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Fantasy Panel: Southern YA Authors #Raleigh #FantasyWriters @ErinMFitch @quailridgebooks @Month9Books @LeighStatham @shaila_writes @rrsmythe

Hey Guys!

Fantasy is alive and well in the South. The awesome @quailridgebooks   will host a panel of regional fantasy authors, writing for children and YA audiences. Join us on Saturday, July 15, at 6:30 pm for a look at recent or upcoming releases and to talk about what makes great fantasy. Ya’ll know Southern Gothic is my favorite!

Aspiring writers, bring us your questions!

 

North Hills 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road RaleighNC 27609

Featuring speakers:

You can find more info about the authors on the Quail Ridge Books website here:

**** Pssst ….  if you’re headed for Raleigh SuperCon that weekend, our booth is No 533.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Valentine’s Day FB party with Swoon Romance authors! @SwoonRomance

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♥ Hey everybody! ♥

Since Swoon Romance is all about romance, we’re hosting a

Facebook party for Valentine’s Day on February 14.

I’ll be there along with other romance writers to talk about books,

writing, and the good, bad, and ugly of Valentine’s Day.

So many swoon worthy books.

What’s your favorite romance title?

 

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Here’s the scheduled line up of author times:

10 am EST: Natalie Decker
11 am EST: Jennifer DiGiovanni
12 am EST: Julie Reece

5 pm EST: Elizabeth Miceli
6 pm EST: Linda Budzinski
7 pm EST: Stacey Mosteller

Link to join in!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1334329459952777/?active_tab=discussion

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I’ll be answering questions about my latest romance ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN

I love this book quote done by lovely book reviewer @MoriahChavis

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https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29151440-one-summer-with-autumn

I hope you will drop by and see us.

♥ We’re going to have a good time! ♥

 


IN THE BEGINNING : DARK RETELLINGS OF BIBLICAL TALES BLOG TOUR Guest Post @SharonLHughson @chapterxchapter @month9books

 

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 Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-in-the-beginning-dark-retellings-of-biblical-tales-anthology/        

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

 

In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Tales

Publication Date: October 25, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

In the Beginning (Oct. 25, 2016) –Eight authors come together to build a powerful collection of dark young adult short stories inspired by the mysteries, faith, and darkness found within the Bible. Old Testament and New Testament, iconic and obscure figures alike are illuminated, explored, and re-envisioned throughout this charity anthology from Month9Books.

 Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25946627-in-the-beginning

 

Today, we are lucky enough to have two of the spectacular authors from this new anthology with us! 

First, amazing Elle O’Neill

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Elle O’Neill loves reading and writing—from her first all-nighter as a seven-year old with autographed copies of David Adler’s Cam Jansen books to her high school and college English and creative writing classes. She believes that you can fall into the world of a book and find yourself. While she sometimes has a hard time separating fiction from reality (or is it that she prefers not to?), she likes to think that’s a whimsical asset. She enjoys reading just about anything, but treasures underdogs and bluestockings—their trials and successes feel close to home.

And 

the always lovely Sharon Hughson

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Nurtured through a troubled teenhood by Aslan in Narnia, Sharon Hughson has long appreciated the power of the written word. She has published romance and women’s fiction, but her dream is to write young adult fantasy, a genre she credits for keeping her alive during her parents’ turbulent divorce and the chaotic readjustments that followed. Sharon fuels her imagination with recollections from years of motherhood and a lifetime of experience working with young people, at church and in public school. She resides in Oregon with her husband, sons and three cats, where she spends her non-writing hours substitute teaching, reading, playing piano, enjoying the outdoors and scrapbooking her family’s memories.

Yay!! These two talented authors have graciously agreed to an interview. Welcome ladies!

Our Question: What’s the one topic you were hoping a blog host would ask you that they haven’t yet? Tell us what you’ve been dying to discuss. Here’s your chance! : )

Answer, Elle O’Neill:

Hi Julie and Readers!

Since this is my first published story and my first ever guest post for a blog, there are lots of questions I’m open to being asked and to answering! I didn’t want to scare you all away from my story by writing too much, or too much about things you might not be interested in, so I asked a good friend (thanks, Jay!) what he might want to ask the writer of a short story – what would his burning question be? Jay’s great at questions and he’s really reflective, so of course his question was, quite simply: WHY? Why this character, why this story, why this way? I’m going to do my best to talk about those questions.

