Fall into Fantasy Book Tour Week 3 : The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore

Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 3: The Undead: Playing for Keeps

By Elsie Elmore (Yes 🙂 It’s me!!!)

When an undead woman with serious de-comp issues stalks sixteen-year-old Lyla Grimm, her hope of rescuing her rock-bottom reputation takes a back seat. Survival definitely trumps the in-crowd.

Her corpse-following scare reeks of a major prank and coincides with the arrival of Eric. He’s the hot new guitarist in her brother’s band. But Eric’s arrival isn’t by chance. He’s a Grim Reaper dispatched to find out why Death’s clients aren’t staying down.
As Eric realizes that Lyla can wake the dead, he jockeys for control of her gift. His uncanny way of appearing when she needs him most earns her reluctant admiration. But the closer he gets to Lyla, the less sure he is of his plan. The dead are easier to deal with than living emotions.
Gossip explodes, the Grimm family implodes, and desperation sets in. Death wants the gift and a soul. Lyla and Eric face hard choices with hidden consequences. Sometimes life’s choices aren’t really choices at all.
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ABOUT ELSIE ELMORE:

Elsie Elmore lives in North Carolina with her husband and two kids.

With a science education degree, she never imagined she would someday write stories that challenge the laws of nature. She loves the color red, has an appreciation for chocolate and coffee that borders on obsession, and wishes fall temperatures would linger year round.
Elsie is a member of several writing organizations: RWA, SCBWI, and WSW. The Undead : Playing for Keeps is her debut novel. Find her on the web: on twitter at @ElsieWriter, her blog at elsieelmore.com, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/elsieelmorewriter.
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New Release: Ascension by Terah Edun

AccessionAccession by Terah Edun
(Sarath Web #1)
Publication dateAugust 5th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Katherine Thompson wasn’t trained to rule a coven. That was her sister – perfect, beautiful Rose. But when a mysterious plane crash kills off the heir presumptive of the Sandersville coven she has no choice. After stepping in to fill her sister’s shoes, Katherine realizes she didn’t have a clue – faery wars, depressed trolls and angry unicorns are just the beginning.

For centuries, her family has served the high Queens on both sides of the Atlantic but it is a well-known rule that mid-level witches stay away from high-level Queens. But when Katherine’s youngest cousin vanishes without a trace in the Atlanta court and no one wants to investigate, Katherine decides to step into the darkness on her own. She soon discovers that nothing, especially in the Atlanta High Queen’s court, is as it seems.

When she accidentally opens a rift in the search for her cousin, Richard LeCross, the Queen’s warlock, decides that Katherine is more trouble than she’s worth. He determines that this mortal, dangerously close to becoming a High Queen, needs to die. But killing Katherine is easier said than done. For a young woman who’s always believed in right versus wrong, she’s about to go head over heels into the dark side.

 
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AUTHOR BIO

Terah Edun’s next YA Fantasy novel, BLADES OF MAGIC – Crown Service Book #1 (set in the Algardis Universe), will release on March 31, 2014. Book Five of Courtlight, SWORN TO DEFIANCE, will release in April 2014.Her favorite writers include Mercedes Lackey, Tamora Pierce, Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb and Maria Snyder.

Check out Terah’s author website (teedun.com) for more information about her books, find her online @TEdunWrites and subscribe to her newsletter (bit.ly/SubscribetoTerahsNewsletter) to be notified of upcoming releases.

Courtlight Series: http://smarturl.it/courtlightseries

Book 1 – Sworn To Raise
Book 2 – Sworn To Transfer
Book 3 – Sworn To Conflict
Book 4 – Sworn To Secrecy (smarturl.it/tenewrelease)
Book 5 – Sworn To Defiance (Coming April 25, 2014)

Crown Service Series:

Book 1 – Blades of Magic (March 31, 2014)

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Awaken by Skye Malone

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Title: Awaken

Series: Awakened Fate (Book One)

Author: Skye Malone (www.skyemalone.com)

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Wildflower Isle (www.wildflowerisle.com)

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Cover Designer: Karri Klawiter (www.artbykarri.com)

 

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Blurb / Synopsis:

Running away from home was never Chloe Kowalski’s plan. Neither was ending up the target of killers, or having her body change in unusual ways. She only wanted a vacation, someplace far from her crazy parents and their irrational fear of water. She only wanted to do something normal for once, and maybe get to know her best friend’s hot stepbrother a bit better at the same time.

