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Character Interview with Mackenzie Thorne from After Dark

After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)


Me: ‘Hey Everybody! Today I am thrilled to have Mackenzie Thorne in the blog studio for an interview. She’s the Main character from Emi Gayle’s debut book, After Dark. Come on in, Ms. Thorne.’  *cheering* ‘Welcome, Mac. Er, can I call you Mac?’

Mac: ‘Please do. I really hate all the other names people like to call me’.

Me: ‘We’re so excited you could make it. I know you’ve been busy hanging out in graveyards and figuring out what paranormal creature you want to be once you hit the awesome age of nineteen. So, I’ve been running over my fact sheet … let’s see … Senior in high school? Check. Single? You are single, right?’

Mac: ‘Of course.’

Me: ‘Under race it says, er … Changeling. from your dark hair, I would have guessed your heritage Italian or Portuguese myself. Hmm. Changeling, is that somewhere in  Australia?’ Mac sits forward, learning toward me a little, her head cocked in my direction.

Mac: ‘New Zealand. Where else?’

Winn: ‘Don’t listen to her.’ Winn ( the hero) chimes in from where he’s sitting right next to Mac. ‘A Changeling is a creature who can, until her nineteenth birthday, choose any supernatural form that exists and change into it. Mac though, she’s from right here in the U.S.A, Rune, North Caroline to be exact. She’s not that different that you or I.’

Me: ‘Oh. Okay, not New Zealand, then. Very funny, Mac. Thanks for being here, Winn.’

Mac: ‘You’re absolutely welcome.’  He shifts his glasses, pushing them up his nose.

Me: ‘My notes describe Winn as a sort of brainiac-geek.’ I glance over at the handsome blond boy. ‘I don’t see that at all, do you, Mac?’

Mac: She turns toward him and back to me. ‘Of course I do.’

Me: I mean, he may be smart but he’s totally hot and adorable …

Mac snorts a laugh.

Me: ‘… and  I just said that out loud didn’t I?’

Winn’s cheeks pink-up.

Me: ‘Aw Sheeze. Sorry.  Anyway, Winn, can you tell us how you met Mac, and how you got mixed up in this whole business?’

Winn: This time, he takes off his glasses, big deep brown eyes starting back at me. ‘We met at school, though getting mixed up in the whole business is another story. Let’s just say, I’m kinda bound not to talk about it, but well … if we hadn’t been paired up for the school project, I’m 100% sure nothing would have happened between us.’

Mac snorts another laugh.

Winn: ‘What?’ He turns to her.

Mac: ‘Nothing. Carry on.’

Me: So something has definitely happened between you two, then? Are you a couple?

‘Yes. No.’

Me: ‘Hmmm.’

The two turn toward each other. Definitely a couple.

Me: ‘Changing into any supernatural form that exists sounds like a blast, Mac. Until you have to settle on just one. Do you like any one form more than another?’

Mac: ‘Good god, no. They all suck for various reasons.’

Me: ‘I suppose you have people trying to influence you. Your family perhaps?’

Winn: ‘They can’t influence her. That’s part of why her parents are who they are. The council does no influencing either. It’s all part of the rules.’

Me: ‘And what the heck happens if you don’t choose by nineteen? Do you turn into a pumpkin at midnight? Ha ha.’ *I clear my throat.* ‘Sorry.’

Mac raises an eyebrow. ‘A pumpkin? Why would I turn into a pumpkin?’

Winn: It’s a fairytale story … where Cinderella has to return from the ball … Winn stops and rolls his eyes and faces me. She’s not much into fairytales. Anyway, you know that’s a good question. And soon, I’m going to find out because now … that’s my job. He gives me a definite head nod.

Me: ‘Your job? Could you explain that, Winn?’

Winn: ‘For that info, you’ll have to read the book.’ He winks at me, and Mac gives him a friendly punch in the arm. ‘What was that for?’

Mac: ‘You know.’

These two are too cute together.

Me: ‘I imagine her ability is quite rare. All that jumping from form to form must be exhausting, but I don’t suppose there’s any danger.  Uh, is there?’

Mac: ‘Danger? Not for me. Only for you.’ Mac eyes me in a way that makes me wonder … just what supernatural creature she’d picked for this interview.  I hope it’s not a vampire, or hungry.

