#CoverReveal for The Reaping by Shirley Anne Edwards

The Reaping
Shirley Anne Edwards
Publication date: October 23rd 2016
Genres: Horror, Young Adult

The quaint village where Adela Jane lives is surrounded by fear. At night, a centuries old green mist covers the land and controls the animals within the forest. Lately, Adela feels someone or something is following her every move. Unbeknownst to her, the mist waits for the perfect moment to make her his. Adela feels trapped by her small town life and burdened by her love she keeps hidden for her best friend’s older brother, Nathan Alexander. But all that changes on her eighteenth birthday when Nathan admits his love and desire to marry her. Adela’s joy is cut short when the mist kidnaps her and takes her to his secret underground lair. Her nightmare has only just begun when the mist makes Adela his bride.

What of the Jabberwocky fell in love with Alice from Lewis Caroll’s Through the Looking Glass? That’s the question tackled in The Reaping. A Young Adult with an atmospheric Gothic feel, and elements from such classic novels, as Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera and John Fowles’ The Collector.

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Author Bio:

Shirley Anne Edwards is a Northeast girl who first found her love for books when she read Nancy Drew’s The Secret of the Old Clock Tower at thirteen. Shirley found her love for writing at a very young age, and since then has let her imagination run wild by creating quirky characters and vast worlds in her head.

Shirley lives in New Jersey and works in the entertainment industry in New York City.

In the immortal words of Mark Twain: “Life is short, Break the Rules. Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY. Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably and never regret ANYTHING That makes you smile.”

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Stop by and see the cover reveal for Golden by Melinda Michaels

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High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn’t had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn’t even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.

 

Melinda Michaels Author PhotoMelinda Michaels is the author of Golden and currently lives in Milford, Pennsylvania. A self-proclaimed historian with a rare sense of humor, Melinda finds an immense amount of joy in knowing useless facts, exploring historical places and drinking copious amounts of coffee. When she’s not writing she can be found researching obscured time periods for her own amusement or refurbishing old furniture.

Melinda loves Philadelphia and visits often to enjoy the city with her husband Andrew. Together they have three rambunctious pets. Archie the Beagle, Winston the Boston Terrier and Beatrice the cat.

Golden is the first in a Young Adult magic realism series. Find more now on facebook, twitter, or her website.

Blog Tour for Remote by Lisa Acerbo and my thoughts on her futuristic dystopia

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by Lisa Acerbo (Goodreads Author)

When technology fulfills every dream, reality becomes a nightmare.Below the streets of New State, the undergrounders fight to remain free of the technological control of the world above. Every night, Yara risks her life fighting New State’s deadliest weapons, the drones. Half human and half machine, their living half tortured until everything human is gone, the drones have only one objective. Kill. And they do it with exacting precision.

Yara is good at her job and committed to her raids on New State. Until one of those raids brings her face-to-face with Joshua, a New State citizen who doesn’t quite fit her preconceived expectations. After a couple of awkward encounters, he shows her the meaning of hooking up—a computer simulation that allows people to live out their fantasies—without the complication of emotional entanglements or physical reality. But what Yara feels for Joshua is very real. And it’s punishable by law.

As she and Joshua grow closer, she convinces him to leave New State for her underground cause. But as the unrest between New State and the underground escalates, and the drones move in to destroy her world, nothing goes as planned. Families are arrested, loyalties are strained, and Yara’s forced to choose between her people and her feelings. The wrong choice could mean the end of her people, and reality could slip away—forever…

