Quote of the Day:  from the quote at the beginning of Crystal Collier’s novel, Timeless.

Fly little sparrow, the Soulless are comin’
fly lest yer caught on the Moonless night

Or render yer heart to the one that is callin’
Take up her Passions and join the fight.

– Author unknown

Welcome Crystal Collier here today to share her new book!

In 1771, Alexia had everything: the man of her dreams,
reconciliation with her father, even a child on the way. But she was never
meant to stay. It broke her heart, but Alexia heeded destiny and traveled five
hundred years back to stop the Soulless from becoming.

In the thirteenth century, the Holy Roman Church has ordered the Knights Templar to
exterminate the Passionate, her bloodline. As Alexia fights this new
threat—along with an unfathomable evil and her own heart—the Soulless genesis
nears. But none of her hard-won battles may matter if she dies in childbirth
before completing her mission.

Can Alexia escape her
own clock?

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Author Interview

1. What draws you to writing and reading fantasy?

First, let’s define fantasy. There’s high fantasy (Lord of the Rings), urban fantasy (The Mortal Instruments, Harry Potter), fairy tale retellings (Lunar Chronicles, Ella Enchanted), paranormal (Twilight), historical fantasy (Outlander, Clockwork Angel), and on and on. So when we talk about reading fantasy, or writing it, there’s a vast ocean of genres to pick from. The Maiden of Time series is a mash up of historical, romance, mystery, adventure, horror, paranormal, time travel, and YA fantasy. While I do write (and read) several other genres, these books are basically the love child of EVERYTHING I adore about reading. They ignite my imagination and leave me pondering possibilities. In this day and age, too many people kill their imagination in childhood. My stories are meant to spark and allow creativity to thrive, while keeping it clean. (As in, I want my kids to be able to read what I write.)
2. Do you need to read your books in order?
Book 3 can be read independently. You don’t get quite as much love out of the end, but people who only read book three enjoyed it. Still, those who have read the entire series actually BEG people to start with MOONLESS, so there you have it. Start with TIMELESS, or start with MOONLESS, but DO NOT START WITH SOULLESS. (You’ve been warned.)
3. What are some things that inspire you in your writing and creative life?

Other than cheese? Dreams. MOONLESS came from a dream initially. Also, as an artist (sketch, cartoon, etc), give me a great picture and my mind goes wild. Music. I write it, sing it, adore it.But most of all, my family. They inspire me with more than just their cheering behind the scenes. They inspire me to be better, to reach for something greater, and to recall what it is in life that matters most. After all, there will always be another book. My little ones are only truly mine for the duration of their childhood, and they deserve every ounce of creative love I can offer.


Crystal Collier is an eclectic author
who pens clean fantasy/sci-fi, historical, and romance stories with the
occasional touch of humor, horror, or inspiration. She practices her
brother-induced ninja skills while teaching children or madly typing about
fantastic and impossible creatures. She has lived from coast to coast and now
calls Florida home with her creative husband, four littles, and “friend”
(a.k.a. the zombie locked in her closet). Secretly, she dreams of world
domination and a bottomless supply of cheese.

Thanks, Crystal. Great interview. I’ve just begun reading Timeless and I like the pace. I’m already rooting for Alexia! I’m honored to be part of your blog tour. You are an inspirational author and blogger!
Go. Create. Inspire!
Journaling Prompt: What’s your favorite type of fantasy/fiction books?