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Author-go-Round: Nina Day Gerard

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000026_00016]This week’s Author-Go-Round interview with Nina Day Gerard may answer some of the questions you’ve always wanted to ask about romance writing…but were afraid to ask! Welcome, Nina!

Q: How did you become a romance writer?

A: I gave myself the title Accidental Romance Writer. I’ve been writing stories since I was in the third grade, and I’ve been reading romance since high school when I used to trade Harlequin novels with my girlfriends. Then in 2012 I had kind of a V8 moment when I realized “Hey, I could do this—I SHOULD do this!” and that led to my first short story The Long Road Home in the 2014 Shades of Pink Romance Anthology supporting breast cancer research, and my first novel My Brother’s Keeper.

Q: What’s the most popular question you get about being a romance author?

A: The one thing I get asked all the time is whether or not I write about the real-life experiences I’ve had in terms of the relationships or the love scenes. But it’s not classy to kiss and tell, in my opinion.

Q: But aren’t the love scenes—and in some cases the sex scenes—what people most associate with contemporary romance?

A: I would agree with that. And I’m more than happy to talk about what goes into writing those scenes from a crafting standpoint.

Q: How do you decide the heat level of your material in terms of that?

A: The easiest way to answer that is to say that I became inspired to write romance by the love stories I have enjoyed reading. I never set out to write about a certain amount of sex per se. But like any healthy adult romantic relationship, there has to be the right balance of a strong romantic and emotional bond, along with great chemistry and attraction. To me, one just makes the other better, and vice-versa. In a good love story, by the time you get to the first love scene, the reader should experience the intensity of what the two people feel for each other—that just makes the sex better. Those are the kinds of relationships I like to read about, and so that’s how I try to write.

Q: Do you ever get embarrassed when you think about people reading some of those scenes?

A: Oh my gosh, yes! Not the fans per se, these are all readers who are accustomed to the genre and probably expect a certain level of heat. But my mother, for instance, begged me for months to read the manuscript of My Brother’s Keeper. I finally relented and sent it to her. She gave me great feedback, and thankfully had the sense not to mention any of the love scenes. That went undiscussed. But now I don’t feel shy about sharing my writing with her anymore.

Q: What other romance authors have inspired you?

A: At the top of my list would be Maya Banks (KGI and Slow Burn series). She is the master at writing with that balance I was talking about. I love her characters. Same with Christine Feehan (Drake Sisters, Ghost Walker and Sisters of the Heart Series). I devoured these books as soon as they were published.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: Well, the Second Edition of My Brother’s Keeper is now available on Kindle, and Burlesque Bad, Book 1 of my Destiny of Dance series, is due out this summer.

For purchase links and trailer to My Brother’s Keeper, a preview of the Destiny of Dance series, her blog A Fine Romance, and to join Nina’s mailing list for a free exclusive edition of The Long Road Home with story Epilogue, please visit www.ninadaygerard.com. (She’ll never spam you, just periodic updates about her books!)

 

Authors, Excerpts, Reviews

Author-go-Round: Tracy Lawson

003(48)Hi! I’m Tracy Lawson, and I’m so excited to be featured on Week 2 of this Author Interview-go-Round! I’m the author of Counteract and Resist, the first two volumes of the YA dystopian Resistance Series. Ignite, the third book in the series, is slated for release in summer 2016!

Here’s a quick summary of the series so far:

The Resistance Series takes place in a near-future version of the United States. The powerful Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has enacted a long list of Civilian Restrictions designed to keep the people safe from frequent terrorist attacks, but it hasn’t worked: as the story opens, the threat of a chemical weapons attack is literally hanging over everyone’s heads.

Careen takes the OCSD’s offered antidote, but the side effects cause her to hallucinate. Her erratic behavior attracts the attention of a young law enforcement officer, who mistakenly pegs her as a dissident. Careen doesn’t realize the antidote is causing her confusion…until she runs out on the day of the anticipated attack.

Tommy, recuperating from injuries sustained in a recent auto accident, is unaware that there’s a link between that accident, which killed his parents, and the chemical weapons attack that threatens him now. When he discovers that working out before he takes his dose of the antidote helps him feel more like himself, he defies the rules to regain his strength and his sanity. On the day of the attack, he meets Careen, who just might be the girl of his dreams, and tries to save her by sharing his last dose of the antidote, even though doing so could potentially hasten his own death.

