What Really Happened in Peru Review!

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Yeah, physician we finally get to see some background information on our favorite sexy warlock, ed  Magnus Bane, of the Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare.

Magnus Bane is a pretty big character in both series. You first meet him in The Mortal Instruments, when he comes to the aid of Clary, Jace and the rest of them, and is the warlock that erases Clary’s memories of her Sight. Then he starts dating Alec. Then as Cassie started to release the Infernal Devices series, you meet him again, in the Victorian age, years before Clary’s time, and he helps out Tessa, Will, Jem, Charlotte and the others and is involved with a lusty vampire by the name of Camille. We’re never really sure of Magnus’s real age, it could be anywhere from 300 years old to 800 years old and he makes odd and random references to his past that leave us dying for more.

And so Cassandra Clare, along with her dear friend and fellow author, Sarah Rees Brennan, decided to write stories about Magnus Bane called The Bane Chronicles. The Bane Chronicles will release a chapter at time over the course of the next few months, starting today (April 16th) and ending with the last story on December 31 of this year (check out the list below).

Eventually all of the stories will be bound together in one print book, but there isn’t any concrete information on that quite yet.

But anyway, the first story that was released was What Really Happened in Peru, where we finally will learn why on earth Magnus is banned from Peru, something he mentions very briefly in the Mortal Instruments series.

Now there ARE spoilers ahead, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, go ahead and skip this part, and check out the future release dates for the next installments and their titles!

I LOVED the first installment of The Bane Chronicles…mostly because they were so absolutely random but so…so…so Magnus. They live and breathe Magnus. This story tells of a few adventures that Magnus has in Peru, mostly with Ragnor Fell, and another warlock by the name of Catarina, who sounds like an awesome character and I hope makes more appearances.

The first adventure takes place in 1791, where Magnus and Ragnor explore Peru, and Magnus gets in trouble with a monkey and then they get a job protecting a ship carrying guano, or bird poop. Of course, only madness can occur. We are informed that this incident is NOT the reason Magnus is banned from Peru.

The second adventure takes place in 1885, so after Magnus’s part in the Infernal Devices trilogy. He’s back in Peru but with Ragnor and Catarina. This story is the shortest and involves breaking into an ancient tomb to acquire a lost treasure. Still no word on what got him banned…

Next adventure is in 1890, with both Ragnor and Catarina again. Magnus has fallen in love with a local musician named Imasu who plays the charango…and of course he’s a black haired, blue eyed man (oh Alec Lightwood). This story is the longest and the BEST. It showcases Magnus falling in love with Imasu and his relationship with the man, and even though I’m a HUGE Malec shipper, you can’t help but ship Magnus and Imasu too. And then after Imasu breaks Magnus’s heart, he goes on a crazy drinking bender and has the craziest adventures ever. He does…he does the craziest things. He enchants a carpet to fly and sets guinea pigs free, and its just fantastic. I was cracking up the entire time while reading this story…and yet…he still isn’t banned from Peru…

The last story takes place in 1962, where Magnus runs into tourists and steals away the girl to go on a sort of Bonnie and Clyde adventure for the summer. Its short, and sweet and just…its just SO Magnus.

I think that’s the best part of these stories. Magnus is an eccentric but wonderful character and he’s just so mysterious and obviously has a lot of history. He casually mentions his past often, doesn’t really tell anyone what his real age is and is just one of my absolute favorite characters in the novel, and one of the favorites of most Shadowhunter fans. Obviously Magnus is old, though we don’t know exactly how old, and he’s had to have experienced a lot and we get a little piece of his random and awesome life.

We also start to get a little bit of his past and the way he is kind of damaged by his parents: his mother, who committed suicide after realizing that she had not had a child with her husband but with something ungodly, his stepfather, who obviously wanted nothing to do with him and his father, the demon, whose identity we don’t know yet but obviously isn’t a great friend of Magnus’s. Its very consistent with the Magnus we get in TMI and TID; we get the charming and funny and sexy Magnus but the complicated one as well.

But, oh, Cassie and Sarah, you WICKED wicked wonderful women, how dare you! The stories end with us finding out that the Peruvian government sends Magnus a letter, saying that he is banned from Peru for “crimes unspeakable” but we don’t know what they are and they remain a mystery!

