Interview with @jamie_grey and The Star Thief!

Today I get to interview author Jamie Grey. First let’s check out her book, The Star Thief. Does this not look SO awesome?

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She might only be twenty-three, but Renna Carrizal is the most notorious thief in the galaxy. There’s just one problem – all she wants is to get the frak out of the business.  But when Renna rescues an injured boy from the warehouse she’s casing, she finds herself on the run from the mob instead of enjoying retirement on a garden world. Turns out, the kid was a plant to lead her to MYTH, a top-secret galactic protection agency. MYTH needs Renna’s special skills, and they make her an offer she can’t refuse – unless she’d like to spend the rest of her life on a prison ship. To make sure she does her job they shackle her with a MYTH watchdog, the handsome but arrogant Captain Finn. A former mercenary-turned-galactic-hero, Finn happens to have his own dirty secrets. Secrets that Renna wouldn’t mind uncovering for herself. Together, they discover an experiment to develop illegal cybernetics that will create an unstoppable army. The intended target? The human star fleet. Now Renna must use her skills as the Star Thief to pull off the biggest job of her career – saving the galaxy. And herself.

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The Interview

1.    The Star Thief is about the biggest of Cons—Galactic sized. What inspired you to write about it?

I’d been looking for a good sci-fi romance and I’d read quite a few that I liked but none of them were exactly what I was looking for. I wanted a female Han Solo type, with ambiguous morals and a hear of gold. And a steamy romance. So, I wrote one!

2.     The cover is GORGEOUS. What was your process in obtaining it?

I actually don’t remember how I found my artist’s site – I think I might have been trolling forums looking for cover designers. When I saw her site, I just knew she’d come up with something perfect for me! I didn’t exactly know what I wanted to begin with, so we went back and forth on a few concepts until we found the perfect art. She blew me away with her final design! I’m working on the sequel’s cover now with her, and SO excited for everyone to see it! (Her name is Christa at paperandsage.com)

3.     If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

Ohhh. Tough question! There are quite a few that would work. I basically wrote the entire book to the soundtrack to the Mass Effect video games. But I think if I had to pick one, I’d probably say All Along the Watchtower, by Jimi Hendrix. The lyrics themselves are perfect -“There must be some kind of way out of here, said the joker to the thief” and it was part of one of my favorite sci-fi TV series – Battlestar Galactica!

4.     If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

I think I’d be totally intimidated by Renna. She’s gorgeous, charming, and self confident. But I think once we started talking, we’d get along pretty well. I think we both have a sarcastic sense of humor and similar outlook on life. (Which may or may not be a good thing LOL)

5.     If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

How to choose just one!? I think i’d have to go with Narnia. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe series was my favorite growing up, and they’re still comfort reads today, so getting to live in Narnia would be amazing!

6.     Are you a plotter or a pantser?

A little bit of both? I have to have a plot/outline to frame up my book, otherwise I get completely stuck when I’m drafting. But I totally pants when I’m filling in the details. As long as I have the outer structure built, I can go in pretty much any direction with the rest of the story.

7.     How has writing changed your life?

I’ve always written, so it’s just become an essential part of who I am and my identity. I think being a writer lets me look at things a little differently than from non-writers – I sometimes watch real life events like they’re happening in a story, analyzing them for plot and drama, or if it would make an interesting scene. Not always a good thing when something horrible is going on, but it’s definitely an interesting way to look at the world.

8.     What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Most of it’s tried and true – Write what you love and would like to read. Write what interests you. Don’t edit until you have a complete draft (tho I know people who can work this way, I can’t!). Find a good support system – writing friends, critique partners, etc and let them help you grow as a writer, but stay true to your story and vision. Most of all, have fun with it. The moment you stop having fun, is the moment you should stop writing.

Thanks so much for having me on! This was such fun 🙂

 

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FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/jamiegreybooks?ref=hl

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/Jamie_Grey

BLOG: http://www.jamiegreybooks.com/

GOODREADS: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19146092-the-star-thief

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#BEA13 Haul and Highlights

So, my trip to New York wasn’t ideal. My plane tickets were wrong, and it took more than 3 hours to correct them, which lead to me leaving 3 hours late. BUT I made it, and it was wonderful and glorious and all that.

Special shout-outs to the team at Month9 books. Everyone is so awesome and fun and talented. Jennifer Million, Lisa M Basso, Dorothy Dreyer, Heather Reid, Hallie Tibbets, Courtney Koschel, Scott Craven, Shannon Duffy, and of course Georgia McBride. You are all AWESOME.

Check out their books HERE.

BEA is a treasure trove for bloggers. I have never been in a place before with so many beautiful books, piled-up ARCs, and wonderful authors signing their work. (I also got to see Julianne Moor and Jim Carey, so that was kind of cool too). But, the books!

