The Innocent by Michelle K. Pickett

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Title:  The Innocent
Series:  The Milayna Series, Book 3
Author:  Michelle K. Pickett
Published:  November 3rd, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Paranormal Romance
Content Warning:  Violence and Language
Recommended Age:  16+
Synopsis:  A year ago, eighteen year-old Milayna fought Azazel, Hell’s angel, for her soul. She thought she’d seen the last of him, but he’s back, and he’s brought his friends with him. The Four Brothers want Milayna’s life, and they have wicked powers to use to take it.
While Milayna struggles against the Four Brothers, she also has to fight Azazel for her younger brother’s soul. Ben is at a crucial point in his life—a time when he is weakest to Azazel and his powers. Milayna has to shield her brother from Azazel until Ben reaches the age of accountability and enters a period of safety from Azazel and his soul-sucking demons.
As if having four demon brothers out to end her life and Hell’s angel out to steal her brother’s soul wasn’t enough, Milayna is still reeling from the disappearance of Chay. Can she find him in time to save their relationship? Or will the constant struggle with Hell and all its evil send her seeking comfort in the arms of Xavier?
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About the Author:
Michelle is the bestselling author of the young adult novel “PODs.” She was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, but now lives in a sleepy suburb outside Houston with her extremely supportive husband, three school-aged children, a 125 pound “lap dog,” and a very snooty cat.
Red Bull or Monster Khaos are her coffee of choice, and she can’t write without peanut butter M&Ms and a hoodie. A hopeful romantic; she loves a swoon-worthy ending that will give her butterflies for days. She writes across genres in the young adult and new adult age groups. She loves to hear from her readers.
Michelle signed her new young adult contemporary novel— Unspeakable, with Clean Teen Publishing in 2014.
We are so happy to have Michelle with us today!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

A good book is like a long lost love. I saw a meme once that read something like: An unfinished book is like an unfulfilled romance. A little sappy, but I liked the sentiment. If a book is written well, you fall in love with the characters, the world. You root for them, laugh with them, and cry with, and sometimes for, them.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I’ve always written, either parts of novels that never went past a few chapters, or in my journal.

Trying to pick a piece of work that I’m most proud of is difficult. Each book, each character touches an author’s life in a different way. So it’s difficult to judge them the same. For instance, PODs was my first YA novel, and was the first traditionally published. But Unspeakable is a novel that SPOKE to me. It was truly a labor of love. I’m proud of both books for different reasons.

If pressed, though, I’d have to say my first novel—Concilium—is the one I’m most proud of. It’s the first novel I ever finished, and the first time I told my family that I loved writing (I’d finished a 400 page book and no one even knew I was writing!) The book, although indie published, didn’t go far despite the handful of good reviews it received. I’ve since pulled it from stores and plan to rewrite some areas and republish it.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

My work ethic is pretty simple. There are two parts to it. First, I live with the belief that anything worth having is worth working for. My dad taught me this. He gave me an excellent example of what hard work entails. And taught me to use it in all areas of life. Since I love writing, it is definitely something worth working for.

Second, always tell my story. This doesn’t mean tell a true story about myself—you wouldn’t want to read it. Trust me, I’m not very interesting. No, it means tell the stories I’m passionate about. I want to find new stories and new ways to tell them.

So my bottom line: Work hard to tell my story.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

Um… I’m not sure I’ve ever been balanced. Things overlap. Life intrudes on my writing time, and sometimes writing intrudes in the other areas of my life. But I try to set limits to keep different areas of my life separate. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But I think being aware that I need to keep things in check, helps… even when my balancing act is dangerously unbalanced.

5) Why did you write this book?

The Innocent is the ending of Milayna’s journey. I wrote it to give her a happy ending. As for why I wrote the series as a whole, I can’t tell you. The notes and partial scenes I’d written were on my computer. One day I read through them and then started writing.

That’s kind of how it works for me. I have over fifty novels in various stages of the writing process on my computer right now. Some have a good deal of notes, character studies, and scenes already written. Others just have a sentence or two—just an idea that sparked one day and I wanted to write it down before the spark fizzled. It doesn’t mean that all the ideas I have jotted in notebooks all over my house, or I’ve saved on my computer will develop into books—it doesn’t work that way. An idea might sound great, but when I start to write or outline (what little I do), I find it can’t sustain an entire book.

So short answer to my long babbling explanation: I can’t tell you what sparked the idea. The books were written in 2013, I’ve already forgotten what gave me the idea for them. But I can say, I loved writing them.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

Hmm, that’s a hard question. I know that I do draw from real life while writing, but I don’t do it intentionally. I’ve never sat down and said, “I’m going to make this character just like my husband.” But, when I’ve finished a book and reread it, sometimes I do see characteristics or personality traits of people I know in a character’s behavior. But it’s totally random and, for the most part, unintentional.

I’ve only written something that was pulled from my life twice. The first was a conversation my son, then nine or ten years-old, and I had that I thought was hilarious, so I modified it so it would fit into my second novel (Concilium: The Departure). The second would be the plot for Unspeakable. I pulled a lot of inspiration from my own life for that novel… although, please don’t think it’s autobiographical. It’s not.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

Well, I’ll start with my life outside of writing, because if that part of my life isn’t taken care of, I can’t write.

In my “normal” life, and I use that term very loosely. There isn’t much about me that is normal. My daughter bought me a shirt that reads: Normal is boring. That’s my philosophy. I happily embrace my inner weirdo. In the next five years I hope I’m where I am today. I don’t mean where I am physically… I can go anywhere. I don’t me financially… but, honestly, a few hundred thousand dollars is always welcome (ha-ha). I mean the stuff in life that isn’t tangible. The love I give, and receive from, my family. The way my husband crunches his potato chips that drives me freakin’ insane… but, at the same time, I love the sound because I know he’s near. The way my kids bound in the door after school. These are all things I treasure. So in five years I’d want to believe, hope, pray, that they are still a constant in my life.