Me: ‘Ookay? But you probably prefer humans, and a human form, am I right?’ I glance at Winn and swallow as Mac’s forehead creases. Clearly, that’s not the right answer.  ‘I’m still perfectly safe, right? We’re all just friends talking. Why don’t you tell me all about your friends, Mac. How you like to spend your time.’

Mac: ‘Friends? I really don’t do this whole ‘friend’ thing you humans do. Way too clingy. If you can’t manage your own life on your own, what’s the point?’

Suze: ‘Hey! I resemble that remark.’ In has walked one of the strangest looking creatures around, dressed in parachute pants, a Hawaiian shirt and flip flops, I don’t know whether to laugh or bury my head in my hands. Fashionista, Suze is not. ‘I’m your friend, aren’t I, Mac?’ He bats his lashes. ‘Right?’

Mac: ‘Sure, whatever.’

Suze: ‘Goody!’ The clapping that commences can be described none other than by a giddy 2-year old in a six-foot-tall demon suit.

Me: ‘Suze? I have you in my notes as one of Mac’s ‘friends’, so nice you could make it (thought I don’t remember you being invited) Do I even want to ask how you’re involved in all this craziness?’

Suze: ‘I get to have all the fun.’ He grins like the Cheshire cat.

Me: ‘Winn, for my readers at home, can you shed some light on this fellow and how he figures in with Mac choosing which supernatural form she will take?’

Winn: ‘Let’s just say that Suze is … body armor … and like body armor, not all is as it seems. Kevlar is essentially a fabric and can withstand bullets and bullets can pass through metal. Go figure, right? It’s all in how it’s packaged.’

Me: I lean forward in my seat. And you two still aren’t answering my questions, what happens if she doesn’t choose by her ninetieth birthday, and what role does Winn play in the decision, Mac? Why do I get the feeling you’re going to make us read to find out? You are, aren’t’ you?

Suze: ‘Oh yeah, they can’t tell you that. Nooooobody can tell you that. ‘Cause noooooobody knows.’ Suze taunts me like a four year old with a secret.

Me: Well guys, you heard it here first. I guess we’ll have to read After Dark to see what Mac finally decides and how Winn and Suze fit into this tale. Speaking of which, Suze, buddy, can you put the sound man down. We don’t usually lift him by his ankle because he got too close to our guests. *sigh*

Anyway … I know I can’t wait to read this book! Good luck choosing, Mac. It was great to meet you. I don’t envy your decision, although I’ve always been fond of water nymphs myself. I grimace while Suze pets my cats and I turn to Winn, ‘he won’t eat my pets, will he?’ Winn’s shrug does not give me confidence.

Mac, I hope your senior year is great and good luck with picking the whole ‘witch or ghost or zombie’ thing. Thanks for coming and bringing your, uh, friends. Winn is adorable and Suze is … Oh Lord what is he doing now …

So that’s our interview!  How about it, guys? Will you read it to find out what’s going on?

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In other news: Cover reveal!

Rise of the Magi by Jocelyn Adams

Rise of the Magi

by Jocelyn AdamsRelease Date: June 4, 2013
Target Reader: Adult
Keywords: Fantasy, Fairy

Back of the Book

In a battle of wills, who is strongest? The one who hates or the one who loves?

In a test of faith, who will fight the hardest? The one who has everything to lose or the one who believes only in herself?

For Lila Gray, the answer is both.For the Magi, the questions are pointless since they can’t lose, and they’ve been waiting since before Lila’s birth for this one moment. Lila only needs to find them to understand her entire purpose in life. This time, though, instead of protecting her people, Lila may be leading them all, including her unborn child and the man she loves, to their deaths — and not by accident.

In the ultimate trial of heart and soul, and the conclusion to the Lila Gray series, Lila will learn that the greatest weapon of war is herself, with one ultimate unknown. For which side will she fight?
So, what do you think?  I hope you check it out and love it as much as I do.


URL: http://www.jtaylorpublishing.com/books/28

Other Books in this series include:

The Glass Mann (#1)

Into the Unknown Anthology – Tempted (#1.5)

Shadowborn (#2)

*** NOTE:  This is an adult paranormal romance series.

YA Mythology Hop Oct. 26 – Nov. 4

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Okay, on to the good stuff you can take home! I’m giving away an ebook copy of Emi Gayle’s debut book:

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After Dark (The 19th Year, #1)


What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around.

