Monthly Archive: January 2012

FORBIDDEN is now available!

Ryan’s first published novel FORBIDDEN is now out in stores! We’ve been receiving some great reviews, and a few fun interviews have been posted.

Please join our BESTSELLER CONTEST for a chance to win free FORBIDDEN and A CLONE APART swag just in time for Valentine’s Day. Email with proof of purchase (copy of receipt) from any bookstore or online retailer, and FORBIDDEN BESTSELLER in the subject line. For each copy you purchase, your name will be dropped into the hat! Contest closes Feb. 14, 2012.

Get excited, everyone! I know I am.


Links to Interviews and Guest Blog Posts

USA TODAY: Interview with Syrie James and Ryan M. James, authors of ‘Forbidden’


(Ryan & Syrie’s interview begins about 7 minutes in… so please keep listening! 🙂

FLY HIGH: From Romance to YA Fiction with Syrie James (Forbidden)

MUNDIE MOMS: Author Interview with Syrie James & Ryan M. James (Forbidden)

Total Bookaholic: Claire and Alec This or That (Forbidden)

A Trail of Books: Interview with Syrie James (Forbidden)

All Rights Reserved by Syrie James & Ryan M James

Final episode of A Clone Apart, Season 1, is now online!

A CLONE APART, EPISODE 08 is now available online. This marks the end of A Clone Apart’s first season.

I’m not sure when Season Two will begin, though it shouldn’t be too long. For now, however, I have to focus on promoting my novel FORBIDDEN. In case you didn’t know, there’s less than a week left to participate in our PRE-ORDER CONTEST for a chance to win free FORBIDDEN swag!

ACA Episode Eight


Alpha Team regroups on the other side of their first temporal displacement. Where are they? When? Why can’t they find Danson? And how long ’til someone turns on the damn heat in this place?

In this final episode of A CLONE APART’s first season, Alpha mistakes Hoth for Yavin IV, Rook finally finds a Rebel Base, and Danson re-examines his destiny…and finally gets to meet a lady!

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Forbidden Reviews

“A YA novel that hits all the right notes: Claire, a teen girl who starts to ‘change’; Alec, the boy who knows better but can’t help but be drawn to Claire; and secrets, tons of secrets, that will make everyone’s lives difficult… The plot and storyline are great, and the characters strong… Forbidden managed to side-step the stereotype grenades … and continue to be themselves…. From there, the James’ go full-out… If you enjoy angels, ‘forbidden’ romance and dashing heroes, then this should be added to your TBR.”


“I DIDN’T WANT THIS BOOK TO END… I loved this book from the first page. The narration is really amazing. The writing style is just brilliant. The dialogue… unbelievable … Forbidden is suspenseful, surprising and a fantastic read… I recommend it for everyone. Rating: 5/5.”

The Sagacity Quest

“A THRILLING RIDE… this fast-paced plot is extremely adventurous… the romance is so powerful… This is not just a YA, this is a truly amazing story that, while you’re reading it, you’re also picking out the best actors to play the roles on the big screen. All age groups will find themselves absolutely attached to this incredible novel! 5 stars.”

Feathered Quill

“BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN. Romantic and filled with delicious tension. Forbidden enchants!”

—Sophie Jordan, author of Firelight

“FORBIDDEN grabs you from the start and doesn’t let go.”

Miss Literati


“Look out, Alyson Noel. Make way, Becca Fitzpatrick. Heads up, Lauren Kate. There is a spectacular new Young Adult (YA) writing team on the horizon! … Full of intrigue, romance and humor …[and] very much about trust, discovery, and love … I was entertained by the inspired prose, witty dialogue, the humorous actions and reactions, and of course, the honest, pure character development… I assure you, I look forward to James and James next installment. This may be written for Young Adults, however, might I also suggest, for the young at heart?”


“A YA PARANORMAL FANTASY GEM! I LOVED IT! All things in heaven and earth seem to be most popular to teens and others who enjoy paranormal fantasy and Forbidden is a welcome addition! Many very cool scenarios make this book exciting… and it pulls in a heavenly host of cool characters! Young adults who have enjoyed the Twilight series will be just as intrigued with what I hope will become a new series. Highly recommended.”