My story is that of Barabbas. That may not be a name that comes readily to mind unless you’re thinking about Easter. It was actually right around Easter that I decided Barabbas would be the focus of my story. In the Bible, Pontius Pilate offers the crowd the opportunity to free one of two men. Jesus is one. Barabbas is the other.

Imagine. Even outside of Biblical stories: you are one of two people and one of you is going to die. And people – nameless, faceless, unknown-to-you people – get to decide which one of you lives.

How terrifying.

Beyond how viscerally upsetting most of us would find those circumstances, there was another element that was important to me when thinking about a Biblical “character” to focus on – Barabbas really has no backstory. We know he’s imprisoned. We know the crowd selects him to live. There were two things I really enjoyed about this. First, it gives me a lot of latitude for constructing who he is and how he gets into this situation. Secondly, we need to remember that the society that allows (in fact encourages) a crowd to spontaneously decide who lives and dies is the same society that also imprisoned both of these individuals to begin with. That’s not to say the society had no reasons, but it is to say that we have reason to question them – and that it’s okay to question them.

So I suppose I’ve tackled why this character? and why this story? but not why this way? My story begins with Barabbas being swept away into an intense reality show environment – he doesn’t quite understand where he is, why he’s there, what will be asked of him (questions we all ask ourselves at one point or another). His “crowd” is known as The Masses; they serve in the role of the crowd making the decision in the Bible, but they are also all of us. When we watch reality TV at home and decide who contestants are, what they’re about, what they deserve…we are The Masses, aren’t we? The stakes may be different but, really, who’s to say that—someday—the stakes couldn’t be exactly the same. Just the same, Barabbas is also all of us—he waivers, he spooks; he has frustration, but also resolution; he has desires, even if he doesn’t understand them; and he tries to make good decisions without hurting others, even though that isn’t always possible.

The role of Jesus is a quiet one in the story. He’s the ultimate—he’s an aspirational character for so many of us, and yet human in figure. He exists as us, and so he can be treated as an equal in the story, and yet he serves as a kind of flawless human—Who will The Masses root for? Who would you root for?

In many ways, I think I was aiming for dark satire—thinking of stories like “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson—and an exploration of what if, like Stockton’s “The Lady and the Tiger.” And those are scary stories, even though they may not have gore, ghosts, or even sinister characters. Perhaps it’s the relatability of these scenarios—places we’ve never been, situations we have never met—that creates the terrifying nature of them. There’s just enough reality to enable you to see yourself there—and to consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, this could be real, somewhere, someday.

I hope everyone takes the opportunity to explore In the Beginning – it has a lot to offer readers. The stories come from lots of angles, cover a lot of territory that YAs face, and tackle that territory in some surprising ways. It’s a valuable collection and I’m lucky to be among these writers, lucky to have my story alongside theirs. Thanks so much for inviting me to write this post.

Happy reading!

 

Answer, Sharon Hughson:

Why demon possession? I mean seriously, of all the hundreds of cool and awesome stories in the Bible, why would anyone want to imagine being possessed by a demon?

To answer that: IN THE BEGINNING was specified as dark Biblical retellings. I had several fun ideas when I first decided to write a story for the anthology. One of them was about Naaman’s wife’s Hebrew handmaid. And it had a COOL twist at the end that was dark, dark, dark. *rubs hands together while smiling maniacally*

But when I considered all the ideas, I realized the story about a boy possessed by a demon was most compelling because it RELATES TO US. Not that I think a bunch of people are walking around possessed by demons. But on a metaphorical level we ALL have our demons. And most of the time we need help to get them exorcised. That’s what my story “The Demon was Me” is all about: finding help to get back in control of our lives when our demons take over.

Also, I knew this would be a difficult story to pull off. I’m not much for writing in first person because it limits how much information I can give a reader. But in order for this story to work, it had to be written with Scisco as the narrator. Otherwise, the reader wouldn’t experience the conflict of having a foreign entity taking control of their body. Because much of the conflict takes place INSIDE Scisco’s head. Just like most of our issues are internalized.

