Friday, April 18, 2014

Feature Friday: Danielle Paige

Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy's. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

Interview:
A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

Danielle:
That there are so many opportunities out there. You just have to do the work first. And to really not box yourself into one genre or one thing. I started out in realistic fiction (if you can call soaps realistic) and ended up in Oz. I think you don't really know what you can do until you are doing it!

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?

Danielle: 
It changes. There are too many to choose from. I love the classics, like Austen and Dickens and Faulkner. As for YA, just finished Marissa Meyer's Cress which I was just in awe of. She is my retelling goddess!

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Dorothy Must Die?

Danielle: 
Total Oz fan. I have seen the movie a million times and read the Baum books.

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Dorothy Must Die?

Danielle:
What were they and how did you fix them? I really got into the groove of this big, action packed Oz world, but I had to remind myself to make time for the quieter moments so we can really see who Amy is. And I have an amazing editor, Bennett Madison. he's an expert on Oz and really great at letting me spout the kitchen sink at him until it works.

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in Dorothy Must Die is your favorite and why?

Danielle: 
I love them all. It depends on who I am writing that day. OF course, I love Amy because she is my hero. But right now. I'm digging into the Lion a bit and his corner of Oz and I'm loving him.

A.L.:
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey as an author?

Danielle:
Growing up I wanted to be a journalist. In college I discovered I wanted to write scripts and took an internship at a soap. My first writing job was actually for Guiding Light, a CBS soap.  But soaps were becoming extinct (5 were cancelled!) I wrote a tv pilot for MTV(sold, but not produced), but discovered how much I loved writing for teens. So I set my sights on YA. And now, Dorothy!

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

Danielle: 
Sequel to Dorothy, it's a trilogy!

A.L.:
What drew you toward The Wizard of Oz as a realm for retellings?

Danielle: 
I love Oz.I felt like there was another story there. I feel so lucky to be able to tell it and to have people reading it.

A.L.:
Do you prefer television or writing?

Danielle: 
It’s all writing. It’s all storytelling. I have been lucky enough to have gotten to to both! There is something really cool about seeing your name in the credits on tv and watching something you wrote come to life. But to know that people are cracking open your book and imagining a new Oz, is just the best.

A.L.:
Do you worry that readers who love Dorothy will be offended that you've turned her into a "bad guy" figure?

Danielle: 
I hope they pick up the book and see what I did and fall in love-to-hate with her like I did while writing her.

The Giveaway:
Danielle is giving away a signed hardcover of DOROTHY MUST DIE. US only.

Dorothy Must Die: I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!


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Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Muse: Kellee Maize: Dancing with Lightning

So, let's just remind everyone that squeaky wheels get the grease. I had no idea that this artist existed, until she messaged me on twitter and was like: I wanna be a muse. And low, I listen to her work and love her. Besides that, this song and video are now on the Anansi Chamber Music list -- which happens to be the music list for my upcoming book, NEXIS. You'll understand why when you read it!  Thanks so Kellee for speaking up!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Feature Friday: Elizabeth Fama

ELIZABETH FAMA is the YA author most recently of Plus One, an alternate-history thriller set in contemporary Chicago. Her other books include Monstrous Beauty, a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and an Odyssey honor winner, and Overboard, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a society of Midland Authors honor book, and a nominee for five state awards. A graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in biology and an M.B.A. and a Ph.D. in economics, she lives with (and cannot live without) her boisterous, creative family in Chicago.

Interview:

A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

Elizabeth:
I love Barbara Kingsolver's advice: "Learn as much as you can about the world itself. That means not just writing courses, [but] other courses. Probably I would say learn about science. There are very few fiction writers who know about biology, physics, environmental chemistry, and there’s a great need for science in the literary world."

And then I'd add that you should read challenging adult prose and poetry, so that you get a feel for how to use beautiful language unconventionally.

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?

Elizabeth:
In the young-adult realm, I think Megan Whalen Turner's Thief  series is my favorite, and it's because she trusts her readers to be smart. Nothing--absolutely nothing--is "explicated," as my editor would say. Turner shows subtle interactions between characters and knows you'll understand.

