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New to You Books: Eternal, Young Adult Vampire Romance by Kristi Cook (PRIZE)

This month I hit up a good friend of mine to provide the New to You Book (and prize). Kristi and I met as debut authors, both writing very different genres than we do now. This month, September 2013, Kristi’s third young adult novel is out… and it has vampires. :) Author Name Kristi Cook Author Website www.kristi-cook.com Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kristi-Cook/152067579336 Twitter @Kristi_Cook Book Title ETERNAL Book Genre Young Adult Fiction What is your book about? ETERNAL is the third and final book in the Winterhaven series, which follows Violet McKenna as she enters the Winterhaven School–a school where everyone has psychic abilities. At Winterhaven, she meets the mysterious Aidan Gray and learns how their destinies are linked. What type of reader would your book appeal to most? Readers who enjoy paranormal romance along the lines of Twilight or Vampire Academy Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Violet McKenna is the main character. She wants to learn how to put her psychic ability to good use, and how to keep the horrible visions she sees from coming true. What movies or other books would you compare your book to and why? People inevitably compare the series to the Twilight books (for obvious reasons!). How is your book different than other books in the same genre? The series features a mix of both psychic elements and paranormal creatures, along with a strong female protagonist. Does your book have romance in it? If so how important is it to the story? There is a very strong romantic subplot running throughout the series. The romance is pretty important to the story, as the heroine’s destiny is linked to the story’s main love interest’s. Is your book part of a series? If so what are the other books...

New To You: Trail of Dead by Melissa F. Olson (Prize)

 Trail of Dead, an urban fantasy, by Melissa F. Olson . What is Trail of Dead about? Trail of Dead is the sequel to Dead Spots. Both novels feature Scarlett Bernard, a young woman in Los Angeles with the ability to “null” supernatural powers. If a vampire or werewolf gets too close to her, they become human again. Witches can’t perform even the mildest charm. Scarlett makes a living cleaning up the crime scenes that are left when supernatural forces go haywire in the city, so she finds herself in some sticky situations. Trail of Dead follows Scarlett as she tracks her old mentor, now a vampire murdering witches in the city. What type of reader would your book appeal to most? Fans of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, science fiction (magic in Scarlett’s world is heavily tied to evolutionary principles), women’s fiction, etc. Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Scarlett is trying to track down her former mentor, a woman who killed Scarlett’s parents so she could worm her way into the null’s life. She is also trying to deal with the guilt she feels over her parents’ death, and resolve her feelings for two very different men. What movies or other books would you compare Trail of Dead to and why? If I were organizing a book store, I would shelve this with Patricia Brigg’s Mercy Thompson series, Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Norville series, and perhaps Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse novels. I think all of those series share a similar taste for action and intricate worldbuilding, with some romance and humor thrown in. I’ve tried to do that with my books as well. What plot line drives the story? The hunt for Scarlett’s mentor, Olivia, and the attempt to figure out what she’s...

New to You: Rush, a young adult novel by Eve Silver

  Rush by Eve Silver, a young adult novel debuting this month! (Answers provided by the author. Thanks, Eve, for participating!) What is Rush about? Sixteen-year-old Miki Jones’s carefully controlled life spirals into chaos after she’s run down in the street, left broken and bloody. She wakes up fully healed in a place called the lobby—pulled from her life, pulled through time and space into some kind of game in which she and a team of other teens are sent on missions to eliminate the Drau, terrifying and beautiful alien creatures.  There are no practice runs, no training, and no way out. Miki has only the guidance of secretive but maddeningly attractive team leader Jackson Tate, who says that the game is more than that, and that what Miki and her new teammates do now determines their survival and the survival of every other person on this planet. She laughs. He doesn’t. And then the game takes a deadly and terrifying turn. What type of reader will love Rush? Fans of young adult books, teens, sci-fi readers, fans of alien books and gamers. Who is the main character? What does he or she want or what is his or her biggest struggle to over come? Miki Jones just wants to figure out how to find her new normal after the death of her mother. But her life’s anything but normal when she’s sucked into a game where she has to hunt aliens or be hunted by them—all the while balancing the life or death struggle with her regular high-school life.   “So what’s the game now? This or the life I used to know?” What movies or other books would you compare Rush to and why? For books, I’d say Ender’s Game because of the gaming elements and the way the main character is left in the dark by those who...

