Cover Reveal: Copper Reign

Copper Reign Final 1The tale of Sinauf was a secret nineteen-year-old Nina Douglas’ ancestors kept hidden for generations. But after six-hundred years of concealment, their protection has failed, bringing Nina’s fate into light, and revealing an inescapable truth.

The dark god of legend is real.

Caught in an ancient war still raging in the modern world, Nina is confronted with Sinauf—the embodiment of all she fears and desires. Like a moth drawn to a deadly flame, she must resist the seductive charm of an alluring monster, or prepare for the destruction of an entire universe.

Temptation is known by many names, and he is coming for her.

Shards Giveaway and Interview

shards-blog-bannerThere is a Shards giveaway from June 3rd-July 3rd! This is one you definitely want to enter! And if you haven’t read the first book of this series, you must check it out! (Links are at the bottom)

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1: Describe your book in one sentence.

Fiona: The shapeshifting Splinters that infest Prospero answer Ben and Mina’s resistance with some particularly horrible new tricks.

Matt: Shapeshifters, serial killers, urban legends and the vicious cycle of being a teenager surrounded by lies: this book has it all.

2: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

Fiona: It depends on what I’m writing, Matt and I have a pretty weird, long playlist for The Prospero Chronicles, but mostly I listen to alternative rock along the lines of Rise Against to get me in an epic kind of mood, and emo pop like A Day to Remember to get me to open up with my characters. Plus a few of Mina’s major anthems in my head are P!nk’s “Please Don’t Leave Me,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Behind These Hazel Eyes,” and Adam Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me?” Oh, and the bad guy of Shards is all “Enter Sandman.”

Matt: Again, as with Fi, it depends on what I’m writing. My last few projects, both with Fiona and on my own have had me listening to an odd mix of disco, one hit wonders, 80’s hair metal, pop from the last 30 years and Marilyn Manson. Eclectic tastes for eclectic stories.

3: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

Fiona: This is strange to say, considering how much I love reading and watching a good villain, but so far my favorites to write have been the heroes. One of my favorite parts of the process in fact is really getting into the head of the POV character, figuring out what they want, what their limits are, what makes them different. Shards does have my favorite villain I’ve worked on so far, though. I can’t give away his name yet, but he’s uniquely suited to test those heroes’ limits, and the rules for writing him were basically, once he hits the page, he doesn’t leave until he can make me uncomfortable. That was fun.

Matt: I’m going to go with an obvious answer for a less obvious reason and say I enjoy writing villains more. I don’t particularly like writing them because I think evil is just more fun and uninhibited, rather, I enjoy the challenge that villains offer. I can never just write someone who is evil for the sake of evil. I have to get in their head and understand why they’re doing what they’re doing and write them as if they are the heroes of their own story that we’re just not seeing (though, going by my own recent yet-to-be-published projects, you actually will see them). I enjoy the challenge of making the readers uncomfortable, even sympathetic toward following a villainous character, where at the end of the day you may actually find yourself rooting for them if it weren’t for the fact that they kinda want to take over the world.

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

Fiona: Mina is probably my favorite thing I’ve ever created, period. She’s a hero, and she’s a long, long way from the standard heroine formula. She’s smart and tough and capable, and awkward and weird and paranoid and genuinely messed up in the head. She’s vicious and harsh and secretly incredibly vulnerable.

Matt: Mina’s a standout character, and while I enjoy writing for Ben, I found myself enjoying two of our supporting cast members even more than our two leads. Haley was a lot of fun to write for in this book, given her recovery from a pretty traumatic experience in the past book, where she tries to reconcile being the happy person she wants to be with the angrier, more bitter person she’s become given what the Splinters did to her. Another favorite, in a very weird way, is one of our new characters, Patrick Keamy. He’s everything I hated about a lot of the guys I knew

in high school, he’s loud, arrogant and violent, but in writing him and putting thought into him we wound up creating this character who’s weirdly principled for being as awful as he is, which made him a lot more fascinating to write.

5: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Fiona: I’m a sweet tooth type.

Matt: I love my sweets. Probably too much if my scale has anything to say about it.

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

Fiona: J.K. Rowling was my biggest inspiration as a kid, and she’s the standard I still look to for being able to pull readers head-over-heels into the world of the story and keep them there. Suzanne Collins changed the game and the standard for YA heroines and their quests, and a generation of women owes her a huge thanks. Lauren Oliver and John Green are my favorites for pure emotional resonance, and Scott Westerfeld for bringing the great potential for satire and social commentary in sci-fi into the YA realm.

