We caught up with Shaun David Hutchinson, author of the recently released At the Edge of the Universe and We Are the Ants (one of our fav books of last year!). If you've read We Are the Ants (and you might not have, because it's one of those books that sits on your TBR for WAY TOO LONG...Trust us on this one), you know how much the little events can alter a person's life experience. We asked Shaun about his button-imperative moments as a youth, to share a few books he's reading, and to share about Feral Youth (which we can't wait for!). Check out our interview below and hit that subscribe button so we can keep bringing awesome interviews your way.
Hello my dears. OMG!!! I hope that you enjoyed this bit of a fangirl moment that made me the happiest girl. As you know Christy and I love to interview authors that come to visit our local bookstores and we had tried to get an interview with Victoria but she was already slated to interview with someone else. Boo Hoo!! My heart was broken because I am a big fan of her work and absolutely LOVE The Darker Shade of Magic series.
So, fast forward to the day of the event and I am tweeting my friends about my excitement for the event and sadness over not interviewing Victoria and before I knew it Victoria tweeted back that If I could get to the event earlier (Hello! we are always 4 hours early) that she would grant me an interview. To say that I had a big girl freak out was an understatement. I hope that my crazy fan girl moment came across well and that you can enjoy this brief yet very informative interview that we have for you. We discussed favorite characters, the inception of ADSOM and of course the BIG movie news that just came out the day of the event.
Hey everyone! We are here today with Elizabeth Briggs, author of the Future Shock series. Future Threat, the second book, is out next week and we caught up with Elizabeth to chat about what we can expect and a little about her writing process!
Elena starts off in a pretty hopeless place in Future Shock. After the events in the first book, where is she at the beginning of Future Threat?
At the beginning of Future Threat, Elena is trying to move on with her life and have a relationship with her boyfriend Adam. Her life should be perfect, but she can’t get over what she went through in Future Shock and is haunted by the lives she couldn’t save. Plus, a strange black car keeps following her around, and she knows Aether Corporation isn’t done with her yet.
The covers of both books are so gorgeous. What was the process like to arrive at the covers?
Thanks! Before Future Shock came out, my publisher asked me what I wanted on my covers and I gave them a few ideas. One of the main things we all agreed on was that if there was a girl on the cover she had to be Latina. They ended up working with a photographer and a model, so each book in the series uses a different picture from that photo shoot. They also made sure the tattoos and the background accurately matched the books. For Future Threat I specifically asked for Elena to have a new origami unicorn tattoo and that she be overlooking a futuristic Los Angeles with the sunset behind her. I think they did an amazing job and now I can’t wait to see the cover of book 3!
What was your research process like for time travel?
I didn’t actually research time travel all that much, but I did spend a lot of time researching PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks, so that I could get into Elena’s head in this book. I also researched flying cars and other futuristic technology to make the future they visit even more advanced than the one they visited in Future Shock.
How was writing Future Threat different than writing Future Shock?
Writing the middle book in a series is challenging because you have to make sure the characters have grown since the first book, but also leave room for them to change in the third book as well. Also, I tried to make all three books in the series stand alone, so that each one has its own mystery that is solved at the end of the book while also leaving a few hints for the next book.
If you could time travel, where would you go and what would you do?
This is actually the question that inspired me to write Future Shock! Like Elena, I would want to go into the future to see what happened to myself and to the world. But I would also be terrified of finding out something bad—and then wondering if I could change it…or if it was inevitable.
by Elizabeth Briggs
Publisher: AW Teen
Published: March 1st 2017
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Six months ago Aether Corporation sent Elena, Adam, and three other recruits on a trip to the future where they brought back secret information--but not everyone made it back to the present alive. Now Elena's dealing with her survivor's guilt and trying to make her relationship with Adam work. All she knows for sure is that she's done with time travel and Aether Corporation.
But Aether's not done with her--or Adam, or fellow survivor Chris. The travelers on Aether's latest mission to the future have gone missing, and Elena and her friends are drafted into the rescue effort. They arrive in a future that's amazingly advanced, thanks to Aether Corporation's reverse-engineered technology. The mission has deadly consequences, though, and they return to the future to try to alter the course of events.