Looks like a great read, doesn’t it? And you can enter to win my book CRUX on Emi Gayle’s site here: http://www.emigayle.com/blog/?p=997

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Help a starving artist out, will ya? (That’s right, I’m making this about me)

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Do them all (if you are feelin’ the love) or whichever one floats your boat. Don’t forget to leave me a comment telling me what your favorite mythological creature is, and let me know how to reach you if you win. < sometimes people win and I can’t contact them 😦 Sad life.

One winner will be chosen at random on November 1st.  :)  Yea, hope it’s you!

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Spooktacular Giveaway Hop, Starts October 24th to 31st

This is ‘I am a reader, not a writer’s’ biggest hop of the year!

So tell me … what scares the pee out of you, honey?

Congrats to the winner of ‘Rising’, Danielle Smiley.  Whoo-hoo! You go, girl.

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Awesome, right? It’s the first book in the series. Okay, so it’s not straight up horror, but I know you’ll love it anyway 🙂


Dark Matter (Elemental Enmity, #2)


This is the second book in the series. Want more? Okay. Right now, you can download a copy of the first book in the series, Five, here for free!


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Danielle Smiley. Whoo-hoo!!

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Cover Reveal: Day After by Emi Gayle

Ain’t it pretty?


Book 2 in The 19th Year Trilogy

by Emi Gayle

Release Date:  May 16, 2013

Target Audience:  Young  Adult

Back Cover: 

Demon crypts. Vampire lairs. Glowing angels. Sexy sirens. The stuff of fiction.

Or so Winn Thomas always thought.

Since being accepted into the fold of the supernatural, he knows better. None of what he imagined is true, but everything he feared is, and binding himself to his Changeling girlfriend until her nineteenth birthday will give him an education far beyond what he’d get at his human high school.

Luckily, Winn’s not giving up, he won’t back down, and he definitely isn’t going to run away with his tail between his legs. After all, only werewolves have tails. Right?

In this, the second of the 19th Year trilogy, Winn’s facing the challenge of one lifetime. If he doesn’t learn the truth about mythological creatures, his girlfriend Mac Thorne won’t either. That means, in six months, when she chooses her final form, she won’t know what to pick.

Winn, though, has his own ideas about Mac’s final selection—plans she knows nothing of.

He intends to have her pick human.

Whether she can or not.

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I love the shadow of Mac in the background. What do you think? Would you read it? Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Fall Into Fantasy Giveaway Hop

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What’s it about? Well, I’ll tell ya …


She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.
Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.
In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.
Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.
Her heritage did.
Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Here’s what people are saying about it …

“Crux was amazing! That’s as straightforward as it gets. Julie Reece has written a captivating story that will draw you in, and will keep you trying to put the pieces all together.” — Burning Impossibly Bright

“ I found myself truly engrossed, emotionally, within the story – tears threatening to fall, as well as smiles breaking out.   I cannot wait to read more work by Julie Reece!” — Romancing The Book

“Crux is completely original and addictive. Birdie’s voice is young and cool giving Crux a fresh tone that will appeal to all ages. A fun romance and adventurous read, Crux will stay with readers long after the last page is read!” — Lovey Dovey Books

“The story line is flawless. Reece escorts you through her book with what seems like effortless prose. She reveals just the right amount of information at just the right time, building a story that is completing intriguing.” — BrookeD (Reader)

“Crux is a smart, heart-rending and empowering addition to YA urban fantasy that will appeal to Cassandra Clare fans, lore fans and really, anyone who appreciates tough characters that know how to tug readers’ heartstrings.” — Stephanie Lawton — Author, Want

“Julie Reece has a gift for conveying deep emotions with her writing.  I felt Birdie’s regret, distrust, apprehension, excitement and joy.  And I love the characters – small and large!!!” — Known To Read

“I have to say that Ms. Reece has to be one of the most talented authors on the planet. I know I’m gushing right now, but I loved this book that much.” — ChristieR (Reader)

“Action-packed with a memorable cast of characters, Crux will easily appeal to teen and adult readers, whether or not they love urban fantasy.” — Mrs. ReaderPants

“Julie Reece’s CRUX is a refreshing and gritty young adult novel with glimmers of the paranormal, glimpses of the historical, and more than a dash of romance and mystery.” — Surrounded by Books Reviews

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Hi guys!