So this story was a challenge to my ability as a writer as well as to the idea that we are in control of our lives and destinies. And why didn’t another interviewer ask about that? Because none of them are the AMAZING Julie Reece. Thanks for having me, Julie.

 

Ha! Terrific answers, both of you! I love hearing about the creative process and getting a peek inside the imaginative mind of authors. Your stories sound amazing. I can’t wait to read them. Thanks so much  for being here today, guys. XOXO

 

Giveaway!!!

Link to enter:

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Contest ends November 11, 2016

One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of In the Beginning: Dark Retellings of Biblical Stories (INT)

Good luck, everyone!

 

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Other authors and stories from the anthology …

Daniel and the Dragon by Stephen Clements
A troubled orphan named Habakkuk dutifully follows his master, the prophet Daniel, into temples of blood-thirsty demon-gods, battles with unspeakable horrors, and bears witnesses to mind-breaking evil until his master’s zealous defiance of the king’s law seals their fate.

Babylon by Nicole Crucial
Far above the earth, in Second Eden, where moments and eternities all blur together, young Babylon befriends Sefer, the Book of Life. As Babylon awaits the moment she’ll fulfill her destiny, she and Sefer try to understand the world in which they live.

Last Will and Testament by Mike Hays
A homeless young boy, Baz, bears the weight of humanity on his shoulders and upon his body. When dark forces test a new-found friendship, Baz’s willingness to bear the ugliness of their world will be shaken.

The Demon Was Me by Sharon Hughson
Based on the story of the demon-possessed boy healed by Jesus, this tale provides a glimpse into a post-apocalyptic world where a teenage boy seeks to journey to a better land and yearns to discover the kind of man he’s meant to be, only to be hijacked by an evil spirit intent upon chipping away at the hope, faith, and resilience of its host.

The Deluge by Marti Johnson
A non-believer shares the story of Noah’s ark-building and the deadly downpour that follows. Fear, faithlessness, and the fallibility of mankind collide in a community where second chances aren’t unlimited and a better-late-than-never attitude just might be your doom.

Condemned by Elle O’Neill
Just sixteen-years-old, Barabbas finds himself pulled out of Routlege Academy and into a reality show competition—against Jesus himself—where the reward for the winner is life.

First Wife by Lora Palmer
In a first-person retelling of the saga of Jacob, Rachel and Leah, themes of family, deception, guilt, and heartache emerge amidst the first days of Leah’s marriage to Jacob—a marriage mired in trickery a mere week before Jacob was to marry Leah’s sister Rachel.

Emmaculate by Christina Raus
Based on the story of Mary’s Immaculate Conception, we enter the troubled mind of Emma, who finds herself torn between her religious upbringing and the purity ring that binds her to her boyfriend and the pregnancy that results from her relationship with another boy.

 

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Blog Tours

 


The YA Scavenger Hunt is on! Go Team Blue! #YASH @YAScavengerHunt

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Welcome to the YA Scavenger Hunt, Ya’ll!

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win awesome prizes!

 I’m Julie Reece, your hostess for this section of the hunt.

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Author of the Southern Gothic YA duology THE ARTISANS and YA contemporary romance

ONE SUMMER WITH AUTUMN out October 18th 2016

I’m doing an a personal giveaway at the end of the post below, so don’t forget to enter!

 

You are currently hunting on …

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Looking for exclusive bonus content? Well keep going. You’re getting closer, but …

Oops! Hang on. Before we get there and meet the amazing author I’m hosting, we have to cover a few rules …

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

DIRECTIONS: Somewhere in the post below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on TEAM BLUE, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!)

HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN BLUE!

ENTRY FORM: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

RULES: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday, Oct 9th noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

On this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each participating YA author, you also get a secret number. Add up the numbers, and enter it for a chance to win a major prize–one lucky winner will receive at least one signed book from each author on my team in the hunt! But play fast. This contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online until Sunday, Oct 9th.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM, but there is also a RED, GOLD, GREENORANGE, and PURPLE teameach with 20 authors. Check out each team for a chance to win eight different sets of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

Good? Yes! We’re done with the rules. Now, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

 

I am super excited to be hosting the fab …

Christina Farley!

