Hot New Playlist! 18 Truths by Jamie Ayres

New Release by Jamie Ayres

New Release by Jamie Ayres

Lying is unbearable, betrayal is inevitable, and choosing which path to take is impossible.

Olga Gay Worontzoff ended her senior year as an eighteen-year-old girl totally in love with Nate, enjoying their new romance and about to attend the university of her dreams. Now she’s spending her summer in the weird subculture of the Underworld, with charmingly witty and powerful angels, and problematic demons, trying to rescue Connor, the best friend and secret crush she was unable to save during a freak accident.

But Nate has other things on his mind, mainly Grace. She’s their first assignment as joint spirit guides, and Olga’s feeling hurt and jealous. His mysterious behavior has Olga questioning everything she believed about him and now she must decide whether to stick to their plan, or follow her heart.

Unfortunately, a series of mistakes threatens everyone around her and plants Olga in the center of cosmic events much larger than she ever imagined.

Only one thing is certain: the chilling truths uncovered during her journey will leave no one untouched.

 WELCOME BACK Jamie!!

We have a treat, today! Jamie is a good friend of mine who has just released, in all its glory and juicy goodness, the sequel to her debut novel. ’18 Things,’ which you should read if you haven’t. Now, because she’s fun and awesome, Jamie has sent us a treat! For all you combination bibliophiles and musicos out there, take a look at the ACTUAL PLAYLIST for ’18 Truths.’ So…here’s Jamie!

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Thanks for hosting me, Teshelle!

Here are some of my favorite angst-ridden songs from 18 Truth’s playlist:

  • Say Something – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera – This song so perfectly captures Olga and Nate’s relationship in this sequel—the whole melancholy yet hopeful truth of the song. The first time I heard it, I immediately thought of Olga and Nate and cried like a baby in my car.

(One of my new go to songs write now. Except…I kinda like the version without Christina, cuz she kind of steps on my toes.  I want to sing that hamrony, Chrissy, so back it up!)

  • Let Her Go – Passenger – This song reminds me so much of Conner at times. He takes things for granted and never knows what he wants until it’s gone, so I always feel a little bad for him.

(Love, love, love…except I gotta use my English accent to sing along)

  • All Apologies – Nirvana – I can’t think of any other song that says so much with so little. It’s sad, and it’s exactly the way Grace feels in this story—all alone (and I’m sure how many others feel in life everyday).
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons – This song is the anthem for 18 Truths. I love it for Olga because it perfectly captures some of her darkest hours in the entire book. Sometimes bad things happen that are out of our control, but how we handle things is not out of our control, and Olga decides keeping secrets to protect those she loves is the best way to control things. Of course, this backfires on her in a big way!
  • Who I Am – Jason Gray – This song has such a great message. There’s that futility and self-loathing vibe, that our efforts are frustrated, that no matter what we do, we feel it’s never enough—that perhaps we are never enough, and then underneath all of that is the story of an awakening or desire to change. This song applies to all my characters.
  • Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day – This is Olga’s emotional hangover song. At one point in the story, Olga accepts her “life” the way it is, but she dreams of someone finding her and saving her from her boulevard of broken dreams, but she thinks everyone is finished with her and patiently awaits her fate.
  • How to Save a Life – The Fray – This is another great dysfunctional relationship song. At this point, Olga’s already lost one friend, and now she’s about to lose another, but she’s trying to stay calm and get through it.

(Seriously, when I was in high school and this song came out [yeah, I’m old, huh…] I played it on repeat. Over and over and over).

  • Iris The Goo Goo Dolls –It’s so raw and lovely at the same time and fits perfectly with this novel. It’s about Olga not showing her true self because she’s too afraid, that’s the ‘moment of truth in the lies’. Nothing feels real because she’s hiding. This song also has a special place in my heart because it’s my wedding song!

(Who can STOP singing along to this at the top of their voices? No one. Because it’s that epic/angsty anthem everyone needs).

  • Something Beautiful – NEEDTOBREATHE – If I had to pick a single song to listen to while writing the entire 18 Things series, this song would be it. It’s beautiful, sad, hopeful, desperate, and just all around awesomesauce. Nothing captures the deep longing of Olga, Nate, and Conner than the line: “Hey now, this is my desire, Consume me like a fire, ’cause I just want something beautiful.”

