Boundless Buddy: Michelle Garren Flye

Hey, everyone! Michelle Garren Flye‘s new book (with the gorgeous cover), Out of Time,  just released today, and I had a few questions that she was kind enough to answer; take a look!

The Interview

What was the initial inspiration for the book?
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My fascination with time, which began as a child, inspired this book. I like to think about time as a commodity. You spend it, you waste it, you save it. But how do you do that with something that doesn’t actually exist? I wanted to look at that phenomenon and the Synchronicity series, of which Out of Time is the first book, sort of grew from that.

Are there any characters with parallels to reality (based on real people)?

I try to avoid basing characters on real people, at least ones I know. I’m sure they’re all amalgams of people I know, people I’ve read about, actors and actresses I admire…

What was your favorite part about writing your book?

I liked writing the action scenes. I’ve always loved writing action. You can’t put too much in because if you do, you risk overwhelming the plot. I think of action scenes like hot sauce. Use just enough so it doesn’t burn your taste buds off. 

What scared you the most while writing your book?

Well, this is a different genre for me. I haven’t tried writing fantasy since I was about twelve. I’ve never set out to write a full-length fantasy novel. So I guess what scared me most was that I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing!

Why do you think readers will like your book?

I think Out of Time is an escape, first and foremost. Today’s world is very serious, somewhat dangerous and a whole lot aggravating. You read to escape all that, and Out of Time is like a theme park for the brain. It’s meant to be fun. But I think readers will also find the deeper meaning in Out of Time, especially if they continue with the rest of the Synchronicity series: Time is valuable. Don’t waste it.

About the Book

Title: Out of Time
Author: Michelle Garren Flye
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Format: eBook
Release Date: June 15, 2016
Page Count: 216 pages
Series: Yes, The Synchronicity Series

Tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina, the people of the strange little

town of Sanctuary have enjoyed their status as a tourist attraction and Renaissance faire destination for decades. But on her twenty‐sixth birthday, Kaelyn Anderson discovers a dark secret about her hometown.

The only reality she’s ever known has proven false. Now, her last hope lies in an unusual alliance with the son of the enemy she didn’t even know she had. Under the protection of Jack, an Elf prince, Kaelyn plunges into Cherokee lore to find the answer that will protect her people from invaders from another world.

Can Kaelyn and Jack form an alliance between three factions to fight their common enemy, or are they out of time?

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About the Author

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Michelle Garren Flye is an award‐winning author of romance and women’s fiction. Reviewers have described her work as: “an engaging novel with charming and likable characters”, a story that “will make you believe in love and second chances”, and a “well‐ written and thought‐provoking novel.”

Michelle placed third in the Hyperink Romance Writing Contest for her short story “Life After”. Her short stories have been published by the romance anthology Foreign Affairs,, and She has served on the editorial staffs of Horror Library, Butcher Shop Quartet and Tattered Souls.

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in Library

and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is the mother of three and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their rapidly growing collection of pets.

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Guest Post: The Unexpectedness of Falling in Love

Hey, everyone! Today, Rachel Strong, the author of That Girl, is here to share her thoughts on falling in love! Hope you enjoy (and don’t forget to check out her book)!

The Un­expectedness of Falling in Love

‘It’s funny how we fall in love with the most unexpected person at the most unexpected times!’

I’ve only ever been in love once, and I’m really lucky that after thirteen years together I’m still as in love with him as I was all those years ago. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not always sweetness and light, he irritates me beyond belief and sometimes I could quite happily strangle him, but I still get the same excited feeling in my tummy when he comes home from work, just like I used to in the beginning ­ maybe not every day, but most days, but then maybe that’s because after a stressful afternoon with three kids, I’m just so relieved to have another adult around! (Only joking Greg)

When I met my husband, the last thing I ever thought would happen would be to fall in love with him. To be honest, despite fancying the pants of him, my first impression wasn’t great. He was very quiet, barely said two words to me all night and to me looks aren’t the most important factor, personality is! Yes, it’s nice to have someone nice to look at, with a nice body, but a man that makes me laugh win hands down ­ every time. Despite that first impression, this is the reason I fell in love with Greg ­ he made me laugh lots, most of the time I’m was more laughing at him than with him, but still, he made me laugh.