My life as an author in five years? Well, I hope that I’m still writing, and someone is still reading what I write. I’m not going to say I don’t care if I’ve won awards, made the NY Times Bestsellers list, signed a movie deal… because, let’s face it, any author who seeks publication would want those things. They all validate that our work is good enough… and we all seek validation in whatever we do. So, yes, I’d like to write the next sparkly vampire… or whatever. That goes without saying. But what I want? Where I want to be? Again, where I am. Writing things that make me happy.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I’m an excellent speller. I won three straight district-wide spelling bees in elementary school.

Here’s one thing that’s not a lie… I’ve really enjoyed your interview. Thank you for hosting me and the third book in the Milayna Series: The Innocent. I appreciate it so very much!

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The Forsaken by CJ Hart

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Title:  The Forsaken
Series:  The Abandoned Series, Book 2
Author:  C. J. Hart
Published:  November 2nd, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YAm Paranormal Romance
Content Warning: Violence and Language
Recommended Age:  13+
Synopsis:  Fear. Uncertainty. Wonder. Those three things are thrumming through me, pounding in my ears and coating my tongue with acid. All words that escape my mouth are wrong; I can’t explain how it feels to not remember—for chunks of my memory and hours of my night to have been erased. Erased? No… forgotten.

How do you forget whether you killed a person or not the night before?

Cassie Spencer’s human life is over, and the resulting consequences are flooding in. As she learns to adapt to her new life, pieces of her honorary family are unraveling. Every day is another spent worrying who Ash will take from her next. Though he’s not the only danger she should be concerned about.
A man turns up dead. Eaten.
The Hunters suspect Ash is behind it—one of his sadistic games. But who is really at fault?
And then there’s the mystery illness Cassie contracts, a disease unheard of by both her father and the elders. Can they find her a cure before her condition worsens?
Not every hero wears a cape. Some wear gray beanies.


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Excerpt from The Forsaken by CJ Hart:


—Ash—
Almost five months ago, our dear leader traded his life, his alpha status, for a human. A weak, pitiful thing barely worth the energy—but good enough to eat, in my opinion. I kept asking myself, Why doesn’t he just slit her throat? Humans are annoying. Wasn’t he bored already? I couldn’t comprehend why, after endless days of playing the doting boyfriend, he hadn’t killed her yet.
But I was wrong.
Even more months ago, years ago, Sebby decided to quit munching on humans and chose to hunt animals instead. That’s when he went soft, lost his spine. He got a job at a record store. What does he think he is now—human?
At the same time, some major changes were snowballing.
The elders decided to allow Seb’s allegiance to the mortal race.
Kat sided with them.
And I decided to torture those they loved the most. Starting with Seb’s new girlfriend. An added bonus was that her father was a Hunter. Anything I did to her, directly and indirectly, he would undoubtedly feel. But when I saw her at the café that day, when Sebby was drooling all over her, I realized the best way to get to her father was to play a little game with her. And how do you make a teenage girl miserable? You kidnap her best friend.
I don’t recall her name, but I do remember her scream. She was a fighter, and she loved to squeal as I peeled her skin off strip by strip. Oh, what a treat it was to smell her fear.
I smirk at the memory, and then I grimace.
Cassie Spencer thinks she’s better than us. Better than me. That she’s good and honorable. It’s laughable, really. Now that she’s one of us, we’re equals. It’s only a matter of time before she screws up again. And I only have to be in the right place, the right time, to catch it.
And it will happen.
She’s the same as the rest of us—whether she likes to admit that or not. She’s a monster. A freak.
The only one who gets under my skin.

 

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About the Author:
Renée Shearer writes young adult fiction under the name of C.J. Hart. Renée is a full-time writer who lives in Sydney, Australia, with a crazy pooch named Abbey and a boisterous, somersaulting rescue budgie named Kaleb. Her days are spent living in her fictional worlds and consuming way too much caffeine. She has an (unhealthy?) obsession with all things cupcake- and coffee-related plus Kerouac and YA dystopia/fantasy books. Renée can often be found surrounded by books, marathoning crime shows and munching on vegan goodies, on Twitter (@Renee_Shearer), Pinterest, or dancing in a rainstorm.
Renée hopes to one day visit Rio and is currently learning Brazilian Portuguese.
 We are so happy to have C.J. Hart with us today!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

A good book draws me into its world for hours at a time, is warm and inviting, and makes me want to go back and reread after I finish.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I’ve been writing stories ever since I could write, and I’m proud of all my stories, especially the earlier stuff, as they helped cement my love of writing; helped me explore fictional worlds.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

When writing or editing, I treat being an author as a real job, and am usually at my desk from 9am-3pm. Sometimes, I start at 8am if I’m raring to go. I’m not much of a procrastinator when it comes to writing, because it’s something I love, and while I don’t write every day (usually every second month), I can finish a book in about a month and a half.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I make sure to take breaks and have a couple days off to spend with family, friends, or reading. I’m not always good at keeping the balance.

5) Why did you write this book?

Because I had to. I had to get the characters out of my head!

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

Nothing for my YA books (they’re shifters—I don’t have personal experience with that), but for my adult books, there are stalker exes and caffeine addictions…yep, I totally have experience with that 😉

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

I haven’t really looked that far ahead as an author. Being a bestselling author would be awesome. Personally, I also would like to become a foster parent for animals that don’t currently have a home. I’m a HUGE animal lover, and even though that would be hard work, I think it could be just as fulfilling as being a bestseller.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I once wrote a book about a skateboarding zebra.

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Elementals: Season One by S.G. Basu

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Title:  Elementals: Season 1
Author:  Author: S.G. Basu
Published:  September 29th, 2015
Publisher:   Vinayaka Publishing
Genre:  Science Fiction Thriller
Content Warning:  Mild violence and language
Recommended Age:  15+
Synopsis:  Mayhem is about to visit Löthia.
Löthia is at peace–after a millennium of genetic tinkering, Löthians’ power over the elements has been obliterated. The Elemental Wars that have plagued their civilization from the beginning of time is now distant history.
But have the Elementals been tamed for good?
Or is this just the quiet before the storm rips Löthia apart once again?