We still don’t know why he was banned! After all of that, we get to see a ton of Magnus Bane’s adventures in Peru but we still don’t know why he’s banned! What brilliance and poppycock! I think if the stories weren’t so good, I would have been so mad but I just laughed and shook my head, thinking of what clever little girls that Cassie and Sarah are.

All in all, five out of five stars for this first installment and I canNOT wait until the next one comes out, which you can see on the list below!

Release Dates for The Bane Chronicles

The Runaway Queen-May 21, 2013

Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale-June 18, 2013
(apparently Magnus has a thing for Will’s dad! Scandalous!)

The Rise of the Hotel Dumont-July 16, 2013

The Fall of Hotel Dumont-August 20, 2013

Saving Raphael Santiago-September 17, 2013

No Immortal can Keep a Secret-October 15, 2013

The Course of True Love (And First Dates)-November 19, 2013
(Alec and Magnus’s first date! Wee!)

What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who has Everything-December 17, 2013

The Letter-December 31, 2013

You can read the brief plot hints for each story HERE, on Cassandra Clare’s website. The only one that doesn’t have any hint is the last one, but that is almost to be expected haha.

All of these are ONLY available in ebook format, for Kindle, Nook, Sony eReader, Ipad, etc. If you don’t have any of these, don’t worry! You can download Kindle or Nook apps for literally any device, including just your regular ‘ol computer! So everyone gets the chance to be able to read it! Yay!

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For those of you who have read it, what did you think? Did you like it or dislike it? What do you think really got Magnus banned from Peru? Was it something in the stories or something we may never know about? As always, let me know in the comments!

A Little Less than Famous is Finally Published!

It’s done, illness it’s done, it’s done.

A Little Less than Famous is DONE!

After working my butt off nonstop for all the hours that I haven’t been asleep or working, its finally done. It’s not perfect; I really need a professional editor to look over it and spot the things that I just couldn’t spot but I had some amazing help in finishing this and I am supremely happy with it.

Here is the fantastic cover, that the best graphic designer in the world, also known as my dad, designed for my novel.

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Gorgeous right?

And here’s a brief synopsis of the novel:

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Now that I’ve shown you the cover and I’ve told you a little bit about the novel, and if I haven’t scared you off yet, here is where you can actually buy my novel.

For Kindle, or the Kindle App (that you can get LITERALLY on everythin), you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous for Kindle.

(Update: if you are having trouble purchasing it on amazon, check back in about an hour, or click the link below for the smashwords version…you can download it there on Kindle as well!)

For Nook, or Sony Ereader, or for such a PDF copy on your computer, you can purchase A Little Less than Famous here:

A Little Less than Famous on Smashwords

Now, I don’t want to hear any excuses from my loyal followers on how they don’t have a Kindle or a Nook and so there’s no way they can buy it, sorry! You can literally get the Kindle or Nook apps on anything: your phone, your Iphone, your Itouch, your Ipad, any other tablet, you can even get apps for them on your computer.

To get the Kindle app for your device, click here. To get the Nook app for your device, click here.

Maybe I sound like I’m bugging and being pushy but it took me over a year and a half to write this novel and I want to share it with EVERYONE that I can and I feel like so many people out there find an excuse not to support you, and its horrible.

But I’ve also learned that the people who don’t make excuses, who download a Kindle app onto their laptop and read a 400+ page novel on their computer, are the people who are your biggest supporters and they’re the people you can count on.

Anyway, though, I am hoping that you all enjoy this novel. Like I said above, this took me quite a long time to write and it holds a special place in my heart. But also, if you don’t enjoy it, please let me know too! Leave reviews on the Amazon and Smashword pages of the good and the bad. I’ll never get better if I don’t know that I need to.

But enjoy! And share with your friends and your family and your coworkers and whomever else you think would enjoy this!

I can’t wait for you all to read it!

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Also, do not forget to check out my first novel, Another Chance for Summer

On Kindle

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For Nook and other devices.

Sneak Peek of A Little Less Than Famous

Some of you know what A Little Less than Famous is. Some of you don’t.

