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Friday, June 27, 2014

Cover Reveal- A MURDER OF MAGPIES by Sarah Bromley and a Giveaway!

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A Murder of Magpies by Sarah Bromley

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A MURDER OF MAGPIES cover art
Besides the dream of seeing your book in print, one thing so many authors daydream about is what the cover will look like. I come from an artistic background. My grandmother was a watercolorist, and I actually spent time in college as an art major before switching first to forensic pathology (don’t ask—it obviously didn’t last) and eventually English. As someone who’s visual, I was excited and, to be honest, nervous for what Month9Books would come up with as the design for the cover of A MURDER OF MAGPIES.
Georgia McBride asked for my input, which I know is rare because so often authors don’t get much say, if any, in their cover art, but I still didn’t know what to expect. Yet when I saw it, I adored my cover. How could there be any other cover for A MURDER OF MAGPIES? The design brings in details like the cobblestone roads of the book’s setting, Black Orchard, Wisconsin. I could imagine walking down that road in the fog and knowing someone was watching. The antique-style light plays off Vayda’s family’s business in the antiques trade as well as her ability to take emotion and turn it into electricity. Then the bird . . . I love the bird’s position as it is hunched over to peck at the ground as if uncovering a secret, and this is a story where everyone has secrets.

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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.

No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it's not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.

Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.

Unwanted. That's all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can't explain the hold she has on him--inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn't know what her powers can do. Yet.

Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn't so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
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Title: A Murder of Magpies
Publication date: October 28, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Sarah Bromley
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Sarah BromleySarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she's not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Exclusive Cover Reveal- TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston and aGiveaway!!




I am sooooooo excited!!!! Today I get the EXCLUSIVE cover reveal for TRANSCENDENT, book 3 in The Starling Series, by Lesley Livingston releasing in August 2014 in Canada and December 2014 in the US! I adore this series and Fennrys and am dying to get my hands on this one myself! Check out the gorgeous cover, synopsis, and enter to win an ARC!




About the book: (Spoilers for book 1 and 2 so don't read if you haven't read STARLING and DESCENDENT)

TRANSCENDENT by Lesley Livingston (STARLING #3)
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication date: US December 23, 2014 and Canada August, 2014
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On a storm-swept terrace high above the streets of Manhattan, Mason Starling holds the fate of the world in her hands as her beloved Fennrys lies bleeding at her feet, his life hanging in the balance. The ancient Norse prophecy of Ragnarok stands poised on the knife edge of fulfillment. Mason’s transformation into a Valkyrie—a chooser of the slain and the one who will ultimately bring about the end of the world—is complete. Still, she remains determined to thwart her father’s apocalyptic desires. Whatever is to come, it won’t happen because of what the prophecy foretold, or what Gunnar Starling has planned, or what the fates have already decided. What happens next will be up to Mason and the Fennrys Wolf. The world had better hope they haven’t reached the limits of what their souls and swords can survive.


Perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series, and set in the same universe as Lesley Livingston’s much-loved WONDROUS STRANGE trilogy, with roots in Greek, Roman, Norse, Egyptian, and Celtic myths and legends, this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed Starling trilogy is filled to the hilt with sweeping adventure and soaring romance.

Praise for the Starling series:



“Thrilling and intense; pulls you along like the inevitable rush toward Ragnarok.”
Julie Kagawa, New York Times Bestselling author of The Iron Fey series.

“Memorable characters and a plot replete with some staggering acts of loyalty and betrayal will have fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.”
Quill & Quire

“Livingston’s intense novel will satisfy eager readers.”
VOYA
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About Lesley:
Lesley Livingston is a writer and actress living in Toronto. She has a master's degree in English from the University of Toronto, where she specialized in Arthurian Literature and Shakespeare. She frequently performs with the Tempest Theatre Group, of which she is a co-founder. She is also the author of WONDROUS STRANGE and DARKLIGHT.

You can visit Lesley online at www.lesleylivingston.com





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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dying to Read (61)- THE FALL by Bethany Griffin


Hey y’all thanks for stopping by to see my Dying to Read post and of course as always I have to give credit to the lovely Jill over at Breaking the Spine for the Waiting on Wednesday Meme!

I love Bethany's Poe retellings so I'm super excited for this one! The Fall of the House of Usher is one of my favorites!!!

THE FALL
Release Date: November 8, 2014
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
ISBN:  978-0062107855
Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.

Look for it- Fall 2014!






So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?

Monday, June 23, 2014

I'm going to ALA Annual in Vegas Squee!!!