Book Reader’s Heaven

“A VERY ENJOYABLE PARANORMAL ROMANCE… I really liked Claire and Alec. The two have a wonderful, sweet romance. I like stories with good kids who are working hard and not afraid to be smart… The strength of the relationships in the story and the romance will keep readers engaged. I couldn’t put the book down and spent most of a day reading it. I want a sequel!”

Ms. Martin Teaches Media

“A REALLY ENJOYABLE READ. I love books which involve angels and forbidden love. But Forbidden by Syrie James and her son Ryan James is nothing like the others angelic books I’ve read so far. It sure gave some freshness to this ever-growing genre… The plot was amazingly different from what I expected. There were several plot twists I wasn’t expecting and that I really enjoyed. Hopefully this book will receive some well-deserved attention because I can’t wait to read more about these characters!”

Books To Consider

“There is quite a bit going on at this buffet table!If the High School scene appeals to you, OR you enjoy a book that’s more for the young at heart, then you’ll be pleased with what Forbidden has to offer. I was surprised by the darker element the authors were able to intertwine within the story’s plot. Characters coming from an angelic descendant take some turns towards evil and as the story picks up you get invested in the young adults and plot line. … I found myself flying through the pages to get to the ending and see how this might all possibly end… Forbidden is a well thought out story with the young in mind but one that anyone who’s looking for a fun read could enjoy.”

I Smell Sheep Book Reviews

“Syrie James & Ryan M. James knock it out of the ballpark with the new YA, Forbidden! For anyone who reads great books the name Syrie James should already be on top of all ‘to-read’ lists, as well as categorized as a consistent ‘5-Star’ author on all reviewer’s lists. Whether taking on Jane Austen, vampires, or anything else you can think of, Ms. James definitely knows how to create a story that is the ‘best of the best.’ But this time around she brings two new things to the table: The subject of angels told in a new way that hasn’t already been done six hundred times; and her son, Ryan, who enhances the story ten-fold with his own creativity and a definite ‘male’ point of view. (Which YA has needed for some time)… A story of pure fun, fantasy, romance, humor – you name it – Syrie James and her son have brought it!”

St. Augustine News

“A light, airy fantasy/adventure/romance that I went through like a box of Fiddle Faddle… I’d totally read the sequel if it were in front of me… I enjoyed its straightforward charm… I enjoyed how the authors didn’t blow their supernatural creature wad right at the beginning, letting me wonder for a while what it was going to be… I’m a sucker for an occasional fun supernatural adventure/romance. This one fit the bill.”


“If you love paranormal stories dealing with angels, Forbidden is one for your wish list. If you love romance, here is a great romance story! If you like books with music written into the story, here’s one for your to-be-read list. It is totally age-appropriate and works well for younger as well as more mature YA audiences, and I even think adults would enjoy it.”

Into The Hall of Books

“A light, airy fantasy/adventure/romance that I went through like a box of Fiddle Faddle… I’d totally read the sequel if it were in front of me… I enjoyed its straightforward charm… I enjoyed how the authors didn’t blow their supernatural creature wad right at the beginning, letting me wonder for a while what it was going to be… I’m a sucker for an occasional fun supernatural adventure/romance. This one fit the bill.”


“A VERY ENJOYABLE PARANORMAL ROMANCE… I really liked Claire and Alec. The two have a wonderful, sweet romance. I like stories with good kids who are working hard and not afraid to be smart… The strength of the relationships in the story and the romance will keep readers engaged. I couldn’t put the book down and spent most of a day reading it. I want a sequel!”

Ms. Martin Teaches Media

“A FUN, SWEET READ THAT I COULD NOT PUT DOWN. I fell in love with this right away and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next… I loved the angel lore that Syrie and James presented, giving readers a unique and new take on it. They weren’t your typical guardians or fallen angels… I enjoyed discovering everything along with the characters. I hated for it to end, but loved being able to take the journey. And with the way that the story was left off, it gives me hope that there could possibly be more from these characters and this fabulous duo in the future. *crosses fingers*”

A Trail of Books

“I WAS SO INCREDIBLY IMPRESSED with this novel! Syrie and Ryan James have accomplished the nearly impossible feat of writing about teenagers without being too sexually explicit while keeping the story lively, interesting, and fast-moving! The James’ story manages to convey the sense of longing and affection the two main characters have for each other without having to paint a graphic picture!  Well Done!!!