(Also a goodie. I like when the man choir comes in on the bridge!)

This is only half the playlist; you can go here to listen to the whole thing! Thanks for having me over today, Teshelle. I know you wrote an original song for your book, Core . . . maybe you can come up with an original song for my third book? *bribes with offers of free coffee and chocolate and baby-sitting*

(Well, Jamie, you’re going to have to bribe my husband, actually, because he’s the mastermind composer. You’ll have to offer pizza and milkshakes instead!)

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For more on Jamie and how perfect she is, keep on reading. Click here if you want to visit her blog, and here if you want to add ’18 Truths’ to your goodreads

 

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Mrs. Wonderful (aka Jamie Ayres)

Mrs. Wonderful (aka Jamie Ayres)

Jamie’s Bio:

Jamie Ayres writes young adult love stories by night and teaches young adults as a middle school teacher by day. She lives in southwest Florida with her husband and two daughters. Her books include 18 Things and 18 Truths. Visit her online via TwitterFacebook, or at www.jamieayres.com.

 

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Interview with Richard B. Knight

Please welcome author Richard B. Knight! His novel, The Darkness of the Womb, will be sure to catch your interest (and not just because the title is so intriguing). Here’s a little about Richard, his novel, his views on writer’s block, and more! Find more about him on his website and his blog.

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Description: A pregnant mother journeys inside her unborn child’s subconscious to prevent him from miscarrying himself.

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Author’s bio: Richard B. Knight (The “B” stands for Brandon) teaches Language Arts during the day and writes fiction at night. He decided that he wanted to be a novelist back in the fourth grade. It was all quite spontaneous. Back then, his teacher asked all of the students what they wanted to be when they grew up, and while many students chose “doctor”, or “lawyer”, or “astronaut”, Richard, wanting to be funny, chose “drag queen garbage man”. It wasn’t until his peers starting reading off their choices that Richard decided that it would probably behoove him to write down another profession. He has stuck with “novelist” ever since.

Richard has a love of movies, video games, and comic books, and all three influences come through in his writing. He currently lives in Clifton, New Jersey with his lovely wife, Rona.

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Alrighty, now you know a little more about him! Before we begin the interview, please take the time to check out my work (that’s it for the shameless plug). And now, here’s my conversation with Richard:

1.      Who is your favorite author and why? Your favorite work by that author? If you could ask them one question, what would it be?

My favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve read every single book and short story by the man. My favorite book of his is The Sirens of Titan, but like everyone else, the first book I read by him was Slaughterhouse Five. While reading it, I just sat there thinking, holy crap, people actually like this book? It’s so weird. I knew from that moment on that I could be as weird as I wanted to be as a writer as long as the writing was good. It was a big moment for me. If I could ask Mr. Vonnegut one question, it would be, “Does Heaven have a ghetto?”

2.      Do you work full-time as an author, or do you wear more than one hat? Tell us about the challenges that accompany your chosen profession(s)?

I teach for a living. I wish I wrote for a living. I tried that once and it ended badly. Apparently, it’s important to have health insurance in your life. But being a teacher has affected me greatly, and a lot of the classroom stuff in my first novel, The Darkness of the Womb, actually happened to me. No joke. Any teacher will tell you. If you think teaching is easy, then why don’t you do it? Most of the time, people can’t. That’s why they quit after two or three years. Pansies.

3.      Walk us through your writing process–if you have one, that is. What works for you?

I just write whatever is on my mind at the time. I like to read at least a full hour before I start writing, and while I read, a part of my brain is thinking about what my next chapter will be about. I don’t plot out anything and I save molding for after I’m done writing. It’s just easier for me that way.

4.      Any writer’s block remedies?

Stop worrying about what you’re going to write. If you have writer’s block, do something else. Go for a walk or something. Walks always help me. I never feel pressure when I write. Not anymore, anyway. Life is too short for writer’s block.

