Interview with Tracy Ward, Author of Fair Play and Giveaway!

 

Please give a warm welcome to guest Tracy Ward! She’s visiting the virtual offices to talk about her new release Fair Play.  To celebrate, she has a tour wide gift card to giveaway, too, so please enter the giveaway after reading Tracy’s interview.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Tracy Ward] Wife, mom, adventurer, finder of lost things, a terrible cook and a worse dancer.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Fair Play?

[Tracy Ward] Every writer has a muse and playwright, Ashlyn Carter is no exception.  In order to secure her inheritance, save a regional theater from bankruptcy, and earn her spot on Broadway she must team up with her sworn enemy—her big brother’s best friend, Noah Blake.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Tracy Ward] I love the theater and I love stories about writers. So I asked myself, what would happen if your enemy was your muse in a love story? And from that other questions arose. What would happen if the one girl you could never touch– your best friend’s little sister–turned out to be the only girl you’d ever love? Ashlyn and Noah took shape from that and Fair Play was born.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Ashlyn?

[Tracy Ward]

sassy

messy

focused

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Noah had a theme song, what would it be?

[Tracy Ward] Comfortably Numb, the Eddie Vedder version.  For some reason I found myself listening to this song almost every time I wrote in his POV.  But then Ashlyn comes along and pushes all his buttons and it turns into something more along the lines of Crossfire by The Killers.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Ashlyn is never without.

[Tracy Ward] A ponytail holder.  In the Texas heat, no girl with long hair should ever be without one. :-)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Noah’s bathroom?

[Tracy Ward] He’s not a metro-sexual, so I’d say 1). Hair gel  2). moisturizer   3). a hair dryer

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Ashlyn’s greatest regret?

[Tracy Ward] Inviting Kyle back to Noah’s place that night in New York is her biggest regret.  She was only seventeen at the time, young and naive.  Not only did she think Kyle would actually share her script with his famous father, but she thought she could make Noah jealous in the process.  Boy did that backfire on her.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Tracy Ward] Music, movies, and people watching.  I know the people watching thing sounds totally creepy, but I like listening to other people’s conversations, observing their mannerisms and body language.  It gives me all kinds of crazy insights and ideas.   

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Tracy Ward] 1). A laptop.  I’ve never been one of those pen-to-paper people.  My mind works too fast and my hand writing is way too slow. 

2). I almost always have a Diet Coke close by

3). I need to be alone.  I’m not one of those people who can sit in a room and feed off of collective energy.  I need my own space and my own noises. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Fair Play?

[Tracy Ward] My kids.  They’re 8 and 10 (7 and 9 at the time I wrote FP) and are active in sports, which most of the time my hubs and I coach.  There’s always a practice or game to go to or communications to be sent to parents.  And if there isn’t a practice or game, I’m planning for the practice/game.  I’m always thinking about how well we’re doing in teaching and preparing them, not just for the next game, but for life in general.  So maybe the answer isn’t just my kids, but the neighborhood kids too. :-)   

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Tracy Ward] The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.  That was a phenomenal series that started slow for me, but once I got into it, I couldn’t stop reading.  I’m really really sad there won’t be any more of those.  Lisbeth Salander has to be the most compelling character ever created. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Tracy Ward] The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  My sister, who is three years older, read it.  I think it was the first and last book she ever read.  :-)  I was in fourth grade at the time. It captivated me and I’ve been devouring books since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Tracy Ward] I play on a rec league women’s basketball team.  We’re all pretty competitive, I don’t know how you can play sports and not be. And it gets rough out there, which is a tremendous stress reliever, but I wouldn’t trade the bruises I’ve taken or given for anything. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Tracy Ward] http://tracyaward.com/

https://www.facebook.com/#!/tracyaward

https://twitter.com/tracyaward

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7094817.Tracy_A_Ward

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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About the book:

Writing three plays for a nationally acclaimed theater in Phair, Texas, wasn’t supposed to put my inheritance at risk and force me into constant contact with Noah Blake–the very guy I love to hate. But with one chance to prove to my controlling father that I can succeed as a playwright, I’ve developed a major case of writer’s block.

