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Release Blitz: ‘The Redpoint Crux’ by Morgan Shamy

Title: The Redpoint Crux

Author: Morgan Shamy

Publisher: The Parliament House

Genre: YA Gothic Mystery / Young Adult

 

About the Book:

Fans of The Phantom of the Opera and Black Swan will enjoy this thrilling debut.

 

When Megan Van Helsburg gets kicked off the U.S.A. Climbing Team, she has no choice but to return home and leave her climbing career behind. With no coach, no money, and no prospects, she joins the corps de ballet determined to improve her strength and agility. But the ballet theater is in dire straits. Not only do a series of murders break loose, but the ballerinas are becoming deathly thin and brain-dead. As Megan investigates, she meets Bellamy, a tortured young man who lives beneath the depths of the theater. Megan falls hard and fast for Bellamy, who becomes her mentor, but something is off about him. It isn’t until the company announces they’re doing Giselle for the fall performance that Megan realizes the parallels between the ghost story and the lives around her. Megan must find a way to not only save her climbing career, but balance her feelings for Bellamy, and stop the murders and dying girls before she, too, is numbered among the dead.

 

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About the Author:

Morgan Shamy is an ex-ballerina turned YA writer. She is represented by Kelly Peterson of Rees Literary Agency.

Morgan has been immersed in the arts since the young age of 4, where she trained under the tutelage of Julie and Stacey Orlob. She performed various roles alongside a professional ballet company for over seven years, and has danced on prestigious stages like soloing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

She has taught hundreds of girls in her fifteen years of teaching, where some of her students have received full-ride scholarships to schools like School of American Ballet, the Harid Conservatory, Kirov Academy of Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, to name a few.

Morgan discovered writing when her three-year-old son was diagnosed with cancer. It was through that experience which instilled the need to share art and magic with children through words on the page. Morgan currently lives with her X-Games gold-medalist husband and four children in the cold mountains of Alaska.

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Website: www.morganshamy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MorganShamy1

Twitter: @MorganShamy

Instagram: www.instagram.com/morgan_shamy

BookBub: www.bookbub.com/authors/morgan-shamy

Blog: www.morganshamy.blogspot.com

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Book Blitz: ‘Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers’ by Christy J. Breedlove

Title: Screamcatcher: Dream Chasers

Author: Christy J. Breedlove

Publisher: Melange Books, Fire & Ice

Genre: Dystopian / Urban Fantasy /

Young Adult

 

About the Book:

Seventeen year-old Jory Pike knows a thing or two about Indian lore from her half-blood Chippewa ancestry. She can trap, hunt and fish with the best of them. She has a team of three other teen friends called The Badlands Paranormal Society. Instead of bagging groceries or playing on I-pods, they think they can excel at banishing evil spirits. They hope to cleanse houses and earn fat paychecks for their services.

Dream catchers aren’t just the chic hoops tourists buy at novelty shops–they work. And sometimes they clog up with nightmares until they collapse under their own evil weight, imploding and sending the dreamer into an alternate world. Jory uses her worst nightmare to enter the dream catcher world. She’s pulled her teammates in deliberately. Everything goes right on schedule but they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. Now Jory and her friends are there, trapped between the people who have confessed their sins to the Great Spirit and are seeking a way out, and the monsters and evil spirits which are happy to keep them trapped in the web world forever.

They were once considered Seekers in the dream world. Now they’ve become vigilantes and call themselves Pathfinders. Is it spiritual enlightenment they’re after? Or have they now become fatally reckless?

 

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About the Book:

When seventeen-year-old Jory Pike cannot shake the hellish nightmares of her parent’s deaths, she turns to an old family heirloom, a dream catcher. Even though she’s half blood Chippewa, Jory thinks old Indian lore is so yesterday, but she’s willing to give it a try. However, the dream catcher has had its fill of nightmares from an ancient and violent past. After a sleepover party, and during one of Jory’s most horrific dream episodes, the dream catcher implodes, sucking Jory and her three friends into its own world of trapped nightmares. They’re in an alternate universe-locked inside of an insane web world. How can they find the center of the web, where all good things are allowed to pass?