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Plus One?

Elizabeth:
I got the idea for Plus One when I drove my daughter to see a friend after surgery at 10 PM. The roads were clear, the street lights were timed, and we got to the hospital in twelve minutes instead of the thirty-five it would have taken during the day. As I waited for her in the car, on a dark, quiet street in front of Northwestern Memorial, I thought, "Why do we all try to live at the same time during the day? Why don't we spread the resources around the clock?" And then I started thinking, "What if we had to live at night? What health consequences would there be? Who would decide which shifts we were assigned to? What would it mean for rights and liberties?"

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Plus One?  What were they and how did you fix them?

Elizabeth:
The only snags were the usual: paralyzing fear that what I'm writing isn't going to resonate with any readers. I got over it the way I always do--by realizing that for the moment, I was the only reader who mattered.

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in Plus One is your favorite and why?

Elizabeth:
Sol is unlike anyone I've ever met before. She's passionately devoted to the people she loves, to the point of recklessness. It was both tumultuous and freeing to write in her voice.

A.L.:
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey as an author?

Elizabeth:
I've had a long journey as an author. I majored in Biology in college, intending to go to medical school. Then I switched gears and went to graduate school in economics, where I got an MBA and PhD. I secretly started dabbling in writing picture books and then a middle-grade novel (when I should have been writing my dissertation). I quickly knew that I loved writing, but I had no training--I wasn't even well-read, because of all the science and math courses I took in school. I also have a big family (four kids), and "writing in my spare time" was barely possible when they were young. So you can see that I feel like I'm both an aged veteran and a newbie! I've been practicing for two decades, learning and growing slowly, which is why I only have three books out so far--fewer than some hotshot twenty-somethings.

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

Elizabeth:
Plus One is a standalone, but I wrote a short story on Tor.com called "Noma Girl" that's a prequel companion piece. After I finish promoting Plus One, I'll go back to two projects: I'm slowly researching a young-adult historical fiction novel, and I'm writing a YA realistic contemporary about four boys and a dead body. No love interest this time!

A.L.:
Do you find it annoying that your husband's books sell better than yours?

Elizabeth:
Haha! My husband's finance textbook is still doing amazingly well in terms of royalties, a dozen years later. But each of my advances for Monstrous Beauty and Plus One did finally match his. (Now to try to earn out, which he did in his first year!)

A.L.:
When did you start playing tennis?

Elizabeth:
I started when I was about nine years old. My mom was clever: she signed me up for a summer tennis camp, and when I hated the first day, she told me "I've already paid for the first week ahead of time, just finish the week." I knew I could stick out a few days more. At the end of the week I didn't hate it anymore, I was ambivalent. "Let's try one more week, then," she suggested. In week-long increments, I grew quite fond of it! Tennis is a sport that only starts to reward you after you acquire some basic skills. I think she understood that.

A.L.:
Did you choose to write YA because you have young adult children or for a different reason?  (Obviously, we'd like to know what that reason is).

Elizabeth:
I do love it that my work is being pitched to teens, because I think books can change how you think when you're young. That said, the difference between YA and adult fiction is a lot more fluid lately. Adults are starting to realize that they enjoy the plot drive that they find in some YA literature. It's rare to find books for teens that are navel-gazing or pretentious. Kids wont' stand for it.

The Giveaway:
A hardcover from book depository (INT).

Plus One: Divided by day and night and on the run from authorities, star-crossed young lovers unearth a sinister conspiracy in this compelling romantic thriller.

Seventeen-year-old Soleil Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller prohibited by law from going out during the day. When she fakes an injury in order to get access to and kidnap her newborn niece—a day dweller, or Ray—she sets in motion a fast-paced adventure that will bring her into conflict with the powerful lawmakers who order her world, and draw her together with the boy she was destined to fall in love with, but who is also a Ray.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights, and a fast-paced romantic adventure story.





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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Come see me and many fabulous other authors at Authors After Dark this year!


Authors After Dark is coming QUICKLY and OMG this year is going to be INSANE!