Cue Noah, my older brother’s best friend and the guy I’ve avoided since my crush-gone-bad days. And now my director thinks he’s the key to unleashing my creativity. He thinks Noah is my muse. Discovering the fate of the theater is also in my hands, I have no choice but to collaborate with my worst enemy. But it’s more than just a great scene Noah inspires. Now everything I thought I wanted is put to the test. And the guy I swore I was over still has a hold on my heart.

Interview with Christine Warner, Author of Bachelor’s Special and Giveaway!

Please welcome Christine Warner to the virtual offices today! Christine is here to introduce herself and chat about her new Entangled Publishing release, Bachelor’s Special.  After, she has some really cool prizes for  you to win!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Christine Warner] Life is good when it’s full of family, friends, laughter, romance, and chocolate.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Bachelor’s Special?

[Christine Warner] I’d love to. I’m going to share my blurb, because it breaks it down beautifully ?

Saute, simmer, and flambé…

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Christine Warner] A lot of my story ideas come to me while I’m driving. I have about a 45 minute commute each way to and from work and it allows me a lot of time to plot. The idea of Bachelor’s Special started out with the fact that I enjoy cooking and trying new recipes. I thought it’d be fun to write a story involving a down on her luck female chef who ends up on a blind date that isn’t so blind.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Jill?

[Christine Warner] Generous, strong, passionate

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Chet had a theme song, what would it be?

[Christine Warner] Chet is very passionate and I think the song that would be the best theme song for him would be “Let’s Make Love” by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Jill is never without.

[Christine Warner] She’s never without something vintage. She loves the 50’s fashions and styles and if she can’t find something vintage to wear—be it jewelry, clothes, or something in her hair—she’ll at least wear a replica.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Chet’s bathroom?

[Christine Warner] A towel on the floor (he’s very meticulous and would always put his laundry in the hamper), an empty toilet paper roll—yep, he’s that guy and would replace it—and another woman besides Jill ;)

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jill’s greatest regret?

[Christine Warner] One of her biggest regrets is that she doesn’t always speak up for herself quick enough. She’s always tried to do what was right while staying in the boundaries of what is considered good manners—especially at her job—and sometimes not speaking up has made her life difficult.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Christine Warner] My greatest influences come from people watching. I’ve always enjoyed watching people at various public places and attaching a story to them. I’ve actually come up with some interesting scenarios and bits and pieces of them have ended up as character quirks in my writing.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Christine Warner] 1. I need something to drink. Depending on the time of year it’ll either be something ice cold like water or tea, or in the winter you can’t beat a cup of hot cocoa. Unfortunately I’ve given up coffee ?

2. I also like peace and quiet. I can’t concentrate if music is playing, or the television is on, or if my family is chatting it up in the background. Lol

3. My phone turned off. If it rings I have to answer it, and that usually brings my writing to a standstill.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Christine Warner] I have read several good ones lately. One that is particularly memorable is The Practice Proposal by Tracy March. It’s also a release from Entangled Publishing. A very nice story that was well written. Loved the characters.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Christine Warner] When I was about 4 my mother bought me The Kitten Twins. I still have that book and at the time I read it repeatedly…so much so that my entire family would run when they saw me coming because I’d want to read them the story. My love of reading was born with that book and I haven’t looked back since.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Christine Warner] I’m just an average girl…nothing very exciting. I guess you could say I enjoy the simple things. I love to read and I enjoy cooking. It’s fun to try out new recipes. Some are good, some not so much. I also enjoy my family and any time we spend together is always treasured.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Christine Warner] My blog: Christine’s Words http://christine-warner.com/

Twitter: @ChristinesWords https://twitter.com/ChristinesWords

Facebook…stop by and LIKE my page and stay up to the minute on what I have going on and play along with some of the games we play: https://www.facebook.com/authorchristinewarner?ref=hl

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763713.Christine_Warner

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

Christine has a special message for you: I’d love to share an excerpt from Bachelor’s Special. Enjoy! ?Smile

 

Laughter swelled Chet’s chest. He stopped short when he looked

into Jill’s upturned face, enjoying the fact he could inspect her so

closely and she didn’t know. Blinded by the soup, she was at his

mercy.

