Monday, July 1, 2013

Release Day! In Stone by Louise D. Gornall


Publisher and Imprint: Entranced Publishing, Blush
Genre: YA paranormal romance
Release Date: July 1
Length: 120 pages
Blurb:

Beau Bailey is suffering from a post-break-up meltdown when she happens across a knife in her local park and takes it home. Less than a week later, the new boy in school has her trapped in an alley; he’s sprouted horns and is going to kill Beau unless she hands over the knife.
Until Eighteenth-century gargoyle, Jack, shows up to save her.
Jack has woken from a century-long slumber to tell Beau that she’s unwittingly been drafted into a power struggle between two immortal races: Demons and Gargoyles. The knife is the only one in existence capable of killing immortals and they’ll tear the world apart to get it back. To draw the warring immortals away from her home, Beau goes with Jack in search of the mind-bending realm known as the Underworld, a place where they’ll hopefully be able to destroy the knife and prevent all hell from breaking loose. That is, provided they can outrun the demons chasing them

AND THERE'S AN EXCERPT:

As a general rule, nobody walks the Switch on account of the overgrown nettle bushes, a pungent aroma of foot infection, and a collective fear of encountering something feral. However, the Switch shaves at least ten minutes off my journey, and lately I don’t trust the dark. I blame my encounter with the almost-corpse, two nights ago. Before then the dark was just a natural progression; something to be slept in, a different color in the sky. Now, shadows make me jump, and the dark carries a silence that makes me think of funerals. It breathes life into creatures that had always been safely contained behind a TV screen. I make my way down the Switch, striding over vicious flora and trying to ignore the occasional nip that sinks straight through my jeans.

Hey, Beau!” A voice from behind startles me. When I turn, Gray is jogging in my direction, thwarting thorn bushes with his bare hands. “I was looking for you.”

The hairs on the back of my neck bristle. My hand is in my pocket, and my fingers are wrapped around a slender cylinder of pepper spray as he reaches me.

Well you found me. What’s up?”

There’s something I need to ask you,” he says sheepishly. He hammers his toe against the ground, grinding it nervously into the dirt and crushing several stems of dandelion into gold dust. He giggles; it’s a soft, sweet sound that suffocates my hostility. He reminds me of Mark moments before he’d asked me out on our first date. Maybe this guy could be the one to liberate me from my social network sabbatical. Maybe my slightly-too-heavy eyeliner and my reputation as the mortician’s daughter hasn’t freaked him out.

Really?” Surprise raises my pitch. “What’s that?” The pepper spray is abandoned in my pocket.

Where’s the knife?” he replies, snatching my throat and slamming my back up against the concrete wall. It’s so forceful, so hard, that my spine ripples. Red flashes across my vision. The muscles in my neck go slack, and my head flops forward. He stabs his thumb up under my chin, forcing me to look him in the eye. His eyes are like the moon; cold, giant circles of icy-silver. But a change in his eye color is nothing in comparison to the change happening on either side of his head. I don’t understand it. It makes me wonder, briefly, if what I’m seeing is a side effect of the migraine pills Leah slipped me at lunch. Gray is growing horns. Giant grey horns that slide out of the side of his skull and then curl like springs around his ears. They’re animal.

HOLY COW, RIGHT?

About Author Louise D. Gornall:

Louise is a graduate of Garstang Community Academy. She is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English language and literature with special emphasis on creative writing. YA aficionado. Brit bird. Film nerd. Identical twin. Junk food enthusiast. Rumored pink Power Ranger. Zombie apocalypse 2012 survivor. She is also an avid collector of book boyfriends.

Here's where to find her online: 

Buy the book here:
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Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Man who Died and Came Back as a Ghost

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Interview with Author Leigh Ann Kopans

I’m super excited (go ask Leigh Ann how excited I was) to have fellow superhero lover and debut author Leigh Ann Kopans on the blog!



Leigh Ann’s superhero YA ONE hit the shelves this Tuesday and you can get your copy here.

About ONE:

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin's mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub's internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it's more important to fly solo, or to save everything - and everyone - she loves.

(Taken from Amazon. Com)

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What were your influences as a child? Did you watch the Justice League, Batman? Wonder Woman Saturday cartoons? Were you writing as a child?

YES! I grew up watching the X-men on Saturday morning cartoons, and I begged my dad to record them for me so I could watch them whenever. I remember especially loving Rogue, because she was the most angst-filled for sure. But I'm sure the idea of angsty teen mutants in general really stuck with me.

The thing with the old X-men cartoons, and the subsequent movies, and then ALL the Marvel superhero movies, actually, is that they were just as concerned with the inner and interpersonal conflict as they were with the superpowers themselves. I think those influences are pretty apparent in ONE.

Oh, and no! I never wrote as a child, just read - a lot. My first try at a novel was January 2011. :D

Next! :D

I love that about the X-Men! Total love of inner and outer conflicts.

