We are starting a new post every Monday called Funday Monday. It’s where we can talk to authors and agents about fun stuff we would never know! It’s a different way of interviewing theses great authors/agents!

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Today we have Jodi Meadows as our first victim! Muhahahaha.

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at http://www.jodimeadows.com

 

And to the interview!!!!

 

 

Thank you Jodi for participating!

 

1. You’re a book addict ( so am I-or I’m more like a book hoarder heehee) who is your favorite book boyfriend and why? Given a whole day with him what would you do? (Remember Pg-13 answers. ;) hahaha)

Oh my gosh. Just one? Because I have a few. But if I’m allowed to pick only one for this (not fair!), I’ll pick Logan from DEFIANCE by C.J. Redwine. He’s so smart and cute. I could definitely spend a whole day talking about his inventions with him.

 

2. So not only do you write wonderful stories you crochet, knit and spin. Such talent! I have seen your gloves! So….have you made outfits for your ferrets? Come on, you had to! I made my friend make a coat for my cat. Yes really and those pictures will never surface.

Oh no, they would not like that. Once I bought a bomber jacket for my ferrets, waaay back when I first started having ferrets, and that thing lasted about 1.2 seconds before it was removed and destroyed. It was really cute for the 1.2 seconds it was on Leanne (now gone, alas). But . . . it was not to be. I haven’t tried again. I think Leanne probably spoke for all the current and future ferrets in my life when she declared she would not wear it.

Nuts! I could just picture them running around in cool outfits!

3. Quick, it’s selection day and you must pick your faction, Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, Candor or are you Factionless? Your hand is bleeding and you go to put it above????? Go with your gut! I know Dauntless is so awesome but think who you truly belong to.

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Amity. I have definitely thought about this before, and while I want to dress Dauntless, I don’t like, um, running or fighting or jumping. I don’t think I’m smart enough for Erudite, and I know I’m not selfless enough for Abnegation. I like the idea of Candor and I am compulsively honest, but I don’t think I’d feel comfortable there. So, Amity it is. As long as I don’t have to farm. They need yarn people, right? (I’d be crap at being factionless, too.)

Me too! I’m totally too happy to be Dauntless. I think I would be Amity too!

 

4. You just stepped of Hogwarts Express and head to Diagon Alley at Universal Studios (which opens this summer!) What would be the first store you would hit? I would probably hit Eeylops Owls Emporium because I want a white owl like Hedwig. (RIP my fluffy owl)

Umm. I don’t know. One with animals, I think. I like animals.

5. You’re about to go to the Hunger Games so what weapon would you pick? And who would be your ally? (Finnick is mine! not really…no really)

Remember what I said about fighting? So, I’m not really good at archery (I tried those kiddie PVC and styrofoam ones a while ago and the arrow just dropped at my feet), and I’m not strong enough for sword or anything heavy. I’d have to find some other way to make myself useful to a group. Or go on my own. I don’t know. This is really stressful.

6. Incarnate trilogy is done so what are you working on now? Because you need to help feed my addiction to book hoarding!!!!!

My next book is called THE ORPHAN QUEEN, about an orphaned princess fighting to reclaim her kingdom and hide her power from the masked vigilante who hunts people with magic, set in a world where magic is destroying the world. Think YA Game of Thrones meets Batman. With nice penmanship.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18081228-the-orphan-queen

 

Thank you Jodi for participating! What a blast and I can’t wait for The Orphan Queen!!!! you can follow joDI ON TWITTER and her WEBSITE

Hey all!

Kristen here taking over the blog today with a big announcement! I am so excited.

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Well, after 4 years I finally signed with a publishing agency!

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I am so excited to be working with Sparkpress and making my book come to life. I have to admit, it was discouraging after receiving so many query rejections in the last couple of years but I didn’t give up. Yes, I moped for a couple of weeks before trying again.

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It was hard but with the encouragement of my partner in crime, my sissy, I kept on swimming.

Aww I love you too! Tawney butting in here! I will now interview my twin! ACK. This feels wierd!