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Excerpt from Elementals: Season 1 by S.G. Basu:
Nothing during the course of the grouchy summer day indicated that, by the time it was over, seventeen-year-old Anavyx Elon would be accused of the grisliest murder in recent Löthian history.

Dual complete moons blazed across the purple skies of Löthia that evening, and there shouldn’t have been any interruptions to Anavyx’s routine, yet there was.

She heard the faint noise of her bedroom door opening when she was halfway through her shower. Her body, warm from the water cascading down from the canopy over her head, stiffened immediately.

“Moma?” Anavyx called, voice trembling a little as her throat dried up with fear. No one replied.

It couldn’t be Moma.

Alana, her mother, was a top geneticist in the Peaks. Her evening consultation hours ended precisely at 2030 hours, not a moment before or after. There was no reason for her to leave her patients and come into the private section of the house looking for Anavyx.
Maybe it was Dadi.

Anavyx banished that idea with a shake of her head. It was impossible. Her father did not set foot in the house before midnight. Nothing except a calamity would bring him home this early. And even if he came home, he would never venture into her room. So who could it be?

There was no other noise after the door opened. That was the oddest thing—the silence. It made her insides curl up in a tight ball.

Anavyx reached for her robe and having wrapped its flowing expanse around herself, tiptoed forward to investigate. She barely took a step into her room, heart pounding uncontrollably fast and unbearably loud, when she saw him.



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About the Author:
S.G. Basu is an aspiring potentate of a galaxy or two. She plots and plans with wondrous machines, cybernetic robots, time travelers and telekinetic adventurers, some of whom escape into the pages of her books.
Once upon a previous life on planet Earth, S.G. Basu trained to be an engineer, and her interest in science and her love of engineering shows up time and again in her books.
She shares her home with a large collection of Legos, a patient husband, and resident inspiration and entertainer, her daughter.



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1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

A good book is one that endears and endures. A good book is enjoyable, no matter how many times it has been read. A good book ages well too. No matter how old you grow, the book appeals, revealing more and more with each read. One of my favorites is Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was magical when I first read it in grade school and it still is as wonderful.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

While I took to serious writing only in 2008, have enjoyed writing since I was a child. Way back when . . . I was in middle school, we were assigned classwork to write an original skit on Don Quixote . . . so I did. My English teacher, who was known for being hard to please, was so impressed with my piece that she recommended it for publication in the school magazine. Thinking that she saw so much potential in something I wrote on the fly, makes my heart swell even now.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Creating a challenging but sustainable work ethic is very important for a writer, particularly for indies like me. Here are my top three:
-Have a dedicated writing time: When writing was simply a hobby, I wrote in spurts. Obviously, my productivity was definitely nowhere near what it is now. Now, I write and do other writing related work for at least 5 hours every day, five days a week. I stay extremely focused during the weekdays. By design, I take my weekends easy.
-Create daily targets: I have a list of writing related things to do each day and I finish them each day. This is over and above the 250 words minimum that I have to write every day.
-Keep your resolutions: This almost goes without saying. It’s easy to make resolutions, but a far difficult job keeping them. As an indie author, it is hard to keep up with the constant barrage of tasks, but I always finish what I start.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

It’s a constant battle with the clock, multitasking like I never thought was possible. I’m a new indie writer, and just like it is for any start up, the amount of work I have to put in is enormous. I also enjoy raising my young family, so I try to be extremely focused when I’m working. That way, my time for with my family or my own “playtime” is always a solid chunk of quality time. It has taken a lot of practice, but I’ve gotten better at creating “the zone” around me at the snap of a finger, rather than waiting for the right time or the right place.

5) Why did you write this book?

In 2015, one of my main goals was to challenge myself, push my boundaries so to speak. I usually write sprawling narratives, and my stories are usually not fast paced or short. So, I added writing a short, fast paced story to my list of this year’s resolutions. Couple that with the temptation to write a thriller, and the serialized science fiction thriller, “Elementals,” came to be.

It was a fun ride that I didn’t expect to enjoy so much. But now that I’ve developed a taste for it, there will be many more serialized science fiction thrillers coming from this stable.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration?

Every life experience finds its way out through a writer’s words. For me, the biggest influence has been the diverse cultures I’ve been fortunate to observe up close. I love to travel and the places I’ve seen and the people I’ve met infuse color into the tapestries of my stories.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

As an author, I hope to amass a vast amount of content by then, maybe publish 30 or so books. Also hope to have a much better grip on marketing myself and my work.

In my other life, I want to travel to new places, visit the couple continents that I’ve never set foot on. Mostly though, I want to be an even better Mom.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

Don’t know about lies, but here’s a quirky fact about me–I used to be a professional snake charmer. In 2009, I performed at the CharmerFest with my wildly popular brood of snakes. Snuffles, my 15ft. dark-spotted Anaconda, even has a Facebook fan page.



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Witch Hunt by Kasi Blake

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Title: Witch Hunt
Series:  The Witch Game Novels, Book Two
Author:  Kasi Blake
Published:  October 6th, 2015
Publisher:  Clean Teen Publishing
Genre:  YA Paranormal Romance
Synopsis:
A magical game of hide-and-seek begins.
Find the missing player and win.
The game resets.
They all forget and start the game again.