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So many awesome titles.

I can’t wait to review them all!

Notables:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreyer

Purgatory Reign by LM Preston

Silent Harmony by Michele Scott

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle

Stay tuned for reviews and giveaways. I have a few extra ARCs to give away on the blog!

❤ BEA. See you next year!

 

Interview with @Georgia_McBride and Her Fantastic Novel Praefatio & Giveaway!

Today I have the distinct pleasure to host an interview with author and publisher extrordinaire, Georgia McBride! Her novel, Praefatio, has just released, and it is fantastic (if I do say so myself). Review to come.

About the Book

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The story of 17-year-old Grace Ann Miller is that of no ordinary runaway. Touching upon topics such as mental illness, teen pregnancy, and the relationship between victims and abductors, this is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love, and losing everything but her faith. After being missing for weeks, Grace turns up on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of 24 hours, she holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war, intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Instead, authorities believe that Grace is ill, the victim of assault and suffering from a severely fractured mind as a result of Stockholm Syndrome. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on Earth, an ancient prophecy, and a wretched curse steeped in biblical myth. Her claims set into motion an ages-old war, pitting sister against brother and light versus darkness, resulting in blood, death, and the loss of everything that matters. Faced with corrupt police officers, eager doctors, and accusing journalists, Grace must convince all of them that her delusions are actually the truth, with nothing but her word as proof.

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I had the chance to bombard Georgia with questions 😉

You wear so many hats. How do you manage to fit in all of the awesome work you do?

GM:  I’m pretty sure I’m failing miserably. I don’t sleep much, I eat very unhealthy things at odd hours and I get frequent headaches. That said, I try to dedicate one day/weekly to YALitChat – and that’s Wednesdays. The rest of the time is dedicated to being a publisher and author.

What was the first plot bunny that inspired Praefatio?

GM: They all came at one time – the girl with the incredulous story, the boy accused of unspeakable crimes and the incident that would change everything we believe.

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

GM: I listened to a ton of 30 Seconds to Mars while writing this book. I think A Beautiful Lie kind of sums it up though.

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

GM: First, I would be all fan girl and crazy. I know it. I have a major literary crush on Grace Ann Miller. I would be like, “Hey Girl. I created you. Don’t you love all those amazing kissing scenes I wrote for you?”

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

GM: Wow. That’s a tough one. I think I would like to perhaps live in the world Delirium. Love hurts so much sometimes. People kill when they can’t have it. We wouldn’t have that problem.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

GM:I hate plotting. Not gonna lie.

How has writing changed your life?

GM: Writing has brought be a wonderful community of people who are supportive. It has also afforded me the opportunity to do something I love – writing and publishing. It’s really been a blessing to me and many others.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

GM: Just write. Don’t worry about what others are writing or doing. Just write.

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About the Author

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Georgia McBride is the founder of Month9Books, which publishes speculative fiction for teens and tweens, and YALITCHAT.ORG, a nonprofit organization fostering the advancement of young adult literature worldwide. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Enter HERE for a giveaway of Praefatio!

Indie Services Freebies! MS Evaluation

Hey all.

I recently decided to add some more features to Burning Tree. Beyond author interviews, cover reveals, and promotion, I wanted to expand Burning Tree into more of a resource for Indie authors.

The first is a new bookstore showcasing awesome Indie and Indie pub books. This (I hope) will continually expand to be a way to find books on Kindle/Amazon that are well-written, professional, and enjoyable. If you want to nominate a book for the shop, please leave a note in the comments. Self-promotion is absolutely okay.

 

The second is copyediting and Manuscript Evaluation services. As a copyeditor, I offer a 1000 word free trial before accepting a project, so that you can be assured that we’re compatible. I’m also looking for more copyeditors to join in to provide quality editing services for affordable prices.

For Manuscript Evaluation, you receive a full report on whether or not your book is “ready” to be published/submitted. This report will focus on a variety of book elements, including character development, plot, and grammar.

 

To get all of this started, I’m looking for some “guinea pigs.” So here’s the deal: I am offering three free Manuscript Evaluations in exchange for thoughts on the process. I’m hoping to create an affordable way for an Indie writer to get an in-depth opinion on how ready their book is for the “shelves.”

 

If you’re interested, please email me at Lindsay@burningtree.ca with a blurb on your MS, as well as the complete file as a .doc .docx or .pdf attachment. The first three inquiries will receive a free evaluation!

 

Spread the news to anyone you know who might be in need of such a service, and if you’re a freelance editor, I’d love to hear from you too if you’d like to play a part!

 

Thanks all, keep writing!

