Meet the Characters from J.M. Hackman’s Flare!

Happy Sunday!

If you’re a fan of portal fantasy, then I hope you’ll be excited for today’s post as I’m featuring an excellent one (even though technically I haven’t read it yet)!

Author J.M. Hackman’s newest novel, Flare, just released and it sounds like another must read. If you’re curiosity is piqued what this book could be about, then read on and meet all the characters in book two of The Firebrand Chronicles!

About the Book

FlareBrenna travels to Linneah via portal to visit her boyfriend Baldwin, only to find heartbreak. Betrayal. A serious case of never, ever wanting to see him again. Worst summer vacation ever.

So when her best friend Tiny invites her on a road trip to meet Tiny’s fiancé, Brenna jumps at the chance. Even if her mother disapproves. Even if it’s through a dangerous travel portal. Even if Tiny has never met this fiancé handpicked by her dad. Anything’s better than staying in Linneah.

But the trip disintegrates into disaster. The two friends are separated, Brenna is kidnapped, and not only are Brenna’s Firebrand skills tested to the limit, she must participate in the dangerous event, Starfall . . . or go home. Broke. Alone. With a shattered heart. So not fun.

And then as if that’s not bad enough? Brenna discovers a plot that could spell disaster for everyone she holds dear. And no one believes her.

Can she prevent a bloody government takeover? And what will become of Brenna’s broken heart?

Flare is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBook, Kobo, and any other online retailer, and Flare can be requested at any bookstore or library.

Purchase Link on L2L2 Website

Let’s Chat!

With the introduction of a new story, there’s almost always a new character or two. In Flare, Brenna and Tiny go on a road trip where, of course, they meet many new individuals along the way. Allow me to introduce some of them to you!

Storm Lee: Tiny Lee’s (charming and adorable) older brother is the biggest flirt in their large family (six kids!) and it appears he has set his sights on Brenna.

Abira Edan: A strong person, she helps Brenna and Tiny out when one of Brenna’s less-than-brilliant plans falls through. But this simple meeting will change Brenna’s life.

Shiraz: Her first name means one who is sweet and happy. Abira’s best friend is both of those things, as well as an awesome cook with a strong mothering instinct.

Jakeb: Tiny’s fiancé has been handpicked by her parents. He’s willing to help the town of Ginselwyn solve their drought problem.

Rachel: The leader of the Avanti. This large organization is asking for equal rights for women in Ginselwyn. (Fun fact: Laura Grace actually named this character in a fun drawing many months ago!)

Fee & Kefira: members of the Avanti. But just because they’re members of the same group doesn’t mean they’re alike!

Rune: If you’ve read Spark, you’ve heard of this guy. He has grand plans for the Jasper Territory, knows who Brenna is, and isn’t interested in being helpful.

I hope you enjoyed getting to see and learn a little more about the characters in Flare!

About the Author


J. M. Hackman loves thunderstorms, bookstores, and happy endings. She’s never met a reading nook she didn’t like and prefers soul talk to small talk. When she’s not writing, she spends time with her two munchkins and her handsome husband who supports her in this crazy profession. Her days are filled with writing stories, consuming massive quantities of dark chocolate, and looking for portals to other worlds. You can find her at

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Blog Tour Schedule

  • Monday, Feb. 25th, Review of Flare, Rachel R. Lopez,
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26th, Release-Day Feature, J.M Hackman,
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27th, Visual Post, Jannette Fuller,
  • Thursday, Feb. 28th, Release-Party Feature, Michele Israel Harper,
  • Friday, March 1st, Interview with Author J.M. Hackman, Tressa Sherman,
  • Saturday, March 2nd, Top 3 Post, Laurie Lucking,
  • Sunday, March 3rd, Visual Post, Laura A. Grace, <— You are here!
  • Monday, March 4th, Guest Post, Laura L. Zimmerman,
  • Tuesday, March 5th, Behind-the-Scenes Feature, Pam Halter,
  • Wednesday, March 6th, Review of Flare, K.A. Cummins,
By | 2019-03-03T10:41:44-04:00 March 3rd, 2019|Bookish Love|4 Comments

About the Author:

Laura A. Grace had a lifelong dream of getting to know authors behind the covers of her favorite reads. Little did she know that one day she would become an author, too! She has since published Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl and Team Lines: A Poetry Collection, and has an upcoming manga, Gathering Faith. An avid BookTuber and book blogger at Unicorn Quester, as well as writer of clean, Christian manga, Laura creatively balances her passions of supporting indie authors and feeding her readers new stories. In between, she wields plastic lightsabers with her children and binge-watches anime with her husband.


  1. J.M. Hackman March 3, 2019 at 11:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for having me, Laura! I enjoyed sharing this with you!

    • Laura A. Grace March 7, 2019 at 2:25 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for sharing! I am SUPER eager to read Flare after learning more about these characters!

  2. Pam Halter March 4, 2019 at 10:15 am - Reply

    Now I’m even more excited to read FLARE! Woot!

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