Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Revisited

It's that time of year again. We reminisce, point out the good and dwell on the bad, and outline hopes for the future.

Many people are excited to let go of 2011. Although this year had ups and downs for my family and I, there were more ups, and I can't really remember many of the downs.

Some of the good in my 2011 summed up:

I published three books. Over 4,700 copies of my books were downloaded (Thank you readers!). I met some really cool and talented people and became friends with many of them. I became a member of DarkSide Publishing, Pacific Northwest YA Authors, and the Indellibles. I went on a book tour with some amazing authors. I've written a large chunk of my next novel. My family went to Disneyland. We took a road trip up the Washington coast and hiked in the rain forest. We made several trips to the Oregon coast. Fred bought a new truck. I started a new job.

Yes, we've been very fortunate. 2012 will be even better! I've got plans to enjoy each day, take things as they come, and grab hold of every opportunity that comes my way. Most of all, to be thankful for everything.

What good do you have to share about your 2011? I'd love to know.






Sunday, December 18, 2011

SLEEPERS by Megg Jensen

 I'm super stoked to have the opportunity to announce this to you. Once upon a time, a few months back, I read a fabulous book. SLEEPERS by Megg Jensen. In fact, I was fortunate to have read an early draft before it was even published.

THE ANNOUNCEMENT

Introducing the new artwork for Megg Jensen's bestselling novel, SLEEPERS.

To celebrate the re-launch of SLEEPERS in January of 2012, Megg is giving it
a new cover with artwork from the incredible PhatPuppy.


Synopsis: An adoptee raised in a foreign land, sixteen-year-old Lianne was
content with her life as handmaiden to the queen, until a spell cast on her
at birth activated. Now she's filled with uncontrollable rage and access to
magic she thought had been bled from her people years ago. Even her years of
secret training in elite hand-to-hand combat and meditation can't calm the
fires raging inside her.

Her heart is torn between two boys, the one she's always loved and the one
who always ignored her. But when the kingdom threatens to tear itself apart
due to rumors surrounding the queen's alleged affair, who will Lianne
protect and who will she destroy?

On sale now for only 99 cents!


Isn't it beautiful??? I LOVE this new cover.

I also love this novel. So, if you haven't read it already, go buy it now. It's a steal at only 99 cents! Look, Megg gave us this cool little link to find out where we can buy her books from ----->  http://meggjensen.blogspot.com/p/where-to-buy-meggs-books.html

You can also find Megg and all her other great books on the web at these addresses:

Website: http://www.meggjensen.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/meggjensenauthor
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/meggjensen

Go check 'em. :) Have a great week! And enjoy the read.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Getting Sideways by Lisa Nowak (who is very awesome, btw)

Getting Sideways: Book 2 in the Full Throttle Series Getting shipped off to live with his uncle Race was the best thing that ever happened to fifteen-year-old Cody. Then a wreck at the speedway nearly ruined everything. Cody’s making every effort to get his life back on track—writing for the school paper, searching for the perfect girlfriend, and counting the days until he gets his drivers’ license—but there’s no escaping the nightmares that haunt him. A chance to build his own car seems like the perfect distraction. Until Cody realizes he’ll have to live up to Race’s legendary status. But that’s the least of his worries, considering he doesn’t have his dad’s permission. All he has to do is the impossible: keep Race from discovering his lie until he can convince his dad that racing’s safe. Yeah, sure. That’ll be easy. Haven't read the first book? Running Wide Open is on sale now for 99 cents. Running Wide Open: Book 1 in the Full Throttle Series Cody Everett has a temper as hot as the flashpoint of racing fuel, and it's landed him at his uncle's trailer, a last-chance home before military school. But how can he take the guy seriously when he calls himself Race, eats Twinkies for breakfast, and pals around with rednecks who drive in circles every Saturday night? What Cody doesn't expect is for the arrangement to work. Or for Race to become the friend and mentor he's been looking for all his life. But just as Cody begins to settle in and get a handle on his supercharged temper, a crisis sends his life spinning out of control. Everything he's come to care about is threatened, and he has to choose between falling back on his old, familiar anger or stepping up to prove his loyalty to the only person he's ever dared to trust. Praise for Running Wide Open: "It doesn’t matter if you are a racing fan or not, Running Wide Open will captivate you and capture your heart." – Cari J, Amazon reviewer “The roar of engines practically explodes off the page in this compelling, heart-thumping debut. Cody Everett is a straight-shooter with attitude, smarts, and whip-cracking wit; he doesn’t pull any punches, and neither does author Lisa Nowak. The collision of Cody and the world of stock car racing makes for a great story, one of the best I’ve read in a long time. Running Wide Open is a book not to be missed.” - Christine Fletcher, author of Tallulah Falls and Ten Cents a Dance "The racing is easy to understand and does not get in the way of a rattling good story. I still couldn’t put it down on a re-read." – Elisabeth Miles, Amazon reviewer "We race stock cars during the summer and even though this is a recommended read for Young Adults, we are seniors and enjoyed every page. We can hardly wait for the sequel to come out. MUST READING!" – Maxci Jermann, Barnes and Noble reviewer "I say read this book, it’s fun, it’s beautiful, it’s a very cool read that will give you a feel-good state of mind. Awesome read." - L.E.Olteano, Butterfly-o-meter Books Author Bio: In addition to being a YA author, Lisa Nowak is a retired amateur stock car racer, an accomplished cat whisperer, and a professional smartass. She writes coming-of-age books about kids in hard luck situations who learn to appreciate their own value after finding mentors who love them for who they are. She enjoys dark chocolate and stout beer and constantly works toward employing wei wu wei in her life, all the while realizing that the struggle itself is an oxymoron. Lisa has no spare time, but if she did she’d use it to tend to her expansive perennial garden, watch medical dramas, take long walks after dark, and teach her cats to play poker. For those of you who might be wondering, she is not, and has never been, a diaper-wearing astronaut. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon, with her husband, four feline companions, and two giant sequoias. Connect with Lisa online:

Monday, December 5, 2011

Someday Famous YA Author -- P.J. Hoover!

There's this author. I've seen her book, Solstice, around for a while now, and I recently bought it. I'm super excited about reading it. My friend, Megg Jensen, has read it and absolutely loved it. It's a must read.

Today, I'm pleased to introduce to the Someday Famous YA Author series, P.J. Hoover.



About P.J.

P. J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS and SCOUNDRELS. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing Kung Fu, solving Rubik's cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice, takes place in a Global Warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade fantasy novels, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, and The Necropolis, chronicle the adventures of a boy who discovers he’s part of two feuding worlds hidden beneath the sea.