What Careen and Tommy learn about the true nature of the terrorist threat spurs them to take action; their decisions lead them to run afoul of local law enforcement, team up with an underground resistance group, and ultimately take their quest for the truth to the highest reaches of the United States government.003(35) copy

In Resist, the second volume in the Resistance Series, Tommy and Careen are no longer naïve, frightened teenagers who believe the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense can protect them from terrorist attacks. They’ve discovered the OCSD’s miracle antidote’s true purpose: to create a population bereft of free will, incapable of defying the tyrannical OCSD. They join the Resistance, but on their first mission, things spin out of control and soon they’re on the run, dodging the quadrant marshals in a headlong dash for the Resistance’s secret headquarters.

Being part of the Resistance presents them with new challenges. Not everyone working for change will prove trustworthy, and plans to spark revolution go awry with consequences greater than they could’ve imagined. Tommy and Careen’s relationship is tested when their philosophical differences and the pressures of interpersonal rivalries and jealousy put a strain on their romance. Can they make time for each other while trying to start a revolution?

I love to talk to readers, and I’ve answered some interesting questions at book festivals and school visits. I’d like to share some of them with you:

How did you get the idea for your books? This question can be answered with a question. I was mentoring a friend of my daughter’s when the initial idea for Counteract came about. Chase is a pretty sharp guy and an excellent writer—and when he was in high school I had a lot of fun working with him and editing some of his short stories. We had finished working on a story about baseball, a broken nose, and a broken heart, and were ready to start something new, when he suggested we write scenes in response to the prompt: “What if everyone was on LSD and all thoughts were communal?” It was certainly thought provoking! Chase created the characters Tommy and Eduardo, I created Careen. Right away, we knew we were onto something. The story morphed and changed a lot before it became the finished version of Counteract—but that was how it all began.

What kind of research did you do while writing Counteract? A high school student asked me this question when I visited her English class, and I have to admit I totally fell for it. I responded, “Oh, I did lots of research.” Several people in the class looked surprised, and a few began to giggle. It took a second before I realized they’d asked if I’d tripped on LSD as part of my research, so I quickly qualified my answer. “I totally Googled LSD!” Actually, my browser history might look pretty odd to anyone who didn’t know I was researching a book about a society paralyzed by the fear of terrorism and an oppressive government. I’ve Googled guns, explosives, detonator cord, terrorist attacks, torture methods, and even a floor plan of the Capitol building. Don’t call the NSA on me, okay?

Did you get your ideas from another series? Is this story going to turn into another love triangle like Team Edward and Team Jacob in the Twilight series? When I was writing Counteract, and then Resist, I made every effort to craft a story that was different from the other popular teen books, like Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight. I even avoided reading The Hunger Games until I was finished writing Counteract so I wouldn’t be influenced. Love triangles are great devices in fiction, and Careen, my heroine, does attract the attention of two different guys, but it’s not the main focus of the story, and it does have a twist you won’t find in Twilight.

At almost every school visit, someone will ask how I chose the color orange for the CSD antidote in my book. One student noted that CSD is the same color as hallucination-causing drug that was used on Tris in the Divergent series.

At first, I’d envisioned the antidote as red, but when I saw the red liquid in the glass vial, I thought, ‘oh, no—everyone will think it’s vampire blood. This isn’t a vampire story.’ What other color could I choose? I eliminated blue, green, and purple, because cool colors are happy colors. I couldn’t use yellow (that’s when I pause until someone in the class starts to laugh) because it looks like pee. So that left orange, and that worked, because orange means caution and danger. I’d bet Veronica Roth arrived at her orange antidote using a similar process of elimination!

In the first chapter, you say something about Tommy being in an accident. I want to know more. Why didn’t you tell about the accident? This has to be one of the most amazing questions I’ve ever had, because it came from a very bright eight-year-old! My books are geared for ages 12 and up, and I don’t usually get questions from elementary-school children, but Bennett, who is the son of longtime friends, had been reading his older brother’s copy of Counteract before school that morning I visited his combined class of fourth through eighth graders.