Seventeen-year-old Starr Hughes hasn’t believed in magic since the day her mother died. As an aspiring reporter, the only thing she cares about is cold, hard facts. So when she hears the popular kids at school (the It-Squad) are about to start a secret game, she wants every detail, especially since she has a major crush on gorgeous Dylan Winchester. Hiding under the headmaster’s desk, planting bugs, and breaking into a classmate’s home are all on her to-do list. With her boy-crazy best friend Lily at her side, Starr discovers that witches are not only real, but they also need her help. Someone is using the game to steal their memories, their powers, and perhaps even their lives.
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About the Author:
If you ask Kasi Blake how old she was when she started writing, she will probably say twelve. That’s when she wrote her first short story. But it started long before then. Her first characters were invisible friends she played with as a child. In the third grade she wrote a one-page story about a mummy for an assignment, and the teacher read it to the class. Even though she was embarrassed, the other kids laughed in all the right places, and she realized she could affect other people through her writing. She loves to get lost in emotional stories, crying and laughing with the characters, so she thinks it’s the most amazing thing in the world to be able to do this for other people.
Kasi is a hardcore Supernatural fanatic and practically has the shows memorized line for line. If you want to see her freak out, tell her you’ve never watched an episode. Then be prepared to listen to a long list of reasons why you should. In her spare time, when she’s not reading or writing, she does nail art, engages in day-long shopping trips with friends, and takes care of her many animals.
Originally from California, she resides in the Midwest on a farm with cows, chickens, ducks, a dog, and two cats.
We are very pleased to have Kasi Blake with us today!

Describe your relationship with a good book.

I am a fast reader, and when I fall in love with a book, I can’t stand to put it down for even an hour. When the last Harry Potter novel came out, I was up at four in the morning, finishing it. Books are gateways to other worlds, other lives, and I can’t get enough of them.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started when I was twelve, but it was a very long time until I wrote something I was proud of. Off the top of my head, I would say Vampires Rule was the first book I wrote that I absolutely loved.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Even when I’m not at the computer, I’m working as an author. My stories are almost always on my mind. When I do housework, I use that time to work out my outline or a scene. Sometimes I am writing from first thing in the morning until midnight. Depends on where I am in the process. Because I work from home, relatives and friends think I should be able to drop everything at a moment’s notice and do something for them. That makes it harder to get my writing done, but I manage.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

That’s a tough one. But I’m a full-time writer, so that makes it easier. When things are going good and I’m in the zone, it’s hard to remember that I need to do other things. Housework and relationships suffer if I’m not careful. I try to remember that. When I forget, other people usually remind me.

5) Why did you write this book?

My agent was having trouble finding a publisher for Vampires Rule because of the whole Twilight explosion. Publishers didn’t want any more vampires. So, my agent told me to try something that hasn’t been done repeatedly. I came up with the Witch Game Novels. They are a cross between The Craft and Pretty Little Liars.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

Since I write YA, that would be my high school years. I still vividly remember the emotional ups and downs, how I felt trapped in a negative home atmosphere after my parents divorced, and what it felt like to get my heart ripped out by the boy I thought I would always love.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

In five years, I want to be married with several books under my belt. I’d like to be a popular author, not necessarily a famous one, but one with a huge readership. One of the reasons I started writing is to reach people that I don’t know, make them laugh and cry and think about stuff in a new way.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

When I’m not writing, I’m riding in the backseat of a black Impala, hunting with Sam and Dean.

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The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper

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Title:  The Hunter Awakens
Series:  The Morus Chronicles Book 1
Author:   J.R. Roper
Published:  July 6th, 2014
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  Middle Grade Action/FantasyAwards:

2015 Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal Winner
Winner Best Children’s Novel 2014: Preditors & Editors Readers Poll
Literary Classics Seal of Approval: Highly recommended for home and school libraries.
Synopsis:
When thirteen-year-old Ethan Morus is forced to stay on his grandparents’ old farm, he expects to find weathered barns, rusty tools, and a creaky house in need of fresh paint. What he doesn’t expect is to hear a legend placing his family at the center of an ancient treasure hunt. Or find burial chambers protected by poltergeists, or a secret lair guarded by an ancient beast. And least of all, Ethan doesn’t suspect that powerful sorcerers are watching his every move.
They’ve found Ethan and believe he is from a line of treasure hunters who possess a rare instinct to locate powerful artifacts. Whether he has the instinct or not, Ethan is faced with a choice–search the Morus property and find what they want or lose yet another family member.
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Excerpt from The Hunter Awakens by J.R. Roper
Mel closed her eyes and drew in long breaths as he passed. A hint of the sorcerer was all she smelled. He was alone.
She waited for him to near the summit, and when he was close she dropped to the ground and approached from well within the forest. When she reached the top, it was clear he’d already begun his conjuring.
The sorcerer stood in the middle of the hilltop, held his staff in front of him and spoke softly in the old tongue. He lifted the staff and slammed it into the ground. The earth groaned.
He looked to the sky. “Reveal.”
Mel followed his gaze. A faint shadow swooped through the clouds and she retreated behind a thick tree. It was the thunderbird—the harbinger of conjured storms.
From his messenger bag, a red orb rose into the air and wisps of wood fastened it to the top of his staff.
Mel glanced above and readied her throwers. She’d put out the thunderbird’s eye if it attacked.
The sorcerer gripped his staff with both hands and pointed the end toward the setting sun, the direction of Roseville. He lowered it slowly and spun, drawing a wide circle where grass shriveled. The smell of scorched earth forced Mel to hold her breath. She hated the smell of anything burnt and the old rock beneath the grass smelled like the burning of ancient bones.
Within moments, clouds rolled overhead. The orb’s red light pierced the early dark. The sorcerer grasped for the sky with his left hand and spoke an incantation that the wind swept away.
The last sliver of sunlight winked out, as if a shawl had been drawn over the sky. A fog chased up the hill like a tidal wave and clouded Mel’s view. The fog moved upward and the sky rippled with a surge of power. All heavenly lights darkened and Mel aimed a thrower in the direction of the sorcerer.
If he knew she was here and came looking for her, it’d be his last act on Earth. She feared no one. She was Hellish Mel.

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About the Author:
J.R. Roper is the author of The Morus Chronicles, a fantasy series for middle grade readers. The first two books, The Hunter Awakens and The Spirit of Steel are now available along with a collection of short stories titled Mel & the Black Rider. Roper’s work has appeared in ChildGood Magazine, Families First Monthly, and in anthologies by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing, Horrified Press, and Thirteen O’Clock Press.
We are very pleased to have J.R. Roper with us today!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

Fast and furious. I can’t let it go but also want to keep it on my shelf forever. Does that sound creepy?