Thick, yellowish-orange liquid covered her skin, hiding the

sprinkle of fine freckles dotting her nose. Black eyelashes spiked

from the moisture, and her parted lips revealed the whiteness

of her teeth. The apron she wore reminded him of something a

housewife would wear on a fifties sitcom. Undeniably cute and

damn sexy. All she needed was a set of pearls.

She’d be the type of girl he’d bring home to his mother.

Hold up, Castle! You don’t play the girlfriend game. His blood

raced as her tongue darted out and she licked her lips again. The

twinge of his groin reminded him once more that a fling with the

lovely Jill would be on his list, but nothing more.

Still holding her wrists, he leaned forward and flicked his

tongue out to taste the drop of soup forming on the tip of her chin.

Jill’s body went quiet at his touch. The pulse beating against

the soft skin of her inner wrist burst forward at a quick tempo.

Her button-down shirt pulled with each quick breath she took.

“Damn, you’re right. Tastes great.” A salty quality mingled

with the rich flavor of the soup. A dash of Jill mixed in to add a

more potent flavor.

“I told you I’m an awesome cook.” Her husky voice lowered

further.

“I particularly like your presentation.” He matched her tone,

his heartbeat erratic.

She tried to step back, but her butt connected with the

counter. If she took a half step forward she’d be pushed against

his chest. Not that he minded.

“Let me loose. I’d like to wipe my eyes.” A giggle slipped past

her lips.

“Not yet. I’m not sure you’ve learned your lesson.”

“I guarantee you I have.”

Her struggled swallow caught his attention. “Nervous?”

Jill shook her head as if trying to clear away the thick soup.

“Never.”

He laughed. “I’m going to have more soup.”

“Can’t, it’s all on my…” She stiffened in his arms and a soft

sigh, almost a whimper, caught in her throat.

His attraction grew tenfold. He lowered his head, brushing

her lips with his own before pulling back. His heart pounded

against his chest, bongo drums in a heady rhythm. This situation

had escalated into a major turn on.

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About the book:

Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.

Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.

Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…

Purchase Links:

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Amazon:

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Review: Paradox by A J Paquette

 

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

  Fans of James Dashner’s Maze Runner series will love this postapocalyptic adventure about a girl who must survive an alien planet in order to save the Earth.

   Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

   Meeting up with three other teens–one boy seems strangely familiar–Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth.   They’re working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?


Review:

I was excited to dive into Paradox by AJ Paquette for a number of reasons.  First, Paquette wrote one of my favorite reads from last year, the moving Nowhere Girl.  Second, it’s a science fiction novel, and there just aren’t enough of those to go around.  And third, the premise sounded fascinating.  Was it?  Yes and no.

Ana wakes up strapped to a chair in a rocket ship.  She has no memories or recollection of her past.  She doesn’t even know what she looks like.  She only knows her name because she has a name tag pinned to her jumpsuit.  She finds a note instructing her to Experience.  Discover. Survive.  Talk about a bare-bones mission statement!  At least she’s well supplied, with a massive backpack that seems to contain her every need.  Whoever packed it must have been a boy scout.

In rapid succession, she is attacked by a monstrous, dagger-toothed worm, discovers that she wasn’t the only one on the rocket, and learns she has a limited amount of time to accomplish her goal, whatever that is.  Ana’s lack of memories and knowledge of her past made for a tense, gripping read.  It also led to a great deal of frustration on my part when it’s revealed that her companions have retained all of their memories, and that they know exactly what’s going on.  While that was crucial for her mission parameters, it’s one of my least favorite tropes in YA fiction.  It’s almost as though the other characters think the protagonist is too stupid to be trusted with the knowledge needed to know what’s going on.  Instead, our intrepid little heroine stays alive through a mixture of luck and  sheer determination, marching towards the end of the book.  I felt the same way here, and maybe it’s because the other characters make no secret that they know what’s going on, and keep insisting that they’ll fess up the details at the end of their journey.  Should they ever arrive at that destination.