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Here’s what I liked about the book:
Yara , the main character, is spirited and motivated. She trains to be a Raider (despite not having the body type or grace needed). She refuses to give in (drained from battle wounds she summons strength to continue to fight). And when it comes down to it, she’s a typical teen (She wants her parent’s approval, omits parts of the truth that will get her in trouble, and isn’t quite sure about her feelings for Joshua).
The setting was wonderful, both the underground and the New State territory were richly built, giving both a realistic vibe. I easily envisioned the movement through both areas. And the creations that exist in New State were creative and eerie. Excellent development.
Remote, takes place in a future dystopia where lines that separate healthy computer interactions with actual dependence blur. Having two teenagers in my house, the continual reliance on wireless devices is not just reality, but life. This story does a fabulous job of taking the “need to be plugged in” to the next level. After reading this book, I brought up the topic and we discussed the story line at the dinner table. Very cool.
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Lisa Acerbo is a high school teacher and holds an EdD in Educational Leadership. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, daughters, three cats, and horse. She is the author of Apocalipstick and has contributed to local newspapers, news and travel blogs including The Patch and Hollywood Scriptwriter.
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It’s RELEASE DAY for Fractured Darkness (The Age of Alandria: Book Three) by Morgan Wylie

It’s RELEASE DAY for Fractured Darkness (The Age of Alandria: Book Three) by Morgan Wylie. It’s an upper YA fantasy series with Elves, warrior Faeries, Shifters, and a girl trying to discover who she is along the journey as she and her band of companions battle to save the realm of Alandria.

Check out book 3 in the series!

Blurb:


The darkness in Elnye is growing.
There is screaming in Exhile.
The mysterious woman, known only as “She”, is in a rage. Her pawn, Maleina has made a dangerous move and severed her communications with the dark mistress. Now as dueling dark forces, master and willing initiate, they begin to jockey for power as the stage is set for the coming war.
Kaeleigh and her small band of loyal companions have escaped the dungeons of Elnye and found their way to the secret home of the Ehsmia. After breaking the vicious bond that enslaved Daegan to Maleina’s will, the walls between Kaeleigh and her Ferrishyn warrior begin to fall, as their feelings for each other begin to give way to passion.

 

The darkness is fractured, but its relentless quest for power goes unabated. A war is coming. However, the power of the Sol-lumieth has finally come together and found its light. A blinding light of freedom, that may be the salvation for all of Alandria.
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The Messenger by Pamela DuMond

MessengerThe Messenger by Pamela DuMond 
(Mortal Beloved #1) 
Publication date: December 26th 2013
Genres: Time-Travel, Young Adult
Synopsis:

“All the excitement of OUTLANDER if it was a YA series.”

 THE MESSENGER is optioned for film/TV.

Sixteen-year-old Madeline’s meant to fall in love with Samuel in every lifetime. But she meets him for the first time when she accidentally time travels into the past—hundreds of years before she’s even born.

Their relationship is forbidden—Samuel’s half Native, Madeline’s white. Every rendezvous they share must be secret. Each moment they spend together tempts the odds that they’ll be discovered and brutally punished. But their love is fated—and they musk risk it all.

Danger intensifies when Madeline learns she’s in the past not only to fall in love, but also to claim her birth right as a Messenger—a soul who can slip through time’s fabric at will. She can bring messages that change one life or even save many.

Deadly Hunters, dark-souled time travelers, crave Madeline’s powers and seek to seduce or kill her. Can Madeline find her way back to the future in time to save herself and Samuel?

Continue reading Madeline and Samuel’s romantic saga in…
 
The Assassin (Mortal Beloved, Book 2)  — publishing early 2015 and The Seeker (Mortal Beloved, Book 3) — publishing fall 2015.

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PamelaDuMond is the author who discovered Erin Brockovich’s life story, thought it would make a great movie and pitched it to ‘Hollywood’.She writes romantic comedic mysteries, romantic YA time travel and New Adult romance. Her book The Story of You and Me wasaQuarterfinalist in the Amazon Breakout Novel Award (ABNA) 2014 in Romance. Cupcakes, Pies, and Hot Guys wasaQuarterfinalistinABNA 2013 in Mystery .She’s addicted to TV shows — The Voice and Reign. The movies Love Actually and The Bourne trilogy (with Matt Damon — not that other actor guy,) make her cry ever time she watches them. (Like — a thousand.) When she’s not writing, Pamela’s also a chiropractor and cat wrangler. She loves reading, the beach, working out, movies, TV, animals, her family and friends. She lives in Venice, California with her fur-babies.She likes her coffee strong, her cabernet hearty, her chocolate dark, her foods non-GMO and she lives for a good giggle.
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My take on The Messenger by Pamela Dumond

 

Time travels seems to have two popular destinations: the Highlands with swinging swords and brutal battles  and the future where man has found himself lost or surrounded by androids. But Pamela Dumond instead takes the readers back to 1675 in America. (Rhode Island to be exact).