What about your teen years? What influences did you have? What parts of you went into ONE and sixteen-year-old Merrin?

Hmm, that's an interesting question! I feel like I'm on the psychoanalyst's couch a little, LOL. Well, I'd say that I was always "the smart one -" very geeky in terms of reading all the time and loving school. I've never had more than a few close friends at a time, and wasn't part of the cool crowd but wasn't an outcast, either.  I think that like Merrin a lot of the time I felt like something was missing and I was just waiting to find it (though I think a lot of high schoolers feel like that at one time or another.)

I remember that angst! (Very strange. Human-like feelings in me? Weird.) So, what part of your adult life has led to ONE? A turning point? What lessons and experiences have led to your debut novel?

Well, ONE was the second novel I wrote. I think I'd had the idea in the back of my head since...well, since I was a kid. I was always very analytical and liked to pick things apart, and so of course with superpowers I was going to be obsessing over the mechanics of it all. But I hadn't had the experience to turn that into a fully fleshed out plot, I think, until I'd gone through a "training wheels" novel.

The first scene I wrote from One - the scene that's now chapter 8, a boy and a girl flying around a cornfield - had been haunting me for days. From there, I pieced together the rest of the story, and the characters.

In terms of the debut novel, I think that the toughest lesson and learning experience has been balancing the willingness and ability to learn enough to write a good novel with the confidence needed to actually publish it. It's a tough balance, one that I still struggle with daily.

I love how chapter 8 is The Scene That Started It All. I love those stories. So 8 is what started it all. What about music? Poetry? Book? Movie? What influences drove the feel/story you wanted to capture? Did those influences still work with the end result?

There are so, SO many songs about flying. Kravitz's "Fly Away" and Switchfoot's "Oh! Gravity" were huge influences for the feel of Merrin's character at the beginning of the book. I wrote to "Kiss Me" by Sixpence None the Richer on a loop to lend the magical, floaty feel to chapter 8, and "Meteor Shower" by Owl City colored a lot of the descriptions of Merrin and Elias together.

In terms of concept, though, it was every superhero comic and movie I ever loved. X-men, most of all, but Daredevil was big, and the Avengers, too. I loved to try to wrap my brain around the very real possibility of genetic mutations since I was a child - there's just so much we don't know. It turns out that genes can mutate to adapt in certain ways, and a brand-new scientific field called epigenetics is studying that. The concepts in ONE were based on some research I did there.

I was actually worried that the influences would be TOO obvious in the final result, but I'm thankful that I have a creative enough brain to have twisted and turned them around to fit my own concepts, characters, and story.

That’s so awesome. Is there anything else you want to add?

No, just that I really appreciate you asking me to come over today! It's been fun. And Happy Birthday! <3

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Add ONE on GoodReads here.
And totally follow Leigh Ann on Twitter.

And it’s never too late to send me a ONE poster! That cover’s my favorite this year!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Movie Night with Author Chelsea Pitcher

 Today I have the honor of having Chelsea Pitcher and her debut, The S-Word. For those who follow on Twitter, you know how much I love both!

And I'm uber excited to have them on today!

A little about The S-Word:

Two best friends torn apart by a mistake. Slut. Brought closer by two words. Suicide slut.

1.) I'm so excited about this! Who's playing who in the movie?

My first thought for Angie was Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars). She’s got those big, Bambi eyes that might be innocent or might be masking a hidden darkness. I love the edgy vibe of this picture because it shows a darker side of Hale than we usually see on PLL.

Gorg innocent picture


Still, Hale might come off as a little too innocent for the role, and I could also see someone like Phoebe Tonkin (The Vampire Diaries) portraying Angie. She looks a bit wicked in this photo, but also sad, which fits Angie perfectly.


She also looks like Jackie from That 70s Show

Drake has a little bit darker hair, but I could definitely see him being played by someone like Chase Crawford (Gossip Girl). In Angie’s words, Drake is “break-your-heart-gorgeous”, and those blue eyes are about perfect:


He's like a young Ian

Casting Lizzie was really difficult! I wanted someone who had an innocent, vulnerable quality to her, but at the same time was an old soul. I think this picture of Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle) embodies Lizzie really well: she looks hopeful and distrustful at the same time.



For Jesse I think both Tyler Posey (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Diego Boneta (Pretty Little Liars) have qualities that are Jesse-like, even if neither is an exact match. I think Posey is probably closer in terms of looks:



But dang it if Boneta doesn't have that awesome hair flip and sassy coat:





If any readers out there have ideas for who they'd cast in The S-Word, I'd love to hear about it!!

This cast is gorgeous! *o*

2. Who's writing?

I would actually love to have Brian Fuller, who is the writer/creator of the show Pushing Daisies. The show has this wonderfully snappy dialogue, and a lovely noir quality.

That's true!

3. Director?

I could see somebody like Paul McGuigan doing a great job with it. He directed Lucky Number Slevin, which is another example of a great modern-day noir.

4. Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

I can see the movie opening with Everybody Talks by the Neon Trees. The song is all about how gossip can ruin reputations and relationships. After that I’d say Howl by Florence & the Machine, for Angie’s investigation, Tea Party by Kerli for the cheerleaders, and Always Love by Nada Surf for Jesse.

Everybody Talks! I was singing that in my head earlier!

5. What's the line on the poster?

Lizzie Hart just took her own life. But someone isn’t letting her go quietly.

OOH.
6. Costume DESIGN! 

I would love to have someone like Robert Blackman, designer for Pushing Daisies, who dresses the characters in modernized versions of vintage fashion. A lot of the characters in The S-Word express themselves through clothing (Jesse plays with Golden Age glam, while Shelby might wear a 1940s cocktail dress one day and a 1960s halter and platforms the next) and I think Blackman would illustrate that really well.

That's so amazing, I never even thought of that!

Thanks so much for having me!! This was a blast!! ☺
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Thank you!

What freaking amazing movie this would make.

Here's the GoodReads link and the Amazon link. Go forth!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

One Moment: Fragile Little Things

Thanks to everyone for playing One Moment! For those who don't know, the game is look for time telling words in your writing and post a chunk of it on your blog.

Here we go!

I know I always do FLTs but I dare not go into the other works. Scared that if I talk about them, they won't be finished. :s

So here it is, from the first chapter:

I go back to bed and cling to Chris, burying myself in his sweet-smelling shirt. In his sleep, he pushes the pillow with his head, finds my hand and tucks it against his chest.

Th-thump. Th-thump.

Dad’s heart beat like this once.

But dad’s heart stopped before anyone else’s did.

“Hey,” I whisper. “It’s time.”

Make sure if you're playing, you post the link on the original post!

One Moment

Time's been on my mind a lot. Possibly because friends' books are coming out, I'm twenty-one in a few days, and it's summer (the season is like the end of the year to me.)

And I thought we'd do something fun. Yes, we, my friends.

There's always this moment in our writing or favorite books where time seems to be *just* right. A slow dance where the twinkle lights hit his eyes just right. The morning after where time just stands still.

Or the nonromantic moments. Where time is running out. Something's starting. When a character's mom gives her the last hug before the first day of school.

Wanna play?

Yay!

Search the words "moment," "forever," "time," or the like in your writing, pick your favorite chunk, post on your blog, and tag others! Come back and post your link here so we can read!

And don't forget to title your post One Moment: (The title of your story)!

Don't have anything? Write us a three paragraph story where time is everything!

Can't wait to read!

Edit: you don't have to post today but before next week would totally behoove (sp? No thanks) you!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Movie Night with Author Janice Hardy

Today, we have a very special guest on the blog! If you didn't read the title, I'll tell you now! YA fantasy author and Twitter writing-link queen, Janice Hardy and her The Healing Wars Trilogy.
The first book revolves around Nya who, with a touch, can shift pain from person to person.
1.) This is such an exciting book! Who's playing who in the movie?
Nya: Nya's has always been the hardest to cast, but I think Stefanie Scott would play her well. She can pull off a sadness and a strength in her eyes that captures Nya's spirit. She might look fragile, but don't mess with her or threaten those she loves.
Tali: Hayley McFarland, even though she's probably too old for the part now (grin).  But when I first saw her I knew she was Tali. There's a wide-eyed innocence wrapped around iron in her.
Aylin: Molly Quinn for sure. She's perfect. Sweet and lovely, but fire underneath is you push her too far.
Danello: Devon Gearhart has that same sadness and strength as Stefanie Scott, so he works well as Danello (the love interest). He has that "I'll do whatever it takes to protect my family" vibe.
Jeatar: Aaron Eckhart has the perfect mix of average Joe with strength and fortitude underneath. You might look right over him on first glance, but then you realize there's so much more there and you really should have paid attention.
Soek: Tom Holland. He gives off a nice, "I'm a good guy" vibe, but you can see hidden depths there. I think he could pull off Soek's humor as well.
Zertanik: Robert Downey Jr. has the wonderful blend of disarming humor and charm, with danger and ruthlessness underneath that fits Zertanik well. He seems like a simple businessman just making a deal, but every quip has barbs.
Lanelle: Isabelle Fuhrman. I think she could walk Lanelle's "too close to the edge of good and bad" well.  
Kione: Josh Hutcherson has a good mix of handsome, yet you're not sure you trust him, that works well for Kione.
I AM ALL FOR THAT! (Nya! <3)
2.  Who's writing the screenplay?
Joss Wheadon, because A) he writes amazing female leads, B) he writes amazing ensemble casts, so I know my other characters will be done right, and C) he's just an amazing storyteller and writer. The Shifter is pretty dark at times, and he could do the dark and still get in the humor and levity to keep it from being too dark.
This is all true. Shifter is the next Joss movie.
3. Director?
Joss Wheadon for the same reasons. I've been a fan of his since Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I love his style. He really knows how to make a character shine and bring out the personal conflicts so they don't get lost in the fancier external conflicts.
4. Producer?
Robert Zemekis. He's produced some of my favorites, such as Back to the Future, Romancing the Stone, and Contact. He's very good at putting the right team together with the right story.
OOH! I didn't think he'd be mentioned. That's a very shiny choice.
5. Okay, okay. This movie's coming together in my head. It needs the perfect soundtrack. What/who is on there?
This is a tough one since I write fantasy, so traditional songs don't really apply, but I'd love to see The Heavy on there. They have such an unusual mix of music and styles. I'd like to see what they could do with a movie soundtrack.
(I'm totally adding them to my to-listen queue.)
6. What's the one line on the poster?
Either: How far would you go to save the ones you love? or She can heal--or kill--with a touch.
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Shiny! Thank you so much for stopping by, Janice!
Here's the B&N link for Janice's The Shifter, the first book in The Healing Wars Trilogy.
You can also add it to your GoodReads here.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Movie Night with Author Juliana Haygert