I wanted to write a small post since I'll be MIA for the next few days. I'm going to ALA in Vegas and I couldn't be more excited!!! I haven't been to an ALA since Midwinter in Seattle 2 years ago! I'm so excited to be reunited with blogger friends and author friends I haven't seen in a while as well as meeting new friends!


I will be there for myself but also as a representative for Month9Books and I will be handing out swag and if you give me your business card I'll be entering you in a drawing to win Month9Books!

I haven't been to Vegas in years and am looking forward to getting away from the old homestead for a while. The conference is only 4 days for me but, we'll be leaving on June 24th we decided to turn our trip into a vacation. So posting on the blog will be sporadic through the end of the month. Just wanted to let you all know I'm not going anywhere!

Here's the signing schedule that I want to try to do. I know some of them are at the same time so I'll have to choose wisely.

FRIDAY, JUNE 27
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Becca Fitzpatrick (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

6:00pm - 7:00pm
Meet the Authors: Scott Westerfeld (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

SATURDAY, JUNE 28
9:00am - 10:00am
Meet the Authors: Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

9:00am - 10:00am
Meet the Authors: Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

9:30am - 10:30am
Meet the Authors: Whitney A. Miller (Flux/Llewellyn)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 235

10:00am - 11:00am
Meet the Authors: Marcus Sedgwick (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 523

10:00am - 11:00am
Meet the Authors: Colleen Gleason (Chronicle Books)  
Exhibit Hall - Booth 608

10:00am - 11:00am
Meet the Authors: Shaunta Grimes (Penguin Group)  
Exhibit Hall - Booth 449

10:30am - 11:30am
Meet the Authors: Victoria Schwab (Disney-Hyperion)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 603

10:30am - 11:30am
Meet the Authors: Jonathan Friesen (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

10:30am - 11:30am
Meet the Authors: Neal Shusterman (Penguin Young Readers Group) Convention Center
Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet the Authors: Holly Black (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

12:00pm - 12:30pm
Meet the Authors: Neal Shusterman (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 503

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet the Authors: Jonathan Maberry (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

Abrams Book Buzz panel on Saturday at 2:30. Cat Winters

2:00pm - 2:30pm
Meet the Authors: Neal Shusterman (Disney-Hyperion)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 603

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Katherine Howe (Penguin Young Readers Group)  
Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Meet the Authors: Marcus Zusak (Scholastic Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 430

SUNDAY, JUNE 29

9:00am - 10:00am 
YA Author Coffee Klatch Author Event, Ticketed event Las Vegas Hotel


Ballroom C

10:30am - 11:30am
Meet the Authors: Caragh O'Brien (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 523

10:30am - 11:30am
Meet the Authors: Mary E. Pearson (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 523

11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet the Authors: Jandy Nelson (Penguin Young Readers Group)   Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet the Authors: Lauren Myracle (Abrams Books)    
Exhibit Hall - Booth 628

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet the Authors: Ally Condie (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Meet the Authors: Marie Lu (Penguin Young Readers Group)
Exhibit Hall -Booth 442-443

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meet the Authors: Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 430

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Meet the Authors: Lois Lowry (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)      
Exhibit Hall - Booth 403

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Cassandra Clare & Holly Black (Scholastic Inc.) Exhibit Hall - Booth 430

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet the Authors: Cat Winters Abrams
Exhibit Hall - Booth 628

3:00pm - 3:30pm
Meet the Authors: Melissa Landers (Disney-Hyperion)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 603

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Josephine Angelini (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 522

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Judy Blume (Simon & Schuster, Inc.)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 302-303

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 523

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: David Levithan (Random House Children's Books)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 543

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Jay Asher (Penguin Young Readers Group)  
Exhibit Hall - Booth 442-443

3:00pm - 4:00pm
Meet the Authors: Jessica Brody (Macmillan Children's Publishing Group)
Exhibit Hall - Booth 523


Talk to you all when I get back! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

Blog Tour- GRADUATION DAY by Joelle Charbonneau and a Giveaway!


Today is kind of bittersweet. I have Joelle Charbonneau here with an awesome scene from Raffe's POV I Loved this series so much and I'm sad to see it end! It's one of my favorite series and even though it ended perfectly I want more. If you haven't read the books don't worry this scene won't spoil anything and also enter below to win the full set!

Haven't heard of GRADUATION DAY? Check it out!



Title: GRADUATION DAY (The Testing #3)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: June 17, 2014
Pages: 304
In book three of the Testing series, the United Commonwealth wants to eliminate the rebel alliance fighting to destroy The Testing for good. Cia is ready to lead the charge, but will her lethal classmates follow her into battle?

She wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can't do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for - but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves--and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever-lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope--in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau's epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it's Graduation Day.


The Final Test is the Deadliest!


Now on to the scene from Raffe's POV!

Raffe (Independent Study version)

Induction Day.
After working for this moment for years, its no wonder that I am awake and ready earlier than everyone else.  Standing in the hang out room next to the lit fireplace, I look around me at everything I always thought I wanted then down at the gold bracelet and the symbol smack in the center.  The coiled spring sitting beneath the scales of justice.  Why the coiled spring?  Got me.  After looking at the symbols the other students were given, I have to guess the administration assigned random designs hoping we could read into them something that fit us.  Whatever.  But the scales do mean something.  Balanced scales to remind us that the government is supposed to seek justice for everyone.  Yeah, right.
But despite the lack of meaning to me, the design is nice.  Good composition.  Whoever created the symbols is skilled.  For a moment, I wonder if the symbol was fabricated by a male or female.  Whether the artist always wanted to etch designs in metal or if they failed to make it into the University and reluctantly embraced a different life.  Lucky them.
“Hey, Raffe.” 
          I turn as Damone strolls into the room and walks over to where I stand next to the fireplace.  I smile.   It never hurts to be nice to someone who thinks he’s your friend.  “Ready to become an official University student?” I ask.
          He shrugs his bony shoulders.  The guy has always been skinny.  Kind of like a snake, which would be a fitting symbol for his bracelet.  The only real annoyance is that he’s taller than me.  Looking up at Damone for any reason seems wrong. 
“I’ve been ready for years. “  Damone leans against the fireplace and I imagine him setting his pants on fire.  That makes my smile real as he continues talking,  “If it weren’t for all these colony students they wouldn’t have to bother with the whole Induction process.  They’d already know which students are capable of being successful.  What a waste of time.  It’s not like there was any doubt we’d get in.  Right?”
          “Sure.”  There’s no point in reminding him that he would never have made it this far if it weren’t for his father’s influence or his Induction team’s abilities.  Damone isn’t exactly a mental giant. 
          Damone looks over his shoulder to make sure no one is around and when he turns back to me I see calculation on his face. “We have a problem.”
          “Us as in you and me?”
          Damone shakes his head.  “One of our classmates should never have been accepted to the University.  Professor Holt wants assistance from loyal University students in removing her.  She asked Griffin and I to help and I suggested to Griffin that we bring you in.  It never hurts to do a favor for someone like Professor Holt and I think you’ll be as happy as I am to get rid of the colony brat.”
          “Who?” 
          “The one who showed you and your team up a couple days ago.  Cia Vale.”
          Cia.
          I rub the spot on my arm where I was burned. It’s healed now, but I still bare the scar.  The medical team could make it fade, but I want to keep it.  A reminder of what happens when you rely on anyone but yourself.  My Induction team, which included Damone’s best friend, Griffin, was so damn cocky.  And when things went to hell it was Cia that stopped to help me.  She shouldn’t have.  It cost her team time and could have cost them winning, something she didn’t seem to care about.  I don’t understand colony kids.  But I certainly plan to.
          “You’re good with the girls.”  Damone gives me a sly smile that make me want to deck him.  “I figure you have a better shot of getting close to her than Griffin and I do.  I think she might even have a crush on you already.  Why else would she come back to treat your burn?”
          Why else would she? 
          “I heard she has a boyfriend.”  Actually, I know she does.  I asked around about the duo from Five Lakes.
          “I’m sure that’s never stopped you before,” Damone grins.
          No one ever accused Damone of having class.  That’s for sure.  Still, I’m intrigued.   “Why is Professor Holt so threatened by Cia?”
          Damone shrugs again.  “She didn’t say and I don’t care.  Having one less colony student around, especially one that thinks she’s better than everyone else is good enough reason for me.  And I’m happy to have Professor Holt owe me when test time rolls around.  What do you say?  It’s not like she’s hard to look at.  Griffin and I will watch where she goes and who she talks to.  Between the three of us, we can get Professor Holt the information she needs to redirect that Five Lakes Colony wannabe out of this place.   What do you think?  Are you in?”
          I hear footsteps in the hall and voices coming from the stairs telling me people are heading out of their rooms for the ceremony.  Induction will begin shortly, which means we have to get outside and in our designated positions soon.  But I can tell from the intensity of Damone’s stare that he won’t wait until later for an answer. 
          I catch a glimpse of long dark hair in the middle of a group of students passing by and I take a step toward the door so I can watch as Cia walks toward the dining hall.  Probably to grab a snack with the rest of them before the festivities begin.  Yeah – Damone isn’t right about much, but looking at Cia isn’t a hardship.  She’s pretty and acts like she doesn’t know it with makes her even more attractive.  High cheekbones.  Slightly upturned nose and lightly tanned skin. But as pretty as her face is, it’s her dark eyes that caught my interest when I told her she didn’t have to come back to help me and she responded “Yes, I did.”    Serious.  Kind.  Determined.  Sad.  And in the middle of all of that, secrets.  Lots and lots of secrets.
          Cia.  A girl from Five Lakes.  A girl who Professor Holt has targeted, which means Cia’s secrets are important.  How important?  Will they give me the answers I’m searching for?”
“Sure.  I’m in,” I say.  “I’ll start as soon as the ceremony is over.”
“Great.”  Damone slaps me on the shoulder and grins.  “I told Griffin you’d do it.  You’re one of us.”
No, I’m not.  But I don’t dispute his belief as we walk out into the sunshine and lineup for the ceremony that makes our University student status official.  I’m no longer like Damone and Griffin.  Or maybe I am.  Because as I Professor Holt clips my new silver and gold bracelet on my arm, I understand that the scales on the symbol aren’t really balanced.  They tilt in the direction of whoever is in power.  Those are the people who can demand answers and action.   They are the ones that know everyone’s secrets.  I plan on being one of them. 




