March 30, 2016

Three Times A Charm with AC Land

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome young adult author, AC Land. AC, can tell us a little about yourself?

Ever since first reading about escaping to Neverland and a slew of wild creatures hiding in a Mitten, I dreamed of telling stories. Growing up in the rural sticks of
Missouri, not five miles from the Meramec River, I always wanted to write about people just like me.

Big stories about small towns.

So that's just what I did.

I remember the magical feeling of completely falling into a story. I still fall, but not as entirely as I did as a child. Tell us about your young adult book, A Shot of Bourbon.

Shot centers around Luke and Charli, two teenagers who are struggling in their own ways. Though Charli has grown up having everything she could possibly want she’s never known who her father is, and has always been curious as to why he’s never wanted to be part of her life.

Luke’s life hasn’t been so great, and he’s known around town for being the son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher—a man who robbed the Bourbon Bank eighteen years earlier. Luke and Charli come together over their shared patriarchal issues and discover they may have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.

I recommend my book to readers who like:

Bully, Penelope Douglas.
Very Bad Things, Ilsa Madden-Mills
Fallen Crest High, Tijan

It sounds really great. Now for the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

1.      I stumbled onto Katie McGarry in the middle of winter, probably two years ago. I was snowed in and crabby, and I just wanted something to read. I didn’t realize I was reading her Pushing the Limits series out of order, but it didn’t matter. She saved my terrible snowpocalypse. Ever since then, she’s one of three authors I one-click without asking questions, and I would recommend Nowhere But Here to everyone.

2.      My next one-click? Colleen Hoover (obviously). I tell everyone I know about Hopeless. This book changed me. I didn’t know it was possible to feel so much hatred and love all at the same time.

3.      But on a lighter, more happy note, I’m in love with Cora Carmack’s words. I couldn’t pick just one of her books. I wear sweatshirts splattered with Rusk University (yeah, I have more than one) and when people ask me if that’s the college I went to I betray my own college to start a conversation about these books. She has written my ultimate book boyfriends (Sorry Dean Holder).

  • Top 3 things you learned about the business after becoming a writer.

1.      There’s a lot less times for writing now. I had written the entire Bourbon Series before ever submitting it, so I don’t know how it would be for other people, but for me it has been a continuous push to get one book after another out to the world (which is awesome! I can’t wait for everyone to read these). But it has really cut into my writing time. Currently, I’m in the process of editing two books. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing. I make time because my brain would explode if I didn’t seive the words out of there.

2.       I have to think about what other people want. When I wrote the series I wrote it for me. Now, during editing, I have to trim the things that won’t please readers. As much as I want my book to be my book, I know that I’m providing a service to other people. It’s a difficult balance.

3.      I don’t know if any of these count as being about the business as much as they are my own personal learning experiences, but I’ve learned there’s always more than one opinion. Especially when it comes to editing and grammar. It may seem like there’s one steadfast rule but I grew up in Missouri. Shot is set in Missouri. I made the grammar like everything I’ve been taught my whole life (with some added exaggerations). My editor from Illinois/Iowa completely got the slang. My editor from Canada…not so much.

  • Top 3 places you find writing inspiration.

1.      That place between awake and sleep—when I have to be up really early the next morning. It seems like when I’m trying to force myself to fall asleep is when I have the best ideas. I used to keep a pad of paper beside my bed so I could jot them down. Even before I wrote books I did this. I never wanted to forget anything. Now, thanks to technology, my Notes app on my iPhone is full of half asleep garbled nonsense that I sometimes remember to look at the next day.

2.      In the shower. This is probaby hereditary. Or maybe everyone is like this. My grandma and mom always claimed they had their best ideas in the shower. So when I’m feeling stuck on my WIP I leave it, take a walk, and then take a shower. Something about the relaxation just gives me the inspiration I need.

