Book Review and Excerpt of Paranormal Romance Thriller Glory: The Legend of Glory Book 1 by Devin O’Branagan

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Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read.Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week's excellent read is Glory:  The Legend of Blory, Book 1 by #1 best selling author Devin O'Branagan.

I've known #1 best selling author Devin O'Branagan since I helped her with the first book launch of GLory. Now, she is talking with a producer about turning the book into a movie or TV program. I hope that comes true, because Glory is an excellent book.

Read my 5-star Amazon review.

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Cover of Glory by Devin O'Branagan

This is a story about a teenager who rises to meet incredible challenges. Her helpers include a fabulous dog, an angel and a vampire. It is the first of a trilogy, and I have read and reviewed them all.

Starting The Story Where The Change Happens

No matter what genre you write, it's important to start where the change begins. Ruminating over tea doesn't cut it these days. Glory begins powerfully, with the impending death of Glory's father.

A pandemic is sweeping the country, and Glory's blood has the antidote, but not only the "good guys" are after it.. Here is the Glory book trailer video:

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Amp up the Story with Internal and External Conflict

Conflict makes a story interesting. After all, if nothing happens, you don't have a novel. There are two kinds of conflict that make for a good book. Both are important. This trilogy has them both in roughly equal measure.

External conflict

External conflict refers to those elements outside the point of view character. these challenges come from outside the person and include the major plot hurdles for the story. in Glory,  our hero deals with the nasty bug and with people who are after her because of her uniqueness.

Internal conflict

Internal conflict comes from a character struggling with her emotions and actions. Glory's struggles include losing her father to the pandemic and the feelings she develops for her vampire and angel guardians.

The internal landscape is what distinguishes one book from another. Many would argue that there are perhaps only 30 or 50 plots around love, revenge, achievement and the like..

It's how the point of view character(s) handling their challenges, their road of trials, that distinguish a book. The character-against-world themes are similar. How a hero interacts with her world sets a story apart from the rest.

That's why I say the internal conflict makes a book even more than the more obvious plot elements, such as in this case the pandemic, good and evil beings, and the scientists.

While this is a young adult tale with a 17-year-old hero, it is a good read for adults as well.

A Curvaceous Protagonist

I LOVE books with a strong female character who's curvy, not twiggy. I'm writing one like that just now myself. Here's how Glory reacts when she hears a policeman tell a friend they're looking for a girl about her age but "much heavier":

I bristled. I wasn't heavy. I was--as dad had described me--voluptuous : chesty, hippy, and curvaceous, but most certainly not fat.

Yay! Having so often been shamed for my size, I can appreciate a character being proud of her curves. I'm so sick of movies and TV shows glorifying women who could blow away if you sneeze on them.

Wits Win

While there are numerous supernatural elements and beings, both helping and detracting from Glory and her mission to save the world, there is no savior. No rescuer. She must rely on her own wits and strength. This is an element that improves any story, and I like the way O'Branagan handles the balance.

Glory Book Excerpt:

I floated and it felt good. It was warm and bright and I was at peace.

Dominic appeared. “Don’t go,” he said.

I looked down at my body lying in a soggy ditch in a pool of blood. “I don’t have a choice anymore.”

“I’m here now. I can help if you want me to.”

I didn’t want him to. The world and all its misery had lost its allure. I was done.

He knew what I was feeling and I could feel him too. It was shockingly intimate. He yearned for me to want to return; he needed me to be noble.

“I’m not your salvation,” I said.

I felt his disappointment. He wanted to love humanity for his father’s sake, and I was conscious of his regret at not being able to. I felt his remorse for having failed me, his tenderness for me, and how that new emotion surprised him. I wanted to comfort him and take away his pain. He sensed my affection for him and was moved by it. Our empathic connection was exquisite.

I realized that what we shared at that moment was what everybody longed for—the merging of bodies was a poor imitation of the merging of hearts.

Suddenly, I wanted to do whatever it took to relieve his suffering and the suffering of all those who could benefit from my blood. In that moment, I suffered the pain of all creation. I needed to heal it.

My translucent hand reached for him. “Take me home.”

He didn’t ask which home I meant. His heart knew.

I hope you'll get your copy of the whole trilogy.

About #1 Best Selling Author Devin O'Branagan

Author Devin O'BranaganBestselling author Devin O’Branagan writes novels about uncommon heroes. Her genres include young adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, paranormal thrillers, and romantic comedy. She’s been published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books, German publisher Heyne Verlag, Turkish publisher Dogan Egmont, and indie publisher Cornucopia Creations. Her books are available in print, eBook, and audio book formats.

