Boundless Buddy: Lisa Beth Darling

Hey, everyone! Today, Lisa Beth Darling is here to talk about her book, “Child of War!” Here she is:

What was the inspiration for your book?

“Child of War-A God is Born” is the second novel in the OF WAR Series of contemporary adult fiction, it picks up shortly after the first novel, “The Heart of War”. The whole series came to me in a flash of inspiration when the Muse posed the question: What would happen if Ares God of War fell in love?

I’ve always adored Greek mythology and thought that was wonderful question as the God of War, according to most legends, never actually married or fell in love even though he had many children and lovers including a torrid affair with Aphrodite.

In this novel, Ares and Alena, our happy but unlikely couple, are settling down on Olympus to await the birth of their first child, Raven. While Ares adores his wife and unborn son, the rest of the Olympians hate her and they have many ways of making life difficult for her the most effective of which is turning Raven against his mother.

What scared you the most about writing “Child of War?”

The scariest part was wondering if the Muse and I were doing the right thing by making this into a series. “The Heart of War” was supposed to be a standalone novel and it is. Anyone of a mind to read it can do just that and come to a satisfying ending without ever having to go further into the series. I didn’t know if anyone would even want to read further but I knew that we’d only scratched the tip of iceberg when we got to The End in “Heart”.

What was your favorite part about writing “Child of War?”

The Olympians are my favorite part of this book, they’re all so catty and each has his or her own agenda. It’s the most delightfully dysfunctional family ever and, as nasty as they can get, they are a lot of fun to work with.

What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their audience?

Grinding the Promo Wheel is hard work and it takes up so much time, time that you could be writing. But it’s a necessary evil. Establish your Web Presence with a good site, FB, Twitter, and whatever other social media you like. Establish a mailing list people can easily sign up for and then use it to let people know whenever you have a new book coming out or when you’re on virtual book tour. Don’t crazy spending money on things. Find all of the free places you can to advertise then start venturing money on book tours and emags. If money’s no object for you then by all means jump right in with some $1,500.00 advertising package but don’t be shocked when your ROI is far less than half that investment. Start slow and steady, this is a marathon not a sprint.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

I don’t know I’m a pretty good person though I can get cranky sometimes when riled up. I tend not to hold back when my opinion is strong and in today’s atmosphere it’s very easy to offend people. I imagine I’ve a few Hurt Feelings Reports in my wake.

If you were a superhero, what would your name and power be?

Ginger Witch and I’d be able to manipulate people with the power of my mind.

Which authors inspire you?

Being a child of the 70s and 80s I grew up on Stephen King, VC Andrews, Judith Rossner, Jacqueline Susan, and Harold Robins. All of it, save King, was very hot steamy stuff. My writing tends to combine all of those writers best qualities.

Name a book you wish you would’ve written.

“Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” by Stephen King, honestly it’s the best story I ever read, I was a wreck for a week after finishing it. The movie never ever fails to make me bawl my eyes out.

The Cure by Tania Hagan: Excerpt + Giveaway

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Title:  The Cure
Author:   Tania Hagan
Published:  February 16th, 2016
Publisher:  Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing
Genre:  YA Dystopian
Content Warning:   Mild violence, romantic scenes, mild foul language

Synopsis:  Eighteen-year-old Genesis Weatherby is a clone of a long-dead silent-screen star. In order to eradicate cancer, GOD–the Genetic Operations Division–only allows procreation by way of the code-regeneration system. All of her life, Genny has learned “Original” births are the greatest threat to the cancer-free world. But, what happens when dashing British newcomer, Nat Wilkinson, steps into her perfect life, and overturns everything she ever believed?
Buoyed by their love for each other, as well as by their mutual distrust of GOD, Nat and Genny hatch a dangerous plan to change the system, one child at a time.
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About the Author:

Tania Hagan has been a writer most of her adult life. The Cure is her first work of fiction. Tania resides in Chicago with her husband, her daughter, and her three dogs.