 

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About the Author:

I became a story teller. I’m a diehard frantic creator of Young Adult fiction, whether it’s paranormal, science fiction, suspense or fantasy. I believe in pure escapism with unceasing action adventure and discovery. If you want a moral message or cultural statement, you’re apt to get a small one. But let me tell you something, reader, I want to make you laugh until you gag, cry until you’re dry and tear out tufts of your hair. Today, young adult lit needs a resurrection. How soon we’ve forgotten about Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Divergent and Twilight. Oh, the mania! Where has it gone? Are we losing our young readers? We need something really fresh and new. I and several writers are going to pour everything we have into that end. You are the kindly judge–help us get there and we will deliver!

 

Connect with Christy:

 

Christy’s Website: www.christysyoungadultimagineers.com

Blog: www.guerrillawarfareforwriters.blogspot.com

Facebook Author Page: www.facebook.com/Chris-Stevenson-Author-Page

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/19079898.Christy_J_Breedlove

Amazon Page: www.amazon.com/Chris-Harold-Stevenson/e/B001K8UUBK

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Author Interview: ‘Cherokee Summer’ by Susan Antony

About the Book:

When Ace leaves home to spend the summer in Cherokee, North Carolina the last thing she expects to find is a boyfriend—until she meets Cherokee Tribe member John Spears. As Ace and John’s friendship blossoms, they find their life experiences mirror each other and they fall in love. Despite hurdles thrown by well-meaning family members and jealous frenemies, the star-crossed lovers remain committed to their mutual belief that the universe has drawn them together. However, when Ace sends John a strange text and then suddenly disappears, the two must rely on their trust in each other to save both their lives and their love.

 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I work in an IT department for a hospital by day. I’m a hipshaker and writer by night, an artist whenever possible, and an Internet addict. My first novel was called “More Trouble for Me.” I was about ten years old and it was complete with thirty penciled pages. In junior high I moved on to screenplays for movies of which I would star. My parents worried about me because I spent so much time alone in my room. I never told them I was writing. I’m sure they’d have been relieved, but I wanted to keep it a secret. Later on, life got in the way and I buried both my writing and acting dreams. I’d nearly forgotten about them entirely when decades later, while purging cutter, I came across my first novel and was inspired to realize my childhood dream.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

Between working a fulltime job, dancing two to three nights a week, caring for my teenaged son and two naughty but adorable Cairn Terriers, I squeeze in writing whenever possible. Sometimes that means on a lunch hour or in bed late at night.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My inspiration comes from places I’ve visited or elements of my life experiences which I twist and meld into fiction. Sometimes both.

For instance, my novel Cherokee Summer was born while visiting the Cherokee Indian Reservation in Cherokee, North Carolina. My stay prompted a memory of a serious crush I had on a Native American classmate when I was a ‘tween. For the next year I imagined what might have happened had we been older. Once the story came to me, I opened my ever-present laptop and started writing.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

My characters come to me when I’m driving or taking long walks. I play with them in my head for a year or two before I open my laptop. By the time I am ready to write the whole novel has been constructed in my imagination. However, that is not the end-all. Sometimes when I am writing my characters take on a life of their own, hijack the story, and lead me in a different direction.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

I write YA. I love the genre. Young adults love, hate, and play hard in an arena where the world shines new and the future burns wide open. When I’m writing or reading YA, if I dig deep inside, I can recapture those intense, wonderful, and sometimes painful feelings and immerse myself in that world once again through the character’s lives. If adults were as positive and pliable in their thinking as teens, the world would be a kinder and gentler place.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

I have some actors in mind, but I prefer not to say. I like the reader to create their own picture.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read whenever possible. I love so many writers it wouldn’t be fair to just name a few.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

While I usually read YA or Chicklit, I am currently reading Billy Idol’s autobiography. He was my eighties dream boyfriend.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Egads, another favorite. Even my favorite color changes depending on the circumstances. I like so many books. I can’t possibly choose.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Practice, practice, practice and never give up. If you haven’t already, build an online presence today and nurture it. Only a minute number of authors become overnight successes. There are general rules to writing such as the infamous “show and don’t tell.” Take online writing classes. If you study the rules and apply them, you will have a better chance of achieving publication. Join critique groups. Listen to your critics and evaluate the information provided. Take what you like and trash the rest. Though, always keep your mind open and learn to take constructive criticism. My harshest critic helped me the most. After I finished crying over my bruised ego, I realized he was one-hundred percent right. Had I not listened to him, I might not be published today.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Susan-Antony/e/B07N31L812

