Welcome to my blog, S. J. Pajonas!
Nicknames: Well, my full name is Stephanie though I use my initials for writing the books. I go by Steph mostly. My husband sometimes calls me “Scifi Stephie” when he wants to yank my chain, but that’s about it. I guess I’m not very nickname-able!
Where do you live: In northern New Jersey. We moved here from Brooklyn where I lived for 11 years. I still love Brooklyn and miss it sometimes. What I don’t miss are my screaming neighbors, having to move my car every other day, and the lack of outdoor space for my kids.
Your favorite dessert: Anything chocolate. I’m not too picky ;)
Your favorite TV series: Hmmm, tough one. I still think Star Trek: The Next Generation was pretty darned perfect. Since then I have loved Star Trek: Voyager, Stargate SG1 and Atlantis, Battlestar Galactica (which may be tops), and LOST. As you can see, I like long series with wide-sweeping storylines and complex characters. Most recently I have loved Breaking Bad and Homeland, so I do stray out from scifi and fantasy.
Last book you read: Butterman (Time) Travel by PK Hrezo. I love it so far and I’m still reading it in between blog post writing and revisions on my own books. It sometimes takes me a while to read anything for fun.
Last movie you watched: Star Trek Into Darkness. This was a rewatch. We really loved it.
Last song (or album) you bought: I bought two Neutral Milk Hotel albums that I didn’t have for some crazy reason!
A book/series you could read over and over again: I have read the Ender series (Orson Scott Card) several times and the Foundation and Robot series (Isaac Asimov) several times. But I’ve also read the Anne of Green Gables series and Harry Potter series many times too, so I’m not just stuck on science fiction.
Coke or pepsi? Coke. Pepsi is the devil.
Day or night? Day. I like to sleep at night!
Pen or pencil? Pencil. Mechanical. Preferably Japanese.
Summer or winter? Summer, hands down. I need a winter home in Brazil. Can you help me out on that?
Cat or dog? Dog. I’m actually allergic to both, but I like dogs, and there’s the chance in my future of owning a hypoallergenic dog.
Tea or coffee? Tea now. I love coffee and miss it, but it did horrible things to my stomach. Sadness.
Plotter or pantser? Pantster. Occasionally, I’ll write out a paragraph or two of plot ideas before starting a project but that’s about it.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Oh, I have no idea. I wanted to be an astronaut FOREVER, and if I were given the chance to go into space, I’d take it in a heartbeat. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and have always had a good grasp of the English language and its quirky grammar rules. I think I decided I really wanted to write when I was in college. I was taking screenwriting classes and wanted to go on into that career path. But then I graduated, had an extreme amount of debt, and realized I couldn’t afford grad school. So I learned how to build websites. I’ve been designing and building websites for the past 15 years. It paid the bills, and I’m so happy to have all that knowledge now as a self-publisher. I no longer build websites for a living (I’m a stay-at-home mom) but I use my skills to build my blog and other things for my books.
What are you working on now? More Nogiku books and a contemporary romance book that I absolutely adore. It’s also a part of a series of stand-alone books (no cliffhangers and each one is its own story) so expect both contemporary and science fiction romances from me in the future.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? Go back two questions and you have your answer! I really wish there was a way for civilians to easily get into space. That’s what I would do. I’ve always dreamt of a career in space. I want to look down on the world from above. That just seems mind-blowing and magical.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Quit my fantastic job at HBO to be a stay at home mom. Really. Scariest thing I’ve ever done. It was a six-figure salary. Gulp.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? Whistling. I can’t whistle!! Why? I have no idea. I’ve tried my whole life and can’t do it. I really wish I could. My husband is a great whistler. I always sigh when he starts up.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I’m extremely persistent. If I want something and there’s a way to get it, I get it. Most of my friends tell me they admire how I make goals and I go out and accomplish them. To not do that? To be stagnant? That’s not me. I have fears of rejection and yet I still try. If someone were to tell me I can’t do something, it only makes me try harder. I push the naysayers aside. And if a friend wants something and needs my help, I give it if I’m able to. I’m extremely loyal.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? This is the same advice I give everywhere :) Find a method that works for you and stick with it. If you outline, keep outlining. If you can only write in coffee shops, take the time to go to one. I am a pantster and there is no breaking me of it. It works for me and what works for one author does not always work for another. Concentrate on your own methods and definitely do not try to tell someone else that their method is “wrong.” Whatever gets the words onto the page!