As always AAD is about the readers, and the amount of awesome we have put together for you this year, you would be INSANE not to attend….

First, our amazing Master of Ceremonies is none other than Alexandra Ivy! She will be doing a cool little event to celebrate your favorite gargoyle, Levet on Friday! Wanna know more? Check out the FB group where Alex will be talking about the awesome that she has going on!

Torquere and authors BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot will be Sponsoring our Welcome event, the Midnight Rodeo… And it looks like We will have some VERY COOL goodies and… Riding… happening… *SNICKER*

How about Parties? This year we have a special event called the Leather and Lace Ball! Curious? We thought so! Take a ride on the wild side and let your inhibitions fly with five New York Times Bestselling Authors of erotic romance. Cuffs and corsets encouraged.

With:
J. Kenner, Liliana Hart, Carly Phillips, Janelle Denison, Jasinda Wilder and Lorelei James

The ladies will be talking more about this on the FB group starting soon!

New for 2014 is the Paranormal Party! Join over 20 Paranormal authors who will be giving away goodies, some books and hanging out with you to snack and chat! Wanna know what authors are involved? You will have to join the FB group to see!


And of course, we have the amazing Masquerade Ball! This year it’s the SINS AND VIRTUES BALL! Are you a sin or a virtue? Join us for a wild costumed event! Prizes for the best costumes, including a 200$ gift certificate to Lori Ann Costumes!

Your Sins and Virtues Sponsors:
Sin Lust
Boone Brux
Opal Carew

Sin Pride
BA Tortuga
Andrew Grey

Sin Envy
Stella Price
TJ Michaels

Sin Gluttony
Desiree Holt
Saranna DeWylde

Sin Greed
Ann Mayburn
Heather Long

Sin Sloth
Lizzie T. Leaf
Julie Morgan

Sin Wrath
Stacey Kennedy
Marianne Morea

Virtue Charity
Kerry Adrienne
Trista Ann

Virtue Chastity
Jenn LeBlanc
Annabel Jospeh

Virtue Humility
Milly Taiden
Donna McDonald

Virtue Kindness
CJ Ellisson
Alexandra Ivy

Virtue Temprance
J. Kenner
Sidney

Virtue Diligence
Denise Grover Swank
Jenna McCormick

Virtue Patience
Lousia Bacio
Kallypso masters

And if THAT isn’t enough awesome that will be going on… This year we have an amazing off site costumed event… the Ladies on the Green event sponsored by the AAD Anachronistic Society! This will be an hour and a Half on the famous GREEN in Charlotte (a half block from the hotel). It will be a Costumed event (though Costumes are not required they are encouraged!) to celebrate Gothic, Victorian, steampunk dark historical literature! Your hosts will be: Sahara Kelly, Amanda McIntyre, Leanna Renee Hieber, A.L. Davroe and S.A. Price. Prizes and readings will happen, as well as photo ops!

And NEVER forget the Amazing Open bar with Mel Schroeder and friends! They have SO MUCH awesome set up for you just before the Bookies… you do NOT wanna miss that!

Getting excited yet? How about some info on the AWESOME mini events we have going on? Ready?

On Wed. Night,  Join Sasha White and Joey W. Hill for a wild party and Q&A, Also, the Blind Date Book Party will be open to start your con right! (If you have never done a BDBP, you are MISSING out! You need to attend, Get your blind date book, find the author that wrote it, and hang out with them!)

Thursday?  Panels up the wazoo, and the Bookie Awards----- goodies and books to be given out! The hangout with The GNO girls lead by CJ Ellisson and Boone Brux for some crazy fun! And if that wasn’t enough?  Readings and a Blogger Sleepover party as well!

Friday? More panels, a games carnival with Nina Gooden and Pals, Name that Author with Cat Johnson, and some other fun surprises!

Saturday? A few panels, the Big ass booksigning with 100 authors,  the Cowboy Stampede party, the Readers Mad Tea Party with Hildie McQueen, An after the bookies event with a special publisher sponsor, And Jess Michaels’ Birthday extravaganza!

