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Get hunting, ya’ll. YA Scavenger Hunt 2017 Spring edition is on! #YASH #giveaway

Welcome to the Spring 2017 YA Scavenger Hunt!

This contest is over.

Thanks to all who entered. Winners announced soon! 

Hey! I am Julie Reece

 

your hostess for this leg of the hunt.

About Me

I love vintage muscle cars

My favorite month is Summer

And I’m currently writing a new YA book

I adore my cat Hemingway

You are currently hunting on TEAM BLUE.

Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You’ll have to keep searching …

Somewhere on this blog, I’ve hidden three things; bonus content from the author that I’m hosting, the secret number you’ll need for the scavenger hunt highlighted in blue, and a personal prize contest—in addition to the main scavenger hunt prizes. Before you go looking for them, check out the amazing author I’m hosting.

But, first, a few rules.

SCAVENGER HUNT PUZZLE RULES

DIRECTIONS: Somewhere 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!)

REMEMBER: 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, April 9th at noon Pacific time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.The 

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 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, April 9th at noon Pacific time.

There are FIVE contests going on simultaneously as well as a bonus contest and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the BLUE TEAM but there is also a RED, PINK, PURPLE, and GOLD TEAM — each with 20 authors! Check out each team for a chance to win different prizes!

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.

Now that all the technical stuff is out of the way, I’ll introduce the author I am hosting on this hunt.

 

I am super excited to be hosting … JULIA EMBER!

About the Author :

Originally from Chicago, Julia Ember now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland. She spends her days working in the book trade and her nights writing teen fantasy novels. Julia began her writing career at the age of nine, when her short story about two princesses and their horses won a contest in Touch magazine. In 2016, she published her first novel, Unicorn Tracks, which also focused on two girls and their equines, albeit those with horns.

Her second novel, The Seafarer’s Kiss will release with Interlude Press May 2017. Her hobbies include riding horses, starting far too many craft projects, PokemonGo and looking after her city-based menagerie of pets with names from Harry Potter. Luna Lovegood and Sirius Black the cats currently run her life.

 Find out more about Julia here …  

Website: http://www.julia-ember.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/jules_chronicle

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/juliaemberya

Julia is showcasing her upcoming book The Seafarer’s Kiss! 

In case you’re as curious about the story as I am, you’re in luck!

ABOUT THE BOOK 

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

“A romantic, atmospheric and richly detailed take on The Little Mermaid. I loved it.” — Samantha Shannon, bestselling author of The Bone Season

“A beautiful Norse retelling of The Little Mermaid, featuring a young mermaid desperate to break free and a shieldmaiden bent on revenge — dark and romantic, and definitely recommended.” — Laura Lam, author of False Hearts and Pantomime. 

Dive deep into the dark and brutal waters of the northern sea in this lush, original retelling of The Little Mermaid. The Seafarer’s Kiss took my breath away.” — Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere.

Pre-order Links:

Publisher: https://store.interludepress.com/collections/the-seafarers-kiss-by-julia-ember

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Seafarers-Kiss-Julia-Ember/dp/1945053208/

Barnes and Nobles: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-seafarers-kiss-julia-ember/1125707903?ean=9781945053207

Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/The-Seafarers-Kiss-Juli-Ember/9781945053207

 

It’s Julie, your hostess again: I counted all the fish in Julia’s aquarium and, if I’m right, there are

 

TOP SECRET BONUS MATERIAL STRAIGHT AHEAD!

Hi! I’m Julia Ember. For my bonus content, I’ve made a fancast! A lot of readers have been asking me how I imagine Ersel and Ragna to look. While I couldn’t find perfect celebrity matches, I got pretty close.

 

KATANA FATALE as ERSEL – Ersel is the main character in The Seafarer’s Kiss and the narrator. She’s a 19 y/o  bisexual mermaid who wants to leave the ice fortress she’s grown up in and seek her fortune elsewhere under the sea.

In the book, Ersel is described as fair-skinned and fat, with long topaz hair and dark blue scales. As the plus-sized rep in the book, her look is something very important to me, and I wanted to pick a plus-sized model to represent the character.