Removed (The Nogiku series #1)
by SJ Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: September 11, 2013
Duty knows no family. Love has no price. Secrets can cost you everything. Twenty-year-old Sanaa Griffin, a sweet and smart half-Japanese girl, is about to get more than she bargained for when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year’s Eve 3103. Mark Sakai, who knows more about her than any stranger should, thinks Sanaa is the perfect person to spy on the heads of the three biggest Japanese clan leaders in Nishikyo. He wants her to gather enough evidence to keep them from going to war when they land on Earth’s colonization planet, Yusei. Nishikyo, built by the Japanese 300 years ago to house the rest of mankind, is failing and everyone is preparing to leave. Sakai has known Sanaa’s family all her life but she knows nothing of him! And despite all the time they spend together, he keeps his distance from her. Then one day, he brings her to Jiro, his nephew, to learn sword fighting, and it changes her life irrevocably. Between falling in love with Jiro and the information she is gathering on the clans, Sanaa realizes Sakai is holding back secrets about her family and her deceased parents, secrets as to why she was chosen for this job, and learning the truth puts her and all of Nishikyo in danger.
You can watch the trailer for Removed on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPzShpFemIg
Released (Nogiku series #2)
by SJ Pajonas
Genre: Science Fiction Romance, Post-apocalyptic
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: December 17, 2013
**Contains spoilers for those who have not read REMOVED (Book 1)
Left in the desert to recuperate from her injuries, Sanaa Itami paces the floors and contemplates her mistakes. She trusted too easily, and now people she loved are dead, killed at the hands of men coming to assassinate her. Sanaa feels beaten, but life awaits her at home. While Nishikyo recovers from the earthquake, negotiations for Sanaa’s eventual rule on Yusei continue. New allies must be made, new friendships brokered, new skills acquired — at all costs. Life at the top of the chain is complicated and lonely, though. With relations in Sakai clan rocky and uncertain, Sanaa must learn to trust others again more than she’s willing. Who amongst the clans is left holding a grudge? And will the new family Sanaa has found with Jiro support or betray her? From Nishikyo to Yusei, RELEASED, Book TWO of the Nogiku Series, is the second book in a captivating New Adult post-apocalyptic romance series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.
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About the Author:
S. J. Pajonas loves all things Asian and has been in love with Japan for as long as she can remember. Writing about Asia and Japan came naturally after studying the culture and language for over fifteen years. She studied film and screenwriting first and eventually segued into fiction once she was no longer working a full-time job.
Released is S. J. Pajonas’s second work, book two of four in the Nogiku Series. The first book in the series, Removed, is described as “a wonderful story” with “engaging characters, seamless world building, and an action packed plot.” It’s an “up-til-3am-because-I-read-it-in-one-sitting book.” She also writes contemporary romance and her upcoming first book in the Love in the Digital Age series will be published in 2014.
S. J. lives with her husband and two children just outside of New York City. She loves reading, writing, film, J- and K-dramas, knitting, and astrology. Her favorite author is Haruki Murakami and favorite book is The Wind-up Bird Chronicle.
There is a tour wide giveaway for the blog tour of the Nogiku series. These are the prizes you can win: Amazon Gift Cards, copies of REMOVED, and eBook copies of two fantastic Japanese books: JAPANESE SOUL COOKING and THE SAKE HANDBOOK. Both will be gifted through either Amazon (kindle) or Barnes&Noble (nook).
Here are the links to both books on Amazon:
Sake Handbook on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Sake-Handbook-John-Gauntner-ebook/dp/B007H9GVMI/
Japanese Soul Cooking: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BVJG5GC/
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Alyssa Rose Ivy!
Where do you live: North Carolina
Your favorite dessert: Anything chocolate
Your favorite TV series: recently the voice
Last book you read: Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
Last movie you watched: Kung Fu Panda (it’s one of my daughter’s favorites)
Last song (or album) you bought: Snow Patrol, Just Say Yes
A book/series you could read over and over again: Fablehaven by Brandon Mull
Coke or pepsi? Coke
Day or night? Night
Pen or pencil? Pencil
Summer or winter? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog, but I have a cat.
Tea or coffee? Coffee!
Plotter or pantser? Both.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve always loved writing, but I didn’t decide to publish until I was home with my daughter. I had so much fun, that I haven’t stopped.
What are you working on now? I’m working through final edits of Focus (The Crescent Chronicles, #2). I’m also busy with Wrecked (Clayton Falls, #3).
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? If I wasn’t writing, I’d use my Library Science degree and work as a librarian. The dream job part would be finding the perfect job with the perfect hours.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Moving across the country for college was one of the scariest experiences, but it was one of the best experiences too.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My father. He taught me about taking chances, and never giving up.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I wish I had artistic ability.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I love my hazel eyes.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Write what you love, and do lots of it.
