Giveaway for Little Dead Riding Hood

Hi Adrienne and audience! Thanks for having us here today. I’m so excited about the upcoming release of my second book, co-authored by my daughter, Bethanie. LITTLE DEAD RIDING HOOD is available Tuesday, October 14th, 2014!

You know things are going to suck when you’re the new kid. But when you’re the new kid and a vampire… well, it bites!

Unlike most kids, Scarlet Small’s problems go far beyond just trying to fit in. She would settle for a normal life, but being twelve years old for an entire century is a real pain in the neck. Plus, her appetite for security guards, house pets and bloody toms (tomato juice) is out of control. So in order to keep their vampire-secret, her parents, Mort and Drac, resort to moving for the hundredth time, despite Scarlet being dead-set against it. Things couldn’t be worse at her new school, either. Not only does she have a strange skeleton-girl as a classmate, but a smelly werewolf is intent on revealing her secret. When she meets Granny—who fills her with cookies, goodies, and treats, and seems to understand her more than anyone—she’s sure things will be different. But with a fork-stabbing incident, a cherry pie massacre, and a town full of crazy people, Scarlet’s O-positive she’ll never live to see another undead day.

Not even her Vampire Rule Book can save her from the mess she’s in. Why can’t she ever just follow the rules?

Add Little Dead Riding Hood to your Goodreads to-read list here Purchase LDRH at amazon, B&N, or your favorite Indie bookstore!

Adrienne has asked us for our top five list of books that influence our writing. I swear, this is a trick question! I’m always afraid I’m going to look stupid with my choices. Plus, I’m not sure it’s any one book, or even combination of five books, that influence me. So many things influence my writing, spark inspiration, and help me become a better writer.  Anything from a movie, to the outdoors, to the fragrance of a candle can inspire me. Sometimes it’s even a dream. Or a special shared moment in front of the campfire, or an inside joke with my kids. It’s crazy how many small, everyday things can inspire me.

But, since we must give a list, here goes!


1) Coraline by Neil Gaiman

2) The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire LeGrand

3) The Year of Shadows by Claire LeGrand

4) Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John A. Flanagan

5) The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

6) The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly


1) I’m actually going to have to agree with Bethanie about Coraline

2) Technically Coraline is tied with The Cavendish Home

3) Do I really have to name a book? Cause I really want to say EVERY SINGLE TIM BURTON MOVIE ever produced!

4) Sariah McDuff: Primary Program Diva  So once, a very long time ago, when my kids were small, I read them this book. It made me laugh so hard I filled buckets with tears!  When I think of humor, my memory draws upon this story.

5) Here’s where I go a little crazy: Dr. Seuss, S.E. Hinton, Edgar Allen Poe, Peggy Parish, Madeleine L’Engle, James Hilton, E.B.White….the list goes on…(I told you it was crazy)

Thanks for having us here today, Adrienne! I hope you’re readers enjoyed it as much as we did.

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About us:

Amie Borst is a PAL member of SCBWI. She believes in Unicorns, uses glitter whenever the opportunity arises, accessories in pink and eats too much chocolate. 

Bethanie Borst is a spunky 14 year old who loves archery, long bike rides and studying edible plant-life. She was only 9 when she came up with the idea for Cinderskella!

Little Dead Riding Hood is their second book in the Scarily Ever Laughter series. Their first book, Cinderskella, released in October 2013.

You can find them on facebook. Amie can be found on twitter, pinterest, and her blog

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Guest Post and Giveaway with Matt and FJR


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How does writing fulfill you in your life?

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It’s hard to answer this without creative use of understatement. Writing is in the same arena with eating and breathing in terms of how integral it is to my existence.

Living through a single reality without imagined alternatives sounds to me like living with my head wrapped in soundproofing foam.

Stories are the best way I know to look at that reality, examine its parts, analyze its potential, figure out how and where and why we find meaning in it. I’ve always known I needed to be part of making the stories.

Okay, putting aside sweeping, dramatic, ethereal reasons for writing, it is in fact a calling that makes everything else in life easier and more interesting and meaningful, because everything is research. Everything I see and hear and experience goes into storage for writing material later. So when I’m having a bad day, at least I’m spending it gathering details of characters’ future bad days, and thinking of ways to describe or joke about whatever’s bothering me.

So how does my writing make my life better? By making my life into something that makes my writing better.