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Excerpt from The Cure by Tania Hagan:

     That night, I was no longer Genny Weatherby. She was dead. At least, she might as well have been dead. For the life of me, I couldn’t remember who I was now supposed to be. I had used her name like it was my own earlier in the day. I had thrown it out there, and I’d owned it. But, at the moment, it escaped me. I knew it didn’t really matter. Whoever she was, she looked just like me. Everyone on that list looked just like me.
     I made a halfhearted attempt to pull her name into my head as I crouched behind the stack of alfalfa bales. The storage shed, which was little more than a roof supported by eight tall metal posts, provided little shelter for me.
     I knew I was not out in the open, so I couldn’t be discovered. Despite the imperfect nature of my hiding place, at least I was hidden.
     I tried to relax a bit since I had already been there for half an hour. He’d told me to stay in the car, but I’d felt trapped. Plus, if anyone came looking for us, the first place they would look would be the car. That was my logic.
     My ankles were swollen. My stomach ached, and the sweet, fresh-cut grass smell permeating from the alfalfa only accentuated the problem. At any other time in my life, I would have welcomed the scent, but not now.
     My long red hair was pulled into a tight pony-tail. I loosened the band a bit, and pulled a few of the tighter strands out, in order to alleviate some of the pounding in my head. Along with the hair, I also released some of the familiar cherry-almond scent from my shampoo. I didn’t remember how long it had been since I’d last washed my hair, but, apparently, the sweet odor outlasted the cleanliness. Even that pleasant scent turned my stomach.
     We hadn’t eaten all day. We’d left our last bag of supplies on top of our car when we’d taken off in a hurry the night before. It was my fault. I knew better than to pull out the entire bag just for one meal. But, I had thought we would have plenty of time to repack before we had to flee.
     I had the old-fashioned rifle by my side. Of course, I didn’t know how to use it. The impromptu training I had gone through a couple of days before had done nothing for my confidence, let alone my skill. But, it made him feel better knowing I had a way to protect myself if we were ever separated like we were now.
     I yawned, and I allowed myself to lean back a bit onto the itchy bale behind me. I was so tired. I never knew I could be so tired. I had only been able to steal maybe four hours of sleep since yesterday morning.
     The stars in the clear Nevada sky glistened above my head. Somewhere in the distance, a coyote howled into the night.
     I propped my growing ankles up on another bale, hoping they would eventually deflate. I was wearing my mom’s expensive hiking boots. Even if my own, cheaper shoes had still fit me comfortably, they would not have made it through this journey. As I sunk further into the hay, my back thanked me for the relief, and I edged slowly towards sleep.
     A year ago, this would have been the last place I’d thought I would be. I was supposed to be getting ready to start college. I had been accepted to the University of Kansas, and I’d planned to have all of my supplies, including bedding and decorations for my dorm, ready by the end of August. School would be starting in the middle of September. I was going to follow in my sister’s footsteps by majoring in Political Science, and entering the pre-law program. There was no chance of that happening now.
     Almost everything I had ever learned about the world was a lie. So many things I’d believed were good, now appeared to be nothing short of evil.
     They had eradicated cancer, but at what price? I was still reeling from the information we’d recently heard. It had overturned everything I knew.
     As part of our curriculum since Kindergarten, we’d learned all about how The Cure had come into being. While we were allowed some degree of laziness in subjects such as Math, and Language, US History was drilled into our brains from the time we could read.
     Eliminating cancer topped the list of important accomplishments in World History as well. No event, anywhere, at any time, even came close to the importance of The Cure. Except for a few fluke cancer-cases here and there, no one dreaded the beast in quite the same way our ancestors had.
     I thought of my little brother and sister. They were two of the lights of my life, as was my whole family. Now, I wondered if they were safe at all…


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Arrows by Melissa Gorzelanczyz: Trailer Reveal + Giveaway

THIS IS SO EXCITING!!!!!!! THE ARROWS TRAILER IS FINALLY HERE (BTW the cover for Arrows is GORGEOUS…GIMME)!!!!


About Arrows

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Author: Melissa Gorzelanczyk
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Press/Penguin Random House

What’s Arrows About?

A modern cupid story set in present-day Wisconsin combining the fantastical elements of Greek mythology with the contemporary drama of MTV’s Teen Mom.

People don’t understand love. If they did, they’d get why dance prodigy Karma Clark just can’t say goodbye to her boyfriend, Danny. No matter what he says or does or how he hurts her, she can’t stay angry with him . . . and can’t stop loving him. But there’s a reason why Karma is helpless to break things off: she’s been shot with a love arrow.

Aaryn, son of Cupid, was supposed to shoot both Karma and Danny but found out too late that the other arrow in his pack was useless. And with that, Karma’s life changed forever. One pregnancy confirmed. One ballet scholarship lost. And dream after dream tossed to the wind.
A clueless Karma doesn’t know that her toxic relationship is Aaryn’s fault . . . but he’s going to get a chance to make things right. He’s here to convince Danny to man up and be there for Karma. But what if this god from Mount Olympus finds himself falling in love with a beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return?

