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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...

Writer Wednesday: Interview with Historical Romance Author, Marsha Canham

I want to welcome Marsha Canham to my blog! I met Marsha recently on the new road of publishing–digital self-publishing. Her previously out-of-print pirate romances have found new life in ebooks and readers are gobbling them up! Here is her “official” bio from her web site: Marsha is the author of sixteen Historical Romances and one Contemporary Romance. She has won multiple awards for swashbuckling romance, including a starred review from Publishers Weekly touting the sizzling pirate adventure The Iron Rose as one of the six best mass market books for the year. A USA Today Bestselling author with a loyal readership, many appreciate her use of history, action, and adventure to place the reader right into the heart of the story. Which of your books is your favorite? Why? I have always had a total soft spot in my heart for The Wind and the Sea, mainly because it was my first real big swashbuckling adventure. I had Errol Flynn swinging across every page, the dagger clutching my teeth, the sword in my hand. It was great fun, and to cap it off, won me my first three awards. One was from Romantic Times, who didn’t have a catagory at the time to place it in, so they came up with “Swashbuckler of the Year”. Then there was Affaire de Coeur, who awarded me a Silver Pen for Excellence. The third award was presented for being the best selling romance across Canada. I was crushed, absolutely crushed when the publisher went bankrupt and TWATS vanished into oblivion. If this ebook revolution has done nothing else, it has allowed me to breathe new life into The Wind and the Sea. Where should a reader who is new to your books start? Well…page one is always a good place to start. LOL I hope they have fun. I hope they...

Interview with YA author, Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater has a new release! I discovered Maggie not long after her first book, Lament came out. I loved it, my mom loved it, you would probably love it too. :) It’s YA, as is her new book, but definitely something adults who like fantasy will enjoy too. So, when I heard she had a new book, part of a new series that features werewolves, coming out, I definitely wanted to have her stop by the blog to answer a few questions, and she nicely agreed. Q.) First can you give us an overview of your new release Shiver? M.S.) Yup. The spiel: It’s a bittersweet love story about Grace, a girl who has always loved the wolves behind her house, and the Sam, a boy who has to become a wolf each winter. Each summer he gets fewer and fewer months as a human, so when they fall in love, the countdown begins. Q.) How is this book similar/different from your first book Lament? M.S.) It’s a lot more character driven. There were a lot of scenes where I thought “this scene really ought to have a corpse or something to move it along” — but it wasn’t that kind of book. It’s a slower, more detailed book. I think you could speed read LAMENT and get the gist. I don’t think you could speed read SHIVER. Well, you could, but I think it would be pretty boring. Q.) Where did you get the idea to have a character whose shifts are tied to the seasons? M.S.) I was trying to think of something cyclical, like the phases of the moon, but that would give me more time to play with inside the cycle. The seasons worked perfectly, plus it gave me built in, easy to understand tension as the temperature dropped. Q.) Is Sam part of...

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