 

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CHRISTINA FARLEY is the author
of the bestselling Gilded series and upcoming middle grade, THE PRINCESS AND THE PAGE. Prior to that, she worked as an international
teacher and at a top secret job for Disney where she was known to scatter pixie
dust before the sun rose. When not traveling the world or creating imaginary
ones, she spends time with her family in Clermont, Florida with
her husband and two sons where they are busy preparing for the next World Cup,
baking cheesecakes, and raising a pet dragon that’s in disguise as a cockatiel.

Social Media Links:

Website | Twitter | YouTube | Facebook | Instagram | Pinterest | Goodreads


Important fact: (This is Julie again), and just by the way, I can eat 22 dark chocolate covered almonds in a row without taking a breath. I thought you should know.


 

The book Christina is showcasing in the YA Scavenger Hunt this season is book two in her Gilded series, Silvern


I love the title and that drop-dead gorgeous cover! (Can you tell I’m a big cat person?)

If you’re as interested in the story as I am, read on!

Title: Silvern (Gilded #2)
Author: Christina Farley
Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: Jae Hwa Lee has destroyed Haemosu, the dangerous demi-god that held her ancestors captive, and now she’s ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Then the god of darkness, Kud, sends an assassin to kill her. Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins the Guardians of Shinshi to seek out the orb before Kud can find it.

But Kud is stronger and more devious than Haemosu ever was. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

Available at Amazon, BAM, IndieBound, and Barnes & Noble
 
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TOP SECRET BONUS MATERIAL IS UP NEXT!

 

Which Gilded Series Character Are You?


Hey guys! This is Christina. As I wrote the Gilded series, I fell in love with these characters. I have a fun quiz for you to play to determine which Gilded series character you are most like.

Check it out here!

 

 

To learn more about this series, visit the Gilded Series website
Watch GILDED’s amazing book trailer here!

 

 

While you’re here, be sure to enter the personal bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt.

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TO ENTER: say hello in the comments section, or, if you took Christina’s test, mention which character you are. (I’m Jae Hwa Lee, by the way) or say anything you like! But please leave your email address too (so I can send you your ebooks if you win). Winners chosen at random on Sunday, Oct 9th by my cat’s paw. Yes, it’s a thing.

Good luck everyone!

Remember, for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Christina, and many more, you need to write down my favorite number, find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Be sure to check out all the books on Team Blue.

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Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt? Then head on over to visit author J. Keller Ford’s page.

https://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/

Have a great day!


Whoo hoo! Sacrifice Blog Tour: Guest Post by Cindy Pon with giveaway @chapterxchapter @CindyPon @month9books

 

 

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Tour Date: September 26-October 7, 2016

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-sacrifice-serpentine-2-by-cindy-pon/   

Don’t forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway!    

 

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Sacrifice (Serpentine #2) by Cindy Pon

Publication Date: September 27, 2016

Publisher: Month9Books

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 Sacrifice, the sequel to Serpentine, plunges Skybright into the terrifying underworld where demons are bred and whisks her up to the magnificent Mountain of Heavenly Peace where the gods dwell.

Stone is stripped of his immortal status and told to close hell’s breach, which mysteriously remains open, threatening mortals.

Zhen Ni, Skybright’s former mistress and friend, has been wed to the strange and brutish Master Bei, and finds herself trapped in an opulent but empty manor. When she discovers half-eaten corpses beneath the estate, she realizes that Master Bei is not all that he seems.

As Skybright works to free Zhen Ni with the aid of Kai Sen and Stone, they begin to understand that what is at risk is more far-reaching then they could ever have fathomed.

 

Interview:

Hey Cindy! Your new cover is gorgeous! Thanks so much for being here today.We had some writing questions for you …

Are you a plotter or a panster, and what do those terms mean to you? Did you know where you were going with the story in your sequel, and what was the hardest part of writing the second book? What was the most satisfying, the most fun?

I am definitely a pantser as I don’t like to outline or plan too much for my novels. It’s funny in that I’m very organized in every other aspect of my life. As in, I was thinking about our ten year anniversary while we were celebrating our fifth! But with writing, I get really frou frou. I can’t say I’m a true pantser, as I know writers who sit down and know absolutely nothing about the book and simply let the muse lead them. For me, before I start a novel, I will have (ideally) brainstormed enough that I have 5 or 6 key scenes in mind. I don’t know where or how they fit, but I know they are part of the story. These scenes serve as markers while I write the novel.