Kristen:  Weird? How is this weird. We talk to each other everyday!!! Get on with it! :)

Tawney:  FINE! Sheesh is this the love I get for supporting you?

Kristen: Glares!

Tawney:  What’s the best advice you can give a writer that is trying to publish their book???

Kristen:  Well, don’t give up and trust in your writing skills and story. If you don’t then how can any publishing agency or agent?

Tawney:  What are you most excited about?

Kristen:  I can’t wait to take readers into a different world, one full of Eskimo legends, totems, and the Spirit World. Something different then the dystopian and paranormal romance stories now plaguing the bookstores and Amazon.

Tawney:  How long did it take you to write this book?

Kristen:  Off and on for about 6 years. . I went through about 5 to 6 different drafts of my story. I have a full time job so it was hard to get motivated to write. Especially, when you’re on the computer for 10 hrs a day

Tawney: Will there be a sequel?

Kristen:  Yes, I hope to get the second book out soon but it depends on how the readers respond to the first book. I have to admit I’m scared. It takes a lot of courage to put a book out and have it read, critiqued or criticized by the public. With that courage comes doubt and fear. What if readers don’t like it? What if it doesn’t sell? These are questions that I do think about every day.

Tawney: What’s your biggest goal for your book?

Kristen: I want the readers to enjoy the story and leaves them wanting more. I’m not doing this for money or fame. I am doing this for the readers. Bringing them something different to the table and making them aware of the different cultures and legends in the world. Some of what I wrote in the book is true. I wrote about some of the incidents and legends that I experienced or was taught in Alaska. I won’t tell you or give you clues to what it is….instead I will leave it up to the readers to figure out .

Tawney:  I’m so proud of you! Hopefully when the right story comes along I ‘ll be in the same place as you!

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I can’t believe it either! Thank you Tawney! You will defiantly find your story!

Twinism of the week:  The Twins have Writer’s Block

Well….maybe half the twins have writer’s block.

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Hey Lovelies! Tawney here.

Every now and then I find myself in a dilemma with writer’s block. This is a dreadful dilemma especially when co-authoring.  You don’t want one twin author to do all the work while the other one twirls her thumbs with nothing to give. It has been more than a month  and I have only written a paragraph or so once a week. The creativity juices are not flowing.

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I wish Honey Boo Boo!

Usually, I have certain steps I follow to break the blockage.

Step 1: I will go and people watch at a local coffee shop. I love people watching because I can create any situation for them, whether they are on the run from the mob or just in a bad break up. That doesn’t seem to help right now.

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Step 2: I will read and read to get the mojo starting. I just finished a great book by LeighAnn Kopans called Solving for Ex. Wonderful retelling of Jane Austin’s Mansfield Park. I also just finished Lost lake by . Her books are magical. She takes a contempt story and weaves little bit of magic elments to give the story a different vive. Think Practical magic but with no witches.  I’m reading the second book of Rae Carson’s   and loving the fantasy. I have a sparkling YA fantasy idea I so want to do! And then I have two mystery books to read. I tend to read all genres from YA to Adult Fiction to NA. But I’m not getting inspiration. All the books were wonderful but it I just makes me want to read more. I’m soaking up the awesomeness of them but not writing.

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Step 3. Just watch TV. I will watch smexy shows like The Originals, Teen Wolf… let’s stop to enjoy the hotness of these shows both male and female ….. (insert pics)   Reign, American Horror Story, Walking Dead. Nope this isn’t working. I’m just ogling at the pretties and not writing.

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Step 4: Music. Usually my most creative moments come when listening to music. It could be the voice of the singer, or the melody or even the words of the song. I was at THE FRAMES concert when a whole idea for the current YA WIP hit me. I couldn’t write it down but with every haunting song the ideas kept flowing. There are a lot of good artist I’m listening to now like WILD FEATHERS, PASSANGER, IMAGINE DRAGONS, ….but not feeling it.

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Write now I’m taking a break and just writing notes on my sparkling ideas. But I really want to finish this one. I’ve been working on it like forever! Usually I’m a faster writer but not now.

