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Top 10 Little Known Facts About Ethan

1) Knows how to play the guitar even though he’s never been taught.

2) Has a certain place he goes to think.

3) Ties his shoes using the “bunny-ears” method. He blames his Kindergarten teacher.

4) Has a photographic memory.

5) Doesn’t watch TV, but likes watching good movies.

6) Likes hard rock, alternative rock, southern rock and some soft rock music. Every once in a while, he’ll listen to classical music.

7) Reads fantasy and history.

8) His parents once tracked him by his phone when he was fourteen. He hasn’t carried one since. Until Nara.

9) Secretly wants to go to college.

10) Has an uncanny ability to learn quickly and adapt.


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Top 10 Little Known Facts About Nara

1) Sometimes reorganizes when things in her life are suddenly out of her control.
2) Loves old classic romance movies.
3) Once spent a whole day mumbling what would happen next before it did just to make sure she could remember the details from her dream.
4) Loves puzzles. Any type of puzzles.
5) Sometimes colors mandala art to help her relax.
6) Doesn’t know how to braid her hair.
7) Hopes to go to Veterinarian school.
8) Can’t sing but Karaoke is still on her bucket list.
9) Wishes she could play a musical instrument, but so far no luck.
10) Wants #9 because she has written songs while the tune played in her head since she was little. No one knows about her songs, not even her best friend Lainey.


Nara Collins is an average sixteen-year-old, with one exception: every night she dreams the events of the following day. Due to an incident in her past, Nara avoids using her special gift to change fate…until she dreams a future she can’t ignore.

After Nara prevents a bombing at Blue Ridge High, her ability to see the future starts to fade, while people at school are suddenly being injured at an unusually high rate.

Grappling with her diminishing powers and the need to prevent another disaster, Nara meets Ethan Harris, a mysterious loner who seems to understand her better than anyone. Ethan and Nara forge an irresistible connection, but as their relationship heats up, so do her questions about his dark past.

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Why Ravens in the Brightest Kind of Darkness series?


Why did you feature ravens in your BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS series?

I’ve always been fascinated by ravens, by their perception in society and the fact they’ve been depicted in old drawings and stories since the beginning of time.

In researching ravens, I fell in love with their duality; every culture has a mythology about ravens. Some associate ravens with evil, believing them to be a witch in another form, others believe them to be the devil’s minions. Then there are the cultures that feature the raven either as the creator of their world or as having had a hand in it’s creation like creating the sun or finding water. Other cultures see ravens as tricksters with the talent to predict the future and the ability to bring messages to the gods. Ravens were also considered birds of war by some, who watched the ravens and used that knowledge to help predict a battle’s outcome.

While ravens feature in just about every culture, their roles spanning from one extreme or the other, one aspect is definitely true in every culture; their presence is never innocuous. It always means “something”! 🙂

And this is why I choose ravens. They have such a rich and varied mythology. I wanted to put my own spin on it in BRIGHTEST KIND OF DARKNESS.

Raven Facts: Wiley, Smart, Opportunistic, Loyal, Territorial, Playful and Affectionate

  • Ravens can solve complex problems, like figuring out how to add rocks to a deep jar in order to raise the water level so they could get to the meat floating in the water. Ravens are called “wolf birds” for a reason. They’ve been known to lead wolves to injured (potential) prey so that they can also share in the feeding. Ravens have worked together as a team. One pulls on the dog’s tail and gets the dog to chase after him, while the other raven raids the dog’s bowl for kibble.
  • Ravens mate for life and hold funerals for their dead.
  • Ravens can mimic human speech and other bird calls.
  • Ravens can live in extreme temperatures from the tundra to the desert.
  • The oldest raven in the wild lived to be 17. The oldest raven in captivity lived to be 44. He was a Tower of London raven.

Ravens in Action

How to tell a raven from a crow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guBwMUAWAJI&NR=1&feature=endscreen

Ravens are much bigger than crows. Here you can see a raven and a crow side by side to see the difference in their sizes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ZyBNWVD70w&feature=related  (around 2:38-2:40)

Ravens can be very playful and gentle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAj_SkR8lJY&feature=channel&list=UL

Ravens can talk in various voices: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GusdG_SSWw&feature=relmfu  AND http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zA9KTw07Ax0&feature=relmfu