Brea Nicole Bond
Brea Nicole Bond is a Southern ex-patriot and the author of the young adult fantasy series Flicker Blue, which chronicles the adventures of an average teenage girl from Georgia who finds herself tossed into a torrent of supernatural circumstances. Brea also penned the new adult dark romance Reaper, a modern-day retelling of the Hades and Persephone myth. Currently, she is preparing to publish the eighth installment of Flicker Blue and drafting a contemporary fantasy novel set in New Orleans. Writing has been Brea’s lifelong passion, paralleled only by her love of reading—especially literary and genre fantasy and science fiction. When not absorbed in the written word, she also enjoys camping, crochet, and dancing with wild abandon in the kitchen.
She resides in San Diego, California with her husband, two kooky daughters, and a houseful of pets named after book characters.
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(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Sophie Olds has spent her entire life juggling her love for the farming commune she calls home and her desire for independence in the "real world." But she is put to the test when, after following a mysterious stranger home, she is forced to find balance between the realms of the living and the dead. Don't miss this dark, romantic retelling of the Persephone myth from the author of Flicker Blue!
Flicker Blue 7: The Path
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In the 7th installment of Flicker Blue, Jane has finally reached the Book--and consequently triggered a trap that will endanger those she loves most. "The Path" is the dramatic conclusion of the first volume of Flicker Blue novellas.
Flicker Blue 6: Fairshade
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
In the 6th installment of Flicker Blue, Jane returns to Paris in pursuit of the Book with two unlikely companions in tow. Now shielded, she sees her so-called ally Antoinette in a new light. Evan, struggling with the idea that he is leading Jane into a trap, faces a difficult decision.
Flicker Blue 5: Tenochtitlan
(5.00 from 4 reviews)
In the 5th installment of Flicker Blue, Jane Thomas Sylfaen continues her quest for the Book--but this time with an unlikely companion. In an ancient Mexican village, Jane faces new and old enemies alike, and the strength of her abilities and alliances is tested.
Flicker Blue 4: Into the Forest
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
In the 4th novella of the Flicker Blue series, Jane is terrified to discover that the ancient forest to which she must now journey is identical to the setting of her growing nightmares. There, she finds strange new allies who urge her to part ways with her godfather and continue her quest alone. As time grows short and her sanity weaker, Jane is forced to make a choice.
Flicker Blue 3: Momentum
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
The search for the Book continues in Momentum, the 3rd installment of Flicker Blue! As the journey leads Jane to unexpected destinations and directly into the path of mortal danger, she learns the heavy cost of her supernatural ability and discovers new secrets of the Curse.
Flicker Blue 2: Jigsaw
(4.75 from 4 reviews)
In the 2nd installment of Flicker Blue, the plot thickens when Jane discovers that she and Dr. Sylfaen are not alone in their affliction, and Cris finds a way to help her piece together clues about her puzzling new existence.
Flicker Blue 1: Plain Jane
(4.89 from 9 reviews)
After family tragedy forces southern teenager "Plain" Jane Thomas to live in the company of strangers, she finds that her new life is anything but ordinary. No sooner than she begins to uncover the truth behind her godfather's bizarre curse, she becomes afflicted herself. Amidst her struggle for answers, Jane discovers friendships and supernatural gifts that promise to help her along her journey.
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- Parallel Worlds: Nothing is as it seems
on Feb. 13, 2012
This book masquerades as young adult fantasy, and the story itself is solidly entertaining (though it takes frequent, fragmented leaps of genre that are quite confusing). Its true brilliance is the profound philosophical treatise buried within the narrative; the message of Parallel Worlds is simultaneously blasphemous to modern conventions of religion and science, yet it strikes a resonant chord of truth by proclaiming the omnipotent power of Love over all else. It is a simply written—but nonetheless challenging—read that will leave you thinking long after the last page.
- Under The Blue, The Blue Series Volume 1
on March 09, 2012
"Under the Blue" is an original and imaginative take on the classic theme of man's role in the celestial struggle of good vs evil. The author's twist on demons and angels falls somewhere between Dante and Dogma--dark, witty, sometimes comical, and always highly visual--cleverly juxtaposed with the story of two teenaged brothers living in Southern California.
Like too many self-published works, this novel is in need of a good editor for proofing and pacing issues, but the story is well worth the read and picks up nicely in the second half. The characterizations of the polar opposite but deeply bonded brothers is especially strong; their strange relationship is surprisingly believable and a refreshing break from the paranormal teen romances that have inundated the contemporary fantasy genre.
In all, "Under the Blue" is a dark and delightful debut novel that will leave readers eagerly anticipating its sequel.
