Feb 4 2013 12:00pm

Prior to Living On Dublin Street: Samantha Young’s Other Writing

On Dublin Street by Samantha YoungSamantha Young is a 26-year-old Scottish writer whose self-published contemporary romance On Dublin Street recently became a bestseller, with the announcement of the follow-up, Down London Road, generating a ton of reader excitement.

But before her adult novel catapulted her to fame, she self-published nearly a dozen young adult fantasy novels, many of which were inspired by mythologies she studied as an ancient and medieval history major at the University of Edinburgh. Her young adult novels veer toward new adult, since her heroines are generally older teens facing more mature situations. Some of her stories have been described by readers as “dark” or “edgy,” and they often include mild sex scenes.

The Tale of Lunarmorte trilogy consists of Moonspell, River Cast, and Blood Solstice. It features a mixture of werewolves, witches, and other supernatural creatures with ties to the gods and goddesses of Greek Mythology. Seventeen-year-old Caia Ribeiro is a Lykan, or werewolf, whose parents were murdered by a group of witches called the Midnight Coven. She was raised separately from her pack for her own protection. When she returns to them, she has trouble fitting into the group, partly because the pack lost members over the years protecting her and partly because she has a special destiny of which she's unaware. She's set to play a key role in the war brewing between the Midnight coven and the Daylight coven. She also has a particularly conflicted relationship with Lucien, her sexy young Alpha.

Smokeless Fire by Samantha YoungThe Fire Spirits Series, which is inspired by Middle Eastern mythology, consists of three books: Smokeless Fire, Scorched Skies, and Borrowed Ember. It features Ari Johnson, a Jinn (i.e. genie) who was raised in the human world believing she was human. She was completely unaware of her supernatural heritage until her powers manifest on her eighteenth birthday and the powerful beings who have been searching for her finally find her. Like Caia in the Lunarmorte trilogies, Ari has a special destiny and special powers, and her “family” (of whom she was unaware) tries to use her and manipulate her for their own purposes. Meanwhile, she fights a powerful attraction to Jai, her half-Jinn protector, while trying to save her childhood love Charlie Creagh who's following a path of self-destruction. The next book in the series—Darkness, Kindled—is set to be released in April of this year.

The Warriors of Ankh trilogy, which is inspired by Egyptian mythology, consists of Blood Will Tell, Blood Past, and Shades of Blood. Seventeen-year-old Eden Winslow comes from a family of soul eaters, and even though she hates what her family does, she's supposed to be “awakened” on her eighteenth birthday by taking a soul. She's also betrothed to a creepy, crazy cousin she doesn't want to marry. In school, she meets a boy named Noah Valois. She's attracted to him, but he also stirs her hunger. She tries to hide her true nature from him, but it's no use. He's actually a Warrior of Ankh—a race of warriors whose mission is to kill soul eaters—and he was sent to befriend her and see if she can be saved. If not, he, or one of his fellow warriors, will have to kill her.

Slumber by Samantha YoungThe Fade Duology, which Young herself labels as “New Adult,” consists of Slumber and Sneak Thievery. Slumber is a retelling of “Sleeping Beauty”—with a twist. The princess Haydyn, who has a magical ability to maintain peace in her land, falls into a coma, but she's not the protagonist. Her nineteen-year-old friend Rogan, a healer who was ripped from her family as a young girl in order to serve the princess, is the focus of the story. She must journey across the kingdom to find the one plant that will heal Haydyn. She ventures into a world that's falling into chaos and violence, while also battling her attraction to a sexy soldier name Wolfe Stovia, who has been sent to protect her. Unfortunately, he's also the son of the man who brutally murdered her family. Sneak Thievery, the second book in the duology, is set to be released late in 2013.

Young also writes short fiction. Drip Drop Teardrop is a novella about an orphan who tries to save her beloved aunt from death by making a deal with a grim reaper named Brennus. Phantasmagoria and Other Stories is a short story collection that will be released in 2014. It features stories set in the world of Lunarmorte and the Warriors of Ankh, a companion to Drip Drop Teardrop, and other original stories.


Brittany is a freelance writer, aspiring novelist and small business owner who hopes that heaven will be like a bookstore with an endless supply of free books, free coffee and super comfy chairs.

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1. riveroftimefan
I loved Ms. Young's Fire Spirits series. I totally fell in love with Jai (so yummy) and can't wait for Borrowed Ember to come out. I also really enjoyed the Tale of Lunarmorte series. Just loved Lucien & Caia. Slumber was very good, as well. Wolfe was swoon-worthy and way too patient with Rogan. All of these books are very creative, full of good guys that you'll root for and bad guys that you'll love to hate. I highly recommend them.
Brittany Melson
2. BrittanyMelson
@riveroftimefan I agree. Readers really seem to enjoy the characters in her books, and her stories have a lot of positive reviews.
3. riveroftimefan
Sadly, I didn't care for On Dublin Street as much as I loved all these other books. People seem to love it though, therefore I'm happy for Ms. Young.
Brittany Melson
4. BrittanyMelson
@riveroftimefan Since On Dublin Street is a different genre than the new adults books (adult contemporary vs. young/new adult fantasy), I can see why some fans might not crossover, but she's obviously a talented storyteller. I suppose she's got a little something for everyone. And it seems like she's going to keep writing in both genres, judging by the upcoming releases discussed on her website, so that's good :)
5. riveroftimefan
So true, so true. I believe she is very talented. Funny thing is, technically I'm not "young" any more, but I seem to really enjoy a lot of YA/New Adult books, especially fantasy/paranormal genres. Even though I'm getting older in age, I'm still young in mind and heart. Thanks for chatting with me. :)
Brittany Melson
6. BrittanyMelson
@riveroftimefan You're very welcome:) I'm an adult who still loves YA as well, and I love to connect with fellow fans of the genre. I'm also excited by how New Adult seems to be growing in popularity. More books to enjoy!
Azucena Rodriguez
7. ajeans
I read the Lunarmorte and Warrior of Ankh series before On Dublin Street came out and all I have to say is that I prefer her YA/NA books. I LOVE the Lunarmorte Series! I'm going to start on the Fire Spirits one once Darkness, Kindled comes out and then finish off the rest of her stuff. She has written some of the few YA/NA books I've enjoyed :)
Vanessa Ouadi
9. Lafka
I'm ashamed to say I haven't read any of Samantha Young's previous books before On Dublin Street. Slumber caught my eye though, I'll probably give it a try, thank you Brittany!
Brittany Melson
10. BrittanyMelson
@Lafka You're welcome. I'm glad you found something that interests you:)
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