SEE? SO MUCH AWESOME! All the authors that are involved with parties will be talking about their involvement on the FB group, so join up and get ready to rock.

Oh? You say you’re not registered for AAD yet? You need to be! All registrants get put in the hat for the welcome party prizes, and these prizes are AMAZING! Breakfast with authors, Booze and Books, side trips to Carrowwinds…. We have a minimum of 90 special prizes…. So…

You need to rock this con! And as if this wasn’t enough…. AAD will be giving away something really awesome to registrants…. Wanna know what?

How about 5 VIP registrations for THE NOVEL EXPERIENCE 2015 in LAS VEGAS? YES… 5!


And…

How about this… If we hit 100 more registrations from TODAY April 10th to June 10th, we will give away 2 AAD registrations for 2015…  2!!!!! So get registered, get your room and get ready for one HELL of an amazing year with us!

 JOIN US! WE CANT WAIT TO HANGOUT WITH YOU!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Feature Friday: Micah Caida

Micah Caida is the melding of two voices, two personalities and two minds, which often turns up the strangest ideas.  Micah enjoys exploring how different characters react and deal with similar situations.  Life is often filled with the unexpected – both good and bad.  While creating the Red Moon series, Micah hit upon a very unusual “what if” that exploded into an epic story filled with teenagers who face impossible odds, but are the only ones who can save the world from itself. 
www.micahcaida.com
https://twitter.com/micahcaida

Interview 2 -- On Music:

A.L.:
If you could pick out your own theme song what would it be and why?

Micah:
Picking just one theme song for “me” is sort of like picking just one favorite book or movie. I like constant entertainment, which is one reason I love writing. That’s why when I work on a story I’m entertaining me first.  If I had to pick a type of music for a theme song, it would be a fused creation of new wave that has a Latino slant, like something by Johannes Linstead. I grew up in Tampa, Florida where I was surrounded by Cuban guitarists.  It’s timeless and a distinctive sound that you recognize in the first few notes.

A.L.:
Is there a genre/style of music that you think best fits your writing style?

Micah:
Not really. I have a very eclectic ear.  When writing, I may be listening to Maroon 5 one day, then Earl Klugh or Ray Lynch (jazz) the next day and The Beatles on another day, then country music the next.  It depends on my frame of mind.  For example, if I’m writing a fight scene, I might be playing Stand Up And Fight by Turisas.   That would probably be the theme song for the Red Moon trilogy, because every teen in the series has to decide what is worth standing up and fighting for when the odds are against them.

A.L.:
What about Rayen, your main character in the Red Moon trilogy?  Can you pick out a theme song for her and why?  Would she have a different theme song in book two?

Micah:
Rayen’s character is what’s driving me to the finish of the Red Moon trilogy, and makes me want to finish Book 3 as soon as possible. Watching her fight and struggle is heartbreaking at times, and I can’t wait for readers to find out what happens.  When I think of Rayen, I hear Love Somebody by Maroon 5.  It’s a haunting, yet energetic, melody and I can hear those words in her mind when I’m in her point of view.   “I really want to love somebody…”  Deep down inside, she has a yearning to belong to someone and not just continue living literally from minute to minute.  Her music is different for each story and I can’t tell you what her song is for TIME LOCK (the last book in the trilogy) without giving away a spoiler.

A.L.:
If you could learn one instrument, what would it be and why?

Micah:
I would play the guitar.  My mother could play and I gave it a shot. I have a very nice guitar, but I was also an artist and you have to abuse your fingers to play the music I was interested in. When it came to a choice between the two, I wasn’t dedicated enough to play seriously.  I do love to strum on occasion, but it’s not in me to work that hard to learn when I’ll never play the music that is capable of moving me.   I can sit for hours and listen to a gifted guitarist.

A.L.:
If, for some terrible reason, you could only pick one song to survive the devastation of mankind what song would it be and why?