I knew much of the main plot points for the sequel, as I had had an excellent brainstorming session with Delia Sherman, Holly Black, and Sarah Rees Brennan. (Sacrifice is dedicated to them!) I think one of the biggest challenges was that Sacrifice was told from a trio pov. I had thought at first it would just be dual pov, but after the first draft, I realized that we needed Kai Sen’s pov as well.

I love wrapping up a storyline and writing a great denouement. For me, those were the most satisfying parts of writing this novel!

Thanks so much Cindy! It’s always interesting to see how different authors like to work and I know we’re all going to love having three points of view in the story this time!!!

Are you curious to know more about the story now? I know I am. Here’s an excerpt from Cindy’s new novel:

Dressed in a black sleeveless tunic, he seemed taller than she remembered and definitely bigger. Kai Sen had been all wiry muscle when they had traveled together but thin, still boyish in some ways. His time in the monastery since had filled his frame, as if he’d finally grown into his adult physique. He had looked strong before; now he looked powerful. She watched while the flickering flame danced across his face. Kai Sen’s dark eyebrows were knitted together as his alert eyes swept the large bedchamber. Zhen Ni could see why Skybright had been drawn to him—he was handsome. He exuded masculinity. Assuming a girl appreciated that sort of thing: rough hands and deep voice, the odd metallic tang of sweat. She knew from their travels together that he even smelled different.

Zhen Ni wasn’t attracted to these things.

For a brief moment, she remembered the soft curve of Lan’s neck bent over her embroidery, smelled the rose perfume she used to dab at the hollow of Lan’s throat, the scent sweet and mellow when she would kiss the same spot hours later … Zhen Ni blinked the memories away and whispered, “What are you doing here?”

Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28537304-sacrifice   

 

Giveaway Information:  Contest ends October 14, 2016

  • One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Serpentine and Sacrifice by Cindy Pon (INT)

Enter here :

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e592/?

 

Other books in the series:

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SERPENTINE is a sweeping fantasy set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology.

Lush with details from Chinese folklore, SERPENTINE tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell.

When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22095547-serpentine

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About the author:

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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow, 2009), which was named one of the Top Ten Fantasy and Science Fiction Books for Youth by the American Library Association’s Booklist, and one of 2009′s best Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror by VOYA. Her most recent novel, Serpentine (Month9Books, 2015), is a Junior Library Guild Selection and received starred reviews from School Library Journal and VOYA. The sequel, Sacrifice, releases this September. WANT, a near-future thriller set in Taipei, will be published by Simon Pulse in summer 2017. She is the co-founder of Diversity in YA with Malinda Lo and on the advisory board of We Need Diverse Books. Cindy is also a Chinese brush painting student of over a decade. Learn more about her books and art at http://cindypon.com.

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Playlist and Giveaway for: IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING by @jkellerford @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

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Blog Tour Schedule: In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford

Hi everyone!

Welcome to this leg of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING’s blog tour.

And pssst, don’t forget to scroll down and enter for a chance to win your own digital copy!

Okay, now let’s talk about this gorgeous cover! *swoons*

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In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford
Release Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

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Blurb:

Seventeen-year-old, Eric, is a kick-butt squire to the most revered knight in Fallhollow. Well he would be if Sir Trogsdill allowed him to do anything even remotely awesome. Determined to prove his worth, Eric sets out to find the mythical paladin summoned to protect the realm from the evil lurking nearby.

Sixteen-year-old, David, spends his days collecting school honors, winning archery tournaments, and trying not to fall in love with his scrappy best friend, Charlotte.

Right when things start to get interesting, he is whisked away to the magical realm of Fallhollow where everyone thinks he’s some sort of paladin destined to fulfill a two-hundred-year-old prophecy. He’s supposed to help kill a dragon with some sort of magic key. The same key that happens to adorn the neck of an annoying squire who’s too wrapped up in proving himself to be much help to anyone.

With egos as big as the dragon they need to destroy, Eric and David must get over themselves, or watch everything they know and love, burn.

 

 Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25721483-in-the-shadow-of-the-dragon-king

 

Hey, Jen!

Thanks so much for joining us here today, we’re really excited about your book. Can you share your playlist with us? 

