When the Silence Ends (Blurb)

What Amazon reviewers are saying: 5 stars! “Wow! When the Silence Ends is captivating! I laughed, I cried, but overall I could not put it down… Forget Harry Potter and Twilight. Every young adult should read this book!”

When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies. 

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor. 

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution? 

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary. 

When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spin-off in the award-winning Double Helix series and can be read as a standalone novel.

Buy Links (e-books)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK

Buy Links (paperbacks)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK

Thank you Jade Kerrion for taking the time out of your busy schedule to stop by BookMark Belles

     1.       Tell us a little about your book.

On the one hand, When the Silence Ends is the story of an ordinary girl, Dee, facing ordinary challenges. She holds down two jobs to pay the rent, makes sure her twin brother gets to his speech therapy class, and wonders how to pay for college. Dee, however, is an ordinary girl in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution—a world that is struggling to deal with the social and political repercussions of human derivatives: the clones, in vitros, and mutants. What chance does “ordinary” have in a world of “extraordinary” people?

2.       How did you come up with the title?

Silence is a key theme in the novel. Dum, Dee’s twin brother, has not spoken ever since a shattering event destroyed their family when they were five. The novel is the story of Dum’s journey out of silence. A secondary theme is that of secrets. Danyael Sabre, the alpha empath who trains Dum, has secrets of his own, and as the story unfolds, the silence around an eighteen-year old secret comes to an end.

3.       What inspired you to write this book?

Young Adult novels abound with extraordinary protagonists. I’m sure that in your travels through books, you've met the child of destiny who’s fated to end a war and unite two worlds. You've probably also met the quiet kid who doesn't quite fit in, who discovers his amazing super powers and uses them to save the world. Of course, there’s the protagonist who stumbles upon a mysterious world that coexists alongside her reality, populated by sparkly vampires and handsome werewolves.

I've found two major themes running through most YA novels: the first, as I noted above, the extraordinary teenage protagonist, and second, the adults are frequently the enemy, ranging from indifferent parents to murderous despots. Neither of those observations particularly aligns with my observations of life.

So, when I set out to write a YA spin off my award-winning Double Helix series, featuring Dee and her twin brother, Dum, I wanted my readers to appreciate adults in more roles than that of the enemy. Some of them are, of course, but like the real world, there’s a vast spectrum of them; some adults even become Dee’s friends and mentors. More importantly though, I wanted my readers to appreciate the power of “ordinary.”

4.       Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’d like my readers to realize that “extraordinary” is within all our grasps, and it has nothing to do with destiny, superpowers, or being loved by a vampire. Dee is the embodiment of ordinary, but she still manages to change her world for the better. If she can do it, there’s no reason at all the rest of us can’t.

5.       Do you have a favorite line or scene from your latest release?

It’s hard to choose just one scene. I enjoy many of the scenes involving Jessica—the fifteen-year old alpha mutant, who, unlike Dee, isn’t ordinary, but is striving to find her own brand of normality, nonetheless. My favorite scene, however, is the very last scene at the concert when the silence ends. Several readers have reported tearing up at that scene.

6.       Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

I started at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than most, and believing that my teachers knew what they were doing, I figured I was destined to be a writer. It’s only taken me tens of thousands of hours of work since then to be halfway decent at writing (and I’m still learning each day), but one has to start somewhere.

7.       Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Neil Gaiman is pure genius in his storytelling ability.

8.       Have you published anything else?

My award-winning Double Helix series includes three books, Perfection UnleashedPerfect Betrayal, and Perfect WeaponWhen the Silence Ends is set in the world of the Double Helix, and readers will find that many of their favorite characters play much larger roles in the main series. My YA science fiction novel, Earth Sim, was just released as well and is currently on tour. It is a compelling and whimsical view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.

9.       What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

I’m currently working on a paranormal romance called City of Eternal Night. Once I finish that, I’ll start work on the fourth novel in the Double Helix series. My plan is to release three novels in 2013.
10.   Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your enthusiastic reviews, and your outraged e-mails over what I did to some of my characters. Thank you for loving them. Thank you for rereading my novels. Thank you for trusting me with your time. I do promise to honor that trust and keep delivering fantastic novels that keep you reading past your bedtime.

Author biography:

Jade Kerrion, an award-winning author, got her start in fan fiction. She developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren't their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they're not.)

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Swimming at Night

Thanks so much for your interesting and fun questions – and please find below my responses. Book Mark Belles is a wonderful blog and I really look forward to being included within it.

All best wishes
Lucy Clarke

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The idea that sparked Swimming At Night came from my fascination with travel journals. I love the colorful places they've been written, the pages thick with smears of sunscreen and grains of sand. Whenever I travel, I keep a journal and I've often thought how intriguing and tempting it must be to read someone else’s travel journal. What an insight it would give you into who they are. With this in mind, I asked myself two questions that were to be the fuel for the story: Who could the travel journal belong to? And, who finds it and why? From there, the relationship between sisters Katie and Mia was born.

2. If you could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?
Noah – because I’d most probably fancy him!

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
If I had to reduce it down to one word, I think it would be: freedom. As a novelist I love the absolute freedom I have to create something – whatever I want it to be. Beyond having a deadline, there is no pressure or constraints. The beauty of looking at a blank notebook and thinking it’s going to be the foundation of a novel is, for me, hugely exciting.
On top of that, I also love the freedom of the writer’s lifestyle. I work incredibly hard as a writer – but I have the freedom to choose how I do it, when I do it, and where I do it. That’s what I love the most.

7. What are you working on now?
I’m just finishing my second book, which is set on a beautiful, rugged island off the coast of Tasmania. The story is based around a young woman who has been recently widowed. She travels to meet her late-husband’s family, but begins to discover that the man she married wasn't who she thought he was. I can’t say too much more just yet, other than expect plenty of twists and turns!

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?
 For me, the most useful advice was the simplest: read and write. Do these two things as often as you can. I read around fifty books a year – and would love to be reading more still. Even when I was working, I wrote most days – just a few ideas here and there, or an hour squeezed in whenever I could. It’s all too easy to procrastinate and say, ‘I’ll begin when I have a block of time’ or ‘First I’ll tidy my desk.’ Just start writing – now!
Beyond doing those two things, I think you need only to believe in yourself and what you’re writing about. Becoming a published author is a long journey for most people, and a mixture of self-belief, motivation and a burning desire to write will help you get there.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
For the past few years I've been keeping a list of all the books I read, including a note of what I thought about each. Glancing back at this, my favorite reads in recent years include Breath by Tim Winton, When God Was A Rabbit by Sarah Winman, Rough Music by Patrick Gale, Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts, The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway and everything ever written by Anita Shreve, Maggie O’Farrell and Sadie Jones.

10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Q. Do you ever work in your pajamas?
A. Yes, if you pop round any time before midday, you’ll probably find me working in my pajamas!

Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles

1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Sea, The Sea. (Shame someone got their first…)
2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe Swimming at Night in 140 characters or less. Go!
A fast-paced novel about the complex bond between sisters.
3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?
Journal, pencil, iPod, a Tim Winton novel, chocolate.
4. Sweet or Sour?
Sweet.  Definitely sweet.
5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?
I’m happy with who I am right now ;)

Book Mark Belles brings you yet 2 other amazing Books & their cover reveals we're so glad & excited that we were asked to participate so without any further delay here they are and let me tell you they so sound delish!!!*Lisa =)
 About the Twisted Lit series:

 No one knows teen angst like William Shakespeare. Be it Romeo and Juliet's

 desperate passion, Hamlet's stepdad-directed rage, the delinquent follies of

 a young Henry V, or Cordelia's frustrations with her impossibly bitchy older

 sisters, the Bard had a true knack for understanding the volatile emotions

 that lie deep in the adolescent heart. To that end, Twisted Lit brings the

 playwright's universal themes of love, passion, hatred and revenge to new

 life in a compellingly page-turning, thoroughly modern format. Young

 Shakespeare fans will likely pick up on the subtle nods referenced

 throughout the books, but you don't need to have read so much as a single

 soliloquy to appreciate the humor, hi-jinks, heartbreak and high drama

 inherent in every Twisted Lit novel. The Bard's prolific repertoire offers a
 deep well of inspiration to draw from, offering countless possibilities for
 novels that will resonate with today's teens.