I explained, “Bennett, you and I have known each other your whole life. But if we’d just met, and I said, ‘Hi, I’m Tracy Lawson, and I’ve come to speak to your school today. Back when I was born in Cincinnati in nineteen sixty something…’ you’d get bored and tune me out. I shouldn’t try to tell you my whole life story at once. Same with Tommy. I need you to get interested in him, and his immediate situation, before I tell you his backstory. What chapter are you on right now?” Bennett replied he’d just started Chapter 3. “Okay—you’re just about to learn about the accident that killed his parents and put him in the hospital.”

Counteract and Resist are available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s online store in both print and ebook editions.

Amazon buy links:

Counteract: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013ZBPH7Q

Resist: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B013Z7URKM

Barnes & Noble:

Counteract: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/counteract-tracy-lawson/1120081568?ean=9780996610803

Resist: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/resist-tracy-lawson/1122581420?ean=9780996610827

Signed copies are available through Tracy’s website at http://counteractbook.com/lawson-publishing/

The audio book version of Counteract is nearing completion—so look for its release in February!

Want more behind the scenes info and updates about the Resistance Series?

Follow Tracy on

Twitter: @TracySLawson

Facebook: http://facebook.com/TracyLawsonAuthor

Also please visit these awesome authors: 

Eve Connelly, www.eveconnelly.wordpress.com

Nina Day Gerard, www.ninadaygerard.com

Miracle Austin, www.miracleaustin.com

Connie Peck, conniepeck.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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YA Blogfest

YA+BlogfestWelcome to this year’s Young Adult Blogfest from Apryl Baker! For the full range of authors and giveaways, click over to My Crazy Corner.  Apryl has veteran authors and brand new authors joining her for this epic two-month event. From NYT and USA Today bestselling authors to brand new authors. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones! Each author has created a unique post for their book(s), including buy links and giveaways. Check it out!

If you are eager to read MY brang new nrver-before-seen post, you have to wait until August 28.

In the meantime, sign up to win a free autographed copy of ALL three of my flying horse books!    Flying Horse GIVEAWAY!!

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Writing Successfully

anpencil3I love to write. That doesn’t mean I sit down eagerly at the computer every day and write thousands of words. Even with something I love to do, I have to come up with motivation and perseverance. I’m sure it’s true for my students, too, especially those who hate to write. My hope today is that if I share some of my frustrations with the very beginning of the process, others will be able to be inspired.

MOTIVATION. You would think that enjoying writing would be a motivation. It is, I suppose, but it’s not enough. I think of my current novel as a wonderful finished product, or bask in well-written chapters that are already completed. I am just about 2/3 done with the first draft, but haven’t been able to make much progress for months. I know that when I get started the words will flow until I am drained. I know that if I force myself just to start writing that the first page or so may very well be garbage I have to cut later. Having started, however, is what’s important. The good stuff hides behind a wall. Once that wall is broken, it leaps out.

I’ve finished four novels. The fact that I know I can do it is motivation. Chapters whirl around in my head until they just about spring forth on their own. The story I’m writing, Aloha Spirit, is a good one. I’m very happy with what I’ve drafted so far. I have ideas for revision, and sometimes I go back and work on a revision as a way to get started again. The motivation is there, I just need to move it from, “Someday this book will be finished, and it will be good” to “Today I need to write 2,000 words.”

PERSEVERANCE  Students know about procrastination. It’s much easier to put something off than it is to do it. Mostly I read or play Facebook games. For hours and hours. My mind tells me that I can write for an hour and still have an hour to read, and probably an hour to play Candy Crush, too. Life gets in the way, too, of writing. Grocery shopping, house cleaning, yard work, the gym, walking the dogs, cooking, errands–some of those things I enjoy very much, some not. They all get in the way of writing. The trick is to keep coming back to the piece you’re working on whether it’s been two hours, two days, or two years since you started.

I’ve always said that authors are the ones who persevered to finish their novel. I know several people with truly awesome unfinished stories. I have one of those too (Aloha Spirit!). The only difference between novelists and writers is that authors persevere until they are done. My first book, On a Wing and a Dare, took seven years. I gave it up for months at a time. I completely started over three times. I revised the entire thing four times. Most importantly, I finished it.