- Dark Angel's Ward
on May 29, 2012
Dark Angel's Ward is the rare novel that begs for both prequel and sequel treatment. From the first chapter, the reader is plunged into the midst of an ongoing paranormal conflict. The effect is an exciting immersion into the dark and gorgeous world of Shay's angels and demons, but it's also somewhat dizzying in the early pages of the book (don't worry--all confusion is resolved as the story unfolds!). Strange, as well, is the author's take on the paranormal romance genre; rather than walk the line between fantasy and erotica, Shay vascilates wholly between the two, and the resulting story is much steamier than standard fantasy fare. The supporting characters are a bit two-dimensional, but the protagonist couple have enough chemistry to keep the reader engaged and wanting more. Dark Angel's Ward would make an excellent foundation for a successful series.
on Aug. 02, 2012
The author isn't shy about marketing "Gravitate" as "the British Twilight." While fans of the Twilight series certainly won't be disappointed by Duchemin's novel, this description falls short. The similarities don't carry much further than a shared genre and a pining protagonist.
Duchemin's heroine Claudia, though also a heartbroken teenager, is the strength of the story. Despite the paranormal forces at work around her, she deals with truly tragic circumstances in a surprisingly believable manner that will strike a resonant chord with readers who have suffered loss. Marty, the male half of the leading couple, is profoundly more vulnerable and accessible than Meyer's Edward--this renders him less enigmatic, but no less attractive. Together, these characters make for a star-crossed duo with enough chemistry to keep the pages turning long past bedtime.
"Gravitate" is thoughtfully written, well edited, and thoroughly readable--a rare gem of an indie novel. If you're a Twilight fan--yes, you will like it; if you aren't--don't hesitate. You'll love it, too.
- Beyond The Blue, The Blue Series Volume 2, Part 1
on Aug. 09, 2012
At the end of the first volume of The Blue Series, Josephine Dillon promised readers a closer look at Hell; the author's take on the Underworld, however, defies all preconceived notions of fire and brimstone. In the first half of "Beyond the Blue," the second lengthy installment of the series, Hell is occupied by all manner of fantasy creatures (many of them strongly reminiscent of Tolkein or Jordan), witches, vampires, flesh-eating zombies...even a Kung Fu master!
And who better to face them all than witty punk hero David Smith? With his usual charisma and dark charm, David scraps his way through the levels of Hell, always with the Dark Lord at his heels. Meanwhile, angelic Dillon Smith remains on earth, still grappling with the sudden death of his beloved older brother. To make matters worse, his soul is now also desired by the Dark Lord. Somehow, Dillon's experiences navigating the halls of high school and the host of demonic forces that plague him there are every bit as harrowing as his brother's parallel journey through Hell.
The imagination behind this novel is astounding; Josephine Dillon transitions from one nightmare to the next at a dizzying pace, often with graphic, skin-crawling detail and ALWAYS with a strong sense of humor and a quick wit. One word of warning to readers, though: do not attempt to read this book without first tackling Volume 1 "Under the Blue," as the author offers little in the way of back story. Instead, "Beyond the Blue" begins as a direct continuation of the story, albeit with an increased pace and a new tilt toward epic-style fantasy. That caution aside, prepare to become absorbed in the visual feast of The Blue Series!
on Nov. 01, 2012
4.5/5 stars...could be a solid 5 if not for frequent and often distracting typos. Aside from requiring a copy editor, "Ember" is an engrossing story with a diverse and colorful ensemble of characters. Only the "bad guys" seem one-sided and overly simplistic, though the author hints at more dimension in the subsequent novels of this series. She also does a fabulous job in slowly revealing details about the fantasy setting and its history--without losing touch with the present problems of the trio of lead characters, who read more like modern-day teenagers than those of typical high fantasy. The effect is a quick-paced, witty, and very entertaining novel. I look forward to following the rest of the series!
- BECOME (Desolation #1)
on Nov. 04, 2012
The story of a half-demon struggling between her own superpowers of good and evil should not be an effective allegory for the internal conflicts of a teenage girl...but it is. ;)
In "Become," Desolation Black--the devil's daughter--does exactly that. Cross deviates from much of the angel/demon subgenre by focusing on Desi's emotional journey rather than churning out a series of supernatural action sequences (though there are a few sprinkled in!), which may account for complaints about storyline confusion, pacing, etc, in other reviews. This novel IS slow, and Cross patiently develops the character relationships through dialogue and sometimes seemingly unrelated scenes of cerebral dreams and memories. The end result, though, is a beautiful, well-written story with an ending that begs for the sequel.