Loved this! Thanks Joelle!





About Joelle:

Ever since I can remember I loved telling stories. As I grew up, I started performing those stories on the stage. Creating vivid characters and singing wonderfully complex songs were my passion. I graduated from Millikin University with a Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance and then continued onto DePaul University for my Masters Degree in Opera Performance. From there I went onto perform across the Chicagoland area in a variety of Operas, Operettas and Musicals. I also started teaching acting classes and private voice lessons to pass my passion along to the next generation.
Not exactly the path you’d expect a writer to take.
I’d never dreamed of writing a novel. But I loved to read. Then one day I had an idea and I started to write. I found my passion for creating characters lived on the page as well as the stage. It is my hope that the characters I’ve created resonate with you and make you smile.
I still teach voice lessons and sing for the occasional professional event. But the rest of my time is spent with my husband and son while dreaming up new and interesting stories. I hope that someday I hear yours.






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3 sets of the complete series along with a Graduation Day pen and a T-Shirt. US Only


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Tour Schedule

Week One:
6/9/2014- NightlyReadingReview
6/10/2014- The Book CellarGuest Post
6/11/2014- Curling Up With A Good BookReview
6/12/2014- FiktshunInterview
6/13/2014- Manga Maniac CafĂ©Review

Week Two:
6/16/2014- Magical Urban Fantasy ReadsGuest Post
6/17/2014- K-booksReview
6/18/2014- Tales of the Ravenous Reader- Interview
6/19/2014- Parajunkee's ViewReview
6/20/2014- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post

Cover Reveal- LIFER by Beck Nicholas and a Giveaway!

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Lifer by Beck Nicholas

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Asher is a Lifer, a slave aboard the spaceship Pelican. A member of the lowest rung of society, she must serve the ship’s Officials and Astronauts as punishment for her grandparents' crimes back on Earth. The one thing that made life bearable was her illicit relationship with Samuai, a Fishie boy, but he died alongside her brother in a freak training accident.
Still grieving for the loss of her loved ones, Asher is summoned to the upper levels to wait on Lady, the head Official’s wife and Samuai’s mother. It is the perfect opportunity to gather intel for the Lifer’s brewing rebellion. There’s just one problem—the last girl who went to the upper levels never came back.
On the other side of the universe, an alien attack has left Earth in shambles and a group called The Company has taken control. Blank wakes up in a pond completely naked and with no memory, not even his real name. So when a hot girl named Megs invites him to a black-market gaming warehouse where winning means information, he doesn’t think twice about playing. But sometimes the past is better left buried.
As Asher and Blank’s worlds collide, the truth comes out—everyone has been lied to. Bourne Identity meets Under the Never Sky in this intergalactic tale of love and deception from debut novelist Beck Nicholas.
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Title: LIFER
Publication date: December 16, 2014
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC.
Author: Beck Nicholas
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fierce Reads Tour Stop Interview and a Giveaway!


I was asked by the lovely ladies at Macmillan to be the blogger for the Fierce Reads stop at The Book Passage in Corte Madera (San Francisco) yesterday! I was thrilled to be able to hang out with the authors and ask them some questions and as always it was awesome to see Leigh and Emmy again I adore those ladies!
I have awesome pics thanks to the lovely Nancy from Tales of a Ravenous Reader who also helped live tweet the event with me!