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(Infinite) Praise for Arrows

“This tale of Cupid meets teen mom is unique . . . for fans of fantasy fiction and mythology, such as Aimee Carter’s ‘The Goddess Test’ series or Rick Riordan.”—SLJ

“A sweet high-school twist on Greek mythology with added substance about teen parenting and breaking out of a bad relationship.”—Booklist

“A great mythological take on love, heartache, and teen pregnancy.”—VOYA

About the Talented Author

Melissa Gorzelanczyk is a former magazine editor and columnist who believes love is everything. She is a proud member of the SCBWI, The Sweet Sixteens and the Class of 2k16. She lives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, with her husband and family.

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Boundless Buddy: Chantal Gadoury

Hey, blog buddies! Today, I’m here with an interview I did with Chantal Gadoury, the author of Allerleirauh (try to say that five times). She had some intriguing answers to my questions, so, without further adieu, voila!

If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?

This is actually very hard! There are so many characters that I would love to be! Elizabeth Bennett from “Pride and Prejudice,” or Beauty from Robin McKinley’s “Beauty,” to start. “Katniss” from “The Hunger Games” or Rose from Edith Pattou’s “East.” There are so many young adult novels that I wished I could exist in. I’d love to dance with Mr. Darcy, and go on daring ice-adventures with a polar bear (who secretly is a Prince.) I’d love to be as brave as Katniss, or to have such a lovely rose garden as Beauty. There are too many characters to choose from!   

What is one thing none (or very few) of your fans know about you?

Not very many people know that I was actually born in Weisbaden, Germany. My Father had been stationed there (as he became a veteran of the Gulf War) and my Mother was there with him. I grew up almost in this hazy “fairy-tale” world, in which I had been to castles and had grown up with Disney and books. Everything that I am now, and what I believe is all influenced by my parent’s love and the beautiful country of Germany. While I don’t remember very much of that short time I was there in Germany, I do look back and kind of romanticized how it “must have been.” I can name any Disney song after 2 seconds of listening to it, and that I once had a bunny named Lucy after the character in Narnia. 

What is something you wish you did?

I wish I had gone to Disney College Program, or pursued it earlier – and more. It’s honestly always been my dream to work for Disney – whether to write or create, but – it’s where dreams come true! Can you imagine how fulfilling a job like that would be? To know that you’re creating and making dreams come true? I wish I had taken more writing opportunities in college; studied harder and taken it a bit more seriously than I did. (I mean, I worked hard, and I took college as a very serious matter, but I know if I had put myself out there a bit more, things might have played out a bit differently for me).

What was the inspiration for Allerleirauh?

Lots of things, honestly. I took inspiration from the classic story. I took inspiration from music – mostly, I took a manuscript I had been trying to write in college, and thought to tackle it again. I was writing tumblr roleplays with a very close friend (at the time) which truly inspired the characters Aurelia and Prince Klaus. The love there, and the strength of both characters fairly reflect some very personal characters I used to know. I took influences from Disney and other fairy tales I had read in the past, and really used everything I had for Allerleirauh. Allerleirauh almost feels like a puzzle for me – so many things (pieces) made it what it is now. 

Did you ever doubt yourself while writing Allerleirauh?

This is a great question, and I think it’s something that every writer experiences – that self doubt. Am I doing the right thing? Am I writing the right story? Will anyone like this? What if people hate this? Oh this is terrible! Why did I just write that – that sounds so stupid! These are all thoughts that I have thought, had, said and repeated. You betcha-bottom-dollar that I doubted myself. I doubted myself quite a lot. When it came to the difficult scene in which Aurelia visits her Father in his Chambers, and he abuses her – it was hard. I wasn’t sure if I should include it. I wasn’t sure if I could get away with not including it, and still having the strong message I wanted to have for the novel. I wasn’t sure how it would be received. I wasn’t sure if it would be received at all. And when my Dad passed away on August 7th 2015, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to publish the novel at all. My Dad was and is such a strong part of who I am. I didn’t want to tarnish the image of a Father – let alone mine. I didn’t want anyone to think or wonder “were you abused?” It was a few months after that I knew I just wanted to make him proud – and that was to do what I always told him I would do – publish a book. I told him I’d be an author, and by being that – there are risks that we take. I doubted myself in self-publishing! Was this the right path? Would anyone take me seriously? I kinda realized I had to make sure people did take me seriously – there would be no other option! So yes – From the beginning to .. right now! I doubt myself. I doubt myself and my writing. I expect the worst, and kind of hope for the best. 