5.      If you could be one character in your book, who would you be and why?

I actually am a character in my book, and he’s kind of the hero of the story (I’m glad I’m not vain or anything). The director, Kevin Smith, put himself in his first movie, Clerks, because he wasn’t sure if it would be his last movie or not. I didn’t think my book would be my last, but you never know. If I happened to somehow die before I finish my next book, I wanted to make sure I’d be remembered as the guy who took down a massive centipede in a desert with a machete and a shotgun. That’s a pretty cool way to go out.

6.      What inspired you to create your antagonist? Can you tell us about him/her?

The antagonist in the book is Lord Imagination, who is a god in the Internal Landscape (Lady Logic is a god, too). I wanted Imagination to be the enemy because the world my story takes place in is the universal mind, and Imagination can be an enemy to so many people, and in so many different ways. To some, Imagination can be extremely generous, and to others, he can be the biggest jerk in the world (Especially to writers who get writer’s block). Like all villains, though, Imagination doesn’t see himself as a villain. He thinks he’s misunderstood and feels he knows what’s best for mankind. Lady Logic disagrees. She’s tired of his bull crap, and in a lot of ways, the story is really the war between Logic and Imagination, and which is more important in life. Both characters forget that they’re equally important to humans. That provides some of the conflict in the story.

7.      Leave aspiring authors with some advice.

Be yourself. Nobody else sees the world the way you see it, so don’t mimic others in any aspect of your life. Write the book that you want to write. Oh, and stay frosty.

8.      What do you want your readers to come away with after reading your book?

I just want the reader to have a good time. If they get anything out of it, jawsome (And yes, that’s awesome with a “J”. That was the catchphrase on the show Street Sharks. I used to love that show), but if they don’t, then I at least want them to have enjoyed themselves. That’s all I could ever ask for.

9.      Any new releases on the way? What are you working on right now?

I’m working on a YA novel about a boy who can control corpses with his mind. He wants to start an undead wrestling league. The story takes place in 1999, and Bill Clinton, Vince McMahon, and the devil himself all make appearances. It’s called A Boy and His Corpse.

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Thank you so much, Richard, for interviewing! If you guys are interested in Richard’s work, please visit his facebook page and twitter to learn more about him.

If you want to take a closer look at his work, visit his Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and his Amazon page!

Interview with David Rashleigh

I had the pleasure of dialoguing with accidental author David Rashleigh. David wrote “Sciron,” an interesting tale of history and mystery. Though it’s different than “Core,” Sciron seems like it’s a fantastic read!

About Sciron:

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How can a ghost haunt the top floor of a new building?

A murder victim’s spirit cannot escape the former railway line where he worked and was killed. Other victims of the same incident haunt a young Yorkshire man. A former soldier is researching his father’s disappearance when he stumbles across a wartime act of sabotage. A young couple and their son, unaware of the history of the huge stone wall that faces their flat, receive terrifying visitations. But who was the spy, codenamed Sciron, who was responsible for destruction, betrayal and death?

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Here’s how my talk with David went!

1.      You’re an accidental author, David, which no one will argue is a pretty cool concept. But now that it’s happened, can you tell us how authorship has changed your life?

It might sound like a cliché, but it has opened up a whole new world. I had no idea just how many indie authors there are out there, and how friendly they all are! It has also swept away my avowed intention never to get involved with social media, especially Twitter. It also led to me being invited to speak at a community history event (now that was scary). On top of that, I have made a whole new circle of friends, both online and in person. My family are, of course, totally unimpressed with the whole thing.

 

2.      Your novel, Sciron, seems to be a paranormal tale drenched in history. Can you tell us what the concept of “history” means to you? How did your love of history lead to your accidental authorship?

Technically, yesterday is history. I think that to any individual, the definition of history is itself defined by their own experiences. For anybody under the age of thirty, for instance, the moon landings happened in a different age. For me, they were a time of great excitement; I was six years old when Neil Armstrong uttered that immortal line.

I’ve explained in one of my own blog posts how the original idea for Sciron came about. Essentially, close to where I live are many remnants of a railway line that was closed nearly fifty years ago, and I couldn’t help wondering if the people who live near them, or drive past them, had any notion of what they might be.