Twitter: @susanantonycs

Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/SusanAntonyCS/?modal=admin_todo_tour

 

About the Author:

Susan Antony is an IT by day, hip-shaker and writer by night, artist whenever possible, and an internet addict. She lives in the sunny south with her teenage son and two Cairn Terriers. Cherokee Summer placed first in the Missouri Romance Writers of America “Gateway to the Best” contest.

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Author Interview: ‘Tell the Rain Goodbye’ by Jacqueline L. Sullivan

About the Book:

For the last couple of years I’ve been convinced I was being extremely noble dragging around my special load of guilt and sorrow. I mean, I thought I was the only person in the world who hurt so much. After listening to Lanie, I knew that, in fact, I was pretty much full of my own special kind of crap.

What could a troubled sixteen-year-old and an aging, homeless television actress, now living in her decaying Mercedes, possibly have in common? Plenty as it turns out. Tracy Cooper finds her life begins to change in ways she never could have imagined after a chance meeting with Alana “Lanie” Milner, once one of television’s most beloved stars. Tracy soon finds herself caught up in the heartbreaking life on the street. The experience becomes a defining one for her, and she uses her camera to record Lanie’s life and the experiences of the homeless women she meets. In the process, she learns to deal with loss and the value of letting go, and she realizes that being a family is more about love and acceptance than about blood. 

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Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

Growing up in the rainy Pacific Northwest meant I had lots of time to spend indoors reading and also writing my own stories and even a few plays. I belonged to a family of readers, so I was never without a book. Later, when I began teaching, especially at the college level, my writing was focused on academic topics. I began writing stories for young readers to entertain a friend’s three children. I never planned to publish what I wrote, but I soon discovered that I really enjoyed being a children’s author. I joined SCBWI and took advantage of their resources, enrolled in a class on writing for children at UCLA and joined a critique group. In 2007 Eerdmans Books for Young Readers published my first middle grade novel Annie’s War.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I don’t have a particular time I like to write, but I do most of my writing in a cluttered study that I can never seem to keep organized.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas for most of my books have been inspired by actual family experiences. Often something will trigger an image in my head that sets me on a journey to find its meaning.

Off and on over the years I have kept journals. In the college writing courses I taught, I usually began class with a prompt and fifteen minutes of free writing. I wrote along with my students, and I still have a huge file of handwritten pieces from those classes.

It is important that my novels are set against an historical event or issue that impacts my characters’ lives. Annie’sWar and its sequel, A Less Than Perfect Peace both take place post WWII. Lovesick, a YA novel, takes place in 1953 and is set during the McCarthy era. My current YA novel Tell the Rain Goodbye takes place in 1984, and the issue of homelessness, especially homeless women, is a central part of the story.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

When I begin a new story, I start by writing pages and pages of notes, mostly brainstorming in a small notebook just for that particular piece. Research is an important part of that process. I know how I want the story to end but getting there usually turns out to be quite a different journey from the one I imagined.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

My first two books are for Middle Grade readers and my last two are Young Adult novels.  When I started writing for children, I wasn’t really aware of categories, I just wrote the story I wanted. My editor determined the category.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

My dream cast for Tell the Rain Goodbye would be the following: Beanie Feldstein for Tracy and Timothee Chalamet as Michael. I can see Blythe Danner as Lanie Milner.  And Chelsie Hill would be a great choice for Robin.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I am never without a book. My current favorite authors are Ramona Ausubel, Colm Toibin, Nina Revoyr, John Banville and Susan Straight. I also enjoy reading British mysteries, especially series that follow the same characters.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