But the first day she goes out on the ocean, strange things start to happen. Dangerous things that should be impossible. Things to which ‘normal’ doesn’t even begin to apply.

Now madmen are hunting her. A mysterious guy with glowing blue eyes is following her. And her best friend’s stepbrother seems to be hiding secrets all his own.

It was supposed to be a vacation. It’s turning out to be a whole lot more.

Excerpt

Maddox slowed the boat, killed the engine, and then lowered the anchor. At least a mile off, the shore was a mosaic of green mountains and white buildings below. Puffs of clouds drifted over Santa Lucina, but out here, only the barest wisps hovered in the brilliant blue sky. Baylie leaned back on her seat, a smile on her face, while her dog just eyed the water as though trying to figure out how the demented humans could possibly think this was a good idea.

“So…” Noah started. “Anyone want to go for a swim?”

I smiled. My parents being so psychotic and all, we didn’t even have a bathtub in the house, just a stand-up shower the size of a broom closet. I’d never been able to teach myself how to hold my breath underwater, let alone swim.

But that was going to change, starting now.

“Well, um,” I began, feeling a bit reckless with excitement. “If you wouldn’t mind teaching me?”

His eyebrows climbed. “Uh, no. I mean, sure. I–”

The boat jumped.

“What the hell?” Maddox cried as the rest of us grabbed at the guardrails.

“Did we hit something?” Noah asked, scanning the water.

Maddox shook his head. “I don’t–”

The ocean around the boat began to bubble and roil.

Noah swore. “Get us out of here!” he called to Maddox.

His brother didn’t need the encouragement. Quickly, he scrambled back toward the driver’s seat and turned the key in the ignition.

The engine wouldn’t respond.

Shudders shook the boat, while all around, the ocean’s surface began to foam like the calm sea had suddenly become a boiling pot on a stove. Waves surged from every direction at once, growing more violent by the second, and on all sides the water darkened, as though a shadow was spreading below us.

“What’s happening?” Baylie cried.

No one could answer. As if shoved from beneath, the deck tipped up at a sharp angle and then just as quickly rocked back, wrenching us hard as we fought to hang onto the guardrails. The lurching came again, throwing us forward and back.

My grip broke. The metal rail hit me, knocking the air from my lungs.

And then came the water.

I didn’t even have time to scream. Waves closed over me, choking my instinctive gasp and tossing me so hard that, in only a heartbeat, I lost all sense of up and down. Flailing, I tried to reach out and find something, anything, to grab onto as the water pummeled me like it was a prize fighter and I was its punching bag.

Strong hands caught me. Steadied me. Pulled me from the maelstrom into a space of calm. I clutched at them, thinking Noah had managed to find me in the chaos.

Eyes like brilliant sapphires met mine.

“You’re okay,” a boy said, gripping my shoulders. “You’re fine.”

I stared at him. In the impossibly black water, I could see nothing but his face and his arms, both pale as though he’d spent his life out of the sun. He seemed only a year or two older than me, and his features were angular, carved like they came from stone, and strangely mesmerizing. In the darkness, his eyes shone like deep blue jewels, simultaneously seeming to reflect light and yet glow from within.

But we were underwater. We should be drowning. And instead, I could hear him as clearly as if we stood in the open air, and the oddest sense of peace was settling over me.

I wondered if I was dying.

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ISBN: 978-1-940617-07-7 (epub), 978-1-940617-06-0 (mobi), 978-1-940617-08-4 (paperback)

 

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Author Information:

Skye Malone is a fantasy and paranormal romance author, which means she spends most of her time not-quite-convinced that the things she imagines couldn’t actually exist. Born and raised in central Illinois, she hopes someday to travel the world – though in the meantime she’ll take any story that whisks her off to a place where the fantastic lives inside the everyday. She loves strong and passionate characters, complex villains, and satisfying endings that stay with you long after the book is done. An inveterate writer, she can’t go a day without getting her hands on a keyboard, and can usually be found typing away while she listens to all the adventures unfolding in her head.