 

 

CHLOE GRACE MORETZ as RAGNA – Ragna is a Viking shield maiden who was abducted by pirates who wanted to use her magical navigating abilities. When their ship sinks, she becomes stranded on the Northern ice-shelf. She meets Ersel and entreats the mermaid for supplies so she can survive.

In the book, Ragna is described as blonde, brown-eyed and very athletic.

 

ERIKA LINDER as LOKI — Loki is the book’s main antagonist; a Norse god who enjoys manipulating mortals. Loki first enters the narrative as an ally to Ersel, promising her legs in exchange for another’s mermaid’s voice.

Loki was a difficult pick for casting. Like the true Norse mythical representation, Loki is a shapeshifter, and never appears in quite the same form twice. However, in one passage, Ersel sees their true form – androgynous, slim and with lips sealed with painful magical thread. I chose Erika Linder because she is gender fluid and, like Loki in the book, often changes between masculine and feminine self-presentations.

 

VITO BASSO as HAVAMAL – Havamal is Ersel’s extremely gorgeous childhood friend.  Although he’s in love with Ersel and once agreed to leave the ice fortress with her, Havamal has recently taken a job in the King’s Guard. He loves his family and his home and doesn’t want to leave.

In the book, Havamal is described as muscular with silver eyes, silver scales, and a very slight gap between his front teeth.

 

Hi! It’s your host Julie again with some great news on how you can add The Seafarer’s Kiss to your TBR list on Goodreads!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32890474-the-seafarer-s-kiss?ac=1&from_search=true

And if you want to know more about this book, here’s how you can get your hands on it!

The Seafarer's Kiss by Julia Ember

 

Guys, don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me and many more! Just check out all these unforgettable books on

TEAM BLUE

To enter, you need to write down my favorite number (hidden in the post above in blue), find all the other numbers on TEAM BLUE, add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. One lucky winner will receive both the first and second paperback book in my YA Southern Gothic, fairy tale retelling—THE ARTISANS series.

Just leave a comment about your favorite fairy tale below for a chance to win.

Good luck everyone!

 

“THE ARTISANS is a quick and enjoyable read for fans of Marissa Meyer, with an unpretentious narrator and quirky characters.” —Teenreads

The Artisans is a unique modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast filled with mystery, romance and wonderful characters.”  —Dark Faerie Tales

The Artisans has all the elements I love — spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored.”  —Wendy Higgins, NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series.

Ready to move on to the next link in the hunt?

Then head on over to visit author CLARA KENSIE’s page here:

http://writegame.blogspot.com/

 

 

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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.

Website | Twitter | Facebook | TumblrPinterest |Goodreads

 

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Book Tour Guest Post: Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by @Jen_McConnel @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

 

Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) 

Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic, #3)

by Jen McConnel

Publication Date:  March 8, 2016

Publisher:  Month9Books

Blurb:

After the disaster in Europe, Darlena’s starting to get desperate. She knows the only way to
defeat Hecate and the other crazy Red Gods is by banding together with other Witches, but is it any wonder she has a hard time trusting them?

With Izzy’s support, Darlena begins making fragile strides toward repairing the mess she made,
but she just can’t catch a break. As chaos runs rampant around her, Darlena begins to think that things would be better if she’d never become a Red Witch in the first place. But there’s no way to change the past…is there?

The final book in the Red Magic series brings Darlena face to face with impossible odds, and a
terrifying choice.

Welcome Jen McConnel!