Q AND A

Thanks so much for hosting me! I’m honored to be here! 

1. What made you decide to include global warming in your novel, Solstice?

Well, at first it seemed like just a nice twist. I have zero idea how it first came to me, but once the idea implanted, I found it perfect. That said, the whole global warming aspect blossomed into so much more than I ever could have imagined.


2. The cover is gorgeous! How was the cover designed? Did you have any input?

Thank you! I also kind of feel like I won the cover lottery 
I sent in ideas and words that came to mind when I thought of SOLSTICE, but ultimately, my agency picked the stock photo that was going to be used. It was nothing like I had imagined, but I found it to be perfect and really convey the sense of the novel. The cover artist took it from there, and the final result is what you see.


3. What inspired you to write Solstice?

Well, I adore mythology. And I always wanted to write a myth retelling. And so that is what I set out to do. But I surprised myself with the final result, because SOLSTICE is not really a retelling at all, but more a what happens after the myth. Kind of like a sequel to Mythology 101. 


4. OMG! Tell us about how you learned to solve a Rubik's Cube in under 2 minutes? Was this a skill you learned as a kid?

LOL! As a kid, I was able to get one side. But when I hit my thirties, I started doing some soul searching. I learned to solve the Rubik’s Cube. I memorized Kubla Khan by Samuel Coleridge. I started Kung Fu. And I started writing novels. I have to admit the Rubik’s Cube makes a nice party trick. People are always impressed, and it is fun to do.



5. Do you still work as an engineer or are you a full-time writer now?

I’m a full-time writer now. I have two kids (ten and seven), and so the writing job gives me way more time to spend with them. I love the balance of motherhood and writing. The kids help me with brainstorming and give me lots of ideas, and the writing gives me a purpose besides cleaning toilets when they are at school.

Thank you again for letting me be here!

ABOUT SOLSTICE

Piper's world is dying. Global warming kills every living thing on Earth, and each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles which threaten to destroy humanity. Amid this Global Heating Crisis, Piper lives with her mother who suffocates her more than the chaotic climate. When her mother is called away to meet the father Piper has been running from her entire life, Piper seizes an opportunity for freedom.

But when Piper discovers a world of mythology she never knew existed, she realizes her world is not the only one in crisis. While Gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals into turmoil, and she struggles to find answers to secrets kept from her since birth. And though she's drawn to her classmate Shayne, he may be more than he claims. Piper has to choose whom she can trust and how she can save the people she loves even if it means the end of everything she's ever known.


Check out the awesome Trailer

I know you'll want to buy this book right this second. Get it on Amazon for only 99 cents!

Thank you, PJ Hoover, for taking the time answer my questions. It's been fun! And thank you, the readers, for checking the interview out.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Someday Famous YA Author -- C.K. Bryant

Today we have the awesome opportunity to meet the author of the YA novel, BOUND, C.K. Bryant, Q and A Style.

C.K. Bryant is a loving wife and mother of two wonderful boys, living in Magic Valley, Idaho. Her debut novel, BOUND, is now available on Amazon

Q: Congratulations on the release of your debut novel, Bound. What is one thing you think you will enjoy about being a published author?

A: Thanks. I think the best thing about being published is being read. I've waited so long to have my story out there for readers to enjoy that hearing how others love the story has been almost euphoric. Nothing brings me more joy than to hear someone say they loved the story and can't wait for book two.


Q: What is Dark CARMA?

A: Dark C.A.R.M.A. was originally a group of five authors who had banned together to pool their resources and connections to launch their debut novels. Each letter of CARMA stood for the first letter of each other author's name. Unfortunately, two of the authors dropped out because their books weren't ready, leaving us as Dark CAR.  Not exactly a great name, so we just kept it CARMA since that's what everyone knew us as. The concept to ban together was a great one. More exposure, more money for marketing, more brain power for awesome ideas. In the end, it still worked out well and I think we pleased the people who won all the wonderful books and prizes.

Q: What inspired you to write Bound?

A: It sounds cliche, but Bound evolved after I had a very vivid dream. I don't usually remember my dreams, but this one stuck with me for days and just wouldn't leave me alone. I told a friend about it and she suggested I write it down, that it might let go then. I took her advice, but instead of letting go, it grew into a 4 book series. I love the story and the characters have become my best friends over the past two years. Sharing that friendship with others has been a phenomenal experience.


Q: On the "Other Projects" tab on your blog, you have several works going. What can your readers expect next?
A: My next project is to work on BROKEN, the second book in THE CRYSTOR Series. It's been written for a year or so, but it needs some work. I hope to have it out in the spring. After that, I hope to work on Aquatara and the three other books in that series. I think the young adult market will like the concept of a water spirit and her story has been on my mind a lot lately.

Q: What's one question that no one else has asked you during interviews that you'd wished they had--and answer it.

A: Oh, wow. I haven't done a lot of interviews, so this is a hard one. I love unique questions, so maybe something like, "Who was the first person who believed in you as a writer?" I didn't have a lot of support growing up. My parents didn't encourage me to do anything creative. To them it was a hobby and a waste of time. So the first person that believed in me and my talent as a writer was ME. That's important, because we have to believe in ourselves before anyone else will. There have been many who believed in me throughout the years, but when I'm struggling to find the right words and doubting my abilities, I have to reflect back on the days when it was just me and my muse.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, Angela. You've been such a gracious host.

And thank you, C.K., for participating in this blog series.

Now, a little about the awesome book, BOUND.




When a photo shoot ends in tragedy, Kira discovers her best friend, Lydia, has been keeping a secret. Knowing the truth, and accepting it, will change Kira’s life forever and thrust her into a world of ancient curses, magical objects, and savage enemies. What happens next will challenge everything Kira knows about her world, herself and the shape-shifting warrior she’s falling in love with. No longer the timid mouse her mother accused her of being, but a woman who finds the mental and physical strength to endure and survive. BOUND is a heroic tale of true friendship, infinite sacrifice and untamed love.

First off, OMG. I love this cover. Second on (get it? lol), this sounds like a great book!


For more information on C.K., check out her blog or buy her book on Amazon. You may also want to get familiar with the other Dark C.A.R.M.A. authors. 



Monday, November 21, 2011

Someday Famous YA Author -- Elle Strauss

Today we have the pleasure of meeting Elle Strauss, author of CLOCKWISE.

ABOUT CLOCKWISE:

A teenage time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.
(12+)

Boy watching with her best friend would be enough excitement for fifteen year old Casey Donovan. She doesn't even mind life at the bottom of the Cambridge High social ladder, if only she didn’t have this other much bigger problem. Unscheduled trips to the nineteenth century!