So whatever you use for motivation and however strong your perseverance is, I wish you good writing. I’m off to start that next chapter.

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Kathleen Marentes–About the Author

authorcoverKathleen Marentes is a wife and mother from Nebraska. At six years old she wrote her first book, a six-page story about talking horses, and knew from that moment she wanted to be an author. Her love of horses started with riding lessons at an early age, and she spent most of her teenage and young adult years working at a ranch. In her years working with horses, she saw both the good and the bad, and that prompted her to write her first novel, The Shadows Breathe. She plans to have at least two more books in the series.

The author’s favorite part of The Shadows Breathe:

When I think of The Shadows Breathe, two parts of the book really stand out above the rest for me. The first part is the scene where Kara is watching an upsetting training session between Ryan and Lea. Kara sees that Lea is different from other horses in that scene because instead of submitting to the harsh hand that is hurting her, she fights back. But she doesn’t just lash out and flee; Lea actually turns her head and looks at her attacker. She’s a smart horse, and Kara knows she’s worth saving. My other favorite part is towards the end. Without giving too much away, I’ll say that we see the great love that Kara and her other favorite horse, Asia, have developed for each other. A bond between a human and a horse can be such a strong and emotional thing, something I’m sure those in the horse world can relate to.

 

http://amzn.com/B00FKVHH78     Link to the book on Amazon

http://victoriautumn.wix.com/kathleenmarentes     Author’s website

www.facebook.com/KathleenMarentes   Author’s facebook page

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20767428-the-shadows-breathe   Author’s goodreads page

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Book Signing Tomorrow!

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is located at 4075 Evergreen Village Square, Suite #150. It’s a great place to get a cup of coffee and something to eat, and I will be there tomorrow selling and signing books. It’s a particularly good time to come out to see me–I will have my entire flying horse trilogy as well as my new historical fiction book. If you are anywhere near San Jose tomorrow, Evergreen Coffee Company is the place to be!

 

Authors

Interview: Emily Thompson

Emily Thompson is the author of the Clockwork Twist series. Book 1: Waking is available now, and Book 2: Twist comes out January 14, 2014.

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What do you do when you are not writing?

I probably spend about half of my free time writing, or at least thinking about my stories.  I forgot how to flip that switch off a while ago.  But when I’m not actually working on my books, I love to read a good book, go out to see a movie, or sit at home and marathon sci-fi TV on Netflix.  I find that in-taking copious amounts of stories and media helps to keep my muse in fighting form.  Plus, I’m a serious sci-fi/fantasy TV junky.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

As a Steampunk writer, my first instinct is to say Jules Verne.  But I must admit that although I adore Verne and have read nearly all of his books that I can find (in English), he isn’t actually the writer who I most look up to.  His characters are lovely, his stories fantastic, and his style is charming.  But I can’t read French, so I can’t really appreciate his voice without a translator.

When I really think about the artistry of the English language, I go right for Oscar Wilde.  There are many great writers in our language who can inspire and challenge us to grow as artists, but I’ve read sentences by Wilde that make me just stop and stare in awe.  There’s a grace and depth to Wilde’s writing that really speaks to me, and it represents a level of care that I often feel is lacking in more modern English writing.  If I could hone my craft through diligent work and study for the rest of my life, then someday I might just be able to write half as well as Wilde.  And that is the goal I strive for in my writing.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

There are two new authors I simply adore.  One is Tana French, who writes some of the best psychological mystery novels I’ve ever seen.  Her stories feel real and honest, even when things start to turn toward insanity.  Like Mary Shelley, Tana French can turn her characters slowly mad with such finesse that you start to taste what it would feel like to lose your mind, yourself.  Her books are wonderfully creepy, without a moment of gore.

The other author I love right now is Félix J. Palma.  He bends literary rules to their breaking points, smashes the forth wall to bits, and his books are unrelentingly long.  And yet, I adore his work.  Even the very first few pages of The Map of Time glimmered and crackled with powerful writing magic.  I was swept instantly into his story, and forever delighted and surprised throughout.  I swear he is the reincarnation of Verne, upgraded for modern Steampunk.