I’ve always had an active imagination. As a kid it usually manifested itself by making me absolutely terrified of anything I didn’t know or understand or that TV told me to be afraid of (since, being a little kid, TV was kind of my god at the time). It wasn’t until I started to grow up and really get into reading that I realized that I could use a lot of this constantly active imagination to mold a lot of my crazier ideas into stories, which was a pretty good outlet for getting them out of my head, since these ideas tend to get cluttered at times. For this reason alone, I honestly could not see a world without writing. I could see a world with my head potentially popping like a balloon, but not a world without writing.

However nice it may be not seeing my head explode like something in a Gallagher routine, I think the part I really love about writing is just entertaining people. I love to make people laugh, cry and scream (for good reasons). I love to transport people to other worlds, to get them to forget about the world for just a few minutes while taking a look into my oft-twisted brain. At heart I’m a storyteller, and though I’d write even if I was the last person on Earth, I just live to see people’s reactions to my work, good, bad and otherwise (though more good than bad is always nice).

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Mojave Green Giveaway! Bro Washburn’s Guest Post

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TOPIC: What is thrilling and spooky, but not too overpowering?

Pitch Green and Mojave Green are the first two books in The
Dimensions in Death young adult horror series. Based on a scary story we
used to tell as kids to our siblings and friends, these books combine
horror, suspense and mystery, moving at a breathtaking pace as our
protagonists fight for their lives while they battle a monstrous evil
presence hiding in and around an old, deserted mansion in a small mining
town located in a desolate part of the Mojave Desert.
Though what is overpowering to one, is underwhelming to another,
achieving “scary” is child’s play once we understand the rules of the game,
and some of the best games are kid’s games.
Slowly I pushed the door open, straining to see into the bedroom
without actually stepping in. The door opened all the way against the
sliding closet doors behind it. I could see that both closet doors were
closed, so I knew there was nothing immediately behind the door I was
pushing, but I had no idea what might be waiting for me in the closet. The
hallway lights were off, but there was still enough light behind me to cast
a pillar across the room and onto the far wall. Nervously, I crouched to
minimize my dark shadow, knowing there were hidden eyes watching me, waiting
for my next move.
Reaching carefully around the corner into the room, I flipped the
light switch hoping a light might come on, but nothing happened. Though it
was hopeless, I flipped the switch a couple more times, thinking it might
elicit a response from someone in the room–still nothing. Except for a dim
lamp, stuffed into a far corner of the room under a red sheet, the room was
dark and mostly hidden in black shadows–nothing moved. A blanket hung
across the outside windows, blocking all light. Another blanket hung from
the non-working ceiling light across to one end of the window blind,
completely hiding one corner of the room.
This was a new configuration. I had no way of knowing what to
expect. Down on hands and knees, I tried to see under the beds, but
blankets on both beds had been pulled all the way down to the floor.
Holding my breath, I listened for any noise-any sound that might betray a
stalker lying in wait, but I heard nothing. The first move had to be mine,
so I stood and leaned into the room. There were piles of blankets and
pillows on the bed to my right. I decided not to go that way–who knew what
was under those piles.
Sliding into the room with my back against the closet door, I kept
one hand on its handle, ready to prevent anyone from sliding it open from
inside. I stepped quickly to the middle of the wall on the other side.
Back to the wall, facing out, I watched for any movement, listened for any
noise. I was now close enough to the second bed that with a quick step, I
could hop on top. It had no blankets or pillows on it that might be hiding
something–it looked safe. I stepped forward, and a hand suddenly shot out
from under the bed, grabbing my ankle. I yelped in surprise. They had me,
and I hadn’t seen it coming.
In a sudden rush, the tension was released, and I was safe once
more. Of course, I had never really been in danger–it had just felt that
way. And that was the fun of our small haunted house.
This was a game invented by our cousins, Sandra and Steven, fraternal twins.
When they came to our house, there was usually something scary going on, and
one of our favorite games was called, “Haunted House.” Because the grownups
didn’t want us ransacking the entire house, it was really just “a haunted
bedroom,” but that was all we needed to create some serious haunting.
The rules of the game were simple. One kid was sent away to wait in
the front room while all the other kids turned a bedroom into a haunted
house. When someone in the haunted house yelled, “Ready,” the designated
victim would try to find all the monsters hidden around the room before one
of them could grab the victim by surprise. Everyone enjoyed the mystery and
suspense of being the victim. It was a challenge trying to anticipate where
all the monsters would be hidden. Sometimes a monster would be put in an
obvious place to distract the victim from another monster carefully hidden
We all enjoyed being monsters too. It took a lot of creativity to
not do the same thing every time–there was no mystery or suspense in
repeatedly doing the same thing. In addition, a good haunted house required
more than just mystery and suspense. In order to be really scary, a good
haunted house, or a good horror story, needs one or both of the following:
(1) a dangerous threat from a hidden source of power, and/or (2) a warping
or distortion of something that is normally familiar and friendly.
The victim in a haunted house (or the reader of a horror story) must
feel a personal threat (either to him or herself directly or to a
significant other, like the story’s main character). The more significant
the threat, the scarier the threat, with life and death threats being among
the scariest. A good horror story creates a bond between the reader and the
character at risk, so the threat will hang heavy over the reader as it hangs
heavy over the character in the story.
One way to make a hidden power threatening, or to increase the sense
of threat, is to create a sense of revulsion through the warping or
distortion of the familiar. Few things are more fascinating, and at the
same time more scary, as something familiar, even mundane, that has been
horribly warped or distorted to the point of being painfully ugly. Even
without feeling a direct personal threat to oneself, or a significant other,
an encounter with a painfully ugly distortion of the familiar can elicit gut
wrenching feelings of revulsion and fear. This has been done successfully
with clowns, birds and even mothers.
When it comes to “scary,” a subtle presentation of a hidden threat
coupled with a distortion of the familiar will beat a stream of blood and
gore every time, and will keep your readers (victims) coming back again and
again. Though you will need to be creative in building the mystery and
suspense anew in each new story, your readers will love you for it. Good
haunting! Good horror!

