Tempeste has survived much choosing to live on Paris’ streets–scavenging for food, learning survival skills from a deserter whom she paid to attack her in her sleep, and living a life her mother would approve of, one devoid of luxury. But denying oneself of food and proper bedding can stir a madness in the brain. So, when Tempeste witnesses the quick and painless death of the guillotine–the death her mother should have received–she vows to find her mother’s accuser and vivisect his spleen.
Quite by accident, Gabriel, the young executioner responsible for Tempeste’s mother’s botched hanging, falls for Tempeste. So, instead of strolling arm-in-arm with a respectable mademoiselle through the gardens of the Palais de l’Égalité, Gabriel finds himself traipsing after an axe-carrying siren through the catacombs and facing off a hostile sans culottes army.
With little choice but to fight, Gabriel determines to win the hearts of the sans culottes, while Tempeste proves she’s quite adept at swinging the blade. When the pair finally make their way to Tempeste’s sworn enemy, though, a secret is revealed which promises to sever far more than they ever hoped to gain
Settle a score. Fulfill a debt. Make a difference.
These are the words that motivate Tempeste after her mother’s atrocious death. For years, Tempeste has trained and focused on her sole purpose in life: avenge those responsible. When the object of her wrath becomes the object of her affection, though, she must curb her bloodlust or withdraw her heart. Either way, Tempeste must come face-to-face with a killer and make the fateful choice—love or death.
Mary Gray is a master at writing authentically broken characters, people who are so haunted by their pasts that their present decisions are infected. OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE sheds light on the life of an executioner, humanizing him and unmasking the burden of guilt he has in a forced profession. It dives into the idea of multi-faceted truth and the human perception. People have secrets, and those secrets long outlive the ones who create them. As a reader, I found myself contemplating how we so often create our own curses but are the only ones with the power to undo their hold on us. We can all relate to the struggle of personal strength and crippling misconceptions.
Readers of dark, gritty, gothic tales with a romantic spin will enjoy this twisted story. This book will appeal to people of all ages who enjoy exploring the dark side of humanity through the comfortable safety of a book, but who also crave redemption and forgiveness.
Fans of The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd will likely swoon at the psychological, thrilling nature of revenge. In addition, readers who love the His Fair Assassin series, particularly Dark Triumph, will appreciate the way love can creep into any setting or situation, no matter how dark.
Publication Date: May 23rd, 2017
Inspired by true events.
Saylor is a young seagull who is often motivated by his tummy rather than his wits, but living on the Florida Panhandle is dangerous. With fishermen everywhere, a little seagull must rely on what he has been taught to survive. That is, until lunchtime, when Saylor forgets all the warnings his friends have given him. When he finds himself in serious trouble, his friends set out to help. Come to the seashore and cheer them on.
Saylor, a young seagull, and his friends struggle to survive in the Florida Panhandle. When hunger starts to override what he’s been told, Saylor finds himself in trouble, but with the help of Old Gray Pelican, Piper the Sandpiper, and Big Blue Heron, he’s freed and learns the biggest lesson of them all—listen to your elders.
Whether for children who enjoy the ocean or for those who like birds, SAYLOR ON THE SEASHORE is a fun spin on beach reading. Both informative and inspiring, it opens up discussions about the dangers of the world and the importance of listening to the wisdom of others. In addition, it provides a conversational bridge to further learn about geography: What is a panhandle? It also gently brings to light the realities of the circle of life. Librarians, educators, and parents will enjoy its educational value, and children will connect with Saylor as his friends help him escape a dangerous situation.
SAYLOR ON THE SEASHORE is a great reading experience for summer trips to the beach. Parents and children can point out seagulls and herons and have conversations about fishing while enjoying their vacation, which will make it a trip and a book they’ll not likely forget.
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Joanna Collins is a trained therapist who is called to listen to the hearts of the broken and help people create a healthier future for themselves.
Three Forms of Rejection:
After receiving the expiration rejection, creatives often take those words and store them in their hearts. This leads us to the dreaded self-critic.
Identify your self-critic and bend your self-talk to truth using the VOUCH method.
Self-care for a Creative:
Though I've made the switch from traditional publishing to indie publishing, it hasn't been that long ago that I struggled with receiving rejection letters. And being an independent author comes with its own difficulties. No matter what path you take in your writing career, there will always be bad days looming in the future. I hope these steps will help you survive your next bad day.
For spiritual guidance on this topic, I highly recommend listening to Church of the Highlands' How to Live Through a Bad Day series.
Summary of Video
Platform is the thing that you have to stand on to get hurt. - Michael Hyatt
When I think of platform, I can't help but think of gallows. Perhaps that's the reason why most people cringe when they hear the word. It sounds open, exposed, vulnerable, and completely outside of your control.
As I started at that quote on my phone and this severe image propped up in my mind. It's natural for us to fear platform. It's where people are often humiliated, and if we're thinking about Christ, where he stood and the audience fought to have him crucified (Matthew 27:11-26). They had the choice to give Him life or give Him death. That's a tough scene to swallow, and I'm sure it doesn't make you want to go out and tweet something or write a vulnerable post or video to share with your onlookers.
But isn't that what we're doing every time we do? We're giving other people power to make or break us--to build us up or tear us down, to speak life or death into us.
Now, let's take it a step further. When you look at the cross on a wall, shelf, or around someone's neck, do you think about the sacrifice or the reward? The death it brought or the life it bought? You see, sweet friend, if there never was a sacrifice, there could never be an abundant life. And isn't that what we're all seeking? Every crucifixion brings us closer to our truest form, to the purest person we're being molded to be. God knew that sacrificing His son would be the best for everyone. So too, does He know that your sacrifice will be for the good of all too. You are walking out your story with every step, and every great story has its monsters. Platform will likely be one of them, but the good news is that vulnerability you're so afraid of, it's actually the superpower you never knew you had.
Vanessa K. Eccles
Books, life, and travel.
Author of FABLED, RED RIBBONS, and OF LOVE & LEGEND // Founder of The Faithful Creative Magazine