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Blog Tour! Stalking Shadows by Tahlia Newland

7 Dec

Stalking Shadows

Book 2 in the Diamond Peak Series
Book 1: Lethal Inheritance

author : tahlia newland

pages : [ebook] 380

favorite characters : twitchet &

summary :

Trainee Warrior Ariel Malony hopes that the great library at Sheldra holds the key to rescuing her mother, but in order to get there, she must negotiate a forest of evil spirits, escape a mind-numbing city of sparkling towers, travel through the treacherous gullies and ancient villages of Minion Hills, and avoid an attack by a demon lord intent on killing her.

At the same time, a battle rages between her heart and her mind. A relationship with her travelling companion, the enigmatic Nick, is just too tempting, but can they be together without Ariel losing her focus and falling to the demons? Her life is at stake, but also her heart. She risks encasing it in stone and denying herself the very sustenance she needs.

Will they make it to the safe haven of Sheldra, or will Ariel die at the hands of the yellow-eyed demon?

review :

Wow! I have to say that although I really, really enjoyed reading Lethal Inheritance, book one in this series, I think I enjoyed the sequel even more. That isn’t something that really happens for me that often and it only makes me wonder what more could come in the rest of the series.

I really loved seeing where the journey picks up after book one’s ending. There are several twists immediately in the start that I didn’t see coming and had me hooked into the story. One thing that slightly bothered me was the relationship problems between Ariel and Nick because I feel like every second book in a series involving romance has this sort of step in the relationship. Because it isn’t the main focus of the story of course I was able to overlook that in favor of the gripping prose and near constant action. There’s hardly time to sit back and catch your breath during Stalking Shadows.

Maybe because of her brief personal separation from Nick, Ariel is able to develop more fully as a character. I just loved seeing how much she’s grown from book one and knowing that she still has more to face that she’ll undoubtedly be ready for. Her imperfections are what make her most amazing and interesting. She can’t do everything. She needs plenty of training and reminders of what to do and she makes mistakes. And it’s wonderful! One thing that I loved about her and Nick was that they could both recognize the faults in each other and they tried to work through that instead of ignoring the problems.

Even though this is focused in a fantastical setting and there are several creatures to keep track of, I never felt lost or like I didn’t have an idea of what was happening. Everything was written so clearly I felt like I could picture it all in my head.

Overall, I really loved this book that gave me more reasons to stick with the rest of the series! If you love a good adventure, interesting characters, and an action-packed plot, you should pick this up too!

5/5 stars

Princess Interrupted by Michael A. Rothman

23 Oct

 

Princess Interrupted

author : michael a. rothman

pages : [ebook] 375

favorite character : arabelle

summary :

** A prequel novel to the Prophecies series **

Arabelle’s life of leisure is shattered when she’s attacked by a poisonous creature that hasn’t walked the land in over five centuries.

As she struggles to live with the effects of the poison, Arabelle learns that it isn’t the only cause of her sleepless nights. With her gift of prophecy, her sleep is plagued with visions of assassins and monstrous foes that threaten her people and the ones she loves. Yet during the day, her visions hint of a blue-eyed boy that makes her hope for the future.

The fate of her people weighs heavily on her shoulders, and Arabelle knows she must keep a dark secret that only she can bear.

review :

I haven’t read the other books in this series so I came into the book fresh and not really knowing what to expect from it. I kind of loved going into it that way because with most series a prequel is released after the main action or I simply end up reading it afterward so I’m already familiar with the characters in the world. Here, everything was fresh for me and it was very easy for me to immerse myself in this world alongside Arabelle.

This isn’t the typical princess story, which was awesome. Arabelle had a lot to accomplish for herself and I liked being able to see the change within her. This wasn’t exactly a light and fun read but was really something that stuck with me more than I expected it to and now I’m really tempted to start one book one of the series as soon as possible to see where things could go from here.

I’d recommend this book to fans of good writing, immersing settings, and great characters. If you like fantasy, too, you’re sure to find a read you’ll enjoy if you pick up this book.

5/5 stars

***One randomly drawn commenter will win a $50 gift card!! The farther you follow the tour and the more you comment, the better your chances of winning!!!***

Blog Tour! Family Magic by Patti Larsen

20 Aug

 

Today I’m excited to host an interview with Patti Larsen, author of Family Magic! And look at that cover! Isn’t it gorgeous? I just love that color and all of the different elements to it.