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Guest Post: Building Tension Through Questions

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Jo Nelle. She is a new author with three books coming out this year! Whew – that’s enough to keep anyone busy. I’ve asked her to give some writing advice to other authors and below is what she has for you. But make sure you read this entire blog, because she’s doing an awesome giveaway that’ll have you blog hopping in no time!

We’re looking at some ways to build tension in our stories and decided to ask a lot of questions to get us started.


Decide what the overall book question is going to be for your story. This is the overall premise you are writing to achieve. For Damnation it is:

* Will 17 yo Cassie Witlon earn amnesty from Hell in the next 20 days?

Then as you plan or revise each scene decide what questions you can plant for the readers to be motivated to learn the answer to. Here are some more we used:

* Will Cassie beat the deadline?

* Will Cassie escape?

* Will Cassie get distracted from her purpose?

These are a little cryptic but they become more detailed as we wrote the scenes. We need one question for each scene. Some authors describe this step as making sure your scenes have a “purpose” or a “goal.” It’s just a little easier for us to think in terms of answering a question.

Blurb of their upcoming release, Damnation:

Cassie is going to heaven—if she can get amnesty from hell in the next twenty days. Her assignment is to change the eternal destination of a girl in Albuquerque to earn admittance into heaven.

No sweat.

But when Cassie returns to earth during her three-week, mostly-mortal assignment, her old habits get in the way, (apparently habits don’t die when you do), the partners assigned to help her are anything but helpful, and it turns out the girl she is supposed to help is the only enemy she made on her first day of school.

Oh, I’m so going to hell.

Things aren’t all bad—it helps to have a hot angel on your side. Mmm-Marc. Even though he’s all about heavenly business, Cassie would like to make it personal.

Assignment with benefits.




Author Pic•About Jo Noelle:

Jo Noelle grew up in Colorado and Utah but also spent time in Idaho and California. She has two adult children and three small kids.

She teaches teachers and students about reading and writing, grows freakishly large tomatoes, enjoys cooking especially for desserts, builds furniture, sews beautiful dresses, and likes to go hiking in the nearby mountains.

Oh, and by the way, she’s two people—Canda Mortensen and Deanna Henderson, a mother/daughter writing team.

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Authors I Can’t Write Without (guest post by Teri Harman)

Black_Moon_CoverHi friends! I’m so excited to introduce you to my guest blogger today. Teri Harman is a great writer of witches for the new adult genre. Her latest book, Black Moon, releases next month. Get to know her by reading about the authors who have influenced her writing. More info about her below. . .

I am a story addict. I am addicted to reading. It is my love of reading that helped shape my love of writing. It’s symbiotic in some ways: I suck all the greatness from my favorite writers, nourishing my ability to put words on the page.

These are some of the authors that inspire me, that make me want to try harder in my writing. That make me better.