I just finished Becoming by Michelle Obama and am now reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owen.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Whenever someone asks me to name my favorite book, the one that always comes to mind is North Toward Homeby Willie Morris. Although I read this coming of age memoir when it first came out in 1967, I have never forgotten the impact it had on me at the time. The Sixties brought great change. It was the era of Civil Rights and anti-war protests. I have vivid memories of watching TV and witnessing the treatment of African Americans in the South. Morris wrote candidly about being raised in racist Mississippi during a time of transition and how that shaped his life. His writing was touching, graceful and even lyrical. Every so often I re read it.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

For someone thinking about becoming a writer, I would advise that person to start writing and to read a lot, especially books in the genre they have chosen. Taking a creative writing class at a local college might be a place to start. For those who want to write for children, I always advise joining SCBWI and taking advantage of the resources they have to offer. Most important of all is to find a critique group to join.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My web site is: jleveringsullivan.com.

I am also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jacqueline.sullivan.338

 

About the Author:

I was born in Tacoma, Washington, a city on the beautiful Puget Sound. It is always in the background of most of my writing. The Northwest was the perfect place to grow up. The long, rainy days never bothered me. They meant I had plenty of time to read, and I seldom had my nose out of a book.

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Author Interview: ‘Get Out of Bed You Scurvy Dog!’ by Jeanette Maska

About the Book:

A wacky twelve-year old, Thomas Delaney is struggling to survive middle school. Bedridden with a high fever, he begins to read the classic pirate story, Treasure Island, and is drawn into a wild seafaring adventure. Reality collides with Imagination and chaos ensues.

 

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Excerpt:

“I bet you’re wondering how I lost me leg,” said the man, looking down at the nib.

I looked away, embarrassed.

“No worry, lad. I’m not bothered anymore. Me leg rarely gives me any trouble—mainly because it isn’t there!” he said, laughing heartily. “Many folks are curious about me leg and want to know how I lost it. There are numerous stories circulating about me lost limb. Some claim they’ve seen it crawling about the tavern by its own will. Others say it was claimed by Davy Jones’s locker. Well, if you want to know, I’ll tell you what really happened.”

I nodded.

Silver motioned for me to move closer as he lowered his voice to a whisper. “It was a beautiful fall day. The sea was as quiet as a sleeping child when my mates and I set off in our little fishing boat. But the waters can be deceptive and dangerous. Suddenly, from out of the depths came old Deadeye Slubgrubber, the biggest, meanest shark that ever swam the sea. He had attacked us before, but never with such vengeance. On this particular day old Slubgrubber was mighty hungry. You see, he hadn’t yet eaten his breakfast, and he was planning on dining on me mates and me.

“For a brief moment he stared at us with his cold eyes, sending shivers up our spines. And then the vile creature rammed our boat. We were helpless against that huge monster. He was three times longer than our fishing boat, and he was determined to devour us. He rammed our boat a second time. He was a strong brute, and after another swift blow the boat leaned over and sank right down into the arms of old Davey Jones. Old Slubgrubber devoured the entire crew—and me leg—for breakfast!”

“But the squire said you lost your leg defending king and country,” I said, correcting the man.

“Indeed, but the tale of old Slubgrubber was a whole lot more interesting, was it not, lad?” he guffawed.

 

Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about yourself and what got you into writing?

First, I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity. It means a lot to me that I have gotten this far with my efforts, and to have an opportunity for a wider audience. When I was in college (majored in Speech, Drama, and Secondary Education), writing was pretty much a chore to me. I did write a skit, and that was fun. I also took voice, and through the years did some singing, including cantoring at church and taking voice lessons — even operatic. I always had a creative bent — I enjoyed doing crafts and interior decorating, even took a course in interior design. More and more over the years I found myself writing, pretty much to entertain myself.

I wrote a mystery, a Christmas play that was performed in different locations, and I’m still working on a couple of romances, all told over a thousand pages. I did a lot of Community Theater – I played Bobbi Michele in “Last of the Red Hot Lovers” and got a good write up in the Washington Post. When my husband and I moved to Texas, I continued in community theater, including several melodramas, as a performer, and also I wrote and directed “Who’s Minding the Mine?” which played to sell-out audiences in a dinner theater venue. In my work as a tutor I became interested in Treasure Island, the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson, and wrote a story around it. It was enjoyable, and I was convinced that others would find it entertaining, so I decided to publish it (Get Out of Bed You Scurvy Dog!). And so here we are.