Author Bio: Alyssa Rose Ivy is a Young Adult and New Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.
Only when you let go can you learn to live.
Between the death of her mother and pushing through law school without her best friend, it’s been a tough year for Becca. Needing a break from Boston, she moves to a tiny coastal North Carolina town for a relaxing summer. After bumping heads repeatedly with a local cop, she realizes her summer will be anything but quiet. Three years after a career ending injury ruins his chance to play Major League Baseball, Gavin has a distrust of northerners and lately girls in general. He wants nothing to do with a girl who is only in town for the summer.When the two give in to their impossible attraction, they realize that they may just have found the key to freeing themselves from the ghosts of their pasts.
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Freshman year of college is hard even when you’re not tied to the future king of a supernatural society.
Allie dives into college head first with Hailey as her roommate and the city of New Orleans as her backyard. As things within The Society heat up, Allie realizes that whether she’s with Levi or not, she’s in far too deep to turn back.
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Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Kinley Baker!
Nicknames: I don’t have any. Is that sad? Will someone give me one?
Where do you live: Pacific Northwest
Your favorite dessert: Cheesecake
Your favorite TV series: There are too many to choose from! Probably The Big Bang Theory. I quote Sheldon often.
Last book you read: About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Last movie you watched: Magic Mike
Last song (or album) you bought: Red by Taylor Swift
A book/series you could read over and over again: Any series by Nalini Singh.
Coke or pepsi? Diet Coke!
Day or night? Day. I believe in vampires too much to choose the night.
Pen or pencil? Keyboard.
Summer or winter? Winter, unless I have to drive in the snow.
Cat or dog? Dog.
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Plotter or pantser? Both.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I always loved the idea of being an author. I went to college for creative writing. After I graduated, I went on a romance reading binge, and that’s when I knew romance was it. The road has been rocky and fabulous and more than I ever could have imagined.
What are you working on now? The final book in the Shadowed Love trilogy. Ari’s story is challenging me to my limits, but I hope it’s all for the best. I’ve cried so many tears over this book. Ari guts me. Her hero guts me. Their scenes together gut me. You get the idea. Lol.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? There isn’t really anything I want to be. Except maybe a rock star. But I can’t sing. Or play an instrument, despite my best efforts.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? I scare so easily it’s hard to decide. Probably publishing. It’s very hard for me to put myself out there both on social media and in my stories. But it’s easier for me to put my stories out there than blog about myself.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My husband. I’m pretty sure all the inspiration he’s given me has been completely accidental on his part. He challenges me though. I can spend days thinking out logical conclusions related to the world and writing, and he never fails to find a flaw in it. Free philosophical help.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I’d love to be able to sing and rock out on stage. I love music so much.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? The chicken pox scar on my nose. I grew up figure skating with this impossible pressure to be perfect. When I saw that scar one day and decided I loved it because it made me unique, I knew beauty was much more interesting than what I’d been taught to believe.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Whatever first made you want to write, cling to that and keep going. The destination might not be where we expect, so enjoy the journey. And if you’re having trouble enjoying the journey, you are not alone. I’m working on that, too.
Author Bio: Kinley Baker has a terminally tender heart and an inconvenient sense of humor. She loves puppies and cries at celebrity weddings. Kinley believes that romance novels are the keys to world peace, because if you’re holding a book, you can’t be holding a gun. Kinley supports all supernatural lifestyles and believes “happy ever after” isn’t only for the normal. Her books Ruined, Denied and Freed are available now from Crescent Moon Press. Excuse My Fairy releasing from Etopia Press in December 2012.
Jessa is one healing away from death. Under the thrall of her gift, the Court’s Senior Healer risks giving her life in exchange for her patient’s.
Vale is a rebel ruler. When his brother is killed, he’s given the throne and the decree from the Court to produce an heir or lose his family’s hold on the land–and his deceiving advisors aren’t afraid to use murder as a weapon if their directive to stay away from the Senior Healer goes unheeded.
But Vale burns to possess Jessa. The heat between them leaves a wake of smoke, and even the powerful forces above want to bind them in a union that lasts forever. Vale taking another would be a betrayal neither could survive.
Their enemies fear a child born of such a powerful Healer and Warrior, but the true threat lies in the bond forged in shadows and fused in fire.
When invaders brutally massacred the women and children of the Varner, Caleb witnessed loss and destruction on a scale few can comprehend. As the leader of a race on the brink of extinction, his only hope for survival is gaining acceptance into the Shadow Shifter Kingdom. Struggling with new customs, he meets Tabitha, a woman who challenges his limits.