It’s Friday! And today we have New Adult author Juliana Haygert and her fantasy, Destiny Gift. (Which, by the way, for a limited time is less than a dollar!)

Destiny Gift, the first in the Everlast trilogy, follows nineteen-year-old Nadine lives in a dark New York City and has the visions to bring sunlight back, if the forces behind the darkness don’t stop her first.

1.) Yay! I’m so excited to have you and I’m so excited to see your cast! Who's playing who in the movie?

Nadine = Alexis Knapp (darker hair version). Nadine is so perfect in my head, and I don’t mean perfect = flawless. I mean perfect, that the way I imagine her is so vivid … it was hard trying to find an actress to match her. I think Alexis Knapp was the closest I could get to.

Victor = Evandro Soldati (his lighter hair version). Well, I just always had Evandro, a Brazilian model, as Victor in my mind. He isn’t an actor, but he’s a goddamn great (aka yummy) model ;)

Micah = Sean O’Pry (with dark contacts). Okay, this one is near and dear to my heart. I love, love Micah. Well, Sean O’Pry is so handsome, in a rough kinda way, just like I imagine Micah. Micah is also mysterious … now look at the pic. Perfect, right?

Ceris = Taylor Schilling. This was also a hard one. Ceris is older than the others (just like Imha and Omi), but she’s equally beautiful. And her face, her features, are supposed to be lovely. I think Taylor Schilling has this sweet air about her that makes her a good choice for Ceris.

Imha = Scarlett Johansson (with pitch black hair). I love this pic of Scarlett. It screams CRAZY! Just like Imha is.

Omi = Karl Urban (with goatee and scruffy hair). Karl can pull off the hard, unscrupulous gaze of Omi as if he was born for that. Plus, he is very handsome, and although he Omi is kinda evil, all gods and goddesses are stunning, powerful.

Morgan = Viggo Mortensen (with longish, shaggy hair). Viggo can morph into any kind of character he wants, and I can easily see him as an easy-going Morgan, talking about the Everlast all the time ;)

Fates = Gwyneth Paltrow (with white hair). Another hard one. The fates are three identical women with ageless features. With a dull makeup, Gwyneth sure does get that look. And I can see her doing the whole I’m-so-powerful-and-I-don’t-need-to-show-it-off vibe of the Fates.

2. That’s amazing! I want to see this movie! Who’s writing the screenplay?

Me? HAHAHA Yeah, but I would like to be consulted, at least, you know.

Can I have a combo, like Joss Whedon does everything? Writing, directing and producing? lol

Other than Mr. Whedon, I confess I don't pay attention to this. Wait, maybe I do since I think Julie Plec is doing a great job with The Vampire Diaries, and Steven S. DeKnight did an AWESOME job with the Spartacus series. So, yeah, if Mr. Whedon isn't available, I'll be happy with either Julie Plec or Steven S. DeKnight.

Ooh! Excellent choice! I’d want to work with someone too.

3. Director? (Like I really need to ask.)

Joss Whedon please! No explanations needed …

If he’s too busy, Christopher Nolan will do ;)

(CHRISTOPHER NOLAN!) *Acts professional*

4. Eh-hmm. Wanna change your mind on the Joss Hurricane? Maybe for producer?

Another thing I don’t pay much attention to, but I keep my statement from above: Joss Whedon.

Or hm, Jared Leto? I love all of the Thirty Seconds to Mars videos and he’s the one behind them ;)

(JARED!)

5. Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

Florence and the Machine would sing the main song, for sure. Another song by Leona Lewis (love her voice), and OneRepublic. Also, Breaking Benjamin and Daughtry lol Oh, jeez, this list could go on for a while.

One thing I know for sure about the music, though: the score has to be by Two Steps From Hell – love them!

WE’RE SOUNDTRACK TWINS! (Except Daughtry.)

6. What's the line on the poster?

The same one that is on the bookmark: “Her gift will bring light to a world of darkness.”