Writer Wednesday: Interview with Scottish Historical and Vampire Romance Author, Jackie Ivie

I “met” Jackie Ivie at the very beginning of my career as a published author. She and I both had our start as part of Kensington Zebra books’ debut author line. (Love is All Around, in case you are interested.) I read that first book by Jackie (Lady Of The Knight) and I was blown away! It broke a number of rules–one being we never got inside the hero’s head–but it was a helluva read. I highly recommend that book and all of Jackie’s books. Now, here’s Jackie…. (and yes, that is Fabio in the picture with her.) Where should a reader who is new to your books start? Anywhere they want.  All my works are stand-alone reads.  I’m not a plotter, and I think it’s essential to a well-worked sequel.  Only two of my historical books are actually linked:  The Knight Before Christmas and Once Upon a Knight.  —- What do you most hope readers get from reading one of your books? A huge feeling of satisfaction – because it all came right in the end. Somehow, despite the incredible odds, the heroine and hero will be together and true love really does conquer everything. —- Which of your stories are you excited about right now? For historicals, I’d have to say, my  upcoming October release Knight Everlasting.  It just got a review from LONG AND SHORT REVIEWS that deserves a copy/paste: ********* “Jackie Ivie is a fantastic story teller.  Her descriptions of extreme emotion, whether it is a fight to the death or love making that transports to heavenly ecstasy, give the reader a vicarious experience in the thirteenth century Highlands where life was hard and the people who survived lived only by embracing extreme measures.  Ms. Ivie weaves superstitions, humor of the time, unique customs of the Highlanders, and the unending struggle to hold on to power...

Writer Wednesday, Interview with Paranormal Romance Author, Felicity Heaton

Which of your books is your favorite? Why? I think it’s hard to pinpoint which book is my favourite as I’ve written so many and they’re all quite different. My favourite series is by far my Vampires Realm series I write as F E Heaton. There are nine books in that series, and I’m currently writing the tenth, and I have ideas for at least another 10 books. If I had to choose just one book, I would say that my favourite is Love Immortal. It’s an epic vampire romance novel and the longest single story I’ve written at 160,000 words. It has everything I love in it–vampires, immortals, gods and goddesses, werewolves, mythology, and people with supernatural powers. It’s a really epic story and I loved writing it. How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing since 2003, and was e-published back in 2005. In 2006 I decided to go indie and haven’t looked back since. How long did it take you to write your most recent release? My latest novel is Ascension, the first book in my new series, the Shadow and Light Trilogy. It’s a 92000 word novel, and in total it probably took me around ten weeks to get it from idea to final product. That includes writing up notes, an outline, and character bios, and then the first draft, a second draft, a polish draft and then a couple of proofing rounds. What do you most hope readers get from reading one of your books? A chance to escape the world for a while, and characters they can fall in love with and care about. I write books for readers, to give them warm fuzzies at the end and leave them with a smile, and hopefully a sense of relaxation and happiness. Where should a reader who is new to your books start?...

Writer Wednesday: Interview w/ Young Adult and historical romance author, Kelly McClymer

Today, my guest is young adult and historical romance author, Kelly McClymer. Kelly is another of the many New York published authors who is releasing her out of print backlist books as ebooks. First her “official” bio: Kelly McClymer was born in South Carolina, but crossed the Mason-Dixon line to live in Delaware at age six. After one short stint living in South Carolina during junior high, she has remained above the line, and now lives in Maine with her husband and three children. Writing has been Kelly’s passion since her sixth grade essay on how to not bake bread earned her an A plus. After cleaning up the bread dough that oozed on to the floor, she gave up bread making for good and turned to writing as a creative outlet. A graduate of the University of Delaware (English major, of course) she spends her days writing and teaching writing. Which of your books is your favorite? Why? Whatever book I’m working on is always my favorite, because the possibilities are endless and the laces haven’t all been neatly tied off, as they are when the book is finally published. But each book brings a special thrill when I think of it (my first published novel, The Fairy Tale Bride (Once Upon a Wedding), for instance, reminds me of getting “the call”). Recently, when I reissued the ebook version, I had an opportunity to “retie the laces”as it were — to revise. That was great. Where should a reader who is new to your books start? Since 2006, I have been writing YA, and that is where I plan to continue (I have two YA novels in revisions as we speak). Starting with The Salem Witch Tryouts, the first in a trilogy about a cheerleading witch, is a good place to start. I am also releasing my out-of-print...

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