3.      Under the oak tree in my parent’s back yard. The first book I ever loved was Bridge to Terabithia, and my tree reminded me of the tree on the cover (of the version of the book when I was a kid). I used to climb up on a low branch and read. I probably read Bridge a hundred times during the summer between second and third grade. When I got a little older I’d climb up and write. After that I buried a time capsule out there. I buried my first dog under the shade of that faithful oak’s branches. Life has passed by around it and that tree remains the same. When I need a breather I go out there with a pen and paper and sit down. 

Here at Strands of Thought, we have some tech savvy readers. Where can they find you and your book online?

Twitter @authorACLand

AC, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Best of luck to your book and with those edits.


GUESTS WELCOME!  I’m always looking for guests for Three Times A Charm. If you are an author, illustrator or book reviewer, an agent or an editor, if you have something related to children’s publishing that you’d like people to know about, feel free to contact me about a future appearance.

March 23, 2016

Three Times a Charm with CM Savage

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome middle grade author, CM Savage. Carolyn, can tell us a little about yourself?

Thank you so much for hosting me!

I write under the name C. M. Savage. I have always enjoyed writing, but did not see it as a career option when I was growing up. Instead I followed my passion for animals. I ended up working with and protecting endangered birds in Hawaii and with rehabilitated wildlife that could not be returned to the wild in Oregon. Once I had two wonderful daughters though, I decided to revisit my passion for writing so that I could stay at home. After committing to myself that I would give writing a serious try, it took about five years of writing whenever I could, often late at night or in small increments, to finish my manuscript. I’m excited to say my persistence paid off. My debut novel was published last October by Saguaro Books.

Here are a few other tidbits about me. I love watching birds of prey. I have been known to pull over on the side of the road to point out a Pueo (Hawaiian Owl) to my daughters and watch it as long as it is visible. I’ve summited Mt. Hood and Mt. Kilimanjaro. I enjoy all types of crafting. I want to have sheep and make my own yarn.

It took me six years to get a book contract after I decided to pursue writing as a career. Hats off to persistence. Tell us about your book, The Gardenia Curse.

Reviews for my middle-grade/tween fantasy novel say, “The Gardenia Curse is spell binding and full of page turning adventure. . . kept me turning the pages well into the wee hours of the morning.” and “Once you are a few chapters in; you can not put it down.”

Thirteen-year-old Eva Thomas finds herself in a life threatening mystery when her dreams become real. Night after night, she is transported to Dreamland, where an evil being, the Shadow, wants her dead.  Can Eva save herself and her dreams before it’s too late?

I’m currently working on the sequel to The Gardenia Curse.

What readers would you recommend your book to?

This is a very good question. One reader told me they thought people who liked Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller would also enjoy The Gardenia Curse. I just started reading this so I can see if I agree. I would recommend my book to readers who enjoyed Owl in Love by Patrice Kindl and who, in general, love fantasies with mystery, evil and a touch of romance.

Now for the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them.

I’ve currently been on a Jessica Day George kick. I’ve loved all of the books I’ve read by her and am currently reading her new realease Fridays with the Wizards to my oldest at bedtime. For middle grade readers, I highly recommend the Tuesdays at the Castle series, which Fridays with the Wizards belongs to. It’s an engaging read about a castle that has a personality of it’s own. The characters are endearing and griffins are involved. What more do I need to say? (I love magical creatures!) For YA readers, I recommend her Princess of the Midnight Ball series. It’s a fun new twist on some classic fairy tales and for those that knit (which I do) there are patterns at the end. I just need to find some time now to try out the patterns. I especially loved the second book in this series, Princess of Glass, which is a retelling of sorts of Cinderella, but with a major twist in that the main character is not “Cinderella”.

My last recommendation would be for Chris Colfer’s The Land of Stories series. From the start, his writing draws you in just like the main characters get drawn into their grandmother’s storybook and holds you until after the last page is turned. I can’t wait for the next one. It’s also a series, like the Castle one, that both my 8 year old and I have been able to enjoy together.

  • Top 3 snacks to munch on while working.

Coffee (that’s a snack, right?), popcorn (although this can be dangerous around the computer if it’s buttered, which mine usually is), and any type of chewy candy (licorice and Jelly Bellys being my favorite).

