*Release Day Blitz and Review* The Queen by CJ Abedi

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thequeen_coverlargeIn the stunning conclusion to the Fae trilogy, Caroline and Devilyn fight to preserve their love despite dark forces threatening to tear them apart.

As Caroline struggles to accept her rightful place as Queen of the Light Fae, her relationship with Devilyn, son of the Dark King, seems not only doomed, but dangerous. They know their connection is undeniable, but for others, their love is an insidious threat.

Trapped in a plot concocted by the Dark King Alderon and his evil associate, Puck, Caroline must search her history and develop her own powers in order to survive. And as Devilyn’s father appeals to the Dark inside his son, Caroline fears Devilyn will succumb to those Dark instincts before they can defeat Alderon.

Weaving together narratives from Caroline and Devilyn’s pasts as well as their present, The Queen finishes the fight between Light and Dark. Will Caroline and Devilyn’s love outlast the war? And will Caroline live to rule as the Queen of the Light?

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1The battle between Dark and Light is about to begin.

Caroline Ellis’ sixteenth birthday sets into motion a series of events that have been fated for centuries. A descendant of Virginia Dare, the first child born in the lost colony of Roanoke, and unaware of her birthright as the heir to the throne of the Light Fae, it isn’t until Caroline begins a tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly that the truth of her heritage is revealed.

Devilyn is the only Fae who is both of the Light and of the Dark, and struggles to maintain that precarious balance to avoid succumbing to the power of the Dark within him. He is the only one who can save Caroline from those who would destroy her and destroy all hope for unity among the Fae. He promises Caroline that he will protect her at all costs, even when it means protecting her from himself.

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Darkness descends over Roanoke Island in the sequel to the young adult bestseller, FAE.

Devilyn Reilly has crossed over to the sinister world of The Dark Fae, reigning over the realm as its King. He is to fulfill a prophecy–to unite the Light and Dark Fae once and for all, but those who love him now fear that he will never be the same again, that he can no longer be trusted, that every trace of the Light he once had is gone forever.

Caroline Ellis, the final heir of the Light Fae, must learn to survive without the protection of her one true love. She must come to embrace her own strength to evade those in the Dark court who seek her destruction—for the power is within Caroline to use Light to change Fate itself…

Caroline and Devilyn’s chemistry is undeniable. Their destiny together inevitable if only they have the will to overcome The Darkness and The Fates.

 

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This long awaited finale in the Fae series did not disappoint. It was everything I hoped for and more. Two years of theorising and looking for clues about Devilyn and Caroline’s futures were put to rest with this roller coaster of a ride. This truly is an epic conclusion to what has become one of my all time favourite book series. It’s clever, well researched, heart breaking, romantic and full of stunning visual descriptions that will make you feel like you are actually standing in the forest of the light and dark Fae. Along the way you find out more about the history of the Fae of Roanoke. You won’t be disappointed with the conclusion to this unique series.

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Colet Abedi has been an entertainment industry executive for over ten years. In addition to working on many television programs for NBC, ABC, FOX, and most cable networks, she is best known for her work as head writer for the telenovela serials American Heiress and Fashion House, the latter of which starred Bo Derek and Morgan Fairchild, on the FOX-owned MyNetworkTV. Abedi currently has a series in television syndication, Unsealed: Alien Files and has completed Five Souls, her first feature film. She is also the author of romance novel, MAD LOVE. Colet is a native of California, graduated with a B.A. in English literature from the University of California at Irvine, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three dogs.  

 

Jasmine Abedi is an entertainment attorney, and has worked with entertainment powerhouses such as Fox, NBCUniversal, ABC, MTV and E! for the past 14 years. She has also worn many different hats in the entertainment industry, with Executive Producer credits for the television programs Posh Tots and the pilots Club Bounce (TruTV), Divas (VH-1), and Life With The Clarks (CMT). In addition to writing, she has also partnered with a law school friend to create the natural cosmetic company Generation Klean, Inc. Their products can be found online at www.generationklean.com and at major retailers (Whole Foods, Fred Segal etc.) nationwide.

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Exclusive: Colet and Jasmine Answer Questions about the Fae Trilogy

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We asked the authors of our favourite book series a few questions. Read on to see what they had to say.

Have you visited Roanoke and all the places you mention in the books?

Unfortunately we have not yet visited Roanoke.

COLET: I have visited the Hill of Tara, Stone of Destiny, New Grange, etc. It is the most magical place in all the world. I am in love with Ireland and cannot wait to get back there and hug that stone! I feel like it made a lot of our dreams come true. There is TOTAL magik up on that Hill of Tara.

