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A sinister magic is sweeping across Nash City…

To Fiona Moon, it’s just another day at work. And some days, well, they’re a helluva lot worse than others. As a member of the elite Black Blade Guard, Fiona is tasked with hunting down the most-dangerous Paranorm criminals. To find out who is kidnapping mages and sucking the life energy from their bodies, she has to work with the one man that embodies everything she despises.

Master Necromancer Ian Barroes, a rich professor of Necromantic Studies, wants only one thing in this world… Fiona.

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Reluctant Guardian by Melissa Cunningham

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Guarding Brecken Shaefer—a dark and dangerous rebel—is harder than it looks.

Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren’t given out so freely when you take your own life.

Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her.

Brecken Shaefer isn’t any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa’s afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons— but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely.

Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?

Excerpt:

I should have realized that suicide was not my best option. But like most teenage girls, I hadn’t planned ahead. I never pictured my parents and brothers picking up the pieces of my broken life, or the empty hole I would leave in my wake.

I honestly didn’t think anyone cared that much.

The medication I’d been taking hadn’t helped matters either. My doctor prescribed it after the death of my beloved grandmother who’d lived with us since I was a baby. Three months later, my best friend Natasha, died from a brain tumor. Nothing could have shattered me more. Not just because Natty and I were closer than Siamese twins, but because we shared a dark, horrifying secret.

Something I’d never told anyone. Not even my parents. Once she was gone I didn’t know how to shoulder that weight on my own. I was drowning in sorrow. I’d fallen into a dark pit and had every right to take that antidepressant. My parents thought it would help too.

I should have been more open about my feelings. I should have confided in my mom and dad. Explained that the medication wasn’t working. That in reality I felt wcunnighamorse. But I didn’t. I didn’t realize the drug was affecting me adversely . . . until it was too late.

The only thing I wanted that night was to not feel anymore, to not have my heart ripping in two, and to not cry so hard that my whole body ached.

Would it be painful if I rammed my car into the tall pine at the curve of the road? Would it do the trick or just turn me into a vegetable for the rest of my life?

I gambled. I took a chance and got what I wanted. Death.

 

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Melissa’s first novel: Reluctant Guardian, was accepted for publication through Clean Teen Publishing in August 2013. When Melissa is not writing you can find her spending time with her husband of eighteen years and her five children. Melissa studied music in college and loves to read all things fiction. Melissa lives in Northern Utah with her family, her horses, cats, dogs and chickens.

Guest Book Review: Underworld by Meg Cabot

Genre: Young Adult

Reading level: Ages 14 and up

Paperback: 308 pages

Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

ISBN-13: 978-0-330-45387-5

Rating: 4 stars

(Available from Amazon)

Imagine if your boyfriend is actually the ruler of the underworld, yep, that’ll be Hades. Now imagine that having died and been revived by him in the past, you’re back in Hades, faced with a choice of – do I stay or do I go? Keep imagining because things are going to get worse! Your grandmother is possessed by a Fury, yes, an evil creature from Greek mythology. She’s trying to kill you so as to punish your boyfriend. Hurting you will hurt him. Now imagine, your cousin Alex is going to be trapped in a coffin on the night when everyone in your hometown of Isla Huesos (which, by the way, means Island of Bones) celebrates a kind of Festival of the Dead tradition. This festival involves lots of coffins … and your cousin is going to suffocate in one of them. Oh, did I mention that a fabulous necklace, given to you by your hunky (dead) boyfriend actually contains the Persephone Diamond, which turns black when Furies are about.

Pierce Oliviera has an extraordinary life. Although she started out as a normal girl, family events took a strange turn. In Book 1: Abandon, Pierce died but was brought back to life by John Hayden, ruler of Hades. Now she finds herself half in the world of the living and half in the world of the dead. Underworld is the second book in the series and expands upon the Hades/Persephone Greek myth, where (if you’ve done your homework) you’ll remember that Persephone ate six pomegranate seeds while in the underworld. As a result, she must spend six months on earth, and six months with her dark consort.

In Underworld, Pierce finds herself more intrigued than ever by the mysterious John Hayden and his smouldering good looks. He is everything a seventeen-year-old girl could want … or maybe not? John has a guilty secret that’s eating him up because basically he is lying to Pierce. Pierce also finds out more about the convoluted and corrupt relationships between the aristocratic and wealthy families on the island. Their histories are intertwined with John’s previous human life. Unfortunately, the rich and powerful of Isla Huesos stop at nothing to keep their secrets safe and their wicked future plans on track. If this involves killing people, then so be it. John, Pierce, and their friends find themselves targeted at every turn by enemies, both human and eternal.