I checked with Kristen and she doesn’t have writer’s block. She has a secret project!

Kristen here. No writer’s block! I’ve been working on something I hope I can announce soon. Time will tell.

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Yes Tawney! Unlike you the creative juices are flowing. But I’ve had my share and usually follow the same steps. So if you don’t mind I shall crawl back in the creative cave.

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So Kristen is no help and that was a low blow.

So I’m asking for HELP! What do you do to combat writer’s block? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I need my grove back.

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Kendal Grey is bringing the sexy to Author Chat in March

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It was time to bring the very popular erotic novel to the book club. 50 Shades of Grey has nothing on Kendal! It’ll be a night of fun with drink, cookies and chatting with the author! Though the food will be certain body parts and we will be talking sex! Come get your smexy on! This Author Chat is going to be hot!

April 30th Smexy Chat @ 7:00 pm mt

Kendal Grey

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Book Club read:  Strings (Hard Rock Harlots, #1)  17454091WARNING: STRINGS is not suitable for slut shamers, uptight stone throwers, Holier-Than-Thou prudes, humorless virgins, persons with chronic neck or back pain, pearl-clutching bitties, those who disparage crude humor or vulgarity in their many forms, closed-minded people with sticks up their asses, or anyone under the age of 18. The vile, base language and shocking, unholy sexual acts contained herein are not condoned by anyone with a lick of sense and should certainly not be reproduced without proper training and protection. The potty-mouthed and perpetually horny “heroine” (the term is used loosely) of this book does not resemble a normal, well-adjusted, or remotely believable person in any way, shape, or form. The author acknowledges that the characters in this book are shallow and two-dimensional; the plot is both ridiculous and insipid. She makes no apologies for any of it.

* Readers are strongly advised to wear latex gloves whilst reading to minimize contamination risks.

Free-spirited musician Letty Dillinger adheres to a strict, “no strings attached” policy when it comes to men. After a wild night of unabashed sex in a fancy hotel room, she never expects to see the adventurous stud she dubs “Shades” again. When her all-girl rock trio books a tour at the last minute as the opening act for their archenemies, Letty’s shocked to discover she knows the competition’s new lead singer. Intimately. Shades is no longer a one-night stand. Now he’s the guy she has to one-up on stage every night for the sake of her career.

Sharing close quarters on a bus with her sexy nemesis and his bad-boy buddies puts Letty’s Golden Rule to the test. On this tour, guitar strings aren’t the only things being played. And when heartstrings are pulled too hard, they’re bound to snap sooner or later.

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If you didn’t know this Kendal is a big advocate for whale. I just love that all profits from the sales of INHALE, EXHALE, and JUST BREATHE are donated to programs that educate people about whales and the challenges they face. I LOVE THIS! I love whales and having an author use her writing for good is wonderful! Her Just Breathe website has more on how you can help the whales and enjoy her books! I so enjoyed these books!

Inhale (Just Breathe, #1)  BeautyStrangers in reality, inseparable in dreams…

After years of suffocating under her boss’s scrutiny, whale biologist Zoe Morgan finally lands a job as director of a tagging project in Hervey Bay, Australia. Success Down Under all but guarantees her the promotion of a lifetime, and Zoe won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. Not the whale voices she suddenly hears in her head, not the ex who won’t take no for an answer, and especially not the gorgeous figment of her imagination who keeps saving her from the fiery hell of her dreams.

Gavin Cassidy hasn’t been called to help a human Wyldling in over a year, which is fine by him. Still blaming himself for the death of his partner, he keeps the guilt at bay by indulging in every excess his rock star persona affords. That is, until he’s summoned to protect Zoe from hungry Fyre Elementals and learns his new charge is the key to restoring order in the dying Dreaming. He never expects to fall for the feisty Dr. Morgan…nor does he realize he may have to sacrifice the woman he loves to save an entire country.

