The Other Inheritance – Reboot!



Suddenly, the air surrounding her began to ripple like the after-effects of a rock being thrown onto the smooth surface of a lake. A quiet buzzing started and grew with the intensity of a motorboat assaulting her ears. Reggie trembled as Rhys grabbed her, pulling her toward him slowly as if the ripples had current. His tall frame bent around her body, blocking her view and offering what protection he could as a wave of icy pain crashed into her. She screamed, and he shuddered.

“He’s here,” Rhys shouted in her ear. “He’s breached my defenses, you need to leave now! I’ll contact you again.”

Oh God, she hurt. She felt like shards of ice were being thrust into her skin. Blackness began to descend. “Wait!” she cried. “How will you contact me?” She needed Rhys. He was her only guide through this terrifying new world, and she battled to stay conscious.

“I’ll send someone from my world to you. Now wake up!”

Reggie clutched at him. “Promise? Promise!” “I promise! Wake up!”

A dark whirlpool sucked her down and out. Reggie’s eyes opened, meeting blackness. She couldn’t breathe. An impenetrable layer wrapped around her body, drowning her, and she thrashed around in panic. Clenching the layer in two fists, she was surprised to feel softness. Reggie stopped moving. She relaxed her grip and cautiously felt along the material. The cocoon she was trapped in was her comforter. Shaky laughter burst from her as she began to unravel herself. Finally, cool air hit her face, and she gulped in its sweetness.

“What have I fallen into?” Reggie whispered. Sitting up, she discovered she was no longer on the bed but on the hard wooden floor. Between dreaming and waking, she must have rolled off. Pain shot through her lower back. Her chest was tight with the force of her breathing.

“It was just a dream, they can’t get you here,” she said aloud, trying to convince herself. But when she attempted to stand, the world tilted and she landed back on the comforter with a soft thud. The pain radiating from her temples to her toes was a stark reminder that nothing was what it seemed anymore. Dreams were all too real. Maybe Rhys was right; maybe she wasn’t safe here anymore. Tucking her knees to her chest, Reggie rocked back and forth, tears rolling down her cheeks.

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Magic of Solstice – Rebecca Jaycox

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Welcome back today on the Magic of Solstice tour I’ll be visiting Nichole Giles. Come visit me on Nicole’s blog.


Today on Paws4Thought we welcome fantasy author, Rebecca Jaycox. Rebecca recently released her debut novel, The Other Inheritance, with Rocking Horse Publishing. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Rebecca.

I grew up in a small town—Berryman—in Missouri, but I now live in New York City. Before moving to New York, I lived in France for a year where I taught English at a French high school.

I officially have wanderlust and travel as often as I can, visiting places like France, Turkey, Greece, and Italy. Traveling has given me greater perspective on different kinds of people and culture and has also inspired my writing. If I won the lottery tomorrow, all I would do is travel, write, and eat fabulous food.

I work at the 92nd Street Y, which is one of New York’s premier cultural institutions. I’m the creator and curator of the YA Lit program. Over the past two years, I’ve gotten to meet Veronica Roth, James Dashner (total sweetie!), Susan Ee, Melissa de la Cruz, Chuck Wendig, Maggie Stiefvater, Cassandra Clare and many more! It’s a fun job.

When did you first start writing?

I started writing at a young age; I want to say around 10 years old. My grandmother had all these ancient typewriters that I used to bang out stories on.  As an only child growing up in a rural community, I used my imagination as a way to escape into faraway lands. The Mark Twain National Forest was my backyard; a place where green acorns become emeralds and my cats were generals fighting against dragons.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have a long list, and some authors I find belong more in the inspirational category than favorite: Ilona Andrews (writes one of the best UF series ever), Colleen McCullough (Yes, I loved the Thorn Birds!), J.K. Rowling, Patricia Briggs, Maggie Stiefvater (she’s brilliant), Anne Bishop, Laini Taylor, Neil Gaiman(writing god), Robin McKinley, Susan Ee, Kate Elliot, George RR Martin (that man plays a long game), Meljean Brooks (her steampunk world building is insane!) and Jacqueline Carey. I know I’m missing people!

What inspires you to write? 

Traveling inspires me to write, of course, providing me with great world building ideas, but I also get inspired just by observing the conversations that are happening around me. My NYC subway rides in the morning have given me great character ideas.

Tell us a little bit about The Other Inheritance.

The Other Inheritance is about Reggie, a seventeen-year-old girl who discovers quite shockingly that she can bring dead things back to life. She has a rough home life; her mother is an alcoholic and her father disappeared when she was young. He took a hike in the woods and never came back.  Reggie discovers that her father was from an alternative reality known as the Other and that she’s inherited his magical powers. The bad guy who killed her father is after her, and she has to travel to the Other to find one of her father’s friends who has promised to protect her. Mayhem, danger, romance, and betrayal ensue.

What attracts you to writing YA?

The YA genre has become a wonderful creative playground. Some of the best fantasy is being written in YA. Being a teenager on the cusp of adulthood and trying to find yourself is a universal human experience we can all relate to. Well, most of us are trying to find ourselves well into our twenties, but I digress. At 17, you really are starting to make independent choices about your future, and that makes a fertile writing ground.

What are you currently working on?

I’m slowly writing the sequel to The Other Inheritance. I’ve also written a bit on an adult UF that features a dragon that I’m having a lot of fun with (a certain Russian witch will make an appearance), and a few chapters of a YA/NA steampunk novel.

What do you like to do to relax?

Watch the Walking Dead! Weird way to relax, but I like it. I also read all of the time! The more I read, the better I write. And I love reading. I’m a gym addict. My life is so stressful that going to the gym keeps me sane.

If you could have any superpower what would choose?

The ability to control time like Hermione had with the Time-Turner. I would be able to write as much as I wanted and have a full-time job without the stress!

How can readers connect with you?

Readers can connect with me through my author page on Facebook:

They can also follow me on Twitter, my handle is @rebeccajaycox, and my website is

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