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Book Tour: The First Day of the New Tomorrow by Jennifer M. Eaton

Great cover, right? I’m so excited about our guest post by Jennifer M. Eaton today! I know you want to hear what’s on her mind as much as I do, so without further ado …. I give you, Ms. Eaton …

If you could choose, what super power would you pick?

When I set out to write “The First Day of the New Tomorrow” I knew it was going to be a superhero story.  But that was about it.

I decided to start off with a girl not unlike myself as a kid.  I think I was pretty normal… not really happy with my looks, wished I was better in sports, etc.  I modeled my character after what I considered the lowest of the low in a teenager’s self-esteem.

Then the fun stuff started.  Since it was my story, I got to PICK what super power to give myself.  Hey, good deal, huh?  So I went for the big tamale… omnipotence.  Well, almost omnipotence.  There has to be rules for everything, right?

And there’s also consequences. But that’s not the fun part, so let’s push that aside for a second.

Imagine yourself in high school, and one day you wake up, and your every thought becomes a reality.

Pretty cool, huh?

Yeah, Maya thinks so too.  Until things begin to go very wrong.

It’s not easy to control your thoughts, is it?  Ever been angry at someone?  It can get pretty ugly, can’t it?

Maya finds out that omnipotent power can be as much a curse as it is a blessing, and not all things can be undone.

That kind of makes super powers not sound so super, doesn’t it?

So what do you think you would do?  If you could have any power imaginable, what super power would you pick, and maybe more importantly—What would you do with it?

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Bio:

Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance.  Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.

While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.

Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for?  Writing help did you say?  Well, sure!  Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans!

http://www.jennifermeaton.com/

Thanks for joining us today, Jennifer, It was great having you here!! Good luck with your newest book release! The book looks awesome 🙂

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Want more? Yup, me too.

Other works:

Paper Wishes

Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format.  The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology.   Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com and Smashwords.

Paper Wishes:  Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.

Make Believe

Last Winter Red:  In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world.  What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.

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Purchase Links:

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Full Link to Muse It up:  https://museituppublishing.com/bookstore/index.php/young-adult/the-first-day-of-the-new-tomorrow-detail


TIED book giveaway/interview with Laney McMann

And without further ado ….

TIED (A Fire Born Novel, #1)

Awesome, right?

BLURB:

Normal people don’t believe their nightmares stalk them. They don’t fall in love with boys who don’t exist, either.

Seventeen-year-old Layla Labelle, though, is far from normal. Her delusions walk the earth. Her hallucinations hunt her, and her skin heats to a burn every time her anger flares.

Or is that all in her head?

Layla doesn’t know what to believe any more because if none of that’s true, Max MacLarnon must be an illusion, and her heart must still be broken.

No matter how much she wants to believe Max is real, doing so would mean everything else is, too. How, then, is that possible?

The answers lie in an age-old legend the supernatural aren’t prepared to reveal, and with a curse that could tear Layla and Max apart forever—if it doesn’t kill them both first.

In TIED, book one in the Fire Born trilogy, learning the truth will mean fighting an arsenal of demons, and being with Max will put Layla on a path toward her own destruction.

Just how far will Layla go to protect the one she loves?

The answer may never be far enough … away.

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Laney McMann

Author of The Fire Born Novels

TIED (Book 1) September 9, 2013

BIO:

With a passion for the supernatural and all things magical, Laney developed a voracious appetite for reading fantasy at a young age. A vivid imagination helped set the stage for creating her own worlds and placed her onto the writing path.

By the time she reached her teens, she’d accumulated notebooks full of poems, which led to short stories and finally novels. Young adult dark fantasy, paranormal romance, and mythology are among her favorite genres.

A former classical dancer and chef, she grew up in sultry Florida where she still resides with her family.

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Welcome, we are so thrilled you’re here!

