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Thursday
Sep272012

Check out this awesome review for Final Life!

If you check out my Amazon page here, my author Goodreads page here, and my Barnes and Noble page here, you'll see that my book, Final Life, is getting some great reviews!! Yipeee!!  But when I recently read a review by Moonlight Book Reviews, I was completely blown away.

The review says, in part, Final Life by Rose Garcia is "twisted in a totally insane mind blowing cool way. The whole world Rose Garcia created made me think about the actual world I live in. Man, guys this book is a must pick up."

Cool huh? You can read the complete review here.

And in case you missed it, here's the awesome cover.

Wednesday
Sep192012

Meet Middle Grade Author, Ilana Waters

Welcome to Five Question Wednesday featuring MG author, Ilana Waters. She's super cool and a really terrific writer. Enjoy! 

Q. Tell me about the book you're promoting.

Ten-year-old Stanley Delacourt loves his quiet life in the peaceful village of Meadowwood. At least, he does until his best friend is killed. Then the town library—where Stanley lives and works—is burned to the ground. The individuals responsible for both tragedies are a nasty group of soldiers. They work for the kingdom’s new leader: Christopher Siren.

No one understands the rules Siren’s creating. They don’t know why breaking them means death, or why the leader is so keen to destroy books. And no one can figure out where the former queen and king disappeared to—or if they’ll ever return.

With the grown-ups too fearful to take action, Stanley vows to confront Siren. He plans to get answers and demand justice. Little does he know that his journey will involve sword-wielding knights, kidnapper fairies, and dark magic.

Stanley has only two allies back home. One is an intimidated witch named Meredith. The other is a young apothecary called Sophie—who may have enchantment problems of her own. Can they help him discover the reason behind Siren’s crimes and end this terrible reign? Or is Stanley set to become the next victim in the tyrant’s evil plot?

If you enjoy the fantasy works of Rick Riordan, Lemony Snicket, or Philip Pullman, then explore the world of Stanley Delacourt today!

Q. How did you come up with the idea for this book?

All right, I know this sounds silly, but it came to me in a dream. Really--it did! I woke up and knew the basic plot and three of the main characters. The rest of it is loosely based on equal parts life experience and wish fulfillment.  

Q. Do any of the characters symbolize someone or something in real life?

Each of the main characters contains part of my personality. Stanley is my shy, quiet side. Sophie is how I feel when I'm irritated. And the befuddled psychic Foreshadow is the part of me that spends two hours searching for a sweater...that I'm wearing.

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

Hmmm...there are too many to list, but off the top of my head I can think of Lemony Snicket, Michael Ende, Philip Pullman, and Diana Wynne Jones.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book, what would it be and why?

This is where I give the smart aleck answer: “How to Get Off a Desert Island for Dummies.” But I’m pretty sure that’s what every author says. So my real answer would have to be “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.” One, because it’s really, really long. It would be years before I ran out of reading material, and I might be stuck on that island for years! Two, I’ve never read the complete works, but have always wanted to. Three, because many of Shakespeare’s comedies are laugh-out-loud funny. And if I’m in a place where there’s no indoor plumbing (and no indoors!) or coffee, I’m gonna need some cheering up.

Thanks for the interview, Ilana!

Below you'll find the cover for The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia as well as a full bio on Ilana. Click here to follow Ilana on twitter, click here to see her Goodreads page, click here for her website. You can also purchase her book here on Amazon, here on Barnes and Noble, here on Apple, here on Kobo, and here on Smashwords.

 

Ilana Waters Bio

Ilana Waters is a freelance writer who lives in New Jersey. When not creating content for websites, she can be found working on novels and short stories--as well as nibbling string cheese. She once pet-sat an electric eel, and enjoys walking in circles around the park for no particular reason. Her first book, The Adventures of Stanley Delacourt: Book I of Hartlandia, is a middle-grade fantasy. Ilana is currently writing Book II of the Hartlandia trilogy, due out in 2013.

Tuesday
Sep182012

My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century releases TODAY! 

Happy Book Birthday today to my dear friend Rachel Harris! Her YA Magical Realism/Historical is out TODAY! *throws confetti* Here is the gorgeous cover:  

 

 

And here is the blurb:

On the precipice of her sixteenth birthday, the last thing lone wolf Cat Crawford wants is an extravagant gala thrown by her bubbly stepmother and well-meaning father. So even though Cat knows the family’s trip to Florence, Italy, is a peace offering, she embraces the magical city and all it offers. But when her curiosity leads her to an unusual gypsy tent, she exits . . . right into Renaissance Firenze.

Thrust into the sixteenth century armed with only a backpack full of contraband future items, Cat joins up with her ancestors, the sweet Alessandra and protective Cipriano, and soon falls for the gorgeous aspiring artist Lorenzo. But when the much-older Niccolo starts sniffing around, Cat realizes that an unwanted birthday party is nothing compared to an unwanted suitor full of creeptastic amore.

Can she find her way back to modern times before her Italian adventure turns into an Italian forever?

Go to Rachel's website HERE to read more about her and order her book. I promise, you won't be disappointed!!

Friday
Sep072012

Meet Novelist Ryan Schneider

Welcome to Five Question Friday featuring novelist Ryan Schneider. He's a great writer and a great guy. Enjoy!

Q. Tell me about the books you’re promoting.

The books I’m promoting are the first five of an ongoing series titled THE GO-KIDS. It is an epic saga of Parker Perkins and his friends Sunny, Bubba, Igby, and Colby. They meet under rather auspicious circumstances and things go from bad to worse and then to straight up bizarre. Parker soon finds himself with the weight of the world on his shoulders and the lives of his friends in his hands. Little does he know that he will soon become the most despised person on the planet. And he is only 13 years old.