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Kendall Grey is the self-appointed past, present, and future president of the Authors Behaving Badly Club. A whale warrior and indie freedom fighter, she spends summers in the corner (usually with a dunce cap on her head) and winters hunched at the peak of Mt. Trouble, fiery pens of fury (complete with invisible ink) flying across the pages. She has a big set of cajones, and she’s not afraid to use them. In her spare time, Kendall speaks your mind so you don’t have to.

Kendall lives off a dirt road near Atlanta, Georgia, but don’t hold that against her.

Come find her online:
Web: Kendall Grey
Twitter: KendallGrey

Facebook:Kendall Grey

Please feel free to contact me about more information! Tawney13@gmail.com

The Last Prospector Blog Tour

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Today we are happy to introduce you to Cairn Rodrigues and her book The Last Prospector. The first thing that drew me to this book was the world “twins.” She had me at twins. As you will read in the synopsis of The Last Prospector, there are TWIN GODDESSES!

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About The Last Prospector

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Solstice is a world apart, created by a mysterious Boss and shaped by tempers of warring twin goddesses.  Once it was a playground for sisters Ylumya and Ynoirya, but then the wars began.  Now Solstice is the stage for the final battle between light and dark. Everyone must choose a side.

The Boss sired the first prospector 1,000 years ago.  Charged to search for a treasure unnamed, an unbroken line of men have been caretakers, shepherds and warriors for Solstice since the misty times.  Now, Grayme Ceruleya is the last prospector, he is destined to find the treasure.  But what happens to Solstice when he does?

A runaway slave dies giving birth alone in the desert.  The nomads who find the baby don’t realize that the child is the pawn of the gods and wields more power than they can comprehend.  Except for one boy, broken-hearted Tonyo who makes a tremendous sacrifice to ensure the baby’s safety.

In Solstice the unlikely is probable, magicks are mundane and all the stories are true.  It’s a land of stunning natural beauty, filled with exotic wildlife and vibrant cultures.  Powerful factions like the whore’s guild make the rules, ancient enemies find new strength and dreamers are waking up all across the land with one message.

The Final war between the Twins has started.  A victor must be decided this time.

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We love warring twins! TWIN POWER

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Let’s pause for a moment and go over a quick  lesson on Solstice, because it’s a big part of the book.. The North Pole, the sun reaches the highest position in the sky once a year in June in the North Pole. This is called the June solstice day. The sun reaches the highest position on December solstice day in the South Pole. Two polar opposite sides but very similar climates. When it is the summer solstice at one Pole, it is the winter solstice on the other. I think Kristen would be the South Pole and I would be the North Pole. I’m bubbly and happy like summer. Kristen is cranky and cold like….I’m kidding! Kristen is the serious one much like winter. We are opposite but defiantly complete each other. She’s the evil twin and I’m the good twin, in the perspective of our family. Hey, she says I’m here evil twin, which I can agree with. There is always an evil twin for twins and usually it’s both!

So now we can guess that the TWIN GODDESSES in the book are part of this Solstice. And they are warring twins. The one thing that separates Kristen and I from Ylumya and Ynoirya is we can’t stay mad at each other. The longest we went without talking to each other is for two days. It was torture!

I love the prospector because he reminds me of Indian Jones.I mean he searches for treasure on Solstice!

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Very unique storyline and I recommend giving The Last Prospector a try. Come on! There’s TWINS!!!!! WARRING GODDESSES who are TWINS.

About the author

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Cairn Rodrigues is new to the world of publishing.  Formerly a stay at home mom, she attended the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and worked in many facets of the hospitality industry.  She was the chef and owner of the Café 455 in Sacramento before retiring from professional kitchens in 2007.  Born and raised in Sacramento, she is a devout lover of California and still resides near her hometown.  Cairn also loves animals, gardening, television and Bruce Springsteen.

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Today Alienated comes out! I’ve been waiting a while for this one. The cover is gorgeous and the plot intriguing! I just can’t wiat to get my hands on it! In fact I’m going to the bookstore today to get it! Squeeeeee!

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And with further ado, a message from the author!