Q. Tell us about your book!

LM: TIED is a story about seventeen year old Layla Labelle who discovers that everything in her world is far from what she believed. She has a hard time … adjusting. 😉

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

LM: The story idea found me. All my story ideas come to me—and the characters start talking. TIED just held on tighter than any of my other WIP’s. It refused to shut up. 😉

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

LM: Layla’s greatest strength is her loyalty. Biggest flaw? Learning to control her anger.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

LM: Streamlining my ideas. I’ll have thoughts going in every direction at any given time. When that happens, I have to stop listening to myself and only listen to my characters.

Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

LM: Well, I’m kind of new to this so I’m not sure. 😉 Maybe, why do I write? The answer would be because I love it. Because it moves me like nothing else does.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

LM: Right now I’m writing TORN, the sequel to TIED.

I need to be working on multiple projects. 😉 But no, right now, I’m focusing on the Fire Born Novels.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

LM: “How far would you go to protect the one you love?”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

LM: I’ve written all my life, but being a published writer was just a dream. It wasn’t something I took seriously.  Until a few years ago. 😉

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

LM: Um … I don’t think so. TIED is a fairly emotional book in some ways, and I didn’t shy away when the story started going in that direction.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

LM: I just started Terri Rochenski’s new book, Eye Of The Soul. I have an ARC. 😉 And I’m also doing some beta reading for another author friend of mine.

I generally do read more than one book at a time unless a series of books just yanks me by the throat. Then I’ll go into a ravenous reading state and read them all, and nothing else, in a matter of days. 😉 Assuming an entire series is out.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

LM: I run. I read. I’m a chef, so I cook. Go to the beach. Listen to music. Lately, all I’ve been doing is writing, though.

Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

LM: I don’t have one favorite book. I have lots of favorites. When I was really young, Judy Blume was my favorite writer. In my teens and twenties, Anne Rice was definitely my favorite.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

LM: Anne Rice is still up there. I really like George R.R. Martin, and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series is one of my all time favorites. Also Michael Scott. Suzanne Collins. Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2013?

The Hunger Games series.

Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

LM: I know Dystopia is pretty hot right now, but honestly, I don’t follow the trends. I read what I like, and I write what speaks to me.

Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

LM: Quit is a strong word. I’ve wondered what I was doing a few times. Writing can be very hard in so many ways.

I keep going because for me, it’s worth it. Writing is a passion I’ve always had, and sometimes our passions irritate us, make us mad—doesn’t mean we aren’t still in love. Doesn’t mean we just give up.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

LM: I was a dancer for most of my childhood and into my adult life, so if I had to choose, it would definitely be that. Assuming my knees held out this go round. 😉

Q. We love animals! Do you have any pets? Can you tell us a bit about them?

LM: I LOVE animals, too. My step dad calls me Ellie May from the Beverly Hillbillies. ;P I’m an absolute sucker for dogs. Big ones. I have three, but if I had the space, I’d have a lot more. I can’t go to shelters because I want to take them all home.

I have a Chocolate Lab who can’t stay out of the water and loves her toys. A Golden Retriever who is completely high strung, but very sweet. And a Lab/German Shepard Mix who is my oldest, most protective, but gentle boy. I also have two cats. A Tabby Point Siamese, and a Calico who is very, very vocal. 😉

Want more? I know it, me too … how about this?

Excerpt:

Forcing myself to blink, I turned my head away. The visions had grown worse as I’d become older. I’d tried to convince myself they were nightmares—or weird dreams. Hoped for years they were, but only people who sleep dream.

Unable, or unwilling to stop myself, I glanced back over my shoulder, thoughts flooding my brain. Memories I knew couldn’t be memories but I cherished all the same. For years I’d tried to shake them away. To make myself forget.

I couldn’t.

Book Trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x87z2Bra0XQ

LINKS:

You can find my occasional ramblings on Twitter.

Book updates on my author page at goodreads.

My Facebook Profile for inspiration and randomness.

Updates on The Fire Born Novels at my Facebook Author Page

My interests on Pinterest.

And I’m now on Tumblr ,too.