How I met Greg was so un­expected, I didn’t have a great track record with boys, I was barely eighteen and boys were all I could think about, I desperately wanted a boyfriend and went out with the most disgusting species of mankind that treat my appallingly, and by the time Greg meandered into my life, I had kind of given up and decided to enjoy being single and care­free!

For weeks my best friend and her boyfriend at the time were desperately trying to set me up with his friend, but I wasn’t interested, I was too obsessed with someone that liked to pick me up and drop me when he felt like it. I thought I was in love with him ­ I now know I wasn’t ­ and so I kept brushing them off. Eventually, after much persuasion, I agreed to meet this Greg ­ who my friend described looked like a pixie, which didn’t enthral me ­ and we arranged that Greg would come with the best friend’s boyfriend and meet us out on New Year’s Eve.

In the end though, Greg didn’t turn up, which was a good job really, if he had seen me that night I doubt we would be coming up to our eleventh wedding anniversary, he would have taken one look at me and scarpered. I was drunk and emotional, bouncing from the guy I was obsessed with, to some randomer I’d met the week before, and in the end I was put in a taxi and sent home, I didn’t even see midnight!

The best friend didn’t give up so easily ­ which I am very thankful for now ­ and so on the 10th of January 2003, I was conned into meeting the man who would eventually become my husband, my best friend and father to my three babies.

As I said earlier, by this point I’d given up on men (boys) and just wanted to have some fun with my friend, a few glasses of wine whilst watching a girlie film and lots of giggles ­ that didn’t happen! At the last minute she sent a text letting me know her boyfriend was joining us, to say I was hacked off was an understatement! I just wanted a good old fashioned girl’s night in, where I could rant to my heart’s content about how evil men were, not play gooseberry to the two of them.

Then, to make matters worse, to my absolute horror, when they came to pick me up, Pixie boy was in the car! But, as I turned and had a sneaky look, I thanked god that I’d made an effort and not just come out in my pyjamas, like I planned, because hell fire, he was hot!

That night was a bit of a drag to be honest, best friend and lover boy were all over each other, whilst hot pixie (he doesn’t look like a pixie at all!) and I sat awkwardly at opposite ends of the room, I couldn’t wait to escape!

When the gruesome twosome disappeared upstairs and left me with Greg, I just wanted to melt into the floor and disappear, he was so quiet and had barely spoken to me, I think he was as annoyed as I was about the trick they’d played on us. Eventually we got talking, he came across as a bit of a big head, a show off and, despite his hotness, I didn’t like him very much. But then, out of nowhere, he started to make me laugh, I mean proper belly laugh and I was hooked!

The night ended with us joined at the lips, sharing a taxi home and swapping numbers. He must have barely left my house before he texted me, asking me out the next night, which, despite me falling over on the way to his car, was the best date ever! And the rest is history!

The point I’m trying to make really, is that you never know when it’s going to happen, you can’t control when, how or even who you fall in love with, it just springs it’s self upon you, as James, one of the main characters in my new book, That Girl, found out. When he met Katie, he wasn’t in a good place, he’d just been dumped by long term girlfriend, Hailey, and he was heartbroken. But then Katie popped up in his life and he was hooked. He knew that his relationship with Katie wasn’t right and he knew he shouldn’t see her, but he couldn’t control his feeling for her. When you fall in love, you can’t just switch it off, you can’t control who you fall in love with!

About her book

Title: That Girl
Author: Rachel Strong
Publisher: Self-Published
Format: Paperback or eBook
Release Date: June 9, 2016
Page Count: 278 Pages

After serving half of a three­ year prison sentence, James is out and ready to try and get his life back on track, which means forgetting about the girl who sent him to prison in the first place ­ despite the fact he’s still in love with her!

Katie knows that she can’t see James, but that doesn’t make it any easier. If she does it could send him straight back to prison, but, she still loves him and is desperate to make things right and tell him how sorry she is for ruining his life. After accidently bumping into each other, James and Katie can’t stay away from one another and so begin to see each other in secret. After a slight wobble on James’s part, when he decides he can’t take the risk of going back to prison, Katie decides enough is enough and it really is time to move on and put James behind her.

Heartbroken, James decides to try and get his life in order. But due to his conviction it’s not as straightforward as he would like, leaving him miserable and despairing at what his life has become. When a job opportunity comes up hundreds of miles away he doesn’t hesitate to head south and put his troubles behind him.