This enchanting and surreal reworking of the Greek legend will definitely intrigue romantic teens as John and Pierce develop their relationship. After all, it’s not every day that a girl says goodbye to the land of the living. The author depicts a plausible underworld, which also has a cast of eccentric characters to assist John as he ferries souls from life into death. Although this is the second book, the author filters enough back history into the story, enabling readers to get the picture. John and Pierce’s otherworldly romance continues in Book 3: Awaken.

No monetary compensation was received for this review.

Reviewer’s bio: Fiona Ingram is an award-winning middle grade author who is passionate about getting kids interested in reading. Find out more about Fiona and her books on www.FionaIngram.com. She reviews books for the Jozikids Blog.

Interview with Shannon Duffy, Author of SPECTRAL

Shannon Duffy writes young adult and middle grade fiction. She grew up on the beautiful east coast of Canada and now lives in Ontario, Canada. She is the mom of one boy, Gabriel, her angel. She loves writing, reading, working out, soccer, and the sport of champions-shopping. She is the author of the young adult paranormal romance, SPECTRAL. Her upcoming middle grade fantasy novel, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is scheduled for a January 2013 release.

Thank you for joining us today, Shannon. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

I’m Canadian, married with one son, and a huge animal lover. I’ve two dogs, two horses, and a canary. I would love to sneak in a few more pets but hubs is having none of that. I also love boating, traveling, and shopping of course. 🙂 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

Well, in high school I really remember loving to do writing assignments when most of the other kids would groan about it. And then I used to play around writing bits of poetry. I decided to write an actual novel after I had my son, Gabriel because I wanted to write a story for him. That story is a Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure. 

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

After I finished the novel for my son, I really couldn’t wait to try my hand at a YA. I love to read YA, and I was super excited to have at it. I really enjoyed writing SPECTRAL.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

I love that YA readers get so excited about books they love, and their love of books is super contagious. It’s a great group of people to write for really. Since YA is becoming so wide spread and popular, I think the most difficult challenge is writing something that’s completely original…that will capture people’s attention. So you have to be able to put a spin on the kinds of stories people love. I hope I’ve done that with SPECTRAL. 

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

SPECTRAL is about a girl named Jewel who is approaching her 17th birthday. She has been brought up to believe her family is in the Witness Protection Program and that they are on the run from the mob. They move around so often, changing her name every time. She doesn’t have a chance to really make friends, or to have any roots because her family controls everything she does. At this latest location, she meets two hot guys at school that are both giving her attention. When one suddenly shows he has magical powers, claiming to be her guardian, and telling her that everything she has been told is a lie, she has to try unraveling the pieces in her life, find the truth and who she can even believe…and make it to her 17th birthday alive. With kidnappings, a magical Witchcraft book, unexplained powers appearing, and two boys competing for her heart, things get a lot more complicated than Jewel bargained for. 

What inspired you to write it?

I really like books about witches, and having read the witch books by Carolyn MacCullough, I really felt like I wanted to write one. I just think they’re so fun. So, that was my initial inspiration. After that, the idea just popped into my head one night when I couldn’t sleep. Funny how that is.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Smashwords, Google, and through my publisher, Tribute-Books.com

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes, my website is www.ShannonDuffyLit.com On there you’ll find a soundtrack for the book that I put together, photos of most of the characters, and more about me and my other works.

What is up next for you?

My Middle Grade Fantasy Adventure, GABRIEL STONE AND THE DIVINITY OF VALTA is coming out January 1, 2013, and its sequel comes out January, 2014.  Also, right now I’m working on a YA Dystopian.

Do you have anything else to add?

I would like to say thank you for having me on here today, and thanks to everybody who stopped by.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Shannon. We wish you much success.

Spectral web site:
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Guest Blogger: Amy Lignor, Author of Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1

Today we welcome, Amy Ligor, author of Until Next Time: The Angel Chronicles, Book 1, which was released in January by Tribute Books.

How does a girl choose between the one who steals her heart and the one who owns her soul?

Matt and Emily were created for a specific job. Raised and trained as the ultimate angel/warrior team, they are sent down to save, defend, judge and forgive, depending on the ‘life’ they’ve been assigned. What they don’t realize is that the power of human emotions, such as love, anger, passion and fear can take over even the best of souls, causing them to make mistakes and follow paths that lead to confusion and heartache.

