Fragile Brilliance by Tammy Blackwell

 

Fragile Brilliance is available on November 26th!

 

Maggie McCray has worked her whole life for the opportunity to attend Sanders College. It’s her one chance at becoming a world-renowned artist, and she’s determined nothing will get in her way. But when a murder brings Maggie and her powers to the attention of the Alpha Pack and the tragically handsome Charlie Hagan, her carefully planned future hangs in jeopardy.

 

Charlie Hagan isn’t happy when the Alpha Female assigns him as Maggie McCray’s personal bodyguard. Just being near the Thaumaturgic threatens to unleash the primal instincts he’s been suppressing for so long. Charlie knows if the coyote is uncaged, then the person he’ll most need to protect Maggie from is himself.

 

 

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With every breath they were drawing closer and closer together. Maggie’s entire body buzzed and tingled in anticipation.

 

            “Who am I, Maggie?”

 

            “You’re Charlie Hagan. Stratego of the Alpha Pack.” She breathed in the scent of him. Cinnamon and male. “You’re a fighter of demons and protector of innocents.” Unable to stop herself, she finally did what she’d been dreaming of since she first met him and placed her lips against his. It was just a fleeting caress, but she felt it deep in her soul. “You’re beautiful,” she said, knowing it wasn’t a strong enough word to describe him.

 

A message from Charlie Hagan on 

how to survive the holidays

 

Holiday Survival Guide:

Family Game Time

By Charlie Hagan

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The room is warm, your belly is filled to the point of bursting, and all attempts at conversation have died off. Your eyelids suddenly become so heavy it’s physically impossible to keep them open. Just as your consciousness starts to log off for a few hours someone bursts into the room and bellows at the top of their lungs, “Game time!”

 

The first thing you’re going to need to do is stop fantasizing about taking the gigantic knife that was used to carve the turkey and using it on your relative. Thinking thoughts like that isn’t healthy or productive.

 

The second thing you need to do is be proactive in picking the games. Maybe you’re lucky and someone in your family has bought a board game since 1987. If so, get in there and let your voice be heard. Don’t let your obnoxious tween-age cousin force you into yet another game of Quelf.

 

If you are in a house with a decent selection of decent games, count yourself lucky. It isn’t the situation most of us find ourselves in. Instead, we’re stuck at our grandmother’s house where her most recent game is an original edition of Monopoly.  If you’re in this boat, don’t despair. This battle can be won, and at the end you will become the family hero. All you need to earn your cape is your own traveling arsenal of family-appropriate games.

 

Don’t have your own traveling arsenal of family-appropriate games? Don’t even know what games would be considered fun and family-appropriate? I’ve got you covered. Just fire up your Amazon account and drop one of these Hagan Family Favorites into your cart.

 

Qwirkle

 

A game that works for all ages, from little people who can’t read yet to your cranky great-uncle. It’s kinda like Scrabble, but instead of building words off of other words, you’re adding either shapes or colors to a line of shapes and colors. I’ll admit, it sounded kind of lame when I first heard about it, but then I was screaming at my eight-year-old pseudo-cousin for putting down a red square and blocking my circle line like ten minutes later.

 

Apples to Apples

 

Minimum reading skills needed. One person lays down a red apple card and the rest of the players have to find a green apple card in their hand that best describes the red apple card. So, the red apple card could say “coyote” and you would want to play something like “smart” or “sexy”. If your green card is picked as the best, you get to collect the red apple. The person with the most red apples at the end, wins. (For added fun, have everyone read their red apple cards at the end of the game. Those are the words that are supposed to best describe the person who won them during the game.)

 

Settlers of Catan

 

There isn’t any reading involved with this one, but I would still recommend it for the middle school and up crowd because of the amount of strategy and stuff involved. Basically, this is a game about collecting and trading goods. Even though it sounds the exact opposite of interesting, it’s actually crazy fun and popular. I’ve seen people come close to losing their life because they refused to trade their sheep for a brick.

 

Last Night on Earth

 

The most popular game at the Alpha Pack compound. It’s one of those games where the rule book is roughly the same size as a Harry Potter novel, so not recommended for kids. (Plus, you know, zombies. You don’t want your entire family blaming you for Little Suzie’s nightmares.) You get to either play as a townsperson or a zombie, and the goal is either to survive or eat everyone, depending on which you are.

 

If all else fails, pull a deck of cards out of your back pocket. Poker, Rummy, or Spoons is better than yet another round of the game of Life, which is almost as intolerable as the actual living of life.

 

And that is it for my tips on how to survive family game time. Good luck. And remember, it’s only cheating if you get caught.

  

Charlie Hagan is a comic book and board game geek who happens to turn into a coyote under the light of the full moon. You can find out more about him in Fragile Brilliance, the first book in the new Shifters and Seers series by Tammy Blackwell.

 

All About Tammy Blackwell

 

Tammy Blackwell

 

Tammy Blackwell is a Young Adult Services Coordinator for a public library system in Kentucky. When she’s not reading, writing, cataloging, or talking about books, she’s sleeping.

 

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