The background and storytelling held my attention throughout the story. I highly recommend this book, and I hope that this is the beginning of what promises to be a much-anticipated series!”

Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

“What a real great angel read!! One of the many things that I enjoyed about Forbidden was the plot. It is very mysterious and keeps you guessing and it was great trying to figure out what would be happening next… I also really liked how the book was written from both Alec’s and Claire’s point of view. Not many books are written from dual perspectives, especially a boy and a girl, so it was really great to see what was going through both of the character’s heads, not just one. I also really liked the romance in this book! Overall, if you are looking for a great angel book to read, I recommend that you read Forbidden! Here’s hoping that I sequel will be coming out soon :)”

Sarah Catching Books

“Do you ever feel like reading some YA is a guilty pleasure? I do. Especially some of Harper Teens books. And this was one of those… This was a mother and son writing team and I think they did a great job… We get both points of view at various times and it really adds to the story… It’s a pleasure to read and the ending had a neat little twist to it that left me wanting more. I will definitely be picking up the next book in the series!”

Buried in Books

“EXCITING! Don’t miss Forbidden, a well written and appealing addition to the YA paranormal genre.”

Book Loons

“Not only was it a good storyline that kept me reading, but my curiosity got the best of me… I certainly wasn’t ready for the outcome of some of the characters and I absolutely love when I am a little surprised by a book. I really appreciated that while it had a great anchoring love story, it was very clean and very suitable for the YA genre… I would recommend this book to all ages that ‘qualify’ for the YA genre. As a mom, I appreciate seeing well-written, clean, captivating stories. Congratulations on a great debut!”

Cici’s Theories

“MUST READ OF THE WEEK! Syrie James puts out some great books, there’s no question. What we didn’t know, though, is that the talent she exhibits is in the genes. Ryan, her first born, makes his debut, writing with his mother… It’s good-hearted fun, and it’s evident that the mother-son duo had the time of their life writing it. 4 out of 5 stars.”

—The Authors Speak Read of the Week

“LOVED IT! The romance itself is forbidden, but of course Alec and Claire are so into each other. I’m a sucker for a struggle like that. I should also mention that Alec was swoonworthy… I mean, who doesn’t like a lean muscular guy with a Scottish accent? I would rec this book and I will be getting the next one… I loved the ending, it was action packed and intense and I found out quite a bit of information that I was craving all along. If you love stories about angels and are looking for a quick and fun read you should check it out.”

The Book Hookup


“This book is great! It is amazingly written and sucks you right into Claire’s world as it gets turned upside down… This is an addictive read. It isn’t like the other angel paranormal books out there. This will make you want more more more.”

—Beneath the Cover

“Quite effective paranormal suspense and intense-but-quixotic high-school romance… Genre addicts will enjoy it.”

—Kirkus Reviews


Alec was the perfect combination of good boy and mysterious, bad boy… I loved the mystery… The ending of the book was full of action… I really enjoyed this book and its twists and turns at the end. It grabbed me before I even opened the cover and kept my attention the whole way through. A must-read! 4 stars.”

Bookloving Mommy

“Claire rocked in Forbidden … She had a backbone… Thank you Syrie James and Ryan James, for not writing an idiot as your heroine… If you’re a fan of angel books – definitely pick it up! … it is one of the better reads in the genre.”

The Allure of Books

“What Alec and Claire find out about each other is really the last thing that either of them expected, but it turns out to be a beautiful romance until they are told otherwise. This leaves Claire fighting for her life and Alec willing to lose his to protect her…

I am hoping that this will be a series, I would love to read more about their budding romance and where they all go from here. Rating: 4 Good Nite Kisses.”

Nightly Reading


I really felt like I could connect with the characters. I really enjoyed the forbidden love story and all of the conflicts they had to deal with through to the end. I felt myself pulling for Claire and Alec throughout the whole book, and I haven’t really felt that way in any book before. I just love both of the characters so much!”