Can James and Katie forget each other and move on with their lives without one another?

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Rachel Strong is a romance author and lives in Lancashire, England, with her husband, three children and little dog Daisy. Rachel works part time as a Health Care Assistant at her local hospital, but her real passion is writing.

Ever since she can remember, Rachel has been writing stories but didn’t really take it seriously until summer 2012 when her husband discovered one of her stories, read it and convinced her that it was good. She loves writing and creating characters, sometimes a whole day can pass her by, just sitting at her laptop, typing away.

When she’s not writing, Rachel loves to read slushy romance novels, chick­lit and a good thriller. When she finds a spare moment she will be found curled up on the sofa with her nose in a book.

Rachel’s debut novel ‘Complicated Love’ is out now with her second novel ‘That Girl’ is due to be released this coming June.

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Amazon Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! I know how much you all love giveaways, so here’s one that Matt Abraham, the author of the Black Cape Case Files is running!! Go check it out!
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Who’s Matt Abraham?

Awarded Pulp Detective’s Best Newcomer of 2015, Matt Abraham spits hot PI palaver mixing Mickey Spillane with the classic super heroes from the golden age. In his series Black Cape Case Files we follow Dane Curse, a former black cape turned PI, as he navigates the powered underbelly of Gold Coast City. While not writing, Matt’s engaged in juggling his newborn baby boy Kal, and supportive wife Jenny, all in the People’s Paradise of China.
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The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

Hey, everyone! It’s time for a book spotlight! Here’s NYT Bestselling author Rachel Van Dyken’s newest novel The Matchmaker’s Playbook:

Meet the Book


Wingman rule number one: don’t fall for a client.

After a career‐ending accident, former NFL recruit Ian Hunter is back on campus—and he’s ready to get his new game on. As one of the masterminds behind Wingmen, Inc., a successful and secretive word‐of‐ mouth dating service, he’s putting his extensive skills with women to work for the lovelorn. But when Blake Olson requests the services of Wingmen, Inc., Ian may have landed his most hopeless client yet.

From her frumpy athletic gear to her unfortunate choice of footwear, Blake is going to need a miracle if she wants to land her crush. At least with a professional matchmaker by her side she has a fighting chance. Ian knows that his advice and a makeover can turn Blake into another successful match. But as Blake begins the transformation from hot mess to smokin’ hot, Ian realizes he’s in danger of breaking his cardinal rule…

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“If you hurt her, I’m going to break off your favorite appendage.” “Silly Gabi.” I grinned. “Is that an invitation to touch?” “Guarantee if I ever do touch you, it will only end badly.” “Tease.” I winked.

“Stop that.” She flicked me on the nose. “Your sexual prowess is dead to me. Dead!”

Rolling my eyes, I wrapped an arm around her and steered us both into the kitchen, where the smell of French bread and spaghetti filled the air. “Have I told you how much I miss our weekly dinners? Think we should do it daily? You know, so I don’t starve?”

Gabi shrugged out of my embrace. “Learn how to cook.”

I jutted out my lower lip. “It’s not for lack of knowledge.” I broke off a piece of warm bread, then poured myself a large glass of wine. “It’s because yours always tastes better.”

Gabi groaned loudly. “Damn, do the girls really fall for that? Still?”
“Eh.” I shrugged and made a so­so motion with my hand. “Nine out of ten.” “You disgust me.”
“You say that every day.”
“Because it’s true every day.”

“When’s dinner ready?” Serena bounced into the room, literally, her head bobbing from left to right. Maybe that’s how girls like her built up more brain cells. They shook the air, and the pressure between their ears exploded, making tiny little brain­cell babies.

Gabi poked her head into the fridge. “When Lex gets here.” “So it’s ready now?” she asked.

Never mind. No brain­cell babies. I fought the urge to point to the steaming spaghetti and bread sitting on the breakfast bar. Didn’t it look ready, kiddo?

“Technically,” I answered for Gabi. “But we aren’t eating”—I stressed the word “eating” even though I’d just taken some bread—“until my sidekick gets here.”

“Sidekick, huh?” Serena crossed her arms, forcing her boobs to kiss one another and nearly hit her in the chin.

“Oh, I thought you knew.” I gave her a sad face. “I’m the hero in this scenario . . . Even own my own cape. He’s basically the Robin to my Batman.”