Author Stephanie Judice tagged me to take part in “The Next Big Thing” and answer ten questions about my current work in progress, so away we go …
1. What is the working title of your next book?

See? This is hard already because I’m currently working on three books at once, and yes, I need psychological help. I guess I’d better pick one or this could get really confusing. 🙂

2. Where did the idea come from?

My eldest daughter. We were discussing parallel universes, ancient dragon folklore, medieval knights and well, erm, hot guys. The story unfolded from there.

3. What genre does your book fall under?
Young adult, urban fantasy, paranormal romance. Yeah, I guess that’s it 🙂
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Okay, Renne Castrucci works for my hero.
Hurts don’t it? Too old?  Maybe Marlon Teixeira
Now the heroine?
Quinn Cooper
Or Emma Watson
5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Ex-gypsy, Kylie Rivers just wants to stay in one place, but when she accidently rescues a handsome boy from military experimentation, they’re forced to run—together—and life is anything but settled.

6. Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Good question! First I’ll focus on writing the best dern book that is within my power to write. (I want you to like reading my stuff, guys. I’m working my butt off to bring you something you’ll love) Next, I’ll send the sucker out there and see if I can get a publisher excited. I’ve not self-published before, I know I need more eyes on my work than my own. I admit I’m a bit of a helpless Bambi in this business and need the marketing/editing savvy of someone that is not me!

7. How long did it take you to write the first draught of the manuscript?
Ugh, still writing so I guess I can’t answer yet. The plot is uber complex, so this story has taken me longer to weave than Crux, my debut novel. That one took four months.
8. What other books would you compare this story to within the same genre?
That’s the cool part. I can’t! I’m sure it’s out there, (my writing buddy, Claire Gillian, reminds me there’s nothing brand new, just twists on old ideas and she’s right) but I haven’t read a story exactly like this yet. Hooray! 🙂
9. Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I’m into mythology, fantasy, fairy tales and legends. I like the idea of twisting them to fit a modern scenario. If most myths are based on an actual event that was exaggerated over time, what was the ititial story and how can I bring that to life today? I love that crap! The more fantastic, the better. If you read Crux, you know I ask my readers to suspend belief, and trust me while I strap them to a bullet and take them for a ride.
10. What else about your book might pique the readers’ interest?
See question 4. Just sit there awhile and stare. 🙂 My interest is piqued, how about yours?

And now, I’m tagging Emi Gayle , J. Keller Ford , Amaleen Ison , Jennifer M. Eaton and Stephanie Lawton to share information on their current works-in-progress. Thanks to Stephanie Judice for including me in her post to begin with! ((hugs))

If you want to check out my debut novel Crux you can find it here:



Author Interview with Stephanie Judice

Hi everyone! Meet Stephanie …

About this author:

Stephanie Judice calls lush, moss-laden New Iberia, Louisiana, home where the landscape curls into her imagination creating mystical settings for her stories. She shares her small, southern lifestyle with her husband and four children. As a high school teacher of English and Fine Arts, she is immersed in mythology, legends, and art that serve as constant inspiration for her writings. Some of her favorite things are autumn leaves, southern accents, Gothic architecture, Renaissance festivals, family movie nights, and, of course, William Shakespeare. Writing is her haven for self-expression where imagination rules and dreams do come true. RISING is her debut novel in the paranormal, teen series SAGA OF THE SETTI.

Lovely, right? Now meet her new book …

Having waited a millennium to return to the fertile feeding ground of earth, the dark giants break through a portal and storm out into the world in the guise of a massive hurricane—famished and fierce. Across the ocean, seventeen-year-old Gabriel Goddard is being plagued by terrifying nightmares about creatures that singe and burn the flesh then absorb the life energy of humans and devour the ashes. A chance meeting with Clara Dunaway immediately distracts Gabe from bad dreams. He has always had a sort of sixth sense—to feel the emotions of others around him. Clara’s presence numbs his other sense, nearly knocking him into a hypnotic state. Bewildered and fascinated, he is lured in by her. When Clara finally confesses that she has a similar gift to see auras around people, a spark flames between them, ignited by a paranormal force. Fate soon reveals that there is a higher purpose for their attraction. Along with Jeremy, the head-bangin’ metal head; Ben, the air-headed golden boy; Melanie, the kind- hearted Creole; and the old hermit named Homer, they must face this enemy as one. Discovering that they are descended from an ancient clan of Norse warriors, they awaken their dormant powers, preparing for the dark giants’ imminent invasion of their home. A shadow of darkness veils the land. Will the Setti rise to fulfill their long-awaited destiny?