 *gets the willies/shivers*

 

7. This is all you. Did I miss something?

Wow, this was too much fun! Thank you for having me! :)

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You’re made of awesome! Thanks for stopping by, Juliana!

And the rest of you can get your paws on Destiny Gift here!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cover Reveal! The 400lb Gorilla by DC Farmer

Hey, all!

Do I have a treat for you!

I'm revealing the cover to The 400lb Gorilla by DC Farmer. Just wait!

Look at the description:

Matt Danmor thinks he's lucky. Not many people survive a near death accident with nothing more than a bout of amnesia, a touch of clumsiness and the conviction that the technician who did the MRI had grey skin and hooves.

Still, it takes time to recover from trauma like that, especially when the girl who was in the accident with you disappears into thin air. Especially when the shrinks keep telling you she's just a figment of your imagination.

So when the girl turns up months later looking ravishing, and wanting to carry on where they left off, Matt's troubled life starts looking up. But he hasn't bargained for the baggage that comes with Silvy, like the fact she isn't really an English language student, or even a girl.

Underneath her traffic stopping exterior is something else altogether, something involving raving fanatics bent on human sacrifice, dimensionally challenged baked bean tins, a vulture with a penchant for profanity, and a security agent for the Dept of Fimmigration (that's Fae immigration for those of you not in the know) called Kylah with the most amazing gold-flecked eyes...

The 400lb Gorilla is caustic, (vampire-free) introduction to the Hipposync Archives: Contemporary fantasy at its sparkling best.

Doesn't that sound like the coolest thing you've ever heard? WANT.

And now here's the cover:


The book release February 2014 from Spence City.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Movie Night with Author L.M. Augustine

Tonight we have L.M. Augustine and his debut contemporary CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE, available now.

135,789. That’s how many subscribers sixteen-year-old West Ryder has on his web vlog series. But he only has eyes for one of them. Turns out, she's his best friend.

Exciting, no? Let's see the movie!

1.) Who's playing who?

West would definitely be, as my friend Helen Boswell correctly pointed out, a younger Austin Butler.

I picture Cat as Ariana Grande, with the same color red hair and everything.

West's mom is not exactly alive throughout the book, but I think of her as a lot like Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. Strong, passionate, and a little bit old-fashioned.

West's dad... okay, for him I really have no idea. I don't have much a physical image of him in my head; he's more defined by his personality.

2. Who do you want to write the screenplay?

I would LOVE whoever wrote Pitch Perfect to do the screenplay! That movie was so off-beat, brilliant, and well written, and I like to think of Click as having the same dorkiness, insecurities, and awkward romance as presented in Pitch Perfect. The two aren't the exact same stylistically, but there are some similarities. Plus, the Pitch Perfect writers really nailed their creation of fresh and interesting characters (Fat Amy, anyone?), which would be my number one goal for a Click movie.

3. Have a director in mind?
I'd say Jason Reitman! He does a lot of quirky stuff.

4. Producer?
Anyone who gets the book, really. :-) No preference here!


5. GOOD ANSWER. On to my fave: Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

Phillip Phillips! I feel like his Gone, Gone, Gone fits the book perfectly. Not only about West and Cat, but if you get rid of the more sexual parts, it can also be about West and his mom. Overall, though, the theme and voice of the song is a lot of what's in the book. (I also like the music video, because even though none of the actors look like Cat and West, the baby pictures and snapshots and memories and everything really show how well the two love interests are connected--like with Cat and West.)

6. I am now married to your soundtrack. But what's the line on the poster?
Hmm. The first thing that comes to mind is "West is in love with a girl... too bad she doesn't exist." but that is not very indicative of the mood of the book. So let's just say that I should not be given the poster line task if my book became a movie. Ha!

 7. Bahaha. TRUE. *severe look* What did I miss?
Thanks for having me!
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Thanks for playing!

Add CLICK to your GoodReads here.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cover Reveal! Project: Boy Next Door

Sorry for the lateness!
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Today, I have the honor of revealing the cover of the late LK Madigan's last novel PROJECT: BOY NEXT DOOR.

About PROJECT

Being the son of a mega-famous mogul isn't all it's cracked up to be, which is why super-smart but socially awkward teen Melvin Pepper wants to try something new: anonymity. To attend a regular high school, get a normal job, meet real people. A break from the pressure and facade that come with crazy wealth and a world-renowned last name.

But Mel quickly realizes that being Mike, his alter ego, isn't as easy as he'd assumed. He gradually makes friends at work and school and becomes involved in the radio club, plus navigates the rocky waters of first crushes and first kisses. However, he discovers someone out there is on to his secret and is threatening to expose it. 

And that's not all. One of Mel's new work friends is hiding a dark secret of her own, and Mel feels helpless to make things better for her. He struggles with juggling two very different identities, balancing jealous old friends and nosy new ones. Yup, Mel's in way over his head...and the only chance he has to make everything right is to be true to himself.