So let’s get on to the interview! I’m transcribing from notes and a recording so I’m changing it to 3rd person.

Hey Ladies! We’re short on time so I’m going to ask you 3 questions each then ask all of you some lightening round questions! Here we go!


Leigh Bardugo The Grisha Trilogy

Crap I don’t know where to start!!! (Yes I’m adding this because I want to remember to put it into the blog post lol)

Ok so I guess we’ll start with the early releases of Ruin & Rising…. Has it been a nightmare? I know we talked a bit about it but, now that it’s out is everything better?

She tried to stay away from twitter especially when the books released early in Canada 3rd books tend to incite a lot of emotion. She did get some hate tweets from some of those early readers (please people don’t do this it’s very uncool)! But for the most part people have been awesome and they are loving the book and it has been incredible!

I just got my copy yesterday so I obviously don’t know the end but, how was it closing out this part of the Grishaverse will there be crossover with characters in The Dregs?

As of now there is no crossover but some of the characters will be referenced. And who knows what will happen later…..

So what can you tell us about The Dregs?

The project, described as a blend of Ocean’s 11, Inglorious Bastards and Game of Thrones, is set in Kerch, a small island nation in the "Grishaverse" (meaning the same universe as her Shadow and Bone books) with tremendous economic power, the hub of all international trade and a country rich in art and culture ... but also home to one of the most dangerous criminal underworlds. A crew of dangerous felonious misfits face impossible odds when they are pulled together to break into one of the most guarded places in the world. And YES THERE WILL BE MAGIC!!!!!!! One of the Dregs is an exiled Grisha named Mina…… The magic of the Grisha Univers is there and it’s expanded upon.

There’s also a letter in the eBook of Ruin and Rising from Leigh about The Dregs so you lucky ebook people check it out!

Emmy Laybourne the Monument 14 Series

Now that the Monument 14 series is over what are you working on? And how was it finishing up a series?

She’s working on Sweet! It’s about a diet sugar substitute that ends up going horribly wrong when people on a celebrity cruise end up addicted to it and they start to do crazy things….

Any movie news you can share with us?

She’s been brought in to consult on the screenplay and it’s in development. Strange Weather Films is producing it.

Do you ever think about acting again?

She loves being a writer and really with her kids acting isn’t an option now but she does miss it! Maybe when her kids are grown. She’d like to be one of those granny comedians lol a la Betty White ;) ;)



Why start with Kurt Cobain?

She loved him growing up and remembered that moment of losing him and it was impactful for her.

I checked out your playlist on Spotify love it! Out of all the songs on there what is your favorite?

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana. But she did say Back to Black by Amy Winehouse too lol

What’s up next for you not that Love Letters to the Dead is out?


She’s working on writing the screenplay for Love letters the film has been optioned by the company that produced TFIOS and Fox 2000!!!!!!! No other books in the works right now but hopefully soon!


Jennifer Mathieu The Truth About Alice

I love that you wrote this from 4 POV’s! What made you decide to write it that way? And which of the characters was the easiest to write for you?

She was inspired by The Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters and wanted to write from different people. Her easiest was Kurt and her hardest was Elaine.

So you’re a teacher. What do you teach?

11th grade English and she does have a couple middle grade classes too.

Are you working on another book yet?


Devoted it’s a stand alone in a small Texas religious community it’s kind of cultish about Rachel Walker a 17 year old girl who is about to explore the secular world and starts questioning what her life is about.

Lightning Round Questions.

Latest novel you’ve read.

Leigh: All the Fierce Reads Books!
Ava: Monument 14

Favorite Superhero?

Leigh: The Black Canary ooh and check out the new Hawkeye Comics!
Emmy: Superman
Ava: Batman from The Dark Knight
Jennifer: Wonder woman

Favorite TV Show?

Leigh: Game of Thrones
Emmy: Vikings
Ava: 6 Feet Under and True Detective
Jennifer: Mad Men

Sweet or Salty?

Leigh: Salty
Emmy: Salty
Ava: Salty
Jennifer: Mixed!!!

Song you can’t get enough of right now?

Leigh: Burn by Ellie Goulding
Emmy: Like Real People Do by Hozier
Ava: Seasons by Future Islands

Summer or Fall Movie you’re most looking forward to?

Leigh: Captain America the Winter Soldier, the most recent X Men and How to Train Your Dragon 2
Emmy: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Ava: Boyhood and just saw TFIOS and loved!
Jennifer: Boyhood


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