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Ember Blog Tour: Interview with Christine O'Neil & Giveaway

Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Entangled Teen has launched its latest division Ember, which will be specializing in digital-first YAs. Very recently, they've launched two exciting titles: Darker Days by Jus Accardo and Chaos by Christine O'Neil. In celebration of the launch, I have for you today an interview with Christine O'Neil and a giveaway!


(Karden Chronicles #1)
by Christine O'Neil

Genre: Paranormal
Publication: August 19, 2013 by Entangled Teen Ember


My name is Maggie Raynard. After sixteen years being just plain me, suddenly, when I lose my temper, my fingers become weapons of mass destruction. Turns out I'm a semi-god, descended from Aphrodite. Sounds cool in theory, but when I accidentally put my ex-boyfriend in a coma, things go downhill pretty fast.

Now some new guy named Mac Finnegan has made it his mission in life to continually piss me off. I'm stuck learning how to use my new powers while also dealing with regular high school problems, and with this annoying and super-hot—guy all up in my business, I'm about to flip out.

But it gets worse. I just learned there's this watchdog council of semis who keep an eye out for any bad apples. They think I'm the baddest one in the bunch and want to take me out before I do any more damage. My nemesis Mac might turn out to be my salvation, only he's got secrets of his own...and they may just kill us both.

Darker Days

(The Darker Agency #1)
by Jus Accardo

Genre: Paranormal
August 19, 2013 by Entangled Teen Ember


A little sin can be deadly...

Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business.

Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course...

When gorgeous new client, Lukas Scott, saunters into the office requesting their help to find a stolen box, it sounds like a simple case—until the truth comes out. The box is full of Sin.

Seven deadly ones, in fact.

They’ve got five days to recapture the Sins before they're recalled by the box, taking seven hijacked human bodies with them. Easy peasy—except for one thing...

There’s a spell that will allow the Sins to remain free, causing chaos forever. When the key ingredient threatens the life of someone she knows, Jessie must make the ultimate choice between love and family—or lose everything.

Author Interview with Christine O'Neil

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
Let’s see, I live in Pennsylvania with my hubs and kids and we spend a lot of time geeking out over TV shows like Sherlock, Game of Thrones and Doctor Who. We also love going to the movies and playing board games. I have two dogs, one name Gimli, who is a peekapoo (half Pekinese, half poodle) and one named Pug. He’s…a pug. I know >.< That’s a terrible name. We’ve tried others, but they never stick.

I’ve always been interested in reading, and, while I did write some before college, it was something I thought everyone had the ability to do and wasn’t something I ever thought of as a career. It wasn’t until my second time around in college as an adult that I fell in love with it and was encouraged by my professors to do more. Now I’m living my dream of being a full-time author and I love it!

It's wonderful how your professors encouraged you to write more and how you've become a full-time author! What draws you to the paranormal romance / urban fantasy genre?
I love the world building aspect. Like, who doesn’t want to just make a bunch of stuff up about a place that’s totally different that where they are right now? You can be as creative or fantastical as you want, as long as you maintain some sort of order and follow the rules you’ve set. It’s super fun.

Discovering new worlds is one of the things I love most about such books. In your opinion, what are three important "ingredients" to writing a successful PR/UF novel?
The first one is for books in general. Good, intricate, well-developed characters with a unique voice. I don’t care what genre I’m reading, that’s what sucks me in as a reader, so that’s what I strive to create as a writer. Then, more specific to the genres you mentioned, solid and fresh world-building. It can be hard because we’re all working off the same lore or mythology. Werewolves and full moons and silver, vamps and blood and crosses, gods and angels and demons…we’re all dipping into the same pool. The key is to try to bring something fresh and new to the table, even if it’s taking that established lore and turning it on its head a little. Last, I’d say making sure the writing is tight, and smart. PR/UF readers are savvy and there are a lot of good books out there, so taking the time to keep the tension high, the pace taut and really choosing your words carefully is important.

I agree that well-developed characters are important to my enjoyment of the book no matter the genre, and solid world building is always a plus for PR/UF novels! What inspired you to write Chaos?
This book was actually a collaboration between me and my editor and publisher at Entangled, Liz Pelletier. She was looking for someone to write a book on an idea she had and put out a call to authors, asking them to write a sample chapter that incorporated their best YA voice. Then she would pick one of the authors to work with. 156 of us sent in writing samples, and a week later, she called me, SUPER excited about the scene I sent her. She loved it so much, she wanted to contract my story immediately. So we took the little kernel of an idea I had written, and sat on the phone until around 2 a.m. brainstorming and world building around that scene. What we ended up was a loose outline for Chaos (and the rest of the Kardia Chronicles series). It was literally one of the most exciting and fun creative experiences of my life!

It's cool how many people can be involved in the writing of a novel--and how your scene out of so many got chosen for this project! If you could spend a day with one of your characters, who would it be and why?
I love my heroine, Maggie, and I always said if she was a little older, she’d be the ideal girls night out buddy (aside from the whole “killing and maiming with her fingertips” thing). She’s super funny and witty, but she’s also got a huge heart that she tries to disguise with her humor. So fun to be around, but also someone I feel like I could bond with.

Maggie sounds pretty cool from the synopsis alone! What question did I forget to ask you and what is your answer?
You forgot to ask me if I would like to come to your house for dinner, and the answer is yes. A thousand times, yes! My favorite meal is chicken pot pie, in case you were trying to think of what to cook…

That would be awesome! I'm always open to hosting a gathering of book nerds at my place. What are you working on right now?
I’m working on book two of the Kardia Chronicles, which is slated for later this year, as well as edits for my next Entangled Brazen book (I write adult contemporary romance as well, under the pen name Christine Bell). The rest of 2013 is really popping for me with a September release called Dirty Trick, a holiday novella that I co-wrote with author Riley Murphy called Full of Possibilities, and then another novella from my Dare Me series called Down the Aisle. I also just started plotting my next YA series that’s shaping up to be an urban fantasy, which I’m really excited about!

About the Authors
Christine O'Neil
Christine O'Neil was born and raised in Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood outdoors catching salamanders, frogs and colds. When she wasn't terrorizing Mother Nature, she was curled up under the covers with her nose in a book. As an adult, she's stopped stalking amphibians, but still loves books. When she isn't reading, she likes to spend her time people-watching. In fact, she's probably watching you RIGHT NOW O_O She's also pretty obsessed with writing YA books, but if she had to pick another profession she would be a ninja...or a Professor of the Dark Arts. Christine also writes adult romance under the pen name Christine Bell.

Jus Accardo
Jus Accardo spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.

This post is a part of the tour celebrating the Ember Launch

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1 comment on "Ember Blog Tour: Interview with Christine O'Neil & Giveaway"
  1. These both sounds sooo good. Thanks for sharing the O'Neil.


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