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Awesome review of FEW ARE CHOSEN by Storm Grant

The delightful Lexxie at Unconventional Reviews gave FEW ARE CHOSEN 4 stars.

Published by: Riptide Publishing, on 20 February 2012
Genres: LGBT, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, [Multicultural, Humor]
Pages: 45, Format: [Available in all formats]
4 Stars

Review: Few Are Chosen – Storm Grant

Few Are Chosen

Sparks fly between virgin teenage demon hunters when the Chosen One turns out to be the Chosen . . . Two?

Apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake is the Chosen One, raised by an ancient order to defend the world against evil. Well, maybe not the whole world, but at least his neighborhood in downtown Detroit. When a dreaded reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses, his black leather duster, and a few well-rehearsed one-liners.

But another Chosen One gets in Blake’s way—an apprentice wizard named Shadow. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes.

Blake wants to be angry, but it turns out he and Shadow have a lot in common. Besides, Shadow’s pretty cute, and Blake can’t help but think that the wizard’s skills (and hands and lips and other bits) might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle, but will they have the courage to tell each other how they feel?

*I received a free copy of Few Are Chosen from the author in exchange of an honest review*

Few are Chosen is a sweet paranormal young adult story where two boys meet and fall in love under pretty strange circumstances. There are demons, fights, and a creepy cemetery. As many other teenagers before them, both Blake and Shadow think they know better than the adults, and they are pretty sure they can fight their fights on their own.

It was a little funny to see how differently they have been raised, even if they’re both basically demon-hunters. Blake thinks he is The Chosen, whereas Shadow has always known that he’s the chosen one from his coven. When they fight a huge and disgusting demon together, they also check each other out a little, and their timidness is really cute. Written in first person from Blake’s point of view, it brings out both his sense of humor and his insecurities,

I would definitely read more about these two, it could be a prequel to a series, and I’d pick up the series in a heart-beat. There are some pretty hot scenes in a mausoleum towards the end, but I still maintain that Few Are Chosen is a YA story – everything happens in the dark.

He laid his hand on top of mine, and stared deep into my eyes. I glanced down at where his hand covered mine. Even in the near dark, I found the contrast of our light and dark skin tones exciting. To be honest, I found everything about him exciting.

“I can’t hold it much longer,” Shadow panted. “Slay the fucker. Now!”

He pulled away an inch or so, but I reached up and cupped my hands around his shoulders and pulled him back toward me. Our noses bumped when we both turned the same way, but we worked it out on the next try, and our lips met again, more firmly this time.

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Thank you, Lexxie. You are awesome!

 

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I got interviewed at Night Owl Reviews!

FewAreChosen_3DlgEvery now and then there’s renewed interest in my Bookie-Award winning short story, FEW ARE CHOSEN. Yesterday, Night Owl Reviews spent some time interviewing me. Guess what? I’m interesting: Read the interview here.

More info on the book, including a fun book trailer and excerpt, here.

Available at all the usual etailers, as well as Riptide Publishing.

Great reviews: “Esprit de Corpse” & “Few Are Chosen”

First up, a review of ESPRIT DE CORPSE, BOOK #3 in THE RELUCTANT REAPER series:

This third book in the series has all the fun Kirsty action that I loved about the first two. The humor and heart is still in the story as the reapers take on a new challenge. I love these books to itty bitty bits, and eagerly tear through each one. They are like little treats filled with oodles of wordplay goodness.

Having set herself up for trouble by not following one of the key reaper rules (don’t touch someone else’s scythe), Kirsty is forced to head back to the “coil” to hunt down the seemingly unstoppable Conrad. Sadly, Kirsty and Dante are still trying to figure out their working relationship and this leads to a lot of jealousy and arguments. On the upside, we get to learn a lot more about Kirsty’s one true friend, Shannon, and how they all ended up in this crazy mixed-up situation.

These short reads are such a joy. They are fun and witty, while also filled with a ton of heart. If you’re looking for a read that will make you smile — this is the series to check out.

Thank you, Carrie Reads A Lot!

Next is a review of FEW ARE CHOSEN, Storm Grant’s m/m story that recently won the Bookie Award for Best YA short of 2012:

Few Are Chosen by Storm Grant is a short story about apprentice warrior Blake St. Blake and apprentice wizard Shadow. Both are Chosen One’s raised by two different ancient orders to defend the world against evil. When a reflux demon is sighted in a local cemetery, Blake is sent off to his very first battle, armed with his sword, his super-senses and a few well-rehearsed one-liners. Yet Shadow gets in Blake’s way. While the boys argue about who’s the more chosen of the two, the demon escapes. While Blake wanted to be angry with Shadow, they realize they both have a lot in common. Furthermore, Blake can’t help but think how Shadow’s cute and that the wizard’s skills as well as other aspects of the male might make the perfect complement to his. Blake and Shadow are brave enough to challenge the reflux demon in a second battle but will they have the courage to tell the other how they feel?

I enjoyed this short story quite a bit…this was a very good story that left me wanting more and hoping that Storm Grant creates a much longer book that involves these two characters. If so, I would definitely buy the full length novel to read.

Thank you, Terri of Night Owl Reviews!

Have you got your copies yet?

 

AWARD WINNING NOVELLA $0.99!

(From the hot off the presses Riptide newsletter:)
Few Are Chosen Wins Bookie Award – Special Savings

Congratulations to author Storm Grant, who took home a Bookie award this past weekend at Authors After Dark in Savannah! The sweet and funny new adult novellete Few Are Chosen won the category of year’s best YA short story. To celebrate, we’re making this title available for an award-winning price—just $0.99!

Click here to grab your copy of Few Are Chosen at this special discount price, but hurry—sale ends August 31.

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And don’t forget that Book #1 of THE RELUCTANT REAPER SERIES is FREEEE! from Simon and Schuster all month.
Not to mention that Book #3 debuted this week. Boy, I’ve been a busy writer, eh?

I won! I won! But I almost got missed! #AADSAV

FEW ARE CHOSEN won Best YA Short Story of 2012 here at Authors After Dark’s Bookie Awards!  But I almost got skipped!

I had a blast at the Bookie Awards ceremony. I invited myself to sit at the Torquere table and the evening started out witFewAreChosenh the two owners getting up to say a few words (they were the sponsors of the event) and getting engaged right there on the podium. The crowd went bonkers! We all cried for their joy!

Then MC Mary Janice Davidson–who is a huge influence on my writing–got up and was very funny. The next presenter got up and said, first they made you cry, then they made you laugh, what am I supposed to do now? Which made us all laugh.

Then they began to present in earnest category after category, Stella Price, organizer extraordinaire had arranged it so the first categories announced were the ones where the winners were present. So when they skipped over BEST YA SHORT STORY OF 2012, I assumed I hadn’t won. Oh, well. But I’m not bitter.

Then they went swiftly through the remaining categories and when my name was called everyone at my table yelled, but she’s here. She’s here! Apparently the registration was in my Gina X. Grant name and not Storm Grant, who’d actually won. But they let me make my wee acceptance speech (under 60 seconds was the mandate). They didn’t have a physical award for me but they’re going to mail one to me.

My acceptance speech was about how, when I’d first started writing slash fanfic and then m/m fiction, it had all been under the table and you didn’t tell anyone. Now, not too many years later, we were competing on an equal playing field with all genres and genders and it was all good.

So enjoy my wee story. It’s available here at the Riptide table or from all the regular eBook outlets. Here’s the Amazon link.

 

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