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The Cursed Dagger: One of the best YA stories of 2016

Here’s the deal. Those that frequent this blog will know that you can count on one hand how many books (outside of the one’s I’ve written) I’ve recommended in written form. The majority of them have been from the same author (*cough – yeah, I know). There’s something tricky about reviewing another author’s work when you’re a published author yourself. You don’t want to offend anyone, but you also want to be honest. You don’t want to step on toes, but you want to give the facts. In all honesty, the writing world and those within it are family, in a very real sense. We’re competitive, but we all help each other out as best we can. In that regard, when I do reviews, I tend to look at them as “what can this author and this book teach me about the craft.”

That being said, I have to also whole-heartedly recommend The Cursed Dagger as an all around good read. I’ll get into some specifics in a moment, but I liked it so much, I sent the author, Alyson Peterson, a cover blurb that said something like this

The Cursed Dagger

The Cursed Dagger

“A perfect continuation of an already captivating series, The Cursed Dagger grabs you from the very first page and refuses to let go, even after the novel’s fantastic ending had come and gone. Can’t wait for the next book!”

So, yeah, that’s the short version. I loved it. I loved the first book in the series too. You should get them both. Buy them in every format available. Get a couple copies for your friends. Give them away as Christmas presents. I’m not kidding.

Here’s the dust jacket blurbs for both books:


“You filthy Bankhir liar! Warriors are bred to kill. Now, kill me!”

“No,” I said. “And give Silivus a message for me. You tell him that if he wants Bankhir and Garfel, he’ll have to go through me. . . . Nobody takes my planet without a fight.”

Skinny, nerdy foster kid Ian Quicksilver from Puckerbush, Nevada, has just discovered an unsettling truth—he is the last warrior prince of Bankhir. And the fate of his home planet—and the entire galaxy—depends on him. Well, him and Arianna Hernfeld, the hottest girl in school. He needs her help and her magic to stop a sociopathic magician bent on galactic domination.

The problem is, Arianna doesn’t remember anything about their past, and all of this galaxy-saving, spell- breaking stuff has to happen by Ian’s sixteenth birthday. Which is only five days away.

Get ready for an action-packed, laugh-out-loud book that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Witty and perfectly paced, this is one adventure story you’ll have to read to believe.

The book is every bit as awesome, nerdy, and YA-level delightful as the blurb sounds. The voice Alyson captures…well, I’ll get to that in a moment.


In order to break an evil curse, Ian Quicksilver, heir to the Bankhirian throne, has two weeks to get Princess Arianna to fall for him. But first he must take care of a rampaging dragon and a maniacal magician before they destroy his home town! He’ll have to find the courage to save two worlds–and pass his classes–in this witty sci-fi adventure.

As I said earlier, great continuation to the series.

Specifically, I think Peterson does one thing better than just about any other author I know or have read. She captures the voice of a teenage boy, the thoughts, odd quirks, inflections, etc, so well, I have to wonder if maybe she used to be one in a past life. Seriously, the level of depth you get just looking inside Ian’s (the MC) head is mind-blowing. It makes me jealous as a writer and beyond appreciative as a reader. Characters are what make or break a story and this series as a whole is chock full of them.

Book Launch - The Cursed Dagger

Book Launch – The Cursed Dagger

I won’t keep blathering on about it. You really need to read it. I’ll just leave you with one of my favorite excerpts from The Cursed Dagger

One finger at a time, I released her wrists.
“See,” I said. “All better. I’m back to normal,” I said, putting my hands up where she could see them.
Ari’s shoulders relaxed. She let out a sigh of relief. “Now I am still curious. Is it only my magic that you are attracted to?”
“About fifty percent of the time,” I said, dead honest.

You can Find Alyson over on her blog at or, for you Facebook enthusiasts, her Author page can be found here:

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Sharani Series Book 3

Skies, Book 3 in the Sharani Series, officially has a cover! Here it is!



Here’s the blurb for the book – it will be out August 18th. Tell your friends and anyone you know who likes my books!

“For the Rahuli people, the world has just gotten a lot bigger.

Gavin, now the unchallenged leader of the Rahuli, finds that life with the slave “rebellion” is much more about staying alive than fighting back. The former slaves want the Rahuli to assimilate—forget about their history, culture, and the battle they just fought against the Orinai. But for Gavin, the wounds are too fresh and the stakes are too high to give up now.

Meanwhile, Lhaurel is a prisoner of the Seven Sisters, the mysterious and ruthless mages who rule the Orinai. Held by threats against the Rahuli and somehow cut off from her magic, Lhaurel travels to the Orinai capitol. But as more time passes without her magic, she finds it harder to keep resisting her new Sisters.

But Lhaurel might not be enough to protect the Rahuli anymore. Her powers are a secret worth killing for and the Orinai are coming once again. To keep his people alive, Gavin must earn the trust of the former slaves or they won’t stand a chance against the approaching Orinai army.

Can the Orinai be defeated or have the Rahuli entered a fight they cannot win?”

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