When Casey gets talked into going to the Fall Dance, the unthinkable happens--she accidentally takes Nate Mackenzie, the cutest boy in the school, back in time.

Protocol pressures her to tell their 1860 hosts that he is her brother and when Casey finds she has a handsome, wealthy (and unwanted) suitor, something changes in Nate. Are those romantic sparks or is it just ‘brotherly’ protectiveness?

When they return to the present things go back to the way they were before: Casey at the bottom of the social totem pole and Nate perched on the very the top. Except this time her heart is broken. Plus, her best friend is mad, her parents are split up, and her little brother gets escorted home by the police. The only thing that could make life worse is if, by some strange twist of fate, she took Nate back to the past again.

Which of course, she does.



 Sounds pretty cool, right? Now, let's meet Elle, Q and A Style

Q: Why time travel?

A: I'm never really sure how to answer this question. I think I like the puzzle effect of time travel, the complications that occur when two time frames overlap and how to untangle it.

Q: The cover for CLOCKWISE is very different from most YA covers out there now. I love it! How did you come up with such a great cover?

A: I actually did a vlog on the evolution of the cover. http://youtu.be/4QBwsKi6yI4 The short version is it's my 17year old daughter's concept and sketch which I took to a guy who's good with Adobe Illustrator. You can watch the vlog to see how that evolved step by step and the story behind it.


Q: I recently read on your blog you are planning the second and third book, that "Clockwise" will become a series. Awesome! Was this novel intentionally written for a series? Will the series be a continuation in the storyline or a new story altogether?

A: I'm in the midst of writing the sequel right now. I didn't originally plan a sequel for this story line, but was (and still am) planning a companion book featuring a character who shows up briefly towards the end. I put Clockwise up on Wattpad and the readers there started clamoring (yes, actual clamoring ensued) for a sequel. A subplot I'd cut from the first book is now the main plot in the second and has made opportunity for a third. So to answer your question, each book will be able to stand alone, but they will work better as a set. In other words, same characters, different situations.

Q: If you could go back in time for one hour, where would you go?


A: Funny you should ask that. I would go to New York in 1924 to the El Fey Club, and dance the Charleston. If you tell me (on twitter @elle_strauss or Facebook Elle Strauss - author) what year you'd go back to for one hour and what you'd do, I'll enter you in for a chance to win time travel YA novel, TEMPEST by Julie Cross. Use the hashtag #onehourbackintime

Thanks for having me, Angela!


Thank you, Elle, for answering our questions AND for offering such a cool contest! Hey everybody, go buy CLOCKWISE now. And when you're done, enter Elle's contest to win TEMPEST!





Find CLOCKWISE on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. The ebook is only 99 cents for a limited time!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Shiny New

I'm pounding away on Spider Wars and it's turning out to be quite different than Loramendi's Story. It's dark and creepy, just what you'd expect a story with spider shifters to be, but not in a heebie jeebie sort of way. In a totally stellar, rock your socks off way.

For now, I'll tease you with a blurb and a fantastic cover--you're going to love this cover. I do. ♥ Robin Ludwig has wooed me again with her cover art skills.






Jess' life has never been ordinary. After all, life on the road with an immortal family of gypsies is hardly predictable. Living in the small town of White Salmon, Washington has brought some normality to her life. But when her cheating, unofficial boyfriend, Nicu, gets involved with a group of arachno-shifters, life gets a little sticky. Will she be able to save him from the web he's spun? More importantly, how much is she willing to risk at a chance at love?

Spider Wars 
A Lords of Shifters Novel
by Angela Carlie
Coming 2012

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Lazy Saturday Mornings Rock

It's raining. It's Saturday. I have the house to myself. And I don't have to work. Can you feel it?

To not cut into any writing time, I'll make this brief by giving you answers to the most heated did-you-knows-?. Click on the covers for more information.

Did you know Land of Corn Chips is FREE on Amazon Kindle? I'm not sure how long this will last (hopefully not too long so I can buy some groceries this month--j/k) so go snatch up your copy today!




Did you know you could win a copy of the much anticipated third book in the Cloud Prophet Trilogy, Severed, by Megg Jensen, simply by asking her a question on her blog before November 10th? Go do it now and get it over with. It's super easy. You'll help her as well as yourself all at once!




Did you know you can get yet another book for free today? Stacey Wallace Benefiel's YA novel, Glimpse, is also FREE on Amazon Kindle. Dudes and dudettes, your weekend entertainment is given to you this week. Awesome!




Now, get a cup of hot chocolate, cozy up to a blanket next to a fire, and enjoy a great story or two.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Someday Famous YA Author -- Tymothy Longoria

When I first began my publishing adventure, I met several awesome authors online. Although time hasn't allowed me to become great friends with many of them, I'm happy that I've at least had the opportunity to keep in touch with some and check up on others occasionally. Tymothy Longoria is one of those authors I've been able to check up on.  Every time I do, I'm inspired to dive back into my writing to create something bigger and better than I originally planned.

He's inspiring, hard working, motivational, and one of the friendliest authors I've met online.

Today, I'm super stoked to be able to introduce you to him, Q and A style.


Q: I've read a lot about what your novel, The Stories: Book One, is (epic, fantasy, legendary...), which sounds totally awesome and I can't wait to someday read, but I'm wondering if you could tell us what it is about and how you came up with the idea to write this epic novel. 

A: Word. I wrote maybe two chapters and I was so excited about the whole concept/idea I couldn’t keep it to myself. So I asked a writer who I had a really good rapport with if she would be willing to read. She did and gave me some notes. The first thing she wrote was you have the makings of an epic fantasy here. So that’s where epic comes from of course. Legends. The Stories are…legends of lore. Of written history. Simplified, The “Stories” is named after the fairy tales and mythical characters that have become immortal in literature. My good friend and author of For Nothing Nicholas Denmon said this: “I think yours is a C.S.Lewis / Brother's Grimm love child with hints of Steven Erickson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen. What I mean by that is of course you take from the Grimm stories and you have some religious undertones throughout, after the CS Lewis fashion. But where it is unique is that it is not a retelling of the Tolkien type of epic fantasy (orcs, dark lord, elves, etc), but is rather a unique epic fantasy in that I do not believe multiple Grimm stories and characters have ever been woven together into a tapestry of epic proportions, generating a story where all pieces fit together in the grand scheme of the greater quest-”

I think I can answer what it’s about by borrowing my own synopsis from the agency website.