You can add it here

Here's the gorgeous cover!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Movie Night with Author Shana Mlawski

Tonight's movie comes from YA fantasy author Shana Mlawski! Her debut HAMMER OF WITCHES is set in 1400s Spain! (Get your copy right here.)


1.) FIRST QUESTION! Who's playing who in the movie?

 

Let's start by assuming we're making a live-action Hollywood picture starring English-speakers. These are actually some big assumptions, because I'm a huge animation fan, and HAMMER OF WITCHES is set in Spain. But okay: we're going American. Unfortunately, this film's going to be hard to cast, because the protagonist, Baltasar, is brown-skinned, and most teen heartthrobs in the U.S. are white.

(Note to Hollywood: Bo-ring.) Looks-wise, Aramis Knight might be our best bet for Bal. He's playing Bean in Ender's Game, so he must be pretty good. That's important, because I only cast good actors in my fake movies.
 
Good actor for fake movie
Baltasar was raised by his uncle Diego, who in my mind can be played by no one but Mandy Patinkin.

Like Diego, he's Jewish, and more importantly he has experience playing a Spaniard. That was a Princess Bride reference and if you don't get it yeesh I'm old.
 
Man from Princess Bride I don't remember but am just as old-feeling
The book begins when Baltasar gets into trouble with the Spanish Inquisition because of Amir al-Katib, a legendary sorcerer and all-around badass. Amir would have been played by Alexander Siddig, a.k.a. Siddig el-Fadil, a.k.a. Dr. Bashir from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, except Siddig stubbornly refuses to age. Alexander, I need you to play a 60-something-year-old. Stop looking 30, you dashing Trekkie, you.

Dashing trekkie

Seriously, what fountain of youth is this guy drinking from?! Ahem. Anyway. As Baltasar sets out on his quest to find al-Katib and save the world, he meets Jinniyah, a half-genie. Because there are so few young brown-skinned actresses in Hollywood these days, she will be played by Rubina Ali, a.k.a. young Latika from Slumdog Millionaire, which means we will have to fly her over from India again so she can be in our movie.

Baltasar also meets Catalina, who must be played by Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka because I am Mad Men fanatic, and as far as young actresses go no one can touch The Shipka.

Untouchable Shipka
Also, there's Antonio, who will be played by Jim Beaver (Deadwood fans represent)...

 

and Martín Pinzón, who will be played by John Hannah, a.k.a. Batiatus from Spartacus: Blood & Sand
(it's better than you think!)...

 
and Vicente Pinzón, who will be played by Diego Luna (de Y Tu Mamá También)...

 
Spanish Johnny Depp looking
 
Rodrigo, who will be played by Mathew Baynton from Peep Show...

 
Caonabo, who will be played by Prison Break's Amaury Nolasco...

*eyebrow lift*
 
and Anacaona, who will be played by Q'orianka Kilcher, because if Hollywood's going to keep typecasting her as historical Native American characters they should at least cast her as a historical Native American from pre-Columbian Latin America instead of, like, Pocahontas.

 
Oh, and of course Cristóbal Colón, a.k.a. Christopher Columbus, who will be played by—wait for it—Christopher Eccleston.

 
I'm told the Santa María was bigger on the inside.

2. Cast looks good! But the writing is what matters. (*wink, wink* *nudge, nudge* Ha! I crack myself up.) Who do you want to write the screenplay?

How about the Adventure Time writers? Somehow they always manage to write things that are exciting, touching, funny, and weird all at the same time.

3. You win for this answer alone. Who's directing?

Hayao Miyazaki is probably my favorite director, so if he wants to make HAMMER OF WITCHES his next Studio Ghibli animated masterpiece, who am I to say no? Guillermo del Toro is the obvious choice for the live-action version.

4. Producer?

As I said, the Ghibli guys. If it's to be animated I'll also accept the guys who made The Secret of Kells.

5. Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

Tricky question. The book takes place in 1492, so technically the soundtrack should be full of medieval/Renaissance music like this or something more Arabic-inspired like this.

But we can have it updated by, say, Rodrigo y Gabriela or our favorite fake medieval princess, Joanna Newsom.

Buuuut even though HAMMER OF WITCHES takes place in 1492, it has a pretty modern sensibility, so we can go with a completely modern soundtrack, which might include The Decemberists (very “boaty”)  and the weirder Iron & Wine tracks.

Buuuuuuuut, for the record, when I was writing and needed to get into Bal's head I usually listened to Memory Tapes, because when you think of a guy in 15th century Spain your mind naturally goes to chillwave electronica. I can vouch for that!

6. What's the line on the poster?

I guess the one on my bookmarks: “There is magic in a story. Dark magic.”

7.  I loved all of this. What did I miss?

This was fun! Thanks for letting me play!
 
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Thank you!
 
And you guys can add HAMMER OF WITCHES to your TBR here.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

More than One Hero

I was combing through my child's hair and noticed just how knotty it was. I'd given it what I thought was an anti-tangle treatment (a good read through) the month before but it didn't look like it.