OMGosh, I was afraid someone was going to ask me for this. Where do I begin?

I listen to a lot of music from country to classic rock, to classical, opera and everything in between (except for rap. Just can’t get into it). When I write, I usually don’t listen to music with words in it because hearing people singing distracts from what I’m trying to say. I end up signing along and them all of a sudden I’m staring at my work thinking. “What was I trying to say here?”

Because I write YA fantasy, and because I always envision my books as movies, I get a lot of my inspiration from online video games and movie scores. There are hours upon hours of listening to soundtracks, etc., and when I find something that I like, it goes on my Spotify play list.

In the case of IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING, you will see songs that you might know sung by artists like Katy Perry and Fall Out Boys. They are there because they remind me in some way of David or Eric, both protagonists, David from our world, Eric from the magical world of Fallhollow. I hope once people read the book, they’ll be able to understand more why I chose them.

The list is extensive and at this time, they are not in any particular order, though I have begun to sort them out. I’ve written the names of the songs and their artists out for you, but if you want to listen to them, please check out my Spotify playlist which you can find here (if you don’t have a free Spotify account, you can sign in using your Facebook account). I also have the playlist on my website, but you will still need to log in to Spotify to listen.

So, here you go. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions about why I chose the songs, please feel free to reach out to me on my website or on Goodreads. I’d love to hear from you!!!

Druidic Dreams Adrian Von Ziegler
See What I’ve Become Zack Hemsey
Summer Jam Jake Owen, Florida Georgia Line
A Knife in the Dark Howard Shore
Aeterna Liquid Cinema
Dawn Gleams on Cyrodill Brad Derrick
New Kid in Town Eagles
Getting to Me Jane Taylor
Thornwood Shadows Jeremy Soule
They Did Not Die in Vain Brad Derrick
Numb Linkin Park
Chasing Cars Snow Patrol
Time Forgotten (Piano and Violin) Classical New Age Piano Music
Bloom The Paper Kites
I Will Get There Jane Taylor
Things You’ve Never Done Passenger
Faith of the Heart Done Again
Fight Song Rachel Platten
Dream On Aerosmith
300 Violin Orchestra Jorge Quintero
Leviathan Liquid Cinema
The Medallion Calls Klaus Bradelt
Friday Night Sky Full Tilt
You Are the Pan John Williams
Fable Liquid Cinema
Thunder God Full Tilt
Of Fire and Iron Liquid Cinema
A World of Dreams Full Tilt
Crystalline Ivan Torrent, Celica Soldream
Human Legacy Ivan Torrent
Chapter 12 – A Journey’s End Peter Gundry
Roar Katy Perry
Heart of the Forest Peter Gundry
Renegades X Ambassadors
For Blood, for Glory, for Honor Jeremy Soule
Centuries Fall Out Boy

Yay! That’s awesome, Jen! What a great list.

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Giveaway!

Contest ends June 17, 2016

• One (1) winner will receive a scrabble tile book cover charm (US ONLY)
• Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of In the Shadow of the Dragon King by J. Keller Ford (INT)

Link:

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J. Keller Ford

About the Author:

J. Keller Ford (known to all as Jenny) is a scribbler of Young Adult and New Adult speculative fiction. As a young Army brat, she traveled the world and wandered the halls of some of Germany’s most extraordinary castles in hopes of finding snarky dragons, chivalrous knights and wondrous magic that permeated her imagination. What she found remains etched in her topsy-turvy mind and oozes out in sweeping tales of courage, sacrifice, honor and everlasting love.

When not torturing her keyboard or trying to silence the voices in her head, Jenny spends time collecting seashells, bowling, swimming, screaming on roller coasters and traveling. Jenny is a mom to four magnificent and noble offspring, and currently lives in paradise on the west coast of Florida with a quirky knight who was silly enough to marry her, and a menagerie of royal pets. Published works include short stories, The Amulet of Ormisez, Dragon Flight, and The Passing of Millie Hudson. IN THE SHADOW OF THE DRAGON KING is her debut novel and the first installment in the Chronicles of Fallhollow Trilogy.

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Author Interview and Giveaway: ARGOS by PHILLIP W. SIMPSON @Month9Books @PhillipWSimpson @chapterxchapter

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Today we’re lucky enough to host the amazing author Phillip W. Simpson on his Argos blog tour. Yippee!! Okay, I know. Calm down. But seriously. Yay!! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway later in this post!