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You can also contact me by email at: laneymcmannyaauthor(at)gmail(dot)com

Buy the book here:

Amazon:

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Barnes and Noble:

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Thanks, Laney! It was awesome having you today. Your book looks fantastic, can’t wait to read!


Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

Ghosts in the Mirror by Joyce Mangola

Ghosts in the Mirror

Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old Jeremy Riggs has lived his life in and out of the hospital. While the doctors are clueless as to why he lapses into comas, he is well aware of his unique ability to merge with a wandering spirit. With his own soul too weak to sustain life, it’s the only thing keeping him alive.

Waking up from a coma a year after being found at the county dump—next to the remains of the last spirit to inhabit him—Jeremy finds the newest spirit is nothing like the previous ones. It’s bent on revenge and has the will to take control over his body. With the police lining him up as a murder suspect and an ancient evil pursuing him, Jeremy must help the ghost hitching a ride in his body find eternal rest without seeing his own soul snuffed out.

Purchase Links:

Welcome Joyce! So excited to have you on the blog today.

Thanks for having me, Julie. By the way, I loved your book Crux so this is a real honor to grace the pages of your blog.

Aw, thanks. Can you tell us something about Ghosts and how you came to write it?

I love to say Ghosts in the Mirror was a NaNo project. It shows hard work pays off. On the flip side, it shows how long it took me to get this novel to publishing quality. I started it in November of 2009. It was one of the hardest NaNos to finish. I actually only clocked in two words over the finish line of 50K. Something was just wrong with the manuscript and I couldn’t, for the life of me at that time, put my finger on it.

It wasn’t until I put it on Scribophile, the lovely place I met you, that I realized the story was all over the place. Too many PoVs and it wasn’t catching the magic of Jeremy Riggs as a character. One thing I knew I wouldn’t do is go with the classic first person, present tense point of view. Even though it’s the preferred ‘voice’ for most YA, I’m just not comfortable writing it.

I did the edits and the literal cutting of several pages of Ghosts over my summer vacation. I had a big notebook in a binder with all the pages I had printed out. That red pen had a field day. Even after cutting it to shreds, I still had more work to do. In fact, a rewrote the ending because of the cover art I got once I signed the contract. It just proves no novel is ever truly finished. 🙂

I know exactly what you mean. The cover is great. I can’t wait to read your story.

Here’s more!

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18106147-ghosts-in-the-mirror

Excerpt:

A chill swept through his body, and Jeremy lurched up. Cold tendrils of breath seeped out of his mouth. Across the room in the dresser mirror, the ghostly visage of Beverly stared back at him.

The image wavered, and he tilted over to the side of the bed. Thick deep orange ectoplasm poured out of his mouth and into the bucket beside the nightstand. The nausea hit again, and his snack from earlier vacated his body. Frost formed on his fingers, the tips whitened crystal. He fought the urge to scream and buried himself in his blankets for warmth. He burrowed his face into his pillow to muffle the cries of pain. The sting of muscle spasms ran the length of his body. Sweat mingled with the melting ice coating his body, soaking his bed.

Had she left his body and returned?

His shaky hand grabbed the pill box and opened it up. Pinkie nail sized blue and white tablets rattled. He shook out the pills—one for pain and one to lull him back to sleep–and ate them, their grainy texture rolling on his tongue. He poured water down his throat to wash away the awful taste.

“Please stop it.” If Beverly heard his pleas, she didn’t listen. A whimper escaped the confines of the pillow. A clear vision popped into his head. He closed his eyes tight and snuggled deep in the blankets, pleading for his pills to knock him out. The spirit inside him revolted, and a kaleidoscope of colors exploded in his head. He blinked, the neon glow of the clock reading one in the morning.

Jeremy thrashed under the sheets. Flaring pain prickled his skin, a thousand needles poking and prodding him. His right hand ripped the blankets away leaving him exposed. He fought to catch his breath and sat up, his reflection shimmering in the mirror.

A halo of white surrounded him, ghostly fingers urging him to stand. Jeremy shook his head.