Madeline, a somewhat typical teenager, is swept into the past by powers she doesn’t understand and cannot yet control. She finds herself the lone survivor of a battle between colonists and natives. The colonists living in the garrison walk a thin line of trust when it comes to the natives living within their walls and those on the other side. Finding peace and understanding during this time was but one of the challenges Madeline faced. The setting, time period and events wove a rich tapestry of history and gave a unique quality to The Messenger.

 

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Check out The Expatriates by Corinne O’Flynn

ExpatriatesBlitzBannerThe Expatriates #1 by Corinne O’Flynn 
(Song of the Sending) 
Publication date: October 15th 2014 
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis:

They told him his world was destroyed.
And they were the last to escape.
They thought he was safe.
They were wrong.

Jim Wales can communicate with animals, but that’s not why he lives with a traveling carnival. Turns out his family’s been hiding him there since he was little, since someone started hunting all the scholars. Jim is a scholar—someone who can manipulate energy using magic—and he has no idea.

When a message arrives from Jim’s father—who supposedly died twelve years ago—Jim’s whereabouts are discovered, their carnival is attacked, and his mother is kidnapped. On the run with a strange glass map and a single coin, Jim finds himself racing to reclaim the father he thought he’d lost, plotting to save his mother, and discovering the truth about who he is.

But going home isn’t the same as being safe, and trust is everything.

What readers are saying:

“Told in a beautiful, flowing style full of colorful images and adrenaline-pumping action.”

“Pop some popcorn, sit back … and enjoy the thrill ride, right up to the end, which leaves you begging for more.”

“Captures your attention from the start and then guides you through a roller coaster of adventure, drama, mystery, magic and young love.”

 
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Corinne O’Flynn is a native New Yorker who now lives in Colorado and wouldn’t trade life in the Rockies for anything. She loves writing flash and experimenting with short fiction. Her novel, THE EXPATRIATES (Oct. 2014) is a YA fantasy adventure with magic and creatures and lots of creepy stuff. She is a scone aficionado, has an entire section of her kitchen devoted to tea, and is always on the lookout for the elusive Peanut Chews candy.

When she isn’t writing or hanging with her family, Corinne works as the executive director of a nonprofit. She is a member of Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, Mystery Writers of America, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can find her online at her website, Facebook, or Twitter @CorinneOFlynn.

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Book Blitz for Loving Angel by J.L. Weil

 

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Loving Angel (The Divisa Series, #4)

Author: J.L. Weil

Release date: October 2, 2014

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Loving Angel isn’t easy. Actually, it’s downright exhausting, but somehow she weaseled her way into my life. She has become my everything—my reason for existing—my reason for breathing. I love the ever-loving crap out of Angel Eyes. There is nothing I wouldn’t endure for her—even college.

College. Ugh.

I hope the frat boys, the jocks, and the nerds are prepared for what is about to embark on their school this fall. Half-demons. Hunters. And um, the Keystone? Yeah, that is going to take getting used to.

We aren’t exactly your average freshman. And somehow I find myself stuck with a bunch of troublesome females to look after. Angel. Emma. Lexi. Pretty sure I got the raw end of the stick.

But that isn’t the worst of it. There is someone lurking in the shadows—spying and stalking my girlfriend. He is a dead man. How many people am I going to have to kill for this girl? A better question would be how many people wouldn’t I kill for her?

As many as it took.

Angel is about to experience betrayal of the worst kind. And this time, it’s not entirely my fault—shocker.