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Wo doesn't love GOOD free books? I gave Glory by Devin O'Branagan a 5-star review on Amazon, and I shall review it in depth here on WriteOnPurpose.com January 21st.

I and bunches of folks helped her with the original launch a while back, and you may remember the Glory cover reveal for the gorgeous new design.

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Review (from the Glory Amazon page)

Glory was nominated by the American Library Association to YALSA's Best Popular Paperback for Young Adults List."A fantasy on the shoulders of a strong willed girl, Glory is not to be missed." - Midwest Book Review

"Glory is a well-written, fast-paced novel that sets the stage for other stories in the same universe. O'Branagan introduces supernatural archetypes that slightly twist the usual take on the paranormal, making for an engaging read. Glory's ability to drive her own narrative is reminiscent of Hunger Games' Katniss. I would recommend Glory to YA readers who crave a little more out of the traditional heroine. Its premise is unique, its world intriguing, and Glory herself has many stories left to tell." -The Universal Mirror

"I absolutely loved this book!  From the moment I started to read, I was hooked and was not able to put it down until I was finished. The wild ride you are taken on with Glory is an exciting one.  With a lot of thrills, government conspiracy and a little bit of romance you will finish the book excited for the next installment. I for one cannot wait to get my hands on it." - YA Novel Reader

"Glory was a really good read. The story is constantly moving and progressing, so as a reader you never get bored. It is well-written and the characters are all likable. I can't wait to read the next book!" -Book Briefs

From the Author

Glory is the first book in The Legend of Glory trilogy. The second book, Pretty Sacrifices, is now available. Look for the third novel, Genesis, to be released in 2015. A prominent Hollywood producer has contracted to shop the trilogy as a possible TV or movie project!

Author Devin O'Branagan

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Book Cover Reveal: Glory and Pretty Sacrifices by Devin O’Branagan

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Best Selling Author Devin O'Branagan writes stories about uncommon heroes, people who rise to the occasion and embark upon a journey of self discovery while fighting seemingly insurmountable odds.

Now, her books are under consideration for a movie or television series, and she has brand new vibrant covers to celebrate the relaunch of this series. I have read and enjoyed her paranormal thriller series and her dog stories as well The Legend of Glory. Here are the new covers for books 1 and 2:

Glory (The Legend of Glory, Book 1) by Devin O'Branagan

Seventeen-year-old Glory Templeton's blood holds the cure for a deadly pandemic-plague and she embarks on a quest to save humanity.

When evil forces conspire to stop her, three supernatural beings are assigned to be her guardians. Forbidden love, mysterious companions, ancient secret societies, vampires, witches, and angels all contribute to the high adventure that tests the character of this remarkable young woman. The legend of Glory begins! Buy on Amazon

Read my 5 star review on AmazonCover of Glory by Devin O'Branagan

 Pretty Sacrifices (The Legend of Glory, Book 2) by Devin O'Branagan

In the post apocalyptic world following a pandemic, dark angels arrive in Glory Templeton's small hometown to claim the eternal souls of her loved ones. Targeted by evil because of her heroism during the great plague, Glory fights back with the help of gutsy young witch Kaia, inexperienced guardian angel Sasha, and her intrepid demon-fighting dog Hallelujah.

Complicating everything, a rift in time reunites Glory with an old flame and forces her to pay a huge price for love. Angels, witches, vampires, and time travel all contribute to this thrilling tale of courage, faith, and fighting the good fight.

Pretty Sacrifices is the sequel to the bestselling urban fantasy, Glory, which was nominated by the American Library Association for their Best Paperbacks for Young Adults List.

Genesis, the third novel in The Legend of Glory trilogy, is forthcoming. Buy on Amazon Read my 5 star review on Amazon.Pretty Sacrifices by Devin O'Branagan Cover

About Devin O'Branagan

Author Devin O'BranaganDevin's genres include paranormal thrillers, young adult urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and romantic comedy. Her books have been published by Simon & Schuster's Pocket Books, German publisher Heyne Verlag, Turkish publisher Dogan Egmont, and indie publisher Cornucopia Creations.

She writes for Paranormal Galaxy Magazine and TAILS Magazine, is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, the Cat Writers' Association, and many of her writing projects support animal rescue. Her books are available in print, eBook, and audio formats. Visit her author page for details.

She is represented by Deborah Schneider of Gelfman Schneider Literary Agents in New York City, and Josie Freedman, ICM International Creative Management Partners, Los Angeles. Devin is a prolific author with several wonderful series.

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