3.      Tell us about your upcoming book. Genre? Do you have a potential release date? What should readers expect?

The next book, “Mindblower: Assassin”, is the first of a trilogy. I’ve stuck with a paranormal theme, but it’s a political thriller rather than a ghost story. It’s currently with the editor, but I’m hoping to get it out by the end of July. You can read the prologue on my website.

It is different to Sciron in that it is more graphic. I wrote my first book on the basis that I might want an elderly aunt to read it: the result of that is that it is entirely suitable for almost any age. The Mindblower trilogy is definitely adults only, though.

4.      If you could be one character in Sciron, who would you choose to be and why?

Now, that’s a hard one. I’m torn between the two older protagonists, Jack Rimmer and Cedric Morgan, who have led the most interesting lives. I don’t really want to say beyond that, because the book is a bit of a whodunit and I don’t want to give any of the story away!

5.      Give the writing world one bit of advice, David. What is the one thing you want a hopeful author, accidental or not, to remember?

Get an editor! They are expensive and annoying (no offence, Dea) and seem to delight in taking the outpourings of your soul and ripping them to shreds. But, and it’s an important but, they will have a different perspective on the story and will point out any flaws in the plot. They will also correct your spelling, punctuation and grammar. It’s so exasperating to read a great story that’s badly written.

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Thank you, David! It was a pleasure interviewing you. Good luck with Sciron and your future endeavors!

And please check out my debut novel, “Core,” before you say goodbye!

Interview with Michele M. Reynolds – Wilderness Girl

I had the pleasure of interviewing author Michele M. Reynolds, self-proclaimed Wilderness Girl. Michele graciously answered questions about her adventures, her views on gender biases in the writing world, and info on her books, including her crowning jewel, Trail Swap.

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1. Tell us about an adventure you had, Michele–one that affected your writing.

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To put it down to one adventure would be hard. I think my mid-twenties traveling, moving, and having unique jobs has helped a lot to influence my writing. I also wear my heart on my sleeve and love hard and fall hard. Deep love and heartbreak lend to some powerful writing. I have surrounded myself with some unique characters and that helps too.

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Oh the mid-twenties… that’s right where I am in my life (I can’t believe I’m saying this; in my head I swear I’m still 17 half of the time). On to the next question!

 2. What’s it like being both a mommy and an author? Can you give us an example of how mommyhood has affected your authorship?

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I have read several articles about women authors. How some have thrown out their names and changed them to initials to be non-gender specific. I thought about that, but then reclaimed my name immediately when I read such articles. There are also questions like this one, that I swore I would not answer. I am not trying to be a witch here. I am glad you asked this question because it raises awareness. I love being a step-mom. It is the best job ever, but I am not sure this question would come up if I was a dad.

I guess my answer to this question is . . . for my kids, I refuse to bow to the male-dominated world.

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As for the name, I decided to keep mine as it is because I love it. To be fair though, I often go by the nickname Tess, which gives me a little separation from my author-self. And I truly didn’t expect that answer regarding your parenthood! I suppose some (not all) gentleman authors either don’t have kids or don’t mention them in their profiles, which I never noticed before now… words for thought, Michele, words for thought. 

3. Tell us about your most recent release, “Tunnel W.” What inspired you to write it? What do you want readers to take away from it?

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Tunnel W. I have no idea how it was created. I think I started to do a writing exercise and liked where it was going so I went with it. I think it qualifies as a novella or novellette. Either way it is short, but the characters are likeable. I have no idea what the readers would take away from it other than a fun read.

My biggest work right now that I am proud of us Trail Swap. You have to check that out.

I am a 34% done with a wilderness residential camp in the year 2043. The best way I can describe it is Holes meets Dangerous Minds.

I then took a break to write a full-out romance. I usually creep some romance in this story, but this one is a love story. I am 200 pages into writing it. We will see what book gets finished first.

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Holes meets Dangerous Minds? Sounds stinkin’ awesome, Michele! You should definitely check that out, peeps! I too have favorite works, like “Core,” which is in my opinion my first publish-ready work. But to my surprise, I’ve heard from beta readers that my other works are also kind of awesome. So keep hyping Tunnel W, Michele! You never know who it will connect with, right?