But the future is different yet again. Now every trip through time reveals new complications, and more lives lost--or never born. Elena and Adam must risk everything--including their relationship--to save their friends.
The second book in the New York Times bestselling Future Shock trilogy.
Elizabeth Briggs is a full-time geek who writes books for teens and adults. She graduated from UCLA with a degree in Sociology, currently mentors teens in writing, and volunteers with a dog rescue group. She's the author of the new adult Chasing The Dream series and the upcoming young adult novel Future Shock. Elizabeth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and a pack of fluffy dogs. You can connect with her online at:www.elizabethbriggs.net
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A few weeks back, I mentioned that I was moderating an adult romance panel for Galentine's Day. It was a total blast! Not only were Kristan Higgins and Brenda Novak a total treat to moderate but their fans were enthusiastic and really fun! I thought I would share a few photos from the evening.
So many fans showed up that the bookstore ran out of books (this was a small table of what was available)
This owl with a book is right outside Copperfield's in Novato. It was my first time to the store and what a lovely store it is! So much space and light!
There was a lot of laughing. A lot.
Highly recommend checking out both Kristan and Brenda! Brenda has an online book club that features a well-known author monthly - there are over 5,000 online members! She gives pretty awesome extras to people who join in :).
Today we have the blog tour stop for UNREST by Wendy Higgins! Check it out and grab your copy today!!
Author: Wendy Higgins
Release Day: February 14th
About Unrest:Being on the run in the desert means food and sanctuary are hard to come by, but Amber Tate and her crew are not about to give up. Not after having so many of the things they love brutally ripped from them by an unknown enemy who sent their world into the apocalypse. Survival takes precedence, but once safe shelter is found, their guards fall and the emotions they’ve been holding in are finally released. Anger, insecurities...lust. In their tight quarters, Amber, Rylen, Tater, and Remy can't escape it. The past must be faced, and passions run even stronger in the darkest of times. In the midst of unrest, their worlds are rocked again when they discover the truth about the war that’s ruined their lives. They thought finding out the enemy's identity would give them the edge; instead it’s revealed terrifying dangers they never thought possible.
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Here is our excerpt for this tour and if it doesn't get you running to buy your copy NOW! We don't know what will.
I stopped in my tracks and peered up at the blinding, colorless sky. It was like tiny, peaceful little angels fluttering down on us. We didn’t get snow in the Vegas area unless we went way up in the mountains. I’d only seen snow as a young child in North Carolina, and it never lasted long. It was so pretty. I wanted to lay on the ground and watch it fall. Watch it cover me. How long had we been marching? Long enough for me to lay down, right? “C’mon, Pepper,” Rylen gently urged. “We can’t stop.” He had to tug me forward to get my stiff legs moving again. Pain sang through my limbs. “Ow…” I sucked in a harsh breath. It hurts, it hurts, it hurts. I felt wooden. I shouldn’t have stopped. “I know, baby, come on.” Rylen took my hand and pulled me forward until my frozen feet took up the rhythm of the pack. He’d called me baby. Even though he obviously wasn’t in his right mind, it made my heart flutter. We were all delirious.
About Wendy Higgins:Wendy Higgins is a soccer mom and backstage drama mama. Most people in her tiny bayside town don’t know she’s a USA Today and NYT bestselling author of paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romances. Wendy is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time in her pajamas, and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and little doggie Rue. Wendy earned a bachelor’s in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford University.
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Kepler's recently hosted an amazing scifi/fantasy panel of Simon Curtis, SJ Kincaid, and Erin Summerill, moderated by author Evelyn Skye. It was such a blast! Check out some of the highlights below, including a Twitter Moments recap!
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Hey everyone! You know we love chatting with authors and couldn't resist talking with Erica Cameron, author Island of Exiles - one of the most unique fantasies you'll read. Check out our interview below!
The world within Island of Exiles is one of the most unique worlds we've encountered. What was it like creating this world?