1. Roald Dahl
Such imagination! Roald Dahl taught me to twist and turn the normal into the bizarre. To stretch my creativity to mold ideas into stories that feel fresh and yet familiar in all the right ways. Favorite titles: ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,’ ‘Matilda,’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’

2. Kate Morton
Beautiful, intoxicating words. Kate Morton’s writing is so amazing – her descriptions, her solid plots, her gothic sense of place. I devour her books and always want to run to the computer when I’m done. Favorite titles: ‘The Forgotten Garden,’ and ‘The Secret Keeper.’

3. Sarah Addison Allen
Sarah does steamy romance and magic realism so well. Her books are magical and her characters authentic. I love her stories and want mine to be as absorbing. Favorite titles: ‘The Sugar Queen,’ and ‘Garden Spells.’

4. Sue Monk Kidd
The queen of emotional narratives that you never forget. I want to write as honest and deep as Sue does. She captures characters and how they feel in every situation so perfectly. That is not easy. Favorite titles: ‘The Secret Life of Bees’ and ‘The Invention of Wings.’

Which authors inspire you?

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Instagram: @teriharman
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Release of Eyes of Persuasion!

My novella, Eyes of Persuasion, is now available on Amazon! You can get it on Kindle or in paperback.

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Eyes of Persuasion is a genre mash-up of paranormal and historical romance. 

When her parents are murdered, Lady Isabeau Maybrick is taken in by an abusive uncle to help pay his gambling debts. But Isabeau has a secret, a talent hidden since birth. Her gift helps to keep her out of the whorehouse and out of trouble—that is, until she meets Everett Radcliff. 

Hard working Everett Radcliff detests high society and finds plenty of excuses to avoid it. But when he meets Lady Maybrick, he can’t help but be enthralled by her violet eyes. When he hires an investigator to uncover a crook, his path crosses with hers, throwing them into a world of mystery, murder, and surprisingly, love.


“A wickedly  entertaining bit of vibrant storytelling!”  ~ Jen Greyson, bestselling New Adult author.

“Powerful surprises, sharp turns, and a cross-dressing bachelorette were just the beginning of this gripping read. I could not put it down.” Mikki Kells, author of The Chronicles of Sin.


I approached my publisher, Jolly Fish Press, with this idea when it was announced that the release for Defiance (book 2 in the Blood Inheritance Trilogy) would be pushed back. He loved the idea of me self-publishing a novella so my readers would have something to occupy them while waiting for book 2. The icing on the cake? Chapter one of Defiance is at the back of the book! So not only do you get an easy read to entertain you, but an exclusive teaser.

So feel free to get the ebook for only $2.99, or the paperback for only $7.99. Once you have, I’d love to hear what you think of it by posting a review on Amazon or Goodreads! (Or message, me if you REALLY loved it. ;))

Author Interview: Johnny Worthen

1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?
Beatles. I like some Green Day. I grew up between the two of them, but the Fab Four are nearer my heart.
2: How long did it take you to write your book?
If you exclude the pre-writing, which can really go back to my birth, the actual writing time for Eleanor was just over a month. Really. I’m a full time writer. I began it on February 20th, and had put the last period on the first draft March 28th. She wrote herself. I just took dictation.
3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Oh, it is Eleanor. She is my daughter, my protagonist, my strong shy girl who has to hide her wonders to survive. She’s extraordinary, but can’t show it. She loves but can’t dare. She’s lonely and loves. She is my Eleanor. I dream of her still and often.
4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?
Sweet. I’m a fat man.
5: What authors do you look up to and why?
Elmore Leonard taught me cool and can drive a story like a piston. I miss him. He died recently. Octavia Butler, also passed on too soon. She whispered encouragement as I wrote Eleanor. Her Earthseed books should be required reading. I mourn she didn’t get to write the last one. Tim Dorsey is a talent after my own madness. He’s still alive. It’s on my bucket list to meet him. With any luck, by the time I do, he’ll know who I am, if only for having read my name on the restraining orders. Honorable and enduring mention to Cormac McCarthy who is arguable one of the greatest writers alive right now. Brad Pitt movie aside.
6: Which author do you think you write like the most?
That’s a tough one. I write what I like to read. I write a lot of genres, dark fiction, humor, young adult, paranormal, mystery, thriller. My style changes depending on the genre and how I present the story. First person obviously has a totally different style than my third. It’s much different to create suspense than set up a joke. I come from a literary background, criticism. I’m one of those tiresome authors who deliberately place symbols in their books. I call it upmarket because it’s not quite literary fiction. Stuff happens. As such, I strive for Elmore Leonard’s dialog, Cormac McCarthy’s poetic prose, Octavia Butler’s purpose and Tim Dorsey’s surprises.
7: What’s your favorite food?
I cook a lot of Indian food. I like it and can’t always afford it. So I make it. It’s right up there. I swore off beef for decades for fear of Mad Cow and such. I’ve softened now and will eat beef if it’s a cut and not processed. When I sell a book, I go out to dinner and have the Prime Rib. That kinda’ says where I’m at.
8: What’s your favorite movie?
Blade Runner. Ridley Scott’s masterpiece. It was going to be my Master’s Degree Thesis. I was going to argue, before it became a common perception, that Deckard was a Replicant. Not an easy sale in the original voice-over, edited version.
9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?
Eleanor would have to be an unknown actress. I’m sure of that. She’d need to have the characteristics of my shy protagonist, the inner strength. A new Jody Foster before anyone knows her name. If she’s a big star it’ll detract from the character and movie. She should be a big star after the series is over of course, but at the beginning, she should be unknown. Tabitha can be someone famous, should be. The other adults too could be recognizable, but the kids should be new and fresh.
10: Describe your book in one sentence.
Shy, afraid, unremarkable, Eleanor Anders is not what she appears to be.
11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?
I hope my fans will sense the themes involved, the struggle to be different while needing to fit in. I want them to see in Eleanor a metaphor for their own lives, the terrible struggles we all face and the strong nobility of overcoming them. We are all contradictions, we are all afraid, all the time.
12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I am an extrovert. I don’t just talk up a room, I draw energy from people in it. I give good meeting. I’m a frequent panelist at conventions and teach classes on what not to do as a writer (still don’t know what to do). I studied acting in school and have done some stand-up. I hide my insecurities with jokes and by controlling the situation. It’s a defense mechanism. I’m a writer. I’m sensitive to a fault and need to protect myself.
13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
William Shakespeare. The Bard himself. I’d just like to see him work, shake his hand, see if I can understand him when he speaks.