Stephanie will now take your questions:

Q. Tell us about your book!

RISING  is a paranormal teen romance set in southern Louisiana. Gabe and Clara are being plagued by terrifying nightmares of hellish creatures that singe and burn the flesh then devour the ashes. What they don’t realize is that these nightmares foretell reality. They soon discover that they, as well as four other friends, are descended from Norse warriors with ancient powers to defeat these demons come in to destroy their world. This first book in the series sets the stage for a dystopian series. Book two, RESISTANCE, is due out this October where they continue their journey north to train and battle with other clans.

Q. How did you come up with the idea?

Well, I knew I wanted to create villains that didn’t exist in our folklore, as vampires and werewolves do, but very well could have if we looked hard enough.  I have a fascination with Celtic and Norse mythology which played a big part in developing my characters and their world. I also wanted the heroes in my story to depend upon faith, hope, and each other in order to defeat their enemy rather than the fate of the world falling on one person’s shoulders.

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

I have two main characters. Gabe’s greatest strength is his loyalty to those he loves. His greatest weakness is his inability to control his emotions. He’s also very passionate, which plays into his strength and his weakness. Clara’s greatest strength is her tenacious spirit. Her greatest weakness is when her tenacity transforms into stubbornness.

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

Editing. I once worked as an editor for a small publishing company and am now an English teacher, so I completely understand the need for editing. It’s just still a painstaking process. However, that shiny feeling when I’ve polished my work (with the help of amazing editors) is certainly worth all the effort.

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

Hmmmm… What’s your favorite color? Just kidding! (Green, by the way.) I suppose the question, “Why do you write?” The simple answer is to express my emotions, to tell stories that float around in my head, to share my love of literature. But, delving a layer deeper, I can say that I can’t not write. I believe other writers may agree with me that there is a constant compulsion to create worlds and dynamic characters and have them play out their performance on the page. Like the artist who feels compelled to paint on the canvas or a musician who must play or compose, I feel a similar sense of contentment when I am working on a story. Writing has its own kind of catharsis. I believe that it is often overlooked as a true art form.

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

I’m currently editing RESISTANCE, book two in the Setti series, which will be released this October. I’m more excited about this book than RISING, if that’s possible. I’ve also started a new novel, a demon hunter paranormal romance, set in New Orleans. I’m looking forward to working on this new novel, because it has a raw, edgy feel with a kick-butt heroine. I just love writing in her voice. I also enjoy angel/demon mythology, so this is a new subgenre of paranormal that will be fun to dive into.

Q. What is your favorite line from this book?

This was a tough question! Here’s one: “It was our ever-increasing spread of fear in this world, our faithless abuse of one brother to another that lured these dark beasts here to feed on the hopeless. The mere thought of what we’d brought on ourselves made me angry at our own ignorance.”

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

Yes, in some fashion or another. I majored in journalism in college until one professor announced that journalists had no morals and were required to get the story no matter what. After class, I marched myself across the street to the Arts and Sciences department and switched my major to English: Creative Writing.

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

Wow. Hmmmm . . . I’d probably say the kissing and intimate scenes. While I absolutely cannot live without romance, in literature and in life, I become angst-ridden when writing these scenes, because I want so much for them to come across as genuine and passionate to the reader rather than hokey and cheesy.

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

The Moon Dwellers by David Estes. I’ve had it on my TBR list for a while now, so I’m glad to finally start reading. I usually don’t read two books at one time. The only exception is when one book doesn’t keep my interest. Then I have to venture away and come back later.

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

A main pastime at our house is family movie nights with my husband and four children.  (My husband makes amazing, super-buttery home-popped popcorn.) I definitely enjoy reading and hanging out on Goodreads, where I’ve met some fabulous people in the book-world (including Julie Reece). I spend a great deal of time at my two sons’ football games on the weekends. Of course, I enjoy reading—mostly paranormal and YA. And, I love, love, love quiet nights at home with my husband and a good glass of wine. (This is hard to come by during football season.)