Thank you! That means so much.
I spent multiple hours before the sale of the sale of the series building a city carved out of a mesa and a harsh island landscape. It’s a desert island, but not in the sandy beaches, coconuts, and rum runners sense of the word. This is more like if you took Red Rock Canyon and the surrounding area in Nevada and plopped it in the middle of the ocean. And then added really dangerous animals. And warning clans. And sudden storms.
Entangled bought the series on proposal, which means they only saw nine chapters, a detailed outline, and Kate Brauning was there to help me reshape the concepts and the plot, the language. Magic, and social structure really started to develop in the kind of detail I needed for the world to feel real.
Instead of using a world I knew as a foundation for Shiara and Itagami, I created the setting and the city based on what I needed it to do. In order for the story I wanted to tell to work at all, I needed it to have a very specific impact on the people living there. It was a lot of asking “How would constant danger play out on a cultural scale?” and “What would happen to a desert city if they unexpectedly got too much rain too early?” The cause and effect relationships between the landscape and the people living in it were and are crucial.
Talk to us about Khya. What are her motivations and what are your favorite parts of her?
Loyalty and determination are key parts of Khya’s psyche. When she decides to love and trust someone, she’s in completely and for life. She’ll do anything to help or protect those people. It’s not a level of closeness she allows to many people. Her brother Yorri is definitely one of them, though. She’d do more for Yorri than pretty much anyone else in the clan—which is actually an uncommon level of connection for the clan, one over the good of many. Another thing I enjoy about Khya is the precise way she wields sarcasm and snark. It’s both sword and shield with her, but sometimes it’s also how she says nice things without actually, you know, being nice.
Do you have a favorite quote? What meaning does it have for you?
There’s a lot in this book I’m proud of, and all of it has meaning. Point of interest, I also tend to create quote art graphics and post them on the individual book’s page on my website! Here are some of my favorites (and, yes, all of these have graphics on the Island of Exiles page):
- Attraction is instinct, but action is a choice.
- All we can ever be is our own.
- If we aren’t willing to fight back—to kill if necessary—we may as well lay down our weapons now and surrender.
- Animals can be outsmarted. Enemies can be fought. Storms can only be survived.
- If you’re not willing to strike, you’ve already lost.
How was writing Island of Exiles different than your previous books?
None of my other books have changed this much. Names changed, backstorey changed, secrets changed, relationships, goals, religion, language—I mean, honestly, it’s hardly the same book except for a few key pieces. My Entangled editor Kate Brauning was instrumental in helping me reshape this world, and we poured a lot of work into making it deep, dangerous, and decidedly real. This series was where I really cemented my note-taking process, finally nailing down how to organize my OneNote notebook and exactly what was worth keeping. Now, if I export the notebook to a PDF, it’d be well over 400 pages. Possibly over 500. I haven’t checked in a while. I tried to keep track of everything I looked up and everything I could possibly need to reference again, and how well it worked changed how I kept notes for all of my other projects, too. It’s a lesson I am very glad I learned now. I’ll need it in coming years!
What's one takeaway you want your readers to take from Island of Exiles?
It’s important to put enough into a book for almost everyone to be able to find something in it, but there are a few key themes I hope readers see and remember. One of them is that few situations or people are entirely good or bad, and another is that accepting difference doesn’t weaken us or break apart our cultural unity—often it strengthens the bonds we have to each other. That’s a lesson I think a lot of people need now.
Island of Exiles (The Ryogan Chronicles, #1)
by Erica Cameron
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: February 14th, 2017
After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author. Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, asexual, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works. Her debut novel, Sing Sweet Nightingale, released March 2014 and it was the first volume of The Dream War Saga. In May 2015, Erica and her co-author Lani Woodland launched the Laguna Tides series with Taken by Chance. Riptide’s new YA imprint Triton Books will release both books in the Assassins series, Discord and Nemesis, in 2016. The Ryogan Chronicles, a fantasy trilogy set to launch through Entangled Teen, will launch in 2017 with Island of Exiles.
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