What was the scariest part about writing and publishing Allerleirauh?

Being unsure how people would respond to the scene between the King and Aurelia. I’d say that’s the scariest part of writing “Allerleirauh.” Being criticized or looked down upon for including such a difficult theme in the novel (but very much a part of the fairy tale.) The scariest part of publishing has been doing it on my own this route. Self-Publishing is hard when you don’t really have much of a name for yourself, and you’re starting out! It’s been scary to know that some people have this pre-assumption about self-publishing authors, and it’s kind of unfair. I worked really hard on this novel and it’s worth reading! Receiving reviews – getting the novel out to a few people has been a terrifying experience; I have no idea how they’re going to respond. So far, so good! But I know what it’s like to have a review haunt you…it can be the kiss of death for a novel.

How do you build and maintain your online presence? 

I don’t have the answer to this yet. I’m still discovering this. I imagine it’s to put yourself out there, just like I am now. Reaching out to blogs, doing a book tour, interviewing other authors, doing review exchanges, advertising! Blogging! Blogging has become a new hobby for me. I keep trying to pick a topic, or write about something, or at least include something exciting about “Allerleirauh” for readers. I always try to follow back on Twitter – I try to put posts that might be interesting to others. I’ve done a few Facebook Ads, to gain likes and viewers – but it hasn’t seemed to help too much. I’ve joined groups on Goodreads, reached out to other authors – I’ve really tried to just dive right into Writing World.

About Allerleirauh:

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Title: Allerleirauh Author: Chantal Gadoury

Genre: Fantasy Romance / Fairytale Retelling / Young Adult

Once Upon A Time…
A King makes a promise to his dying wife to marry only someone with her golden hair. The King finds his eyes are turned by his maturing daughter. Realizing her Father’s intentions, Princess Aurelia tries to trick her Father by requesting impossible gifts: Dresses created by the Sun, Moon and Stars and a Coat made of a Thousand furs. When she discovers his success, Aurelia decides to sacrifice her privileged life and escapes the Kingdom disguised in the cloak, and under a new name, “Allerleirauh.” Aurelia enters the Kingdom of Saarland der Licht where she is taken under the wing of the handsome Prince Klaus. Aurelia must face herself, her past and her fears in her journey of self discovery. “Allerleirauh” is a Retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ Fairy Tale classic.

About Chantal Gadoury

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Chantal Gadoury is a young author who currently lives in Dover, Delaware with her two cats, Theo and Harper and her fiance, Robert. Originally from Muncy, PA, Chantal appreciates the beautiful mountains and enjoys visits back to see her family. She also loves anything Disney and has a reputation of beating anyone at a mean game of Disney trivia. When Chantal is not writing, she enjoys painting, watching British History Documentaries, drinking iced‐coffee and spending time with loved ones. Chantal first started writing stories at the age of seven and continues on with that love

of writing today. Graduating from Susquehanna University with a Creative Writing BA, writing novels has become a dream come true.

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Boundless Buddy: Camilla Isley

Hey, everyone! Today, Camilla Isley, the author of “A Sudden Crush” is here to answer some of your burning questions!! Voila:

What is the inspiration for “A Sudden Crush?”

Actually, it’s a monkey business. I went to the zoo with my hubby and thought it’d be super cool for one of my heroines to have a pet monkey. The only scenario in which I could see that happening was the stranded­on­a­desert island one… That’s how the whole idea started.

What is your favorite scene in “A Sudden Crush?”

Aw, wow. Mmm, I really love the “spider scene”. It’s the first sparkly moment of the book and I had so much fun writing it. I also love the turnaround point when Jo decides she has to kick life back and be the one who saves herself.

What was the scariest part about writing it?

Ha ha, actually it was taking a plane, still is. I’m worried that by writing about a plane crash I’m sending some bad karma my way. So now when I’m flying, every time there’s a bit of turbulence. I worry the plane is going down and I’ll get what I deserve for writing a comedy about a crash.

What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?

I think giveaways are the best. Offering free e­copies of books is great because: they don’t cost 
anything, they help new readers discover your work, and you give something back to bloggers who have helped you by driving traffic towards their websites… It’s a win­-win.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

Ok, this is it. When I was thirteen, I was the only girl in my class not to have had her period. I was tired of waiting so I told everyone it came. I even made my mom buy me pads for six months without needing them (sorry mom). I never told anyone. To think that I was actually eager to get my period O.o (Shouryaman: LOL)

What is the best thing that has happened to you?