Jen was nice enough to talk to us today about the lure of fantasy in Young Adult Literature right now, and what drew her to the genre …
Before I became an author, I never really thought about the cycles of literature, but now, between my writing career and my work as an MFA student, I’m suddenly much more aware of the ebb and flow of various genres. YA Fantasy was in a bit of a lull when I started writing the Red Magic series back in 2011, and it’s kind of fun to see how much of a resurgence the genre has enjoyed in just five short years.
With new titles like The Red Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn (two of my recent favorites) coupled with the Shadowhunters T.V. series, readers (and viewers) seem ready for all kinds of magic (and that’s not even considering the crazy amount of popularity enjoyed by Game of Thrones). Why is fantasy so hot right now? There are tons of reasons, but I think one driving factor that continues to fuel the popularity of the genre is the appeal of magic. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wanted to live in a world where people had access to earth-shaking magical powers. When I was growing up, I gobbled up books about time travel and the supernatural, so it seemed a natural thing for me to write speculative fiction.
It’s fun to read and write fantasy; the normal rules don’t apply, and the situations that arise often force characters to become the best (and worst) versions of themselves on a regular basis. I love the volatility of the genre, and I think it’s incredibly cool to see YA Fantasy enjoying so much popularity right now. What’s even cooler, though, is the fact that there’s really something for everyone, even non-fantasy fans; I love the diversity of genres and styles of contemporary literature, and it’s an awesome time to be a writer and be able to contribute to the wide range of reading choices out there. That’s one of my favorite things about being an author; knowing I’m part of something bigger than I can ever imagine.
Although I wouldn’t necessarily want to live in any of the fantasy worlds I’ve read or watched (even the ones I’ve created!), there’s something deeply escapist and totally satisfying about falling into a story where, for a short time at least, anything is possible.

Link to Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25946850-triumph-of-chaos

Red Magic Series:

https://www.goodreads.com/series/123621

Purchase Links:

Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1):

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Gods of Chaos (Red Magic #2):

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3):

Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

 

Link to Tour Schedule:

http://www.chapter-by-chapter.com/blog-tour-schedule-triumph-of-chaos-red-magic-3-by-jen-mcconnel/

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About the Author:

Jen McConnel

Jen McConnel first began writing poetry as a child. Since then, her words have appeared in a variety of magazines and journals, including Sagewoman, PanGaia, and The Storyteller (where she won the people’s choice 3rd place award for her poem, “Luna”).

She is also a former reviewer for Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA), and a proud member of SCBWI, NCWN, and SCWW.

A Michigander by birth, she now lives and writes in the beautiful state of North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Western Michigan University, and she also earned her MS in Library Science at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

When she isn’t crafting worlds of fiction, she teaches writing composition at a community college. Once upon a time, she was a middle school teacher, a librarian, and a bookseller, but those are stories for another time.

Follow Jen on Twitter @Jen_McConnel, or visit www.jenmcconnel.com

Giveaway:  Contest ends March 25, 2016

  • Five (5) winners will receive a digital copy of Triumph of Chaos (Red Magic #3) by Jen McConnel (INT)

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– See more at: http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2016/03/triumph-of-chaos-red-magic-3-by-jen.html#sthash.rGkUoivl.dpuf

 

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Super Middle Grade Mondays: Author Spotlight – Jennie K. Brown with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays

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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!

Today, we get up close and personal with

Jennie K. Brown

author of Poppy Mayberry, The Monday
a 2016 title coming from Tantrum Books!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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Jennie K. Brown is a high school English teacher by day, freelance magazine writer by night, and middlegrade/young adult author by late-night and weekend. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Jennie can be found reading a good book, traveling, or spending time with her awesome husband, amazing son and super-spoiled yorkie.In 2010, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) named Jennie the Pennsylvania English teacher of excellence, and she currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Council for Teachers of English and Language Arts (PCTELA). She is also an active member of SCBWI, NCTE and ALAN.

Connect with the Author: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Instagram

 

Inspiration with Jennie K. Brown

 

Many people have asked me where I got the big idea about having magical powers based on the day of the week you’re born for my MG novel POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY. So, I’ve written a bit about my inspiration below!

The idea actually came to me when I was stopped at a red light in my hometown. I glanced up at the Starbucks on the corner across the street to see a young girl tossing a ball into the air. From the angle I watched, it looked as if the girl was controlling the ball with her mind. At pretty much the same time I asked myself, What day of the week is it? (I have a tendency to lose track of the days over the summer!) And then I put those thoughts together – What if a person had certain powers depending on the day of the week? Or what if a person had a special power specific to the day of the week in which they were born? And that’s where I got the concept for Poppy’s town of Nova. Then I took that a step further and gave certain powers to certain days of the week. If you check out this link, you can see what day of the week you were born and the power behind that day!

Monday – telekinetic powers (controlling things with your mind)
Tuesday – teleportation
Wednesday – energy/electricity manipulation
Thursday – mind reading (So cool!)
Friday – invisibility (disappearing!)
Saturday and Sunday – powerless  (This is funny, because I was actually born on a Saturday myself!)