The Books:

Tempestuous: A modern-day twist on Shakespeare's 

"The Tempest" (pub date:Dec. 18)


"This quick, clever read is the perfect combo of classic literature and

contemporary storytelling for anyone who likes their lit smart and funny."

 --Heather Swain, author of Josie Griffin is Not a Vampire


Synopsis: Recently banished, unfairly, by the school's popular crowd, former "it girl," Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge

against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her

delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall's nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare's

 "The Tempest."
Exposure: A modern-day twist on Shakespeare's "Macbeth"
(pub date: Jan. 18)

"Exposure is an intelligent, poignant, and riveting mash-up of Shakespearean tragedy and high school politics, which, as it turns out, have a lot in


Daria Snadowsky, author of Anatomy of a Boyfriend and Anatomy of a Single


 "This haunting novel will keep you on the edge of your seat!"

 --Melissa Walker, author of Unbreak My Heart

Synopsis: Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high

school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally charged twist on

Shakespeare's "Macbeth," a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves ‹ and herself ‹ before they get caught in the crosshairs?

Interview with Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

Amy:  Our books, Tempestuous and Exposure, are modern-day spins on Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “Macbeth,” respectively. Tempestuous is about a young woman who seeks revenge (and, unwittingly, romance) while trapped overnight in a shopping mall during the worst snowstorm of the century. Exposure explores the darker side of popularity and proves that the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! We chose these plays as the first two novels in our Twisted Lit series, because, in addition to being among our favorites, they also afforded us two very divergent story arcs to follow.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

Kim: Both Amy and I were English majors in college and remain devotees of classic literature. We were tossing around ideas for a series, and when we hit on this one, it seemed like a no-brainer. Shakespeare’s themes are called “universal” for a reason. It’s been so much fun to take the things we love about Shakespeare and reinterpret them in our own way. Doing so within the YA genre made sense because the emotions and conflicts Shakespeare’s characters are dealing with seemed to us to fit perfectly with the experience of being a high school student.

3. What kind of research did you do for this book?
Amy: We re-read the plays in question, but since we didn’t want too literal an interpretation, we didn’t go crazy over-analyzing them. We took notes as we read, jotting down any ideas that came into our head and let the inspiration spring from there. We also did online research about Alaska for Exposure, because we wanted to present a realistic depiction of life there.

4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Kim: Both Amy and I have full-time jobs at the moment, so our writing is generally done at night and on the weekends. Personally, I do my best writing in the late morning. My routine usually involves caffeine and walking my dog Macbeth beforehand to supercharge my brain. I like to listen to dramatic classical music like Bach or Beethoven while I write--it strangely helps me stay focused. My writing room is filled with books; they are a great source of inspiration. Amy and I take turns writing chapters, and then we trade and edit one another’s work. My favorite thing (next to actually writing) is reading what Amy has written. We have a general outline of where we want to get in each chapter, but how we choose to get there is always a surprise. I know Amy is depending on me to get my portion done, and of course, I want her to love what I’ve written. It’s excellent motivation!

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Amy: Starting a book is really difficult because the possibilities are limitless to the point of being daunting. Also, every time you first sit down at the computer to do your writing for the day can be agonizing. It reminds me of riding a bike up a slight incline: the first few pedals are really tough until you get some momentum going.

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?
Kim: For me, the very best thing is when I’m “in the zone” while I’m writing. I have no sense of time or place other than what’s happening in the story. It’s transcendent in that way, and I never know how something I’ve read, a movie I’ve seen, or something new I’ve learned, is going to turn up in what I’m writing. I feel a great sense of fulfillment after I’ve written something I’m happy with. The second best thing is having people respond positively to what I’ve written. It’s great to make those kinds of connections with a reader.

7. What are you working on now?
Amy: We’ve started writing the third book in our Twisted Lit series, which will be a modern version of Romeo and Juliet. Our story spans two different generations and time periods and we’re really excited by our take on the tragic and romantic tale.

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Kim: Find something to motivate you, something that will keep you writing day in, day out. In our case, having each other spurred us on to complete our books because we didn’t want to let each other down. Find a vehicle for your writing, be it a blog or a writing group, and you’ll be less inclined to have that “maybe I’ll get around to it -- someday” attitude. Don’t be afraid to submit your work. Everyone gets rejections, too, so don’t let that stop you.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Kim: In addition to the classic writers whom I adore (Jane Austen, Henry James, George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe, et al), I’m a huge fan of contemporary novelists like Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, Michael Chabon, Jonathan Lethem, Joyce Carol Oates, Andrew Sean Greer, and Paul Murray. I thought Hilary Mantel’s historical novel Wolf Hall was incredible.

Amy: Like Kim, I’m pretty obsessed with the classics--Victorian-era writers in particular. Dickens, Thackery, the Brontes, Trollope... one of my favorite novels is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. I also love reading non-fiction books, particularly anything historical or biographical.

10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Amy: How does it feel to have sold more books than J.K. Rowling? (A girl can dream, can’t she?)

Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles
1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Amy: She’s Smarter Than She Looks. I actually overheard someone say that about me, once.
Kim: So Many Books, So Little Time. ‘Nuff said!

2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe TEMPESTUOUS & EXPOSURE in 140 characters or less. Go!
Amy: “The Tempest” set in a shopping mall and “Macbeth” repurposed in a modern-day high school: Shakespeare gets a modern-day makeover.
Kim: Shy Skye faces off against a sinister cheerleader in Exposure, while girl power saves the day (and night!) in the adventurous Tempestuous.

3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?

Amy: Caffeine, a decent Internet connection, The Complete Pelican Shakespeare, a thesaurus, and more caffeine.
Kim: PG Tips tea, a fancy teacup, Bach via Spotify, my MacBook Air, The Complete Pelican Shakespeare.


4. Sweet or Sour?
Amy: Sweet, with a bitter bite. (i.e., Very, VERY dark chocolate).
Kim: See above.

5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?
Amy: A cast member on “Downton Abbey!” (Preferably an “upstairs” character, so I could wear all those beautiful costumes.)
Kim: It’s weird how alike Amy and I are. I’ve always wanted to be an extra on Merchant Ivory films, like A Room with a View. Barring that, maybe Doctor Who’s next companion or a docent at the London National Portrait Gallery (Tudor Wing).

6. What would your superhero name be and what special powers would you have?
Amy: “Moth Girl.” My power is empathizing with the “social moths” of the world. Having once been shy and insecure myself (a social moth as opposed to a social butterfly), I like to make sure no one feels like an outsider in social situations.
Kim: “Writer Girl.” My power would be the ability to compose exquisite sentences in a single bound. 

(P.S.: We blog about book-to-film adaptations over at:


Hi Lisa! 
 Thanks so much for hosting Stitch today, the very last day of the Stitch Blog Tour! I’m super excited to be here.

SP: 1. Tell me about your boo. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

SD: Stitch is a fun read where nothing is as it first seems. It initially starts out like a paranormal romance, and you get lulled into a story that seems pretty familiar – a college girl sees a ghost, she can’t get him out of her head, and she decides to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding him. And there’s this slow burn as the story starts to pick up pace, and after a while, you realize that something is just a bit… off. Alessa, the main character, is having these crazy nightmares that don’t make sense, her best friend, Janie, starts acting weird, and the college campus is just little too normal… And then BAM, you’re hit over the head with a major sci-fi twist and everything falls into place as Alessa realizes she’s in a lot more danger than the “ghost” ever presented…

I came up with the idea by just mashing together things I loved from other stories to come up with something new! I love paranormal romances but also dystopian, strong female leads, blow-your-mind twists, etc. And when I was initially thinking of ideas for a book, I couldn’t figure out how to get the girl and the ghost in the same place at the same time without resorting to something kooky like time travel or séances, so Stitch is the ridiculous explanation I came up with. :-)

SP: 2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

SD: Because I love to read in these genres! Since Stitch is my first book, I just thought, “What’s something I’d love to read that I haven’t seen yet?” and when I found an idea that got me excited, I knew it was the right one!

S: 3. What kind of research did you do for this book?

