September #InkRipples #Giveaway - Fall/School

Hosted by Mary Waibel, Katie L. Carroll, and Kai Strand 
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School is back in session. And I guess I can say I've gone back to school, too. I've been in a writing funk all year long and couldn't sit here and stare at my Facebook and Twitter feed any longer. So I got a job with the school district as a lunch lady. It gets me out of the house for a few hours each day. I get to interact with my target audience, as well as some cool adults. It provides a steady supplemental income. And it's good, honest work. And seriously, I can rock that hairnet! So far I really enjoy it. It helps that our school district has a great food program. The food is so good!

Fall happens to be my favorite season. Unless it's April, then spring is my favorite. It's kind of a tie, I guess. I love the crisp night air, the changing leaves, the ultra blue sky and the spicy smell of leaf litter and wood smoke.

I'm celebrating the release of the 2nd edition of King of Bad - with bonus scenes:
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Hey, since King of Bad takes place in a school - one of our themes this month it's a perfect fit. So, this month's winner will win two books! A signed copy of a shiny new edition of King of Bad (Sorry, but an International winner will win an electronic copy) and a Kindle copy of one of the following books I've enjoyed that also took place in a school setting:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling: In Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry, an orphan, lives with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley.

One day just before his eleventh birthday, an owl tries to deliver a mysterious letter the first of a sequence of events that end in Harry meeting a giant man named Hagrid. Hagrid explains Harry's history to him: When he was a baby, the Dark wizard, Lord Voldemort, attacked and killed his parents in an attempt to kill Harry; but the only mark on Harry was a mysterious lightning-bolt scar on his forehead.

Now he has been invited to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where the headmaster is the great wizard Albus Dumbledore. Harry visits Diagon Alley to get his school supplies, especially his very own wand. To get to school, he takes the Hogwarts Express from platform nine and three-quarters at King's Cross Station. On the train, he meets two fellow students who will become his closest friends: Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.

Harry is assigned to Gryffindor House at Hogwarts, and soon becomes the youngest-ever Seeker on the House Quidditch team. He also studies Potions with Professor Severus Snape, who displays a deep and abiding dislike for Harry, and Defense Against the Dark Arts with nervous Professor Quirrell; he and his friends defeat a mountain troll, help Hagrid raise a dragon, and explore the wonderful, fascinating world of Hogwarts.

But all events lead irrevocably toward a second encounter with Lord Voldemort, who seeks an object of legend known as the Sorcerer's Stone.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.
Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.
Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives.
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

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  1. I bet you do rock the hairnet! I totally picture it. I hope seeing all those kids helps you get back in the writing spirit. :)

    1. Thanks, Katie. I've felt the barest stirrings of it lately. My October LQR short is an intro to a new YA fantasy I'm almost excited about writing. I think it'll happen - eventually.

  2. Congrats on the new job and the second edition!

  3. How cool that you're a lunch lady. There are days I'd like to do that (less stress!) Hope it frees up your muse and the book pour forth!

    1. Oh my gosh, the lack of stress is amazing! Thanks, Mary.

  4. Congratulations on the job. Just imagine all the stories floating around your. The perfect place to be. Have fun and think of more stories to write.

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