When the reason for their training is finally revealed, the angel/warrior team find themselves thrust into a world they know nothing about. Matt takes over the life of Daniel, a young man with a great deal of baggage. Emily becomes Liz, a girl living in a remote village who relies on nothing more than her own strength to survive. A violent storm erupts one night, and framed in the window of Liz’s establishment is a frightening face. Let in by the soul of a Good Samaritan, the two visitors bring with them a past full of secrets that could literally change an angel’s path and a warrior’s plans.

From murder to redemption, this angel/warrior team must find a way to keep the faith they have in each other in a world that’s ripping them apart.

Why is paranormal romance such a big hit with the YA market?

I love this question because an author just asked me why the adults aren’t reading as many books as they used to. She was struggling to understand what ‘piece’ had suddenly gone missing in the adult fiction genres. I have to say, for a long time we were doing things that were fun – mysteries, suspense, awesome puzzles to figure out like, The DaVinci Code. But then we just seemed to switch; the books became depressing and female characters had no spark.  There was no strength or power left in the heroine. The YA fiction market is huge, and the reason it’s huge is because of the romance, the paranormal worlds and characters that take us AWAY from everyday life. People want that, and that’s why more and more adults are reading teen books.

This genre offers a way of getting beyond what we see when we turn on the news. When you head into a paranormal YA book you get a hero, a super-strong heroine who has a ‘voice’ and isn’t afraid to use it, a love triangle that hooks readers right off the bat, and locations that we can only imagine. Romance will never die, but paranormal romance is reaching out to readers and bringing them in droves. They know that with these novels they can get away and experience excitement, love, yearning and mystery all at the same time…and forget about everything else that’s going on outside that window. I really hope that adult fiction goes back to this formula because we are all really missing those good, solid adventures.

I tried to make Until Next Time stand out in a variety of ways. When I turned to angels, I really wanted them to be different from any other angelic series that’d been written. I began by making them a team – an angel/warrior team that was actually created to be a partnership. You can’t have one without the other. And I didn’t want them to be tormented, I wanted them to be ‘new’ teenagers that hadn’t yet seen the ‘real world’ or gone on any adventures (like most teens who are waiting for that shot at freedom).

I wanted to know what a purely innocent soul would do and how they would react when they ran face-first into human emotions. Down here we have jealousy, anger, envy, romance – all of it, and I wondered how these two characters would keep their faith in one another in a world that was trying to tear them apart.  They came down from a ‘perfect’ world, so it was a real thrill ride to see them deal with an imperfect one.

I also wanted the “love triangle” to be extremely different than anything else. In most novels we do know who the friend is going to be and who the soul mate is, pretty early on. With Emily, however, her soul mate is Matt – because they were made that way.  But because of the job they have to do and who and what they are, she also has a soul mate on Earth. So it will be very interesting to see who she finally chooses.

One other thing that makes Until Next Time stand out is the fantastic cover! The designer and creator of that cover is a genius!  And I can’t wait for the world to see a ‘gilded’ Matt on the next one.

Until Next Time, Everybody.

Amy

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Amy Lignor began her career at Grey House Publishing in northwest Connecticut where she was the Editor-in-Chief of numerous educational and business directories.

Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.

She is also the owner of The Write Companion, a company that offers help and support to writers through a full range of editorial services from proofreading and copyediting to ghostwriting and research. As the daughter of a research librarian, she is also an active book reviewer.

Currently, she lives with her daughter, mother and a rambunctious German Shepherd named Reuben, in the beautiful state of New Mexico.

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Interview with Laura Burks, Author of Altered

Joining us today is Laura Burks, author of Altered, a young adult paranormal romance mystery novel.

Thank you for being here, Laura. Can you please start off by telling us a bit about yourself?

Sure, and thanks for letting me join you today.

I live in the Deep South with my husband and our two teenagers.  As most houses with teenagers, things can get very hectic, but fun. The most exciting part of my day is hearing what they’ve done and their accomplishments. High school and college can be so interesting seen through the eyes of your kids.

As for the other part of my day, when I’m not writing or keeping up with whatever life throws at me, I work part time giving back to my community teaching a “Get Real About Violence” course in our local elementary schools. A few months out of the year I work with middle school students in our Youth Legislature Program.

And for fun, I love the outdoors, boating, vacations, watching movies and just hanging out with my family. 

When did you first get bit by the writing bug?