SD: Ghosts, spacetime physics, and apocalyptic pandemic scenarios are things I find interesting and have done quite a bit of learning about in the past (I know, I’m strange!), so I had a good basis to begin with, which is where I got a lot of ideas for the book. And then as I was writing the parts where Alessa would do online research to try to answer the questions she’s facing, I would just do the same in real life and base the story on what I came up with. I also interviewed a biological outbreak expert from the Federation of American Scientists who helped me come up with a lot of the backstory for the book (more about this coming in book 2!).

SP: 4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

SD: I work full-time as a business writer for my own company, so the days when I wrote Stitch were the fun non-working days for me! Haha. I wrote a few chapters of Stitch a weekend whenever I had time, generally in the mornings (while my husband and cat were still sleeping…). Since this was supposed to be a fun project instead of work, I tried not to set too strict goals like I normally would – I’d just plan to write 2-4 chapters whenever I could fit it in. At one point I was like, “I LOVE writing this book, I’m going to make time to do it every day!” but that ended up being an unrealistic goal, so I went back to writing on weekends only and maybe just doing some revising or working on the marketing plan during the week. It was actually kind of nice because I really looked forward to the time I’d set aside each week to write.

SP: 5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

SD: The hardest part for me is coming up with the ideas for what’s going to happen. When you write, you have the ability to make ANYTHING happen to your characters, so it’s hard to know if you’re going down the right path or not. I spent A LOT of time bouncing ideas off my husband and planning out the story before I ever started writing it, and that helped me to be a lot more productive when I actually sat down to write.

SP: 6. What’s the best thing about being an author?

SD: Sharing my book with readers, definitely! I originally wrote Stitch only with intentions of sharing it with close friends and family, as a fun side project to help pass the time until my upcoming wedding (we were married in September and I wrote it from January to March-ish). But then my beta readers were so enthusiastic – and it just felt so good to share the story with them – that I decided to release it to the general public. And it’s been AMAZING seeing reader reactions. There’s a lot going on in Stitch and it’s definitely not for everyone, so I’ve been really surprised to see how positively SO many people are reacting to the book. I love Stitch, of course, but I figured I’m a bit weird so things that appeal to me may not appeal to a lot of other people – but I’m finding out that maybe I’m not as weird as I thought! Lol.

SP: 7. What are you working on now?

SD: I just got married a few weeks ago (right in the middle of the Stitch Blog Tour!) and then we went on our honeymoon and two days after we got back, we closed on our first house and have been doing massive renovations ever since. So right now, I’m just working on getting my personal life under control, continuing to promote Stitch, and keeping my business afloat with all that going on! But as soon as we’re all settled in the new place, I plan to start writing book 2 of the series, Shudder. Can’t wait!!

SP: 8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

SD: My advice for aspiring writers is to just do what you love. If you love to write, find a way to make your life work for your writing. It may mean taking a pay cut (I left my lucrative software engineering job to become a freelance writer, so I understand!) and transgressing against other people’s expectations for you (trust me, I got A LOT of blank stares and headshakes when I announced my career change), but in the end, it will absolutely be worth it because you’re doing what you love. And if you don’t have the flexibility to make a major life change to follow your dreams, at least make the time to work your dreams into your life – set aside a few hours each weekend that are strictly for you and your writing, and just let it flow. Life is short – do what you love to do and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

SP: 9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

SD: I have too many favorites to list! The Harry Potter series, Twilight, The Hunger Games, the Eragon series, Game of Thrones, Sharon Shinn’s Samaria series, Divergent, Delirium, pretty much any immersive reading experience that brings me to another place, particularly if that place has magic or elves or vampires or awesome futuristic technology. And of course a little romance sprinkled on top makes anything better. I also love books of any sort with strong female protagonists, and lots of historical fiction. Pride and Prejudice is an all-time favorite of mine.

SP: 10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

SD: Hmm, I haven’t really thought about this before… I guess all the questions I REALLY want to discuss are all regarding things that are spoilers in the book, so interviewers can’t ask me those questions and I can’t answer them!! One of these days I’m going to have to visit some book clubs or do a live online chat with all people who’ve read it so that we talk about all the good stuff!

Random Q & A fun with SylverPages

SP: 1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

SD: “The Girl Who’s Life Revolves Around a Cat.” Seriously, he’s so spoiled. Everyone thinks I’m crazy. (Love you, Gio!)

SP: 2. Twook! (Tweet the other): Describe your book in 140 characters or less. Go!

SD: College student Alessa falls in love with a ghost, except she’s not a student, he’s not a ghost, & everything they think they know is wrong. (That’s 140 exactly!! Thank you, ampersand, for saving me two characters, haha.)

SP: 3. Name 5 items in your survival kit?

SD: I’m going mainly practical with a couple everyday pleasures thrown in for good measure: knife, fire starter, water purifier, Kindle, and Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stick (which is the best lip balm ever invented!).

SP: 4. Sweet or Sour?

SD: Sour. I used to love sweet, but for some reason I’ve grown out of it in my old age (of 27…). I can’t even take fruit anymore! All I want to eat is cheese, lol.

BMB: 5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?

SD: I think I’d stay being just who I am – I’m very happy right now. :-)

SP: 6. if you were to become a superhero what would your name be and what special power would you have?

SD: Oh, God, I’m bad at these… My power would be to get a lot of things done really quickly (since this is something I am good at) and my name would be Captain Efficiency. Lame, but effective! Lol.

Katie   Robinson Author  Interview: 

 Not only did SylverPages, get to host a Cover Reveal for Downburstalong with a special excerpt release I  also got to have this awesome author spotlight interview with Katie Robison, hope you all enjoy it as much as I did she is a funny lady.

SP: 1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, and idea)?

KR: A girl is mistaken for someone else and is forced to assume that person’s identity in order to survive. The fantasy element of the novel was inspired by my reading various mythologies from native cultures (American Indian, Polynesian, etc.).

SP: 2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

KR: I’ve always loved YA fiction and magic realism is a particularly exciting and challenging subgenre. Creating a plausible storyline was half the fun.

SP: 3. What kind of research did you do for this book?

KR: I was researching constantly. Since the story is set in our world, I had to get my facts right about everything. A few topics I researched in-depth included geography, weather, native cultures, languages, and especially the wind.

SP: 4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

KR: I write in my office at home. When I’m on a roll, I can write all day, sometimes twelve + hours. I usually don’t have a daily goal; instead I set weekly goals. That allows me to have a little more flexibility.

SP: 5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

KR: Having to stop and do other things

SP: 6. What’s the best thing about being an author?

KR: Getting to do what I love

SP: 7. What are you working on now?

KR: The sequel to Downburst

SP: 8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

KR: Read a lot and write a lot. First attempts are always terrible so don’t give up. Just keep writing and revise like crazy.

SP: 9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

KR: There are too many to name, but Edith Wharton and Alexandre Dumas are near the top. Right now I’m reading Till We Have Facesby C.S. Lewis for my book club.

SP:  10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

KR: I’m not sure there’s a question I’ve always wanted to be asked, but a fun one would be, “If you could be a character in your book, which would you be?” My answer: Not Kit; I don’t think I could handle everything she goes through. Maybe Lila. She’s got some mad skills, and she’s always chipper.

Random Q & A fun with Book Mark Belles

SP: 1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?

KR:  Hmmm …. Maybe Roller Coaster Off-Track. (I really have been on a roller coaster that’s fallen off its track.)

SP: 2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe DOWNBURST in 140 characters or less?

KR: Go! A fast-paced fantasy thriller that builds on Native American myths, utilizes meteorological phenomena, and hurls the reader from one surprise to another.

SP: 3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?

KR: A thesaurus, the Internet, snacks, good music, and something to prop my feet up

SP: 4. Sweet or Sour?

KR: Sweet

SP: 5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?

KR: I’m pretty happy being who I am, but if I had to be someone else, I’d choose to be the Princess of Monaco—then I could live on the French Riviera!

SP: 6. What would your superhero name be and what special powers would you have?

KR: Super Mega Ultra Lightning Babe (without a mild-mannered alter ego)

    Author Bio:

Katie Robison earned her bachelor’s degree in English and French from Brigham Young University and is currently working toward a Ph.D. in medieval and early modern literature at the University of Minnesota.