Phillip’s going to answer a couple of questions for us, but first … some important stuff. Like this gorgeous cover …

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Argos by Phillip W. Simpson
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

Blurb:

Loyalty has no limits

Raised from a pup by Greek hero, Odysseus, Argos has come to learn the true meaning of love and loyalty. But when Odysseus leaves for the Trojan War, little does Argos know it will be 20 years before he sees his master again. With Odysseus gone his wife, Penelope, and son, Telemachus, are easy prey for neighboring kings and the Gods themselves.

But Argos was tasked to keep them safe until Odysseus returns and that is a promise he is determined to keep – whatever the cost. Told through his eyes, Argos recounts the story of his life – his pain, his joy, his triumphs and failures; his endurance in the face of hardships almost too great to believe.

Above all else, Argos strives to do what is right – and to remain loyal to his King when all others have given up hope. To live long enough to see his beloved master one more time.

This epic myth of love and loyalty proves that a dog really is man’s best friend.

Add to your Goodreads TBR list! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28537159-argos

Purchase Links (because you’ll want these): Amazon | B&N | TBD | Chapters

Visit more tour stops to learn more about Phillip and his exciting new book here:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-argos-by-phillip-w-simpson/

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Giveaway !

Contest ends May 27, 2016

Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Argos by Phillip W. Simpson (INT)

 Enter here: 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c08c9e8e543/

 

And now for some fun author questions:  

Can you share some of your manuscript playlist with us? 

• Doesn’t remind me – Audioslave
• Going the distance – Cake
• Block rockin’ beats (good to write fight scenes to) – Chemical brothers
• Photograph – Ed Sheeran
• Sadeness – Enigma
• I started a joke – Faith no more

What were your favorite books as a middle schooler or teen and why?

I was pretty lucky growing up. My parents were huge book lovers. My father collects books. He is a bit obsessed. Anyway, I could just pick whatever I wanted from the bookshelf. I’m a bit like that myself. I have a large collection of books and I want my son to cherry pick whatever books of mine he wants.

• The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings (obviously). These books got me into reading. I discovered a love of fantasy because of these books. Thank you, Tolkien.

• Anything by Piers Anthony. A bit childish but I loved them at the time (probably because I was a child).

• Anything by Julian May – Saga of the Exiles was magnificent. Such a complicated and believable world.

• Anything by Stephen Donaldson – the Cronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever. Love the Bloodguard. Read the series as a middle schooler and although some of the content is inappropriate for that age, I loved it regardless. Actually, YA didn’t really exist when I was growing up. You read kids’ books and then progressed to adult books. I was such a voracious reader that I quickly exhausted what was considered ‘appropriate’ and just read what I felt like.

• Anything by Iain M. Banks (his science fiction.)

• Anything by Jack Vance. And I do mean anything. He wrote over 50 books and I love every single one. I think I started with Lyonesse as a middle schooler and then read all his back catalogue. He is one of the greats. A true word smith. I love him.

• The Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. Lots of other great books here but I particularly loved her dragons. The White Dragon was awesome.

• Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster. Rock and roll man!

• Dune and all the sequels (Frank Herbert). Everything about this world is cool. The Sardukar, the Freemen, the Sand worms.

• The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Probably my favorite book of all time and I read this as a teen (I would not recommend this to a middle schooler).

• Gateway by Frederick Pohl. Great concept. I used to go to sleep dreaming about what I do if I discovered lots of Heechee ‘treasure’

Wow, what a great list of reads!

Thanks so much for being here today. I’m excited about your new book and can’t wait to read.

 

Okay guys, I’ve already bought my copy, now go and get yours!

Oh, and also just before I go. This …

Minotaur

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22264041-minotaur

Cause, you know, so cool, right?

 

About the author

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Phillip W. Simpson has written over 50 children’s books for both middle grade and young adult readers. He has a background in Ancient History and Archaeology, and has partially completed his doctorate in Archaeology. He lives in Auckland, New Zealand, with his wife Rose, their son, Jack and their two border terriers, Whiskey and Raffles. When not writing, he works as an elementary school teacher.

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