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started writing in September 2007. I had graduated with a BA in Social Studies and failed to land a full time teaching job so I took a job as a one-on-one paraprofessional for a student with a genetic disorder. My wife was teaching full-time, so when she would spend her evenings planning and grading, I worked on the first draft of The Hunter Awakens. I finished the draft in March 2008. It was an incredibly proud moment even though the first draft was dreadful.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

As a full time teacher, coach, and father of two little boys, I struggle to write every single day. Instead I set weekly goals and binge write (or edit) when I have larger blocks of time. Some weeks I am extremely productive and others I fail miserably. I try to celebrate the good and move on from the bad quickly. I feel like immersion is the key especially when the writing is slow. I listen to podcasts related to writing while doing dishes at night (Writers on Writing is fantastic). I read articles from Writers Digest and browse twitter and facebook for quick reads that teach me something. I watch documentaries and true crime for plot and character ideas. To some degree I am always working.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

Not always easily. Being a teacher, coach, father, husband, and friend of many, it can be difficult to keep my writing time sacred. Some nights are a complete fail and others are incredibly productive. Setting a writing timer for fifteen or thirty minutes can be gold for getting something done even when I want to go to bed.

5) Why did you write this book?

I fell in love with reading when I discovered Harry Potter and wanted to create an opportunity for other reluctant readers to fall in love with a book. That is now my goal as an author. Fast paced exciting reads for kids who don’t consider themselves readers.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

The setting on an old family farm was the inspiration for the story. From the setting grew the characters and ultimately the plot.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

As an author, my goal for the next five years is to finish The Morus Chronicles, and a new trilogy (YA epic fantasy), the first book of which I am currently editing. During that time I also plan to grow my brand as a go to author for reluctant readers. Outside of writing, I hope to move out into the country and continue to improve as an educator.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I also write under a pen name and have written a dozen erotica novellas. That is actually how we pay the bills.

 

 

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A Maze in Grace–Poetry is alive!

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Title:  A Maze in Grace

Author:  Denise Dwyer D’Errico
Published:  December 3rd, 2014
Genre:  Poetry
Synopsis:
Poetry about the twists and turns of life. Explore your own challenges and honor your blessings as you read A Maze in Grace.



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About the Author:
Denise Dwyer D’Errico is a married, working mother of two young children, living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from St. Mary’s College of California, and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministries: Liturgical Music from Santa Clara University. She is the composer of “Be Still,” a liturgical choral piece published by the leading church music publisher GIA. “Be Still” has been recommended for performance for prayer services in memoriam of September 11th. Denise has over twenty years’ experience as a liturgical musician, as cantor, piano accompanist, and music director of adult choirs, children’s choirs, musicals and handbell choirs. She has also provided piano, vocal, and music theory instruction for children and adults. She has spoken to audiences on parenting and Autism Awareness. Denise has particular interest in illustrating harmony among seemingly unrelated subjects.


We are excited to have Denise with us today!

Describe your relationship with a good book.

A good book is one I return to year after year, because it takes me to exotic, magical places and makes me both laugh and cry. The covers are worn with my revisiting, and they may disappear at times because I’ve forgotten which friend I’ve lent them to. Sometimes I keep multiple copies around, just in case.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

In college I wrote an essay comparing the gospel story to a fairy tale. It received honorable mention in a contest, which my younger sister won with her essay that kind of poked fun at me.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

When I’m writing, I am working. Sometimes there is no watching tv in the evenings. I stopped watching a show that I liked after the second season. It is now the fifth season and I have not looked back. But sometimes I need to read, or work on promoting my book before I go back to hard writing.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I bring a tablet everywhere, work, my kids’ soccer practice, dance rehearsal, drum lessons. Sometimes only those fleeting moments are all that I have.

5) Why did you write this book?

I recognized a pattern in my own life, and I thought describing it might help others in their own journeys.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

The times that I have felt the most vulnerable. If I can write about those times honestly, then people seem to relate. Their own circumstance may have been different, but honesty and vulnerability are two things that people understand.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life? I have a novel inside me waiting to break forth. I think I will need another fact-finding trip to the island of Guam before it will all come together.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

I play acoustic guitar and the ukelele. My favorite thing to do is whip out the ukelele on public transit and start a sing-a-long. Only once have I been thrown off the BART train.

Excerpts from A Maze in Grace:


penMissing

missing
reminiscing
my younger self
pen in hand
poetry broke forth
handwritten
genuine
twenty years
I’ve only blinked
technology
advanced
or so we think
me,
I miss ink


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tiny rocks and pretty colors juxtaposed
memories and images unfold
some of them are dazzling, others dull
altogether recreating something whole
watercolor destinies ebb and flow
mosaic synchronicity kaleidoscopes
everchanging possibility and timeless space
modulates into another sacred place




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Into the Myth by R.L. Weeks

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Title:  Into the Myth
Author:  R.L. Weeks
Published:  August 27th, 2015  
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Recommended Age:  13+

Synopsis:  “Your myth, my reality”
College can’t come soon enough for Lily. That is until Kyle, the new transfer, shows an interest in her. Except, since he’s been in town, strange accidents have been happening. Accidents that Kyle seems to be insinuating are Lily’s fault.
When she learns the truth, she is thrown into a world she didn’t believe to be true, but she is in danger. There are many forces against her, ones she has to try and protect herself and her loved ones from. The problem is, the biggest threats could be concealed in the lies of the people she loves. She has to quickly decipher who she can trust and who’s against her, if not, she could lose a lot more than her life.