Love—Reality and Fantasy

Hey all! Today is a special guest post by fellow author, Angela Hartley. Please join me in congratulating her on the release of her debut novel! 

“Love” is a powerful, and confusing word. Novels romanticize it, songs over-dramatize it, the scorned ostracize it, swindlers exorcise it, and very few prioritize it. Different views on being loved, or loving varies just as Copper-Descent-front_covermuch as the personalities of the people who are experiencing the emotion. As a writer, I’ve been a constant observer of the human condition. Throughout my years, I’ve noticed two trends are fairly universal when one develops strong feelings.

For some, love comes easily, like a brilliant lightning bolt, fast and furious, but it can be just as fleeting. Others are more like candles dipped in water. The flame is slow to ignite, but it burns steady and true forever.

My opinion is lightning bolts fall in love with the idea of being in love. They’re hopeless romantics who fall in love at first sight. It truly is a beautiful thought. The stuff great poets composed sonnets about, but the bards of the past failed to share how temporary this condition can be. Without a strong basis of compatibility, the fantasy evaporates just as quickly as a thin fog.

Candles are realists. They approach love cautiously, like a cliff crumbling beneath their feet. In their minds, there is no such thing as a perfect relationship, and tend to be afraid of falling.

When these two elements come together, that is when real magic can happen. Living with someone day in and day out takes a lot of work and dedication. If you love someone enough to fall, and continue to fall, this is the true essence of real love. This concept means you never give up on the other person, even when it would be easier to quit.

In my novel, Copper Descent, I set out to forge a relationship between my two main characters, Nate and Nina, which could withstand even the devil himself. One of my favorite passages is when Nina realizes how strong unconditional love can really be:

“Is he really worth staying for, worth dying for?” Sinclair asked, perplexed over Nina’s attachment to someone he considered so insignificant. With the question, her view regarding death shifted. After her parents passed, she had thought of little else, had yearned for the sweet oblivion only leaving this plane of existence would bring. But now she understood. Ending her life was the coward’s way out. Nina wanted to do more than die for Nate, she wanted to live.

Suddenly, the girl plagued with insecurity and held captive by her eccentricity was gone. Standing taller, she accepted her legacy.

“Dying is easy. I would die for almost anyone. This isn’t what you really want to know. You of all angels should be posing the right question, Lucifer,” Nina said, accusation enunciating every word. Sinclair flinched at the mention of his true name. “What you need to ask is: ‘Would I give up my soul for him?’ and the answer is yes. Nate is my first and only love, and above all else, decent, loyal and easy to respect. My very best pieces are reflected through his eyes, and I would offer this man any part of me.”

Imagine how different our world would be if everyone loved so completely.