When she’s not teaching or doing research, she enjoys running, playing racquetball, inventing new recipes, shooting nature photography, and, of course, writing.
Katie was creating stories as soon as she could hold a crayon, completing her first (intelligible) chapter book when she was seven and her first novel when she was sixteen. Her move to beautiful—and wild—Minnesota inspired much of the content for her latest project. (See the Photo Gallery.)
She lives just outside Minneapolis with her husband and their Siberian Husky.
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C.c. Hunter Author Interview

Epppp!! Im so excited to bring you yet again another awesome author interview twice in one week which is so exciting!!! The next author we bring you is 
C.c. Hunter author of BORN AT MIDNIGHT,TURNED AT DARK, AWAKE AT DAWN & TAKEN AT DUSK which are all  part of the SHADOW FALL SERIES! she was kind enough to take time out of her extremely busy schedule to interview with  me and I thank C.c. very much for doing so .

 Here is the Interview &  other fun info enjoy!!

 SPTell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, and idea)?

 C.C.:  First, thank you so much for having me visit your blog.  I've had a great time.  Now, to answer your question . . . Taken at Dusk, book 3 of my Shadow Falls YA paranormal series, was released from St. Martin's Press/Griffin in April of this year.  Whispers at Moonrise, book four, will be out in October.  The series follows Kylie Galen and her friends at Shadow Falls, a summer camp/school for supernatural teens.

As for how I came up with the idea for the series . . .  You see, the idea of the paranormal camp actually came from my editor Rose Hilliard at St. Martin's Press/Griffin.  And that's exactly what she said, too—"paranormal camp."  Now, that was all she said.  She expected me to come up with the rest.  But you know what?  Those two words were enough to get my imagination going.  Before long, I started thinking about what I felt, thought and experienced when I was sixteen, Kylie's age in the book.  You see, I’m what we authors call a character-driven writer, meaning a story doesn’t come to life for me until I have my characters straight in my head.  So, I scribbled some notes down about what I remembered from when I was a teenager and I started doing research on paranormal creatures and before you knew it, I had Della, Miranda, Holiday, Derek, Perry, Lucas and Burnett walking and talking in my head.  After that, the storylines just fell into place.

SP: How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

C.C.:  Good question.  I'd never read any young adult (YA) paranormals until my editor asked my agent if I would be interested in writing a YA paranormal series for them.  As part of my research, I started reading a lot of them.  And I discovered that my voice was a fit for the genre.  But to be honest, I was interested in the paranormal long before then.  You see, I’ve always loved ghost stories, and I sure heard a lot of them growing up in Alabama.  I think they’re my favorite because . . . well, here’s where you might think I’m a little off my rocker.  You see, I kind of believe ghosts exist.  So writing about paranormal elements and having Kylie see ghosts seemed another natural fit.

SP: What kind of research did you do for this book? 

C.C.:  Like I said, before I started writing the series, I did a lot of reading about the genre so I could have a good handle on what makes YA paranormals "work."  I also spent a good week taking a mental trip down Memory Lane and revisiting my youth.  Because I wanted to make Kylie as real as I possibly could, I wanted to recall all the things that were important to me at that age.  I then used that, and all the issues I had dealt with, to help me create my array of characters for the series.   So many of the issues I write about in the series are issues I lived through.  For example, my parents got a divorce, I was the wallflower at school, I loved a boy but wasn’t ready for the things he wanted, and I am dyslexic, just like Miranda.  I took my experiences, tweaked them a bit and gave them to my characters.  Because the series has paranormal elements, I also did some research on that, which I used for the series. 

SP: What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

C.C.:  Well, a typical writing day starts early.  I'm usually up by 6:00 a.m. and at my computer.  I start by reading through and editing the last scene I wrote the day before, just to get me in the mood.  I try to get in a good couple of hours of work before I leave to take my morning walk.  Writing is such a sedentary occupation so I need the daily exercise.  Plus, it helps me work through any plot problems I may be having.
When I get back from my walk, I head back to the computer and write for a few more hours.  Then I'll take a lunch break, catch up on some emails, make a few phone calls, and then it's back to the computer for another two to three hour writing jag.  I continue like this for the rest of the day.  If I'm under a tight deadline, I may even work into the evening, although I generally try to call it a day around dinner.  I'm really lucky in that I have such a supportive hubby.  He makes dinner most nights, so I don't even have to worry about that when I'm writing.  Plus, he even does the laundry!  Am I lucky or what?

     SP: What is the hardest part of writing for you?

C.C.:   The hardest part?  Hmm.  That’s a good question.  The answer probably depends on which genre I’m writing in.  For example, I’ve written a lot of non-fiction and the process for writing that is a lot different from the process of writing fiction.  Just as writing YA paranormals is a lot different from writing humorous romantic suspense.

Since we’re talking about my Shadow Falls series, I’ll focus on the problems I’ve encountered writing that.  One issue for me was probably getting in touch with my “young adult” voice.  But you know what is really weird?  In a strange way, it was also the easiest part, too.  Because when I read a lot of other YA paranormals as part of my research on the genre, I quickly realized that the books I really enjoyed reading had a “smarta$$” tone to them.  Which was good because my writing has a smarta$$ tone to it, too!  (Just ask my editor!)

However, the hardest part of writing is . . . the writing.  I’m dyslexic and it getting those words on paper without mistakes is sometimes hard.  Creating those characters in my head, and plotting out the scenes comes a lot easier.


     SP: What’s the best thing about being an author?

C.C.:  Hmm.  The best part about being a writer is probably the freedom it gives me.  I can do my job anywhere and believe me, I have.  For example, I’ve written while flying across the country and while driving, too.  Of course, I was a passenger during both trips.  LOL. 

Writers get to use their imaginations every day.  We create new worlds, new people.  We send our new people off to have fantastical adventures.  And best of all, I actually get paid to do it all.  And to think when I was back in grade school, my teachers told me I’d never get anywhere in life by keeping my head up there in the clouds.  LOL.

     SP: What are you working on now? 

C.C.:  Great question.  Actually, I have several projects I'm working on right now.  I writing book five of the Shadow Falls series—that's the last book in the series, btw, and I know it's going to be hard to slap "The End" on this series.  I'm also working on ideas for a new series, and I'm excited about that.  Now that should be enough to keep most people busy, but not me.  I also write humorous romantic suspense novels as Christie Craig, and I'm working on book three of my Hotter in Texas series for Grand Central/Forever.  So . . . I guess you could say I've got a lot of projects on the front burner right now. 

     SP: What advice would you give aspiring writers?

C.C.:  Funny you should ask that.  I’m often asked to speak to a group of aspiring writers, and when I do, I tell them the same things I tell anyone who has a dream they cherish.  Namely, believe in yourself.  Believe in your dream.  And don’t give up, no matter how many rejections you may accumulate.  Stay strong and keep working toward your goals.  If it’s writing, take writing classes, attend writers’ conferences and soak up as much knowledge as you can while you’re there.  And read.  Read widely.  Read anything and everything you can get your hands on.  And most of all never let anyone steal your dream from you.  Because I don’t care what the “experts” will tell you about the odds of making your dream a reality.  I heard it all, too.  I was a dyslexic high school drop-out when I decided I wanted to make my living as a writer.  Believe me; the experts didn’t think I had a good chance of making it.  If I’d listened to them, I never would have made it.  But I listened to myself.  I believed in myself.  And I made it.  You can, too. 

     SP:  Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

C.C.:  I love to read, so I read a lot of different authors and my reading list is varied.  I do almost all of my reading these days in bed because it’s a great way to wind down from writing.  Some of my favorite YA books are Evermoreby Alyson Noel, the House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast andFirelight by Sophie Jordan. 

SP: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

C.C.:  Hmm.  You know, you guys are so good about asking me questions that I can't think of any that you missed.  So, instead of answering that, can I just say how much I appreciate all that you and the other bloggers, reviewers and readers do to support me and my books?  I've had a remarkable year.  My Shadow Falls series hit the New York Times best-sellers list for children's book series.  Yep.  My books were right up there with the big guys, like Stephanie Meyers' Twilight and Jeff Kinney's Wimpy Kid, and I felt so proud.  Taken at Dusk hit the USA Today best-sellers list, too.  I was thrilled to reach this milestone, but I know that none of that would have ever happened if I didn't have the support of reviewers, bloggers and readers.  Thanks to everyone for their support. 