Along the way, they are attacked repeatedly by that scary worm thing.  It was stalking them.  I was hoping for a guest appearance by Tremors’ star, Kevin Bacon, which would have proven beyond a doubt that all steps truly do lead to Kevin.  Ana and company are also in a race against time.  Ana awakens wearing a timer that is counting down the hours until the end of their mission.  What happens when the timer reaches 00?  Nope, we don’t know that, either, but it must be pretty awful.

I found Paradox hard to put down.  It is a runaway freight train of adventure.  Danger! Danger! Will Robinson! It’s everywhere!  The writing is tense and in the moment.  At first the third person present tense narrative turned me off, but I quickly grew accustomed to it.  It kept me engaged in the story, running frantically with Ana and Todd as they navigated the strange, deadly world they found themselves on.  I wanted to know what the heck was going on, and how Ana was going to survive, given her massive deficiencies.  And the counter was always there, steadily ticking toward…what? Doom?  Rescue?  Dinner??

There is one caution I will give, and that is that Paradox reads more like a middle grade novel than YA.  Since I enjoy reading both, I wasn’t put off by the fact that I thought this book skewed to younger readers than I had expected.

Looking for a frenzied summer read?  Paradox flies along like a summer action flick, offering tons of adventure and excitement.  There’s running!  There’s mountain climbing!  There’s a scary jaunt through a dead forest!  And did I mention – killer worms?  Yeah, it’s got those, too.  So, my verdict for Paradox by AJ Paquette is just one word – FUN.

Grade:  B

Review copy provided by Rockstar Blog Tours

Spotlight and Giveaway: Paradox by A.J. Paquette

Today I’m delighted to be working with Rockstar Book Tours to bring you a giveaway and a review of Paradox by AJ Paquette.  We’ll get the party started with a giveaway – just fill out the widget to be entered!  Check back later for my review of Paradox!

 

About the Book

Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

Meeting up with three other teens–one boy seems strangely familiar–Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth. They’re working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana’s mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can’t remember anything?

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15927558-paradox

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Paradox-A-J-Paquette/dp/037586962X/

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/paradox-ammi-joan-paquette/1110207688?ean=9780375869624

About the Author

A.J. Paquette has been writing stories since early childhood. She and her sister would spend hours creating masterpieces of stapled paper and handwritten words, complete with pen-and-ink covers and boxed illustrations.

The road to publication was long and winding, peppered with many small successes including: a variety of national magazine publications, being a 2005 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award honoree, and receiving the 2008 SCBWI’s Susan Landers Glass Scholarship Award, for the book that would later become Nowhere Girl. Her first picture book, The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Fairies, was published in 2009.

She now lives with her husband and two daughters in the Boston area, where she continues to write books for children and young adults. She is also an agent with the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

WEBSITE | TWITTER

Website: http://www.ajpaquette.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/joanpaq

Giveaway details:

An ARC of PARADOX to THREE winners. (US/Canada).

The giveaway will be shared across all stops via a common Rafflecopter.

Giveaway is US/Canada.

Must be 13 or older to enter.

 

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Please be sure to check out the other stops on the Paradox blog tour!

http://www.rockstarbooktours.com/2013/05/tour-schedule-paradox-by-aj-paquette.html

Week One

June 17th – Parajunkee – Guest Post

June 18th – Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews – Interview

June 18th – In Bed With Books – Review

June 19th – Chapter by Chapter – Guest Post

June 20th – A Dream Within A Dream – Review

June 20th – Escaping… One Book at a Time – Guest Post

June 21st – Coffee, Books and Me – Interview

Week Two

June 24th – Word Spelunking – Review

June 25th – Emilie’s Book World – Guest Post

June 25th – Confessions of a Readaholic – Review

June 26th – Nick’s Book Blog – Interview

June 26th – Magna Maniac Cafe – Review

June 27th – A Book and a Latte – Guest Post

June 28th – I Am A Reader Not A Writer – Guest Post

Waiting on Wednesday–Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I’m waiting to read Through the Ever Night until Into the Still Blue, the last book in Veronica Rossi’ trilogy is released in January 2014.  Can hardly wait!

