Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Avian Blog Tour: Interview with Nicole Conway @ANConway @tantrumbooks @chapterxchapter @month9books


Today we're happy to take part in the blog tour for AVIAN by fellow Month9Books author Nicole Conway. Let's chat Nicole up and find out more about her and her awesome Dragonrider Chronicles series!
Howdy, Nicole! Welcome to We Do Write! Tell us a bit about yourself.
Hello! Thanks for having me. A little about myself? Well, let’s see . . . I’m a military wife. My husband is a fighter pilot, so we move all around the country with our dog and two cats. I actually love this lifestyle, and I get restless if we stay in one place for too long. It’s amazing to get to see so many parts of the country and meet new people. I’m also a huge nerd, and proud of it! I love anime/manga and all things Tolkien. My favorite things to do besides writing is hiking, camping, and horseback riding.
Wow, a fighter pilot. I'm starting to see a connection here. Tell us about AVIAN.
AVIAN is, by far, the most fun I’ve ever had while writing a story. It’s volume two of my Dragonrider Chronicles, and the next step in Jaevid’s training to become a dragonrider for the king. In this book, we see his evolution from a scared little boy into a war-hardened soldier continue. He’s becoming more confident in himself, and more driven towards success. We also witness more layers of his friends becoming exposed. Felix reveals details about his upbringing and family history, and Beckah begins her own evolution into a truly powerful hero that will overturn the ancient customs of the dragonriders.
AVIAN is the second book in The Dragonrider Chronicles series. What unique challenges did you face writing the sequel? Was it easier or harder for you?
It was both easier and harder, but for different reasons. It was easier because I’ve become much more comfortable with writing in Jaevid’s voice now that he’s older and a bit more worldly. I also find writing the various humorous situations to be the easiest and most fun thing ever. But on the opposite end of the spectrum, this book challenged my ability to convey adult themes and situations in a way that wouldn’t alienate my younger readers. This is a book about war, and war isn’t for children. So it was very challenging to present some of those aspects of violence and torture without being too graphic.
Your main character, Jaevid, is a teenage boy. Did you have any trouble identifying with him?
Not at all! I’ve always been a tomboy, so it’s not difficult for me to put those feminine aspects of my personality aside when I write for a male narrator. In fact, I think I struggle more with female narrators because I’m not very girly and I tend to view the world more literally than most women. When it comes to identifying with him, I would say that Jae and I are alike in some ways. He’s shy at first, like I am. And he’s very tenderhearted, too. But making him a male version of my self was definitely not my intent!
Who would you say your biggest influences have been?
My husband was the influence behind Jaevid, without a doubt. His humbleness and passion is inspiring, although I don’t think he’s really caught onto those similarities yet. His journey through pilot training was definitely a heavy influence when it came to designing the world of the dragonriders, their training, and their traditions.
Tell us something most people don’t know about you? Any unusual hobbies, interests, talents?
I’m obsessed with those otome romance games. I have about a dozen of them on my phone. It’s actually pretty sad, but they are super addicting. I also cosplay as Elsa for children’s birthday parties, and I plan on doing some visits to various local children’s hospitals over the holidays. Time to upstage Santa!
Tell us a bit about your journey to publication. What was your experience?
You could use the “your results may differ” disclaimer on my journey into publication. Honestly, I had a hard time getting off the ground. I did my time in the trenches, queried dozens of agents, and didn’t even get a single request for my manuscript. But being the stubborn person I am, I wasn’t willing to give up on Jaevid. So I self-published Fledgling and stood back in awe as the book sold over 30,000 copies in the first three months. I rode the top of Amazon’s kindle sales charts for several weeks. Naturally, after that, finding an agent and becoming officially published wasn’t nearly so difficult! It’s been a wild ride!
Plotter, or pantser?
A bit of both, actually. I always go into a book with a general plotline, key points and maybe even a few specific scenes and quotes. But when it comes time to actually write the story, I like to leave enough room for my creative instinct to take over. I had no idea *BLEEP* was going to die at the end of this book . . .
Eeek! No spoilers! Thanks for bleeping! Okay, E-books, or hard copies?
This is a subject of great debate at my house. I am a hard copy person all the way. I love the feel and smell of real books. That and apparently any electronic device with a battery is destined to be my archenemy. My husband, on the other hand, is a kindle fanatic.
White chocolate, or milk chocolate?
I actually don’t care much for chocolate at all. But if I’m forced to choose, milk chocolate is okay. I’m more into salty foods and snacks than sweets. Popcorn is my favorite thing to eat!
Is there anyone you would like to thank for supporting you in you journey?
My husband, of course. He’s been amazing through this process. I’ve never had anyone believe in me and support me in this dream like he has. I was always told I’d never make any real money or get anywhere with my writing. BOOYAH! I’d also like to thank my grandmother-in-law, Evelyn Conway. She is a retired English teacher, and she has been like my unofficial advertiser. She’s an amazing woman. My agent, Jennifer Mishler, is also amazing. Thanks Jen! You rock!