About Family Magic : Sixteen-year-old Sydlynn Hayle is the daughter of a powerful witch and a demon lord of the seventh plane. The trouble is, she just wants to be ordinary. Syd struggles to survive the minefield of her new high school while being torn between her attraction to football hero Brad Peters and the darkly mysterious Quaid Moromond. When her coven comes under attack, Syd is forced to face the fact only her power can save her family’s magic.

Without further ado, let’s get to the questions!

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I had never read any young adult before, raised on hard-core sci-fi and fantasy thanks to my father. But when a friend handed me a Nancy Drew mystery, I read it in two hours. Literally closed the book, looked up from it and told my parents I was going to write a book of my own.

What inspires you to write and why? My husband always tries to shush me when I say this out loud, but I ignore him. I don’t care if it sounds nuts. I hear voices. Loud and clear, badgering me almost constantly to tell their stories. Teenagers, mostly. Bossy bunch. But I wouldn’t give them up for anything.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? I played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons in my youth, starting at about age nine. So living/breathing/dreaming in the worlds my father and others built around our characters was a huge influence. I also found a great deal of inspiration from reading about history, taking classics courses, studying ancient Greece and Egypt.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? None of it. I love what I do so much. From finding the core idea to developing an outline, writing and editing and all the things in between. Just. Awesome.

Can you share a little of your current work with us? I’m presently writing book eighteen of the Hayle Coven Novels, Enforcer. Syd begins her journey in Family Magic as a sixteen-year-old who just wants out of the family coven. To live her life like an ordinary teenager. By the end of the series, she’s a force to be reckoned with, a powerful being with the universe in the palm of her hand who still screws up, has a fun sense of humor and feels so much for others it’s constantly getting her in trouble.

What books have most influenced your life? I grew up on hard-core fantasy and science fiction, so my biggest influences come from those genres. The Belgariad by David Eddings, the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffery. Anything by Andre Norton, Marion Zimmer Bradley, JRR Tolkien, Isaac Asimov. The list is long and all of the authors on it left a mark on my spirit.

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? Trust the Universe, Mike Dooley. I have it tatooed on my right foot. Because it is the only thing you need to know. Trust. Then leap.

What is your favorite food? I have to pick one? Chocolatepizzaburgerbutterchickenfries.

How has your upbringing influenced your writing? I was a nerdy, geekgirl with a terrible self esteem. I lived in my head, with my characters from such a young age, it was more real to write and engage with the people of my imaginings than those in the real world.

With two extrovert sisters and a very charismatic mother, it was hard to be the quiet, melancholy one. Though I am very grateful for my geekiness now. And, as they say, trial and pain make better writing. I’m just glad the dark stuff is behind me, if not the nerdadge.

What is your favorite color? Blue. All shades. There’s just something amazing about it, like it’s soul color.

About Patti Larsen: You’re not looking for my polished bio, huh? You sure you want more? The real dirty, down deep, nitty gritty? Fair enough. Here goes: I’m a card-carrying nerd. It’s taken years to admit it. I’m also a hermit in a writing basement who prefers solitude to people (cats always welcome). I’m a writing fiend who hears the voices of teenagers and blushes at the S-E-X parts. I don’t sleep very well. Ever. My mind is too busy. I am a feline loving married woman who could easily end up a crazy cat lady if my husband would let me. I am a paradigm shifter, a believer in self and my own personal power. I see everything in black and white until the gray is explained to me. I am a fiercely loyal friend, a confidant and a Tarot card reader and intuitive. I am a proud roller derby girl, a total dweeb and can’t dance to save my soul. I am terrified of heights and challenge that fear every chance I get. Oh, and I’m the Creator. The Queen of my own Destiny. I love that.

You can follow the rest of the tour here!

Blog Tour! Review: The Book of Paul by Richard Long

21 Jul

 

The Book of Paul

author : richard long

pages : [paperback] 488

favorite characters :

summary :

“Everything you’ve ever believed about yourself…about the description of reality you’ve clung to so stubbornly all your life…all of it…every bit of it…is an illusion.”