 

Don’t miss Saving Angel, book one in J.L. Weil’s The Divisa Series!

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Excerpt from Loving Angel:

 

For anyone who thought love was easy, well, I’d say they haven’t met Angel.

Loving Angel…it’s not easy. Actually, it’s downright exhausting.

I’d never met a single person who attracted as much trouble as she did. It was as if she oozed danger-stalk-me nectar. What was a guy to do?

Okay. I’ll admit that because of me and what I am, I had put her smack dab in the middle of a demon war, but I swear she does a bang-up job of getting herself in all kinds of gooey situations on her own.

How many people would I have to kill for this girl? Simple. As many as it took. In all honesty, a better question would be: How many people wouldn’t I kill for her?

Angel was my every thing—my reason for existing—my reason for breathing. I loved the ever-loving crap out of Angel Eyes.

Gawd. I think I might have vomited a little in my mouth.

Mushy thoughts weren’t my forte. Well, before Angel they weren’t. Not a single romantic thought had swirled in my brain. I wasn’t exactly an easy personscratch that, half-demon to love, but somehow Angel was able to see past my rocky and rough exterior.

God bless her.

Being a badass meant I was an asshole more times than not. I had a reputation to live up to, and everything you might have heard…it’s all a hundred percent true.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, the name’s Chase Winters, and I’m not your average incoming college freshman. Nope. I’m half demon.

It’s true. My so-called father is a demon with a mega power trip. I might be only part human, but my family is just as screwed up as the next.

That being said, I finally thought it was time you heard the story from my side. Lord knows Angel fabricates everything.

For once, it was not entirely my fault that Angel’s life was at stake.

What a mind-blowing concept.

 

 

Author Interview:

When did you start writing?

Oh gosh, that is like asking my age. I started writing in junior high, but nothing serious, just fun short stories here and there. It wasn’t until I was in my twenties that I sat down and began my first novel. My kids were older and I needed a hobby. That hobby turned into late nights at the computer, because I couldn’t get the characters out of my head. I knew from the moment I made the decision, I wanted to write Teen Romance.

What is your favorite writing style?

I am not an outline or a plotter. Plotting makes my eyes go cross. I do take a lot notes. A lot. Usually I have a general idea in my head of characters, settings, and motives. Then I let the story build as I write. Often I write the ending first, so that I have a goal to aim toward.

My favorite writing style is first person. I think my writing style is more of everyday talk. It is not filled with prose. I have a simpler writing style. It is what works for me.

What’s the best thing about writing?

The best thing about writing is the satisfaction when you finish a book and write those two words. The End. I also love getting emails and letters from readers who have read my books. It is my motivation to keep writing.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

I spend time with my family, play video games, and am constantly thinking about my new characters and what kind of paranormal power/gift I could give them.

 

Do you like reading?

I love, love reading and miss it tremendously, because when I’m drafting, writing, or editing, I never have time to read. You should see my TBR list… *sigh*

 

JLWeilAbout the Author:

Award-winning and Bestselling author J.L. Weil writes Teen & New Adult Paranormal Romances about spunky, smart mouth girls who always wind up in dire situations. For every sassy girl, there is an equally mouthwatering, overprotective guy. Of course there is lots of kissing. And stuff.

Most of her books are for ages 16+. They usually have what she considers the good stuff – sexual content (oh yeah) and swearing. You have been warned 😉

An admitted addict to Love Pink clothes, raspberry mochas from Starbucks, (yum!) and Jensen Ackles (double yum!). She loves gushing about books and Supernatural with her readers.

 

Connect with J.L. Weil:

Blog: http://jlweil.blogspot.com/ : Website: www.jlweil.com : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jenniferlweil : Twitter: https://twitter.com/JLWeil

 

 

Check out H D. Lynn’s new release God’s Play

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Congratulations to H.D. Lynn, who just released her debut novel God’s Play. She found time to answer a few of my questions about her writing process, offer tips to unpublished writers, and share a story about hiking. After you check out her great (informative and honest) answers, read on to see more about her YA urban-fantasy that is available now.

