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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

YA Fantasy Author Stacey O’Neale: Top 10 Reasons the Mortal World Sucks + giveaway

Top 10 Reasons the Mortal World Sucks

1. No magic. Yeah, we should definitely have magic. There’s so much we could do to better our way of life. I’d like to magically make my food instead of cooking, and have my house cleaned and laundry washed. I could get creative with magic.

2. No portals. Can you imagine how often we could travel if we had portals? We could go from one country to another in a matter of seconds. You could visit any place you wanted, and you wouldn’t have to worry about paying for it. The weather is starting to get cold around here, and I’d love to have a portal to Fuji right now.

3. School sucks. Who wouldn’t want to go to magic school? I mean, seriously. I’ve read enough Harry Potter books to know that Hogwort’s is way better than anything a mortal school can produce.

4. No glamours. If we had glamours we could get rid of shopping altogether. All we’d have to do is think about what we wanted to wear, and boom, you’re wearing it. Got a pimple? No problem. You can hide that behind a glamour. Dark circles under your eyes? Yeah, we could get rid of those too. The possibilities are endless.

5. Money. You need money to survive in the mortal world. You have to work, pay bills, buy cars, houses, etc. There’s no way around it.

6. Bad weather. In my magical world, elementals control the weather. Not in the mortal world. We have to tolerate hurricanes, tornadoes, snow, floods, and that’s just naming a few. It would be so much better if we could change the weather into something desirable whenever we wanted.

7. No privacy. Avalon is protected by a mist, which makes the entire isle invisible to mortals. There’s nothing but privacy. Plus, when they’re in the mortal world they can hide behind a glamour if they want. Ugh…what I wouldn’t give for a glamour.

8. Living indoors. Elementals are part of nature, so they prefer to live outdoors. Even in their castles, there are always open windows and ceilings. The weather is perfect all of the time. They could sleep on a beach if they wanted or on the top of a mountain. Tell me that doesn’t sound cool.

9. Too many rules. Elementals have a court system in place, but they decide how they live day-to-day. It’s not like the mortal world where you have laws you have to follow. Governments who make decisions on your behalf.

10. No shape-shifting. In my series, some of the fire elementals can shift into an animal form. I wouldn’t mind having that skill, especially if I get to pick the animal. How cool would it be to shift into a bird and fly or swim in the ocean like a dolphin? It would be something I’d like to try at least a few times.

***The 2019 updated edition of The Shadow Prince is available on Amazon for free. You can get your copy by clicking here: 

The Shadow Prince (Mortal Enchantment #0.5)
by Stacey O’Neale
March 25th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Prequel novella to the award-winning YA fantasy series Mortal Enchantment. Discover a world of elemental powers, courage, duty, sacrifice, forbidden romance and a war for the very elements of life.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan is an elemental prince. Banished to the mortal world, he doubts he will ever return to Avalon and claim the fire court throne. Until he receives a challenge from his estranged mother. If he slays Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental, princess of the air court, she will abdicate her throne. Is he capable of completing such a heinous task? And what price will he pay if he refuses?

Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Sarah J. Maas.

“Filled with betrayal and intrigue, The Shadow Prince is a dark and twisty novella from an exciting new author!” Katee Robert, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

The Shadow Prince is part of the
Mortal Enchantment box set

About the Author:
Award-winning author, Stacey O’Neale, lives in Annapolis, Maryland. When she’s not writing, she spends her time fangirling over books, blogging, watching fantasy television shows, cheering for the Baltimore Ravens, and hanging out with her husband and daughter.

Her career in publishing started as a blogger-turned-publicist for two successful small publishers. Stacey writes young adult fantasy and adult science fiction romance. Her books always include swoon-worthy heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

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  1. Thank you so much for the reminder! I read the Shadow Prince ages ago and meant to continue ... I need to catch up with the series now!

  2. Haven't read all the series yet but the covers look great. I did give Shadow Prince a 4 star.

  3. I read and reviewed The Shadow Prince. Loved it! Thank you

  4. 10 Reasons the Mortal World Sucks...that's a great list.

  5. This looks like a very good series that I need to read.