#CoverReveal Adorned by Georgeann Swiger

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About the Book

When seventeen-year-old Anya finds out she’s actually an angel being trained to protect humanity, she discovers that becoming an angel has nothing to do with wings and haloes. For Anya, becoming an angel has to do with death—her death.

Micah, the angelic soldier ordered to protect her until she transitions from human to angel, promises her death will be a glorious experience as long as she follows his rules. But getting Anya through this life and to the next isn’t as simple as Micah expects. His job becomes even more difficult after he unwittingly performs a miracle that exposes Anya’s hidden angelic light.

With her secret out, Hell’s legions begin targeting her. Unfortunately, Hell’s minions are the least of Micah’s worries. He’s more concerned about the forbidden human emotions he’s developed toward Anya.  Even more troubling, is she seems to love him too. And giving in to those feelings, could mean dire consequences for them both.

 

About the Author

Georgeann Swiger earned her degree in journalism from West Virginia University, and then spent five years as an anchor/reporter at WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, WV.  After having children, she left television news to be a stay at home mom. During that time, she discovered creative writing was more fun than writing about real life tragedy.  Imagining interesting characters and having them come to life on the page is now her passion. When she’s not writing, she works as a substitute teacher.  She lives in Reedsville, West Virginia with her husband, two kids, a beagle dog and a temperamental cat who tries to rule the house.

 

Website: http://www.georgeannswiger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgeann-Swiger/354944307955157

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GeorgeannSwiger

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/geoswager/

 

Find Adorned November 4th from Entranced Publishing

Interview with Jack Croxall @jackcroxall Author of Tethers

I am so excited to introduce you all to Jack Croxall, if you haven’t met him already. His book, Tethers, is totally fantastic and a wonderful, well-written read. I love it.

A bit about his book:

In the wake of a cold Victorian winter, two teenagers discover an anonymous journal filled with strange passages and bizarre scribblings.

The journal soon draws them into a covert and sinister conspiracy, a conspiracy centred around an otherworldly artefact with the power to change everything …

Karl and Esther have spent almost every day of their thirteen years in the quiet market town of Shraye. Stifled by their rural surroundings and frustrated by their unfulfilled ambitions, they find the allure of the journal’s mysterious pages impossible to ignore. The book seems to be beckoning them away from Shraye, away from their homes and towards the coast where an unsolved disappearance has set in motion a dark chain of events.

The voyage the teenagers soon find themselves undertaking is one of desperate importance and true peril; it will change the way they see the world, and each other, forever.

Set in Victorian Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, Tethers is the first instalment of The Tethers Trilogy.

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Here’s my interview with Jack:

How much work did you put into building your world?

On the whole, Tethers took about two years to write and a good proportion of that time was spent researching Victorian England (where the novel is set). I spent hours upon hours studying Victorian life and I must say it was fascinating, not a chore in the slightest! My favourite aspect was perhaps life on the waterways – a style of living that is non-existent in today’s society. Whole families would live in the single cramped cabin of a narrowboat as they transported supplies up and down the rivers and canals. The life was incredibly tough and children would work full days as soon as they could walk.

What was the initial lightbulb idea that put Tethers into motion?

 

I started writing Tethers with absolutely no (conscious) plan whatsoever, and, at times, I did wonder where the novel was going. However, my lightbulb moment came when I realised the aspect of the plot that the book’s title is a reference to. I couldn’t possibly go into any more detail than that though …

What was the single hardest scene to write in the book?

 

There is a scene where a main character dies and that was incredibly difficult to write, not only because it’s horrible to let one of your darlings go, but you have to accurately gauge and convey all the emotions at play in the other characters present. It took several redrafts but I think I got there in the end!

If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

 

I really can’t think of just one song, but I have put together a playlist of songs I listened to whilst writing the book. You can check it out here: http://bit.ly/Zr6l9U

If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

 

One of my main characters, Esther, lives in a rural pub and I think if I somehow turned up there, she would be quite keen to talk to a new face. She’d probably be disappointed when she found out I wasn’t particularly exciting or mysterious though – unless she found out I was from the future of course!

If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

Oh, that’s easy; Lyra’s universe in His Dark Materials. Philip Pullman crafted a gorgeous world for his seminal trilogy and the best part is that everybody gets their own daemon (a physical, animal-embodiment of your soul). I think mine would be a heron because I’m patient, persistent and I love water!

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

 

Can I be a combination of the two, a ‘planster’ perhaps? I’ve recently been writing with a vague plan but allowing myself absolute freedom to go off on tangents and connect the dots however I feel is best at the time. It’s working out well actually.

How has writing changed your life?