So, my first question is about how you write. So, are you a panster or a plotter? How do you approach a new idea?

As Yoda says, outline you must. New works especially require at least a simple outline or else the story can get really tangled. That said, for writing sequels, the outlines can bog me down in a swamp of tedium because I know the characters pretty well by then; it’s fun to continue the adventure and heartache with them. If it’s a BIG new idea, I write it down. If it’s a small detail new idea, I might make a note of it

Do you have the same critique partners for all your work or do you have different sets? And why?

Different people, for sure. Not everyone likes everything, and people are busy. No one has time to read everything I write because, to pull a humble brag, I’m pretty prolific and quick when I write drafts. There’s a core group, though, who are generally helpful when I want to mull over ideas about writing and fiction.

 What is the most difficult aspect about being a writer?

Editing. Coming up with ideas—easy. Making an idea better—now that’s hard. (This is a great answer… Nathaniel Hawthorne — “Easy reading is damn hard writing.”)

 What are your top three nuggets of wisdom you would like to share with unpublished writers?

  • Don’t give up! You really never know what’s going to be the story that sells.
  • Write you. People respond to authentic voice. I had a beta who said they didn’t read YA…and then they read the first chapter of my story and asked to beta all of it because they liked it so much.
  • Surround yourself with positive people. I don’t mean kiss-asses who’ll give you an ego pat but people who can and will be there for you, aren’t self-destructive, or being critical to stoke their own egos. (great advice)

 What is your favorite part of the writing process?

Writing! I love the feeling of falling in love with the characters, their stories, and the world(s) they inhabit. There’s nothing like when you finish a first or second draft, too, and know that this story is all yours; you made it. For that sweet moment, it doesn’t matter how good or how marketable it is—it’s just your little story.

 Do you have any suggestions for editing drafts?

Anything that even feels a bit off usually is. I can power write, but I don’t even try to power edit; slow and steady wins the race during editing. The Golden Rule of Editing: If an editor says it, they’re probably right, and you’re probably wrong. This is not a bad thing, but it’s not a feel good process.

 What do you think is the most important element a story should have?

It should, above all, be a story. It doesn’t matter if you use 5 Act structure, 8 circle plot points, or the snowflake method—it has to be about a person, multiple people, or an amorphous entity wanting something, struggling to get it, and reaching some type of conclusion about their journey. Anything else is boring. Characters without motivation or agency are boring. Convoluted plots without realistic characters are pointless slogs. Cool worlds without coherent plots are just paintings. You’ve gotta catch ‘em all to make a story.

 Do you have other stories in the works?

I have the sequels to God’s Play outlined, and I’ve started to write the next book. I also am finishing a set of rough drafts for an adult urban fantasy trilogy.

 I wrote a blog about self-doubt being a new demon I encountered. Do you have any writing demons?

Imposter syndrome. It’s pernicious and jumps me like a mugger at the most inopportune moments. This might be because succeeding never feels like I think it will in my head.

 If someone wrote a book about your life, who would star as you in the movie version?

People in Hollywood are tan and pretty, and I am neither of these things. I’m a huge fan of Eva Green, though, so I’d pick her just so I could be like ‘EVA GREEN PLAYS ME IN A MOVIE.’ I mean, I’d put signs up on my house that’d say that.

 What led you to this genre?

I’ve loved fantasy for a long time. While I read across genres, I always come back to fantasy, and there was never a question of writing another genre. Urban and contemporary fantasy are great to write because they’re fantasy that asks questions about our world while looking towards the future. God’s Play happens to be YA, and there’s a part of me that’ll always relate to teens because I can’t seem to leave my ‘awkward and weird’ phase behind. I just embrace it better as an adult.

