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.

NOTE: Together, these books have over 320 5-star reviews on Amazon!
Over 1400 pages of stories, with *exclusive* content from Alexia Purdy, Katie Salidas, and Chrystalla Thoma!
Best for ages 16 and up~

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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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Interview with C. Lee McKenzie, author of Double Negative



Today, we are happy to have C. Lee McKenzie here for a chat. Her newest YA contemporary novel, Double Negative, is out now! Check it out!


“My life was going, going, gone, and I hadn’t been laid yet. I couldn’t go into the slammer before that happened.” Hutch McQueen.

Sixteen-year-old Hutchinson McQueen is trapped between an abusive mother and an absentee father. Shackled by poor vision and poor reading skills, he squeaks through classes with his talent for eavesdropping and memorizing what he hears. After another suspension from school and suffering through one of his mother’s violent attacks, he escapes to a friend’s house that turns out to be a meth lab. The lab is raided and Hutch lands in juvenile detention. When the court sentences him to six months in a new juvenile program, he meets a teacher with Alzheimer’s who will change his life and hers.
          


Welcome to We Do Write! Congrats on the release of Double Negative.  This is your fourth published novel.  Does it get any easier to write and publish the fourth time around?  What were the biggest differences?

No, it wasn't easier. This book was challenging for me. I had to back track a few times and take a new path each time before I sorted out how to tell Hutch McQueen’s story. I had trouble getting his language down. I didn’t have this kind of struggle with my other books, so that’s the biggest difference.

What’s Double Negative about?

It’s about a sixteen-year-old named Hutch McQueen. He can barely read and  he’s trapped in a dysfunctional family. When he tries to escape, he chooses the wrong way and lands in juvenile hall. This is probably the best break Hutch gets in life because he meets a priest and a teacher who want to give him another chance at the freedom he craves. All he has to do is listen, but that’s really hard for him, almost impossible.

Quick character insight: If your main character, Hutch, was getting ready to celebrate Christmas tomorrow, what would he most wish to find under the tree?

It depends on whether your talking about Hutch at the beginning of the story or Hutch at the end. In the beginning, he’d want money so he could buy a car. In the end, he’d cherish a computer. Ironically, he does share a Christmas in the book. I won’t tell you what he gets as a present.

Aspiring authors want to know... How do you take a seed of an idea and grow it into a whole novel, full of subplots, twists, and three dimensional characters?  Any writing-process secrets you can share?

Well, my family would tell you that I daydream a lot, so when I'm writing a story it's better if one of them drives.

Seriously, I listen to my characters, let them tell me about who they are and what they want. I often put down notes in a spiral notebook that's more of an appendage than my arm, and when I'm ready to write a scene,  I can refer to those notes. They are my small seeds and I grow them into scenes. Gradually, these scenes come together to create my book. . .that’s if I’m lucky. Not all my notes become books.


Finally, can you tell us the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

"Get over it!"
I have a tendency to hold on to slights or grievances for a long time. My sister-in-law, who never held on to these things, gave me that advice and it was excellent. Very freeing.


Now here’s my last question. If you were stranded on a desert oasis and only had the supplies to celebrate one holiday, which one would you pick and why?

Halloween, hands down. There' s no expectations of anything by anyone, except to find some outlandish costume and behave a bit wacky!  There's the color of autumn everywhere, harvest of the last summer crops,  and brilliantly orange pumpkins that are easily carved into grinning ogres. Oh, and then there's all that candy. Yep. Halloween would be my pick.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

In my other life--the one before I began writing for teens and younger readers--I was a teacher and
administrator at California State University, San Jose. My field of Linguistics and Inter-cultural Communication has carried me to a lot of places in the world to explore different cultures and languages. I can say, “Where’s the toilet?” and “I’m lost!” in at least five languages and two dialects. Go ahead. Pat me on the back.

My idea of a perfect day is one or all of the following: starting a new novel, finishing writing a blockbuster novel, hiking on a misty morning trail in the Santa Cruz Mountains, saying Namaste after a great yoga practice, sipping a cappuccino topped at a bustling café, reading in front of a fire with snow outside, swimming in an ocean someplace.

I've just set out my perfect life. Day after day after day.

          



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