Refused the right to join the king’s guard because of her gender, Tabitha must be stronger than the men to prove she deserves to be the first accepted female Warrior in the kingdom. She believes Caleb will help improve her abilities, until she learns her goals conflict with the foundation of his culture.
When the realm is attacked, Tabitha and Caleb must come together not only to fight, but to find the strength to win against an evil with the potential to destroy everything they revere most–including each other.
After mortal invaders slay a Shadow Shifter woman, Queen Ella knows there is more blood on the horizon. As the most powerful Sensitive in the village, Ella has always known she’s destined to save the kingdom. But her task seems impossible. She must move the Well of Souls to a new realm to save her people or risk failing the Ancestor gods.
The woman King Falon loves will never love him back, despite a binding marriage built on regal decorum. Falon’s first duty is to his people, and he only wants to provide the Shadow Shifters with a safe future. He must assert his power to gain the respect of the warriors.
Harder still, King Falon must accept the salvation of his people lies with his own Queen Ella, a woman who speaks madness… a woman he’s always loved, but hardly knows.
Excuse My Fairy
Her magic breaks all the rules. He breaks all of hers.
Draybeth is broken. Her fairy powers don’t work, her magic is completely dysfunctional, and not even her bad attitude and soft heart can win her back into Fairy favor. Exiled from their land, she struggles to make a life for herself in the human world. But when her bar burns to the ground and she meets one of the Impassables–the devastating Lawman Barrett–things become even more of a struggle. An arrest, murder, and abduction challenge everything she’s worked for, and worse, the Impassable Lawman appears to be her destined mate. But darkness stirs deep within Dray’s heart, and she’s not about to drag the gorgeous lawman down with her.
Barrett never expected to find himself mated to a fairy, let alone one with such a wicked temper and a short fuse. Being an Impassable, he should be immune to fairy magic, but Dray’s magic burns through him like lightning, just as everything else about her ignites him, body and soul. The fairy’s power over Impassables threatens everything this new realm was built upon, and as a Lawman, Barrett’s job is to make sure those threats are eliminated. But his feelings for Dray make him question just where his duty lies.
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Joanne Wadsworth
Nicknames: Jo. Yeah, that’s short and sweet.
Where do you live: New Zealand. And just an hour from where The Hobbit movie’s village is located.
Your favorite dessert: Death by Chocolate–and I have not expired yet.
Your favorite TV series: The Vampire Diaries.
Last book you read: Gossamer by Renita Pizzitola
Last movie you watched: Breaking Dawn Part Two. It was fabulous.
Last song (or album) you bought: Red by Taylor Swift.
A book/series you could read over and over again: Oh yeah, anything by Nalini Singh. I love her Guild Hunter and Psy-Changeling series. Plus, she’s a New Zealand author. Gotta love that.
Coke or pepsi? Coke.
Day or night? Day.
Pen or pencil? Pen.
Summer or winter? Summer. New Zealand has the best summers ever.
Cat or dog? Dog. My puppy would tear my leg off if I said cat.
Tea or coffee? Can I have a hot chocolate?
Plotter or pantser? I’m a little of both. I plot, then my young adult characters take over as I’m writing their story. They’re young, and have a mind of their own, so I just go with it.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? In February 2009. Young adult books like Twilight were taking off, and this genre just clicked into place for me. I sat down back then and drew up a massive cast of heroes and heroines and edgy villains. Now I’m matching them all up and having a ton of fun with my YA fantasy romance series.
What are you working on now? Three projects at once. Book two in my YA series titled WARRIOR is going through content edits with Lyrical Press, NY–I have a release date of 4th November 2013 for this. I’ve also submitted a romantic suspense and all fingers and toes are crossed as I wait to hear back. While I do, I’ve begun book three in the YA series titled ENCHANTER. It’s all go for 2013–Book one PROTECTOR has just released. I’m loving it.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? A hot pool tester. Yeah, I’m not sure this is even a job? But I love relaxing in a hot pool, so I’d definitely be the girl to call to test them out. J Okay, you did say a dream job!
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Going through labor. It was my proudest/most-painful moment, too. Of course then I forgot how scary it was, and tackled it three more times.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My mother. She’s compassionate, caring and never says no to anyone. I’ve heard it said a child’s greatest role model is their mother. That’s very true for me.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? Snorkeling. I love swimming with my hubby and kids, but I can’t snorkel. My kids can, and I’m sooo jealous. I always get a mouthful of seawater every time I try.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I’d say my fingers and all because of their phenomenal typing speed. When I test myself, it’s around 75-80 words per minute. That’s wicked fast–and I’ve never chipped one of my long fingernails in the process. J
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Write because it’s your passion, and never stop. Your writing will improve the harder you work at your craft.