 Funniest hiking story 🙂

I got caught in a thunder-snowstorm over Memorial Day weekend on a mountain pass. When I got back to the car soaking wet and cold, I couldn’t stop laughing—it was super crazy. I’ve also played a game where, to save phone/ipod battery life, one person will put in a headphone and sing the songs that come up on their player and the person without the headphones will do their best to sing along. We’ve weirded out a lot day hikers with this game, especially because I’ve got a playlist loaded with Amanda Palmer songs. (This has the bonus benefit of warding off bears.)

 

This one isn’t mine, but a friend got stalked by this thing on the trail. He nick-named it the Demon Grouse because it hissed and stalked him. 🙂

 

And here is it… God’s Play. Read on and then go grab a copy.

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Genre: young-adult, urban-fantasy

Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press

Date of Release­­: September 18, 2014

Cover Artist: Alexandria Thompson http://gothicfate.com/

 Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22895484-god-s-play

Available at Amazon

 

Description:

Sixteen-year old Toby was trained by a family of hunters to kill shape-shifters — but he has a unique weapon in his arsenal. With a touch of his hand, Toby can lift the magical protection shape-shifters use to disguise themselves as human. It’s an unusual skill for a hunter, and he prefers to kill monsters the old-fashioned way: with a blade.

Because of his special skill, Toby suspects he may be a monster himself. His suspicions deepen when William, a jackal-headed shape-shifter, saves him from an ambush where Toby’s the only survivor. And Toby doubts William helped him for purely altruistic reasons. With his list of allies running thin, Toby must reconcile his hatred of shifters and the damning truth that one saved his life. It’ll take both of them to track down the monster who ordered the ambush.

And Toby needs his unlikely alley because he has a vicious enemy — the infamous Circe, who has a vendetta to settle against the hunters. Toby has to unravel the mystery of his dual nature. And he has to do it on the run — before Circe finds him and twists him to her own ends.

 

boatAbout The Author:

H.D. Lynn is like Harry Potter in one way: she’s currently renting an apartment with a bedroom under her building’s stairs. Other than this, she explores fantasy worlds through storytelling like anyone else. She loves books with a mix of humor, adventure, and horror, and especially enjoys the urban fantasy genre. GOD’S PLAY is her first published novel.

When not writing, she enjoys hiking, climbing, and running. She’s a voracious reader, and has found listening to audiobooks while backpacking to be a perfect mix of two of her favorite things. She currently lives in Connecticut, but finds herself on the road often.

Find H.D. Lynn Online: @HeatherLynn117 on Twitter   |   godsplaybook.tumblr.com   |   captainheatherlynn117.tumblr.com 

 

 

Awesome Cover Reveal for Uncross The Stars by Janell Rhiannon

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Publication date: TBA
Genres: Romance, Young AdultSynopsis:

Fiona Lavender is the new girl at school. She has a chip on her shoulder and a pension for poetry. Dario Martinez is the star quarterback, and the most unattainable guy on campus. Their stars cross when they are paired to study Romeo and Juliet for a senior English project. Their connection is fragile and undeniable. But, Dario is afraid of what love will do; and Fiona is waiting for love to claim her.

Will they uncross the stars and find the love they both need to heal their pasts?

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Janell has been writing since she was in grade school. In high school, her 9th grade English teacher suggested she consider a career in writing. After a decade in college and a Master’s degree in history, she settled into teaching.Writing never stopped. Stories never stopped. READING fiction never stopped. Now, she writes and publishes on-line. Invisible Wings is her first YA novel, a compilation of short stories centered on teenage life triumphs and tragedies. She believes being a teenager is difficult and wrote Invisible Wings to let teens know they aren’t alone. That they matter. That even though life is rough, they can still find beauty and love.Beside the YA stories close to her heart, she adores Mythology and Fairy tales. Anything magical and mystical. And dragons. And gargoyles.

She currently lives in CA.

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Writer and movie critic Ryan Hill releases new zombie tale, Dead New World

Ryan Hill was here just months ago for a brief interview when his debut book, The Book of Bart, was released. Well, since that first visit, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Ryan and getting to know him better. We manned booths together in both Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Baltimore, Maryland.

