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Peek Inside The Thorn and the Sinking Stone

Four “families” emerged to rule the streets of Rain City. Valencia Hara is a daughter of the Black Roses, raised in wealth and by deadly steel...and Cursed with the ability to see seconds into the future. When Valencia is called forward to fight, she must face off against Sebastian Leold, a member of the Two Daggers gang. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud...and they have more secrets in common than they know. But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love.

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Warring families. Forbidden love. And danger they can’t escape…

Daggers. Roses. Cowboys. Boat Men. Survivors of Earth’s Last War, four “families” vie to rule the dreary streets of Rain City through violence and blood. Valencia Hara, Princess of the wealthy Black Roses, is raised in warrior ways with sharpened steel. But she is no ordinary Rose. She is Cursed—tainted with the ability to see seconds into the future…

To avenge his father’s death, Sebastian Leold, of the rival gang Two Daggers, must face off against the Black Princess, he with his dagger, she with her katana sword. Yet a secret from a shared past leaves him unable to kill beautiful Valencia; nor can she kill him. For they once knew each other beyond their blood feud…and they have more secrets in common than they know.

But in a world filled with vengeance and violence, there can be no room for love…



"From the title to the very last sentence, I loved this book." ~Kariny, Goodreads review

"The opening scene drew me straight away into a world of blood and death and vengeance... loved every moment and still wish for more." ~The Titan's Tomb

"I really enjoyed this book it reminded me of a modern Romeo an Juliet with a supernatural element..." ~Book Enthralled

"It's been a while since I've had a novel pull me in quite like this one. The Thorn and the Sinking Stone, I kind of imagine, would be like if The Gangs of New York and Romeo and Juliet had a baby. This novel wasn't something I devoured overnight, rather, it was something that I savored, stretched out over the course of 5 days to fully appreciate all that was going on in this dark world/gem of a YA novel..." ~ Sasha Hibbs, Goodreads review

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633751729
Series: Thorn & Dagger, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 10, 2015
Page Count: 313
Imprint: teen
Genre: fantasy, young adult
Tropes: across the tracks, enemies to lovers

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By Emmeline (The Book Herald) February 22, 2015

I kindly got this ARC via Entangled teen Publisher

AH, This Book was Freaking awesome!!!! So glad I got this ARC!

Rating- 4.5

I truly enjoyed it, it was action packed and made me reminiscent of the book 'Young Elites' by Marie Lu.

"Finn 'Lucky' Leold was dead. My Father was dead. Murdered by a Black Rose."

Rain City is div...Publisher

By Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts! February 01, 2016

"Our reality was this: we were enemies caught in our parents' war, trapped in a desperate situation where desperate people did desperate things. I wanted to trust him. I wanted him to trust me. But neither of us can do it blindly"

That was a.. surprise. I didn't expect to love the book so so much. Aft...

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CJ Dushinski

About the author

CJ Dushinski

While attempting to navigate life as a responsible human being, CJ graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Comm and worked her way along as marketer, copywriter, and graphic designer to earn a paycheck while pursing her passion for creating fantastical stories set in dark and wondrous corners of the world. Born in the amongst the wheat fields and open skies of the Canadian prairies, CJ’s imagination has always run wild, taking her on adventures across the world from modeling in Seoul, South Korea to backpacking through Europe, and surfing (poorly) in Hawaii. After wandering through ancient cities and civilizations, learning from diverse cultures, and surrounding herself in new experiences, CJ began writing; inspired by the places she saw and people she met along the way, wanting to share them with the world. CJ currently resides in Calgary, Alberta Canada – home of the Canadian Rockies – and keeps one hand on her passport and pen at all times, ready to pick up, see the world, and weave her experiences into stories. Her debut novel, THE THORN AND THE SINKING STONE is to be published by Entangled Publishing.

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