Friday, April 27, 2012

Let's talk about aliens!


I have a confession. When I was little, I had this strange obsession with horror movies. They freaked the hell out of me, but for some reason they were my favorite to watch. My parents would take me to the video store and let me pick out one horror movie to watch with my dad, while my sister stood cowering in the kitchen.

Well one such outing, I chose the movie Fire in the Sky. The movie is based upon a man's claim to have been abducted. In the movie we witness the man being tortured, and by the end of that movie I had my first true fear--aliens. I remember staring out my bedroom window for weeks, unable to sleep, too afraid to sleep. This is the scene that scarred me for life:



See, I was so afraid because I could reason why not only is it possible that aliens exist--it is probable. And that young experience led to continuous interest in aliens. I learned about the various theories, the likelihood of their existence, and etc.

None of it amounted to anything other than interest, until one fateful day when I decided to write a book about aliens. I knew when I sat down to write that I needed to create an alien species based upon actual theory. That's how I came up with the Ancients--the aliens within GRAVITY, coined from the idea of ancient astronauts. Click on the words to take you to the Wiki description, but basically the theory is that aliens have visited Earth since the beginning of time, helping to develop cultures, advancements, and the very success of our species.

Let's say these ancient astronauts really exist. Logic says the government would know, and maybe even be in continuous negotiations with this other species. Now let's say their home planet was dying. Would it not stand to reason that they would seek out help from Earth, the very people they had helped time and time again throughout history? I think they would. And I think they would be prepared to fight if we said no. If you want to see where the story goes from here, you may want to check out GRAVITY. :)

So you tell me, do you believe in aliens?

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cover Reveal: Divinely Ruined by Diane Alberts

DIVINELY RUINED, from Entangled Publishing and the author who brought you ON ONE CONDITION, is hitting the virtual shelves on Thursday, April 26th, but you can get a sneak peek at the cover and blurb here!
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Blurb:
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She finally meets a decent man--after she's oath-bound never to touch men again!
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Rebecca's life sucked before she became an angel. Crappy apartment, awful jobs, abusive boyfriends--it was no wonder she jumped at the chance to escape it all and become a real live angel. The problem is Rebecca's not very angelic, and she'll have to do more to earn her wings than end her love affair with the word f--er, frick.

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Especially when she's assigned to save single father Tony Weis, whose less-than-pure thoughts wreak hell on a telepathic angel's nerves. It's all Rebecca can do to keep her hands off him...but when she loses her memory injuring herself to save Tony's daughter, now it's Tony's turn to be her angel and care for her. But will Tony's devotion tempt her from her angelic path, even if it means being human again?
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To learn more about the author and her other projects, go to: www.dianealberts.com

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Teen Author Interview: Madison Louise

Today I have a very special guest! Madison Louise is a young teen who has chosen to pursue her dream of writing. I envy her willingness to put herself out there at such a young age, and so I asked her to tell us a little bit about what inspired her to begin writing.
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Title: Shadow Future
Release date: April 11th 2012
Author: Madison Louise

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How old are you?

I’m a teen, writing out the stresses of life. lol
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What/who inspired you to begin writing?

Hmm…I guess, just watching other people come up with great things inspired me. I wanted to write something of my own so that other people could enjoy it, as much as I enjoy other people’s creations.
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What genres do you prefer to write and why?

Romance/adventure/paranormal/mystery etc…I kind of put all of them together to create my own genre. I like writing in that because it has the romance, which is the part I like to read. (Writing it isn’t as fun as it sounds. Lol) And adventure is always fun. You get to create new places and things, make it work. Paranormal is new for me. I wanted to create some new being that no one has ever thought of before. I was tired of vampire, zombie, werewolf stories. I wanted something new. And mystery, it was just fun, trying to solve the plot as you wrote it. I like to read mystery books, and I could solve most of them.
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Tell us a little bit about your book?

It’s about a girl OverShadower named Pearl. And OverShadowers control the shadows and darkness. And Pearl is the last girl of her kind, so you know about all the kind of pressure. The book is mostly about her trying to find herself. Get her freedom. Trying to change her future.
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What inspired the story?