Matt: I enjoy the works of Harry Turtledove and George R. R. Martin for their insane abilities to build worlds within reasonably realistic but still fantastical realms. Ditto Max Brooks, where although certain aspects of World War Z require more of a suspension of disbelief than I initially thought, it’s still a strong contender for my favorite book. That being said, I’m a horror geek who’s been alive these last 30 years, of course the writer I look up to most is Stephen King.

7: What’s your favorite food?

Fiona: Who can pick just one? Okay, I’m such a girl in that way, probably teriyaki steak and chocolate cookie dough ice cream.

Matt: Peanut butter and jelly on fresh sourdough.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Fiona: I’ve never been able to settle on just one of these either. Chocolat was the reigning champion for a long time, but more recent movies are in competition now. Cabin in the Woods, the Tim Burton adaptation of Sweeney Todd, The Fault in our Stars movie adaptation, and this year alone has been crowding my list with Unfriended, It Follows, and Mad Max: Fury Road (brainless-sounding title, amazing movie).

Matt: I love movies so much that this is a nearly impossible spot to fill. That said, there’s a select list of movies that I can watch over and over without getting really tired of, so my favorite movie’s bound to be somewhere in there: Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Jaws, The Room, True Lies, Star Wars, Cabin in the Woods. Like Fi, Mad Max: Fury Road is a strong contender to being added to that list, but for being so new I can’t quite pull the trigger on that yet.

9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

Fiona: Mina was basically written for Chloe Moretz. Ever since I first saw her in Kick-Ass, I wanted her to play one of my characters someday. The rest of the younger characters we never really matched to ideal actors, because we always hoped they’d be played by real teens, especially at first, since it’s a five book series that would take a long time to film in its entirety, so anyone who struck us as possible, we’d instantly think, “oh, but they’d be in their twenties by the time the first movie would start shooting under the best circumstances.” We’ve got favorites picked for a lot of the older generation, though. Michael Emmerson for Sam Todd, Kevin Klein for The Old Man, Sacha Baron Cohen for Alexei Smith, Bruce Campbell for Mr. Finn, and Elizabeth Mitchell for Ben’s Aunt Christine.

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Author Interview: Jenniffer Wardell

Jenniffer Wardell’s latest release, Beast Charming, just released. If it’s anything like her debut novel, we’re in for a real treat! Read below to get to know the author and learn more about Beast Charming.

 

Beast-Charming-cover-web1: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

I can’t listen to music while I write, because the lyrics start a fistfight with the words of the story and it ends up in a big mess all over the page.

2: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

I like writing heroes better, but only if they’re flawed heroes. Perfection is dull.

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

For writers, the characters in our books are distressingly similar to our children, and if I tried to pick one as a favorite I’d feel far too guilty any time I even thought about the other ones. Generally, though, I’m fondest of whichever character is being most witty at the moment.

4: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Depends on my craving.

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

Terry Pratchett was a genius, and the world is a duller place now that he’s not in it. He could combine humor and truth better than anyone, and he had a way of turning fantasy inside out that made it both seem incredibly real and somehow more magical at the same time.

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

I had someone compare me to Terry Pratchett, once. I nearly cried I was so happy.

7: What’s your favorite food?

There’s too many to list.

8: What’s your favorite movie?

Same as above. The world is a varied, magical place, full of delicious things for both the mind and the body, and I’m delighted by nearly all of it.

9: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

I have to admit that Kat Dennings is my fantasy Beauty, mostly because of the sarcasm that radiates out of her every pore. James (aka Beast) would probably require major CGI, but I’d love it if he was voiced by Karl Urban. The man can get such a great growl in his voice.

10: Describe your book in one sentence.

Beauty and the Beast with a better sense of humor, family drama, and some aggression issues.

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

I’d love to have them talk to me, whatever their preferred format is. (If you want to go straight to e-mail, it’s jennifferwardell@gmail.com)

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

Somewhere in between. I go quiet in big crowds, but if it’s someone I’m comfortable with I will absolutely talk their ear off (often with dramatic hand gestures, which have thankfully not injured anyone so far).

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

Terry Pratchett. I’d like to have had a chance to give him a hug and tell him thank you.

 

Book Blurb: 

Beauty Tremain had spent her life being thrown into the path

of ogres and noblemen by her title-hungry father, Noble Tremain (whose name is really Frank.) Escaping the bonds of her sadistic matchmaker father to work for a dragon-owned temp agency, Beauty hesitantly takes a mysterious job working for a butler in an enormous mansion. When the mansion’s owner,

James Hightower, proves to be a seven-foot-tall brooding beast

with the bad habit of hurling statuary from the rooftop, it’s up to Beauty to roll up her sleeves and argue her way to a paycheck.