Author Contact Information:

Website: www.skyemalone.com

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My interview with Book of Bart author, Ryan Hill

10366167_10203044375446824_6638557809442124877_nRyan Hill released his debut novel, a YA paranormal, satirical story called The Book of Bart, on May 22. 

Life is hectic around a new release, but Ryan was gracious enough to take time from his busy schedule and answer a few questions about writing. I hope you find his answers as honest and helpful as I did.
Are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?
I’m both, actually. When I have an idea, I try to flesh it out and see if I can come up with enough ideas to make it a novel. Once that happens, I’ll map out conflicts, a few ideas for scenes, but most importantly, where the story will end. I like the organic feel of pantsing, but without a clear destination, I feel a writer just ends up ambling along like a tumbleweed, with no idea where to go.
Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?
I have the same critique partners. I’m always on the lookout for other partners, but at the moment I have a couple of CP’s and a professional editor I hire to help clean up my MS.
What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?
There’s so many to choose from! Probably making yourself finish that first draft. It’s so hard not to give up 1/3 of the way in when you’re stuck, you feel like you’re a terrible writer, and you just wasted a few weeks of your life on something that isn’t good. Pushing through the insecurity is so difficult, and that even counts for when you’re shopping your MS around. As satisfying as writing is, it will knock you down every step of the way, and then some. You have to get up and keep moving forward. All of this to say that the most difficult aspect about being a writer is, to quote Jim Valvano, “Never give up. Don’t ever give up!”
What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?
Hmm. Obviously, just keep writing, Matthew McConaughey style. Learn how to take criticism. And learn the business of books. You can’t just write a book and expect to get a big payday. Not gonna happen.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
All of it, even the difficult parts. It’s way better than a 8-5 job.
Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?
Finishing that first draft is the hardest part of writing. Editing takes longer, but the hard part is done! You’ve got a book in hand, you’re just making it better. Especially if you’re new to writing, hire a professional editor to polish your MS. You’ll not only get a rude awakening to how little you actually know about editing, but that will teach you a ton. Doing this will also teach you to cope with criticism, otherwise you’ll end up lying on the floor in the fetal position crying. In the end, after you’ve made the 2,000 or so changes the editor wants, read what you’ve done. You’ll realize that all edits, even the harshest ones, only help.
What do you think is the most important element a story should have?
The obvious answer is a story, LOLZER. No, a story needs conflict. Momentum. Direction. Once you know how to tell a story, the rest just falls into place.
Do you have other stories in the works?
I do! My zombie opus, DEAD NEW WORLD, is coming Oct. 13 from Curiosity Quills. After that, I’m putting the final touches on a MS called THE CONCH SHELL OF DOOM, which is every bit as silly as it sounds. A sequel to THE BOOK OF BART is also upcoming.
I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?
Oh, gosh. Self doubt is a biggie. Insecurity, fear of failure, worrying that my story stinks, that nobody will like it, that I’m not doing enough outside of writing to help promote my work, that I’ll never finish this manuscript, this was all a big mistake…yeah. Self-doubt.
If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you?
Joel McHale. He’s my celebrity doppleganger.

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Here’s the synopsis:

Working for the man upstairs stinks, but working with Samantha, an angel in training? Offensive!

Only one thing is so powerful, so dangerous that Heaven and Hell must work together to find it: the Shard of Gabriel.

With a mysterious Black Cloud of Death hot on the shard’s trail, a desperate Heaven enlists the help of Bartholomew, a demon who knows more about the shard than almost anyone. Six years ago, he had it in his hands. If only he’d used it before his coup to overthrow the Devil failed. Now, he’s been sprung from his eternal punishment to help Samantha, an angel in training, recover the shard before the Black Cloud of Death finds it.

If Bart wants to succeed, he’ll have to fight the temptation to betray Samantha and the allure of the shard. After an existence full of evil, the only way Bart can get right with Hell is to be good.

The Book of Bart is racking up some great reviews. (I grabbed a copy on release day.)

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Author Bio

RyanGrowing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.
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