 "The newest in the super-popular teen paranormal genre, this book is one of the best. Kylie is funny and vulnerable, struggling to deal with her real-world life and her life in a fantastical world she's not sure she wants to be a part of. Peppered throughout with humor and teen angst, Born At Midnight is a laugh-out-loud page-turner. This one is going on the keeper shelf next to my Armstrong and Meyer collections!" —Fresh Fiction

born at midnight

  Kylie Galen has had a lot of crap tossed in her lap lately. Her parents are getting a divorce for who the heck knows why. Her boyfriend broke up with her because she wouldn't put out. And her grandmother died because . . . well, older people do that. But now, Kylie's acquired a stalker and she hasn't a clue what he wants or how to get rid of him . . . and she really wants to get rid of him because apparently she's the only one who sees him. Thinking she may be losing it, her parents send her off to see a psychologist who gets Kylie sent to Shadow Falls Camp. Kylie and her parents think it's a camp for troubled teens.

They thought wrong.

Kylie's surrounded by vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches and shapeshifters. And if she believes what they tell her, she's one of them. They're just not sure exactly how she fits in. As Kylie struggles to cope with the realization that these creatures even exist, and the fact that she might not be human, she's got two hot guys, a werewolf and a half-fairy vying for her attention. And they can just keep vying. Kylie's determined that before she lets her heart loose on love, she needs to unearth the truth. What does the ghost want? Who can and can't she trust? And most of all . . . What is she?

 Shadow Fall Series Books
turned at darkawake at dawntaken at dusk

Author Bio:
cc hunterC.C. Hunter grew up in Alabama, where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and regularly rescued potential princes, in the form of Alabama bullfrogs, from her brothers. Today, she's still fascinated with lightning bugs, mostly wears shoes, but has turned her focus to rescuing mammals. She now lives in Texas with her four rescued cats, one dog, and a prince of a husband, who for the record, is so not a frog. When she's not writing, she's reading, spending time with her family, or is shooting things-with a camera, not a gun.

C.C. Hunter is a pseudonym. Her real name is Christie Craig and she also writes humorous romantic suspense romance novels for Grand Central.


Interview With Kendare Blake (Author of Anna Dressed in Blood) 
Eeek!!!! SylverPages is so excited to share this awesome Interview that I got to have with Kendare Blake author of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD  && ANNA AND GIRL OF NIGHTMARES she is such a funny character Her answer's are so original and so much fun .

Praise for Anna Dressed in Blood
“It's the old boy meets girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first.”—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove

Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 316 pgs
Genre: YA

Release Date: August  30 2011 


 Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

And she, for whatever reason, spares his life.  

Sequel out soon here is a sneak peak!!


Author: Kendare Blake
Pages: 304  pgs
Genre: YA

Release Date: August 7 2012


 It’s been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can’t move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they’re right, but in Cas’s eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he’s seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he’s asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong... these aren’t just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn’t know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn’t deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it’s time for him to return the favor. 

 Here's the Fun Interview!!!

SP: 1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

KB: The ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD series consists of ANNA and GIRL OF NIGHTMARES. It follows ghost killer Cas Lowood as he tries to kill, and then tries to save, Anna Dressed in Blood, a girl who was murdered and now kills everyone who enters her house. I can't really remember how I came up with it. I know I wanted to write something bloody, because I'd been writing decidedly unbloody things for years. And I wanted to play Silent Hill, but I was too scared. So Anna's name came to me, and I thought, wow, she's dead, and she kills. Someone ought to kill her.

SP: 2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

KB: I read a lot of horror as a kid. Stephen King, Anne Rice, Bret Easton Ellis, which isn't exactly horror but if you've read Lunar Park or American Psycho, then you know what I'm saying.

SP: 3. What kind of research did you do for this book? 

KB: I went to Thunder Bay, Ontario and stayed in a B&B there for a few days to get the lay of the land. And some local expertise. The rest of it I sort of knew, like most of the witchcraft stuff. The voodoo stuff was harder to find.

SP: 4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

KB: I my cluttered home office. Which is basically a table. I write for a few hours, whenever I have a spare day, but don't do writing goals. Well, okay. I hate to leave the computer with less than 500 words gained, but if the writing isn't going well, I'm not going to force it. That just results in a day's worth of crap I have to delete later on.

 SP: 5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

KB: Getting started. After that, it just sort of goes, or it doesn't. If it doesn't, I delete and do over. But let's not talk about that. I'm in the middle of a book now and I'm superstitious :)

SP: 6. What’s the best thing about being an author?

KB: What isn't great about being an author? I get to do what I love, the thing I'm compelled to do anyway, and people actually read it. It's excellent, and incredible, and wowie zowie. Being an author lets me write. That's the best thing. 

SP: 7. What are you working on now? 

KB: Right now I'm in the middle of ANTIGODDESS #2. We'll just call it that for now, even though it has a title I hope we'll keep. There's a lot going on in it. Greek gods. Death. Blood. Love stories. I'm enjoying it a lot, and hope you will too. I hope to have it done by August, before GoN comes out. Then I can take a few months off before ANTIGODDESS #3. Which also has a title, but I'm not as attached to that one.

 SP: 8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

KB: Read. Then read some more. Then read a little bit. Then read a lot. Then write. Don't let annoying doubts derail your projects. I know a lot of writers who start something and then start to second guess where they're going, and just let the whole thing die. Just get it down. Write the story that demands it be written or it will kill you.

BMB: 9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

KB: Of course I do! But I have so many. King, Rice and Ellis I've already mentioned, so let's namedrop Caitlin R Kiernan (as usual) Raymond Carver, and Joe Hill. All great. Right now I'm reading Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy, about an Afghan girl with a cleft lip. Great so far. 

BMB:  10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

KB: Hmm. I used to want to be asked what ice cream flavor my characters would be, but then I was recently asked that. So now I don't have one. Hmm. Maybe, who would win in a fight between my characters. Like who would win in a fight between Mrs. Lowood (Cas' mom) and Morfran (Thomas' grandfather). I think Mrs. Lowood would take it. I think she hides a lot underneath motherly sweetness. There's some badassery in her past. And Morfran, voodooist that he is, wouldn't see it coming.

 Random Q & A  fun with SylverPages

SP: 1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be? 

KB: It would be THE THREE HOURS YOU'LL NEVER GET BACK, by Kendare Blake. Because seriously, my life isn't worth writing about.

SP: 2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe FREAK in 140 characters or less. Go!

KB: I assume you mean Anna, right? But I'll do GIRL. "Cas Lowood must save Anna from Hell. And he'll kill as many dead things as he has to along the way."

SP: 3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit?  

KB: We're supposed to have survival kits? Shit. Why wasn't I told? Well, I guess I'd have to say my laptop and internet connection. A good ink pen at the ready. And a composition book. One more? A snack of the chocolately variety. No! Of the alcoholic variety. No! Chocolate! No! *sigh. This is hard.

SP: 4. Sweet or Sour?

KB: Only cruel people make you choose. But fine. Sweet. Unless you mean about me. Am I sweet or sour. Because then...sour.

S: 5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?

KB: I would be a royal taster for a very popular monarch. Because the risk would be low, and the food quality would be high.

 SP: 6. What would your superhero name be and what special powers would you have ?

KB: My superhero name would be UltraSuperEverything, and I would have all the special powers. Because if you're letting me choose multiple powers, why not choose them all? 

Thanks for having me stop by the Belles! Great questions :)




Kendare Blake is an import from South Korea who was raised in the United States by caucasian parents. You know, that old chestnut. She received a Bachelor's degree in Business from Ithaca College and a Master's degree in Writing from Middlesex University in London. She brakes for animals, the largest of which was a deer, which sadly didn't make it, and the smallest of which was a mouse, which did, but it took forever. Amongst her likes are Greek Mythology, rare red meat and veganism. She also enjoys girls who can think with the boys like Ayn Rand, and boys who scare the morality into people, like Bret Easton Ellis. 


Twitter: @KendareBlake



E.K Henry Interview & Giveaway (author of Freak)

Sylver Pages got to interview author E.K Henry on her book FREAK! she was such a sweet friendly and kind author who also was extremely generous to give us awesome prizes to raffle off so after reading the interview please scroll down and enter to win! 
 Rafflecopter posted below!