In the rubble-strewn wasteland of Alphabet City, a squalid tenement conceals a treasure “beyond all imagining”– an immaculately preserved, fifth century codex. The sole repository of ancient Hermetic lore, it contains the alchemical rituals for transforming thought into substance, transmuting matter at will…and attaining eternal life.

When Rose, a sex and pain addicted East Village tattoo artist has a torrid encounter with Martin, a battle-hardened loner, they discover they are unwitting pawns on opposing sides of a battle that has shaped the course of human history. At the center of the conflict is Paul, the villainous overlord of an underground feudal society, who guards the book’s occult secrets in preparation for the fulfillment of an apocalyptic prophecy.

The action is relentless as Rose and Martin fight to escape Paul’s clutches and Martin’s destiny as the chosen recipient of Paul’s sinister legacy. Science and magic, mythology and technology converge in a monumental battle where the stakes couldn’t be higher: control of the ultimate power in the universe–the Maelstrom.

A best-selling novel, The Book of Paul is the first of seven volumes in a sweeping mythological narrative tracing the mystical connections between Hermes Trismegistus in ancient Egypt, Sophia, the female counterpart of Christ, and the Celtic druids of Clan Kelly.

review :

This book is definitely for adult readers with all of the themes and scenes contained in it.

The Book of Paul features a cast of complex characters forced into this plotline that keeps the reader captivated. It’s impossible to pull away as the complicated plot thickens, bringing in new ideas that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I especially loved how this book forced me to pay attention to it, to notice all of the details that would add up to the conclusion.

This isn’t the kind of book that I’d normally read but I liked the sound of it from the synopsis and it definitely didn’t disappoint. While I definitely wouldn’t recommend this book for people with weaker stomachs because of some of the scenes and things talked about, that kind of extreme felt necessary to the plot and weren’t overdone to the point where they would overrun everything else.

This is suppose to be the first book in the series, though this book does have its own conclusion.

4/5 stars

Blog Tour! Gold Manor Ghost House: Author Interview!

16 Jul

 

Today I’m excited to have an interview with Merry Brown on the blog, author of Gold Manor Ghost House!

Did something inspire you to write Gold Manor Ghost House?

I finished my first novel, The Knowers, and was looking for inspiration. I started writing a book about dreaming, but 10,000 words into it, it was going nowhere.  I remember sitting at a coffee shop, facing facts, and making the hard decision to start over.

So I had the idea of the main character experiencing some kind of interactive dreaming, but I was looking for more.  The more came from my kids.  Their TV watching habits gave me the idea I needed, the place in which my characters would live.  Once I found the backdrop to Gold Manor Ghost House, which is a teen drama TV set, the story began to crystallize in my mind.

What did you find most challenging about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I think it was a cross between containing my ideas and the discipline to actually do the writing.  In fact, the hardest part was definitely wrangling my body and mind into a chair, opening the computer to the GMGH document, and writing.  Even when I knew where the story was going, even when I was excited about how it was unfolding, still… it was hard to do the actual work of writing.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

I’m sure I have, but can’t tell you whom.  I think my style is a mixture of the YA lit I’ve read mixed with the pop culture I’ve consumed over my life.

If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Well, I suppose I’d find a beautiful cathedral or basilica.  Possibly the St. Louis Basilica.  Why?  I’d want to be close to the beauty, art, reverence, incense, and divine.

On a side note, I don’t think this will ever be a real concern for me.  I know I wrote a book that suggests there are ghosts (maybe they do exist in the GMGH world, and maybe they don’t), but in real life, I don’t think ghosts are metaphysically possible.

If you could meet any fictional character who would you pick?

I’ve loved so many fictional characters in books, TV, and film, it’s difficult to choose!  I love Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  From books, and this may sound self-serving, but I’d like to meet Lizzy from The Knowers.  First of all, she’s from my mind, and I’d like to meet her in the flesh.  Also, because of what she is.

What was the most exciting aspect about writing Gold Manor Ghost House?

I had a lot of fun writing Gold Manor Ghost House, but the most exciting aspect is sharing the book. I get so excited when someone reads it!  I get butterflies, tongue-tied, and sometimes I sweat.  It’s such a natural high to know others have been in this world and become invested in Anna, Adam, Corey and the gang.  If you could see me right now, you’d see the huge grin on my face.