So to be quick, mind I’ll tell you this: its my second full novel. My first one is called Another Chance for Summer, which is available as an ebook for Kindle and Nook. If you click above in the novels section, you will able to purchase it and love it. Several people have read it already and have enjoyed it so I’m sure you will too.

A Little Less than Famous is my second young adult novel. I had originally planned on the release date for Kindle and Nook for this Friday, the 7th. Unfortunately, I had to postpone it until January 10th. I was editing it, getting it ready for publication and I realized I was in over my head. I self-edited Another Chance for Summer and it was hard work, and I still notice things that I should’ve changed or grammar mistakes that drive me insane. This time around, I wanted it to be the best that I could possibly make it because I’m extremely proud and attached to this story and I want everyone to love it like I do.

So I got some help this time around. I asked for some assistance from a friend of mine and she’s been doing an AMAZING job helping me to edit it. We’re both in college though, with jobs, so we’re busy and it’s been slow going on the editing front and I had to postpone the release for the book.

However, I had a good amount of people that were looking forward to reading this book and I feel pretty bad. I know that when my favorite authors postpone the release of their new books, I feel pretty let down. So as a nice little thing for those who are looking forward to the book and something for those who have no idea about any of it, I’m sharing a part of my future book with all of you. I hope you like it.

A Little Less Than Famous: Brief Synopsis: 

McKinley Evans doesn’t fall in love and she doesn’t do relationships. She has rules and she’s in it for the fun and, let’s face it, the sex. I mean, she’s not completely heartless, of course. She has a good family, even though her mom ditched her in a diner when she was five years old and good friends. Then she meets Jake Kennedy, THE Jake Kennedy that woman all over the world pine for every Thursday night on the hit show Crime Scene. And of course, Jake doesn’t follow any rule in McKinley’s book and before she knows it, she’s gotten herself pretty wrapped up in the celebrity world. It doesn’t take long for her to want to stay in that world…but is it the glitz and the glam or is it Jake Kennedy himself?

Sneak Peek of A Little Less than Famous:

We met up at a Starbucks. Jake showed up incredibly incognito, basketball shorts and a t-shirt, sunglasses on. He kept his head down while he ordered coffee. I watched from my seat by the window, as he dumped a ton of creamer into his coffee, two and a half packets of Splenda and then made his way over to me. I couldn’t help but notice a few heads turning as he walked by. It might have been because he had sunglasses on inside, but that probably wasn’t it. The guy was gorgeous. He had that super dark hair falling into his face, in that perfect styled way, perfect blue eyes (though you couldn’t see them now). He obviously worked out; he had to look fit to play a badass cop on television. But it was more than that. It was the way he carried himself, so sure and confident, making his way through the room like he owned it.

            He came and stood next to me for a moment, a small smile curling up on his lips. God, those stupid lips. “So is there room for me?”

            I looked at the fairly big loveseat that I was sitting on. I was taking up most of the room, though there was definitely room for two. I pointed to the armchair directly across from me. “Right there.”

            He shrugged, good naturedly, like he didn’t care either way.

            “So, why did you meet up with my anyway?” Jake said, glancing around the café. “You seemed pretty pissed the other night.”

            “I wasn’t pissed,” I said, rolling my eyes. “I was tired.”

            “Yeah, tired wasn’t exactly the emotion I was getting from you after that kiss.”

            I held my hand up. “Uh, no. No kiss. No talk of the kiss.”

            “Fine, fine,” Jake said, sounding bored. “Its easily forgettable.”

            I rolled my eyes, ignoring the stab. Especially since I knew, as much as he did, that it had been a great kiss. “How bout you? Why are you hanging out with me? Besides the obvious.”

            “Oh, the obvious? What could you mean by that?” Jake said, mockingly, a grin on his face.

            “You are ridiculous,” I answered, shaking my head.

His nonchalance, his acting as if he didn’t care where this was going was driving me insane. A few days ago, he’d acted like someone trying very hard to make an impression on me. Now, he seemed to be acting more like a person who wanted to get in my pants, who wanted to get in the pants of all the girls he met.