“No. I don’t want to,” he cried. His hands shot to the side of his head, the searing ripples of a migraine rocking his senses. He gasped as the image of a little girl, eyes wide in terror, sprang to life in his head.

“Help me,” her wispy voice pleaded before she vanished in a rain of black mucus splattering to the floor.

He staggered out of bed. His arm flailed to fend off an unseen force.

“Help me.” Her plea came again, and Jeremy jerked forward. His fingers brushed his nose, and crimson stained them. One foot flopped in front of the other, and he staggered to the basement. The door groaned in protest as he opened it. He eased down the steps and grasped the banister as one leg gave out. Cold enveloped him, and his teeth chattered. Down at the bottom of the steps, he collapsed to the floor.

“Please let me go,” he cried. “I don’t want to do this anymore.”
Whoo hoo! Want more? Check out Joyce’s blog here …

http://joycemangola.wordpress.com/


An interview with HUNTED author Ednah Walters

HUNTED  (book #2 The Guardian Legacy series)

Hunted (The Guardian Legacy, #3)
Bran and Lil may have escaped an attempt to lure Lil to the dark side, and recovered the contracts damned people signed with Bran when he was a soul collector, but someone forgot to tell them that no one switches sides or cancels contracts without consequences.
Hunted by an unknown but powerful enemy, Lil, Bran and the Guardians must seek help from unlikely sources  to avert total annihilation of the Guardians. When they finally face their enemy, one of them may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

About the Author:

Ednah is the author of The Guardian Legacy series, a YA fantasy series about children of the fallen angels, who fight demons and protect mankind. AWAKENED, the prequel was released in September 2010 with rave reviews. BETRAYED, book one in the series was released by her new publisher Spencer Hill Press in June 2012 and HUNTED, the third installment, will be released April 2013. She’s working on the next book in the series, FORGOTTEN.


Ednah Walters will now take your questions:

Thanks for having me.

Q. Great to have you! Can you tell us about your story?

The Guardian Legacy series is about teen Guardians, part human and part fallen angels children, who fight demons.

In HUNTED, Lil, my main character, is concerned with erasing her boyfriend Bran’s evil past by canceling the contracts he’d signed when he worked for a demon. What she and her friends don’t realize is there are consequences to canceling contracts and someone will have to pay.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

The entire Guardian Legacy series idea started with the kris dagger. Once I learned about how Malays and Indonesians believed it had special powers, I wrote my series around it. As for Hunted, the idea for the villain came from an episode of Supernatural. I love Dean and Sam Winchester

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

Lil’s greatest strength and flaw is loyalty. Once she believes someone deserves her loyalty, she’d do whatever it takes to help and defend them. It gets her in some very crazy spots.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

Plotting. I hate to plot, yet I must to some degree.
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

How come you don’t have your pictures anywhere online? LOL.

Q. A-hem, camera shy? I actually wondered about that! What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on the next GL story, FORGOTTEN.

I’m also working on a new series, RUNES. Book 1 will be released May 20th, and I’m working on book 2.

I’m also working on an adult romance since I write contemporary romance under E. B. Walters.

 I multi-task with the best of them.

Q. Nice! What is your favorite line from this book?

“Yours always, mine forever.”

Lil and Bran just made their vows in the spur of the moment and exchanged them while dangling in mid-hair. Well, not exactly dangling. He was flying with her in his arms. Then he decided they didn’t need rituals to claim each other. They had the elements as their witnesses.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

No, I wanted to be a chemist at some pharmaceutical lab, making new drugs.

Q. So, you’re a science girl? Awesome. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

Fight scenes…nightmare to write

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I wish I had more time to read. I’m reading a fellow Spencer Hill Press author’s book. Finn Fannigan.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I’m a serious zumba dancer. It’s how I stay sane and stay balanced.

 
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

Nancy Drew series

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

Cassandra Clare

Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2013?