“Batman’s hot.”

“So is Robin,” Gabi said defensively.

Whoa. Did she just defend Lex? I felt her forehead. She pushed my hand away and handed me some parmesan cheese.

The door flew open, and Lex stepped through, holding up two bottles of Cab. “Sorry, traffic was shit.” “Language,” Gabi called.

Lex and I shared a look before Lex stomped over to the swear jar and tossed in a dollar bill.

Meet the Author


Rachel Van Dyken is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today Bestselling author of regency and contemporary romances. When she’s not writing you can find her drinking coffee at Starbucks and plotting her next book while watching The Bachelor. She keeps her home in Idaho with her Husband, adorable son, and two snoring boxers! She loves to hear from readers! Want to be kept up to date on new releases? Text MAFIA to 66866! You can connect with her on Facebook or join her fan group Rachel’s New Rockin Readers. Her website is

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Boundless Buddy: Rosa Temple + Giveaway

Hi, everyone! Today, Rosa Temple is here to offer some insight on her newest novel Natalie’s Getting Married, which follows a career-oriented lady who has never experienced love. That is, until she meets Jackson Humphries at university, an encounter that leaves her helplessly infatuated and leads to a breathtaking resolution. Ms. Temple is here to answer the questions we all want to know. And mind you, she is very tongue-in-cheek about it!
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What was the inspiration for your book?

Natalie’s Getting Married was really the result of me letting my imagination go with the flow after the idea for the character of Natalie came to me one day. I pictured her in my head, what she looked like, who her friends would be and then I placed her in the context of a university with an idea that the reader would grow up with her. Once I put pen to paper, the storyline came. I tend to write like that sometimes – by letting the characters speak to me about who they are and what they want to do and say. The title came much later when I realized that focusing on her wedding, what led up to it and what came after it was the way to go. It was a very liberating way to write this book.

If any, which characters resemble people you know?

Without being able to stop myself, I do put tiny characteristics of people I actually know into some of my characters. But hand on heart, none of the characters are exactly like anyone I know. If I was pushed, I would say that there is a little of my own mum in Natalie’s mum. It’s probably because my mum is so dramatic, like Natalie’s. But she might not be as prone to fainting episodes like Natalie’s mum.
What was the scariest part about writing your book?
Well, apart from wondering if I could finish it and be really happy with it, my biggest fear was whether the readers would like it. Once I’d gotten to a draft that was readable, I sent it out to beta readers to get some honest feedback. I was well chuffed when all the reports gave me the thumbs up – they liked Natalie, the other characters, settings, dialogue and more! Who was I to argue? I forged ahead, paid for an editor, proof reader, cover designer. Now I have to wait and see if the beta readers got it right! Scary🙂
What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence?
 Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. First off, build a website or blog before you write your book and try to engage with people on all the platforms you can comfortably handle. I’m on Twitter and I have a Facebook page and blog. For now, that’s all I need. It’s important to blog often and stay in touch with your readers. Don’t post or blog if you have nothing to say and if all you’re doing is telling people to buy your book. I’m far from having a large fan base because I’m just starting out. But I’ve got faith in my writing and bags and  bags of patience.

What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?

 Be true to your own writing style and develop your voice. Don’t try to copy the famous writers because you will only ever be a copy cat. Developing a confident writing voice is the thing that will make you stand out in an ocean filled with brilliant and popular writers. If
you are just starting out it might be a good idea to join a writing critique group and get
some feedback. Don’t be in a hurry to publish without a good editor and proofreader to
check your work and help you improve. We can’t do it all on our own. Trust me.

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

 I’m a big fan of Terry McMillan who isn’t a Chick-Lit or Romantic comedy writer at all. But what she does do is create convincing characters who come to life with vivid, but not overly done,  description and cracking dialogue.

What is the biggest lie you’ve told?

 Who me? Tell lies? Never. Although … I lie to myself every time I say Danish pastries
have no calories and that I’ll get back on my spin cycle one of these days!


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Who Is Rosa?

Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion to write self penned novellas in this genre, as opposed to being a ghost writer,  gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon-to-be-published novel Natalie’s Getting Married. Rosa Temple is a Londoner and married with two sons. She is a reluctant “keep fit fanatic” and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits help her create characters and story lines.
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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


About Arrows


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:


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


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!