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

Okay, total book nerd that I am, I discovered Charlotte Bronte when I was sixteen, and her novel Jane Eyre has been my favorite ever since. This tantalizing tale of Gothic romance in the haunting countryside of the English moors has been my muse for a long, long time. Jane is a strong, unassuming heroine who ignores class barriers and Victorian society to follow her heart. The happily-ever-after is wonderfully surprising after all she endures, and I love a tough heroine who beats the odds. I’m a sucker for the underdog.

 Q. Who is your favorite writer now?

How could you possibly ask me this question? It’s so hard to choose! There are so many books that I love, but if I would go with style and storytelling, I’d have to choose Juliet Marillier. She tells beautifully written tales with Celtic folklore and magic twisted into realistic, old-world settings. Her characters are diverse and definitely heroines that you want to root for. Her Sevenwaters series is worth reading over and over again.

 Q. What is the best young adult book you’ve read so far in 2012?

Well, I expect it to be Crux (which is at the top of my TBR list now), but I’ve actually not read very many YAs recently. I’ve been stuck on paranormal romance in the adult genre for some reason—friend recommendations. But, I suppose I’d have to say Blood Warriors by H.D. Gordon.

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

Interestingly, I’ve noticed an emerging genre that has formed due to a lapse in categories in between YA and Adult. New Adult or NA is a category targeting readers in between high school and their late twenties, before they’ve established a career, family, and the like. My new demon hunter novel will be categorized in this genre as my heroine is a 20-year-old college student.

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

Yes. Why? Complete and utter frustration that I would be the only one to ever read my stories besides a handful of friends. I suppose you could say I was pouting for a few months. After writing RISING (I’d already written three other novels that I’d shelved as not-my-genre), I felt so much that it was worthy of publication. After dozens of rejections from agents, I put the book away and just stopped writing for a bit, unsure what to do next. Then an old friend of mine, now my editor, contacted me out of the blue about my writing. (Can you say, divine intervention?) With her knowledge of marketing and the new, growing industry of independent publishing, doors opened for my first-published novel. With new vigor, I launched back into my story of Gabe and Clara. I have forever been an optimist, and can happily say I will never let those doubts creep in on me again.

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

I’d love to be a literary agent where I’d be immersed in the book-world, helping other authors launch their career, meeting cool people, going to writers’ conferences, etc. I suppose I just can’t imagine any other job that doesn’t include books and stories. Oh, if I had any sort of brain for business, I’d open a little book store/coffee shop. I wouldn’t make a dime with my lack of business sense, but man, would it be a cool place to hang out every day! And, of course, I’d have author readings/signings ALL the time.

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

I’m attaching pics of our two cats London and Petie. Funny story about Petie. First, London is a boy, which we learned after we named him. And we took Petie home after my kids found her in the bushes at our church, St. Peter’s (hence the name). Petie, we’ve discovered, is very much a girl. She’s quite pregnant at the moment. You can tell she’s big in the belly in this pic. Before getting herself “with litter” she was very tiny.

With the drop in barometric pressure because of Hurricane Isaac, I keep waiting for her to go into labor. She’s acting very skittish today.  Oh, we’re pretty sure that London is the doting father. He looks pretty smug and proud of himself in the pic I sent (even though that was last Christmas). 😉

Thanks so much for joining us here today! We had a blast having you visit, come back anytime!!

I just want to say thank you to the lovely Julie Reece, who is a southern kindred spirit. Knowing she is a highly acclaimed author and just downright terrific person, I am honored she asked me to visit her blog and share thoughts with her wonderful readers.

(I paid her to say that stuff about me) Just kidding.

Here’s more info on todays author:

Blog:  http://stephaniejudice.blogspot.com/

Goodreads fan site: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/77113-stephanie-judice-s-fan-site

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Saga-of-the-Setti/203566846334918

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Rising-Saga-Setti-ebook/dp/B004YXL72O/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1346267460&sr=8-2&keywords=stephanie+judice

Okay guys, that’s our show for today. Thanks so much for stopping by. I love you people, by the way. Oh and Stephanie’s was pretty great, too. I really like this girl, must be that we both love Jane Eyre and the color green 🙂 Not to mention she’s just plain nice.  She was a really good sport putting up with all my crazy questions … wouldn’t you agree?


The babies are here!

Stepahine says:

They’re so cute how they sleep in a big ball. There are two silver tabbies like her and two calicos. Though the calicos look all black they have little spots of white and orange. We’re calling one Patch bc he has a spot right over his eye. 🙂 

Oh my gosh, I want one, don’t you?