  • Coffee is absolutely a snack! Okay, last but not least, top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

Veterinarian, Veterinarian, Veterinarian. This changed part way through college though, when I realized I wanted to be outside and help protect wildlife instead.

Where can our tech savvy readers find you and your book online?

Carolyn, it’s been a pleasure hosting you today. Best of luck to your book and with your writing. Aloha.


March 21, 2016

Cover Reveal - She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla

Today I'm excited to participate in the cover reveal for the upcoming New Adult novel, She Laughs in Pink by Jessica Calla!
TitleShe Laughs in Pink (Sheridan Hall Series, Book 1)
Author: Jessica Calla
Genre: New Adult
Release dateMay 17, 2016
PublisherBookFish Books

Four years after her twin is murdered, Juliet Anderson still struggles with guilt, her parents, and her relationships. Two things keep her from falling into a deep, dark place—dancing and her best friend, Ben. So when Ben decides to play football for New Jersey University, Juliet doesn’t hesitate. She follows. Finally away from her past, there is nothing to stand in the way. Juliet will win Ben's heart.
Then she meets Ben's roommate, Chase.
On probation and hell-bent on adhering to a “new life plan,” aspiring artist Chase leaves his New York City home for New Jersey University and meets Juliet before even stepping foot on campus. For him, their connection is instant. She’s the most vibrant girl he's ever seen. Her colors explode on his canvas, and he's never been more inspired in his life.
Too bad she’s madly in love with his seemingly perfect, good guy roommate.

He murmurs between kisses, “Juliet, you know I can’t resist you. I don’t want to be the bad guy.” 

I nibble his jawline down to his neck as the train pulls away, leaving us in the empty station. Already a new crowd is forming for the next train. “I needed to kiss you. Thought this would be a good place,” I mumble as I work my way down his neck. 

He turns me around. My back hits the cold wall and I shiver. He holds my face as he studies me, his gaze falling on my lips as I catch my breath. “Should we be together, gorgeous?” he asks. “Could it be that simple?"


About the Author
Jessica Calla is a lawyer by day, romance writer by night. Her favorite time is "bedtime," when she's free to open the laptop, battle with the blinking cursor, and pour out the contents of her heart. Jessica is a member of Romance Writers of America, involved in the Contemporary, Young Adult, and New Jersey Chapters, and is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband, two sons, and her dog. Besides reading and writing, she enjoys movies, coffee, and chocolate and considers herself addicted to Diet Coke and Netflix (in a good way).
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March 18, 2016

Guest Post by Cheryl Carpinello, Author of Tutankhamen Speaks

I'm happy to be a part of the tour for Cheryl Carpinello's book, Tutankhamen Speaks. Cheryl joins us today to talk about research and to offer a chance for you to win a gift card. Thanks, Cheryl! And now, take it away...
Researching Historical Fiction: Determining What Type and How Much To Do
By Cheryl Carpinello

Many writers struggle with this, including me. Unless you’ve built your own world, it’s hard for most authors to physically visit the places their characters live. If you’re a writer of historical fiction, like I am, it is impossible to transport readers back to those time periods without extensive research. So far, I’ve written in two time periods: 400-500 Medieval England and 1330 BC Egypt.

For my first two Arthurian stories set in Medieval England, I started with guidebooks and maps—both modern and historical. I used these to get a sense of the landscape, which may have changed a bit, but not that much over the centuries. I also have an extensive library of books on this time period, which I used to take notes on people, customs, eating habits, and so forth. In the beginning, it was impossible to know what details would be essential, so I kept a record of almost everything.

For my two Ancient Egyptian stories, I fared much better as I’d actually spent three weeks in Egypt prior to writing Tutankhamen Speaks and Sons of the Sphinx. However, I spent months reading up on life in 1330 BC Egypt and taking copious notes on ancient lifestyles, customs, religion, food, and King Tut. I still poured over ancient maps to get the lay of the land, but the over 500 pictures I took in Egypt allowed me to visit once more—in full color—all those places that would appear in my stories.