In POPPY MAYBERRY, THE MONDAY, the main character (Poppy Mayberry) is struggling with her telekinetic Monday power. Because of this she is sent to a remedial summer camp for the powerless – Power Academy – where she gets teamed up with her archrival, a mind reading Thursday, and a few other weekday hopefuls to combat the awful headmistress Clothes-too-tight Larriby and her equally awful sidekick. The novel is set to release in April 2016 with a sequel in December! Find out more and Jennie and her writing inspiration on her website jenniekbrown.com

🙂 Jennie

 

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What if your teacher could read your mind just because she was born on a Thursday? Or the kid next to you in class could turn back the clock just because he was a ‘Wednesday”? In the quirky town of Nova, all of this is normal, but one thing is not—Poppy Mayberry. As an almost-eleven-year-old Monday, she should be able to pass notes in class or brush her dog, Pickle, without lifting a finger. But her Monday telekinesis still has some kinks, and that plate of spaghetti she’s passing may just end up on someone’s head. And if that’s not hard enough, practically perfect Ellie Preston is out to get her, and Principal Wible wants to send her to remedial summer school to work on her powers! It’s enough to make a girl want to disappear…if only she were a Friday.

“Whimsical, imaginative, and fun. Poppy Mayberry is a modern Annie – immediately likable, charming and spunky. Kids will be rooting for this wonderful heroine from page one.”
— Robert Beatty, New York Times Bestselling Author of SERAFINA AND THE BLACK CLOAK

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Poppy Mayberry, The Monday
by Jennie K. Brown
Publication Date: September 2016
Publisher: Month9Books

 

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Super Middle Grade Mondays Blitz: Author Spotlight – Donna Galanti with Giveaway #SuperMGMondays

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Welcome to this week’s Super Middle Grade Mondays Book Blitz
presented by Tantrum Books/Month9books!

Today, we get up close and personal with

Donna Galanti

author of Joshua and the Lightning Road
from Tantrum Books.

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

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Donna Galanti attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship. She’s lived in other exotic locations, including Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse, and dreams of returning one day to a castle. Donna is the author of the Joshua and The Lightning Road series (Month9Books) and blogs at Project Mayhem. Visit her at www.donnagalanti.com.

Praise for Joshua and The Lightning Road:
“Vividly imagined characters in a gripping action fantasy that never lets you go until the very last page.” —Jenny Nimmo, New York Times bestselling author of the Charlie Bone series

“Joshua and the Lightning Road is a heart-pounding thrill ride full of unexpected twists and turns from start to finish.”The Midwest Book Review

Watch the Joshua and The Lightning Road book trailer.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

 

Would You Rather Questions by Donna Galanti

 

Would you rather never be able to speak again or always have to say everything that is on your mind?
Never have to speak again! If others knew all my crazy thoughts, I might not have any friends or family left. Ha ha! At least I could still write. J

 

Would you rather be able to read or be able to read minds (but be illiterate)?
Read, absolutely! To read means to explore other worlds, create movies in your mind, find deeper meaning in life, experience self-awareness, and go through transformations. I would be afraid to read minds to see truly what people are thinking. I definitely do not want to know what goes on in many people’s heads (especially my son’s)! Besides, it’s more fun to imagine what is in other people’s heads and create character stories about them to entertain myself.

 

Would you rather be able to speak fluently every language in the world or be the best in the world at something of your choosing?
Be the best in the world at…playing the violin! I can challenge myself to learn new languages, but I’ve always dreamed of having musical talent – and I adore the violin. Writing and music go hand in hand for me and I want to play and inspire myself, and others.

 

Would you rather read only one book over and over for the rest of your life or read as many as you want but never remember what they’re about?

What a terrible dilemma! As many as I want. Even if I don’t remember them, at least I can experience new worlds through them in the moment.

 

Would you rather only the first page of a book or the last page?
Definitely the last page! I have a habit of flicking to the back and reading the last line of a book I pick up to possibly buy. If that last line pulls me in and connects to the first line then I am good to get it!

 

Would you rather read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?

5 pages per day. I am a speed reader and if I were to read 5 books a week, I know I would skim them and not get the full experience each one. To read 5 pages a day I could immerse myself in the story, slowly, and reflect on it and its journey.