Did you have the trilogy mapped out from the beginning?

We had the trilogy mapped out from the moment we started writing. We knew what we’d call each book in the trilogy and we basically knew what would happen as well.

Has anything changed?

There have been some changes along the way, we believe definite improvements but overall the story is what we envisioned it would be from the beginning.

Is Katya gone for good?

Poor Katya. Imagine being completely in love with someone that despises everything you stand for… no she is not gone for good. J She will reappear in book 3 but there will definitely be some twists with her character.

Did you deliberately set out to write a YA novel?

Yes, we really wanted to write the story of Devilyn and Caroline and we wanted it to be accessible to all age groups. There is an innocence that you get to keep when writing YA that is romantic and just leaves a lot to the viewers imagination.

 Have you ever disagreed on how the story will progress?

LOL! All the time! We are writing this trilogy together AND we are sisters. We’re both also stubborn with strong opinions so we argue over stuff all the time but in the end we always do what’s best for Devilyn and Caroline.

What plans do you have for when Fae is finished. Any more YA ideas for the future?

We’re both working on solo projects that we’re excited about but if something comes up who knows?

How old is Devilyn in Fae world terms? (cough cough is he like a certain 108 yr old vampire stuck in a 17 yr old body)?

HA! He’s older than that hunky vampire. His soul is ancient and he was born into FAE form during the period of the Lost Colony.

Have you named book 3?

Yes. J

There is some controversy about fan fiction. Some authors absolutely hate fans continuing their stories, especially taking their YA charcaters into an adult world. Thoughts?

You know, it’s hard to say. But I think we both agree that if you have fans that are that passionate about your characters they’re allowed to play and go to wherever places they want… so I guess we’re cool with it. As YA authors, you’re just lucky if you have fans that love the world you created so much.

Are your characters based on anyone you know/knew?

Not really. When you write you always put in some characteristics of people you know but they are completely imagined.

 How did you go about researching the literary links (at the start of each chapter) and why did you choose the characters you did?

Google is a beautiful thing. What did we do before there was such an amazing search engine??? After we outlined our chapters and knew basically what would happen in each, it was easy to just google different quotes that we thought would be relevant. We also have a big love for Hafiz and Milton’s, Paradise Lost is a favorite for one of us. J

How do you feel knowing that many much older adults are fans of your YA novels?

We love it! We read YA all the time and we are older too. We always wanted our audience to be diverse so it’s a dream come true.

How did a Norse God end up being the psuedo grandfather to Devilyn and Tatiana?

Colet: I have serious obsession with Vikings. I take full responsibility.

About the movie. How are things progressing?

Scott Free has been amazing. They’ve found the writer for the screenplay and she is AWESOME. We hope they’ll make an announcement soon. She is seriously half FAE and totally magikal!

 

Thank you Colet and Jasmine, as usual you have been very accomodating.

I’m sure you will agree there are some intering comments and how exciting is it to know how the movie is progressing?

If you have any further questions you would like us to pass on to our favourite authors, drop us a line in the comments or on facebook!

Author Playlist: Music that Inspires

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You all know that the music of Toby Rand’s band ‘London Cries’ appears in the book so we asked Fae authors Jasmine and Colet what other music inspires them. Here’s what they told us.
Jasmine:

“Because we both listen to different types of music and often send our picks back and forth to each other of good songs….songs that get us in the mood to write. We LOVE anything London Cries.”

My favorites include:

Anything Lifehouse
Enya
One Republic

“If a song gets me in the mood to write I usually listen to it over and over again…pretty crazy” 🙂

Colet:

London Cries
Hans Zimmer
Enya
Loreena McKennit
Moby
Sting
Gotye
Yo-Yo Ma
The Piano Guys
Last of the Mohicans soundtrack
U2

We have become pretty fond of London Cries too and can relate to ethereal sounds of Enya!! Which artists or songs have reminded you of Fae? Check out one of our favourites from London Cries – Save a Life

‘Fae’s’ Star Studded Launch Party

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The mystical faerie world merged with Hollywood nightlife as Tamsin Lonsdale’s world-famous Supper Club and Tequila Avion hosted the FAE book launch party. Held at swank hot spot Sadie Kitchen and Lounge, guests came in their best “light and dark” garb to celebrate the novel’s fantasy themes, which has been billed as a possible successor to the Twilight series.

Authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi (known as CJ Abedi for the book series) kicked off the evening with a VIP cocktail party, where master mixologist Giovanni Martinez demonstrated how to make each of the Tequila Avión cocktails that were created especially for the party — all of which were named after important characters from the book.