In both time periods, I focused on the five senses—sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell—to place my readers in the locations. Also, while the physical aspects of people may change over the centuries, the emotional makeup of all people stays the same. As a writer of historical fiction, I just transported the emotions of love, fear, guilt, and any others I needed to the time period.

Now, I’m writing my third Arthurian story. I still have all the research from the previous books, but I also have first-hand experience after spending three weeks driving around the UK. So, I am able to add those 600+ pictures I took to the wealth of information for my Arthurian stories yet to come.

If a writer is unable to visit the modern version of their time period, these days it is possible to do so virtually via applications like Google Earth. I’ve been very fortunate to be able to add first-hand experiences to my research. And in the years to come, the pictures of my visits will be a valuable resource for my stories.

About the book:

Long ago the old texts of ancient Egypt alluded to scrolls in which King Tut spoke to the people from beyond the tomb. Many archaeologists put this down to an incorrect translation of the ancient Egyptian texts. Others swore to the accuracy of the translation. But, Tutankhamen Speaks isn’t a story about the lost scrolls. It’s about the story written down on that ancient papyrus: Tutankhamen's story.


About the author, Cheryl Carpinello:

I am a retired high school English teacher. A devourer of books growing up, my profession introduced me to writings and authors from times long past. Through my studies and teaching, I fell in love with the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Now, I hope to inspire young readers and those young-at-heart to read more through my Quest Books set in these worlds.

Also please visit my other sites: Carpinello’s Writing Pages where I interview Childrens/Tween/MG/YA authors; and The Quest Books where I’ve teamed up with Fiona Ingram from South Africa and Wendy Leighton-Porter of Abu Dhabi to enable readers to find our Ancient and Medieval quest books in one place.

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March 8, 2016

Finding Thor Anniversary Giveaway

Finding Thor is turning one year old and I invite you to celebrate with me. Be sure to check out the giveaway below.

International intrigue hits small-town America.

Tragedy has left Cara Cassidy broken and the only thing keeping her from giving in completely is her guilt. Until Nik Rock.

Nik stirs up feelings in degrees she has never experienced, and causes her to do things that most assuredly give him the wrong impression – like kiss him before their first date. Somehow, he breaks down the walls around her emotions until she has no choice but to forgive herself and feel again.

But a mysterious, troubled past follows Nik, and Cara may prove to be his weakest link.

When a royal princess shows up looking for Nik, and an international gang arrives looking for missing jewels, Cara lands in mortal danger. Will she be able to save herself? What will happen to her newly repaired psyche if she loses Nik?

Romance, mystery, and high stakes – just another day in high school.


A deep voice, as rich and warm as homemade hot chocolate, said, “Let me assist you.”
A charming retort of gratitude already forming on her lips, Cara looked up to find the boy from the park crouching to pick up her spiral notebooks. She gaped as fear doused her like a bucket of briny seawater. Her hand, reaching for a textbook, quivered like a leaf in the wind. Somewhere in her mind she recognized that his expression and mannerisms were non-threatening, but she wanted nothing more than to flee.
She scurried to the back of the room, slid into her chair, and scrunched down, wishing she could disappear.
As the boy returned to his own seat at the front of the class, the tilt of his head seemed to indicate all his senses were tuned to her. She could almost see his ears expand to take in every sound she made. Really, she couldn’t see his ears, because his silky black hair fell in shiny waves to just above his shoulders.
When she sucked in her breath, because she realized she’d been admiring his hair, his chin angled toward her ever so slightly. Raking a hand through her own hair, she looked around the room to see if anyone was as wary of him as she was, but everyone else ignored him.

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March 7, 2016

March #InkRipples - Feminism

March #InkRipples theme is feminism. Be sure to visit Mary Waibel & Katie L. Carroll's blog too. After you enter my giveaway! 

I was raised by a strong, independent woman. She was a leader. A trailblazer. A boss. I didn’t know she was a feminist. She raised me with her values. She imparted her strengths. I didn’t know I was a feminist. I rarely ran into roadblocks based on my gender and now I wonder if I simply refused to see them as I barreled through them, climbed over them, shattered them. Thanks, Mom.