ALIENATED Launch & NOOK Giveaway!

Hey, fiction lovers. I’m author Melissa Landers, and I’m thrilled to announce that my debut YA sci-fi romance, ALIENATED, is finally available from Disney-Hyperion! Cue the dancers and toss the confetti, because it’s been a long wait!

In a nutshell, ALIENATED is the story of valedictorian Cara Sweeney, who gets more than she bargained for when she agrees to host the nation’s first intergalactic exchange student, the gorgeous but emotionally-stilted Aelyx (pronounced A-licks) from planet L’eihr. The tone is light and humorous, but I explore some deeper themes as well.

What do reviewers have to say?

“The storyline is out of this world and character development paired with authentic voice is superb. Filled with intrigue and suspense, this book will appeal to both sci-fi and contemporary YA fiction fans.” –VOYA

“Interstellar relations heat up in this start to a new romantic science fiction series. Landers [explores] larger social, ecological, and ethical issues in this tense, fast-paced read.” –Booklist

“The perfect blend of sizzling romance, action, and suspense.” –#1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout

“Smart, funny, and epic. I am now awaiting contact from planet L’eihr.” Julie Cross, bestselling author of Tempest.

“Intergalactic exchange students? Yes, please! I fell in love with this story and couldn’t put it down.” Jodi Meadows, author of Incarnate.

If you like hot, swoony science fiction as much as I do, I hope you’ll give ALIENATED a try. It’s now available in stores and online.

Amazon:

Barnes & Noble:

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(free international shipping)

Indie Bound

To celebrate my book birthday, I’m offering one lucky winner a Nook Simple Touch. I’ll even throw in a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble so you can fill your new e-reader with whatever you want!

Now for the fine print: This giveaway is open to US residents only. (Sorry, international friends, but you need a US billing address to buy digital content on the Nook.) Due to sweepstakes laws, entrants must be 18 years or older to participate.

Best of luck, and happy reading!

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0Melissa Landers is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn’t afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati in the small town of Loveland, “Sweetheart of Ohio.” For more information, or just to say hello, visit Mewww.melissa-landers.com.

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Today on the blog is my fellow blogger from The Writer Diaries Jen Naumann! We have her cover reveal for her book Paranormal Keepers!

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Jen is an awesome writer and I’ve had the pleasure of reading her zombie series and other books. She’s fun to follow on twitter and work with on The Writer Diaries. Fun fact! She take the pictures for her covers! How cool is that?! With further ado, the cover of Paranormal Keepers!
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Release date: March 4, 2014
Model Photography: Jen Naumann
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Publisher: Phantom Owl Press
Book description:
Everyone thinks Harper Young killed her boyfriend. No one will say it to her face, but the signs are everywhere.
It’s almost been a year since Gavin was torn from Harper’s arms and brutally murdered. The police wrote it off as a freak accident, deciding Harper’s strange testimony was given under duress. But she knows something unnatural was involved and refuses to stop looking until she finds his killer, even if it means her reputation as a senior is ruined. Even if it means there really are monsters living among us.
With the discovery of the mothmen, witches, vampires and all the creatures she always suspected were out there, Harper finds herself amidst a complex bundle of unseen heroes who call themselves “Keepers”, sworn to keep the secret of the paranormal creatures that walk this earth. As she tries to understand what’s so special about her that she’s able to break an old Keeper law, Harper has a baffling vision of kissing a mysterious guy before a blade is brought down on him. Before she can get a handle on her future, she becomes central to a battle between the questionable “heroes” and the evil she’s been training to fight, leaving her to wonder if there’s any way to change the fate that has been foretold before it’s too late.
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Doesn’t that sound great?!!! I love paranormal and will defiantly pick this one up.
About Jen:
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Growing up in the 80ies, Jen became a huge sci-fi nerd and developed an obsession with movies–E.T., Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Goonies being among a few of her favorites. She is a book, movie and music junkie with a love for anything paranormal and unusual. She is married to a farmer in southern Minnesota and tries to follow the madness of her four active children.
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