 

Would you rather read only one genre forever or never read the same genre more than once?
I would rather never read the same genre more than once. I lost my love of reading when I became an author and couldn’t figure out why. Then a friend made me aware that as an author I now needed to expand what I read. She was right! I had always read the same one or two genres and had simply gotten bored. Now I like to sink into books that challenge me in new ways, to read things I never would have before: non-fiction, science fiction, historical, horror, etc. In reading across genres it helps me expand my skills as an author and also brings a richness to my own writing.

 

Would you rather be invisible or be able to read minds?
Invisible! Then I could sneak around and grab private conversations of people to churn my brain with ideas for stories! (a spy but for educational purposes, of course).

 

Would you rather never use the internet again or never watch TV again?
That’s easy. TV. I am not much of a TV watcher – and could always catch up on my favorite shows on the internet through Netflix.

 

Would you rather have one wish granted today or three granted in 10 years?
Definitely three in ten years. My desires and needs may change across the years. Something I desire today, may not work out for tomorrow!

 

Would you rather know it all or have it all?
Have it all. If you have it all, that’s wonderful to not worry about material things and still explore the world to seek knowledge and meaning – and know it’s a vast, never ending tide of information. But if you know it all, what left is there to discover? Life would be very boring. There would be no challenges! No amazing discoveries! No transformations! It would be a life without curiosity and that would be a very sad life indeed.

 

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Stay away from the window, don’t go outside when it’s storming and whatever you do, do not touch the orb.

Twelve-year-old Joshua Cooper’s grandpa has always warned him about the dangers of lightning. But Joshua never put much stock in his grandpa’s rumblings as anything more than the ravings of an old man with a vast imagination. Then one night, when Joshua and his best friend are home alone during a frightful storm, Joshua learns his grandpa was right. A bolt of lightning strikes his house and whisks away his best friend—possibly forever.

To get him back, Joshua must travel the Lightning Road to a dark place that steals children for energy. But getting back home and saving his friend won’t be easy, as Joshua must face the terrifying Child Collector and fend off ferocious and unnatural beasts intent on destroying him.

In this world, Joshua possesses powers he never knew he had, and soon, Joshua’s mission becomes more than a search for his friend. He means to send all the stolen children home—and doing so becomes the battle of his life.

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Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult with Annabelle Blume

Here it is, guys, Annabelle Blume’s newest story:

Old Flame

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The Hearts Aflame Files

Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance

Release Date: January 15, 2014

Description: Hannah Sullivan has spent the past three months stalking her ex-boyfriend, lurking in the bushes and hiding behind fake social media personas, convinced she can eventually rekindle the love they once shared. But when she meets Marc, who is everything James never wanted to be and more, she begins to wonder if she’s got it all wrong. 
Hannah must come to terms with her own demons before she can decipher between her delusional mission and the man of her dreams.
** ARCs now available — Please email marketing@roanepublishing.com for details.

Sounds like a great read, right? So, when we asked Annabelle, “Hey, why the heck should I read this new genre?” she gave us her Top Ten Reasons to Love New Adult … and here are her answers:

1. All the feels of YA plus the swearing and sexiness of adult lit.

2. Stories of transformation are my weakness–– and my specialty.

3. Remember how hot the guys were in college? Yeah that.

4. If they make a movie out of your favorite book, no one will call you a pervert for drooling over the hero.

5. Kissing, kissing, and more kissing.

6. You’re totally ahead of the trend because the woman next door just asked if you’ve heard of that book Fifty Shades of Grey.

7. The covers are intriguing, adorable, or straight up hot.

8. You aren’t wondering if their parents know where they are every time something crazy happens.

9. You like your stories with a heavy dose of life lessons.

10. Most of the time, you feel like you’re still trying to figure out this grown up thing, too.

 

And there you have it, my friends. Ms. Blume’s top ten reasons to love, read, or write New Adult. Thanks so much for the list, Annabelle. It’s easy to see why this genre has become so popular so fast.

What do you all think?

Want to know more? Well, here you go!