Pieces floated about, tied in knots, not even to the main point.

I know that time gives you distance from your work and I'm grateful. I've seen so many horrible things in my story that I can't believe I never noticed.

But when I'm not writing about the secondary characters in their POV, I can't always keep track of what they did. I know as far as what they got out of it (like if my secondary character fought someone to get to her energy level or if she got that before the fight.)

The details are messy and whether I want them to or not, come through in telling words later, a service to the characters who weren't there and the readers who weren't there either.

I've considered outlines but outlines are one) not my thing, 2) unhelpful without a goal.

I stared at my cast. So many of them are named, but so many aren't. As they are way in the background, probably not mentioned really.

And I was thinking of giving them their own goals?

*laughs madly*

But it's a good idea.

One of my TC's (toughest critic) favorite thing to do is ask about an older, and embarrassingly self-indulgent, story.

The main character has stumbled into a colony of supernaturals who can't let a human know about their existence. She isn't allowed to leave now.

This is the famous 11-book series spawned in half a year. AnyWHO.

TC always ask why the hell the other characters protect the MC. I get tired of answering the same thing but TC is always right. (Or she hasn't been wrong yet.)

My other characters *can* love my MC and come together but they have lives outside of hers. It's one of the things that makes them 3D.

So now, fastforward to my baby who has tangles in her hair. Rip 'em out (ouch!) and with the newly made Hero's Journeys (here & here) weave an outline and keep secondary characters in check.

I get it. That's a lot of work, but look at it this way, you'll see that story you love so much from different views.

And your characters (with their Tags and Traits sheets, Hero's Journeys) will be more real than before. Even your villains/antagonists/etc!

*I freaking love doing these hero things. It's so exciting!

Comments welcomed and adored.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Poison Event at Book People

Hey, all!
So last Friday was the Book People event for Bridget Zinn's Poison!
First off, I was half an hour early thinking I was already late. Ha! I must have looked so funny tearing my way through that cozy book store and intruding on some early signing.
(Am so sorry for the startle, staff!)
Then didn't talk to anyone but sis. I'm always deluded into thinking I'm more outgoing in real life than I really am. -.-
So speakers ran: Bridget's cousin, husband, three local authors (who read some of the book.)
As you all remember, this is yet another first for me! It was neat.
Okay, okay. Here are some salvagable pics:

Friday, April 19, 2013

Movie Night with author Trisha Wolfe

 You know who we love here at The Girl? Assuming I'm more than one person handling the blog? Teehee. The amazing Trisha Wolfe.

Today I have her for the super new, super cool Movie Night feature here! And Trisha's latest, OF SILVER AND BEASTS is getting the Hollywood treatment. *winky face*

1.) Ok, first question: who's playing who in the movie?

Wow. This is a hard one lol I mean, there are so many great actors/actresses, and because I rarely watch TV or movies anymore, I’m probably not even up to date on them. But, I guess, for my main characters in OF SILVER AND BEASTS, I’d have to say that Scarlett Johansson (with black hair) would do a wonderful job playing Kal. Her tough girl roles are always delivered beautifully and strong. Zack Efron is very close to how I picture Caben. And at least one of the other male contenders would have to be played by Sam Worthington—he’s just simply amazing. I picture Sam maybe playing Crew J For Kal’s best friend Lilly, Zooey Deschanel (OHMYGOSH, my girl crush. Good taste!) would be one of my top choices.

2. Who do you want to write the screenplay?
That’s pretty easy. I’m HUGE Joss Whedon fan. Like, the biggest. Joss writes some of the most amazing and strong female characters in the industry, and I would die of sheer happiness if that ever happened. (<3)

3. Have a director in mind?

Hmm I guess not really lol I don’t know enough about the movie industry to know who’s who. But I absolutely love LOVE the visuals and creations for both Pan’s Labyrinth and Hell Boy: The Golden Army. With OSAB having very dark and unique creatures and settings, it would be so awesome to see how Guillermo del Toro would interpret the book. Honestly, I think that would probably be the coolest thing ever.

4. Producer?

Not really sure. Again, I don’t pay attention, so I’d have to research it first. Maybe Del Toro also, since he produces as well.

5. Who HAS TO be on the soundtrack?

I’m a pretty big music fan, so my list here would be way long ha! But I’ll name off my top three:
Florence and the Machine—singing anything. I think they have the perfect sound for the soundtrack, but No Light, No Light is one of their songs I’d request to be in the movie.
Kittie—doing one of their older jams. With OSAB’s first setting being in Cavan—a queendom—I’d like to have a lot of female bands in the movie.
System of a Down—doing a cover of Black (Yeah, that will never happen, but a girl can dream)

6. What's the line on the poster? (Not everyone thinks of this one but they should!)

Don’t Let the Madness Win.