The Stories centers around L’orrah Ineyez a.k.a the little red riding hood. L'orrah is 14. For the past four years she has been living alone in a veritable hole in the earth, coming out only at night to train with a blade left behind by her grandmother Sarah. She uses it against the beasts that have seized control of the land and are killing anyone unlike them. She fights. For what? Wolves (not werewolves, mind you) are out to get her. The Stories begins as the master of the Wolves hunts down and kills the leaders who had him sentenced to death years before and leaves L'orrah to die as well. L'orrah survives; her blade and red cloak her only companions. She decides to fight back and trains herself in the ways of battle, becoming cold and taciturn in the process.

But even with her new abilities and strength, L'orrah cannot fight the Wolves alone; with the help of the last descendant of the Boars Three, a mysterious Piper, and his companions, L'orrah sets out to right the wrongs committed by the Wolves and their master. But her journey for revenge and justice takes a dark turn. She realizes that there are things about herself that have been kept hidden-and that this red riding hood was born to give Wolves nightmares. Through her pain and anguish she will see to it that they never awaken from them. First however, she must embrace the true darkness within. L'orrah and her friends must unite against the evil that looms and grows more powerful than anything they’ve ever come across.

The idea came to me in a vision. Seriously. An image came to me. A girl in a red hood was running in a dark forest. Running from what? I didn’t see, but I heard the stampeding horde that chased her. From that…I figured why not take that red hood and make it something. It quickly evolved and The Stories was born.

Q: You recently signed with an agent, Bree Ogden. Congratulations! I've read that you have considered self-publishing in the past. What changed your mind to seek out an agent to publish traditionally? 

A: Thank you so much. I am blessed to have her as my agent. She is out of the box cool. In the industry I think it’s safe to say that people want whats tested and proven. Not me. I wanted a unique voice for my unique story.

This answer will be much shorter. I support all writers. Self-pubbed. Indie. Traditional. They all deserve support and respect. For me, it was only a consideration to self-pub because I didn’t know what I had. The idea, the potential of the series and so forth. It comes down to my faith. I had faith that someone, somewhere to snatch it up. I mean, and I have read before writers saying to try traditional first anyway. That’s when I saw a truck pass by right in front of me with the name Tim Lowder on the side. I took that as a clear sign from God to go louder than the pod/self-publishing house I had been communicating with a few times before. To go louder for me-was to attempt traditional.

Q: When you aren't writing, how do you enjoy spending your time?

A: I spend as much time as I can with my family-my wife and two kids. They are everything to me, of course and they support me 100%. So, I guess even when I’m writing and “away” from them, they are right there with me. Music runs through my veins alongside the Spanish and Greek blood and I really, really enjoy plugging in the headphones and getting lost in some writing. Well, see? When I’m not writing, I’m writing. Deviantart and art as a whole. I love it. I enjoy sitting back and I have spent hours just perusing amazing art. God. God is everything. I spend time with Him. For me, it is what motivates me the most. He leads me. Of this I have no doubt.

Q: On your blog, you suggest MTV have a category for Best Book, Best New Book, Best Author, and Best New Author. I totally think this is a rad idea. Out of the books you've read thus far in 2011, what books and what authors would you nominate in the above suggested categories? 

A: Now this is a hard question to answer. But I’m the guy suggesting this, right? Basically, so many of the movies that are nominated and win these awards are BASED off or developed from b o o k s. Ya know?

I’m not one for best anything. Everyone deserves to receive praise. Everyone that tries, ya know. The reason I thought this up was because I felt through all of the hoopla and the beautiful actors potraying the characters dreamed up by authors-there is an author. A creator. But I do have a few opinions too. ;}

I’ll say Lord of the Rings for best book. It’s a legend. Understatement of the year. First, because I just finished it a few weeks ago. I started earlier this year. So it’s fresh on my mind still. Secondly, because its inspiration transcends genre, I think. So that’s why I nominate it.

Best New Book: Now I’m going to cheat here and nominate a book on my to-be-read list. Carrier Of The Mark by Leigh Fallon. Because Fallon is one of the nicest authors I know, that’s why.

Best Author: I’ve started reading Graceling by Kristin Cashore at the urging of SmashAttackAsh a.k.a. Smash. Also I’ll be reading Steven Erickson, author of the The Malazan Book of the Fallen soon as well.

Much to read. Much to share.

Best New Author: Leigh Fallon :}

Q: And for the final question, I'm going to let you choose. Ask yourself a question that you'd love to answer that hasn't been asked in other interviews, then answer it. 

Ah, indeed.

Plotter or panster?

My wife and I were talking the other day. We came to the conclusion that I am most definitely a by-the-seat-of-my-pants writer. In fact, some short stories I’ve written that have appeared online in the children’s macabre literature and art magazine Underneath the Juniper Tree- awesome, have been written with no previous outlining or plotting whatsoever. It’s me. I mean yes, I’ve plotted before but I find that those notes are quickly trumped by my hands wanting to type what they want.

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Wow! Thank you, Tymothy, for taking the time to answer my questions for the blog.

Okay, peeps. How cool is Tymothy? Very. Watch out for him and his novel, The Stories. They will be famous in the very near future. :)

For now, you can check Tymothy out at these places:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

RIP

Dear Favorite Water Bottle that I've sipped from for over two years,

I'm sorry for leaving you behind at WordStock this past Sunday. I hope you have found a new home. One that doesn't abuse you as much as I did. I missed you yesterday, so today, I purchased a new water bottle. I won't go into details on how much more awesome this new one is, but know, you were missed for a day.

Rest In Peace


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

Cover to Cover

We did it!

I had my first official "author event" this last Saturday at Cover to Cover Books. It was tough for me to speak in front of a group of strangers, but when it was all over, it felt great! It helped that my fellow Rain Boots Required friends were with me. I'm looking forward to the next event this Friday at the West Linn Library. I hope to see some of you there!






From left to right: Rebecca Knight (author of Legacy of the Empress), me!, Stacey Wallace Benefiel (author of the Zellie Wells Trilogy), and Lisa Nowak (author of Running Wide Open).

Friday, September 9, 2011

Friday!

It's Friday. What a perfect time to write a post. One of my clients didn't show up for their appointment, so why not utilize this time for something like...a blog post?

Tomorrow, Saturday, my husband is going to compete in the Warrior Dash. This will be his second year of sliding through muddy water and then running through obstacles for over three miles. Crazy much? Yeah, he is. I'd like to join him, but, uh, I have a, uh... Well, someone needs to take pictures, right?

Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour now has a Facebook Page. Check it out and "Like" it. I hope people show up for our stops. Wouldn't that be crazy sad if no one showed? Eeek. Let's think positive now. There are three fabulous authors who will be on the tour with me, so I'm sure they have fans who will want to visit us. :)

We have added a new author to the tour. Laura Elliott. She'll be joining us at a couple of our tour stops. I'll have the exact locations later this week. Her debut novel, Winnemucca, is now available. She also has a new book, 13 On Halloween, that will be available at the end of September. How exciting!