Nicole, thanks so much for stopping by and chatting with us. This series sounds amazing!

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Book Blitz: Pieces of Me by Kira Adams


Today we're taking part in the PIECES OF ME book blitz. Check out this YA contemporary, take a gander at the excerpt, and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Pieces of Me
Release Date: 08/11/14

Summary from Goodreads:

For sixteen year old Peyton Lane, life has never been easy. She’s not popular, overweight, and oh yeah, her sister is embarrassed of her. But over the course of a tumultuous year, everything changes for Peyton.

Suddenly all eyes are on her and it’s not because she’s fat. From a pair of handsome twins to a couple of dangerously sexy rockers,Peyton will have to find out who she can trust with her heart. From the ups and downs to the twists and turns—this is Peyton’s story of finding one’s voice and growing into your own.

This is a coming of age romance that involves realistic situations and raw emotions. This is Pieces of Me.



Excerpt:

“Do I know you?” Jax asked, stumbling back and forth.
“We have like four classes together…and I’m pretty sure you and my sister had a thing freshman year,” I replied, positive he couldn’t have been drunk enough to forget I even existed…or could he?
“Oh.” He raised his eyebrows animatedly, his blue eyes twinkling. “Satan, right?”
“Excuse me?” I asked, shocked by his question.
“Your name—or at least that’s what your sister used to call you…” His lips curled up into an evil smile.
I let go of his arm, but stood my ground. “Why are you being like this? You invited me,” I whispered, looking down, my face burning up.
Jax obviously did not get the memo that we were being discreet, because his volume only seemed to increase, catching more attention than I would have liked. “I invited you? In what world?” He cackled like an evil villain and then turned his back to me, filling his cup up with beer.
My cheeks were growing redder by the minute, a combination of embarrassment and pure rage. He was the only reason I had even agreed to come. I knew I was an outsider; that I didn’t fit in with his crowd—but he was the one who convinced me that everything was going to be alright. “You’re seriously going to sit there and pretend like you didn’t invite me to this party twice?” It was hard not to be fuming.
He turned around slowly this time, sipping on his beer, a calculated look playing across his eyes. “Well you obviously can’t take a hint…I’m going to give you the best advice of your life…are you ready? Lay off the cupcakes fatty! I can get any girl in here, what would I want with a pig like you?”
I looked around and realized all eyes were on us; more importantly, me. Jax had just given them the reality TV bit they craved for the night. Tears were beginning to form at the corners of my eyes and I knew I didn’t have much time before the waterworks. “Peyton…” I heard my friends call after me. But it was drowned out by the noise of laughter. Jax was laughing hysterically at what he had just said to me, and the worst part about it? Everyone had joined in. Now all I heard as I ran and pushed my way through the crowd was oinks and laughs.


About the Author

Krista Pakseresht has always been a dreamer. From the first time she opened her eyes. Creating worlds through words is one thing she is truly talented at. She specializes in Young adult/New adult romance, horror, action, fantasy, and non-fiction under the pen name Kira Adams.

She is the author of the Infinite Love series, the Foundation series, the Darkness Falls series, and the Looking Glass series.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Cover Reveal: The Artisans by Julie Reece and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals

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The Artisans by Julie Reece

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The Artisans
They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old RAVEN WEATHERSBY gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands.
To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day.
Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox.
But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse.
Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights.
Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes.
But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?
The Artisans is a delectably rich, layered and dark YA Southern Gothic inspired by Jeanne Marie Leprince de Beaumont's classic Beauty and the Beast.
"The Artisans has all the elements I love - spooky intrigue, strong friendships, and a romantic tension to be savored." ~ Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy.
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Title: The Artisans
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Julie Reece
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Julie ReeceBorn in Ohio, I lived next to my grandfather’s horse farm until the fourth grade. Summers were about riding, fishing and make-believe, while winter brought sledding and ice-skating on frozen ponds. Most of life was magical, but not all.
I struggled with multiple learning disabilities, did not excel in school. I spent much of my time looking out windows and daydreaming. In the fourth grade (with the help of one very nice teacher) I fought dyslexia for my right to read, like a prince fights a dragon in order to free the princess locked in a tower, and I won.
Afterwards, I read like a fiend. I invented stories where I could be the princess… or a gifted heroine from another world who kicked bad guy butt to win the heart of a charismatic hero. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Later, I moved to Florida where I continued to fantasize about superpowers and monsters, fabricating stories (my mother called it lying) and sharing them with my friends.
Then I thought I’d write one down…
Hooked, I’ve been writing ever since. I write historical, contemporary, urban fantasy, adventure, and young adult romances. I love strong heroines, sweeping tales of mystery and epic adventure… which must include a really hot guy. My writing is proof you can work hard to overcome any obstacle. Don’t give up. I say, if you write, write on!
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Interview With Dorothy Dreyer + GIVEAWAY