The writing bug found me when I wasn’t looking. Writing, for me, came in many different forms – freelance, poetry, speeches, and then the big bug hit and had me itching with ideas.  I held the idea of Altered for a short time, and then I shared my thoughts with my family. With their encouragement, I began that very same day.

It was March, 2009 when I wrote the first line of Altered.  It was finished in a few months, or at least I thought it was. Then I learned how to edit. Editing can be a nightmare at times, and it’s not just for new writers. Every book written goes through so many stages until it’s ready for submission. Being new, I had no idea what it really took to have a book published.

Here’s the back page blurb for Altered:

Hearing her name started it all…

All eighteen-year-old Jenna wants to do is have a slow paced and predictable summer in the small town of New Roads with her grandfather. But on Friday the thirteenth, the unpredictable occurs when she mysteriously hears a voice leading her to a buried book. Jenna is unaware that a secret curse lies within and she’s just unleashed its hold.

As writings appear in the book strangely matching her vivid dreams, Jenna’s curious nature takes over pulling her deeper into the mystery and the connection to her family. What she didn’t expect to find was a forbidden love and a choice to save a life.

Will Jenna’s choice remain a secret? Or did the secret choose her?

Why did you decide to write stories for the YA market?

Although I’m not a teenager anymore, and I won’t say how long ago that was, I’ve always been drawn to the young adult genre. They’re fresh, fun, and every age from teen on up can relate. I like the voice, the atmosphere created, and the ease of being able to grasp the story. In today’s market, young adult novels are probably selling more to adults than ever before. I guess I’m not the only one who is captivated by this genre.

What is your favorite part of writing for this group? What is the greatest challenge?

Because I have two teenagers myself (well, one is almost twenty) my favorite part is the innocence of the characters and how you can create their growing, learning and maturing at just the right times.

The greatest challenge in writing for the young adult market is to not give in to what society sees, but to show other sides of their personality that’s just as important.  I find the media doesn’t always give the youth of today the credit they deserve. If you really give them a chance, you’ll see very caring, loving, wanting to be accepted young adults who are trying to find their way.

Can you tell us what your latest book is all about?

I’m working on two young adult novels. At this time, neither is paranormal. One of the novels is a shared project with my daughter.

I’ve had several requests for a sequel to Altered, and the idea is very tempting. So far, the paranormal romance mystery element seems to be going over very well. With that in mind, I might change one of my novels to that sub-genre. Like I mentioned, it’s very tempting.

What inspired you to write it?

My family’s encouragement inspired me to start writing, but the adrenaline once I started kept me going. It’s like a strange, but good, addiction to want to finish full circle. I found myself craving to want to learn more and hone the craft of writing. I felt like a sponge soaking in everything I could to learn the market: writing, editing, submitting, rejections (yes, you have to learn to accept those, too) publishing, and now marketing.

Where can readers purchase a copy?

Altered is available in both print and epub and can be purchased on Amazon, Wings-press.com, or ordered through your local bookstore. I also have a website with order information. Here are all the order links:

http://www.wings-press.com/Bookstore/Altered.htm

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=altered+by+laura+burks

http://lauraburks.com/

Do you have a website and/or blog where readers can find out more?

Yes, I have a website with novel excerpts, more about me, a book trailer video, reviews, contact and order information, appearances, my blog, a facebook fan page, and more. Please feel free to contact me. I love hearing from readers.  Here are the links:

http://lauraburks.com/

http://laura-burks.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Laura-Burks-author-of-Altered/239915156042141

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5171695.Laura_Burks

What is up next for you?

Right now I’m concentrating on marketing my novel, Altered, and gearing up to finish my other novels. I’m having a lot of fun meeting other authors and readers throughout the online community as well as meeting them face-to-face. 

I’m also going to be on “The Around Town” show, which is local in my area, in October. I’m very excited about that. If possible, I’ll have the link posted on my website.

Do you have anything else to add?

Of course, I always do. Being able to share what was on my computer for my eyes only for so long with others is such a humbling experience. People ask me if I’m excited to be published. My answer to that is yes, but in a grateful way. If it weren’t for Wings ePress giving me the chance, and the readers support and encouragement to continue writing, I’d still be in the edit mode wondering what if.

To those out there that are wondering if you are a writer or not, don’t worry. All of us who write, whether published or not, ask that question all the time. Being published is not what makes you a writer. What makes you a writer is your desire to be one.

Thank you for spending time with us today, Laura. We wish you much success.

Thanks for having me today. And I wish you much success as well.