About the Author: Reading romance books captivated Joanne Wadsworth as a teenager, particularly when she tucked herself into bed at night and continued to dream those stories as she slept. She’d visualize the direction, taking the hero and heroine on an adventure unparalleled to what she’d read. Today she is devoted to writing romance, bringing her imagination to life within the lines of young adult, and thrilling romantic suspense.
Born in New Zealand, Joanne works both as a writer and a financial controller, all while keeping up with her four energetic children and dreamy husband.
To love and protect…across worlds.
Eighteen-year-old Faith Stryker is prepared to leap out into the unknown world beyond her home shores of New Zealand to experience life. Only she never expected to encounter Magio, a planet with two warring countries, where its people reach adulthood at eighteen by coming into their strength and prophetic abilities. Only after Faith discovers she’s a Halfling–thanks to her warrior father she’s never met–does her own skill of forethought develop.
Peacio’s Prince Davio Loveria is sent to the young Faith Stryker by his grandfather, but not all goes as planned. Davio discovers Faith isn’t just a Halfling, she’s also his soul-bound mate–an intense relationship he cannot, nor will not, give up.
With two wars now waging…one of land and the other of the heart…can the young lovers find their place in the world?
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Renita Pizzitola!
Where do you live: Texas
Your favorite dessert: Ice Cream
Your favorite TV series: I don’t watch much TV (I know I’m weird)
Last book you read: Flawed by Kate Avelynn
Last movie you watched: Rise of the Guardians (with my kiddos)
Last song (or album) you bought: Pink Blow Me (One Last Kiss)
A book/series you could read over and over again: Anything by Richelle Mead
Coke or pepsi? Coke Zero
Day or night? Night
Pen or pencil? Pen
Summer or winter? Winter
Cat or dog? Dog
Tea or coffee? Coffee!! ← results from too much coffee
Plotter or pantser? Both but mostly pantser
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I think I’ve known my whole life, but by high school it was definitely my dream.
What are you working on now? Besides a mountain of Gilded edits, a new adult contemporary romance.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? Writing full time would be my dream job, but I do love my other job as a preschool teacher. Not many people get paid to finger paint! :)
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? It may not be the scariest but right now I’d say the release of my debut novel terrified me. I had this overwhelming fear no one would like it.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My Dad. He encouraged me to pursue writing and without him I probably wouldn’t be published.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I wish I could paint (not finger painting, I rock at that) like real easel and paint kind of painting.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? Hmm… My sense of humor, I guess.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Don’t be scared to ask question. Learn everything you can about writing. You have an amazing story to tell, don’t let it get overlooked because of writing errors.
Renita Pizzitola writes Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy. An avid reader herself, she has always enjoyed stories with witty humor, romance, and fascinating characters. Renita lives in Texas with her husband and two children. When not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, drinking copious amounts of coffee, and playing referee to her two typically adorable children.
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal/Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: October 8, 2012
Shouldn’t all faerytales end with happily-ever-after?
Kyla Ashbury is nearing her eighteenth birthday when a mysterious boy appears at school. Her instant attraction to him inexplicably awakens something inside her and she discovers her true identity.
Now, armed with the knowledge of her past, she is forced to leave behind the life she has always known for a new one filled with temptation, faery charm and magic, and a future she wasn’t prepared for.
Kyla is left with a difficult decision…but no matter which path she chooses, someone will get hurt.
Title: Dream On
Author: Renita Pizzitola
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Release Date: March 4, 2013
Her quest begins when she closes her eyes.
Emory Bennett owns a lucrative dreamwalking business. Trained in weaponry and Muay Thai, she spends her nights entering the dream realm resolving her clients’ nightmares, whatever they might be: bad guys, scary beasts, or the classic forgot-to-wear-my-pants nightmare. Her jobs get complicated when a gorgeous man keeps appearing requesting her help.
Grayson, a fellow dreamwalker, is stuck in the dream realm while a stranger inhabits his body. He needs Emory’s assistance in the waking realm, which he can’t visit if he can’t get back into his body.
Once Emory is convinced Grayson’s not a figment of her imagination, they concoct a plan to lure the body snatcher out. But as Emory begins to fall for Grayson, the line blurs between him and the stranger who inhabits his body. She must keep it together to get close enough to discover his secrets, or divide her very soul if she can’t bring the man she loves back.
CONTENT WARNING: Strong language
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Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Karen Y. Bynum!
Nicknames: *wants one*
Where do you live: near the beach, wish it were the mountains though
Your favorite dessert: Pineapple upside-down cake
Your favorite TV series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Last book you read: Winter Fairy by Lola Karns
Last movie you watched: Skyfall
Last song (or album) you bought: The Lateness of the Hour album by Alex Clare
A book/series you could read over and over again: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
Coke or pepsi? Diet Coke
Day or night? Day
Pen or pencil? Pen
Summer or winter? Summer
Cat or dog? Dog
Tea or coffee? COFFEE
Plotter or pantser? Plantser? ;)
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil…short stories, poems, fan letters and diary entries. But I didn’t know I wanted to write young adult until I read the Twilight series. Yes, sparkly vampires inspired me! :)
What are you working on now? Currently I’m working on a dark and gritty New Adult dragon shifter story. I’m keeping hush-hush on the premise until I’m finished writing this one but am sharing snippets on my blog every Wednesday.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? Food critic, because I could eat and then write about it. How awesome would that be! And I’d love to be able to put my Culinary Arts degree to good use, without having to actually cook anything. LOL
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? The first time I pitched at RWA Nationals. I was an absolute wreck! My heart raced, knees wobbled, palms sweated and I’m pretty sure at one point I forgot how to use words. Nothing scars me quite like public speaking.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? I’d love to be able to sing!
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I’m really proud of my smile. My teeth were really crooked (way up in my gums) when I was a kid. My parents sacrificed a lot to get braces for me. I’m so thankful they did, because I love to smile!
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Set a word count/page number goal and then strive for it every day. Read inside your genre and out. Treat people the way you want to be treated. And remember that tomorrow is a new day.
About the author: Karen Y. Bynum is an author of young adult paranormal fantasy. Her debut novel Witch Way to Turn is published through Lyrical Press. She grew up in Hickory, North Carolina where mountains and magic surrounded her. Even as a child, she wrote her own faery tales and prattled incessantly to her imaginary friends.
After graduating from UNC Charlotte with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Communications, she went on to become certified in culinary arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte. But it wasn’t until her aerospace engineer husband accepted a job in Virginia and they relocated that she knew what she wanted to be when she grew up.
With the support of family and friends, Karen embarked on a journey with the voices in her head. They wouldn’t stop talking (yes, she does answer back) and their stories took shape.
Karen currently lives in coastal Virginia and enjoys reading, tweeting, writing and spending time with her husband and their spoiled rotten Vizsla named Rusty.
Can you give one guy your heart and another your soul?
The last thing eighteen-year-old Breena Cross needs in her life is more complications. It’s all she can do to balance studying, working, trying to keep her foster-sister safe and drooling over the new guy at work. But things go from complicated to crazy when a fit of rage ignites the dark magic inside her and she finds herself fending off the supernatural underworld.
Myles, Breena’s drool-worthy coworker and vampire convict, is carrying a load of secrets–one of which is that he’s fang-over-lip in love with Breena and in danger of violating the terms of his sentence.
Orin is a soul-hungry assassin sent to kill Breena. However, he takes one look into her eyes and sees his own lost humanity. For once thinking of someone other than himself, he chooses not to end her life, even though it means risking his own.
Despite a convict and an assassin fighting over her, all Breena wants is custody of her sister. But to do this, she will need help from both Myles and Orin. And if Breena doesn’t learn to control the darkness within, she could lose her sister…forever.
WARNING: Contains strong language and some graphic content.
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Shelly Crane!
Nicknames: Shell Station , Shelly Belly (I hate these name)
Where do you live: Hot as Hades, Florida
Your favorite dessert: Cheesecake and honey buns
Your favorite TV series: Vampire Diaries
Last book you read: Love and Skate by Lila Felix (Uber good!!)
Last movie you watched: Breaking Dawn 2
Last song (or album) you bought: Cider Sky
A book/series you could read over and over again: I frequently go back and reread my favorite parts to Vampire Academy, Mortal Instruments and Callum & Harper
Coke or pepsi? PEPSI!!!!!! (Pepsi Max, best invention ever)
Day or night? Day. I hate to drive at night.
Pen or pencil? pen
Summer or winter? Winter. I’m a hot person and if I could find a place that was 70 degrees year round I swear I’d move there.
Cat or dog? Dog. I have 2: Scrappy and Biff.
Tea or coffee? Eeeeeeee….. hard. I drink both all day long J But if I had to choose only one, I’d say….coffee.
Plotter or pantser? Pantser!!!!!! I’ve never plotted a day in my life! Well…not for a book.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Fall 2010 is when I got the idea for Collide when I had a dream that resembled the Matrix. But when I actually sat down and wrote out the story, it just started writing itself and wound up being absolutely nothing like the Matrix.