Now on with the Interview enjoy!
E.K Henry :
 Your interview questions have been the most fun so far.  I love the random ones :)

1. Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?

Juniper is a 16-year-old humans living in a world ran by vampires.  It has been drilled into her ever since she can remember that vampires rule, humans suck, and she can only amount to becoming a blood donor.  The entire human race is oppressed, and Juniper can't stand it.  When her father signs the family up to take part in a reality show called The Secret Lives of Humans, Juniper hopes it will give her the edge to become accepted and to shed her freak label.  

She learns quickly that vampires aren't that accepting.  

When she can no longer live in her own personal hell any longer, she joins up with a group of underground vampire hunters and joins the human revolution.

She quickly learns that friends might not be who she thinks they are, that she's just a pawn in the government's game, and that the world might not be as black and white as she always thought.

I came up with the idea for Freak while reading a story about a Mormon family that was getting their own reality television show.  Most of the family seemed thrilled about the idea, but one child in particular wasn't.  They didn't want the world to see how different their family was from mainstream society.  This story got me thinking about what it would be like to be forced to participate in a show that was meant to spotlight how different you are than everybody else.  I tried to imagine the worst scenario that I would hate to be put in myself, and that is how Freak was born.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?
As a teen, I always read Adult books.  Stephen King was and still is my idle.  I devoured his books.  There wasn't really a young adult genre so to speak until quite recently.  When I discovered it, I was enthralled with the stories I found there.  Since, then I have always hit the young adult shelves first whenever I walk into a bookstore.  I began writing young adult, because I knew there was a huge fan base that would accept my love for the paranormal.  It just came naturally and I've been writing YA ever since then.

3. What kind of research did you do for this book? 

Aside from all of the research that I have done for years on how to actually write a novel, I researched communistic governments, and what kind of vampire books were already out there.  I wanted to put a unique spin on the vampire lore that is already available. 

4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?

This is a question I get asked a lot and my answer has changed vastly.  

When I started writing my first and second book that are now trunked (which means put away and will never see the light of day again for those of you who are not familiar with the term),   I was a full time student and work at home mom.  I was able to get in tons of writing time and pound out the words.  Some days I could write as much as 9,000 words a day.  I wrote something everyday Monday through Friday.

I graduated college and got a full time job, and things changed drastically.  I now typically write whenever I can squeeze in time.  I bring my laptop with me to work and write for about thirty minutes before work, during my lunch break, and after my three year old goes to bed.  This is also the time that I answer interview questions, promote my book, and send out review copies and swag.  My writing time is limited now, but I would love to go back to writing full time.  

I tend to write either in my office at home, in my car whenever I can, outside, or on the couch.  I used to try to go to a coffee house or bookstore to write but I found that I spent more time people watching and creating stories in my head about their lives than I did actually writing.

I usually try to set a daily writing goal on the weekends.  I usually get the most writing time in on the weekends.

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

EDITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  It's such a love hate relationship.  I love seeing my books become better and better, but revising and editing takes up soooo much time.  I can draft a book in a month when I am really into it but revising is a whole different game.  It can take months and months.

6. What’s the best thing about being an author?

Seeing reviews of my book, answering interviews, and getting emails from fans.  It's such an amazing feeling to know that someone else likes my work.  Whenever I see a review or email from a fan, I am on cloud nine for days.  It's such a rewarding feeling.

7. What are you working on now?

I am working on a sequal to FREAK and a post-apocalyptic story about a girl who's dad is a doomsday prepper. 

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers?

My number one advice is to sit down and write.  Even if what you feel like you're writing is crap just keep writing.  My first two books were trunked, but I learned so much from them.  If I wouldn't have keep going, I never would have become a published author.

My number two advice is to find a group of writing buddies.  I can not tell you how many times my online writing buddies have pointed out things that I would have never seen myself, pulled me off of the "I quit" ledge, and been an amazing source of encouragement.  I have been working with these amazing ladies at all stages in the publishing business for three years now, and I can honestly say that I consider them to be some of my closest friends.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?

Stephen King has been and always will be my number one favorite author.  I also love The Hunger Games, Twilight, Speak, and about a billion others.  My favorite books are like my favorite music, I love a ton of them.

10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?

Hmm.  This is a hard one.  I guess something that I have always wanted to be asked is how do I cope with being a mom, wife, writer, and work full time.  The answer would be, it's hard as hell.  It is hard to make sure that I carve out time in my day to put on my writer hat.  There are days when I am exhausted and just want to sleep, but I try to write something first.  There are times when things like cleaning the house have to be put on hold so I can make time for my characters.  It would be awesome if someone could clone me.  That would make it so much easier :)

Random Q & A  fun with SylverPages

1. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be? 

Craziness.  Seriously, there just isn't enough hours in the day sometimes and I feel like I am just in a crazy mess most of the time.

2. Twook! (Tweet your book): Describe FREAK in 140 characters or less. Go!

Juniper never asked to be human or to have a camera shoved in her face 24/7. Enough's enough. She'll take control of her life or die trying.

3. Name 5 items in your author survival kit? 

French vanilla coffee, Dr. Pepper, multi-colored highlighters, lots of sticky notes, and my headphones.

4. Sweet or Sour?

Sweet.  Dr. Pepper fuels my muse.

5. If you could be anyone in the world who would it be and why?

Katniss, because she is so badass.

6. What would your superhero name be and what special powers would you have ?

Invisible Woman, because it would be amazing to be invisible.  Think about the gossip you would here if no one thought you were around. 

What luck I had to host 2 author's in a single day first up is Alayna Williams author interview followed by Rachel Harris's cover reveal,  So without any further delays here we go !!
Alayna Williams  paranormal romance books wrap you up in their world in a heart beat she's a must read. So if you haven't picked up any of her, books you need to do so below I have posted her interview and two of her, books along with links to her amazing pages were you can  buy and read a bit on each book  hope you  enjoy and a special  thanks to Roxanne Rhoads  @ bewitching book for setting this interview up I have also posted her links below . 


 1. Tell readers about your books. How did you come up with the (stories, angles, ideas)? 

DARK ORACLE and ROGUE ORACLE are about a criminal profiler, Tara Sheridan, who uses Tarot cards to solve crimes. These books are a mash-up of science and magic - similar to Fringe and the X-Files. Tara's a reluctant member of an ancient society of oracles tracing their lineage back to the Oracle of Delphi. In ROGUE ORACLE, Tara and her skeptic partner Harry Li are on the trail of a Chernobyl survivor who's selling nuclear secrets on the international black market.

I've used Tarot cards as story prompts before, but it was a lot of fun to give a heroine a supernatural power associated with them. Tara makes connections between the images on the cards and the world around her, and I enjoy getting into her head as she works through a mystery. Tara was inspired, in particular, by the Queen of Swords card.

2. How did you get interested in writing this particular genre ? 

I've always been intrigued by the idea of a hidden supernatural world existing beneath our own. Urban Fantasy allows me to explore the "what if's": What if a criminal profiler turned to Tarot card divination? What if a dragon lived in the salt mine beneath Detroit? What if the future could be told through the use of magic...and how would we try to change what we saw?

I like the fact urban fantasy is wide open. I'm not bound by many conventions as far as structure or the ending...UF doesn't require the story to follow a fixed pattern. I can allow the story to unfold and let it be unpredictable as it develops.

3. What kind of research did you do for these books? 

I love doing research, and was fascinated by what I'd read about the possibility of particle accelerators opening black holes for a fractional period of time in our world. It's also intriguing to think that most of the matter and energy that we can experience - “light matter” - is a vanishingly small percentage of what really exists in the universe.  I followed that research down a rabbit hole of nerdy goodness for DARK ORACLE.

ROGUE ORACLE required a great deal of research into the Chernobyl disaster. I remembered a good deal from what I saw on the news as a child, because it was particularly fascinating and scary for me. It was an unsettling thing to revisit that as an adult, when I could really dig deep.

4. What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? 

I get most of my writing done in the wee hours of the morning, when I'm not at work and everything is quiet. I try to get about a thousand words in a day. I don't always succeed, but putting that goal on my calendar helps push me forward.

5. What is the hardest part of writing for you? 

Nothing intimidates me more than a blank page. A blank page suggests a point a thousand miles away from where I want to be. It's formless and paralyzing.