Here's a recap of the Rain Boots Required YA Author Tour

Authors Involved

Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Me!
Lisa Nowak
Rebecca Knight
Laura Elliott

Dates and Locations

October 1st, 5-6:30 pm
Cover to Cover Books
Vancouver, Washington

October 7th 6:30-8:15 pm
West Linn Library
West Linn, Oregon

October 8th and 9th, all day
WordStock Festival
Portland, Oregon

October 17th, 7 pm
Interzone, Inc.
Portland, Oregon

October 20th, 4-5 pm
Beaverton Library
Beaverton, Oregon

October 22nd, 1 pm
A Children's Place Book Store
Portland, Oregon

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Also, for those peeps who don't have an eReader or who would just prefer to have a paper copy, Loramendi's Story is now available in paperback! You can buy it here for only $9.99.

It's almost time for my next client, so I'm outta here. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Writing Update

I've been reading a lot lately. Not a lot according to some of my friends who read eight books a week, but a lot for me. Normally I read two to three books a month. This past month I've read seven books. And yes, my writing has paid for it. I was hoping that this second Lords of Shifters book would become more fluid if I spent a little time away from writing, but it's still stubborn and thick to think through.

I'm struggling most with the point of view. I really want to tell Jess' story, but to do that, I have to leave Lora where she ended up in Loramendi's Story. I'm not really sure that's what fans will like. Fans fell in love with Lora, and most series continue on with the same hero/heroine, but Lords of Shifters isn't like most series. Of course I'd get back to Lora eventually, probably in book three.

To motivate me to get through this madness and to keep my readers up to date on my progress, I posted this cool new Word Meter on the side bar thanks to Sarra Cannon's Free Word Meter. Come back often and see how slow I write! haha ;)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Forks and Other Stuff Happening

When you hear the word "Forks" what do you think of? The utensil. Choices in life's journey. The town in Washington where vampires and werewolves reside. I want to mention two of those conjured thoughts now.

I recently tested into a nursing school. Apparently my scores were in the top percentile, which surprised me. Well, even though the test said I can go to that school, I'm unable to because of financial reasons. I mean, if we scraped and stressed for the next two years, maybe, a very slight maybe, there would be a chance we could come up with the money. But realistically, I'd get halfway through the program, and I wouldn't be able to pay for the rest. So, it's probably best to go to community college. Sure, it will take triple the time to finish, and it's severely competitive to get into the program once the prerequisites are done, but that's a chance we'll have to take. I'm excited to begin my first class in September. Chemistry. Ooooh. Aaaah. Wish me luck!


And now for the town in Washington where vampires and werewolves reside. Did you know it rains there, like all the time? Ha! Not all the time, but it did rain when we stopped by last Monday. I'm told it was sunny and 70 degrees the day prior and the day following our visit. Figures, eh?




We also visited a beautiful rainforest on our journey north. Of course, it rained there, too.




Now to the other stuff. October is going to be an exciting month. It's always full of awesomeness, but this year will be even greater because I'll be going on tour with three other YA authors, Stacey Wallace Benefiel, Lisa Nowak, and Rebecca Knight. We are in the scheduling venues and thinking up really cool tour name stage, but it's going to be rad! Here are a few of the stops already confirmed:


Cover to Cover Books
WordStock 2011
Beaverton Library
A Children's Place Bookstore
Interzone, Inc.


We are working on finalizing a few other locations, so check back for a list of dates in the near future.


One more thing -- Starting Monday, I'm going on a juice fast. I will most likely be grumpy and irritable the first few days, so if my presence seems sparser than normal on the social networking sites, this is why. The fast will only last about two weeks, and I'll be adding cooked and raw fruits and veggies on the third day, so it won't be so bad.


Another one more thing -- Don't forget that Loramendi's Story went on sale this month! It's still only 99 cents for the ebook on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. The paperback will probably be available on Amazon in the next week or two, too.


Peace out for now! Be safe and healthy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Now Available and Heebie-Jeebies

To be extra sure that Loramendi's Story shows up on August 7th, I decided to hit the publish button today. Sometimes it can take a couple days and sometimes, like today, a few hours to become available. Barnes and Noble is still thinking about it while Amazon is already complete. Here's the link!

If you have a Kindle, you can now purchase Loramendi's Story for only .99 cents! Since this is the first book in the series (Lords of Shifters), I'm keeping the price low. It hurts, but I'm hoping it will help gain new readers.

I've been doing a lot of research into spiders lately for my next novel. They totally creep me out, but the research must be done. So, after spending a few hours reading and looking at pictures of the eight legged creatures, I crashed in the recliner for some much needed time with my Kindle.

My big pooch, Cookie, fell asleep at my feet.

Out of nowhere, a ginormous hairy spider scurried across the floor, straight toward Cookie. I pushed her head so she would stand, but she was out and didn't budge. The spider bolted straight for her cute pooch nose. I pulled her heavy face up to save her from the spider attack. She finally woke and helped me out by standing.

The spider stopped.

I maneuvered my Kindle toward the spider to capture it and then I brushed it off into the front yard.

Afterward, I danced around to make sure it wasn't crawling on me even though I clearly saw it scurry off in the other direction.

Whew.

I pretty much saved my dog's life. I'm a hero.

Have a great night. I hope you enjoy Loramendi's Story!

Monday, August 1, 2011

I should feel busy,

but I don't. There have been some happenings in the works. Yep, happenings. Things that are going to happen.

First happening: I've been asked to participate in an event this weekend called "Art in the Heart." I'll set up my little table to display a stack of books and then sit my bottom in a chair. If you are in the Vancouver area, please come see me! I'll be sitting with some other awesome authors in front of the Angst Gallery.

Second happening: Loramendi's Story will be available for purchase this coming weekend. August 7th to be exact. It has received some lovely reviews thus far.

Third happening: Dream Smashers will be on a blog tour the week of August 8th! The Teen Book Scene has put together this awesome tour. I'll announce the stops this coming weekend.

Fourth happening: I received a letter in the mail last weekend informing me that I've been accepted into nursing school. Woo hoo! I begin this fall.

Fifth happening: Wordstock is just around the corner. I'm sure you read my whine in the previous blog about not being able to participate. That has changed! Although I won't be speaking, I'll be there with a few other fantastic local authors, ready to sign books. More information to come. (I'm really, super elated and hope I get to meet Maggie Stiefvater and Ellen Hopkins.)