Kelly Hashway’s Touch of Death
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

Contemporary romance. My agent told me and she’s always right.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

Oh yes, I’ve wanted to quit. When those rejection letters kept coming, I wanted to quit. When my sells are pitiful, I want to quit, but you know what, writing is like reading and I’d shrivel up if I didn’t write or read.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

Cosmetologist

That’s awesome! Thank you so much for being here today! Its been great to have you 🙂

Want to know more?

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14448616-hunted?auto_login_attempted=true

http://ednahwalters.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/EdnahWalters

https://twitter.com/ednahwalters


Make Believe anthology (part six) : an interview with Kelly Said

The cover:

Pretty right?

The author:

Kelly loves life in the foothills of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. When she’s not reading, being doted on by Mr. S, or pressed for attention by the wet nose of her beefy bull terrier, she can be found huddled over her little laptop writing whatever catches her fancy — mostly Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror stories for Young Adults.

Kelly Said will now take your questions …

Hi Julie! Thank you so much for inviting me to appear on your blog, I’m so excited to be here! 😀

Q. Great to have you. Tell us about your story!

PETRIFIED is about how a mysterious storm has replaced summer with winter, devastating crops and smothering Castle lands in snow. Prince Sterling August stands alone as a leader, lost in personal grief as well as a desire to help his people, but with an inability to do either. The answers he needs await him, but without Lochlyn, a woman who’s just as isolated as Sterling, he’ll never see what stands before him, cloaked in illusion.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

The cover for Make Believe was the prompt for each story, so I studied the image very carefully and just let my mind wander to all the possible reasons why a girl would be out in the middle of a snow coated field. I figured she had some deep connection to nature, to be able to withstand the cold wearing only a cape over her bare arms. Then, once I figured out who lived in that “castle” in the background, the rest of the story just unfolded, leaving my fingers to keep up typing with the speed of my thoughts, hehe! 🙂

Q. What’s your main character’s greatest strength, biggest flaw?

I think Sterling’s greatest strength is his loyalty to friends and family and his biggest flaw is that he probably overthinks things (like me, shh! hehe!)

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for me is getting past the first draft phase, allowing myself to suck for sake of getting the story out, hehe!
Q. What one question do you wish an interviewer would ask you but never has?

Whew! I’m not sure about this one, I’ve been asked so many great questions, things I never thought to ponder on before.

Q. What are you working on now? Do you tend to work on multiple projects or one at a time?

I’m working on revisions for my 2012 National Novel Writing Month novel, as well as writing a short story with a deadline for submission in March — however, I’d like to get that subbed earlier than the deadline, just so I can find out a “yes or no” sooner rather than later, hehe! 🙂

Q. What is your favorite line from this book (short story)?

Holding tight to her satchel and Tash, Lochlyn stepped through the portal, into the bitter winds of strange winter, with only the the memory of summer’s warmth on her back.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer, but not one who necessarily shared her stories, hehe! Not until I got older did I find the bravery to actually put myself out there and let someone read what I wrote. It takes a lot of courage to be willing to subject yourself to rejection and criticism, but the readers who enjoy what I write make it so worthwhile. 🙂

Q. Was there any part that you struggled with or avoided writing?

The scenes with Estes and Lochlyn were especially difficult to write, I had just lost my precious little pookie dog and was dealing with trying to write a final farewell scene, and, well, it was just super emotionally sad to for me to sit and write it.

Q. What are you reading right now? Do you read a book at a time or more than one?

I do read more than one book at a time, usually in different genres. Currently I’m wrapping up a beta read on a fantastic YA Dystopian novel, I just finished reading YA contemporary novella, TWIN SENSE by Lydia Sharp, and I’m looking forward to diving in to THE DIVINERS by Libba Bray and PAPER VALENTINE by Brenna Yovanoff.

Q. What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?

I like to draw (my bachelor’s degree is in drawing 😉 ), I also knit and crochet and do my best to make my husband laugh with daily shenanigans, hehe!
Q. What was your favorite book/who was your favorite writer as a teen?

My favorite book as a teen was THE OUTSIDERS by S.E. Hinton.

Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

omgosh, picking a favorite author now is an absolute impossibility! I love all the books! hehehe! 🙂
Q, What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Shadow and Bone by L. Bardugo took me pleasantly by surprise, I checked it out from the library and am wanting to buy it for my shelf now. 🙂
Q. What do you see emerging as the next big trend in young adult literature?

Seeing as I’m still wearing shoes from high school, I’m probably the worst person to ask about trends of any sort. I hope that good writing and good storytelling stay trendy forever.
Q. Have you ever wanted to quit writing? Why? What made you keep going?

I don’t think I’ve ever wanted to quit writing, I mean, I’m too excited by the prospect of seeing something that was once just a thought in my head become real, that’s what keeps me coming back to my characters and their worlds, every day.

Q. If you could have a career besides being an author, what would it be?

I think being a racehorse jockey would be cool, I definitely have the height advantage for it, hehe! 🙂

Thank you again for being such a wonderful hostess, I can’t wait to see what YOU are working on next! 😀

Aw, thanks Kelly. We have so much in common. We both love to write and draw, and the books on your list to read are on mine, too. How cool is that?

Want more? You got it …

LINKS:

add MAKE BELIEVE to your to-read shelf: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13640234-make-believe

web: http://www.kellysaid.com

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Kelly_Said

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKellySaid

So what about you? What ideas come to mind as you look at the cover of this book?


Flopping around like a fish: guest post from Jennifer M. Eaton

Flopping around like a fish (AKA Switching up the Genres)

I’m a young adult author.  Well, that’s not true.  I’m a middle aged woman, but I WRITE Young adult books.  This puzzles a lot of people.  “Really?” they say, “What have you gotten published?”

So I rattle off my three pub credits to date:  Last Winter Red, A Dystopian from the Make Believe Anthology; Connect the Dots, a Contemporary Romance from the For the Love of Christmas Anthology; and Jack and Jill Volume One, Sweet Romance.

“But those aren’t young adult.”

Yeah, I know.

That sort of happened by accident.  I wrote and submitted “adult” works for two separate anthologies, and ended up getting published in both, and Jack and Jill is a sequel that will probably have 6 little brothers and sisters.  J

So, what do I like more?  YA or Adult?

I prefer young adult – by a mile.  Adult characters are just not… well… fun.  Do you know what I mean?

Adults have lives and responsibilities… they just can’t go running into the woods chasing deer.  They might get hurt and then they couldn’t work.  They can’t make a silly decision because they have to be “grown up.”  Ugh!  Grown- ups are so frustrating to write!!!

I’d much rather deal with a middle-grade or teen character… someone who is fresh, developing, and does not have the weight of the world on their shoulders.  The opportunities for an author with a younger character are limitless… where adults you need to have at least a “little” maturity to make them realistic.

After dwelling in the adult world for a while, I’ve found my teen characters both lively and refreshing, but I still love the quirky romantic entanglement I’ve woven for Jack and Jill!

Diversity.

For me, I think it makes a better author.

What do you think?

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Jennifer Eaton lives on the East Coast USA with her husband, three boys, and a pepped up poodle.  She hosts an interactive website www.jennifermeaton.com aimed at making all writers the best they can be.

Jack and Jill Volume One:  Jill stumbles back into the dating world after twelve years of motherhood.  But things have changed a lot since the last time she dated.  Jack and Jill stories follow the challenges of a woman holding on to traditional values in a world that has evolved without her. Now that she has found the man of her dreams, will Jill be able to hold on to him without compromising what she believes in?

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Do you scare easily? Shrapnel guest post with Stephanie Lawton

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the cover:

Shrapnel

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16099871-shrapnel

The blurb:

It’s been six years since Dylanie and her family visited a Civil War site and the place came alive with cannon fire. Problem was, no one could hear it but her.

Now she’s sixteen, her dad’s moved out, her mom’s come out of the closet and Dylan’s got a spot on Paranormal Teen, a reality TV show filming at historic Oakleigh Mansion. She’ll spend a weekend with two other psychic teens—Jake and Ashley—learning how to control her abilities.