I find it interesting to know what environment people write in. Do you use a pen and paper, laptop? Quiet room, music or what?

I love to write in a café.  I’ve got a simple, slow, but light and reliable little laptop that I take with me to various coffee shops around where I live.  Some trip-hop or chillstep playing on my headphones, a decent cappuccino, and a handful of undisturbed hours is all I really need to get the pages done.  Sometime I try to write in other places, but it’s never as easy for me.  I think I’ve trained myself by now that café time = writing time.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

There’s a tendency in Steampunk, and a lot of other modern fiction, to go the gritty dystopian route.  I love a good goggles and zombies story as much as the next person, but I don’t like to see a predominance of one type of book in the genre.  For me, Steampunk is also brilliant for escapism.  What other genre has airship pirates?  So, when I first set out to follow Twist around the world, I made a conscious decision to keep delight and wonder at the forefront of the story.  Things don’t always go smoothly for Twist, and he’s going to face quite a few difficulties and dark moments in the future books, but every trial he encounters is put in place to help him to grow and I make sure he enjoys the results.  The only thing that I want people to take away from my books is a sense of adventure, and a truly good time.

What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would your characters order?

What a lovely question!  I would imagine that Twist would order something simple, non-sweet, and bold: a double, dry, cappuccino perhaps.  The clockwork princess doesn’t have a stomach or taste buds, but if she did I’m sure she’d get something like a strawberries and cream Frappuccino, with extra caramel sauce and whipped cream.  Jonas Davis, on the other hand, wouldn’t be happy with something easy.  He’d probably get a no-water chai, with an ad-shot or two, and a pump of mocha just for fun.

READ MORE FROM EMILY THOMPSON ON HER WEBSITE.

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Clockwork Twist Synopsis

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Twist has never left London, until today. Now he’s traveling on an airship—with a crew that insists they’re not pirates—on his way to find the clockwork princess because he’s the only one who can fix her…

In true Neo-Victorian style, Clockwork Twist is set in a lush and vibrant world where things are as you might expect in 1878. That is, of course, if fantastic creatures like djinn, faeries, kitsunes and vampires were commonplace. An increasing number of people are being born with supernatural senses, called Sights. While airship tourism is sweeping the globe, air-piracy is also on the rise.

Twist is among the Sighted, but his Sight is unusual. While others might be able to see and hear over great distances, find anything they can imagine anywhere in the world, or even recognize every type of flower by scent alone, Twist’s Sight shows him only damage. Whenever he touches a broken clock or machine, he can instantly understand the damage and can fix it easily. If he touches a person, even for a moment, his mind fills with a terrible vision of whatever trauma or pain once broke them. Naturally, he’s chosen a solitary existence and shuns all human contact.

Unfortunately, thanks to his seclusion, Twist is also unfamiliar with everything beyond his own clock shop, hidden away on a quiet and ever-drizzly London street. When a treasure hunter arrives at his door with proof that they have found the fabled clockwork princess—Twist’s favorite old fairy tale—it’s up to Twist alone to bring her back to life.

Set out with Twist on a harrowing journey across the world, stopping at the flying sector of Venice, the bottom of the Caspian Sea, a mountaintop palace in Nepal, an airship pirate-filled Hong Kong, and the crystal caves of Indonesia in this first installment of a long running series.  Find out first hand if Twist can actually handle any of this, or if he’ll loose his grip on sanity in the first few days.

Twist wasn’t the only one who wanted to find the clockwork princess.  Having finally rescued Myra from obscurity and ruin, Twist and Jonas must now flee Bombay and return to Europe in a desperate attempt to secure her freedom.

BOOK TWO: TRICK

Continuing the story of Clockwork Twist, Book Two: Trick, follows the unassuming clockmaker and his companions as they are pursued across the globe by a mysterious and shadowy society of technology thieves. The Rooks would stop at nothing to posses Myra and all of her clockwork secrets.