Hmmm…Nothing really, it just sort of…came to me. I like to lay in bed at night, and make up stories in my head, so it must have come from what book I was reading at the time and a fix of other stories. And BAM. There, a new story. ;)
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Why did you choose to self-publish instead of pursue traditional publishing?

I chose to self publish because, first off, I won the NaNo Teen Writing contest, so I got to get five free paperback copies of my book. And then I was like, “why not take it a step further?” Being published was one of my biggest dreams ever, and it felt cool making it happen myself. J
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Would you like to eventually pursue traditional publishing?

Yes! Definitely! That’s one reason why I’m self publishing. If my book sells, and it’s popular, than the publishing companies might notice, and like my book. That’s another big dream for me. The only thing with traditional publishing is that, you have deadlines, and you have to wait to reveal certain things. I don’t think I have that kind of patience. Haha. I have enough trouble not revealing all kinds of things
now.

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Cover reveal: GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING!

Today I'm excited to participate in the reveal for Chloe Jacobs' upcoming YA debut, GRETA AND THE GOBLIN KING. Chloe is amazing, so definitely follow her on Twitter @Jacobs_Chloe for continuous updates about her book and fun teasers.

Now for the reveal!

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PRE-ORDER IT: Amazon ~ Barnes and Noble
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BLURB:
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While trying to save her brother four years ago, Greta was thrown into the witch’s fire herself, falling through a portal to a dangerous world where humans are the enemy, and every ogre, goblin, and ghoul has a dark side that comes out with the full moon.
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To survive, seventeen-year-old Greta has hidden her humanity and taken the job of bounty hunter—and she’s good at what she does. So good, she’s caught the attention of Mylena’s young Goblin King, the darkly enticing Isaac, who invades her dreams and undermines her determination to escape.
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But Greta’s not the only one looking to get out of Mylena. The full moon is mere days away, and an ancient evil knows she’s the key to opening the portal. If Greta fails, she and the lost boys of Mylena will die. If she succeeds, no world will be safe from what follows her back…
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ABOUT CHLOE:

Chloe Jacobs is a native of nowhere and everywhere, having jumped around to practically every Province of Canada before finally settling in Ontario where she has now been living for a respectable number of years. Her husband and son are the two best people in the entire world, but they also make her wish she'd at least gotten a female cat. No such luck. And although the day job keeps her busy, she carves out as much time as possible to write. Bringing new characters to life and finding out what makes them tick and how badly she can make them suffer is one of her greatest pleasures, almost better than chocolate and fuzzy pink bunny slippers.
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Friday, April 6, 2012

YA Author Interview: Victoria Scott!

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Author Name: Victoria Scott 
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Title: THE COLLECTOR: A DANTE WALKER NOVEL
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Release Date: spring 2013
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Dante Walker is flippin' awesome, and he knows it. His good looks, killer charm, and stellar confidence has made him one of Hell's best--a soul collector. His job is simple, weed through humanity and label those round rears with a big red good or bad stamp. Old Saint Nick gets the good guys, and he gets the fun ones. Bag-and-tag.

Stealing souls is nothing personal. Dante's an equal opportunity collector and doesn't want it any other way. But he'll have to adjust, because Boss Man has given him a new assignment:

Collect Charlie Cooper's soul within 10 days.

Dante doesn't know why Boss Man wants Charlie, nor does he care. This assignment means only one thing to him, and that's a permanent ticket out of Hell. But after Dante meets the quirky, Nerd Alert chick he's come to collect--he realizes this assignment will test his abilities as a collector, and uncover emotions deeply buried.
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Book Talk/Character Talk

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Describe your book in one word:

Bombalicious

Cast your hero:

Zac Efron









Cast your heroine:

Emma Watson













Describe your hero in three words:

Arrogant, Sexy, Funny

Describe your heroine in three words:

Dork, Charitable, Fun

Favorite line by your hero:

“Girl, I got swag for days.”

Favorite line by your heroine:

“Do you like unicorns?”

