Thursday, December 15, 2016

Promo & Tour: Unexpected Rewards by Jane McGarry

Title: Unexpected Rewards
Author: Jane McGarry
Genre/Age: Fantasy/YA
Series: Not Every Girl Series (Book Two)
Publisher: Clean Reads
SynopsisOlivia Davenport is looking forward to her future. After all, Prince Liam has professed his love and King William has promised her a reward for her role on a recent mission. She fully expects to continue her knightly training while enjoying a blossoming romance with her Prince. The King, however, has other ideas, appointing her as a lady-in-waiting to Queen Helen. 

Thrust into unfamiliar territory and left to fend against the malicious women of court, Olivia feels awkward and confused. With the help of her new friend, Kat, and her sister, Anne, she tries to find her footing among the courtiers, their protocol, and the added complication of Jocelyn Crawford, a lady who has her eyes set on becoming Liam’s bride. 

When, a disturbing prophecy puts the safety of the King in question, fear spreads through kingdom. Intrigue abounds at the palace with an enigmatic witch and a strict Friar at the center of the controversy. Olivia must use her training and instincts to unravel what is truly going on in order to protect the King. Through it all, she questions if she will ever be able to fit into Liam’s life and if, in the end, their love can prevail.

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After a long moment of deliberation, she says, “Olivia, I am going to be frank with you, and I am sure I can trust you to treat this discussion with all discretion.”
“Most certainly, Your Highness.”
“I think we both agree your time spent here in my rooms has not been particularly pleasing,” I make to disagree, to let her know I can belong here, but she holds up her hand and continues, “which is why I will ask you a favor.”
A favor?
She must want to ask me to leave willingly, to let her son go without any trouble. No training I had would have ever prepared me for this.
“I would like to appoint you as an assistant to Niobe.” My utter disbelief leaves me at a loss for words. “She is skilled in the art of healing and infection prevention. Her service to our staff is invaluable, but her latest episode has left her slower, more unsteady than she was. I trust this will be acceptable to you.”
“Of course, Your Highness. Whatever you ask of me.” I think of the old lady helping the boy with the scraped knee versus the strange crone from the dining hall. Who knows which one I will have to deal with.
“There is a bit more,” Queen Helen continues. “I will not lie, the prophecy about the king has me concerned. Both my husband and my son have boasted of your acumen. It would make me feel better to have a trained eye on Niobe in case any more details or evidence presents itself.”
“So you want me to spy on her for you?” I blurt without thinking, then bite my tongue.
“Yes, if you want to word it that way. However, I feel we will each get something out of this arrangement. I will feel better with a direct link to Niobe’s actions in light of her unsettling
prediction, and you will no longer have to suffer around my ladies.”
I bow my head in agreement. Whatever side of Niobe I encounter, it cannot be as spiteful as the women who grace this room.

Five Favorite Movie Scenes of All Time

by Jane McGarry 

When the clock strikes midnight, Cinderella tells the Prince she has to go. When he asks why, she says because she hasn’t met the Prince yet. She fell in love with him without knowing who he was.

Pirates of the Carribbean: At World's End
When they come to rescue Jack Sparrow in Davey Jones’ Locker and he shows up on his ship. The ensuing dialogue with Mr.Gibbs, Tia Dalma, Barbosa & Will always makes me laugh.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Obviously, it is hard to pick one HP scene, but I like the scene where Hermione tells Ron he has the “emotional range of a teaspoon”. For one thing, the movie is rather dark and this is a nice light-hearted scene, but more importantly, Harry remembers this conversation to give him strength when he is battling with Voldemort’s mind.

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
When Yoda raises Luke’s ship from the swamp, Luke say , “I don’t believe it.” Yoda replies, “That is why you fail.”

LOTR: The Return of the King
The coronation scene in this movie is my all time favorite. It so perfectly captures the weight and the poignancy of the ring’s destruction. I still get goosebumps when the entire city bows to the Hobbits.

Reading was always a big part of my life. Creating my own stories developed out of this love. Finally, I decided to try my hand at writing a novel and that was when Not Every Girl was conceived.

I live in New Jersey with my husband, two sons and an extremely spoiled cat. When I am not running around with my family or writing, I can be found curled up with a good book and said cat. It is my belief that a good book, a loyal pet and anything made of chocolate can brighten just about any day.

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