What are you working on now? Finishing up the Significance series with Independence, and then I’ll do wide Awake. It’s hard because both of the stories all eating away at my brain. I want to work on both, but I’m trying to get Independence done.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? Well, I was already doing my dream job. I was a stay at home mom. That’s what I always wanted to do. I never wanted to be a writer or ever even thought about it. It just fell in my lap one day and now, I can’t imagine not being one.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Bring my first son home from the hospital. I was so scared that I was going to break him. Or something was going to happen and it was going to be my fault because I didn’t know what to do. But he’s 9 years old now. Still alive so I did something right
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? Sadly, I didn’t have many role models. I was told that I shouldn’t be writing. So……No comment.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? There’s a long list!! Public speaking, sewing, cooking (like real cooking), and math.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? My curls, I guess. I’ve had old ladies at the grocery store curse me for saying that I didn’t like my curls. So apparently, it’s something to be proud of.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers?
- Edit, edit, edit. Then edit some more.
- Talk to your fans. A lot. They are the reason you can write books.
- Have fun with it. Write what you want to write about. Don’t copy or be influenced by other’s writing. Readers want to read something they’ve never read before.
- Do read other author’s books and tell your fans about it if your loved it.
- Posting your book stuff on other authors Facebook pages is a big No-No. So is messaging authors and asking them to review or endorse your book. So is tweeting your book every five minutes. No, no, no, no, no.
- No arguing or commenting when someone doesn’t like your book or gives you a bad review. Not everyone is going to like your book, and that’s OK. Go look up your favorite popular book and read all the bad reviews. A bad review doesn’t mean it’s a bad book. Never, ever, ever rebut on anything.
Author Bio: Bestselling YA author from a small town in Georgia and loves everything about the south. She is wife to a fantastical husband and stay at home mom to two boisterous and mischievous boys who keep her on her toes. They currently reside in everywhere USA as they happily travel all over with her husband’s job. She loves to spend time with her family, binge on candy corn, go out to eat at new restaurants, buy paperbacks at little bookstores, site see in the new areas they travel to, listen to music everywhere and also LOVES to read.
Her own books happen by accident and she revels in the writing and imagination process. She doesn’t go anywhere without her notepad for fear of an idea creeping up and not being able to write it down immediately, even in the middle of the night, where her best ideas are born.
Significance – Significance #01
Maggie is a seventeen year old girl who’s had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but then her mom left, her dad is depressed, she’s graduating – barely – and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has.
Then she saves the life of Caleb and instantly knows there’s something about him that’s intriguing. But things change when they touch, sparks ignite. Literally.
They imprint with each other and she sees their future life together flash before her eyes. She learns that not only is she his soul mate, and can feel his heartbeat in her chest, but there is a whole other world of people with gifts and abilities that she never knew existed. She herself is experiencing supernatural changes unlike anything she’s ever felt before and she needs the touch of his skin to survive.
Now, not only has her dad come out of his depression to be a father again, and a pain as well, but Caleb’s enemies know he’s imprinted and are after Maggie to stop them both from gaining their abilities and take her from him.
Can Caleb save her or will they be forced to live without each other after just finding one another?
Devour – Devour #01
Clara has it all. A wrestling star boyfriend, popular friends, all the right school activities…pretty much a perfect life…up until her parents died. Now she lives with the Pastor and his family and though they take good care of her, she feels alone. Then her boyfriend, Tate, starts to show signs of trouble when a new guy, Eli, comes to town. Clara is fascinated with him but hides it until something happens. Eli confesses to her that she gives him something he’s never had before…something he needs. Everything is about to change for this normal pretty popular girl in a supernatural way.
Sherry has always known there was something out there. She’s eighteen, works for a tabloid newspaper in Chicago and has a brother, Danny who is a lazy mooch. They live a pretty normal dull life with hippie parents and a normal existence. Then the moon dissapears and people start to go missing only to reappear later, but different. Sherry has an abusive ex-boyfriend who shows up and claims to be one of these beings that have been showing up around the world. He’s no longer the same person in that body. He tells her he has come to protect her and her brother and takes her underground, against her will to save her, where they meet others like them. She begins to unravel the truth about Merrick, about what he’s really doing here, about the way he looks at her, about the crazy dangerous world they live in. Can he convince her that he’s here to help? Will she like what she finds when she opens up to the truth? Will he be the one to love her when everyone else has failed her? Will he be able to protect her?
Welcome to the Author Spotlight, Trisha Leigh!
Nicknames: I don’t really have any, unless you count Trish. Boring, right?
Where do you live: I grew up in the Midwest and still live here, but I lived in Texas for four years during college.