Annabelle Blume

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Annabelle is a best selling Romance and New Adult author, that is, when she’s not checking homework or begrudgingly cooking dinner. Wife, mother, and creator of alternate worlds, Annabelle has a penchant for that which is outside the norm.     Her degree in Sociology has given her the ability to construct worlds that exist only in her head and translate them passionately to the page. The time spent studying individuals, interpersonal relationships, and particularly, women, within the constraints of our society led to Annabelle’s unabashed ability to talk about sex as it fits into our modern lives.     She’s also the author/personality of The Bombshell Mommy at Vitacost.com where she helps modern Bombshells and their families live “green”.

Guest post: Theresa Paolo author of Never Again

(Never) Again

Blurb:

Just when she had finally moved on…
…He moved back.

When college freshman Liz Wagner hears her ex’s voice for the first time since he moved clear across the freaking country, she does what any respectable girl would do: Dive into the girls’ bathroom.

Zach Roberts—the Zach Roberts—is back. And he’s everywhere Liz looks—infiltrating her friend group, buddy-buddy with her brother. It’s enough to ruin college altogether. But what choice does she have but to put on a happy face and pretend he didn’t leave her vulnerable and alone in a pile of emotional wreckage?

Pretending works, until tragedy strikes and the only person available for comfort is the one person she wants to stay away from. When Zach turns out not to be the jerk she convinced herself he was, but the boy she used to love, Liz needs to decide whether to open her heart again to the boy who tore it out.

Buy on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Never-Again-Theresa-Paolo-ebook/dp/B00CB1COG4/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384698722&sr=1-1&keywords=9780698143777

The book sounds awesome! Can’t wait to read it. And now, without further fanfare, I give you Theresa Paolo …

I want to thank Julie for having me on her blog today. I’m so excited to be here!

Now let’s talk first kisses.

First kisses can be awkward and even terrible, but sometimes they’re not. Sometimes everything is aligned, the world fades away and you are left with the most magical moment. Those are the first kisses I like to write about.

I think what makes a first kiss so special is the buildup. It’s everything before the actual locking of lips. It’s the butterflies in your stomach, the uncertainty of if it’s actually going to happen, and that last breath before it does. It’s the little things that make it so big. Plus, you only get one first kiss.

When you are writing a first kiss scene especially in YA, you need to pull in all the emotions. Everything that is running through your characters head and what they are feeling in that exact moment. Are they panicked? Excited? Ready? Or are they taken by surprise. Show these emotions by their actions. The best way for me is to think back to my first kiss. And not necessarily the first kiss. But first kisses in general. Not that I have had many, but a few to know that they’re each unique. For each one, I had a different feeling about it and I can draw on that for my characters depending on the situation they are in.

My book, (Never) Again, takes place after the first kiss and after a messy breakup, but I couldn’t help but slip the kiss in through a flashback. A time before the drama when my characters feelings for each other weren’t tainted by regret, abandonment and loss. I wanted the reader to be able to share in that special moment in time. For the reader to understand why my main character, Liz, still thought about it.

Because it’s a flashback it doesn’t encompass everything I like in a first kiss, but I still love it and want to share it with you.

How do you go about writing a first kiss? Or what do you expect when reading about one?

Thanks Julie for having me!

My pleasure, it was great to have you here today!!!

Want to know more about Theresa Paolo? Me too!

BIO:

Theresa Paolo lives in the same town she grew up in on Long Island, NY with her boyfriend and Milton, their big eyed goldfish. She has a hard time accepting the fact she’s nearing thirty which is why she writes New Adult and Young Adult books, reliving the best and worst years of her life through her characters. She put her love of writing on hold while she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Dowling College. On November 11th 2011 at 11:11 she made a wish. Two hours later she was laid off. Jobless for the first time since she was sixteen she was determined to make her wish come true. Writing became her life again and after many nights of ignoring her boyfriend to spend time with her characters, she finally received the call that all her hard work, finger crossing and eye crossing paid off. She signed with Berkley (Penguin) and her debut novel, (NEVER) AGAIN, a NA romance, will be out in Fall 2013.  When she’s not writing, she’s behind a camera or can be found in the blogosphere or on Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook.

Blog: http://theresa-foreverours.blogspot.com/2013/11/i-got-publishednow-what.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheresaPaolo+%28Theresa+Paolo%29

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