Cover image from Goodreads.

 

 

Not available yet

 

What are you waiting on?

Cover Shot! The Tinker King by Tiffany Trent

Cover Shot! is a regular feature here at the Café.  I love discovering new covers, and when I find them, I like to share.  More than anything else, I am consumed with the mystery that each new discovery represents.  There is an allure to a beautiful cover.  Will the story contained under the pages live up to promise of the gorgeous cover art?

Am I the only one who thinks he looks like Keanu Reeves?  Judging by all of the flames and blinding orange chaos behind him, he’s got quite a job ahead of him.  Good luck!  We’ll see if he perseveres in February 2014

 

After Vespa, Syrus and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished for good, giving them hope for the first time.

But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. When a wave of unimaginable terror threatens to destroy everything in its path, Vespa, Syrus and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

Chat with Emily Greenwood, Author of A Little Night Mischief and Giveaway!

Please welcome Emily Greenwood to the virtual offices today. Emily dropped by to introduce herself and to talk about her new release A Little Night Mischief.  After, she has a copy for one of  you to win!!  Now I’m going to turn the dashboard over to our special guest.

Emily Greenwood, Author of A Little Night Mischief

Thanks for having me here today!

Me in 140 characters or less: If I can’t live in a sanitized version of the Regency era that includes running water and decent medical care, I’ll write about it instead.

A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF is the story of Miss Felicity Wilcox, who’s centered her life around running her family’s estate. Unfortunately, it’s just been gambled away by her deadbeat uncle, but Felicity refuses to accept that it’s truly gone. So when the handsome new owner, James Collington, arrives to take possession, she decides she’s going to make it really unappealing for him to stay.

James isn’t going to be easily chased off, though, because he needs Felicity’s estate to help pay a huge family debt. So Felicity has to get pretty creative with her eviction campaign, and her efforts involve odd costumes and midnight adventures. Before long, these two adversaries are finding that they just might be falling in love.

I came up with the concept for A LITTLE NIGHT MISCHIEF when I was playing around with the idea of two dogs + one bone = instant conflict.

The three words that best describe Felicity are determined, creative, and hard-working.

If James had a theme song it would be Mirrors by Justin Timberlake.

Felicity is never without her unusual dresses. Her family’s fallen on hard times, so she’s raided the attic for her clothes. Now she doesn’t have to worry about anyone copying her look :)

Three things you will never find in James’s pocket: A memento from his brother; a pipe, because smoking would be a waste of time and money; an advice column, because he already knows exactly what he’s going to do :)

Felicity’s greatest regret is not being able to live up to the future she thinks her mother wanted for her.

I’m inspired by the novels of nineteenth-century Britain, though I doubt anyone would see much resemblance between my books and those stories J Especially love novels by Eloisa James and Susan Elizabeth Phillips.

Three things I need in order to write: an empty house, my computer, and peanuts.

The last book I read that knocked my socks off was I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits.

I don’t remember a time when I wasn’t turned on to reading. As a young child I thought Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen was weirdly fascinating, and being a picky eater, I identified a lot with Bread and Jam for Francis. Later, I read all the Nancy Drew books and every Judy Blume I could find.

When I’m not writing, I like to hang with my family, read, walk, cook, and watch movies.

Readers can find me at emilygreenwood.net, on Facebook, and on Twitter at emigreenwood.

Thank you, Emily!!

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About the book:

Regency romance author Emily Greenwood makes a strong debut with a playful series about young ladies who discover that a little mischief can be a good thing!