4. Who is your greatest inspiration as an author?

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Life, love, adventure, and humor.

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5. Share your great wisdom, Michele. Give the up-and-comers one bit of advice?

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I was hoping you could share some with me. I am still new to this all, and have spent countless hours on websites, blogs, how-to’s, etc. Even though I don’t think it helped me sell books, it is a fun place to visit. Check out my blog.

I have learned out of all of that . . . just write, write, and write. I have so many books bubbling up in me that it is hard to go to work and to sleep, and to stay asleep. I wish I had harnessed my creativity earlier. I took too long of a vacation from it.

Write and my other advice is journal. I wish I had journaled more so that I could capture that raw emotion better.

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Write, write, write, write. You sound like my hubs: “Tess, are you working on that sequel? How much do you have so far? That’s all? Well, go write some more!” It really is amazing advice. A swimmer swims; a dancer dances. A writer…writes! So simple, so unnerving, and so true.

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Thanks for the interview.

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And thank you for your time and for giving us all something to think about, Michele! It was a pleasure having you. 

To learn more about Michele and her work, visit her blog, her amazon page, and her Barnes & Noble page! Or stop by and check out her Smahswords FREE!

 

Interview with Jennifer Snyder

This week I had the pleasure of interviewing the very kind Jennifer Snyder, NA/YA author of such works as Catalyst and the Marked Duology series.To learn more about her or how you can preview and purchase her work, visit her website! (Also, if you’re interested, please check out my debut novel, “Core!“).

Here goes my conversation with Jennifer:

1.      Why do you think you became a writer? How did you know?

Writing was just one of those things I’d always had a passion for. When I was little it was silly poems and short stories. As I grew older the stories became longer. I pulled away from it for a few years or so (think teenage years), but then dove right back in head first in my early twenties. At this point in my life, I can’t imagine myself not writing. It’s a part of who I am.

2.      Of all those you’ve created, who is your favorite character, and why? Can you describe that character’s birth story (how you thought them up)?

 This is a tough question! I really have to go with Seth from my debut novel Shattered Soul. He was the very first character to literally enter my mind via a talking voice in my head. Sounds nuts, but oh so true. I was folding laundry one day and this male voice popped in my head. It was a pivotal scene from near the end of the novel. His first word to me was ‘NO!’ and then the scene continued to unfold in my mind. It ended with him saying this to me “The girl I loved was becoming a stranger, and I knew this moment, the moment her soul first began to shatter, would haunt me forever.” From there I just had to know more about him and this girl he was so desperate to hold on to. This girl who was slipping through his fingers.

3.      Have you ever had an “I’m-A-Failure” moment in regards to your writing or your writing career? If yes, how did you cope? If no, how did you manage to stockpile that kind of self-esteem and where can we get some?

 With every novel one (sometimes more than one) occur  I think every author who has those moments are the ones who care most about their stories as well as their readers. As for coping, that’s where family and friends come into play. It also helps to have other author friends who ‘get it’ and can give you that extra pick me up to help dig you out of that funk.

4.      On your blog, you mention that chocolate may be a possible cure for writer’s block. What kind, quantity, and dosage of this antidote do you recommend?

 Ha,ha! Yes, chocolate. Some days it’s a handful those little Dove dark chocolates. Sometimes it’s Halloween chocolates from last year. And others it’s a warm mug of coco. Either way, I’ve come to learn chocolate in any form and any quantity is a necessity while writing.   

5.      In just two years, you’ve released six novels, two novellas, and a short story, quite an impressive feat. Can you offer a bit of advice to hopefuls? 

Thank you! Write what you want to write. I’ve been doing this for long enough to know that if a story isn’t coming…don’t push it. Set it aside and work on something else. Whether you’re just jotting down ideas for another novel or actually writing out scenes, nine times out of ten, the story you were stuck on will begin to flow again. Especially if you add in chocolate. 😉 Also, carve out time to write at least something everyday. Even if it’s only 100 words…at least it was something. 

Thank you for offering to have me on your blog! Best of luck with your novel (and future novels) as well as your author journey!

Thank you, Jennifer, for taking the time to answer my questions!

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