Getting married to the man of my dreams. Cheesy old me 🙂

If you could be any character, who would you be?

Hermione Granger, because she can do anything with a magic wand in her hands!

Boundless Buddy: Erin Lee

Hey, everyone! Today, Erin Lee, author of Nine Lives, is here with answers to a couple of questions I had…here it is:

What was the inspiration for “Nine Lives?”

“Nine Lives” was inspired by my work as a therapist and two sisters who I came across who taught me an eye opening lesson about allegations of sexual abuse. While “Nine Lives” is a fictional story, the idea for the book began with real people. 

What was the scariest part about writing it?

Imagining that this can, and does, happen to families every day. Realizing that the damage that happens from false accusations can sometimes never be repaired. 

Are there any characters that resemble actual people you know?

I tried to change the characters quite a bit so that it wouldn’t be reflective of the real life clients who inspired the story. However, whenever I write, I tend to steal quirks or characteristics of loved ones to bring life and lovability to my characters.

What advice do you have for authors on growing an online following?

For me, one of the most helpful thing has been participating in author take overs and other events. Cover reveals an other online parties are a great way to get to know readers and network with other authors.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

I told myself, for years, that my work as a therapist would make a difference. Stories like “Nine Lives” tell me it’s not even close to that easy.

What is the worst thing that has happened to you?

Losing my daughter (Oh, my gosh…my condolences).

Name a book you wish you would’ve written.

I’m trying to write that one now, and struggling. I am writing a book about a child that sexual abuse did happen to and how she went on to recover and heal from it, or not. “When I’m Dead” is a work in progress and difficult to write because I have to put myself into my character to write from their point of view. I often go to bed sad and scared, as the character does.

About “Nine Lives”

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Three teenage sisters didn’t mean to destroy their family…
Sisters Laina, Faith, and Sadie Nelson know they are to blame. There was no way to predict how their lives would shatter with just a few lies—but they did, and now they fear the pieces are too
many to pick up.
Had their parents let them leave, their father wouldn’t be behind bars…
The girls just wanted to escape from their hyper­strict home and start lives of their own. If he’d
just allowed them to spread their wings, their father wouldn’t be serving thirty years for a crime he didn’t commit.
Sometimes you have to be creative to get your way, but creativity’s not always what it’s cracked up to be.
With the lives of nine siblings hanging in the balance, what will it take for the girls to admit their deceit and recant their tales of abuse? And if they do, will there be any room for forgiveness?Family and friends are left to question everything they know about the legal system, social services, marriage, and family.
Can anyone really be trusted?
Can a family heal in the wake of false allegations, broken promises, and betrayal?
Or is it too late…

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Erin Lee is freelance writer and therapist from Southern, NH. Lee’s work has appeared in
journals and magazines since 1995. She’s received numerous awards from the New England Press Association for her work as a journalist. “Wave to Papa” is her second novel. Lee is publishing “Crazy Like Me” with Savant Books and Publications, LLC, to be released in summer 2015. She has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy and works with children and families in crisis.

More of her work can be seen at www.authorerinlee.com. Limitless Publishing: http://www.limitlesspublishing.net/authors/erin­lee/
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Boundless Buddy: Dennis Fishel

Hey, blog buddies! I interviewed Dennis Fishel, author of Russell’s Revenge, recently and he had such an intriguing and evocative (life) story to tell…he has suffered great losses and victories in his life, and he wanted to share them with you! Here it is:

What is the inspiration for Russell’s Revenge?

Russell’s Revenge grew from a series of writing assignments in a university-level writing program in which students were allowed to free-form on their own projects. I chose several remembered events from my early teens as a foundation, building on them with an internal admonition to focus on just how chaotic those episodes could have become along with guiding the narrative to a final, and positive, message. So–we Jell-O-headed kids actually did the things depicted; they just weren’t quite as disastrous as my fictional story suggests.

Which authors inspire you?

Of the Big Time authors, John Grisham is my favorite. But I also like Gary Paulsen in Young Adult and Ivan Doig in Literary works.

What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence on social media?