Author PictureAngela Hartley spent much of her childhood being shuffled from house to house with only a book for companionship. The magic she found in the written word saved her in many ways, transporting her into worlds far more enjoyable than the one she resided in. Literature became a passion and the idea of writing carried her through years of uncertainty.

After high school, she met and married her own Prince Charming. They rode off into the sunset in his blue Toyota and a whole new world full of hope and happiness opened up. He claimed they could move mountains together, and they did.

While facing the painful realization that sometimes there are no tomorrows following her father’s tragic death in 2005, she decided it was time to follow her dreams. With the love and support of her family, she dove into another world, full of procreating angels and demon rock stars.

Her debut new adult horror novel, Copper Descent will be released on Amazon May 2014. Angela currently resides in Midway, Utah with her three children and husband.



Author Interview: RJ Craddock

RuthRJ Craddock just released book 2 in her Children of the Cain series. Get to know this author with her fun answers below!

1: Would you rather listen to the Beatles or Green Day?

Green Day! I love their drummer; he has an energy in his rhythms that over powers me.

2: How long did it take you to write your book?

The Forsaken and the Offspring were once upon a time one ridiculously big novel. At one point I released that most first novels are around 90 to 100 thousand words so I made the decision to split it into. So most of The offspring was written two years ago and I’ve taken the last year to finish the ending and polish it up for publication. So about three years.

3: Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

Morna of The Morning Dew. She is a fairy with a spunky personality and a fierce since of loyalty. I’ve always been fascinated by fairies above all the mythical creatures.

4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Sweets. I am a chocoholic and proud of it!

5: What authors do you look up to and why?

I admire Anne Bishop for her ability to blend a dark world with enduring characters. Cassandra Clare for her ability to take real mythology and make it her own, and her talent with adding humor and interesting characters to a dark mysterious world. My other favorite authors are Robert Jordan, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and F. Scotts Fitzgerald.

6: Which author do you think you write like the most?

I think I’m a mix between Charles Dickens and Robert Jordan. I have the Dickens themes and style with the world building and attention to details similar to Jordan.

7: What’s your favorite food?

Oh that’s a hard one. It’s a tie between chocolate and Italian food.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Again a hard question to answer. One of my all-time favorites is Labyrinth with David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. A fantasy classic in my book, with art direction and design by my favorite artist Brian Froud.

10: Describe your book in one sentence.

A dark coming of age story/apocalyptic tale set in an urban fantasy world with religious undertones.

11: What kind of interaction do you hope to see from your fans?

I welcome fan mail, questions, and debates on different points of the story. I can’t give away anything that might happen in future novels of coarse but I’m interested in hearing what my readers have to say.

12: Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m an Introvert all the way. Growing up I used to think of being a writer as the dream job. I thought I could live in a cabin in the woods write my masterpieces and hand them over to a publisher without ever having to interact with anyone. That’s not how it works in real life. But I’m becoming more and more comfort able sharing and discussing my work with others and am less afraid of public speaking then I was as a child.

13: If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why?

Charlotte Bronte, and/or her sisters Elizabeth and Anne. Their work has really inspired me. They were before their time for sure, and dared to publish their work in a time when women weren’t taken seriously as authors. I’d love to pick their brains about their famous characters life Heathcliff. I’d love to show them how much the publishing world has changed for women. I’m actually working on a screenplay about their lives as sisters and fellow authors, called The Sisters Bronte.

OffspringcoversmFind out more about her works on RJ’s site.

Novelette Release: Blood Oath

BloodOathFinalcoverInternetRes3Front2-01-01Blood Oath: An Orc Love Story Novelette

Release date: April 3rd 2014

On a perilous journey to hide a sacred and powerful stone, the young orc Ripliancum comes across his betrothed, Zehra, wounded on the battlefield. After being mauled by a scavenger dragon, Zehra has only hours left to live—unless Ripliancum can get her to the sage enclave in time to counter the dragon’s venom.

Ripliancum hasn’t seen Zehra in three years. While he loves Zehra with all his heart, he knows that the war ravaging their world has changed them both. As Ripliancum races against time to save his beloved, he must wrestle with the demons of his own past and decide whether to be true to his heart or true to his oath to protect the amulet.

Author Bio:
Sarah E. Seeley is a speculative fiction writer who worked with dead sauropods and ancient odonates while acquiring her BS degree in geology from Brigham Young University. She hopes to study more dead things in the future and contribute to scientific discussions about what makes life on Earth so amazing. In the meantime, she explores the bright side of being human by writing dark fiction.

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