When Miss Felicity Wilcox’s uncle gambles away the estate, she decides to disguise herself as a ghost to rid her home of the handsome new owner. Except James Collington doesn’t scare easily, and haunting his nights is turning out to be far more amusing mischief than she ever would have guessed. With everything to lose, these two adversaries can’t allow their hearts to rule—or can they?

Interview with Demitria Lunetta, Author of In The After

Please give a warm welcome to Demitria Lunetta,  She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her newly released In The After. 

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Demitria Lunetta] I love books, esp. sci-fi & fantasy. I also love chocolate, traveling & big, slobbery dogs. I have 0 survival skills, unlike my characters.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about In The After?

[Demitria Lunetta] They hear the most silent of footsteps.

They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.

And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Those three chilling sentences describe the horrific world in which my MC, Amy has to now live. IN THE AFTER isn’t just a horror book, it’s also a book about adapting. It’s about humanity and human nature. It’s about survival.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Demitria Lunetta] I love horror books & movies, especially those that feature scary creatures. Most of these creatures stick to the shadows and use night as a cover…and I thought about taking these norms and flipping them. These creatures (referred to as They) are ravenous, flesh-eating monsters, but they have poor eyesight, making them more active during the day when it’s light out. They also hunt by sound. This means that my MC, Amy, lives in a world of silent darkness. She only goes out at night, making the usual world of frightening shadows her comfort zone. The day becomes a time of terror, when They own the world.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Amy?

[Demitria Lunetta] Survivor. Smart. Determined.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Amy had a theme song, what would it be?

[Demitria Lunetta] I think the theme song for IN THE AFTER would be the Marilyn Manson remake of Sweet Dreams. Sweet Dreams makes you feel out of place, in a horrifying dream world that you don’t really understand. It’s perfect for Amy’s first experience of the After, when normality is shattered and all she’s left with is the horror that remains.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Amy is never without.

[Demitria Lunetta] A way to distract the creatures, whether it’s a can of food to throw, a bag rigged with a remote activated car alarm, or simply some poppers she can set off to create a diversion.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Amy’s pockets?

[Demitria Lunetta] Tic-tacs…they’re way too noisy. ? She wouldn’t carry a flashlight, since the creatures are attracted to the light. She also wouldn’t have money…it would be completely useless in the post-apocalyptic world of the After.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Amy’s greatest regret?

[Demitria Lunetta] Amy’s biggest regret is how she took Before for granted. She often thinks of the times she acted out or when she was a brat to her parents, particularly her father. Her regret is mixed up with her longing for the past, remembering the bad with the good.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Demitria Lunetta] There are so many! I love anything YA or anything Sci-fi or Fantasy…and combine them both and I’m done. I used, and as an adult I love THE ABHORSEN TRILOGY by Garth Nix, and the BARTEMAES BOOKS by Jonathan Stroud. I’m always excited for new books and I’ll read anything sci-fi, post-apocalyptic, dystopian, historical fiction, or anything that’s just plain good!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Demitria Lunetta] The only thing I really need is my laptop and a glass of water…I drink a lot of water and always keep a full glass nearby while I’m writing so I can chug while I’m thinking. Other than that I do like to have a snack handy, something full of sugar like cookies or Twizzlers. Not exactly healthy, but sometimes the sugar rush helps me write!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Demitria Lunetta] This is a tough one, because I read so much and love so much of what I read. Besides sci-fi I also read a lot of historical fiction and IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters really got to me. It’s scary and poignant and just a great story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Demitria Lunetta] I used to read THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA compulsively as a child. C.S. Lewis’ fantastic creativity inspired me to write.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Demitria Lunetta] Walking my very large slobbery German Shepard. I’m also a movie addict and try to go to as many movies as possible.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Demitria Lunetta] I’m all over social media…here are some links!

Blog: http://demitrialunetta.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @DemitriaLunetta https://twitter.com/DemitriaLunetta
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DemitriaLunettaAuthor
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12157407-in-the-after
Epic Reads: http://www.epicreads.com/books/in-the-after/9780062105455/

[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!

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About the book:

They hear the most silent of footsteps.

They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.

And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.