When Beauty and James start having feelings for each other, however, they determine their relationship is the least of their concerns. Beauty’s father re-enters the scene armed with lawsuits and threats. To add to the chaos, James’s mischievous ex-fiancee shows up to reclaim him. Beauty and the beast need to somehow control their tempers long enough to return the favors with schemes of their own.

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Interview: Author Johnny Worthen

Worthen_TheBrandDemand_CMYK300dpiJohnny Worthen is an author I’ve met through the writing industry. He’s a giant teddy bear that everyone loves, and his magnetic energy is also in his writing. In honor of his latest release, I had the privilege to interview him!

If you’re interested in attending his launch party on April 18th, click here for details – it’ll be a blast!
Me: What’s your favorite music to listen to while you write?

Johnny: Sometimes I have a song that inspires a book. Lady Gaga was at the center of ELEANOR, The Temptations for ANDI KENDRICK (not published yet) but I had nothing special for THE BRAND DEMAND.

I do however have a favorite playlist featuring Godspeed, You Black Emperor!, but that’s only for my dark stuff and only when I’m in a zone. Otherwise, silence is usually required. Never anything with lyrics. I write by sound. I read every word aloud, paying close attention to rhythms and cadences. Lyrics mess me up.

Me: Do you like writing heroes or villains more?

Johnny: If I’m doing my job right, they’re very much the same insofar as my heroes are flawed and my villains believe they’re doing the right thing. I tend to make my villains so villainous that they make me uncomfortable so a short visit with them is usually enough. My heroes however are complex and reward the effort I put into them.

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

Johnny: In THE BRAND DEMAND, I love Galen Reed, my protagonist. Though the book is ostensibly a mystery and a bit of political polemic, the book evolved into a character study of a lonely man. Power and limitations, source of purpose and connection became the theme.

Me: Do you prefer salty or sweet snacks?

Johnny: Sweet. And it shows.

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

Johnny: Elmore Leonard and Tim Dorsey are my mystery heroes. Leonard defined a genre, Dorsey writes to my irony. Cormac McCarthy shows me what language can do, the shadows it can cast.

Me: What’s your favorite food?

Johnny: Beef Barbecue Back Ribs – my own recipe.

Me: What’s your favorite movie?

Johnny: Generally speaking, I’d say Blade Runner, but I have many favorites. Noir, detective, mystery, heavy thematic influence and cool as all get out. Thoughtful science fiction.

Me: If your book was turned into a movie, who would you cast for the main characters?

Galen: Jake Gyllenhaal

Bonnie: Chloë Grace Moretz

Brand: Ben Mendelsohn

Carson: Gary Busey

Alice: Lena Headey

Me: Describe your book in one sentence.

Johnny: Galen Reed and his gang of political activists face ruin when things get out of control during a blackmail scheme of a local Utah philanderer.

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

Johnny: I dream of a connection the way Edward Abbey had with his fans for THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, but I’ll settle for a fan-base who enjoy thoughtful character driven thrillers. I’m sure I’ll get letters complaining about the beginning of THE BRAND DEMAND from one group and the end from another. There is controversy in the book. I might piss people off. I might give them hope.

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

Without a doubt I’m an extrovert. I draw power from crowds.

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

Calvin. I’d punch him in the nose. The whole “God loves the wealthy more than the He does the poor” has done more social damage than any other single idea.

 

Johnny and BrandBook description:

Galen is political. Galen is fed up. Galen is a blackmailer.
Brand is a jerk who has money. He had an affair and Galen found out. Now Brand has
new problems.
A criminal and self-styled Robin Hood, Galen must face down a ruthless enemy who
does not share his ideological limitations.
In the footsteps of Edward Abbey’s THE MONKEY WRENCH GANG, THE BRAND
DEMAND follows a group of political activists who strike at the system with cunning and
guile while getting rich doing it.
Galen takes risks and money, but when his plans go awry, he quickly learns that politics
are no substitute for wits.
Galen has to come to grips with his own boundaries of action and love while running for
his life in Southern Utah. He has to stay under the radar, dodging skinheads and corporate
moguls, Latter Day Saints romance writers and cheating husbands and—of course and
always—the authorities.

Learn more about Johnny and all of his published works at the following links:

Www.johnnyworthen.com

Www.johnnyworthen.blogspot.com

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Twitter: @JohnnyWorthen

About the Author:

Johnny Worthen is a nationally acclaimed, award winning author of books and stories.
A son of the Wasatch Mountains, he graduated with a BA in English and Master’s in
American Studies from the University of Utah. With this basis in literary and cultural
criticism plus a lifetime of scars, he writes upmarket, multi-genre fiction seeking truth in
narrative.
When not presenting at conferences or attending conventions, Johnny is most likely
hard at work at his keyboard somewhere in Sandy, Utah with his wife, two sons and cat.
“I write what I like to read; this guarantees me at least one fan.”