Over the years feminism has gotten a bad rap, but there is a resurgence within the population and I wanted to find out what feminism means to today’s young women. It just so happens my daughter is a rather outspoken feminist, so I didn’t have to look too far.

Mom: Tell us what feminism means to you.

Alex: Feminism is, by definition, the social, political, and economic equality of men and women. But feminism to me means men, women, and non-gendered human beings working together to create a safe, caring, and equitable world for all marginalized groups. I think it’s important to note that feminism is a movement for all, not just women.

Mom:  I think the key phrase is marginalized groups and yes, I love the UN's He for She campaign that Emma Watson is the spokesperson of, which strives for gender equality. How do you address people who are still stuck with the image of a man-hating feminist?

Alex: I find it very difficult to answer this question. My initial reaction to anyone who says or thinks this is, “How can you still even think that?” There is so much media and information out there that prove feminism is the exact opposite of man-hating. But generally I refer them to the definition of feminism. And from there decide whether or not I want to even engage in the conversation with them. Some people just refuse to be educated. 

Mom:  In my very uneducated, personal opinion, I think it's an image of feminism that was developed in the 70's. The sad truth - in my eyes - is that women had to go to the extreme; become tough, grow thick skins, be outspoken in a radical sense, in order to move feminism forward. It may not be what feminism is today, but many people who lived through the bra burning days will still think that way. I'm encouraged that you are stumped by this. It gives me hope that the image of the tough as nails, ball-busting woman will eventually go away. 

If you could impart one piece of wisdom on a feminist novice, what would it be? 

Alex: To read, listen, and learn to and from as much feminist media as possible. Particularly from feminists in the LQBT community, and women of color. Third wave feminism (where we are today) is one of the most inclusive waves of feminism we have to date. It is our job as feminists to continue to empower women who have traditionally been silenced in these types of movements. On the podcast, Call Your Girlfriend, these two lovely ladies refer to novice feminists as “baby feminists” which, to me, is an endearing term for people who are just starting to question the effects of the patriarchy on women and people of color (POC). Feel free to identify yourself as a baby feminist! And take this opportunity to learn as much as you can. We are all on a journey, third wave feminism is still relatively new and trying to find an identity, be part of the building of this identity.

Mom: Who do you model yourself after or admire for their voice in feminism?

Alex: I don’t model myself after any one feminist. I think that it’s important to digest multiple media and theories to find the feminism that works for you. But I love Emma Watson, she has been someone I’ve admired since she played the spunky and witty Hermoine Granger. Now that she uses her power and recognition to speak about feminism I admire her even more. And of course, BeyoncĂ©. With her latest drop of the song “Formation” she has proven once again that she is a powerhouse who stands for Black Lives Matters, and women’s empowerment.

Mom: Do you have any recommended reading on the topic of feminism?

Alex: If you are on facebook, it is really easy to follow many different feminists or feminist blogs/magazines. I follow “My Favorite F word is Feminism” “Bitch Media” “Everyday Feminism” and “Feministing”. It is an easy way to stay in the know about current issues and how they are being viewed by people I identify closely with. But as I am in school and working full time, it’s hard to fit in reading as much as I would like. So I listen to a lot of podcasts! My favorite feminist podcasts are Call Your Girlfriend, Another Round, and, The Read. And I am only scratching the surface!

Mom: Great recs! I love that I have such a smart, well-spoken daughter. Well, I have two, but you're my go-to girl on feminism for now. I'm sure Abby isn't far behind though. And we'll work on the boys together. Thanks so much for joining us today, Alex. I'm so proud of the person you are. 

As my regular readers know, I always have a giveaway with my #InkRipples post. It just so happens that another smart young lady that I know recently recommended a book on feminism. The recommendation caught my attention and I added the book to my to-read shelf on Goodreads. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, so I'll let Paige tell you a little about it:

Feminism is for Everyone by bell hooks
I would recommend Feminism is for Everyone because not only is it written by one of the most influential feminists of our time, bell hooks, but it also makes feminism accessible to a market that may otherwise extend beyond feminists who already have an extensive knowledge of the different sectors of feminism that exist (i.e. diving into marginalization and struggles with hegemony and the patriarchy). –Paige from The Paige Turner Blog

I'm offering a Kindle edition to a lucky winner. No small thing, since the Kindle edition is more expensive than I usually condone for a digital book. #PersonalOpinion. Enter often. You have through March 20th to enter as often as possible. Oh, and I'd LOVE to hear from the winner after they read this book!