Sixth happening: After Wordstock, I'm going on a regional tour with a group of authors including Stacey Wallace Benefiel and Lisa Nowak. I'll share the complete list of authors and dates closer to October.

A lot of happenings right there. How does all this make me feel? Happy, elated, stoked, nervous, scared...


I hope you'll stay with me for the ride! It should be pretty wild. :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dreaming of Wordstock

The Wordstock Festival here in Portland has been around for about five years. Every year of its existence, I've wandered the aisles of beautiful books and writing services being promoted and celebrated by local authors, publishers, editors, and the like. Then I'd sit in on a reading or two and get uber-excited to meet the authors.

While listening to the readers, I'd also fantasize that someday I'd be up there reading my pages. Lets put a little emphasis on the word FANTASY here because if I were to ever get up on a stage to read my pages, mouth farts, drool, and hiccups would probably be the only thing exiting my lips. Stage fright anyone? In Autumn's words from my novel, Dream Smashers, "One can still have hope." And in my words, "One can still dream."

This is my first year to have a published novel. I thought for sure they would definitely let me read at the festival this year, because, well, I have a published novel, darn it. Plus, I'm from the same area the festival is held, total shoe-in. Plus, plus, I whispered nice things to the book, like, "Please impress the peeps responsible for inviting authors to the festival," and "Don't fail me now," before sliding it into the bubbly envelope and addressing it to the Wordstock powers.

I waited patiently everyday for the mail-person to deliver my invitation to the ball. Did I ever receive one? Sadly, uh, it probably got lost somewhere and should arrive any day now.

Disappointed by the loss of my invitation, I scrolled through the very impressive list of YA and Middle Grade authors whose invitation didn't fall through the door panel of the mail truck. OMG! No wonder mine got lost.

Take a look for yourself: The List of YA and Middle Grade Authors attending Wordstock 2011

How is a local author supposed to compete with that? Sigh. Well, there's always next year, right?

Oh, and did you see on that list one of my favorite authors? Maggie Stiefvater! How cool is that? Very.

Chin up, peeps, we'll get there someday. Peace out for now.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Sample Sunday -- Loramendi's Story

I'm so excited to be able to participate in Sample Sunday with a new novel. Today, for the first time ever, I give you a glimpse of my upcoming YA Paranormal novel, Loramendi's Story -- A Lords of Shifters Novel.

Enjoy and check it out here.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Home Again

We survived Disneyland! It was great fun and nobody wanted to return to reality. But we did, and here I am working hard to get the final edits of Loramendi's Story done. If everything goes as planned, e-ARCs will be emailed tomorrow to those who requested one. If you are signed up to receive one and don't by Saturday, send me an email. My brain is frazzled and I may have missed one.

Loramendi's Story is on schedule for an August 7th release through Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Enjoy!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Going to the Happy Place

My family and I are going on a trip to that happy place in California. They say it's happy. Who am I to argue with 'they' and a giant talking mouse?

My parents will be with us, along with my son, nephews and niece. Everyone has promised NOT to argue. Hubs and I have promised to take deep breaths.

This should be fun.


Have a beautiful week my friends.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Loramendi's Story e-Arc Giveaway!

You've heard about my upcoming series, right? No? Well, let me tell you a little about it.


Loramendi's Story is the first novel in the Lords of Shifters series.



Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it.


Genre: YA Paranormal
Publisher: DarkSide Publishing
Publish Date: August, 2011


While reading Loramendi's Story, you'll want to pay close attention because there will be clues woven into the web of words about another series in the works. 


I'd like for you to enjoy Loramendi's Story for free before it's published. That's right, I said free. Fill out the form below to receive an Advance Reader Copy in PDF form. Copies will be emailed about two weeks prior to the official release (by the end of July).


A limited number of e-ARCs are available, so sign up today and tell all your friends. Sit back, relax and enjoy Loramendi's Story on your eReader. Please fill out the form prior to July 8, 2011.


If you plan on reading Loramendi's Story, please remember to add it to your Goodreads list


The form is now down. Thank you everyone who requested to receive an e-ARC. PDFs will be emailed to you at the end of July.

If you choose to be added to the DarkSide Publishing newsletter mailing list, you will receive a confirmation in the email soon.


All efforts will be made to email eArcs to everyone requesting one up to 100 copies. If more than 100 people request a copy, a drawing will be held to choose the 100 recipients. We have the right to rescind this offer at any time. Dates are not guaranteed. Please feel free to leave any comments in the comment section below. I also retain the right to change anything about this giveaway that I choose -- just in case I forgot something. :) Thank you!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Land of Corn Chips Tour

Land of Corn Chips is going on tour! That sounds so rock-star-ish, but that's how Land of Corn Chips and its readers roll. The {Teen} Book Scene has worked hard to put this awesome tour together.

Take a look at the schedule below and please be sure to stop by and say, "Hey," in your rockstar way.



Monday, June 27th
A Good Addiction is featuring character tweets from the cast of Land of Corn Chips.

Tuesday, June 28th
Reading Vacation is interviewing the author (me). Eeek!

Wednesday, June 29th
Lost for Words is hosting a guest post written by, you guessed it, me!

Thursday, June 30th
Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile will post some of my favorite books.

Friday, July 1st
All the above bloggers will review Land of Corn Chips. Be sure to check out their links to find out what they think.


Pick up your copy of Land of Corn Chips today on Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Loramendi's Story - A Lords of Shifters Novel

It's time to tell you about my next novel. LORAMENDI'S STORY is the first book in the Lords of Shifters novels. It will be out this August. I'll announce some awesome opportunities on how peeps can get their paws on an e-Arc soon! For now, just check it out and enjoy.





Lora wants nothing more than to be the wind behind sexy windsurfer Chance's sails. But fulfilling that wish just became...complicated. After seventeen years of normal life, someone wants Lora and her family dead. And the attempted massacre isn't nearly as strange as the reason behind it


Available on an eReader near you in August, 2011.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

(Someday) Famous YA Author -- Stacey Wallace Benefiel

Last month I read GLIMPSE, a super-cool YA novel by Stacey Wallace Benefiel--the first novel in the Zellie Wells Trilogy. A definite great read. Today, we have Stacey on the blog to participate in the (Someday) Famous YA Author series. Yay us!

Here we go--Q and A style!

Question: I loved reading "Glimpse" and I'm just about ready to read the second book in the Zellie Wells Trilogy "Glimmer." I better hurry because book three will be out this summer. How exciting! Tell us a little about the series and what inspired you to write it.

