November 04, 2016

Little Known Facts / Timeless Blog Tour + Giveaway

Welcome! Crystal Collier is here today to share her new book and some little known story world facts!

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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Being reacquainted with these characters and reemerging in this story was great fun. I was greeted by Crystal Collier's magical way with words that I admired while reading Moonless and Soulless.

In the third and final installment of this trilogy, Alexia has gone back in time (500 years) to stop the Soulless from becoming. The Soulless were once Passionate, but now they are "undying monsters who live in the darkness" and drain the Passionate of their vitality, turning them into Soulless creatures. Alexia is also eight weeks away from giving birth, and it's said that her life will end once her daughter is born. She's running out of time, and the future hangs in the balance. If she can't stop the Soulless from becoming, so many will be lost.

Alexia learns of a world where the Passionate live freely. This world could be the only safe place for the Passionate, if they can find it. Alexia and her comrades search for the gateway while battling men who keep hunting them down. In this story, Alexia is tougher than ever. It was nice seeing her grow.

Crystal has a way of storytelling that makes me sad and heartbroken along with her characters. Or swoon and smile at lighter moments. Not many authors' writings have that impact on me.

Timeless is a story of love...true and forbidden love. There's mystery with secrets finally coming to light (and they are mind-boggling), tension, action...everything.

There were moments that frustrated me a tad, such as the characters repeating their inner desires or debating over a romantic conflict in nearly the same way every time. I also kept screaming in my head, "Tell him. Tell him!" But when this romantic conflict plays out fully, it's worth it.

This story is everything you could ever want or expect with the Maiden of Time as the main character. A fantastic end to a great trilogy! 

I highly recommend this trilogy!



Do you love easter eggs? Not the type you pick up on Easter, but the ones hidden on DVDs?

My books have a couple of these, but one of them is at the beginning of each book. All three open with a single stanza of a poem. Here I give you it in it's entirety:


Fly little Sparrow, the soulless are coming
Fly lest yer caught on the Moonless night
Or render yer heart to the one that is callin’
Take up yer power and join the fight.

From the night’s darkness the lost ones are cryin’
Seeking to claim for their own, the new queen
War rises up, the forces now vyin’
To possess or deny her long-lost vict’ry.

Time holds no meaning to one what is Timeless
Yet fissures the world to the old and the new
Save them from torment, yea, save them from dyin’
Come now, great maiden, their fate falls to you.

                                                       --Author Unknown

I never give an explanation for this poem--where it comes from, whose it is, why it's there. This was done intentionally, just for this moment.

I've read some books where there's poetry at the beginning just to be pretty. Or to show off how well read the author is. Or to share some prose they especially love.

I tend to be much more methodical in my approach.

So are you ready for this?

The author of The Sparrow's War is...





You read that right. In a book series with mystical time manipulation, how can you OMIT Father Time? The answer is, you can't. (But in this instance, he's a grandfather...for reasons readers will understand.)

Grandfather Time sees the end from the beginning. He predicts what's to come and leaves us hints at the beginning of each book. He's also one of my favorite characters. (But aren't they all?) Readers may actually get to meet him in TIMELESS. (Ooh! Now you know you're curious. Buy my books!)

QUESTION: Who is your favorite mythical being/creature?

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.


  1. That is a great easter egg to connect them all. Awesome review too!

  2. Very clever, Crystal.

    I know a lot of people will say it, but dragons are my favorite. That comes from reading the Dragonriders of Pern series over and over when I was a teen.

    1. I loved the Anne Mccaffrey when I was younger. She's slow, but a good read.

  3. That's appropriate. I never would have caught that.

  4. Congratulations to Crystal. I need to catch up with this trilogy. Enjoyed the first book. The Sparrow's War is lovely and interesting. Have a great tour.

  5. Oh, this looks to be a great read, Crystal! I have to read the first two though. They're both on my TBR on Goodreads. I'm currently stuck in Diana Galbaldon's second book in the Outlander series. I say stuck, because it's taking me so long to get through.

    As for mythical creatures, I recently wrote a post on ancient Goddesses and their powers. I find them quite fascinating and inspiring.

    I'd like to read your series in order. Congrats on the new release! Thanks Chrys, for sharing Crystal's new book.

    1. Thank you, Lisa! Yes, it's best to read the series in order, for sure. I mean, the last book can be read as a stand alone, but I'm a personal fan of the entire series and would say skipping right to the end might be robbing yourself of some readerly joy. ;)

      Ancient goddesses! There is so much fodder for stories in that realm.

    2. Hey, Lisa! You will enjoy Crystal's trilogy. I still think of Moonless at random moments. When a story can pop into your head at random, you know it's good. :)

  6. Congrats Crystal and thanks for the great post. I take a recommendation from Chrys very seriously. :-)
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. As you should--this is my best work, you know? Or at least, most recent. ;) (Thanks, Sherry!)

    2. And I highly recommend Crystal's trilogy, Sherry. This final one was literally the cherry on top. Or for Crystal...the cheese on top. ;)

  7. I'm way behind. Congrats to Crystal. The story sounds riveting. Movie rights next, I hope.

    1. Thank you, Jolene. I've had a few readers rooting for a movie. :)

  8. This reminds me. I'm a book behind (I've only read the first).

  9. Hi Chrys and Crystal - your trilogy does sound fascinating - I love the way it covers the 500 years + ... I look forward to reading them all sometime. Grandfather Time - an essential component ... congratulations ... cheers Hilary

    1. The story is pretty expansive. Thanks for the continued support &kind words. You're a rockstar!

  10. I like the idea of Grandfather Time being involved. I haven't read this series yet, but it sounds appealing. I'll have to check it out.

  11. The entire trilogy sounds enchanting and Grandfather Time is the perfect finishing touch! Never heard of "Easter Eggs" before, but I am intrigued ;-)
    Excellent interview, ladies!

    1. Easter eggs were a big thing when DVD's first started releasing. I lived in a household of geeks, or I'd never have known about them.

  12. Congratulations Crystal. Enjoyed your post and your book sounds interesting.

    Hi Chrys!

  13. Wow, this really does sound like a great concept. Very interesting, and Chrys gives a great review.
    As for Easter Eggs, I love them, many can be found on my website. Usually, they will only be noticed by me, but I do tend to tag an entry if it has an Easter Egg on it.

    1. They're fun to hide, right? I love sneaking them in there--not that anyone but UBER fans will notice...which I'm okay with. Now I need to check out your site with a magnifying glass.