When I learned that Ryan was a movie critic, I thought that was both awesome and challenging at the same time. Do you ever sit back and just watch the films? How did you get started? So when he was scheduled to appear on my blog to celebrate the release of his new book, DEAD NEW WORLD, I asked if he would talk about his movie critic gig.

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I started writing about movies as a freshman at NC State University. My second or third week on campus, I saw an advertisement to write forTechnician, the school paper. I joined, and began my crazy journey as a film critic. Fun fact: the first film I ever reviewed was the Ryan Phillippe dud54. That continued for my four years of undergrad at State. After two more years of graduate school, I even moved out to Los Angeles in the hopes of making it as a screenwriter. That hope lasted about six months, when I moved back home to North Carolina. Hint: Los Angeles is a fun place to visit, but without a lot of disposable income, it’s not the best place to live.

In 2009, I found myself living in Charlotte. A friend of mine worked for a weekly paper there, and they needed critics. I was asked to apply, and I got the job. I’ve been writing as a film critic ever since, for a variety of outlets. Currently, I write for Screen Invasion (screeninvasion.com).
The best part about being a critic is the free movies. On top of being free, critics also see most films before they’re released to the public. It’sawesome. Sadly, most critics (myself included) don’t get paid, so the free screening is considered our payment. Though, it would be nice to make some actual money. But, we do what we do for the movies, not a paycheck.
A lot of people think critics hate every movie that comes out, unless it’s an obscure French film, or some independent film that’s an unwatchable mess. Those critics do exist (Armond White). They live to tear down any film they deem not worthy of their time. When I write about movies, it comes from a place of love. I love movies. Love them. I want every movie I see to be fantastic. Sadly, that’s usually not the case.
When I’m reviewing a film, I try to figure out what the filmmaker was aiming to create. Did they want it to be some kind of rumination on love, or a subtle dig at the current state of security hidden within a massive blockbuster? I then figure out how close they came to hitting the mark. But that’s only part of it. My brain works in funny ways. Having seen so many movies in my life, few things bother me more than hearing stock dialogue, like “Come on! Let’s finish this!” How hard is it to come up with something different? I also try to figure out if the story made sense, if it didn’t go off on some silly tangent that added nothing to the bigger story, and things like that. However, I also do another thing when I watch a film. I study.
 
More than anything, I’m a story guy. Nothing is more important in a book or movie than the plot. If the plot stinks, chances are I’m not going to care about the characters. Sometimes, there’s a convergence of the two, where a fantastic plot collides with amazing characters. Off the top of my head, the best example of this is The Big Lebowski. When I read a book or watch a film, I try to pay close attention to the story’s structure. I take mental notes. I learn from those who came before me, so I can teach myself how far I should delve into a sub-plot, or how much time should be spent with secondary characters before it takes away from the overall story. With novels, I also study the prose. Does the author go so far into detail that it slows down the story, or is it so light the book could easily float away, because there’s nothing to it? For me, too much detail reeks of an author too in love with their own voice, and too little is something wretched, like The DaVinci Code. I’m always striving for that happy medium, where there’s just enough detail to keep the story humming along, without leaving anything out.
None of this is to say I don’t read books or watch movies for entertainment. I immerse myself in so many books and movies because I love them. I just also try to learn from stories, so I can help myself become a better writer in the process. After all, isn’t learning and improving the most important thing for a writer?
and please check out Ryan’s new release YA zombie tale Dead New World.
Dead New World, by Ryan Hill

About Dead New World

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.

Before the world fell into chaos, zombies existed only in the imagination. Now, there’re more dead walking the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans are forced behind concrete barricades to stay alive.

A man known only as the Reverend has become a threat to the rebuilding United States. The leader of a powerful cult, the Reverend somehow controls the zombies, bending them to his will. He believes zombies are God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, and he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, his army composed of both humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.

Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose… though he didn’t completely turn. He survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.

Holt and Ambrose must sacrifice everything to take down the Reverend and survive in this dead new world. But will they lose their souls in the process?

Available at Amazon