The stunning co-host for the event was actress Nicky Whelan (above). She was joined by a guest list of beauties, including Chad Michael Murray (also above), Colin Egglesfield, Robert Buckley, Chelsea Kane, Derek Theler, Beverly Hills Housewife Brandi Glanville and new Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast memeber Carlton Gebbia. Party patrons were also treated to a private musical performance by Australian rock band Toby Rand and London Cries.

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Interviews with Colet and Jasmine Abedi

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Colet and Jasmine Abedi did a few interviews last year and we thought that we’d share our favourite questions from each. To read the full interviews check out the links after the interview.

Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

There were so many reasons we decided to write this series, but the catalyst was really our obsession with the stories of the Tuatha de Danann. Irish mysticism is pretty cool when you really take a look at it. It’s so rich with story that it lends itself as the perfect backdrop to an epic romance between star-crossed lovers.

If you could be any character in Fae, who would you be and why?
Jasmine: Wow.  During the process, you honestly fall in love with all of the characters, but to “be” one of them is a tough one to answer.  For me, I think it is a toss up between Caroline and Devilyn. Given that Fae is told from the eyes of Devilyn and Caroline (our hero and heroine), they occupied so much of my mind so I feel such a sense of relatedness with them.  I adore and admire Devilyn’s loyalty and Caroline’s grace, even though they are flawed in so many ways their core is pretty amazing.
Colet: This is a difficult question because I love so many of the characters. But I think for me the character that I’d love to trade places with would be Odin. He’s the ultimate hero in my eyes. He’s strength, honor and love. Imagine being someone that can see past human or Fae flaws and still have all of that unconditional love? It’s pretty awesome.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Colet: The hardest part for me is when Jasmine and I aren’t on the same page. When you’re writing as a team you’ve got two different personalities, opinions… everything. And combine all that with being sisters, it’s especially hard. I can be stubborn and it’s hard for me to budge when I believe in an idea so much.

Jasmine: I think writing in general can be a very lonely process.  As I said earlier, you may be living with many characters in your head, but you are physically alone. So, it’s nice to have a writing partner, especially a loved one.  However, like most siblings, we also argue quite a bit especially about our ideas for the book. We are different in so many ways, and yet we like a lot of the same things as well. It’s when the differences arise…

Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?
Jasmine: I’m a big fan of Judith McNaught.  In fact I am totally obsessed with her books and wish she would come out with another one, as it has been a while. I just finished Sophia Kinsella’s “Can You Keep A Secret,” and it was really funny and am working on One Tiny Lie (per my sister’s recommendation). 
Colet: I just read One Tiny Lie by K.A. Tucker and I totally enjoyed it. I also finished Beautiful Disaster, which I loved and then there’s always Paradise by Judith McNaught.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

Colet: I’m a triple Pisces 🙂

Jasmine: I’m a Gemini (which means I’m probably a double Gemini since Gemini is the sign of twins).

What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Jasmine:  The best part about is that you escape from the monotony of everyday life.  The world you’ve created in your mind makes its way onto paper and finally finds a home.  There’s no greater feeling.

Colet:  Writing. Once we have an outline and have done the research, I love nothing more than just sitting down with my music playing and  getting lost in this fantasy world. It’s the ultimate feeling.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

We hope they enjoy FAE Book 1 as much as we enjoyed writing it. There is so much more to come for Caroline and Devilyn and we’re excited to take the readers on the ride.

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Could Fae be the Next Twilight?

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Ever since the first Twilight novel became the phenomenon that it did, with a fan base in it’s millions, readers have been looking for the next big ‘thing’! Well, we think the Fae Trilogy is it. In an article in First to Know published back in August,Colet Abedi explains the inspiration behind the story.

“At the heart of FAE, we have a beautiful love story between two soulmates that can never be,” explains authors C.J. Abedi. That’s right, authors. The series is written by sisters Colet and Jasmine Abedi, who both hold a deep passion for fantasy romance stories. The explain, “We’ve created a mystical world that is ruled by ancient, sacred laws. Readers who appreciate love stories, magic and ancient legends will enjoy this trilogy.”

The inspiration behind the story came from “a general obsession with the legend of Tuatha de Danann, fairies, the concept of dark versus light, and Jasmine’s daughter, Ella,” explains Colet Abedi. “The idea of writing about a tall, dark, handsome, brooding, mysterious lead character had massive appeal as well,” she adds with a smile.

With director Ridley Scott buying the rights to the movie, we are excited to watch the Fae Trilogy fandom explode!!