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Excerpt from Into the Myth by R.L. Weeks:
“So there is no actual proof. I mean, they say that’s what happens, but it could be a fairy tale to prevent people from doing those rituals. Her lover could have been miserable because she died and he loved her.” Everyone in the class is now staring at me, their mouths open a little. I raise an eyebrow to my perplexed professor. “Umm… I…” he splutters, looks at the picture of her then back to me. “You could be right.” He presses his lips together and manages to produce a half-smile. “But it would be unwise for someone to try and prove those theories wrong.” He pauses, everyone stares at him. I follow the bead of sweat trickling down the side of his head. “As there’s a good chance they could be right.”
“I would never attempt to do black magic. I was just making a point,” I lie. He nods and turns his attention back to the class. He recites a script written by one of her lovers. I sit at the desk, a little amused. Although I feel a little happier knowing it hasn’t actually been proven, his words still echo in my mind. They could be right, the theories. I spend the rest of the lesson admiring the picture of the woman who risked everything to bring back the one she loved. I wonder if there’s a way to find out if she really did damn herself to an eternity of pain in the underworld. I doubt it. I wonder how many sorcerers have tried and failed to find out.
“Produce a six-page essay on her years between twenty and twenty-five. Most of her spells were created within this time. Bonus points to anyone who can find out what ritual she created, that later affected the King of England, Henry the Eighth,” he hollers, bringing me out of my daydream.
What was that about Henry the Eighth? Never mind. The professor steps back and picks up several books, everyone gets up.
“That was awesome,” a guy says from behind me. I turn and look up at a tall muscular man with pale brown eyes.
“Umm… thanks.”
I smile nervously and go to walk out the door. I spot Miles just in front of me.
“Miles.”
“What’s your name?” The muscular guy interrupts me and Miles disappears out of view. I allow three girls to pass me, all of whom shoot Mr. Muscles a flirtatious smile. Then look at me with annoyance or envy, I can’t tell.
“Lily,” I say and look out the window. I can’t see Miles anywhere.
“Pretty name. I’m Sean, Sean Pelletier,” he says, extending his hand. I shake his hand and pull my fingers out of his tight grip.
“Nice to meet you. Wait, Pelletier, isn’t that?”
“Yes, my ancestors founded the society,” he says proudly. His surname is engraved on almost every wall in the building.
“Awesome.”
“So, how are you finding it here?” he asks. He glides his hand through his raven black, shoulder-length hair. I follow him out onto the courtyard and spot Miles on one of the benches.
“Things are going great.”
His face splits into a grin as he eyes up my bear necklace. “In good with some Berserkers?” How does he know?




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About the Author:
Rebecca is an author living in Exeter, UK. She grew up in Devon, surrounded by local folklore, which she incorporates into her writing. She doesn’t believe there are enough books for teens with strong female protagonists tackling real issues whilst incorporating the fantasy elements that offers teens the ‘escape from reality’. Her first book, a new adult dark fantasy was published in August 2015 by A-argus publishing. Into the Myth, a young adult urban fantasy, the first in a series of four, is set to release on the 27th August 2015 by CHBB publishing. As well as writing full-time, Rebecca works part time as a support worker. Editing others works, studying for her psychology diploma, blogging about various supernatural news and writing tips for other authors, are among the other things that Rebecca enjoys doing in her spare time. She hopes to write novels that inspire and help young people, in the same way, as she believes fantasy books helped her through tough times.

 
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The Devil’s Fire–Interview with Rue Volley

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Series:  The Devil’s
Gate Trilogy #2
Author:  Rue Volley
Published:  August
14th, 2015  
Publisher:  Hot Ink Press
Genre:  Erotic Mystery
Content Warning:  Sexually
explicit material, some BDSM play (mild) and violence (not in a sexual nature)
Recommended Age:  18+
 
Synopsis:
Seeking refuge, Abigail Watson returns home to mend a broken
heart, abandoning the city that she has grown to love and the job she worked
hard for years to attain.



Life allows for distraction, but it can’t bury the past.
Jack Landon has left an indelible mark on her.


A painful scar, a stolen kiss, a memory of what once was, or could be.


Jack is all of these things, and more. The haunting memories begin to consume
her with an unbridled passion.



His domination is absolute. Her submission begs for release.


Their lustful needs could destroy everything around them, turning flame to ash.
Friend to enemy, love to hate.


Where there’s smoke…you will find the Devil’s Fire.
 
 
 

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About the Author:
Rue Volley resides on Earth with her husband, Von Erik, and their two pug sons,
Momo and Oshi. She is an award-winning author, graphic artist, and
screenwriter. She is also the Creative/Marketing Director for Crushing Hearts
and Black Butterfly Publishing, and co-owner of Lovebites Production Company,
which specializes in Dark Fantasy Films.
 
 
 
 
We are so happy to have Rue Volley with us today!  We had some slight technical difficulties, but she’s with us now.
  • 1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

I want it to wake me up in the middle of the night and whisper in my ear. I want it to pop into my mind as I do random things and call me back to it. I want to read it again so that I can experience those emotions. A good book never leaves you, it becomes a part of you and remains there. Changing your life forever.

  • 2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I started writing novels in 2009. It began with a book called Blood & Light. It was my first attempt at writing and a truly epic adventure about a girl who finds out that she is from a race of vampires who go all the way back to the beginning of creation on this earth. She is at the heart of an ongoing battle between the angels of heaven and Lucifer. The series was very personal to me. I dealt with the death of my father in it and my mother’s illness and subsequent death with breast cancer. It ended up being six novels long and has two bonus shorts included with it. The entire series is FREE from September 4th-7th. I am very proud of the fact that I completed it and it taught me so much about writing and how to develop engaging characters that would endure the test of time. Since then I have written many books, but the cast of Blood & Light will haunt me forever.

  • 3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

I’m a workaholic. I wake up at 5 am and I work on my craft and promotion for about twelve hours a day. Every now and then I take a day off, but even then I share links from my phone when I’m away from my laptop. I think that one misconception about publishing is that it’s all about writing the book, to be honest, that’s the easiest part of this process. The work never ends once you draft it. Then you have to really edit it, polish it and release it with a promotional budget and set a comprehensive marketing plan for yourself. No one releases a book and kicks back. Anyone selling and profiting from this is working behind the scenes on it every single day. Trust me.

  • 4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

It isn’t easy. I have to force myself to shut things down and watch a movie with my husband. I can’t even remember the last time I took a real vacation. Lol Perhaps we will in 2016.

  • 5) Why did you write this book?