7. This is all you.

Thanks so much for having me, Elyana! This was so much fun. You ask the best questions, and really made me think about how I picture the movie for OF SILVER AND BEASTS.  I’m in the perfect mind set to jump right into the sequel now. Thank you!
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No way! Thank you!

You can add Of Silver and Beasts to your TBR here

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cover Reveal! Ten Days by Olivia Mayfield

Ten Days  by Olivia Mayfield
Publication date: May 2013 
Genre: New adult/YA crossover sci-fi romance

SYNOPSIS

Seventeen-year-old Cally isn’t like the others. In her society, the Machine caters to every whim, ensuring people don’t have to leave their pods. But Cally and her best friend Marshal find themselves drawn to how things used to be, when people lived on the surface of the earth and relied upon manpower, not technology. When physical contact wasn’t uncivilized, and love was normal, acceptable, embraced. Cally tries to swallow down her increasing dissatisfaction with the "rules," as well as her rapidly developing feelings for Marshal, a task getting harder each day.

Then, things start going downhill, fast. Food is spoiled. Air grows musty. The population panics about the dysfunction--is it sabotage? Anarchy? But Cally and Marshal discover the truth: The Machine, the answer to all their problems for longer than anyone can remember, is breaking down. Now, these two have to risk it all to save themselves and the people they care about...before their entire world destroys itself.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Olivia Mayfield has been an unabashed fan of romance since she was a young teen, secretly devouring her mom’s Harlequins. She has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s degree in English, and lives with her family in Ohio. In her free time, she loves reading, shopping, wearing absurdly high-heeled boots, cheesecake, singing karaoke, and harassing her friends.

website

Well here it is! Isn't it gorgeous? ^^

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Small Announcement!

Yes! I'm doing it here too!

Come this Friday, at 7PM, there'll be a celebration in Austin, Texas' Book People for Bridget Zinn's debut Poison.

If you're part of the Austin YA area, we hope you'll come!

For those of you who don't know the talented Bridget Zinn passed shortly after selling Poison and isn't here to celebrate it.

We hope to do her justice and spread the word for her!

Come join us. Deets:

Bridget's site

Book People

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Everything I Say

Can and will be used against me.

My feet are in need of kicking up. Not because I feel like a boss but because I have weird knees.

It's relevent. I'll tell you why.

A few months ago, I started getting questions from some social media peeps and some real world friends.

How do you use Twitter?

What's a hashtag?

Why do authors/agents/etc acknowledge your existence?

In order my answers would be:

*laughs* I'm still learning. (Play with it.)

It's the gift from above. It's power. It's a drug. (I have a problem. Send help.)

Um, it's not a big deal.

The last question bothered me as it bothers me to talk about it now. People answer me because I talk to them, maybe because they want to talk back.

Those people up in the publishing ladder ARE people.

But lately, I realized why other Hopefuls ask me this. It isn't because anyone higher than Hopeful is rude or exclusive. (Though they could be if they wanted.)

It's the way Hopefuls interact with them.

Yeah, some of you might call me a kiss ass or maybe think I'm manipulative but my parents raised me with manners, told me not to pester people, and I usually don't if I can help it.

I say things like 'thank you,' 'please,' and junk like that. I'm not somehow above Hopefuls. Not even close. I'm just on the side that acts decent.

I'm not pulling this shiz out of the air either.

Plenty of people will agree with me. How would you like it if an eager (or not eager) stranger pestered you, demanded more of you?

And it hurts more than it helps. Be the right kind of insistent. Learn the rules THEN break them.

Please. Hopefuls (and I am NOT an exception. Ask some of the agents of YA) come off looking petty, impatient, rude.

When you're on ANY public place, when you release something that's either on the Internet or could be put in it, you better make sure you can deal with the consequences.

Think that Oscar comment by that one "humor" site.

Think agents, editors, bloggers, readers TALK.

Imagine, for one second, a world where being a writer means you're judged by, oh my gosh!, YOUR WORDS.

Be polite.

Be patient.

Always be professional.

Cursing, tweeting in your underpants, or saying you don't like some popular book is all fair game. Bashing someone, demanding attention, asking your followers to hate someone makes you look like a child.

A petty, self-centered, tantrum-throwing child.

And no one wants to work with those.

Don't throw your toys at people who know things or don't get ignored. We don't wail in public about a rejection or about a no answer. We're not doing anything but handling it with grace. (Faked, forced, or otherwise.)

Everything you say, do, show other than in your house, alone, can and WILL (always will) be held against you.

We are always being watched. An agent, an editor, and an author will read this. Maybe more of each category.

This is the way the world works now.

And I'm willing to stand by what I just wrote. I know who I am, I try not to assume much, and it doesn't mean I'm scared of consequences.

There are always those, even when I don't hear/read them.

But I'll say 'please' and 'thank you' and curse and do whatever I want anyway. Being polite doesn't make you inauthentic. It makes it easier to connect to people.

Like future employers and such. *lifts eyebrows*

Learn the rules, learn the etiquette, you'll still be you if you do it right.