New Book: Pretty Deadly!

Welcome to the book tour for the highly anticipated novel by Kelsey Josund, Pretty Deadly! Read on for more info!

Pretty Deadly

Publication Date: October 26th, 2021

Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Fairytale Retelling (Not YA)

Publisher: Darkstroke Books

Cinna would quite literally kill for the throne.

She’s spent years forced to serve her wealthy cousins rather than attend society events alongside them, waiting for the chance to prove herself and exact revenge. When a ball is announced at the castle, promising to bring many powerful people to town, she seizes the opportunity to strike.

She bets her best friend, a small-time thief and con-man, that she can land a greater score the night of the ball than he can. They embark on parallel heists. But as their plots unfold, things begin to unravel: by the end of the night, the castle’s on lock down, a duchess is dead, a mansion has burnt to the ground, and Cinna hasn’t stolen anything. Or has she stolen something more valuable than gold and jewels?

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Excerpt

How interesting, Cinna thought. She had spent so many hours bent over a stove in the kitchen or crouched before the hearth, stoking flames carefully that refused to light. But she had prepared: this house was waiting tinder, ready to be consumed. 

She couldn’t hear the screams over the roar of the flames, but surely they were there. Strangely, she didn’t feel cheated to have not heard their voices. It was fine that they died in silence. 

It did not take long for the neighbors to begin streaming out of their own houses, and she did hear their screams. They swarmed around the flames, politely mute once they realized they could not do anything, full of awe before the enormity of the fire. Cinna blended into the crowd, nearly invisible in her costume. 

At last, just as she had always pledged she would, she watched the house fall in on itself.

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About the Author

I am a software engineer and author living and working in Silicon Valley, California. I studied computer science at Stanford University, but I’ve always loved stories in all their forms. I approach writing fiction the same way I approach writing code: I like to know where it’s going, but I want to figure out the details as I go along. Good software is a lot like a good story, full of neat and clever solutions to tricky problems, beautiful at a granular level but also from a distance.

Originally from Seattle, I love getting outdoors and living in places that allow me to escape to the mountains on the weekends, and I care deeply about the ecosystems that humans impact and that impact us. My writing explores these issues while also following classic coming-of-age arcs in science fiction and fantasy. I’m also very interested in stories and characters that complicate the traditional and familiar, leading me to fairytale retellings from unexpected angles.

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Simply 6 Minutes: 9th November

He does look pretty serious!

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Christine over at Stine Writing is our hostess for this terrific photoprompt challenge.
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It was Tuesday and bike night, a chance for all bikers to show off their wheels and meet up with their counterparts from other districts.
They came for miles, and the gleam of chrome was blinding, such was the pride they took in their machines.
The roar of over two hundred engines was deafening, but there was never any trouble, just a ton of respect and admiration.
Men and women turned up in leathers, boots and crash helmets, some even having specialised additions to their metallic steeds for some precious cargo.
A group of canines were gathered round the burger bar waiting patiently for tidbits to drop whilst their owners supped coffee and non drivers had a beer.
A rather scruffy terrier turned to an equally scruffy jack russell and said

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22 Years Ago…

Twenty-two years ago I was blessed with a baby boy. He was beautiful with a full head of dark hair weighing 9lbs 8.5oz. He left the hospital a few days later at 10 pounds!

I miss my baby more than anything…

Happy 22nd Heavenly Birthday Joey!

Coming soon…

The Joseph Bialczak Excellence in Mathematics Scholarship

To be awarded yearly at Three Rivers Middle College Magnet School in Norwich, CT

***Donations can always be made directly to me or on the GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/409fa746