None of them realized how much their emotional baggage would put them at the mercy of Oakleigh’s resident spirits, or that they’d find themselves pawns in the 150-year-old battle for the South’s legendary Confederate gold. Each must conquer their personal ghosts to face down Jackson, a seductive spirit who will do anything to protect the gold’s current location and avenge a heinous attack that destroyed his family.

Now that I have your attention, I give you, the lovely, Stephanie Lawton

First, my sincere thanks to Julie for hosting me today on her blog. I was an early fan of Crux, and I know we both love books with paranormal elements, so I’m glad I get to share a bit of my latest, Shrapnel, with you in an excerpt below.

It’s a weird mutt of a novel that also contains soft horror, historical fiction and a great ghost story. The bit below is told from Dylanie’s point of view. She and Jake are at a weekend retreat for teen psychics, but have decided to do a little investigating outside on their own. Both have just experienced some crazy, life-changing events, and here, they get into a little of a philosophical discussion. Jake speaks first.

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 Excerpt

“So …” He kicks an acorn across the sidewalk. “What do you think happens when we die?”

I go slack and tilt my head. “Really? You’re asking me now? You wanna know the meaning of life, too?”

He stares after the acorn he just assaulted. “I know, it’s just, this weekend has gotten me thinking. I mean, Ashley’s freaking about her brother, and Ethan is dead but he’s still in this house. And the whole church thing she brought up. I don’t have that much experience with actual ghosts, so … it’s a bit much.”

I ignore him and circle the tree a couple times, gazing up into its shadowy branches. A quick movement to my left catches my eye. A shape flies out of the dark and straight at my face.

“Shit!”

Jake doubles over in laughter. “Watch out for those killer squirrels, Dylan. God’s punishing you for ignoring my question.”

I point right at his nose. “And that right there is why I don’t want to talk about it.”

“God’s army of killer squirrels?”

“Ha-ha.”

Jake’s doing that squinty thing people do when they want to ask a serious question but don’t want to be all heavy. “You think he punishes people?”

“I know it.”

“Want to explain?”

“Nope.” I am not having this conversation. The memories start poking their way to the surface.

“C’mon, you can’t leave me hanging like that. Does it have to do with the cross shape branded on your thigh?”

Anger. It whips through me faster than I can think, scorching my nerves and setting my scar on fire. “Just shut up, okay?”

“Easy, Dylan. You want to talk about it? Is it, like, some weird cult initiation or something? You a closet Jesus freak?”

“You think I did this to myself?” I rub my thumb over my thigh. The memory of that day makes me tremble.

Jake’s eyes widen. “You’re terrified. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you. I just thought—”

“What? You’d pry into my business? Make the freak talk?”

“Dylan—”

“Fine. You want to know? I was in the bathroom at school. Four girls came in. They dragged me into the handicapped stall, pinned me to the floor and pulled down my pants. One took off her cross necklace and heated it with a lighter. Then she pressed it into my leg while her friends sat on my arms and legs and laughed. Now I have a scar. Happy?”

“God, Dylan.”

“Exactly. God. He and I aren’t on such great terms.”

“They did that because you see spirits?”

“That’s one reason.”

“There’s more?”

He has no idea. And if I can help it, he never will.

About the author:

http://stephanielawton.com/

After collecting a couple English degrees in the Midwest, Stephanie Lawton suddenly awoke in the deepest reaches of the Deep South. Culture shock inspired her to write about Mobile, Alabama, her adopted city, and all the ways Southern culture, history and attitudes seduce the unsuspecting.

A lover of all things gothic, she can often be spotted photographing old cemeteries, historic buildings and, ironically, the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast. She also has a tendency to psychoanalyze people, which comes in handy when creating character profiles.

She has a love/hate relationship with Mardi Gras and can sneeze 18 times in a row.

Thanks for taking over my blog today, Stephanie. Awesome having you here, as always. Your stories rock!

I’ve read this book people, and trust me, you want to, too! So good!