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Release Day Blitz: CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson

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I am so excited that CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson is available now and that I get to share the news!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Candace Robinson, be sure to check out all the details below.

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Title: CLOUDED BY ENVY
Author: Candace Robinson
Pub. Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: The Parliament House
Formats: Paperback, eBook
Pages: 215
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Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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Exclusive Excerpt!

​Bray wasn’t sure how long she had drifted off for, but there was a puddle of wetness against her cheek when she woke up—okay, so it was only drool from herself. Lifting a hand up toward her cheek, she swiped the saliva away and rubbed it on to the hammock. Classy, she thought, but there was already some gathered there anyway.

​Remembering the events from earlier, Bray headed straight to the hole and peeked out. She shifted her head from left to right. Nothing. Bray looked up and down—she could see a few bushes had already been planted in the dirt.

​Then she saw it: a circular stone bowl filled with water sitting on top of a long thick stem, attached to a circular bottom. A birdbath! Almost giddily, Bray stepped on the ledge of the hole and leaped off, flapping her wings hurriedly to the nearest pink and yellow peach. Opening her jaw wide, she bit into the thin skin. A juicy one. The fruit filled her mouth with delicious pleasure, and she took one more long bite before diving down to the birdbath.

​The top of her newfound treasure was a perfect circle with tiny mounds around it resembling hills. Bray landed on the ceramic and bent down to take a seat, before placing her bare feet into the warm water that had been perfectly heated from the shining sun.

​Peering down at the clear water, Bray saw no sign of intrusion from other creatures yet. She rotated her head in every direction, as if she would be caught just by thinking about slipping into the water—still no sign of life.

​Flicking her braid over her shoulder, Bray pursed her lips together to hide the smile aching to shine against her face and jumped into the water. The splash echoed. Her bare feet scraped the rough bottom, while her dress inflated and then clung to her body as she shot to the surface. She let out a small giggle to herself. It was sad that the only highlight of the past year was hopping into a shallow pool of water with no one around except for her.

​She leaned back into the liquid, letting herself float and moving her arms slowly up and down, while swimming in figure-eight circles.

​Bray closed her eyes and let the water cover her ears, so it felt like nothing in the world existed, except for the muffled vibrations from the liquid.

​A loud booming sounded from above, and her eyelids thrust open, meeting dark brown eyes, light brown skin, and that black bowl hair. Tiny human. Luca.

​Freeze, Bray thought to herself, not even blinking her eyes. She held them wide open, thinking he wouldn’t notice her, or maybe he would just assume she was a bird. Even though he was staring at her and had spoken something she didn’t hear clearly.

​Nope. That isn’t going to work. He hovered closer, his eyes scrunched halfway closed to examine her more thoroughly. Unable to hold her eyes open any longer, Bray blinked several times.

​“What are you?” he asked, genuine amazement creeping into his words, lips slightly parted.

​“A bat!” Bray yelled, and she jumped up from the warmth of the water, darting straight for the tree hole.

​Breathing heavily, Bray landed inside and collided with the floor. She rolled to her back, running both hands down her face. “Why did I come out without paying attention? I know not to!” Ruth had always told her this.

​A quake trembled through the tree, causing shivers to run up and down her spine. What is the little beast doing? Oh no, what if he is trying to chop down the tree? My home—the peaches! Bray didn’t know why she was thinking about stupid peaches when there was another fruit tree directly next door.

​Despite the thunderous rumbling, Bray grabbed the needle from underneath her hammock and dodged toward the window. If the little beast thought he could take her down, then he had another thing coming. She would prick his eye—actually, she would poke both of his eyes to protect her and Brenik’s home.

​When Bray reached the edge of the window, the sound stopped. She peeped her head out of the hole, right as a face met hers, his black hair falling forward over a hazel eye—an eye she was going to poke. Startled, she jumped back instead of toward him.

​A broad smile crossed the little beast’s face. “Hello.”

​Freezing once again, until she remembered that the staying-still-as-a-statue strategy didn’t work in the birdbath, she meekly said, “Hi.”

​Bray brought the needle up toward his smiling face, just in case.