Spotlight: Assets

assets-coverAssets is the second in The Plague Legacy young adult dystopian series. Assets is available for pre-order now and releases April 9.

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Haven’t read the first book yet? Good news: Acquisitions will also be on sale for 99c from April 3-12.

Enjoy this exclusive excerpt from Assets:

Ben leaned back again and shifted his eyes to Cam. “Name?”

“Cam.”

“No, no,” Ben shook his head and clicked his tongue. “Here we do it right. Just ‘cause we’re slaves don’t mean we don’t have manners.” He sniffed and held out his hand.

Cam took it. The old man’s skin was as dry and thin as paper.

Smiling, Ben pumped Cam’s arm. “Mister Benjamin Tanner. And you are?”

“Cameron Landry.”

“Well met, Mis-ter Cam-er-on Lan-dry,” he drew out each syllable. “Welcome to my fine establishment. The smell of manure is exceptional here, ripened to perfection. We live with horses and detest housecleaning. You understand, I’m sure?”

Not sure what else to do, Cam nodded. “Nice to meet you, Benjamin Tanner.”

“Please,” Ben released Cam’s hand, still speaking as if he were someone else, “do sit.” He pulled an overturned bucket away from the wall.

Cam sat on it, shifting his butt around until he was as comfortable as he figured he’d get. “What about the dog?”

“Kitty?” Ben took on a new accent. “Nine lives, this one.” He stooped and scratched the dog’s tall ears. “She had ‘er throat smashed by a Regulator, she did. A mighty ‘eart without a bark,” Ben grinned.

Offering the old man a tight smile, Cam reached out his hand and bit his lip while Kitty sniffed his fingers. After a moment, she nudged her nose under his hand. “My friend was attacked by dogs on the trip here. The bite wounds got infected,” Cam’s throat tightened.

Ben’s bushy white eyebrow shot up. “He died, eh?”

Cam nodded, the memory stealing his voice.

“You said you were hungry?” the old man’s voice returned to his normal pitch and he took another drink from the bottle.

“Starving,” Cam’s stomach rumbled, the fish from Styx’s warehouse long gone.

“Well, I ain’t got any food,” he held out the bottle, “but I got my own special brew.”

“No, thanks,” Cam looked at the door, his thoughts on Myla and Jax.

“Waiting for someone?” Ben walked past Cam to the door and opened it. He looked outside, then banged it shut, the liquid in his bottle sloshing from the vibration. “Nobody there, rookie.”

“My friend is a mutant. She came here with me.” Cam watched as Ben busied himself at the iron stove. Kitty jumped onto the cot and watched, her ears pricked high.

Heat blasted into the room when Ben popped the doors, raising the temperature from hot to sweltering. Sweat ran down Cam’s back and soaked into the waistband of his shorts. Flinching in sympathy when a couple of sparks landed on Ben’s bare thigh, Cam’s throat tightened as Ben rammed a branding iron into the flames.

The man stumbled as he stood, and Cam caught him before Old Ben fell against the stove. The old man was as light as a child, as weightless as his paper-thin skin. Settling Ben on his feet, Cam sat back on the bucket. “What did Charyn mean when she told you that Valiant will expect to see me here in the morning?”

“If you’re gone, I get whipped.”

“Whip you?” Cam was surprised. “Why?”

Ben shrugged. “Basic crowd control. Most people are willing to risk their own punishment for something they want, but they won’t risk hurting someone else. Slavery 101.” He pointed at Cam. “Consider that the beginning of your education in Salvation. Next course is all about pain.” Ben played with the end of the branding iron.

Cam felt the blood drain from his sweating face. “What if I don’t care if they hurt you?”

“Oh, you’ll care,” Ben smiled, showing off a row of crooked yellow teeth. “I’m pretty fabulous.”

 

Christine_Haggerty_web_mediumAbout the author: Christine Nielson Haggerty grew up in rural Utah with three brothers, a sister, several chickens, a goat, and an outhouse. She always loved the escape of fantasy and the art of writing, and her passion for life is to craft stories of strength and survival.

As a former high school language arts teacher and a black belt in karate, Christine has found a niche in combining those skills to help authors write effective fight scenes.

An award-winning young adult author, she writes the dystopian The Plague Legacy series and the dark fantasy fairytale novella series The Grimm Chronicles.

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