I’m probably not qualified to give advice on social media; more likely it’s the other way around. I will say, however, that it certainly can’t hurt for those with a limited ability–like me–to work at learning how to utilize this medium. It is the future, and it greatly expands our contact with a very large world filled with folks who need to know we writers are here. My efforts to learn still cross my eyes from time to time, but I am making progress–and it doesn’t hurt as much as a poke in the eye with a sharp stick would!

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

Shoplifting candy bars when I was 12. I got bored with that after a while and started shoplifting them, then sneaking them back in. That led to attempting to shoplift them in front of a store detective, allowing him to chase me around the store for a while, then replacing the item and allowing him to catch me with no evidence on me, forcing him to grudgingly let me go. Lucky me, I decided being a professional idiot wasn’t a pathway to greatness.

What’s the best thing that has happened to you?

The birth of my son easily tops all events in what has been a pretty good life.

What’s the worst thing that’s happened to you?

The death of my wife, Arleen (I’m so sorry for your loss).

What’s your biggest fear?

The expanding ignorance of the youth in the US as to our history and economic structure, and what that ignorance is leading them to believe politically. They are headed for trouble and they aren’t going to like the world they’ve created if this trend isn’t turned around. Sadly, they will aim their blame for this in the wrong direction–again, thanks to their own ignorance.

 

Why did you want to become an author?

I’ve always enjoyed writing. Then a book borrowed from a friend turned out to be a poorly-researched fictional story about my home state–not even close as to climate, how to ski, etc. Basically, it was focused solely on bed-hopping, Peyton Place in an alpine setting. The push to think I could do better than that author happened when they made his story into a motion picture for television. Then I discovered writing was fun. THEN I wrote a short article about bicycling across my state and a magazine actually paid me for it! That was the final hook.

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Title: Russell’s Revenge Author: Dennis Fishel
Genre: YA Humor, Adventure

Fate has been messing up Dennis’s life for as long as he can remember. It was Fate that decided Russell Folmer—the biggest, ugliest, and meanest kid on earth—would live only two houses south of Dennis’s. Fate was also responsible for making Russell the same age and placing him in the same school. So who else but malicious Fate would arrange for Russell to be in the wrong place at exactly the wrong time when the bombs crafted from the only product a dog manufactures fell from Dennis’s experimental kite? Now, with dog dumplings decorating Russell’s extremely large and angry face, it looks as though Dennis’s days of successfully dodging the well‐known bully are over. As the sound of Russell’s pounding feet gets ever closer, two questions flare up in Dennis’s panicked mind like neon in the blackness of a cave: What has he done to make Fate hate him so much, and how is owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

Author Bio

Owned and managed by dogs for most of his life, Dennis shares a home on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula with his four‐legged boss, Sally. Together they pursue their interests in wooden boats, fly fishing, chasing down obscure historic sites, and hiking to remote places just for the fun of it.

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The Proving: Excerpt + Giveaway

 

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The Proving by Ken Brosky

It’s been 100 years since the Specters invaded Earth. Like ghosts they haunt the planet, devouring any human being foolish enough to venture outside of the last remaining protected cities. For some humans, venturing out isn’t a choice–it’s an opportunity to prove yourself to your clan. But when a coterie of New Adults undertaking a mission deep in Specter territory discover a terrible secret, they quickly find that everything they’ve learned may be wrong … and Earth is in grave danger.

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Suddenly, the area all around her began to glow, as if some sinister light was slowly coming to life. Thin pine and tupelo trunks were painted in a fiery red light, bright enough that each tree cast a bloody shadow. The creature was near. She ran left, thinking about her family and blinking away stinging hot tears. She hoped to see them again. She hoped to tell her husband and her daughter how much she loved them both. Her body, numb, expected death at any moment but she refused to give in. Ahead, she could see an end to the forest. And something else . . .

A fence! An old fence whose links were being pulled earthward by heavy vines with thick stalks and fat, crescent-shaped leaves. And beyond the fence: a dim pool of white light illuminated a squat building at the far edge of a barren lot. The building must be an emergency supply depot, no doubt running solely on stored energy from the solar panels attached to the roof, slanted up at the sky. The depot would contain emergency equipment and maybe some kind of weapon. It would have a communication system, too.

She could jump the fence. She could take one step on the constrained chain links and reach the top and hop over. She could reach the building. She could survive. She’d carried a child in her womb for nine months, seven days and an additional fifteen excruciating hours of labor. Her back had endured. Her legs had endured. This pain she felt in her shins now? It was nothing. It was an annoyance.

She could do this. She could send a warning.

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