​“Are you planning on sewing something?” He tilted his head at the needle.

​“Yeah, your eyeball.” She gave him a hard glare.

​“What?” he asked while laughing hysterically.

​He was laughing? Not scared? Bray brought the needle closer. “Yeah, you need to leave and never come back. This is my home.”

​“No. Technically, it’s my brother’s home,” he said, still smiling.

​“What brother? You mean your dad out there who was planting this morning?”

​Luca shook his head, and she didn’t miss the wince before he spoke. “No, that’s my brother, Wes. I don’t have a mom or dad.”

​Crestfallen, Bray lowered the needle. “Oh. Me neither. I only have a brother, but he will be gone for a while.” She paused and glanced at the note Brenik had left behind, her chest tightening. Then she shrugged it off and shifted her gaze back to the boy. “By the way, my name is Brayora, but you can call me Bray.” For some reason, she wasn’t worried anymore about the human.

​“I’m Luca Duran.” He plopped his thin fingers on the edge of the hole.

​“Yeah, I heard your name this morning, little beast. I mean, Luca.” She thought little beast suited him better than Luca.

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About Candace:

My name is Candace Robinson. I’m just your average hemiplegic migraine sufferer. My days are spent writing, book reviewing and traveling through books for my blog, Literary Dust. I live just outside of Houston, Texas, where it feels like the hottest place on Earth with the crazy weather.No, seriously, one day it’s 30 degrees and the next it’s 70 degrees! I live with my husband and awesome daughter!

You can also follow me on my review blog Literary Dust

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Author Interview: Candace Robinson


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CANDACE ROBINSON

 Author Interview

1. As you know, because I’ve only told you a million times, this is one of my all time favorite books ever. Could you please tell us a little about the book, so everyone gets an idea what this amazing book is about?

It’s about two siblings that are fairy-like creatures known as bats, but not like the type of bats we have here. They have bat wings and fangs but still look human. They escape their world and cross over through a realm into our world. Once on Earth, things go sour for one of the twins named Brenik because all he wants in life is to become human. So he makes a deal with a creature who gifts him with it. But is it really a gift? You have to read it to find out!

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They have bat wings & fangs, but still look human. I love the picture that is conjured up in my mind from that description.  

2. Now as we know from the summary, Brenik and Bray escape from a world called Laith. You do know you opened a can of worms and have everyone interested in this world of Laith now, right? Lol 😂

Do I? Lol! Well, in this book there will be a few flashback in that world, but most of the book takes place in 1995 here on Earth! But fear not! There will be a companion book in the fall that does take place in Laith with a whole new cast of characters!

Ooh…something more to look forward to, after Clouded By Envy!! 

3. So now what Genre would you label this book? I was calling it Paranormal Romance, but I’ve noticed some calling it Fantasy. Is it Paranormal Fantasy? It’s got a little bit of everything!

You know, I don’t really know anymore what the difference between paranormal and fantasy is. I’m just going to say it’s urban fantasy since most of it takes place on Earth with fantasy elements, but it could be paranormal as well… Toughy!

That is a tough one! But with all those interesting elements packed in one book…urban fantasy, romance, paranormal…it makes it a very fun and interesting read! There’s ALWAYS something going on! 8D5E4166-226F-4562-9E0B-7DD2BADB5B65

4. Now…which is your hardest sentence to write, the first or last?

I’d say the first, just to try and get things going. Once I start writing, I can usually keep going. But just pushing myself to write that first sentence is the worst!

So ending it isn’t the problem then, it’s just getting the ball rolling.

5. Ok..Then now what comes first for you, the character or the plot?

Definitely characters! All my stories are character driven so I make sure I have them with distinct and hopefully personalities that will be remembered.

Yep! I can attest to that! As someone who is a very character driven reader, and I’ve read every one of your books, I can say with all honesty that I know for a fact that your stories are character driven. I think you have written some of the best and most memorable characters I’ve read!!

6. Ok…What is your favorite & least favorite point of view; first, second or third?

Second for sure! It feels too weird to me! “You held my hand… You watched me run my hand over your arm…” Just no!!! But I love first and third both equally!

