited and thankful for all of the support!

Don’t miss out on the truly amazing international giveaway (including a signed book and all kinds of swag) that Lyn is hosting as part of the launch tour (Rafflecopter form below). And I certainly hope you’ll head over to Amazon or Barnes and Noble and pick up your copy of Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1) today!!

January 21st:

Paulette’s Papers

Lust For Stories

Bookworm Dreams

In the Best Worlds

 January 22nd:

Fragments of Life

Oops! I Read a Book Again

Chocolate Coated Reviews

Raizza’s Book Blogging Adventure

We Fancy Books

I Heart YA Books

Overflowing Bookshelves

January 23rd:

A Bibliophile’s Thoughts on Books

The Book Gazer

Library of a Book Witch

Frankie Blooding’s Bookshelf

ReadingToTheStarsAndBack

Moosubi Reviews!

January 24th:

Ever and Ever Sight

WTF Are You Reading?

Escaping… One Book @ a Time

My Life is a Notebook

The Dark Heroine

The Reading Diaries

January 25th:

Books I View

A Diary Of A Book Addict

Book- Marks the Spot

Heather’s Book Chatter

Mother/Gamer/Writer

January 26th:

Delirious About Books

Bookcase to Heaven™

Sweet Southern Home

Sunday, January 27th

Nikki Jefford

Monday, January 28th

Chandara Writes

Writing, Stuff & Nonsense

A Diary of a Book Addict

Tuesday, January 29th

Bethany Lopez

Wednesday, January 30th

I Read Indie

Kate’s Tales of Books and Bands

Thursday, January 31st

Jess’s Book Blog

Friday, February 1st

Girlz and Their Books

The Book Hookup

Saturday, February 2nd

Writing on the Sunny Side of the Street

Imran Writes

Sunday, February 3rd

Team Nerd

Monday, February 4th

Dream Reads

Strong is Sexy

Tuesday, February 5th

Fragments of Life

Indie Writer’s Review

Oops! I Read a Book Again

Step Into Fiction

The Bibliophile’s Corner

DON’T MISS OUT ON THE AWESOME GIVEAWAY!!

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Cover Reveal: INTERRED by Marilyn Almodóvar

Many of you have heard through the grapevine that I’m soon going to be one of two authors published under the Iambe Books label. That’s right: earlier this year, Marilyn Almodóvar signed on with Iambe to publish her paranormal YA trilogy, the Chronicles of the Interred. With the first book releasing next month, there has been so much to do…but it’s been worth every moment!

On a personal note, this is hugely exciting because it means I’m not only realizing my own writing dreams, but I’m helping another author realize hers, too. Going through this process with Lyn has helped me remember what it’s like to set that first publication date, to announce that date to fans for the first time, and to anticipate for weeks becoming a true published author. It’s been an amazing and fun experience.

Today, on another step in Lyn’s writing journey, we’re revealing the cover for her first book, Interred. It should come as no surprise that the cover was designed by my all-time favorite cover designer, Devan Edwards of Nimbi Designs. Seriously, folks, if you’re in the market for a book cover or other design work, be sure to check out Devan’s site!

Let’s learn a little more about Lyn:

Marilyn Almodóvar is an American YA Author born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona. A lover of words with a penchant for Victorian novels as well as the books of Stephen King, Lyn’s favorite past-times have always been reading and writing.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the U.S.

A self-confessed citizen of the world, Lyn is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language. Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.

Ways readers can connect with Lyn:

Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Goodreads ~ Pinterest ~ Blog

Now, onto the reveal…and Lyn’s big giveaway! We’ll start with the blurb to pique your interest:

Interred (Chronicles of the Interred, Book One)

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and the ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

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Exciting, no? All right, all right…onto the gorgeous cover!

Interred will be available on January 22, 2013. Add it to your list on Goodreads today!

Isn’t it lovely? I hope you’ll join me in congratulating Lyn on this grand achievement. She has worked so hard to get here, and I can’t wait to work with her on the next steps toward her first publication!

Interred Tour Participants

Thanks so much to these wonderful bloggers and authors for participating in the cover reveal and giveaway! If you’d like to be a part of the Interred launch tour between January 22nd and February 5th, please contact me at raine(at)iambebooks(dot)com.

Bethany Lopez ~ Chandara Writes ~ Confessions of a YA Writer ~ Dream Reads ~ Girlz and Their Books

Jess’s Book Blog ~ Indie Writer’s Review ~ Janine Caldwell ~ Karla Ellenbach ~ Nikki Jefford ~ Rachel Carter

Rose Garcia ~ Sarah’s Books & Life ~ Step Into Fiction ~ Support Indie Authors ~ The Bibliophile’s Corner

The Oracle and The Muse ~ The Submission Process ~ Writer’s Block ~ Writing Stuff & Nonsense

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