Answer:  The Zellie Wells Trilogy is about a pastor's daughter with psychic powers. That's the core of it. My sister and the show Roswell are what inspired me to write Glimpse. We were both big Roswell fans and when the show ended, my sister encouraged me to try to write something like it. I didn't want to write about aliens and I was afraid of messing up the lore of vampires or faeries or anything like that. So, I made up my own powers and applied them to a girl who was very much how I was when I was young.

Question: Zellie comes from a Christian family and goes to church. Have you had much criticism for bringing religion into the stories?

Answer:  I grew up in a religious household and went to church three times a week. Many of my friends went to my church and it was a large part of my social life. What I wanted to convey in the books was that someone, even a pastor's daughter, could both be a regular teenager and a Christian. And then I threw in some powers that seriously messed with both of those sides of Zellie. I haven't had any criticism for bringing religion into the stories. Most of the criticism I get is about the sexuality in the books and I think this is moreso because Zellie is a pastor's daughter. Again, my aim is to make her a regular, well-rounded teenager and it's been my experience that crushing on boys in Youth Group is just the same as crushing on a boy in your English class.

Question:  What are your plans after Zellie's story is finished? Will you continue writing YA?

Answer:  I actually never set out to write YA. When I wrote the first draft of Glimpse in 2005, I didn't really know what YA was. Glimpse started out as a Family Saga, but through many editing suggestions from prospective agents and publisher's, it became YA. I think a better term for what I write is Crossover. My books are for older teens and beyond. I do have more plans to write within the Zellie world - Ben, a character introduced in Glimmer is getting his own spin-off. I don't, however, know if I will write what other people consider to be YA. I think I maybe broke a few too many YA rules. :)

Question:  How long have you lived in the Pacific NW and what do you love best about living here?

Answer:  I moved to the Pacific NW in 1993 to attend U of O in Eugene. I lived there for four years and then moved up to Portland for a little less than a year. I did a four year stint in Los Angeles and then moved back up to the Portland area in 2002. I love a lot of things about living here. I like rain. No. I really do. I'm one of those people that gets sunburnt from being outside for five minutes. I love being able to go to the beach, the mountains, the desert or the city all within less than a day's drive. What I enjoy most about the Pacific NW is that I feel like I belong here more than I ever felt like I belonged in Missouri. I was a weirdo in Missouri. Here, I'm pretty normal. :):)

I interrupt this wonderful Q and A dialogue (are you surprised?) to say that OMG! I ♥ this answer! Rain is AWESOME and I'm so happy we have the same outlook on this subject. As many know, I love similarities and we are totally similar now! The Pacific NW Rocks. There is no such thing as weird here. Have you watched Portlandia? Exactly. Okay, I'm done. Back to the Q and A. 

Question:  Why is your house orange on purpose if your favorite color is green?

Answer: An excellent question with an easy answer. Our neighbors painted their house green about two weeks before we were going to paint ours. Orange is my second favorite color. Now, the neighbors house is painted this weird eggplant brown color and totally clashes with ours. The orange paint job still looks good, though, and it was really hard work painting a whole house, so it's gonna have to clash for a few more years.

Thanks for the interview! Fun questions! 

ORANGE and GREEN are totally cool. You should invite me over and we can paint green and orange rainbows on the sidewalks. :) I'm going to crack open my Kindle to read Glimmer now to find out more about this Ben character. Is he that one guy who did that one thing during that one part in Glimpse? Do we ever get to see that guy again?

Thank you, Stacey, for participating in the interview. And thank you, the readers, for checking us out.

For links to Stacey's Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and to purchase her books, please visit her website: http://staceywallacebenefiel.com/







:)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Fried Brains and ...

I almost died this past weekend. We went hiking and I haven't been very active lately, so we chose a moderately difficult hike on a super hot day because we are smart like that. Well, that's when I almost died. The trail just kept going up and up and up. Legs burned. Face dripped. I whined. And then we made it to the top. It was beautiful.

Now that the first hike of the season is over with, they'll be much easier.








I've been taking a little break from writing to let my brain rest and to catch up on yard work. We totally killed a bazillion weeds this weekend. The yard looks so much better now.

My dog murdered a baby possum last week. This week she caught another baby possum, but it didn't die. It played dead and when I put the dog into the house, the little possum looked left and then right to make sure the coast was clear before scurrying off the deck. And then it went under the deck! I can only assume there must be a family living under there and hope they leave quick.



I'll get back to writing in a few days. My next novel should be available by the end of summer or early fall. I'm so excited. You're going to love it!

What's going on in your life right now?

Monday, May 30, 2011

Who is Evan Laverne?

Evan Laverne isn't the average guy seen in most YA Romance novels these days. He's not the dark and mysterious teen heart throb that every girl salivates over. He doesn't skip class or belong to a rock band or have a super-fast car. He's not a loner or a drinker or a jock. No, Evan doesn't belong to a gang, he doesn't sparkle, nor does he smell like a cute fuzzy wolf.

Evan has a kind heart. He loves to help people. He genuinely cares about the homeless and the less fortunate. Evan is thoughtful, he believes in God, but doesn't push his beliefs on others, he's homeschooled, and volunteers at the local shelter. He's shy around girls and hasn't really kissed one. Until he meets Autumn. And a first kiss can't get any memorable than theirs.


Most importantly, Evan is real. He's that guy. The good guy who girls wish they chose instead of the loser who was fun for just a minute.

He's the opposite of everyone else in Autumn's life and that's exactly what she needs. How much cooler can a guy get? Not much.

Find out more about Evan and Autumn in Dream Smashers -- available in eBook and paperback. Follow the links in the sidebar.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Available Early! Land of Corn Chips only 99 cents!

It's true! Land of Corn Chips is now available as an eBook at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, and Smashwords. Plus, it's only 99 cents! How cool is that? Very.

Eleven-year-old Nate Hansen never believed in dragons before an eccentric man with a purple-feather hat kidnaps him. Spirited to the Land of Corn Chips on the back of a mechanical yellow dragon, Nate must find a way to avoid being ground into compost. His only hope of escape is to earn the friendship of the local wrestling gang and zombie kids, and to believe in a parent he no longer trusts.

Suitable for ages 8 and up!








Go. Buy. Read. Enjoy. Now.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Splash Into Summer




Summer is just around the corner and all of the authors at DarkSide Publishing want to make sure you have plenty of marvelous YA and middle grade books to read poolside. 

As part of the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Page Turners, I'm giving away Five (5) eBooks of Dream Smashers and Five (5) eBooks of Land of Corn Chips!



 A girl who no longer wants to care and a boy who cares enough for the both of them. Dream Smashers is a love story, but most of all, it's about letting go. 