Today, I get to interview the interviewer, my blog partner, pub sister, and reaper-loving friend, Dorothy Dreyer! But before we dig in, lets have a look at her newest (and quite fabulous) novel, My Tethered Soul. It's not-so-coincidentally out NOW! Also, don't forget to enter the giveaway at the end of this post.


My Tethered Soul (Reaper’s Rite #2)
by Dorothy Dreyer
Publication Date: August 19, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books

 It’s been months since Zadie faced her sister’s Reaper, months during which she’s been under her mentor’s magical protection. But now that she’s turning seventeen, that protection is about to run out.

When dark forces lure Zadie to wander at night, she’s manipulated into committing unspeakable acts. With her friends and family at risk, Zadie must try to use her powers to break free from the Reaper’s grasp, or surrender to the Reaper’s Rite, which can only lead to death.




          



Howdy, Dorothy! I am so stoked to be interviewing you today! How does it feel to be the interviewee for once?

Pretty cool! Let me just get cozy in this interviewee chair. Could you get me a cup of coffee? Got any snacks?

I always have coffee and snacks! Tell us about My Tethered Soul.

This is the sequel to My Sister’s Reaper. The main character, Zadie, faced her sister’s Reaper in the last book. Months have now passed, and she’s turning seventeen. This is a major point in life for people like Zadie—she’s a Vila, or half-faery half-witch. And Vila are susceptible to the Reaper’s grasp once they turn seventeen. My Tethered Soul follows Zadie through this tumultuous point in her life.

My Tethered Soul is the second book in the Reaper’s Rite series. What unique challenges did you face writing the sequel? Was it easier or harder for you?

The easy part was already knowing my characters. I found ease in writing them because I had already spent so much time with them. The challenges was keeping the story authentic while upping the creep factor and making sure character arcs moved forward.

I think you did a great job with that! Your main character, Zadie, is a normal teenage girl with a rather abnormal ability and some downright scary things to face. Other than the paranormal part, how do you identify with Zadie? Is there a bit of teenage Dorothy inside of her?

Yes, I think Zadie is a little unsure of herself despite knowing she has something great inside of her. That’s teenage me in a nutshell. She also feels very responsible for the people around her, and I think she gets that from me.

Who would you say your biggest influences have been?

Maggie Stiefvater, for sure. I feel so comfortable reading her books, yet thrilled at the same time. And that showed me to be myself in my writing while at the same time being entertaining. I’m also very influenced with the pacing and page-flippability of Veronica Roth’s books. But if you want to go way back, Michael Crichton’s books showed me how important it is to write an easy-to-read book.

Tell us something most people don’t know about you? Any unusual hobbies, interests, talents?

Well, I do tend to sing. Just not as much as I used to. I also wrote and directed two “movies” starring my kids as action heroes when they were younger. One of them was a musical. They’re just home DVDs, but they were fun!

I'm also a singer! We'll have to get together for a bit of karaoke the next time you're in my part of the world. So ... plotter, or pantser?

85% plotter, 15% pantser.

E-books, or hard copies?

Hard copies for the beach or in bed, ebooks for the train or when I have to pack light on a vacation.

White chocolate, or milk chocolate?

Dark chocolate!

Gah! I should have had that as an option! I'm with you. Dark chocolate, all the way! 
Is there anyone you would like to thank for supporting you in you journey?

So many people, including Georgia McBride and Jennifer Million. I’d like to thank you, as well, Elizabeth, for your countless hours of critiquing my work. Also my friends and family who have been so supportive. And my readers, whom I hope continue to come back for more!

Aww! It's my pleasure! Thanks for letting me read it!

For anyone who hasn't read the first book in the Reaper's Rite Series, My Sister's Reaper, you should. Check it out at the links below!

My Sister’s Reaper (Reaper’s Rite 1):




ABOUT DOROTHY DREYER:


Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two children.
               