Q. How did you come up with the idea for this series?

I didn’t choose this story; the story chose me. Back in the summer of 2004, I had a dream about a boy who was flying. He was soaring through the clouds at sunset. I didn’t know who he was at the time. But a phrase I’d never heard before was implanted in my mind, even after I’d awoken: GO-BOY.

I didn’t know what to make of it.

Three days later, a title popped into my head: THE GO-KIDS.

Again, I didn’t know what it meant. But the Olympic games in Athens were starting, and due to the time difference between Athens and California, the live coverage of the games went on all throughout the night. So I was up late one evening during the first day or two of the games, and I was thinking about the dream, about the boy flying, about GO-BOY, and about THE GO-KIDS.

Then it happened.

It was as if the entire story was downloaded into my brain.

I turned to my computer, opened a new Word doc, and began typing as fast as I could. I essentially had the entire story, including the characters and their names and relationships. I could scarcely keep up with it, it was coming so fast.

Five hours later, I had nearly 18 pages of stream-of-consciousness plotting.

After a few hours of sleep, I awoke, printed, and re-read the 18 pages. Then I began writing. For the entire two weeks of the Games, I stayed up almost all night, writing writing writing.

That was eight years ago.

Today, five books in the series have been completed, and I am polishing Book 6 presently. There are more to come, though I don’t yet know how many. Perhaps three.

Q. Do any of the characters symbolize someone or something in real life?

You’ll have to tell me. To me, Parker, Sunny, Bubba, Igby, and Colby are real people, complete with traits and quirks and flaws and hopes and dreams. I’ll take the Hemingway Clause on this one, for it was Papa who said, “I take credit for everything in my writing, even if I didn’t know it was there.”

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

Ah, the essential question to pose to a writer. I grew up reading CS Lewis and Stephen King. Studying for my degree in English Literature exposed me to all the greats among American and British writers, everyone from Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain to Wordsworth and Coleridge etc etc.

Today I tend to read primarily contemporary fiction. I love science fiction and recently enjoyed Tanya Huff’s VALOR series. I like Chuck Palahniuk for his satire and originality. I also recently discovered Chuck Klosterman, who wrote DOWNTOWN OWL and THE VISIBLE MAN, among others. Both books are excellent but THE VISIBLE MAN is a book I think about often and would like other people to read.

When I began writing THE GO-KIDS, I wanted to do some market research in the YA genre, and at the time HARRY POTTER was gathering momentum. I borrowed the first two books from my mom and read them just to see what all the fuss was about. I quickly became a fan, and have read the entire series thrice, and seen the films, of course. So J.K. Rowling must be included as well, for she has given the world a beloved story with wonderful characters. Such a phenomenon is a rare one.

Q. If you were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book, what would it be and why?

It would be I THOUGHT I WOULD BE RIGHT BACK; HOW TO GET OFF A DESERT ISLAND – AN ODE TO WILSON by Chuck Noland.

Thanks for the interview, Ryan! Below you'll find the covers for THE GO-KIDS books as well as a full bio on Ryan. Click here to follow Ryan on twitter, click here to follow his blog, click here to buy his books on Amazon, and click here to buy his books on Smashwords.

 

 

 

 

Ryan Schneider Bio

I am a husband, aspiring father, writer, and novelist.

I write fiction. I will make you think and feel. That is my job.

I write in many genres. I try to write stories I would enjoy reading.

My work is sometimes dark and heavy, sometimes light and fun, even romantic.

I am happily hard at work on Book Six of The Go-Kids series, the epic tale of a thirteen-year-old boy named Parker who has the weight of the world on his shoulders, and the lives of his friends in his hands.

I earned a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of the Pacific, where I was a college newspaper staff writer and film critic, as well as co-host of a radio show. I then studied screenwriting and independent producing at UCLA.

I have written and published five novels, a collection of short stories, a dozen screenplays, and many essays. I also co-produced a 35mm short film.

I am also a commercially-licensed pilot with multi-engine and instrument ratings. I have flown various aircraft: Cessna 152, Cessna 172, Piper Arrow and Piper Seminole.

I live happily in Israel with my wife Taliya. Taliya is a singer/songwriter and musician. Her music has been likened to Enya, Yanni, and Sarah McLachlan. Taliya plays guitar, piano, and flute. She was awarded a Guinness World Record for recording her original song "Flower Child" in 15 languages. She has toured much of Europe and the United States. She has written and produced two albums and is currently in the studio at work on her third album.

Thursday
Aug302012

Golden Gateway Writing Contest Seeks Entries

Passing on some info for those who are interested!

Deadline for 2012 Golden Gateway contest - Sunday September 2

***Permission to Forward Granted and Appreciated***

The deadline for the 2012 Golden Gateway contest is Sunday September 2 and we are short on entries in all categories. The odds of moving on to the next round are excellent. This contest is open to published and unpublished authors alike, so be sure to check out the guidelines today!

You can read all about it here: http://fthrw.com/contest/goldengateway
Also, here's a list of our final-round judges:

Unpublished Golden Gateway
Long/Short Contemporary Series Romance – Rachel Burkot, Love Inspired
Single Title Romance – Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks
Mainstream Fiction with Romantic Elements – Katherine Pelz, Berkley Editorial
Historical Romance – Erika Tsang, Avon Books
Romantic Suspense – Latoya Smith, Grand Central Publishing
Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Time Travel Romance – Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing LLC

Published Golden Gateway
Laura Barth, Harlequin Heartwarming
Tessa Woodward, HarperCollins/Avon
Michelle Grajkowski, 3 Seas Literary Agency

Please send any questions to: GG-contest @ fthrw. com (remove spaces)

Good luck to all who enter!

HiDee Ekstrom
2012 Golden Gateway Coordinator