6. What’s the best thing about being an author? 

Building worlds. When I start, the page is blank. When I'm finished, it feels as if I've conjured something from nothing, a real world with characters and moving parts. It's really exhilarating to watch it take shape.  

7. What are you working on now? 

I also write as Laura Bickle. In fall, my first YA book will be released by Houghton Mifflin's Graphia line. It's called THE HALLOWED ONES, and it's pitched as "WITNESS meets 28 DAYS LATER." It's a thriller about an Amish girl who must confront not only a massive disaster unfolding in the world outside her community, but also the threat of darkness in her own increasingly fragile society. I'm working on the sequel now, and that will be released the following spring.

8. What advice would you give aspiring writers? 

Stick with it. Persistence is important: persistence in keeping the butt in the chair, finishing manuscripts, revising,'s all about determination. It's easy to get disillusioned, but the key thing is to keep working through it.

I also recommend that writers try National Novel Writing Month at least once. It really helped me integrate writing into my daily life and improved my productivity. And the sense of community is unbeatable.

9. Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books? 

My all-time favorite is Robin McKinley's HERO AND THE CROWN. I read it when I was a pre-teen, and fell in love with fantasy ever after. It was the first book I'd read that had a female protagonist who slew her own dragons. I was hooked.

Other favorites include: Ann Aguirre, Lauren DeStefano, Elizabeth Bear, Jeri Smith-Ready, and MLN Hanover.

10. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?  

I've rarely been asked about my everyday, non-writing life. I work in a library in my day job, which is a wonderful job for a writer. I get to be surrounded by books ...and it makes the research process so much more convenient!

Thanks so much for hosting me today! I really appreciate the opportunity to chat with you and your readers. 

Books By Alayna Williams + extra's:
Delphic Oracle #1
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
ISBN 978-1439182796
June 2010 

DARK ORACLE is a scientific, paranormal read that takes readers on a wild chase. A subtle romance lends to the entertainment this read offers. Tara is a strong female who has many stories till waiting to be told. An interesting new series that is not quite like anything else! (4 stars)
                 -RT Book Reviews

“Dark Oracle is a lot of fun.”
                 -Elizabeth Bear, Realms of Fantasy Magazine, December 2010

Can an oracle change the future she sees?

Tara Sheridan swore off criminal profiling years ago. By combining Tarot card divination with her own intuition, she narrowly escaped the grasp of a serial killer who left her scarred for life. She put down her cards and withdrew from work and society. Now, Sophia, a member of an ancient secret society connected to the mythic Delphic Oracle, asks Tara to find a missing scientist who has unlocked the destructive secrets of dark energy. Tara resists— she fears reawakening her long-buried talents and blames Sophia’s Daughters of Delphi for the death of her mother. But, grudgingly, she agrees to search for the missing scientist, Lowell Magnusson.

Tara travels to Las Alamos National Laboratory, the location of Magnusson’s disappearance. She meets the serious, impatient, and highly attractive Agent Harry Li— and re-encounters her old partner, Richard Corvus. Corvus is now chief of the Special Projects Division, a position Tera might have held, had she not dropped out of investigative work. Corvus considers Tara mentally imbalanced and not to be trusted— but it may be Corvus who is untrustworthy.

Tara’s investigation and Tarot cards tell her Magnusson’s daughter, Cassie, may hold the key to her father’s plans, and that they both are in grave danger. Meanwhile, Corvus and the Daughters of Delphi have their own plans...and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Available now from and Barnes & Noble.
Read an excerpt at:

Delphic Oracle #2
Pocket Juno Books
Mass Market Paperback, $7.99
ISBN 978-1439182819
Feb. 22, 2011

Alayna Williams writes with power and poetry, combining old mythos with complete ass-kickery. You don’t want to miss this series.”
                 -National bestselling author Ann Aguirre

The more you know about the future, the more there may be to fear.

Tara Sheridan is the best criminal profiler around - and the most unconventional. Trained as a forensic psychologist, Tara also specializes in Tarot card reading. But she doesn't need her divination skills to realize that the new assignment from her friend and sometime lover, Agent Harry Li, is a dangerous proposition in every way.

Former Cold War operatives, all linked to a top-secret operation tracking the disposal of nuclear weapons in Russia, are disappearing. There are no bodies, and no clues to their whereabouts. Harry suspects a conspiracy to sell arms to the highest bidder. The cards - and Tara's increasingly ominous dreams - suggest something darker. Even as Tara sorts through her feelings for Harry and her fractured relationships with the mysterious order known as Delphi's Daughters, a killer is growing more ruthless by the day. And a nightmare that began decades ago in Chernobyl will reach a terrifying endgame that not even Tara could have foreseen…

ROGUE ORACLE is available at and Barnes & Noble.
Read an excerpt at: 

 Author Bio:
Alayna Williams has an MA in sociology-criminology (research interests: fear of crime and victimology) and a BA in criminology. She has worked in and around criminal justice since 1997. Although she does read Tarot cards, she's never used them in criminal profiling or to locate lost scientists. She recently took up astronomy, but for the most part her primary role in studying constellations and dark matter is to follow her amateur astronomer-husband around central Ohio toting the telescope tripod and various lenses. Like the Pythia in Dark Oracle, she's been known to belly dance. Unlike the Pythia she'd never consider herself a professional
Writing as Laura Bickle, she's the author of EMBERS and SPARKS for Pocket - Juno Books. Writing as Alayna Williams, she's the author of DARK ORACLE and ROGUE ORACLE.
More info on her urban fantasy and general nerdiness is here:
Laura/ Alayna’s blogs
She’s at Facebook
And Twitter...@Laura_Bickle
Sparky the fire salamander from EMBERS and SPARKS has his own Twitter account, @SparkySalamandr
 Special Thanks to Promoter:

Roxanne Rhoads
Paranormal Romance Author
Publicist at Entangled Publishing
Publicist/Owner Bewitching Book Tours

 I had the opportunity of having a mini interview with Jennifer .L. Armentroutshe is an amazing author and her books have the power to open up your mind and take you to amazing worlds filled with out of this world stories along with equally hot guys just saying! so check out some of her books posted below along with her interview you won’t be disappointed!



SP: How did you get interested in writing this particular genre?

JLA: Growing up, I read a lot of paranormal fantasy. It's my favorite genre of them all, so it seemed natural that when I started writing, I would also write in that genre or something along the lines of that.

SP: What kind of research did you do for this book?

JLA: The most research I did was on gemstones and how they effect light. The three stones that the books are named after: Obsidian, Onyx, and Opal all have an impact on how light is reflected or seen. I think when I'm done this series, I'll have a Google degree to be a gemologist. 

SP: What's a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal? 

JLA: My typical days usually starts off with answering email, responding to tweets or comments. Then that usually turns into a few hours of just goofing off on the Internet. Some days I get started writing early on, while other days it's not until the late afternoon. I usually try to always write over 2k a day. Some days I can rock out about 10k. Those are few and far between. 

SP: What is the hardest part of writing for you? 

JLA: The first and last chapter. 

SP: What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question? 

JLA: What do you think the Jeepers Creepers dude does with the bodies of his victims? I think he just makes face puppets out of them or something,since he doesn't really do anything with the bodies.

  Author Bio:

Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors you've heard about her state aren't true. When she's not hard at work writing. She spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. 

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories....which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She also writes adult romance under the name J. Lynn.

Books By : Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Interview time =)

What eighteen year old Mac Thorne doesn’t know will probably kill her.

In exactly eight months, five days, three hours and thirteen minutes, Mac has to choose what she’ll be for the rest of her life.

She has no choice but to pick. As a Changeling, it’s her birthright. To Mac, it’s a birthchore. Like going to school with humans, interacting with humans, and pretending to be human during the pesky daylight hours.

Once darkness descends, Mac can change into any supernatural form that exists—which makes her as happy as she can be. That is, until Winn Thomas, the biggest geek in her senior class figures out there’s more to what hides in the dark than most are willing to acknowledge.

In this first of the 19th Year Trilogy, Winn might know more about Mac than even she does, and that knowledge could end their lives, unless Mac ensures the powers-that-be have no choice but to keep him around
Expected publication: October 31st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

Now on to the author interview .............