Micah:
One song to hear over and over and over, huh?  It would not have words and based on what I’ve told you above it would be Johannes Linstead or Ottmar Liebert – that’s a tough one. If I had to choose, it would be Kiss The Earth by Johannes Linstead. I could listen to that nonstop and never get tired of it.

A.L.:
Do you like to listen to music when you write?  What kind?  Was there a particular music list for when you wrote the Red Moon trilogy?  If so, will you share it with us?

Micah:
I feel like the house is empty if no music is playing.   I didn’t write a playlist, but this is the one I listened to while writing Time Return (don’t forget, I warned you it would be eclectic):

Hopeless Wanderer – Mumford & Sons
Demons – Imagine Dragons
Love Somebody – Maroon 5
For Roach – Jimmie Spheeris (very old)
Out Of My Head – Theory Of A Deadman
Gotta Be Somebody – NickelBack
Breathe – Johannes Linstead
Stand Up And Fight – Turisas.
I Am The Mercury – Jimmie Spheeris
See You Again – Carrie Underwood

The Giveaway:
Micah will give TWO winners a choice of either TIME TRAP or TIME RETURN.  (in case the winner hasn't read the first book--they are definitely best read in order)--signed paperbacks to Continental US only.

Time Return:  In this coming of age debut trilogy, USA Today Micah Caida turns dystopian young adult fiction on its ear with a breathtakingly fresh science fiction, fantasy story that is as much a thriller as it is a romantic tale.

Her Time. His Time. No Time
Rayen promised to return, Gabby must return, and Tony can’t return. 


Three teenage friends are connected by a shared secret that forces a decision with consequences no one expects. When Rayen arrives on the Red Moon sphere again, she finds shocking changes. Her arrival causes more upheaval and danger for the MystiK children, creating a heart wrenching challenge for Callan who must choose between duty and holding onto the one girl he can’t have. But walking away is harder than he expects when a new MystiK male in the sphere is poised to take Callan’s place. Under threat of attack from an unexpected enemy, Rayen and Callan must put their personal feelings aside to unite a village in chaos. 


Choices backfire, trust is forfeit and alliances shift as elements of the Damian Prophecy begin to fall into place and the time of reckoning is closer than anyone expected.


Books in Correct reading order:
Time Trap—Book 1  (Available now)
Time Return—Book 2  (Available now)
Time Lock—Book 3  (June 2014)

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Feature Friday: Lynne Matson

Lynne Matson grew up in Georgia in a house full of books and a backyard full of gnarly pines. Back then, Lynne would stay up late, reading Nancy Drew books under the covers (with a flashlight . . . a weak attempt at ninja stealth). Now she still stays up late reading books and writing them. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, you’ll find her listening to music, messing around with paint, or hanging out with her husband and their four boys . . . or all of the above.

Interview:
A.L.:
What piece of advice would you give to a budding author?

Lynne:
Read widely, write daily, be positive and persistent.:) Seriously, reading across all genres really helps develop a feel for rhythm and cadence in prose, not to mention an inherent sense of good pacing. And writing? Oh gosh, sometimes it’s HARD, but the more you write, the better writer you become. And through it all, be positive believe in yourself and your writing, and if you stay positive, it will give you the strength to keep going when the publishing road gets bumpy. You can do it!!!

A.L.:
What's your favorite book and why?

Lynne:
Amanda, you know I can't pick just one, right?! IT'S IMPOSSIBLE.:) I love SO many books, but books I LOVE and have re-read multiple times? The Dragonriders of PERN series by Anne McCaffrey is one of my all-time favorites; they’re BRILLIANT. More recent books? The HARRY POTTER series by J.K. Rowling, IF I STAY and WHERE SHE WENT by Gayle Forman, The JENNA FOX Chronicles by Mary Pearson, GRACELING by Kristen Cashore, THE ART OF LAINEY by Paula Stokes, and BENEATH THESE BROKEN STARS by Aime Kaufman and Meagan Spooner. I'll stop now.:)

A.L.:
Where did you get the idea for Nil?