2. Do you have a favourite time and place to write?

There was a time when I wrote every chance I could get, and the pages added up fast. I would brainstorm when I was in bed at night and jot them down. Not so much anymore. As I’ve said, I’ve got over a thousand pages, and it is not so much a constant flow anymore as a need of motivating myself to get back to the drafts and polish them up for publication

3. Where do your stories come from?

For Get Out of Bed You Scurvy Dog!, other than the story elements that are borrowed from Treasure Island, many of the ideas come from life experience – growing up, school days, and as an adult working with children, but also, especially in the drafts I’m still working on, from just imagining the broad elements of story, in my imagination inserting myself into them, and just letting things happen. I get a lot of inspiration from all the story elements from books, movies, plays and such which have entertained me in the past, and I believe if I write something that entertains me in some way, it will also be entertaining to others.

4. Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

I generally start with a rough plan, but as the story gets more involved, more characters and situations, I find the need to start an outline, at least a rough outline, and a list of characters and descriptions to keep everything straight.

5. What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

Well, I guess you could classify Treasure Island, and Get Out of Bed You Scurvy Dog! as Young Adult, Fantasy, Action/Adventure, but in the classic sense, it is also romance. In the more conventional sense, I also have been drawn to what most people today know as romance. And, as I mentioned earlier, I wrote a mystery. And, of course, there is melodrama, which is a lot of fun. I guess you could say what drew me to all of these was the compulsion to write, the need to have something to write about, and the natural fit with my active imagination and my natural propensities.

If you know Myers Briggs, I am an ENFJ (Extravert, Intuitive, Feeling, Judging), commonly characterized as a natural teacher. I’m outgoing, have an active imagination, my thoughts and actions have a large emotional element, and I’m a planner and organizer (Judging). The classic Myers Briggs category for an author, by the way, is INFJ – so at times there has been a tension between being wanting to be with people (Extraversion – e.g., I have enjoyed being, for several years, Regent of the United Kingdom Chapter, Dallas, Texas, of the Daughters of the British Empire) and attaining the solitude (Introversion) that is necessary for writing.

6. What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest books?

The Muppets! I’m being a bit facetious, but the Muppets did do Treasure Island, and I loved it! Off hand, I really don’t know, but I can tell you that I would like to be at the audition and have a say as to which candidates fit my conception of my characters. Then again, a brilliant director might be able do something awesome with my characters, in which case I would defer.

7. Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I’m not a prolific reader, but I have enjoyed such authors as J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia), Elizabeth Maude Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables), J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter stories) and a variety of playwrights such as James Thurber, and Neil Simon, for example.

8. What books are you reading at present?

To acquire historical background for one of my unfinished novels, I’m reading Mistress, Maids and Men: Baronial Life in the Thirteenth Century, by Margaret Wade Labarge, Life in a Medieval City, by Joseph and Frances Gies, and The Mind of the Middle Ages, by Frederick B. Artz.

9. What is your favourite book, and why?

Other than the Bible, The Lord of the Rings – mostly because of the movies that were derived from the book. I’m also very fond of my thesaurus.

10. What advice would you give to someone thinking about becoming a writer?

Just write! Write what you enjoy, and if you write fiction, let your imagination run wild. You can always come back and polish it up later.

11. What are the best Social Media Sites for people find out about you and your work?

I’ve been pretty lax about social media, not being technologically inclined. I do have a private Facebook account, and you can find a short author’s bio on Amazon. There is also a short bio in the back of Get Out of Bed You Scurvy Dog! If it comes to deciding to spend the time on increasing my social media presence and getting back to the thousand plus pages (two novels) that I need to polish up, what’s a writer to do?

 

About the Author:

Jeanette Maska was born in New York City, New York. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a triple major – Speech, Drama, and Secondary Education. For many years she has been a teacher and a tutor, and she has had extensive experience in community theater, as a performer and other capacities. She wrote and directed Who’s Minding the Mine?, a melodrama which had a successful dinner theater run in Mckinney, Texas.

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