Yep, I’d agree wholeheartedly with you on that one! Although,  reading in first is definitely my favorite. 

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers, that you wouldn’t mind sharing with us?

Just get the story down. Some people, including me, have overthought things and that to me just wastes time. Get the words down and then you can go back and piece, sew, and arrange the words in an order that will make your story truly come to life!

You’ve given me this advice, and I’ve been thankful for it. Because I tend to be a perfectionist, but you told me I could go back and perfect it later. Best advice I was ever given!

8. So…What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Pretty much you can’t work with a blank page!

Well, heck, that’s good advice. Blank pages get you nowhere. You’ve got to write, write, write! Which you do, thankfully!!!

9. Out of all your book characters that have been published, or are about to be, which character would you say stands out as your favorite and most memorable to write?

Another hard question! I’d say my two favorite are from an unpublished book that hasn’t been published yet! But you have read it! So it’s our little secret for now!🤫 But for books that are already published, I’m going to have to say Brenik from Clouded by Envy, Vale from Quinsey Wolfe’s Glass Vault and The Bride of Glass is pretty close, though!

All the more complex characters. That shows how much you love to focus on your characters, maybe add in some layers, make them more complicated. I love that!!!

10. Who is/are your favorite author(s)?

Tahereh Mafi and Sarah J. Maas!

And you have a resemblance of both of these authors when you write. I would say a little more Tahereh Mafi, but a close cross between them. 

11. Ok..What hobbies do you have?

Reading and more reading! I also tend to watch movies that aren’t new and listen to music between the 70s and 90s!

And don’t forget about photography!! You take wonderful pictures, you’re very creative and have a great sense of color, lighting and composition! Check out her Instagram feed, she is very creative!

12. Ok, speaking of Instagram. How can people find/connect with you on social media?

Website: authorcandacerobinson.wordpress.com

Blog: literarydust.wordpress.com

Twitter: twitter.com/literarydust

Instagram: www.instagram.com/literarydust/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/literarydust

Wonderful! Thank you so much, Candace! I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my silly questions. 😜

You are one of my favorite Authors, and interviewing you has been a real privilege for me! I’m thrilled about Clouded By Envy coming out tomorrow, Tuesday, February 19, 2019. It’s one of my all-time FAVORITE books and I can’t wait for everyone to read it!! 

GO GET YOURS NOW EVERYONE!!!!📚📚📚

Brenik & Bray have their own candles!! You can find them at Willow Ridge Candles, click here for their website: http://willowridgecandles.com/

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My name is Candace Robinson, obviously. I spend my days consumed by words. When I’m not writing stories, I maintain a book review blog—Literary Dust. My life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with my husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

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Cover Reveal: CLOUDED BY ENVY by Candace Robinson

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Brenik has always been envious of his twin sister, Bray. Growing up as fairy-like creatures, known as bats, everything came easier to Bray. While Brenik spent his time in her shadows, never feeling he was enough. After escaping their world of Laith, and living on Earth for ten years, Brenik attempts to strike a deal with the Stone of Desire to become human. Though true humanity is not an option, he will accept the curse that will alter him to get as close as he can.

Living in a tree trunk for the past year hasn’t been easy for Bray, more so after her brother disappears again. When a human boy and his brother, Wes, find her, a new friendship is struck. Through Wes, Bray learns there can be more to life than waiting within a tree. But worrying over where Brenik has vanished to always remains in the back of her mind.

When Bray reunites with Brenik, she realizes she must help him break the curse after she discovers the need for blood is beginning to overpower him. The curse not only damages those who get close to Brenik, but it could also destroy whatever is blooming between Bray and Wes.

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Release date is February 19th, 2019
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My name is Candace Robinson, obviously. I spend my days consumed by words. When I’m not writing stories, I maintain a book review blog—Literary Dust. My life consists of avoiding migraines, admiring Bonsai trees, and living with my husband and daughter in Texas—where it can be forty degrees one day and eighty the next.

Sign up for my newsletter to hear about awesome things! http://eepurl.com/dhV0yv

Twitter: @literarydust
Instagram: @literarydust