How would your hero describe your heroine when he first meets her?:

From book: “She looks like a porcelain doll…beat three times with an ugly stick.”

How would your heroine describe your hero when she first meets him?:

“Oh….My….Gawd.”

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Author Talk

Why do you write in the genre you write?:

Because there’s more room for excitement when you’re characters don’t have to worry about paying the mortgage, or going to a job they don’t love, or changing diapers, etc. Know what I mean chicken wing?

What other genres would you consider and why?:

I didn’t really consider other genres. But I bet doing a children’s book would be fun. Like the ones with pics? That’d be cool. Then again, I’d probably write too many make-out scenes.

Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:

Hint: A race

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Breathe by Sarah Crossan

I haven't participated in a WoW in quite some time, but the cover and description for this book have skyrocketed it to the very top of my wishlist for 2012. LOOK AT THIS COVER!!!:



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Details:

Title: BREATHE
Author: Sarah Crossan
Type: YA dystopian (my fav)
Release date: October 2, 2012

Blurb:

Inhale. Exhale. Breathe. Breathe. Breathe . . .

The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation
that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.

ALINA
has been stealing for a long time. She’s a little jittery, but not terrified.
All she knows is that she’s never been caught before. If she’s careful,
it’ll be easy. If she’s careful.

QUINN
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even
though this is dangerous, it’s also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages.
It isn’t every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.

BEA
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they’d planned a trip together, the two of them,
and she’d hoped he’d discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days’ worth of oxygen in their tanks,
everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back?
Will they want to?

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Monday, April 2, 2012

YA Author Interview: Cindi Madsen!


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Author Name: Cindi Madsen
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Title: ALL THE BROKEN PIECES
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Release Date: December 2012
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Blurb:

What if your life wasn't your own?

Liv comes out of a coma with no memory of her past and two distinct, warring voices inside her head. Nothing, not even her refection, seems familiar. As she stumbles through her junior year, the voices get louder, insisting she please the popular group while simultaneously despising them. But when Liv starts hanging around with Spencer, whose own mysterious past also has him on the fringe, life feels complete for the first time in, well, as long as she can remember.

Liv knows the details of the car accident that put her in the coma, but as the voices invade her dreams, and her dreams start feeling like memories, she and Spencer seek out answers. Yet the deeper they dig, the less things make sense. Can Liv rebuild the pieces of her broken past, when it means questioning not just who she is, but what she is?

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Book Talk/Character Talk

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Describe your book in one word:

Gothic
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Cast your heroine:
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Victoria Justice as Liv Stein











Cast your hero:

Chris Massoglia with square black thick-framed glasses as Spencer Hale.














Describe your heroine in three words:
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lost, healing, determined
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Describe your hero in three words:
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guarded, healing, supportive
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Favorite line by your heroine:
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I hate pink. It’s like happiness threw up on me.
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Favorite line by your hero:
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I thought we were past that. I mean, we caught lizards together.
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How would your heroine describe your hero when she first meets him?:
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Cute and intriguing. His actions say nice but his words say jerk
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How would your hero describe your heroine when he first meets her?:
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Pretty and bound to be popular, and therefore, someone he plans to stay away from.
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Choose an on-screen kiss that best illustrates the intensity between these two characters:
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Such a hard but interesting question. I decided to go with a kiss between Dean and Rory on Gilmore Girls. It’s got the build up & frustration & first love feeling.
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Author Talk

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Why do you write in the genre you write?:
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Because I love YA romance! It rocks the party!
(MW Note: Best. Answer. Ever.)
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What other genres would you consider and why?:
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In addition to darker contemporary, I also write urban fantasy. Sometimes tinker with adult romantic comedy and romantic suspense.  I like reading all kinds of books, so I write all kinds of books.
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Can you give us a hint of something else you’re working on?:
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I have a book called Demons of the Sun coming out with Crescent Moon Press. It’s urban fantasy with Greek mythology elements. It’s full of swordfights, demons, an ancient dagger, a kick-ass girl and a cocky warrior.


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