I think that it’s important to properly represent the BDSM world as I have seen it first-hand. Some people think that it’s abusive and it isn’t. Submissives actually hold all of the power. THEY choose to become submissive, the lure is finding someone who MAKES you WANT to submit. This series is about the psychological part of this game, which is the most seductive part to me and to anyone who really lives this lifestyle.

  • 6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

The fear of losing those closest to me, my sexual fetishes, and my passion for sharing bits and pieces of myself in every book. I can tell you that there are completely accurate accounts of things that I have experienced threaded into every book that I write.

  • 7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

I would like to get to the point in my career where I can release less books and possibly get back to reading more. This schedule doesn’t allow for a lot of reading time and I miss that.

  • 8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

This will be my last series that I put out. hahahahaha

 
 
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Serena’s Fall by MK Smith Book Tour by JGBS

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Title: Serena’s Fall

Author: MK Smith

Published: August 4th, 2015

Publisher: Champagne Books

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Content Warning: Minor language

Age Recommendation: 14+

Betrayed by her once-upon-a-naive-time friends, Serena, the last Water Fey, can’t touch any man she would ever want without dooming him to a hero’s brutal death. So she lives outcast among her own kind, caring for orphaned Fey children, casualties of an ancient war that broke magic and doomed the Fey to possible extinction.

Now her friends are back, desperate to use her powers to stop the return of the greatest evil the Fey have ever faced. Prophesy says if she doesn’t magic-up a hero and bond him to a mysterious, mystical sword, the human world will be the next to fall.

Two potential heroes surface—Lance, the free spirited surfer, and the doomed warrior Gramm. Both men want her, both need her, and both have a claim to her heart.

But Serena’s tired of human heroes dying because some Water Fey said so. With her combat boots strung tight and her corset even tighter, maybe it’s time to weave some new lines of destiny. Goth style.

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MK Smith

MK Smith writes urban fantasy with attitude, telling stories filled with quirky imperfect characters trying to survive life, friendship, and each other. Part Choctaw, all storyteller, a neighbor taught him to love fantasy when she gave him his first book. Since then he has flown on dragons, carried baleful magic in faraway lands, fought supernatural powers, and lived the melancholy of the eternal elves. But the Fey are closest to his heart. And he loves telling their stories round the fire or at his keyboard late into the night. And he’ll keep telling those stories until he becomes a story himself.

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We are really happy to have MK Smith with us today!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book.

You both have expectations. Some of those have to be set aside. A book might want you to care deeply about back story, about the nuances of the magic system, about the choices made in the mythology. But a reader might be more interested in the character’s arc, their inner journey. A truly good book can blend those things so that while a reader is lost in the characters they are moving through a world that feels rich.

For me, a good book makes me want to pay attention, stay close, go deep. On a primal level a good book draws me into the characters so that I experience their life. When the character is hungry, I’m hungry. Tired, I’m tired.  And happy or sad or thrilled too. When I finish a book like that I can’t think well.  I have to readjust to the world around me. Especially if it is one of those can’t-put-it-down rides where I stay up all night reading.

Because, for a book you truly love, it’s worth the sacrifice. 

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of?

I first started writing for others in college. I was paid to write speeches, and not paid to write the poetry I pretty much donated to some long dead journals. I always knew good writing could move people, but the first time I recall my words truly moving someone was when I wrote and delivered the eulogy for a fallen soldier.

Decorated and home from tour, he served in the local sheriff’s department and was killed stopping an intruder from hurting a family. When I was approached to write the work by a retired sheriff who knew about my poetry, I studied the fallen officer’s life and realized I needed to put into context how many of that man’s friends, brothers and sisters in arms, abroad and at home, had preceded him into death.

I included the names of his fellow soldiers and officers into a single roll call, highlighting how each of the over fifty men and woman had died:

Sergeant Aaron… died in the desserts of… shot while carrying his wounded brother to safety.

Lieutenant Sandra… died, shot pursuing a murder suspect…

In addition to his personal triumphs I wanted to show the assembled soldiers, officers, and family the sheriff was part of a community of warriors across a spectrum of genders and creeds and races who died for their belief in defending others and building a better world.

When I was done, a stony faced major crushed my hand in his and tried, but couldn’t speak. But his stoic silence told me everything I needed to know. I had spoken for the dead, and by doing that, let the feelings of the living free to be expressed. It was one of the proudest writing moments of my life.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author.

Sadly sequels do not write themselves! Since I left industry to work as an author I treat it like a job. Whether I want to write, feel inspired to write, or care about writing doesn’t matter. My schedule calls for me to spend 4-5 hours a day writing and 1-2 editing, five days a week. Reality sometimes interferes, but those days are becoming rarer as I move down my author’s journey.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I am fortunate I do not have to work outside of writing, and that gives me a rare flexibility. My life is balanced such that I can usually manage both my personal life and my writing such that conflicts are rare. Before my retirement, I had to wall off my writing time as precious. Setting specific hours at night or in the early morning. And stick to those times because the rest of my day was filled.

5) Why did you write this book?

To give my girls a book about a trio of strong women who work through imperfect relationships to be the center of their own lives and destinies.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work?

I had the privilege of growing up with a mother who loved stories and storytelling. She used to let me sit up late into the night with her in her study. I sat at her feet, smelling the old leather bindings on the books, and drinking Mate, an Argentinean herbal tea, from a gourd handed down from my great grandfather, while she told me stories, fables, and myths.

Hundreds of nights listening gave me a sense of how different types of characters move through stories. In the years after, I also took up the mantle of oral storyteller. While I’m sure my characters are influenced by my study of Anthropology, Psychology, and the courses I have taken on writing, plotting and character development to hone my skills. The single most important part of my writing experience is to read my words aloud so I can hear the cadence. Because words have a rhythm. And even as a writer, I see myself as part musician, working to make the cadence powerful.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life?

I am content. In my outside life I have most of what I desire, and I am very careful not to add on new desires. But within the next three I see myself acquiring a place by the ocean where I can go to escape and write. And in five to seven years I will build my mountain cabin retreat. Once those are done, I will be completely satisfied. More than wealth, I crave peace and creativity.

