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All That We See or Seem
by Kristina Bahr
Genre: YA Dark Fairy Tale
Release Date: May 2018
Uncommon Universes Press LLC


Every night, seventeen-year-old Reeve Lennox finds herself under a noose.

By day she is a lady of Acarsaid’s royal house, daydreaming of adventure and love. But every night in sleep she wanders through a nightmarish city, an invisible witness to the screeches of monsters and the screams of their victims. Her only consolation is Bran, a battle-torn young man with a selfless heart and eyes that reflect the stars.

Yet while Reeve falls deeper into her dreams, in truth she is engaged to Arden, a mercurial nobleman who has long been cured of his belief in love and breathes fire and flattery like other people breathe air.

Torn between two lives, Reeve struggles to remember what’s real, until night and day collide, with a revelation that threatens all of Acarsaid.


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A Dream Within a Dream
by Kristina Mahr
Genre: YA Dark Fairy Tale
Release Date: March 2019
Uncommon Universes Press LLC


Invisible to the man she loves, Reeve Lennox fights to reclaim him from a dark world.

As her wedding day nears in Acarsaid, her betrothed Arden offers only his wayward soul and saucy tongue. At night she desperately tries to reach Bran, the young soldier of nightmarish Tenebris who holds her heart. However, her king insists that the realms of Tenebris and Acarsaid must remain separate, lest the evil wizard Rancore brutally conquer all.

But the dark magic of Tenebris defies mere distance. A war is coming, one only Reeve may be able to prevent, if she can reunite her family on opposing sides.

With two kingdoms at stake, Reeve must discover her strength and her family’s legacy before all is lost. Yet righting the wrongs of the past may require the sacrifice of her truest love.


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Guest Post by the Author

Typical Writing Day


I typically set aside two to three weeknights a week, plus part of the weekend, for writing. I once heard the advice to treat it like a part-time job, and I really took that to heart. Nobody will take my writing career seriously if I don’t take it seriously myself!


On the weeknights, when I get home from work, I generally give myself an hour or two to unwind from the day before launching into writing. I’ll walk the dogs, stare mindlessly at my phone, whatever. And then, when it’s time to get down to business, I open my laptop. It’s both the easiest and the hardest step of the process.


I’ll typically start a writing session by rereading what I wrote in the last writing session, both to get back into the story and to do a little editing/tidying up. I try never to go back farther than that, though, otherwise I get caught up in a revision rabbit hole when I should be drafting. Still, I allow myself that little bit of editing, though, before I start writing new words.


I try to write a minimum of 1k words in a sitting, but I prefer to shoot for 2k. I write in one hour chunks of time, with little breaks in between to blink and refill my drink and let my mind wander over what I’m writing next.


Also, one of the best elements of my writing day: usually, I’m writing alongside my writing partner. Well, “alongside.” She lives across the country from me, but we Skype several times a week. So while I’m writing, more often than not, she’s in the little window at the top of my screen, working on her own novel. It’s such a great way to stay accountable and also make writing less of a solitary undertaking.


About the Author

Kristina Mahr devotes her days to numbers and her nights to words. She works full-time as an accountant in the suburbs of Chicago, where she lives with her two dogs and two cats, but her true passion is writing. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading, and waking up at the crack of dawn every weekend to watch the Premier League.





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