What is the last book that you read?

Right now I’m reading The 5th Wave by Richard Yancey.  Before that, I read Fox Forever, the last book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles by Mary Pearson.  Next up is either Clockwork Princes by Cassandra Clare, Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo, or A Million Suns by Beth Revis.  So many great books to read!

Thanks so much for answering my questions! Now here’s a little more about the book:

Anna thought life was going to be awesome.  She was right…and wrong.

Won her dream job acting in a hit TV series.  Check.

Working with her best friend.  Check.

The set’s haunted and she’s in the middle of a supernatural war.  Uh, check?

Anna Rose Ellington is sixteen and living in Hollywood, hoping to be a star. Anna just landed a major role on Ghost House, TeenTV’s new fall drama.  A show promising to be so hot, Meg Sweet (the reigning teenage diva), signed on for the lead, and Adam Lewis (international rock sensation) is a principal player.

Her dreams are falling into place until she gets on set and begins questioning her sanity.  It’s true she has an unusual dream life, where once in a while her dreams literally come true.  But it’s been a while.  On top of her dreams not staying put in her brain, including the guy she’d been dreaming of for years, the house they’re filming in, Gold Manor, might actually be haunted.  But that’s the least of her worries.

If that’s not enough to interest you, here’s an excerpt!

Prologue

As a special treat on this, my 11th birthday, Aunt Melinda invited me for a sleepover.  The promise of pizza, painting toe nails, and having the attention of my favorite person in the world, all to myself, was the perfect way to celebrate.

I remember sitting on the dusty rose laminate countertop of her kitchen as she kneaded the dough.  She listened as I told her about school and the drama of the playground.  I remember her strange reaction as I recounted a vivid dream I had about a boy with an English accent, dark curly hair, and jade eyes.

Her hands dripping with tomato sauce and chest covered in flour, she hugged me, holding on tightly.  I was trying to figure out why she was acting so strangely when a heavy knock on the front door broke the moment.

I remember the look in her eyes as she made me promise to stay out of sight in the kitchen, no matter what I heard or what happened.  She made me promise, yet again, to never tell the secret she made me keep.  She knew I didn’t understand what the big deal was, but I promised.

“Swear, on my life,” her voice too urgent.

“Swear.”

That was the last word she ever heard me say.

I heard the door open from my hiding place under the sink.

I heard her gasp in surprise.

I heard a shot and her fall to the ground screaming, and a rough, low voice say, “Check.”

I heard her cries turn to gurgling.

Fear ruling my brain, I had to see what was going on.  Creeping out, yet remaining hidden, I looked.

I saw her on the floor, bleeding.

I saw a tall, broad man standing over her, smiling.

I saw this man bend down, rip out, and eat her heart.

I saw Aunt Melinda standing in the doorway as pale as a ghost… and on the floor, dead.

Be sure to check out the rest of the blog tour or to comment below! The author is giving away a $25 amazon gift card to one randomly drawn commenter! You can follow the rest of the tour here.

 

Blog Tour! Interview with Katie Williams, author of Absent

1 Jul

Absent by Katie Williams : When seventeen-year-old Paige dies in a freak fall from the roof during Physics class, her spirit is bound to the grounds of her high school. At least she has company: her fellow ghosts Evan and Brooke, who also died there. But when Paige hears the rumor that her death wasn’t an accident—that she supposedly jumped on purpose—she can’t bear it. Then Paige discovers something amazing. She can possess living people when they think of her, and she can make them do almost anything. Maybe, just maybe, she can get to the most popular girl in school and stop the rumors once and for all.

 

I recently read and really loved Absent by Katie Williams so of course I was excited to get a chance to be part of this blog tour! This wonderful book will appeal to all sorts of people. It has ghosts, mystery, suspense, and a fantastic ending! If you haven’t already checked out Absent, maybe this interview will convince you to!

 

Did something inspire you to write Absent?

My first novel, The Space Between Trees, is about a community’s reaction to a teenage girl’s murder, about how absence—of knowledge, of a person—can become an impactful presence. One of the absences in the TSBT is the character of the murdered girl herself; everyone else is trying to put a story to her, but of course she never gets to tell her own tale. So in Absent, I was interested in writing from the perspective of the character who’d passed away, to give her a voice in her own death. Hence, a ghost story told by a ghost. I should be clear that Absent is a completely separate novel from The Space Between Trees, but its inspiration came, in part, from my first book.