IN my writing life, I am working on improving my process to produce well edited novels at a faster pace. By five years from now I would like to craft 3-4 novels per year in Urban Fantasy and Romance and be a USA Today best seller.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself.

When I worked in IT, I was a security consultant heading up a top tier Tiger Team working with some of the largest tech firms in the world. One of my projects involved securing the data stream from the Social Security mainframes. But when we got deep into the data we discovered a covert link allowing one way insertion of information. Its’ purpose, to create fake people on demand in the system. We tracked it back to a source in Stalingrad. But far from a cold war relic, the Soviets had been using it to create fake identities and plant spies.

LOL, so like 90% of that is true…

I have to admit, a great set of questions with my favorite being the first.

Thanks!

I couldn’t stand still. I paced alongside the boxes and ran my nails down the cardboard. If I were a cat, my hair would have stood on end, and my tail would have twitched.

Chloe said nothing. Her eyes darted between Rachel’s and mine but couldn’t find a place to land.

I waited for her to say something brilliant, but I didn’t expect anything would make me want to be part of her Alice in Wonderland insanity. This was Morían. Morían Le Fey. The walking genocide who painted the White Isle in blood, broke the flow of magic, and decimated every Fey clan this side of the veil in a single night—oh, and started a war that killed millions of humans.
Sure, we’ll handle her.

Heat radiated out from my core, and my skin tingled as if I were breaking out in a cold sweat. But Water Fey didn’t sweat. I tugged at my corset and wished I had laced tighter. We didn’t stand a single chance in all the nine hells at fighting one of the most powerful Fey in history.

“Well, I’m listening. But this is beyond crazy. We’re eighteen years old, not one hundred eighty. We’re barely old enough to even have powers by Fey standards. And the Incarnates, the most powerful Fey from each clan, who stopped her last time were thousands of years old.” I hoped I wasn’t sneering too loud.

Rachel ignored me and threw her best you’re wasting my time look at Chloe. “So, where is she staging her comeback?” Her tone said she wasn’t expecting much of an answer.

“The vision’s…complicated.” Chloe focused on Rachel, with less naked hostility, but her voice rose sharply. She chewed her bottom lip. Complicated my ass. She was hiding something.

“So you don’t know.” Rachel went right for the kill. “Was it even your vision?”

Chloe stomped her right foot. “Yes. It was.”

The proximity alarm sounded in my head. Crash imminent, I decided to speed it up so I could go home. Chloe’s moment to take the lead had passed. If she had straight answers she would have spoken up by now. She had to be hoping we could roll back to the days when—details irrelevant—we’d have done anything for each other.

Those days were gone.

 

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Cursed Rebel by H.G. Lynch–Interview!

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Title: Cursed Rebel

Author: H.G. Lynch

Published: July 14th, 2015

Publisher: Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Age Recommendation: 15+

Never trust a pretty face. My grandma taught me that. She warned me about the Fair Folk but I never believed her…until I was kidnapped by one. And damn, he is pretty.

But Fin was sent to bring me to his King, and if I want to survive the Otherworld, I have no choice but to trust him – for now.

Oh, and did I mention my sexy best friend is hunting me? I should’ve listened to Gran.

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HG Lynch

H.G. Lynch is a Scottish Paranormal Romance author, avid reader, and cat-lover. She spends most of her days writing, while wrestling her cat, Sooki, off her laptop. She believes that chocolate cake can save the world, and is highly caffeine-addicted. She loves horse-riding, Star Trek, and snow.
Her books are dark fantasy romances, usually with a bad boy and a bad girl. Sometimes with zombies, sometimes vampires, sometimes other things.

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We are so happy to have H.G. Lynch join us today!

1) Describe your relationship with a good book. A specific good book? Clockwork Prince is my favourite book, and it’s a love-hate relationship. That book ruined me. It made me fall in love and broke my heart and glued the pieces back together only to smash them apart again.

2) When did you first start writing and what was the first thing that you wrote that you were proud of? I started writing when I was fifteen, and the day I finished the manuscript for my first book was one of the proudest moment of my life.

3) Please describe your work ethic as an author. My work ethic is kind of bipolar – sometimes I’ll write 6000 words in a day, and sometimes I’ll leave a story for a week without writing a word. I have to do a lot of promotion for my books as well. Sometimes I’ll spend hours and hours on promotion without a break, and sometimes I’ll hop on Facebook and lose the will to do anything at all.

4) How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life? Not very well. I rarely see my friends, rarely go out, because as soon as I leave the house I feel like I should be writing or promoting my books instead of doing frivolous things like shopping and seeing movies. The only exception is the time I spend with my boyfriend – I always make time for him, and I never feel guilty about it.

5) Why did you write this book? I wrote Cursed Rebel because I like to try new things in writing. I’ve written vampire books, a werewolf book, a New Adult, an Erotica, even a zombie dystopian…it was about time I tried faeries.

6) What experiences from your past do you find yourself drawing upon repeatedly for inspiration in your work? Probably my lack of appeal to males. I have social anxiety, and I had an eating disorder for a long time because of stress from bullying, so in school, I wasn’t in a healthy state – as a result, I was small and nervous and felt like I would never find a guy to love me. I like to write female characters who don’t want or expect love, and then throw it at them and see how it changes them.

7) What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years, both as an author and in your outside life? Well I’d like to be a New York Times Bestselling author, and I’d like to have the money to buy my own house.

8) Since you are a storyteller, please tell one good lie about yourself. I hate cats.

Looking at the faery boy in front of me, with his exquisite features and striking eyes, I thought that Grandma had been right. I was realising she had been right about a lot of things. I wished I’d listened to her better, wished I’d believed her when she warned me about the Fair Folk.

Staring into those inhumanly bright eyes, seeing the glitter of something cruel beneath that prettiness, I whimpered. I didn’t mean to, and the second I did, I wished I hadn’t. I couldn’t show fear there, or the beautiful monsters would tear me apart like well-disguised lions.

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