Tuesday, October 18, 2016

#Blog Stop (Excerpt/Review/Giveaway) - Of Flame and Light by Cecy Robson (Paranormal Romance) @cecyrobson @TastyBookTours

Series: Weird Girls # 7
Format: Kindle, 350 pages
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Cecy Robson
Source: Tasty Book Tours
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Taran Wird holds the unique ability to conjure fire and lightening. She is mated to Gemini, Second in Command to the Squaw Valley Pack of the Lake Tahoe Region, and the sole werewolf to possess the ability to split into two wolves. And although they are mates, Taran's insecurities have driven them apart. 

Devastated by an injury that left her with a zombie-like limb, Taran struggles to regain command over her magic. But when her arm and her power turn against her, lashing out on those she most loves, she knows she can no longer carry this burden alone. Not that she likes the alternative.

The only way to regain control of her magic is to align and learn from the local coven of witches―the very ones who sought to banish her when she and her three unique sisters first moved to the mystical region. But although Taran is trying, the teachings don't come easy, and the tasks leave her weak and emotionally shattered.

Yet Taran must learn and learn fast. Time is running out. The fire she once mastered so easily has become her greatest adversary and is now slowly burning her alive . . .

Of Flame and Light is the seventh installment in author Cecy Robson's Weird Girls Series. For series regulars, Of Flame and Light takes place TWO months after the end of A Curse Unbroken. This book continues Taran Wird's narrative. Taran, who is able too able to wield flame, and lightning, and see glimpses of the future, has always been the sharp mouthed, kick-ass, sexy as sin sister who loves getting into arguments with their elderly neighbor Mrs. Mancuso.

But, ever since she lost her arm and it was replaced with Were magic, Taran has been in a funk. She's pushed people away, including Gemini who is supposed to be her mate, lost confidence in herself, and pretty much sank to the lowest point she could possibly go. What's worse is that her new arm is acting like it has a mind of its own, and it's causing huge problems for Taran and her sisters, especially Celia who is several months pregnant. Taran's issues controlling her magic become so dangerous, that Taran is forced into doing the one thing she would have chaffed at, call on Genevieve and the Witches to help her. 

Taran and her sisters have a love hate relationship with the Witches. The sisters still remember how they were treated when they first arrived in town. So, sending Taran into the viper’s nest, and forcing her to work with Genevieve and her coven, will push Taran to her limits of what she is able to tolerate. Thankfully for Taran, she meets some lesser witches like Paula, Merri, and Fiona who are agreeable in helping her with her new powers. Nobody should ever count Taran out. Not with her sisters Shayna, and Emme alongside.

Not with Bren, and around to have the sister’s backs. Not even with Gemini looking like a lost puppy dog who has had his heart shattered into bits and pieces, but who still refuses to let Taran wallow in her own darkness. Of Flame and Light could be considered a second chance at living for Taran. She's forced to look into herself, and dig deep in order to figure out how to live again, and how to live with her new arm and powers. At the same time, she has to put the pieces back together with Gemini, while also fighting zombies, and yet another powerful villain who is eager for payback.

In the end, Of Flame and Light is probably one of the deepest and painful stories that Cecy has written in this series. She takes a character who we all know and love and puts her back together again piece by piece. Not in an easy way. Never easy with the Wird sisters. But, in a way that makes sense and so that Taran while being stubborn to the core, also has the ability to come out on the other side when she puts her mind to it.

Excerpt #2
I hurry forward when I realize I’m just standing there, gaping at them.
I don’t think I take more than a few steps when something crunches beneath the sole of my left boot. I think it’s a stick, but the sound seems off, especially since the ground is so moist. I lift my foot only to jump away.
“T, you coming?” Shayna calls when I don’t move.
“T?” she asks again.
I swallow hard, hoping I’m imagining things as they run back to me.
“What’s wrong?” Emme asks. Unlike Shayna who’s fired up for all the action about to go down, I can sense the worry in her voice.
“Bren . . .” I begin, pointing to the spot near my feet. “Is that a, um, toe?”
He cocks his head. “Nah.”
Emme places her hand over her heart and sighs. “Oh, good—”
“It’s a thumb,” he answers. He sniffs the air. “Right hand, male, and the poor bastard’s been dead a long time.” He looks ahead. “Yeah, this shit’s not good. Call it in, Shayna, but type it. Don’t use voice-to text.”
“Why, dude?” Shayna asks, reaching for her phone in her back pocket.
“Because I’m not sure how well this bitch can hear, or if she has other things listening for her,” he responds.
He motions ahead to a crow. It squawks twice in our direction and flutters away.
Shayna lifts her phone to show us the blank screen. “Phone’s dead, kids.” She quickly pockets it and places a handful of toothpicks in her palm. “I wouldn’t bother, Emme,” she adds when Emme reaches for her phone. I doubt any of our phones are working.”
“She’s right,” Bren says. He shoves his phone into the backpack Emme is carrying and peels off his white T-shirt.
“This keeps getting better and better,” I mutter.
Bren strips out of his jeans, leaving only his underwear and shit-kickers on. “Em, stay behind me,” he tells her. “Shayna, you’ve got the rear.”
Which leaves me in front of Shayna and the most protected. I’ll be honest, this helpless damsel in distress role does nothing for my morale.
I march ahead, forcing myself to snap out of the shock of finding some guy’s thumb, push aside my fear, and tap into my inner diva. I remember a little too late that my inner diva is louder and usually sashays in platform stilettos. I slow my steps, careful not to disturb the creepy things hiding in the bushes.

Let me be the first to tell you, woods are bullshit and top of the scales of the scary meter, second only to graveyards. It’s the reason so many horror movies are based here, and why I’m watching out for psychos with machetes lurking behind trees. But given our past experiences, where danger lurks, so do the dark ones. I’ve had my fill of alleyways, construction sites, abandoned structures, but especially these damn eerie woods!

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Cecy Robson is an award-winning author of magical realms, to-die-for Alpha heroes, and young adult adventure. A double RITA® 2016 finalist for Once Pure and Once Kissed, and published author of more than fifteen titles, you can typically find her on her laptop or stumbling blindly in search of caffeine. 

Author Links:  Website Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway (Ultimate Weird Girls Prize Pack, including a Coach® purse stuffed with an autographed copy of Sealed with a Curse, an audiobook of A CURSED EMBRACE, t-shirts, a water bottle, magnets, signed postcards, pins, and bookmarks.)


  1. Thank you for the review and feature, Shelley!

  2. Thank you for hosting OF FLAME AND LIGHT today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours