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Review: Sky Jumpers by Peggy Eddleman

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sky Jumpers
Peggy Eddleman

Series: Sky Jumpers #1
Genre: MG Post Apocalyptic
Paperback: 288 Pages
Publication: September 14, 2013
by Random House Children's Books


What happens when you can’t do the one thing that matters most?

12-year-old Hope lives in White Rock, a town struggling to recover from the green bombs of World War III. The bombs destroyed almost everything that came before, so the skill that matters most in White Rock—sometimes it feels like the only thing that matters—is the ability to invent so that the world can regain some of what it’s lost.

But Hope is terrible at inventing and would much rather sneak off to cliff dive into the Bomb’s Breath—the deadly band of air that covers the crater the town lives in—than fail at yet another invention.

When bandits discover that White Rock has invented priceless antibiotics, they invade. The town must choose whether to hand over the medicine and die from disease in the coming months or to die fighting the bandits now. Hope and her friends, Aaren and Brock, might be the only ones who can escape through the Bomb’s Breath and make the dangerous trek over the snow-covered mountain to get help.

For once, inventing isn’t the answer, but the daring and risk-taking that usually gets Hope into trouble might just save them all.

◆ A copy was provided by Random House for review ◆

Sky Jumpers is a captivating read with beautiful story-telling, strong world building, and compelling characters.

Hope's story is reminiscent of Shannon Hale's Princess Academy in that both feature a strong female lead with vulnerabilities who grow into strong girls with the courage and power to save their people. I've always felt that characters like Hope and Miri are the most relatable to girls because we all have something we're working to deal with. For Hope, it's the feeling of inadequacy because she can't invent like everyone else. Sky Jumpers is about her growth as she comes to realize that she has her own strengths, ones that may save her town when no one else can.

The characters are fun and quirky. Hope is an incredibly brave, clever, and feisty heroine, one that will charm readers of all ages. I love how she's quick to take charge in situations, and no one challenges her. She's the leader in her group of friends—guys and girls alike. And there's no questioning her gender or how her behavior isn't like that of a young lady. Her friends are equally admirable, though they don't really show growth over the course of the novel. I especially love Aaren, Brock, and Brenna, and hope to see more of them in book two.

The plot is interesting and filled with fun twists. There were some occasions when the pacing was off or some details were introduced someplace when it would have been better warranted elsewhere, but these didn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the novel. The only thing that really hindered my reading was that I didn't really get a clear picture of the Bomb's Breath. It may have been that I was reading too quickly at the beginning of the novel when it's introduced, but I was confused about its layout and where it stands in relation to other geographical points. A diagram or clearer explanation early on could have helped. But again, it may have been that I wasn't paying enough attention when it is first introduced.

Overall, Sky Jumpers introduces a powerful new voice in MG lit. I appreciate how Sky Jumpers can stand alone as a novel though I am definitely not opposed to it being a series. There is a lot of potential for expanding Hope's world, and I look forward to reading The Forbidden Flats, book two in the Sky Jumpers series!

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  2. The Forbidden Flats

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Thrall: Author Interview with Jennifer Quintenz

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I'm delighted to have author Jennifer Quintez here on the blog today to talk about her Daughters of Lilith series!

by Jennifer Quintenz

Genre: YA MythologicalUrban Fantasy
Paperback: 304 Pages
Publication: May 16, 2012
by Secret Tree Press

Braedyn is a normal girl just trying to survive high school with her two devoted friends, Royal and Cassie. Together they’re doing a pretty good job of shrugging off the slings and arrows cast their way by the popular crowd when a new boy, Lucas, moves into the house next door. Suddenly Braedyn finds herself falling in love for the first time.

But as her sixteenth birthday approaches, Braedyn discovers humankind is at war with the Lilitu, an ancient race of enticing demons that prey on human souls. Her father is a member of the Guard fighting against the Lilitu - and so are the new neighbors, including her crush, Lucas.

As her world starts to unravel at the seams, Braedyn learns the right answers aren’t always clear or easy. And as for “good” and “evil” – it all depends on how we choose to act.

Inspired by the ancient Mesopotamian myths of Lilith and her offspring, Thrall explores first love, strong friendships, and taking on adult responsibilities against the backdrop of powerful supernatural forces and life-and-death stakes.

Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
Wow! I've been writing (and reading!) since I was a little kid - something my parents supported from day one. But I think I got more serious about writing (and illustrating) one summer when my sister and I taught our golden retriever, Rusty, how to pick apricots off the tree in the back yard. He'd pick them off, we'd get excited, then he'd jump up and pick off another one - yeah, no one ate those things after that. My dad - brace yourself, this might come as a shock - was not pleased. He encouraged my sister and I to turn our energies into writing and illustrating. In fact - for years - my sister and I couldn't get our allowance (even if we'd done all our chores!) until we'd written a poem or a short story for the week. So there you have it. It was either turn to writing, or continue to pursue my goal of de-fruiting the backyard.

What inspired the writing of Daughters of Lilith? Did you always know it would be a series?
Funny story... Actually, the Daughters of Lilith was originally written as a pilot for TV (I'm also a TV and film writer). I got many great meetings off the pilot, but heard a few times that the series similar to mine that were getting green-lit were based on existing properties. I thought, hm. I love reading. I love writing. I'll just create an "existing property." And WOW. The learning curve going from TV to novels was steep. When you're writing for TV, you have to try to say a lot with very few words, and you don't want to over-describe anything because - frankly - it's not your job to decide specifically what the characters are wearing, what rooms look like, or even (beyond a pretty general sketch) what they look like. That's left to casting directors, costume directors, set designers, directors, cinematographers - you just provide the blueprint. But when you're writing a novel, you become ALL of those things (and the actors, too - you have to live in your character's heads, deal with their motivations, experience their emotions, etc.)

So - to answer your question - I always planned it to be a series... one way or the other. ;)

What has your road to publication been like?
Amazing. Exhilirating. Frustrating. Many ups and downs. When I decided to turn Thrall into a series of novels, my awesome manager (Marc Manus!) was very supportive. He actually introduced me to several NY book agents, and I ended up working with a great team over at Trident as we sought out a traditional publisher for the series. When those efforts failed to bear fruit (something I'm very used to after working in Hollywood), the discussion became - "should I write a new book... or should I go indie and do this myself?"

I decided to publish the story on my own, designing my own covers, learning all about ebook formatting, etc. And the response has been so gratifying - I only wish I'd started publishing years ago!

How did you work the mythology surrounding Lilith into your world building?
It formed the foundation of everything, really. All the big mysteries that are yet to be revealed, everything really stems from the ancient myths of Lilith and her offspring. Whenever I had a story problem to overcome, I'd go back to the myth (and there are lots of variations over lots of cultures, so this is a very rich myth to drawn from) and see if there wasn't some other wrinkle I could introduce into the story.

What do you enjoy most about the writing process?
First drafts. I spend a long time outlining my draft before I write it to try to iron out all the plot issues before I get into it. Then I get to sit down and try to fall in love with the story, the world, the characters as I write it. When it's going well - it's just an unbeatable feeling. Of course, then you have to READ the first draft...

How would Braedyn describe herself in a tweet? Lucas?

Nice! Um...

Braedyn: Just your typical girl... who can turn herself invisible... and invade your dreams... and maybe mess with your head--but totally normal aside from that!

Lucas: Dealing with Weird since 2007.

If given the opportunity to play a role in Daughters of Lilith, what would you be doing in the story?
Wow - great question! Hm. HMMMM. I kind of love Karayan, the is-she-good-or-bad Lilitu who just wants to have fun but can't seem to completely walk away from the unfolding crisis. But, truth be told, I'm probably way more Cassie in nature - the shy, geeky, beats-to-her-own-drummer (though I only wish I had her fashion courage!) loyal friend.

What are you working on right now?
Funny you should ask... :) I'm actually getting ready to release Sacrifice (Daughters Of Lilith: Book 3), and outlining the final two books to the Daughters saga. Book 4 is titled Guardian and Book 5 is titled Kin.

About the Author

Jennifer Quintenz is an award-winning film and television writer, author, and graphic novelist. She has written for Twentieth Television, Intrepid Pictures, and Archaia Studios Press. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

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Review: Under Attack by Hannah Jayne

Monday, March 17, 2014

Under Attack
Hannah Jayne

Series: Underworld Detection Agency Series #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 322 Pages
Publication: November 1, 2011
by Kensington


Sophie Lawson is a human immune to magic, which comes in handy for helping paranormal beings transition into everyday life. But fallen angel Alex Grace and his search for the Vessel of Souls is one curse she never saw coming. Suddenly an unexplainable string of killings and destruction has even San Francisco's demons fearing for their immortal lives. And Sophie isn't about to trust Alex's all-too-vulnerable charm or his secret agenda. Now their hunt is revealing dangerous secrets about Sophie's past, and malevolent power hellishly close to turning one irreverent human into the ultimate supernatural weapon.


When Sophie opens up the novel talking about hobgoblin slobber, you know you're in for another treat. (NOT the hobgoblin slobber. YES, Sophie and co.) One of the things I love most about Sophie is her quirky sense of humor that comes out even in the most dangerous of situations. Along with the humor comes the tendency to ramble on, and then maybe delve into a sexual fantasy or two. While it does make the plot less streamlined and tight-knit as it could be, I love this trait of Sophie's. It keeps the story light-hearted and fun to read. And, sometimes, one needs to be able to coast through a story that isn't wrought with tension, suspense, and ominous clouds.

I adore the scandalous conversations between Sophie and Nina. They remind me of the insults some sisters at heart will exchange in a way that really means to say, "I love you" and "BFF 4Ever." They're such girls like that. And the way they'll talk about delicious men they can just eat up! The story never lacks for humor and entertainment be it Sophie's own narration or her interactions with others. Okay, Sophie can be a bit of a drama queen at times, and when she's down and doesn't get the comfort treatment that she wants, she'll lash out at people, but I can't stay annoyed at her for long. Her personality is just so vibrant and compelling.

The supporting cast is as fun as ever. I'm glad to see some familiar faces return along with references to occurences from the first book, such as Steve and his new love life. (Who knew that one could get fond of a stinky troll?) Vlad is another character that I love and am glad to see return. He's the perfect image of an angsty teenager who, inside, is really a big softie with a good heart. Alex is as sexy as ever, if a bit antsy and overprotective of Sophie in this novel, and Will is a charming addition to the group. He isn't around much though, so I don't have much to comment on—only that I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.

Still, I have to confess that I liked the first novel more. I liked exploring the demon world much more than the fallen angel side. The whole specter part was weird, especially as it didn't really seem to have anything to add to the plot other than bizarre conversations with the specter. There didn't seem to be much keeping the plot moving, as Sophie doesn't know enough about the situation to take the initiative to investigate. She can only live life and respond to changes in the situation. Also, unlike the first novel, this one doesn't do a good job standing on its own. Going into the final pages, many plot threads were still unresolved, and it felt rushed at the end. Even then, some things remain to be addressed in future installments in the series.

Overall, this is proving to be a fun series filled laugh-out-loud humor, sexiness, and heart-pounding action. I love Sophie and her friends and am looking forward to reading Under Suspicion, the third installment in the Underworld Detection Agency series!

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  4. Under the Gun
  5. Under A Spell
  6. Under the Final Moon
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  • Sex & sexual fantasies
  • Torture & violence

On another note
I don't think I can convey just how much this book entertains me. Even though the plot isn't highly intricate and developed, the characters are so much fun that it doesn't really bother me. As I mentioned in my review, sometimes I just need a fun, laugh-out-loud read.

The cover is gorgeous and totally UF, but it doesn't really fit my image of Sophie. I doubt she has the confidence to pull off that sexy attire. Plus, she gets freaked out holding a gun, and here she is looking badass with one in each hand. I bet she'd love to be able to convey that image though. (See what she does with the gun when Alex catches her by surprise in book one.)

Favorite passage
There are so many laugh-out-loud moments in this novel, but the best have to be the conversations between Sophie and Nina. Even in the saddest, most despairing, of moments (yes, I'm being melodramatic like Sophie is here), they still have room for sexy men in their thoughts and aren't afraid to make light of the situation.
She rushed in, my coat and purse clutched in her pale hands.

"What happened? Are you okay? Did she come after you again?

"I'm fine," I whimpered. "My life is just a toilet bowl of despair and I look like a battered wife, but I'm fine. I just want to go home and take a nap."

Nina smiled sympathetically. "Can I drive you?"

I shook my head. "I'll be fine. But can you cover for me?"

Nina's sweet smile turned salacious and she popped a button on her blouse. "You mean distract Dixon until closing? You bet."

Wakeworld: Review & Giveaway

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Kerry Shafer

Series: The Between #2
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Paperback: 304 Pages
Publication: January 28, 2014
by Ace


Vivian Maylor is trying to hold it together. But her attempts to build a life with the man she loves seem doomed by the dragon inside her yearning to break free. Vivian is a dreamshifter, the last line of defense between reality and the dreamworld, and the only one of her kind.

Weston Jennings also believes he is the only one of his kind. He fears his powers as a dreamshifter, and resists learning to control them. After suffering a tragic loss, Weston heads deep into the woods of the Pacific Northwest to embrace a safe life of solitude. But when a terrible mistake leads to an innocent’s death, his guilt drives him to his former home, where he encounters what he never thought he would find: another shifter.

Now Vivian and Weston must work together to defeat a new threat to the dreamworld.

◆ A copy was provided by Ace for review ◆

Wakeworld is a beautifully written story with a unique concept. I love a good fantasy with a world (or worlds in this case) that is well crafted and believable, and I very much like the concept of having the dreamworld, the between, and the wakeworld (of our current reality). As a constant day dreamer, I am particularly fond of the idea of a dreamworld and of dreamshifters. The dragons, sorcerers, and penguin guardians just make it better.

The characters are interesting and well-developed. They were people whose lives I could become invested in. I especially like how the story alternates points of view, as it let me get to know each character more, and it gave the story more dimension. Though hesitant to embrace her identity, Vivian is a strong character, and I have high hopes for her continued growth in the next book. I also like Weston. There's something about a broken character that really pull at my heartstrings. The other characters are wonderful as well. However, I feel like I could appreciate some of the characters a lot more after raeding Between, the first book in the series, and I do plan on remedying this in the near future!

The story is fast-paced. While it kept me turning the pages, wanting to know what happens next, I do wish that it spent a little more time with descriptions. The worlds in this book are fantastic and have the potential to be so much more. I really wanted to spend a little more time with the scenery and world building. There is so much intricacy here and a lot of potential for future development as the series progresses.

While it is possible to read Wakeworld without having read Between, I do recommend reading the first book beforehand. It would have given me a better perspective to start with.

Do I recommend this book? Yes, I do!

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About the Author

Kerry Schafer is licensed both as a Mental Health Professional and an RN, and spends most of her daylight hours helping people–usually even with a smile. In books, she gets to blow stuff up, preferably with something more interesting than a bomb. Dragons are good; exploding giant slime toads are even better. She has published two novels with Ace Books: BETWEEN, which was released in January 2013, and WAKEWORLD, slated to hit stores in January 2014. She is also the author of THE DREAM WARS novellas, available where electronic books are sold. Kerry and her Viking live in Colville, Washington, in a little house surrounded by rocks, trees, and gangs of deer and wild turkeys.

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16 Things I Thought Were True: Author Q&A

Monday, March 10, 2014
I'm delighted to participate in the book tour for Janet Gurtler's latest novel 16 Things I Thought Were True. I love her work, and 16 Things is no exception! Today, I have for you my review of 16 Things as well as a Q&A with Janet.

16 Things I Thought Were True
by Janet Gurtler

Genre: YA Contemporary
Paperback: 304 Pages
Publication: March 4, 2014
by Sourcebooks Fire

Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.

Author Q&A

What do you look for in road trip stories?
Fun, whacky things that you do when you’re trapped in a car with someone. You really get to know people when you’re in a car together for hours and hours. You have the best talks and things get real. That’s what I look for. Real. And funny.

The inspiration behind 16 Things I Thought Were True.
I am an oldie but a goodie. Ha ha. I tell people I’m a goodie anyhow. My point being that I did a lot of stupid things when I was a teen. And I was always the person who got caught. So I imagined that if I were a teen in today’s world, I would have embarrassing things spread all over the Internet. And what if something embarrassing went viral? It would force lots of changes…

What kinds of real-life experiences were drawn from for the writing of 16 Things?
I’ve hidden in bathrooms for a little while to take a breather from social situations that make me uncomfortable. Morgan did that. J The twin’s car, the Cutlass 422, that belongs to my husband. There are some things woven in, embarrassing moments etc that “May” have come from real life.

About the Author

Janet's road to author was a little windy. While in college, she worked as a DJ in a night club. After college she worked as an advertising copywriter for radio and then TV and eventually was lured over to sales and marketing. She missed writing though and, years later, she started her first book. She has been writing books ever since.

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A Draw of Kings: Interview with Patrick W. Carr

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
I'm delighted to have author Patrick W. Carr here on the blog today to talk about his book A Draw of Kings, the final installment in The Staff & the Sword trilogy!

A Draw of Kings

by Patrick W. Carr

Series: The Staff & the Sword #3
Genre: MG Mythological
Paperback: 464 Pages
Publication: February 18, 2014
by Bethany House Publishers

Their journey to Merakh should have made Errol and his companions heroes of the realm. Instead, much is changed on their return. In the wake of the king’s death, Duke Weir is ruling the country–and his intentions are to marry Adora to bring an heir.

With Errol and the others imprisoned and the identity of the rightful heir to the throne still hidden in secrecy, Illustra is on the verge of civil war–and at growing risk from the armies of Merakh and Morgol.

A dangerous mission to free Errol succeeds, but the dangers facing the kingdom are mounting with every passing moment. The barrier has fallen, ferals are swarming toward the land, and their enemies draw near. Will the revelation of Illustra’s next true king come in time or will all be lost?

Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
I got the writing bug in college. You might say I owe my writing career to Georgia Tech. The stress of engineering school necessitated some serious escapism. My favorite way to escape the stress of Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics was to read. Georgia Tech at that time had a pretty decent bookstore with a good-sized fantasy section (imagine that!). And I picked up a few books and that was it. I was hooked. From there it was a pretty short jump from reader to writer, though it took a couple of decades after college for the whole thing to come to fruition.

What inspired the writing of The Staff and the Sword series?
I wanted to write an epic fantasy that with allegorical elements. It was tough going for a while because I couldn’t get “the magic” element settled in my mind. I was very conscious of the Biblical prohibition against magic so I had to step lightly. Then I had the inspiration of using the medieval church, with some of its failings, as a model for one of the themes and everything started to come together. Originally, the story was quite different, and VERY preachy. Ick.

How has your initial vision of the story changed over the course of writing the series?
Ha. Immensely. In the beginning one of my main characters was a dwarf and the scope of the tale was far smaller. That incarnation of the story didn’t make it past three or four chapters. I liked it well enough, but felt that the direction just wasn’t right. The preachiness of it bothered me. I was trying to make a point, but in the beginning it had all the subtlety of a chainsaw. I shelved it for about three years before the pieces fell together and it became a coming-of-age story about Errol (with all his flaws) instead of just a simple story about the search for a new king.

I saw that your son made original music for A Cast of Stones, the first book in the trilogy. How did this come about?
You have no idea how happy I am that you asked this! Patrick (my son, not me) was born with these amazing hands. Actually, all my kids have them. They get them from my wife, Mary, not from me. I have construction worker hands with these little stubby sausage-link fingers. Anyway, Patrick and his brothers (Connor, Daniel, and Ethan) all took piano lessons when they were young, but when Patrick was a freshman in high school, he was kind of running out of steam and about ready to quit the instrument.

Then he joined his high school jazz band. It was like a key fitting into a lock. Patrick caught fire and became this amazing jazz pianist. He won jazz midstate piano as a Sophomore and state as a Senior. I have to give a shameless plug to Dr. Richard Ripani at Hume Fogg. His jazz program is beyond amazing. Anyway, Patrick had found his passion. He went to the University of North Texas to pursue jazz piano studies. He’s still there as a graduate student. When I got the idea of having a book trailer set to music, I asked Patrick to compose the theme.

As an aside, I also used one of Daniel’s compositions for strings as a secondary theme. The high school orchestra performed it as one of their pieces his Senior year and I asked him if we could borrow it for the book. The musical talent and work ethic my kids have is really humbling.

How has your faith influenced your writing?
It permeates everything that goes on paper. It’s both an encouragement and a constraint and my prayer is that God will help me to be a better writer. In more practical terms, I like to write about characters that have deep struggles with their faith and ask all the questions that each of us come to sooner or later in our walk.

What is your goal as a writer?
There are two that I have and the first one is admittedly a bit shallow. I’d like to hit the New York Times Bestseller List. That’s my pie-in-the-sky goal and I look at that with “if it happens that would be cool” kind of attitude, but I don’t get wrapped up in it. That’s just so far out of my influence or control. The second goal is more accessible, but more unattainable. I want to write an entire book that’s great. I have my own definition and it works like this. When I first started writing, I would go back over what I’d done and every now and then I’d go “Wow, that’s a really good line.” Later on, that grew to “Wow, that’s a really good paragraph.” With more practice, it grew to a scene, then a chapter. I’m sure you can see where I’m headed. Someday, I want to be able to say that about an entire book. At that point, I probably won’t care whether it hits the NYT or not.

If you were to play a role in The Staff and the Sword series, what would your occupation be and where would you show up in the story?
Well, I’m a little over fifty, so there’s not much for me to do. I could fight, but I’m not nearly as quick as I used to be, so I’d probably go down pretty quick. The character I’m most like in personality is Willem who’s the new Tremus of the Conclave. He’s good at his job, but not the best, and we’ve got the same sense of humor.

What are you working on now?
I’m working on the first book of a new trilogy (it might end up being a trilogy of trilogies) that’s mix of medieval fantasy and detective genres. I’m really excited about the premise and what’s happening with the characters so far. I think it will be out in a couple of years. Bethany House has already agreed to contract it which is nice confirmation that the story idea has merit.

About the Author

Patrick Carr was born on an Air Force base in West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick saw more of the world on his own through a varied and somewhat eclectic education and work history. He graduated from Georgia Tech in 1984 and has worked as a draftsman at a nuclear plant, did design work for the Air Force, worked for a printing company, and consulted as an engineer. Patrick’s day gig for the last five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four sons he thinks are amazing: Patrick, Connor, Daniel, and Ethan. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.

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Fates: Author Interview & Giveaway

Monday, March 3, 2014
As someone who loves novels with mythological roots, I'm delighted to have author Lanie Bross here on the blog today to talk about her debut novel Fates!

by Lanie Bross

Series: Fates #1
Genre: YA Mythological
Paperback: 336 Pages
Publication: February 11, 2014
by Delacorte Press

What if your destiny was to kill the one you love?

One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people’s fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she’s falling all over again—this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die.

In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

Author Interview

Tell us a little about yourself and how you got into writing.
I've always loved to read and as I got older, I often thought that I could write if I really put my mind to it. The problem was that I never actually tried to do it! It wasn't until I was 34 and had just lost my dad to lung cancer that I finally decided to go for it. Who cares if what I wrote never saw the light of day, I just wanted to know that I could do it, for myself. As any writer knows, once the word bug hits, you can't stop it. I've been writing ever since! (And yes, before you ask, that firs novella was BAD. LOL)

What inspired the writing of Fates?
I was drawn to this story because of the unique take on freewill verses fate. I liked that it took place in a modern time period but that there were so many fantastical elements to add a lushness to the story. Being able to create new worlds was terrifying and exciting! its fun to let your imagination go for awhile.

How have the characters change since you first envisioned them? Did any in particular surprise you?
Hmmm...well there was a pretty clear goal for Luc and Corinthe from the start, but I think Luc surprised me most because despite his upbringing, he turned out to be more compassionate and caring than planned. Of course there had to be a connection between them, and yes, they both thought the other was pretty hot when they first met, LOL, but it had to be deeper than that. I think Luc "thought" he was strong, but everything he went through to protect the people he cared about proved that he was both stronger and weaker than he knew. He's always been a little closed off emotionally, with good reason, and he evolved better than I had anticipated. :)

What three items are important in your writing process?
My laptop obviously.
Music, but not music with words. I get too distracted!
Short fingernails. Before I sit down to dive into a WIP, I have to cut them all off. I need to be able to feel the keys on my fingertips to make that brain/word connection.

What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a coupe of NA ideas and I have an MG book that I have been trying to rewrite in first person for awhile now. Not as easy as it sounds!!

About the Author

Lanie Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next 18 years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up coming right back to the wilds of Maine where they now live just one house down from where she grew up. Fate, perhaps? She loves chasing around her rambunctious kids, playing tug-o-war with her 95 pound Lab, and writing for Young Adults. Fates is her first novel.

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