Lynne:
I adore this question, because the entire idea of NIL came to me in one clear moment I can pinpoint to this day. NIL was born in Hawaii, on the big island. It was our first real getaway from our four boys, EVER. As we left the airport after landing on our first day, we drove through miles of ancient lava fields. Broken red rock stretched endlessly on each side, gorgeous and desolate. No roads, no buildings, no people–just the eerie sound of wind blowing over the barren rocks. I remember thinking how much it all looked like an alien planet, and thinking how creepy it would be to wake up there, alone. And I remember thinking how scary it would be as a teenager, to wake up by yourself, not having a clue where you were or how you how got there, and what if–because isn’t this every person’s worst nightmare?!–you woke up naked? NIL was born in that moment. That barren-red-rock visual locked in my head, and that's what Charley sees when she first wakes up in Nil.

A.L.:
Did you hit any snags while writing Nil?  What were they and how did you fix them?

Lynne:
Snags?! *nervous laughter* Actually, yes! There was one point where I realized the tension had faded, because the threat had lessened. To fix it, I ended up killing off a character I really liked because it felt it necessary…even though it made another character hurt immensely.:(

A.L.:
Which one of the characters in Nil is your favorite and why?

Lynne:
Oh my gosh, hard question Amanda. It’s like asking to pick among my children..:) I LOVE THEM ALL! Thad! Charley! There's a BIG cast of characters on NIL because of the "revolving door" feel of the island, but two of my favorites (besides my MC's Charley & Thad) are Dex (love him! And his Nil bling...) and Rives. Rives fascinates me still. If there were to be a sequel, it will be from Rives's point of view. :) *runs away before I spill NIL sekrits* ;)

A.L.:
Can you tell us a little bit about your journey as an author?

Lynne:
Sure! I actually wrote an entire post on this subject which can be found here: http://lynnematson.blogspot.com/2012/07/power-of-three-or-how-i-found-my-agent.html. But the short version is that I never stopped writing, never stopped working on my craft, and never stopped believing. And never stopped dreaming. If you don’t believe in your work, who will?

A.L.:
What are you working on now?  Sequel?  Something new?

Lynne:
Ahhhhh!!! I can’t say. BUT I HOPE TO HAVE NEWS REALLY SOON.:)

A.L.:
Do you ever wish you had a daughter?

Lynne:
This is a GREAT question. Actually, no. I ADORE my 4 boys, and I think I'm a good boy mom. I've been paintballing, surfing, trail biking, paddleboarding, and skiing with them, coached soccer and basketball teams, and can host a killer Nerf birthday party with epic washer/dryer box barriers.  I'm sure if I had a daughter, it would be awesome, but I've never once wished for one. I think I have the family that God intended for me to have, and that makes me SO happy. And so many of my best friends have girls that they feel like my daughters too.:)

A.L.:
If you were stranded on an island, what one thing would you need more than anything else to survive?

Lynne:
Something to catch fresh water. Lack of fresh water would be a death sentence for sure.

A.L.:
If you had to battle for the last Thin Mint in existence, what weapon would you choose for your opponent and why?

Lynne:
BEST. QUESTION. EVER. After careful thought, I'm going with a glass of milk. I'd place it nearby, and when my opponent's attention is distracted by the glass of milk, I'd stealthily snatch the box of Thin Mints out of their hand. Diversion . . . the perfect weapon.:)

The Giveaway:
A signed copy of NIL plus swag. (US)

Nil: On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days--to escape, or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with dangers, their greatest threat is time.


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kick it into gear!

New Short Fiction Market Kickstarter Launch – Fantasy Scroll Magazine publishes science fiction, fantasy, horror, and paranormal short stories, with one mission in mind: to provide high quality, entertaining, and thought-provoking speculative fiction. Currently, the magazine is running a Kickstarter campaign designed to help with the initial start-up, its main goal being to pay writers what they deserve. To contribute, spread the word, or learn more about the campaign, please visit: http://kck.st/1pp8ZVh.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Muse: Iggy Azalea -- Fancy


Clueless and a crazy adorable rapper girl (x2)? Uh, yes. Just as an FYI, I'm totally an Iggy Azalea fangirl. *shrugs* Who knew?