Eleven-year-old Nate Hansen never believed in dragons before an eccentric man with a purple-feather hat kidnaps him. Spirited to the Land of Corn Chips on the back of a mechanical yellow dragon, Nate must find a way to avoid being ground into compost. His only hope of escape is to earn the friendship of the local wrestling gang and zombie kids, and to believe in a parent he no longer trusts.
Entering is easy:
  • Fill out the form below
  • You must be 13 years or older to enter
  • All entries are awesome (International & US)
  • Begins May 25, 2011
  • Ends May 31, 2011

Don't forget to check out the other blogs in the Splash into Summer Giveaway Hop including DarkSide authors Megg Jensen, Karly Kirkpatrick and GP Ching.

Also, be sure to mark Land of Corn Chips and Dream Smashers on your to-read list on Goodreads.  




Once you've entered my contest, hop on over to these other blogs and enter their contests:

I AM A READER NOT A WRITER HOP PAGE

Thank you for participating. The Splash Into Summer Giveaway is now CLOSED. The winners will be emailed today, June 1st. :)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sample Sunday -- Land of Corn Chips

Eleven-year-old Nate Hansen never believed in dragons before an eccentric man with a purple-feather hat kidnaps him. Spirited to the Land of Corn Chips on the back of a mechanical yellow dragon, Nate must find a way to avoid being ground into compost. His only hope of escape is to earn the friendship of the local wrestling gang and zombie kids, and to believe in a parent he no longer trusts.



Land of Corn Chips, full of adventurous story, will be available on an eReader near you June 6, 2011. 

Click Here to read the first chapter. Happy reading!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

(Someday) Famous YA Author -- Addison Moore

Someday Famous YA Author is a series of interviews with awesome authors, famous now or future famous, who write for young people.


Addison Moore has gotten around since March 26th, 2011. Her name has graced the screens of more Kindles and eReaders than many best sellers--in only less than a two month period. She's been called "The Next Indie Sensation" and "Indie Phenom." That's a lot to live up to, but I'm here to tell you her debut novel, ETHEREAL, lives up to the rumors and name calling.


Many authors dream of seeing this screen shot I took tonight. (I totally just learned this little trick. You should be proud and tell me how awesome I am now. Google taught and proud.)



Can you see it? It looks a little blurry to me, but you'll have to trust me when I tell you that ETHEREAL ranked #186 in the Paid Kindle Store, #6 in two categories, and #7 in one. That shot would make any newly published or long-time published author smile for a month.

ETHEREAL (Celestra Series Book 1)

Description from Goodreads
Skyla Messenger is a dead girl walking.

When her newly remarried mother moves the family to Paragon Island, to a house that is rumored to be haunted, Skyla finds refuge in Logan Oliver, a boy who shares her unique ability to read minds.

Skyla discovers Logan holds the answers to the questions she’s been looking for, but Logan’s reluctance to give her the knowledge she desires leaves her believing Logan has a few secrets of his own.

Skyla’s bloodlines may just be connected to the most powerful angelic beings that roam the earth, and the more she knows, the more danger she seems to be in.

Suddenly an entire faction of earthbound angels wants her dead, at least she still has Logan, or does she?

How cool is that? Very.

I'd like to introduce you to an awesome author, who happens to also be super nice, (Someday) Famous YA Author, Addison Moore.


Addison:
Angela, first, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I’m thrilled to be here!
 
Me: 
The pleasure is mine. 

I bought ETHEREAL a week or two after it came out on Kindle. It sat in the device until last week when I had a moment to pick it up. Then, I couldn't put it down. I totally fell in love with the characters, Skyla, Logan, Gage... I won't talk specifics so the peeps who haven't read the novel won't be upset, but I'll say that the tension between the characters was perfect. I sometimes felt so angry and hurt right along with Skyla. (And sometimes I wanted to slap her.)
 
What or who (or both) inspired you to write this story and these characters?  

Addison: 
Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed writing this story. It’s actually a marriage of two stories that I abandoned years ago because I pantsed (writing with no outline)  myself into a corner with both of them. It was the characters that kept drawing me back to the island. I just couldn’t get them out of my mind so I fashioned a unique storyline just for them.
 
Me:
ETHEREAL just came out and it's been received very well as far as I can tell. Have you been given much feedback from readers other than the reviews? If so, what's one of the best things someone said that made you feel all warm and tingly inside?
 
Addison:
Oh my gosh. I cannot tell you how amazing it has been to receive emails, DM’s, tweets, blog comments, facebook messages, and messages on goodreads! I have been blown away by the response by readers and their kind words about my story. Mostly people want to know when book 2 is coming out. And that makes my day every single time!

Me:
Tell us how you came about publishing ETHEREAL. I noticed you have an agent, but did you publish this novel independently or through a publisher? What's the scoop?
 
Addison:
I self-published Ethereal and plan to do so with the rest of the series and other projects as well. My agent came about after Ethereal was out for three weeks and I’m very excited about the future.   
 
Me:
You left ETHEREAL at a point where I wanted to turn the page and keep reading, but couldn't. Now I'm super excited to read the second novel, TREMBLE. Please tell us a little about it.
 
Addison:
TREMBLE is ready to launch as soon as next week. The tension between Sklya, Logan and Gage really heats up when Sklya starts to develop feelings for Gage as well. A new character is introduced and really turns Skyla’s world upside down. 
 
Me:
Here's a couple of easy questions for you.
 
What is the last book you read that you'd like to recommend to others and why?
 
Addison:
I didn’t just finish it, it was probably a few books back, but I have to recommend THE BOOK THIEF. What an awesome novel with an amazing premise. And how can you go wrong when the narrator is death?
 
Me:
I'd normally ask what your favorite food or drink is, but I read somewhere you drink Dr. Pepper and overdose on chocolate often. So, I'll ask something else: Who is your favorite super-hero and why?
 
Addison:
I’m pretty sure she’s the antithesis of a super-hero, but I’m going to say Cat woman. Every since I was little I’ve had a fascination with that sexy costume of hers. Can you blame me?
 

Me:
Is there anything you'd like to add?
 
Addison:
Celestra series coming out sometime this summer. Book 3 will include Chloe’s diary in its entirely. I’ll have the cover for that one up my blog soon. =)

Me:
Thanks again, Addison! And congratulations on the success of your novel. I wish you the best.
 
Addison:
Thank you for hosting! I had a blast!

Addison Moore is a USC graduate who enjoys writing young adult paranormal romance. Ethereal is her first published novel in the Celestra series. She lives with her family and two dogs on the west coast.  

Coming Soon! TREMBLE (Celestra Series Book 2) 


If you enjoyed this interview, please follow my blog. There will be more great interviews like this in the future. Have a great weekend! Peace out for now.