Join Twist once again as he encounters wonders and absurdity beyond anything he could imagine, in this exciting steampunkadventure.  Travel with him across the Arabian Sea, through Egypt, and back into Europe by airship, steam train, and sailing ship.  Meet a whole new cast of characters, and re-encounter old friends and enemies, as Twist struggles to retain some semblance of sanity in his bizarre new lifestyle.

The intrepid three are joined along the way by magical beings of both human and mythical natures, underground kidnappers, notable inventors, and a safari enthusiast. But friends can only do so much to aid them.  In the end it’s up to Twist and Jonas to protect their princess and all of their hopes of having a future together.

READ MORE ON EMILY THOMPSON’S WEBSITE

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Meet the Characters Blogfest

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Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction!
All month long DelSheree Gladden will be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month–and check to see when my own books will be featured!

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has its own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include:
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)
There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below!

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 — Character interviews with:
             Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy Dreyer),
            Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett),
            Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord),
            Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/3 — Character Bios from:
              Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord),
              Bryan Sullivan (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan),
              Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria Kane
10/4 — Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from:
             The Other F Word (Susan Stec)
              Wicked Hunger  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/9 — Character interviews with:
               Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst),
               Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),
              Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel Hamm),
              Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from:
               Kassia (Ice Magic),
              Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter – Ursula Sinclair),
              Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11 — Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh MillerSharon KleveLinda Budzinski
10/15 — Character Artwork from:
               On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit),
                Invisible (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with:
                David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne – Melissa Eskue Ousley),
                Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),
               Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from:
                Nadia (Love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier),
                (Karen Rita Gastreich),
                (HL Carpenter)
10/18 — Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie WardropLucy CroweAna Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from:
                Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and
               The Destroyer  Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with:
                Rachel Blackstone (The Relcutant Medium – GG Collins),
                Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle),
                Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan),
                 Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from
                (Karin Rita Gastreich),
                Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM Havens)
10/25 — Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by DelSheree’s blog and vote for your favorite!)
10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan StecShauna RobertsLisa Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from:
                My Sister’s Reaper (Dorothy Deryer),
                Twin Souls  (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with:
                Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell),
               Nia (In the  Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit),
               Jayden or Merch (Dark Night of the Soul – EM  Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!
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Book Blitz: Wicked Hunger

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(SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes, #1)

By DelSheree Gladden

Published: July 12, 2013

Publisher: GMTA publishing

Synopsis:

Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.

Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.

One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.

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Excerpt:

Chapter 3: No Happy Endings

“I want you to stay away from that girl,” I say.

“But she’s Laney’s cousin. I can’t avoid her without doing the same to Laney.”

“Maybe that’s just how it has to be, then.” Giving up friends, it’s something Van should get used to, now, because it isn’t going to stop any time soon.

Van shakes her head. “No, Zander. She’s my best friend. I’m not going to bail on Laney like that.”

“You think she’ll be happy you stayed friends with her when you kill her pretty little cousin?” I snap.

Her head drops down, but I can still see the corner of her mouth twitching. “I can control it. I won’t hurt her.”

“You can’t guarantee that.”

“I won’t live like you,” she says quietly. “I won’t live alone for the rest of my life because I’m scared of hurting people.”

I sigh and close my eyes. “It’s not about being scared, Van. It’s about being smart. Stay away from her.”

For a long moment, she doesn’t say anything. Deep down, I’m hoping with everything I have that she’ll listen to me. I can’t go through it again. Oscar nearly broke me. She can’t expect me to go through that with her. I won’t make it. Please just listen to me, I beg.

When she finally speaks, her voice startles me. “She knows something.”

It’s just a simple sentence, but it ignites my anger like a match to a fuse. “She doesn’t know anything! Nobody does. Get that through your head and quit looking for answers, Van!”

My sister’s head snaps up and my hands tighten into fists at the determination in her eyes. “She knows something, and I’m going to find out what it is.”

Then she throws open the door of the truck and runs away.

About the Author:delsheree

I live in New Mexico with my husband and two children. I love expressing my creativity through writing and painting and I get a lot of my inspiration from my family and from the culture and beauty of New Mexico. I write mainly Young Adult urban fantasy, but my writing interests are ever expanding. I am also currently in the Dental Hygiene Program at San Juan College, so 90% of my waking hours are devoted to thinking about teeth for the time being!

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