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.


A teenage time traveler accidentally takes her secret crush back in time. Awkward.

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. 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.