Your favorite dessert: Ice cream!
Your favorite TV series: Current: Fringe. All time: Felicity
Last book you read: Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone by Kat Rosenfield
Last movie you watched: The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Last song (or album) you bought: North by Matchbox Twenty
A book/series you could read over and over again: the Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L’Engle or Harry Potter by JK Rowling.
Coke or pepsi? Ew. Coke.
Day or night? Night.
Pen or pencil? Pencil.
Summer or winter? SUMMER.
Cat or dog? Dog.
Tea or coffee? Coffee.
Plotter or pantser? A pantser at heart, but have learned to incorporate plotting as necessary.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? I think somewhere during my senior year of high school, although I didn’t figure it out until late in college.
What are you working on now? Currently finishing up copy edits on Betrayals in Spring, Book 3 of The Last Year. In a few days, though, I’ll get an edit letter for Book 4 and will be diving into that.
If you decided not to be a writer, what would your other dream job be? Why? I’ve loved working behind the scenes on television and movie sets since college – that was my major – and even though ideally it would still be in a writing capacity, I’d do anything on the production side of film/television making. Why? Collaborating with other creative people is such a high.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done in your life? Either went eight hours away from home for college, jumped off a bridge into the lake, or tried to break up my ex-boyfriend’s wedding. You choose.
Who is the one person that has singlehandedly inspired you the most in your life? My grandfather. He had this way about him of making every person he came in contact with feel like they were special and worthy.
What is one talent that you’re hopeless at, but you wish you had? Singing, probably. I’d also love to be able to draw.
What is one trait or physical characteristic that you are proud of/love about yourself? I’m really easygoing, and nearly impossible to offend. It sounds silly, I guess, but I love that people can say whatever in front of me and know it won’t make me angry. The problem is, sometimes it’s easy for me to forget that others can be easily offended.
Do you have any suggestions for aspiring writers? Don’t quit. There are so many options for you now, to get your stories out there, and giving up on your words or yourself is the one sure way to make sure no one else ever reads your books. Work hard, learn how to take well-intentioned criticism, then work harder. But don’t give up.
Author Bio: Raised by a family of ex-farmers and/or almost rock stars from Northeastern Iowa, I’ve always loved to tell stories. After graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Film, I began to search for a way to release the voices in my head. IWhen I attempted my first YA novel, which would become Whispers in Autumn, I was hooked. I knew then my heart lay with telling stories about and for young adults, and for anyone who loves to read and recapture those fleeting “first” moments.
My spare time is spent reviewing television and movies, spending time with my large, loud, loving family, reading any book that falls into my hands, and being dragged into the fresh air by my dogs Yoda and Jilly.
Whispers in Autumn – The Last Year, Book One
In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.
Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.
Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.
Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.
It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.
And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.
Winter Omens – The Last Year, Book Two
Althea and Lucas barely escaped the Others’ clutches in the autumn, and were separated in the process. Alone and on the run from the cruel alien race determined to exterminate her, Althea struggles to adapt and survive in a world she never imagined.
When a boy named Pax appears out of nowhere, he quickly recognizes Althea for what she is – a human/Other hybrid just like him. Althea begs him to help her find Lucas, but Pax refuses, intent on following his own mysterious agenda.
The Others’ presence continues to devour the planet’s resources, and if history is an indication, they won’t leave until Earth is destroyed beyond repair. Althea and Pax sense the only way to save themselves – and maybe their home – is to understand the powers simmering inside them.
Together they push the limits of their capabilities in the quiet Wilds, but are soon confronted with a terrifying fact: no place is safe from the relentless pursuit of the Others.
Least of all their own minds.
Betrayals in Spring – The Last Year, Book Three
Althea assumes now that she, Pax, and Lucas are reunited in spring that the next steps are obvious – locate Deshi and prepare to take down the Others once and for all. But she doesn’t expect the subtle changes in Lucas.
After being left alone last season with only his Element father for company, Lucas has started to question whether their rightful place isn’t with the strange alien race as opposed to humanity. When an emergency forces Lucas to aid the Others so they can remain on Earth, Althea worries that she’s lost him once and for all.
The one thing she knows is that Deshi’s the key to any hope of reclaiming the planet. So as the Others gut their already wobbly support system, Althea and Pax gather together the beginnings of a plan – and maybe an army.
Even if she can convince Lucas their side is the right one, the Prime Other holds Deshi captive and shrouds any knowledge about their fourth in clouds of secrecy. What they discover deep underground is a roadblock they didn’t expect – and one that could steal their last hope of saving humanity.
Coming Dec 11th 2012 – Add on Goodreads