 

Quite simply, it’s made me happier than ever before.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Firstly, I would say read as widely as you can – not exclusively books from the genre you intend to write in. I’m not only talking about fiction either; blogs, newspaper articles, pamphlets, menus, billboards, DVD boxes, E-mails, all can be sources of great writing – you need to absorb as much of it as you can. Secondly, I suggest getting involved with the larger writing community. With social networking it’s never been easier and most writers and readers really are wonderfully supportive. I’ve found talking to fellow bookish-types incredibly helpful so, get involved; my twitter handle is @JackCroxall, if you’re interested, add me for a chat!

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Interview With Author Meredith Towbin @Mtprose and Her Novel Straightjacket

Today I have the pleasure of hosting Meredith Towbin, author of STRAIGHTJACKET.

The Book:

Eighteen-year-old Anna has lived her whole life in shame, losing herself in books to cope with crippling panic attacks triggered by her abusive parents. Forced into a psychiatric hospital, she can’t imagine a future that’s anything but bleak—until she meets Caleb, a gifted, 19-year-old artist who insists he’s an angel.

He swears his mission is to help Anna break free from her parents’ control and fulfill a destiny that she can only dream of. The doctors, however, are convinced that Caleb is delusional.

Anna doesn’t want to be that girl who’s in love with the crazy guy, but when she sees his stunning portraits of her and the way he risks everything to keep her safe, she can’t help but imagine a new future for both of them, filled with hope. But just when it seems they’ve created heaven on earth, Caleb’s past emerges full force, threatening to destroy their tiny, blissful world. And Anna has to decide if she should follow her heart, or if Caleb’s really as troubled as his doctors say…

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This was the kind of book that really surprised me. It took a completely different turn than I thought it was going to, which is so, so refreshing in today’s world. Here are her answers to my burning questions.

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 What was your inspiration for Straightjacket, and how did you work to make it stand out from other angel books?

I’ve always been fascinated by psychology (I took a ton of psych classes in college). I knew I wanted the setting for my book to be in a psychiatric hospital just because they kind of scare me and intrigue me at the same time.

As I was creating my characters, I needed to come up with a reason as to why they might be there. Depression/suicidal tendencies is definitely one reason (for Anna), but I wanted something super weird for my other character. I mean, why be normal when you can be super weird, right? After mulling it over for a while, I came up with the idea that Caleb would be delusional and think he was an angel.

It wasn’t  my intention to write a paranormal novel, like a lot of the other angel books out there. Caleb might be an angel, and he might not – he’s either completely delusional like his doctor says or supernatural. There’s doubt there, and I think most angel books make the reader suspend disbelief and accept that in the world of the book, angels definitely exist.

What was the single hardest scene to write in the book?

The sex scene, by far! Writing a sex scene, especially for YA, is very difficult, at least for me. I wanted it to be realistic, sweet, overwhelming, but still appropriate. I remember sitting in the Barnes & Noble café writing it, and even though no one knew what I was doing, I still turned 15 shades of red.

 If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?

Funny you ask because there was one particular song that hugely inspired the book. Death Cab for Cutie’s “I Will Follow You into the Dark” was it. I love that song, and I would listen to it and think that I really wanted to write a book about two people that love each other so much that if one of them died, the other one would die too just so they wouldn’t have to go it alone.

 If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?

If I met Anna at a bar, she probably wouldn’t talk to me. She’d plant herself in a corner and look as inconspicuous as possible. If I met Caleb there, I’d be the one not talking to him because I’d be intimidated by his coolness. And if he happened to come up and talk to me, I’d be a blubbering idiot.

 If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?

I absolutely loved the Wicked series by Gregory Macguire. Oz is definitely not the happy-go-lucky place out of The Wizard of Oz, but even so it’s magical and full of amazing characters that I would love to get to know.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

In real life I am a major organizer – it’s all about lists and calendars and putting things in places they belong. I have a minor (ok, major) obsession with The Container Store. So I figured when I went to write a book, I’d of course outline everything and know exactly where things were going.

I used my outline for the first chapter and then went totally off the rails. I realized that I’m a pantser when it comes to writing. I might know what will happen two or three chapters ahead, but it can always change. I think it keeps it fresher for me, like I’m reading along with it even though I’m the one doing the writing.

How has writing changed your life?

It was always my dream to write a novel, but for many years, I was too scared of failing to actually try. Now that I’ve gotten up the courage to do it, I really feel like it’s a dream come true, whether or not what I write gets published. Because there are definitely things I’ve written that haven’t gotten published.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Carve out time every day that you devote to writing. There are always a million excuses as to why there’s no time. There’s never a good time. Believe me. Make yourself do it just for an hour. I wrote STRAIGHTJACKET in one-hour increments. Five months later I had a book. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish if you just make it a priority.

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