Annabell’s Book Nook


“I love Syrie James, and I love YA. So when I found out she was co-writing a paranormal romance YA novel with her son, I was incredibly excited!… I really loved the story. The premise was interesting, and I like how I had to keep guessing and trying to figure out what was going on…. Alec is an amazing character… a mix of bad boy and sweetheart, which I love. He is so sweet with Claire. He’s also mysterious and dangerous, yet soft and romantic… I’m not going to tell you exactly what Claire is, but she’s something forbidden. Her entire life should not even exist… There’s no manuals on how to be herself… I liked Claire’s friends a lot. I wish I had good friends like them when I was in high school.

There were several plot twists that made me go, “Whoa! I definitely wasn’t thinking THAT would happen!”… The book will appeal to more than just YA readers… The characters don’t fit into the stereotypical high school student formula. Alec had a certain maturity that seemed to influence the other characters, and that brought on more mature conflicts and issues… In short, it was a wonderful book. Hopefully this team gets to continue the story!”

The Broke and the Bookish


“This book immediately caught my eye because I thought the cover was just beautiful; and when I also found out that it was co-written by Syrie James (who also wrote Dracula, My Love, which I loved!!), I couldn’t help but move this book to the top of my list.

The story focuses around a teenager named Claire who begins having psychic visions of the future – but has no clue why… I really enjoyed this book. I loved that the book was written from both Claire’s and Alec’s points of view. It made the book read even faster. The action and fighting in the story were great and I totally imagined this book as a movie because of it…. It was a great read, and I’d recommend it to everyone!!

4 out of 5 stars!”

—Maria @


“This book was amazing! I loved Claire. My favorite character was definitely Helena, she was so sassy! Actually, I liked all the characters, from the good guys to the bad guys. They were all very well developed and I felt like they were people I would know… The story moved at a great pace, with lots of details. Claire and Alec’s love was very believable… One of the things that I enjoyed the most was the fact that the book was written by a mother and son (Syrie and Ryan), it was so cool!”

Tumbling Books

“I loved that it was told through Claire’s and Alec’s viewpoints, switching back and forth each chapter. If you love angel books, I would definitely recommend this to you, and to any paranormal fan.”

Starry Sky Books

“The characters were outstanding… Even though I’m always a bit reluctant to tackle angel stories, this one exceeded my expectations. I loved Syrie and Ryan’s writing. Forbidden is told from alternating POVs so it was nice to see the story from both characters. They made the story fun by putting in a lot of humor and twists throughout. I will absolutely read something by them again and I can’t wait to see what happens next with this series.”

Confessions of a Bookaholic

“I really enjoyed this book… I could instantly relate with Claire and… found her to be a refreshing teen female protagonist… Alec is new to emotions, new to food, new to anything human and this made him unique and quite interesting… There were plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Right until the very last page I didn’t know how everything would turn out. Rating: 4 stars.”

Mission to Read

“Team James provide an entertaining teenage romantic urban fantasy. The storyline is fast-paced while the antics of the heroine are fun to follow as her hormones war with her brain…. Alec is a unique individual who is wary and in love. Readers will enjoy Claire’s coming of age not so angelic Los Angeles joy ride.”

“Syrie James & Ryan M. James knock it out of the ballpark with the new YA, Forbidden! From a trio of fallen angels to a battle with a were-creature, this fast-paced plot is extremely adventurous. And the romance? Let’s just say that the romance is so powerful between Claire and Alec that they make old Bella and Edward look like nothing more than good friends.”

Zimbio Magazine

“Like angels meet X-Men… It was told from two points of view: Alec’s and Claire’s, which I found refreshing. It was nice not to read a one-sided love story. The characters had a lot of depth to them and they were easy to like. Even the minor characters had personality and back-stories which I enjoyed a lot… I liked the sarcasm, humor and dialogue throughout the book. The portrayal of teens, especially their awkwardness, was nice and authentic… The writing was good and I think that the next novel in the series has a lot of potential.”

—Books: A True Story

“The mythology here was unique and very interesting. There have been a lot of books revolving around angels recently, but at the same time the authors manage to take the idea and make it their own.”

—Paper Dreams

“A good story. If you like angels and part angels engaging in a forbidden love story, this is it.”

—A Musing Reviews

“The likable characters and smooth prose keep the pages turning.”

—Fantasy Literature