What did you find most challenging about writing Absent?

My editor and I applied the majority of our time and sweat to getting the rules of the ghost world to work with the characters and plot. From possession to ghost physics to the ghost frogs hopping around the high school, we wanted these rules to make both logical and emotional sense. I’m a big fan of fantastical writing, but not when the fantastic is used simply as set-dressing. One of my goals in Absent was to have the experience of the ghost world communicate truths about loss and relationships, identity and growing up.

Have you been influenced by any particular writer’s style?

Oh tons! Here’s a small portion of the list (in no particular order beyond whose name popped into my head first): Ursula K. Le Guin, Alice Munro, Kristin Cashore, Marilynne Robinson, Kelly Link, Elizabeth Knox, George Saunders, Paolo Bacigalupi, Octavia Butler, Angela Carter, Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman, Toni Morrison…I’ll stop for now.

 If you had to choose a place to haunt, where would you be and why?

Well, a library or bookstore. But if we’re going with the rules of my ghost world, I wouldn’t be able to open the books, so on second thought, that’d be a special form of hell, my own Tantalus situation. You know what? A school wouldn’t be half-bad, because you could listen to the lessons and enjoy plenty of good people-watching. But I’d choose a university over a high school for the greater variety of lessons and people.

If you could meet any fictional character who would you pick?

Just to meet? It’ll have to be someone flashy then. Let’s say Delirium from Sandman by Neil Gaiman. Maybe she’ll make me a floating fish balloon.

What was the most exciting aspect about writing Absent?

Writing the ending, not because I’d gotten it over with, but because I felt that the story arrived at its destination.

What is the last book that you read?

Right now I’m reading Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton and swiftly realizing how rad she is. Before that I read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (superb!) and Prodigy by Marie Lu (a solid sequel).

I’d like to thank Katie for coming on the blog today and answering a few questions for me! I love getting to know more about the authors behind the novels.

Blog Tour! Review: Primal by D.A. Serra

30 Jun

Primal

author : d. a. serra

pages : [ebook] 126

favorite characters : alison & jimmy

summary :

This thriller story, originally purchased by one of America’s most popular storytellers, James Cameron, is now a novel!

What if the worst happens and you’re not a policemen, or a soldier, or a spy with weapons training and an iron heart. What if you’re a schoolteacher – a mother? In this gritty crime thriller a family vacation takes a vicious turn when a fishing camp is invaded by four armed men. With nothing except her brains, her will, and the element of surprise on her side, Alison must kill or watch her family die. And then, things gets worse.

review :

I loved this book! I liked the initial setup where the reader gets to meet Alison and her family in, really, the calm before the storm. The text there is peppered with hints of what is to come, especially when the novel sometimes shows the perspective of a prison inmate who isn’t all that he originally seems to be. Suspense builds because we know that this little vacation they’ve planned won’t be all that they hoped it will be. And I never expected the turn the book would take even after the initial round of action and violence.

This book is definitely gripping. Although sometimes the wording of things threw me off because it was awkwardly put or there was an added exclamation point that made the tone feel off, that never really detracted from my overall attachment to the plot and characters. I really wanted to see what would happen to Alison, her family, and the other hostages on the island. The armed men were genuinely unpredictable, unlike some of the bad guys in books. They don’t need any kind of excuse to kill anyone they dislike or feel is unnecessary to them. They think killing is fun. In the beginning of the book, it’s even said that one of the guys once killed a person just for sneezing!

I’d highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a quick, gripping read focusing on a thrilling action-packed narrative. What I really enjoyed about this book, though, is that it didn’t rely purely on these moments to carry the rest of the book. In the suspenseful lulls we get to see more into the character dynamics and the little things there which might seem insignificant at first and then all come together to add more to the book.

4/5 stars

Join the ‘Along the Watchtower’ Blog Tour!

