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Author Interview & Review of Zombie Rapture by Stuart R. West

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Zombies spouting scripture – yeah, you heard me.
Today I'd like to step up a few years from my usual young adult (and many years from my frequent middle grade) fair to share Stuart West's newest book, Zombie Rapture with you.
About the book:
Life is good for Hunter Wright. He's just about to graduate from high school and he's found true love. Just in time to lose her. Because the Rapture's begun and those in his path, living and dead, stand in his way of finding her. And it's not the Rapture the faithful have been expecting either. Someone failed to tell the dead they’re not in Heaven.
My review:
The incident that creates the zombies happens early on in the book, but we don’t learn the how behind it for a while. When our main character, Hunter, discovers his parents and his neighbors have been turned into crazy scripture spewing zombies he heads to his girlfriend, Jordan’s, house in the hopes that – like him – she’s been spared from the transformation. Instead…

Laura Maisano Introduces Schism

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I'm excited to welcome Laura Maisano to Strands of Thought. She's here to talk to us about her book, SCHISM, which is days from release. Tap those fingers on your keyboards and make some noise for Laura!

Author Interview


How did you come up with the title for your book?
I was playing with different concepts about dividing or separating. Since Illirin was separated from Earth, I felt I needed something to encompass that idea. SCHISM just popped out as the perfect word to describe that division.
Give us a three-sentence description of the book.
Since his tragic car accident, Gabe obsesses over getting his memory back. That’s until he meets Lea and her crazy theories about another dimension. Not only is her theory true, but neither of them could predict how this other world, that holds his past and her destiny, ties the future of both of their worlds together.
Is there anything in the book based on real-life experiences?
Yes, I’m glad you asked. Aside from the setting being my alma ma…

Three Times A Charm with Kathleen Davis

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Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to people involved in children’s publishing. Today we have Kathleen Andrews Davis with us. She’s going to share a little about her books. But first tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Kathleen Andrews Davis and I live in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania with my husband and a horde of deer who insist on annihilating any attempts at gardening.  We are empty-nesters with two grown daughters and two beautiful grandchildren.

​During my long and varied working life I did business writing including everything from press releases to policy and procedure manuals. I served as managing editor of an in-house newspaper where I enjoyed every aspect of production including writing, photography, and even dummy layout. From there, I moved into marketing pieces and business plans. 

My favorite venture, however, was fourteen years in the Bed & Breakfast industry. This was my passion. When we left our lovely old Victorian it left a…

Finding Thor Book Blitz & #Giveaway

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YA Bound is hosting a book blitz and giveaway for Finding Thor. You'll see posts crop up all around the Internet until the 22nd of April. The giveaway is open through the end of the month. I would GREATLY appreciate if you could participate by hopping over to several blog sites, leaving comments, tweeting, adding FT to your Goodreads shelf (or claim the entry if you already have), follow some of the fantastic blogs.

Bloggers who are kind enough to sign up to host for book blitzes are simply AWESOME. I want to thank each and every one and the best way to thank them is if you could take the time to visit a few of their sites and let them know you appreciate the opportunity to participate in the blitz.

(Sorry the formatting is off, but you can still click on the blog link to get to the blog.)

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Most Important Announcement Ever!

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But you must memorize the entire thing! *** New (and used) authors – listen up. There is one thing you need each and every time you promote your work. If you're composing a guest post, book spotlight, or cover reveal they all must include one important thing.
Let me demonstrate:
You’ll get gooey, melted chocolate, over your choice of a blonde or chocolate brownie. A scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a swirl of whipped topping. Like nuts? I’m happy to sprinkle some on top. Of course I’ll top it all off with a sweet, maraschino cherry.
(insert picture of demonstrator whistling, or twiddling thumbs.)


(insert gif of reader shrugging)


(insert gif of demonstrator arching eyebrows)


Have you figured it out yet?
See how I got you all excited for that amazing brownie dessert? And then never told you how to get it?
Now you’re catching on. You need a call-to-action. Every single time you promote your work, be sure to include a way for the reader to either buy it or find out more about it. In…

The Endless Possibilities of Paranormal - Guest Post by Bree Wolf

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Blue skies, a brilliantly shining sun and a happily ever after; who doesn’t like that? And yet, what would a happily ever after be without a little thunder and lighting on the way?
Paranormal YA is a great genre with endless possibilities. While we are all familiar with most of what makes it paranormal (i.e. vampires, witches, werewolves, etc.), there are no rules that say you can’t re-invent the already-known, plus make up your own creatures on the way.
When writing ‘How to Live and Die in Crescent Rock’ (#1 Crescent Rock Series), my head was spinning with all the aspects I wanted to incorporate into this story. I enjoyed re-inventing my own breed of vampires as much as creating my very own paranormal beings, that have never before seen the light of day. At the same time, I switched around attitudes and character traits to bring to life unique individuals that readers will enjoy getting to know. Some you will love; and some you will love to hate.
As the main character, high school senior…