            “How many girls have you slept with?” I blurted out before I could think of what I was saying. I immediately took a sip of coffee, trying to cover up my ridiculous word vomit.  

            Jake paused before taking a swig from his own drink and looked over at me. I wish I could see his eyes; it was so hard to read what he was thinking or feeling. “Do you really want me to answer that question?”

            “I don’t know,” I said, coyly, raising my eyebrows at him. “Do I?”

            “And what about you, McKinley?” He took his sunglasses off and I suddenly wished he hadn’t. There was something about those stupid blue eyes. “What’s your number?”

            I laughed, looking away from him. “Oh, we are so not going there.”

            “All right,” Jake said, laughing a little himself. “I bet you have a little notebook with allll the list of guys in there.”

            “I don’t have a list,” I said, avoiding the plural assumption. The fact was, he wasn’t far from the truth.

            “I’m sure,” Jake smirked. “I’m sure you could get any guy in the room.”

            “Maybe,” I answered, gripping my cup tighter in my hands. I was good at playing games; I was the master at playing games. I had become an expert on the give and the take. I knew how to enter a room, and I knew how to exit the room, either with someone or without someone. I knew what to say, what to wear, what to do and who to do. I knew how to be in control and I thrived when I was in control. I wasn’t used to someone using a game back at me. “And what about you, Jake? You’re so famous, I bet all the girls just line up for a shot to be on your bed.”

            “You’re not wrong,” he said, his eyes meeting mine, a playful smirk on his face.

            “And you are damn cocky,” I shot back.

            “It comes with the business,” he shrugged, leaning back in the chair, his long legs stretched out in front of him. I looked away, avoiding looking at his stomach or arms or anything. I noticed the barista behind the counter eyeing Jake. Now that he had taken his sunglasses off, he was way more obvious. Los Angeles was known for being a little more celebrity friendly, but this was Brea, and this was Orange County. People were a little more star struck.

            “Prove it,” I said, turning back to Jake. I nodded my head in the direction of the groupie, who was looking way too excited behind the counter. “You have a nice, probably barely legal girl over there who looks eager.”

            Jake didn’t even look in her direction. “I don’t have to go over there.”

            “Oh?”

            “She’ll come to me,” Jake said, and I felt a stab of annoyance at his cockiness. I wondered for a moment if I saw myself a little bit in it. I had noticed the guy in the corner with the laptop as soon as I walked in, mostly because I knew he had noticed me. I shook away those thoughts. I wasn’t Jake. If I wanted something from that guy, I would go up to him. I wouldn’t do what Jake was doing now, waiting for that girl.

            “Hi, you’re Jake Kennedy, right?”

            I don’t know why I was surprised for even a moment that the girl had come over. I felt a larger stab of annoyance.

            Jake turned to her and smiled. “Maybe. And you are?”

            “Mackenzie,” the girl said, tossing her hair just so. Of course.

            Jake threw a glance my way, and this time, I could read all of the amusement. Mackenzie glanced my way, her excited look switching to disgust very quickly. “Ah. Mackenzie, this is my friend, McKinley.”

            I smiled thinly, looking over at Laptop Boy, who was looking more hopeful over the top of his computer. I felt a sudden desire to cross the room to join him. This was ridiculous. Why had I even texted him that stupid ‘yes’? Why had I even told him to prove it? Prove what?

            I turned back to Jake and Mackenzie. She had taken a seat on the armrest of Jake’s chair and her hand was resting on Jake’s very impressive bicep. Jake was grinning up at her, his fingers playing with the ends of her ponytail. He reached up and laid a palm on her thigh.

            That was enough for me. I stood up, smiling at both of them and started making my way over to Laptop Boy. Halfway there, I looked over my shoulder and saw Jake’s eyes following me, that stupid little smirk on his face. I turned back around, angry, focusing on my prey. I could get that kind of attention just as fast and just as easily.

            I was in big trouble. 

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I hope you all enjoyed this sneak peek of A Little Less than Famous. Please let me know what you think and definitely check the entire novel when it releases in January. I will definitely be posting again when it releases to remind you, and to share the direct links to the novel. Can’t wait for you all to read it!