18 Jun

Hey, blogger friends, listen up! I’ve got a chance for you to receive two free eBooks and to compete for over $800 in prizes, and it’s so easy to participate. Read on for more…

Novel Publicity is currently recruiting for one of their gigantic whirlwind tours. This time, they’re touring two books by David Litwack. The first, Along the Watchtower, is a work of contemporary fiction with a fantasy bent. The second, There Comes a Prophet, is a YA dystopian that follows in the proud tradition of such classics as 1984, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451. Review one, both, or neither. That’s right, you don’t even have to read the books to participate–although that’s definitely an option. Novel Publicity will provide your choice of a pre-formatted excerpt, interview, or guest post to make participation easy.

Along the WatchtowerCLICK HERE TO SIGN-UP!

Tour Dates: July 22 to 26, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, YA Dystopian
Page Counts: 225, 266

The Prizes:

* $100 Best/ most creative entry (2 prizes)
* $100 Random commenter prize
* $50 Rafflecopter (2 prizes)
* $50 Random blogger award
* $50 GoodReads party prize
* $50 Facebook sharing contest
* $100 in the special author contest
* Kindle Fire in the special author contest

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A Tragic Warrior Lost in Two Worlds…

The war in Iraq ended for Lieutenant Freddie Williams when an IED explosion left his mind and body shattered. Once he was a skilled gamer and expert in virtual warfare.  Now he’s a broken warrior, emerging from a medically induced coma to discover he’s inhabiting two separate realities.  The first is his waking world of pain, family trials, and remorse—and slow rehabilitation through the tender care of Becky, his physical therapist. The second is a dark fantasy realm of quests, demons, and magic that Freddie enters when he sleeps.

In his dreams he is Frederick, Prince of Stormwind, who must make sense of his horrific visions in order to save his embattled kingdom from the monstrous Horde.  His only solace awaits him in the royal gardens, where the gentle words of the beautiful gardener, Rebecca, calm the storms in his soul. While in the conscious world, the severely wounded vet faces a strangely similar and equally perilous mission—a journey along a dark road haunted by demons of guilt and memory—and letting patient, loving Becky into his damaged and shuttered heart may be his only way back from Hell.

 

But what are we without dreams?

A thousand years ago the Darkness came—a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For ten centuries they have kept the madness at bay with “temple magic” and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything.

A restless dreamer, Nathaniel has always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for something more but unwilling to challenge the unbending status quo. When his friend Thomas returns from the Temple after his “teaching”—the secret coming-of-age ritual that binds young men and women eternally to the Light—Nathaniel can barely recognize the broken and brooding young man the boy has become. And when the beautiful Orah is summoned as well, Nathaniel knows he must somehow save her. But in the prisons of Temple City he discovers a terrible secret that launches the three of them on a journey to find the forbidden keep, placing their lives in dire jeopardy. For a truth awaits them there that threatens the foundation of the Temple. But if they reveal that truth, the words of the book of light might come to pass:

“If there comes among you a prophet saying ‘Let us return to the darkness,’ you shall stone him, because he has sought to thrust you away from the light.”

Blog Tour!

7 May

Today I’d like to welcome Gretchen Powell to the blog as part of the Terra blog tour! Today she’s going to tell us all about her writing process:

 

Every author’s writing process is different. Some people require long outlines or storyboards to make sure that everything is in place before they even write a single word.  Some take an idea and literally fly with it, letting the characters and plot come to life as they type away. There is really no right way to write (heh, say that 10x fast!), only the way (or ways!) that work best for you as an individual.

For me, writing Terra, it was really a combination of things. I had what I thought was a pretty solid outline formulated when I began writing. Of course, as I continued to write, that outline changed more and more, until the story I originally thought I would be telling was almost completely unrecognizable in the text (believe me—this is a GOOD thing). Ultimately, I would say the book is a higher percentage of “made it up as I went” than “carefully planned from the beginning” but it took both approaches to make it into the book it is now.

Since Terra was the first book in its series, I also had more freedom to figure things out as I went. Now that I’m working on the sequel, Underground, I am finding myself being more thoughtful and careful as to how I plot things out, because I know that not only do things have to link to what has happened in the first book, but they also have to carry through into the third. It’s a whole different kind of beast, and thankfully, it keeps the ride exciting!

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Here’s more about Terra :

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.

 

Not convinced to read it yet? Read the first two chapters online!

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