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Cover Reveal: VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell and Giveaway #M9BFridayReveals


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VESSEL by Lisa T. Cresswell

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The sun exploded on On April 18, 2112 in a Class X solar storm the likes of which humankind had never seen.
They had exactly nineteen minutes to decide what to do next.
They had nineteen minutes until a geomagnetic wave washed over the Earth, frying every electrical device created by humans, blacking out entire continents, and every satellite in their sky.
Nineteen minutes to say goodbye to the world they knew, forever, and to prepare for a new Earth, a new Sun.

Generations after solar storms destroyed nearly all human technology on Earth, humans reverted to a middle ages-like existence, books are burned as heresy, and all knowledge of the remaining technology is kept hidden by a privileged few called the Reticents.
Alana, a disfigured slave girl, and Recks, a traveling minstrel and sometimes-thief, join forces to bring knowledge and books back to the human race. But when Alana is chosen against her will to be the Vessel, the living repository for all human knowledge, she must find the strength to be what the world needs even if it's the last thing she wants.
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Title: Vessel
Publication date: May 2015
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Lisa T. Cresswell
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Lisa T. Cresswell
Lisa, like most writers, began scribbling silly notes, stories, and poems at a very young age. Born in North Carolina, the South proved fertile ground to her imagination with its beautiful white sand beaches and red earth. In fifth grade, she wrote, directed and starred in a play "The Queen of the Nile" at school, despite the fact that she is decidedly un-Egyptian looking. Perhaps that's why she went on to become a real life archaeologist?
Unexpectedly transplanted to Idaho as a teenager, Lisa learned to love the desert and the wide open skies out West. This is where her interest in cultures, both ancient and living, really took root, and she became a Great Basin archaeologist. However, the itch to write never did leave for long. Her first books became the middle grade fantasy trilogy, The Storyteller Series. Her first traditionally published work, Hush Puppy, is now available from Featherweight Press.
Lisa still lives in Idaho with her family and a menagerie of furry critters that includes way too many llamas!
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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Book Blitz: Shades of Chaos



Do you like dystopians? If you said "heck yeah!", then you just might love this collection of NINE dystopian novels lumped together in the Shades of Chaos Box Set! The whole set is on sale for $0.99!



SHADES OF CHAOS
Authors: Alexia Purdy, Cameron Jace, Chrystalla Thoma, Katie Salidas, Megan Duncan, Nadège Richards
Publication date: June 11th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Dare yourself to enter into post-apocalyptic future with this gritty collection of first-in-a-series books by six bestselling authors! Discover unique worlds packed with non-stop action, adventure, and suspense set against a gritty, futuristic backdrop.

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Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!
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I AM Alive: I am not my heart rate. I am not my skills. I am not how I look like. My name is Decca Tenderstone. I live in a future America where teenagers are ranked on a scale from 1 to 10 on graduation day. There has never been a 10. Those below the rank of 5 are considered Monsters, a liability to society. The system says I am a Monster. I will not let them kill me. I will survive.

Initiation: Being a Vampire is a crime punishable by eternal servitude in the arena as a Gladiator of the Iron Gate. Mira, a newly turned vampire, must prove she has what it takes to survive in the human’s world. It’s kill or be killed. Immortality is not guaranteed.

Dissension: In the aftermath of the great cataclysm, vampires are enslaved by humans and used for blood sport as gladiators in the arena. Mira is undefeated, uncompromising, and unbreakable, but when an escape attempt leads her into the path of the city’s Regent, her destiny is changed forever.

Finding Hope: After the death of the one person he called mother, Elei leaves the Trashlands of Ost for the city – looking for other people and for answers. But he soon finds out that people are complicated and answers hard to come by…


Rex Rising: In a world where parasites create new human races, Elei leads a peaceful life as aircar driver — until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side and the fleet at his heels.


Resonant: As the first days of the end of humanity tumble across the City of Las Vegas, turning everyone into vampire-like creatures, April Tate will find out what it really means to survive.


Reign of Blood: April Tate is a seventeen-year-old ferocious vampire killer who lives in the remains of Las Vegas one year after a viral epidemic has left the world decimated. After her family is abducted, her world tilts when she discovers they’re not truly alone.

Released: After a demon apocalypse kills everyone they know, 17-year old Abby Phillips, her brother and her friend Max flee their home to travel through the wastelands of America, chasing a radio transmissions of a resistance offering shelter. But soon enough Abby and her companions discover what awaits them is much worse they could have ever imagined.


Burning Bridges: In a world divided between Hunters and Warriors, where prisoners are forced to fight in the arena until death, young Princess Echo must fight to find out who she really is and to put a world that has been swallowed by lies back together again.




  

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