1. When did you begin writing?
I began in 2009, but I didn't write my first YA story until 2010.

2.What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom. Yes, it's totally true. I wanted something new to do and decided to try my hand at writing. Apparently, I'm half-decent at it, but I'm 100% passionate about it. Why? I can never get bored. Every story is different and made up of different imaginary friends to keep me company!

3. How did you come up with the title?
The title, After Dark, came to me before the story. Actually, the tagline on the cover was the start of a a completely different story — a little snippet that was on a story in 140 characters ... ish. It's what happens 'after dark' (in other words, during the day) that is the crux of Mac's life. It's just perfect for the story. :)

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There is a huge message, but it won't be fully realized until book 3 is published at the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014. Ultimately, the message is about responsibility and learning and growing into an adult ... even when you don't really want to.

5. Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
All writers pull from experience, but sometimes, those experiences are imaginary ... things we've lived through or envisioned. They are still experiences (in my mind) whether done or not. The best part is how we manipulate the experience to fit a character's made-up life. So for me, walking into a kitchen to eat is an experience I've had ... but walking into a kitchen with an auto-illuminator and a fairy and vampire at the kitchen table is not one I've ever had. But I can write about it!

6. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?
Not a thing. I LOVE how After Dark has turned out!

7.Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write, write and write more. Don't expect your first book to be your best ... or your last one, either. Just like any sport, writing takes practice. But not just practice ... perfect practice. As a kid, I was always told to practice, but to practice for improvement, not to just practice. Use coaches, guides, mentors, other authors, etc. to help yourself improve. Once you've done all these things, then, you might be ready to go the publishing route.

8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
One simple thing: Thank you!

Im dying to get my hands on this novel cantwait !!!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012




Dear readers,
Hello and thanks for checking out my website! Here’s some information about me:
I was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. My parents are both literature professors, and from a very early age, my sister and I were encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of our time living imaginatively. Our house was old and full of art and towers and towers of books, and that’s still the kind of house I like best.
I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!). Later on, I began working on my own stories, and keeping company with a lot of imaginary friends.
I pursued literature and philosophy at the University of Chicago, and then moved back to New York to attend NYU’s MFA program in creative writing. I simultaneously began working at Penguin Books, in a young adult division called Razorbill, and while there, I started work on Before I Fall. I left in 2009 to pursue writing full-time, and now I happily work in my pajamas every day.
I have a variety of interests apart from writing, including reading, cooking, traveling, dancing, running, and making up weird songs. Some of my favorite things are: being cozy; fires; autumn; fuzzy slippers; very high heels; great wine; dark chocolate; ketchup; pasta. Things I hate: practical shoes, liars, and bananas. I live in Brooklyn, New York, with my best friend and fiancé, Michael.


1. When did you begin writing?
 As soon as I could write, and before that in my head! Writing and telling stories has always been an important way that I interpret and understand the world around me. 

2.What inspired you to write your first book? 

To be honest, a lot of my book ideas kind of “come to me” when a character just pipes up and starts speaking in my head. I began hearing Sam narrate her story to me, and I couldn’t get her voice out of my head—so I decided to write it down.
But the book deals with a lot of themes that have always interested me. For example, for years I’ve tried to imagine what a perfect day and a perfect moment would look like; I also have a habit of kind of obsessively re-imagining the best moments of my life, particularly when I’m stressed out or unhappy. It’s a way of thinking myself back to good places, I guess. Sam deals with similar questions in the book.

3. How did you come up with the title? 
My editor actually picked it out! It was originally entitled If I Should Fall, which was a play on a Christian bedtime prayer that is referenced in the book. My editor suggested the title be shorter and slightly more memorable.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 

 I think that, essentially, the book is about life and what makes it valuable: friends, connections, sharing, generosity. Other than that, I try not to mandate a particular “message.” Part of the joy of reading is in its interpretation.

5.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 

 Sam’s high school is very similar to the one I attended—we even had Cupid Day! And I certainly incorporated details from real life, and my observations of real people, into the characters in Before I Fall.

6 .If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book? 

 I would change many little things—sentences, turns of phrases, metaphors, etc. But I’m pretty pleased with the book’s overall shape

7.Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write Write Write! Write everyday, even if it's only a little bit.

8.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 
As always I just want to send out my thanks to everyone who reads my stories! :)


Quinn Loftis Interview

About the Author

Quinn is a 31 year old wife, mother, nurse, and writer, not necessarily in that order. She lives in beautiful North West Arkansas with her husband, son and Nora their Doberman pinscher. She loves writing, reading, and crocheting. Her favorite holiday is Christmas, favourite book(s) is Pride and Prejudice, The Alpha and Omega Series by Patricia Briggs, and the Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. She loves to be silly and have fun, loves 

music and thinks there is no greater sound in the world than that of her little boy's laughter. 

1. When did you begin writing? 
->Prince of Wolves was my first Novel. But I've been writing short stories, poems etc since I was in high school.

2.What inspired you to write your first book?

-> My love of YA Paranormal books. I started reading a lot of Indie Author books and thought maybe I could do that. So I sat down one day and just started writing.

 3. How did you come up with the title? 

->The titles to each of my books pertains to something in them. Prince Of Wolves- The main character Fane, is the Prince of the Canis lupis in Romania Blood Rites book 2- Blood Rites is the bonding ceremony that mates will participate in Just One Drop book3- Jen the lead female in this book has just a drop so were-wolf blood in her. Out Of The Dark- This title was a little to the left of the mark but the idea was that where the book ended in JOD it was a dark place, a dark time for the Romanian Grey Wolves, and book 4 is about them coming out of that dark time and place, battling through the struggles and evil that surrounds them and tries to devour them.

 4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

-> Not necessarily an in your face message. I think there is a message of loyalty to your friends. Loving someone unconditionally. Believing in a person even when they don't believe in themselves and accepting that life doesn't always work out the way you think it should. 

 5.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

-> Some of what the girls do and say come from my own high school days...not telling which ones :) 

 6 .If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book? 

->I think in Prince Of Wolves I would make some changes. Not to the over all story but my writing has improved since I wrote it and I feel I can make it better. 

 7.Do you have any advice for other writers? 

->Don't give up. Don't let bad reviews pull you down. Keep writing because we all need good books to read. We all need to have a place that we can escape to if just for a little while a few time a week. 

 8.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

->First off, thank you so much for reading my books! Thank you for all your advice, support and encouragement. I have been blessed beyond measure and I can never express how thankful I am to the readers!


So I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica.
Let me start off by saying Jessica is the sweetest Author I have ever met she's so down to earth. I can't wait for the mailman to bring me my copy of this book!!!!!

Oppression (Children of the Gods #1) by Jessica Therrien


Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.


1. When did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved writing. I wrote stories and poems before I ever set out to write a book, though. I’m not exactly sure when I started writing Oppression, but it took about one to two years. 

2.What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by the YA genre itself. I fell in love with the stories and honestly became a YA fanatic. After searching a while for the next “big thing” in YA without finding anything that really grabbed me, I set out to write it myself. I figured I knew what it was I was looking for in a YA book…I might as well just write the dang thing, lol. 
3. How did you come up with the title? 
The book was originally titled The Descendants. It was good and it fit, but George Clooney basically decided to copy me. He came out with a movie titled The Descendants, so my publisher and I sat down all day to hammer out a new one. When the CEO of ZOVA Books said the word Oppression, it clicked. 

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Nobody has asked me this yet, so I’m glad you did. I would say the message is that love is very powerful, and no matter where life takes you, love will conquer all. 

5.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 
Much of the book is based on memories from my own life. The love story is inspired by the love between me and my husband. Anna is based on my best friend. The book is very close to me. 

6 .If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?
Yes. Haha…but the book industry doesn’t work like that. I’ve recently fallen in love with the first person present POV. I love the way a book reads when written that way. A little secret is that I wrote book 2 completely in first person present just to create that fast-paced flow, and had to go back and change it to past tense to be consistent with book 1. I would have loved to write book 1 in first person present. 

7.Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice is always the same. Go to a writers’ conference. You’ll meet great people, have a lot of fun, and you may even catch a lucky break. I did! 

8.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Your amazing reaction to my book has been the best feeling ever. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

Jessica is currently writing book two in her CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

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