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March 5, 2016

Spotlight on Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone

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indexSanta Muerte (The Daniela Story Book 1) by Lucina Stone

 Lucina Stone blends Mexican folklore with modern technology and time travel in this seductive new series where the lines between right and wrong, protagonist and antagonist, truth and fiction, love and lust, and life and death have never been more blurred. THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms. And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough. But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f— are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started…. Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….  

  About the Author:
lucina stone Lucina Stone has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in depression, family conflict, LGBT affirmative therapy, and life coaching. She lives in New Jersey with her family. This is her debut novel.  

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March 4, 2016

Review - Under A Purple Moon by Beverly Stowe McClure

Today I am offering a rare and early review. I've known this book from infancy. I've watched it grow, try new things, rebel and comply. It's like a teenager itself! But it is one of my favorites of my lovely critique partner, Beverly Stowe McClure.

Under the Purple Moon

Eden Rose has learned to deal with her mother's criticism that she can do nothing right. What she can't deal with are the arguments between her parents. To escape their angry words, she finds refuge in an old abandoned house. She always returns home, hoping her mother will love her one day, even though Eden's not sure what the word love means.

Three other teens with problems also hang out at the Old House. Meeting Murphy, Toby, and Josh changes Eden's world, and she begins to have faith in herself. Perhaps she can do something right, after all.

Thanks to the boys, she begins to understand the meaning of love. But will it be enough to save her broken home life?

My thoughts:

Though we are with our main character, Eden, I love that Under a Purple Moon really shares the trials and tribulations of four teens. Eden and Murphy are friends who like to hangout together at an abandoned house. When the popular football player, Toby, shows up, Eden isn’t exactly thrilled by it, but she follows Murphy’s lead and lets him stick around. Eden’s at the old house so often because her home life is horrible, with an inept father (oh, he made me so, so mad) who leaves Eden to fend for herself with her mentally ill mother. But she has steady, reliable Murphy who cares for her and Toby who seems to want to care for her and then one day she discovers a new boy, Josh, at the house who’s clearly avoiding his own tragic home life. Josh, with his quiet strength, is my favorite character.

The teens are trying to face their challenges on their own without burdening each other. Slowly but surely, they realize that it might be easier as a united front. Their lives are so tragic at times, but they have to carry on and it breaks my heart to know how well Beverly McClure portrayed these real life situations. We do get a hopeful ending, maybe even a bit too fairy tale even, but since we are seeing it through Eden’s eyes, it is true to her ever-forgiving personality. Even after everything, she still really wants to believe in happy endings herself.

If you like contemporary young adult with light romance, this is the story for you. It will break your heart and then patch it back up, as well as have you cheering on each of the characters as they face their demons.

Under a Purple Moon is set to publish on March 15th from Freedom Fox Press. Pre-order your copy from Amazon or Barnes & Noble, and add to your shelf on Goodreads.

About Beverly Stowe McClure

Most of the time you'll find Beverly in front of the computer, writing stories little voices have whispered in her ear. Other times she's snapping pictures of wildlife, clouds, and flowers. She has twelve books published for children and teens. Some of them have won awards, like the Children's Literary Classics and Sharp Writ Awards, as well as others. She also has two spoiled cats that think they run the house. They do.

March 2, 2016

Three Times A Charm with Heidi Angell

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome author, Heidi Angell. Heidi, can tell us a little about yourself?

I am a wordsmith, bibliophile and lexicomaniac. What can I say, I love everything about the written word! When I am not writing (which is a rare moment, indeed!) I can be found getting my groove on while cleaning, hiking or swimming with my family, watching movies, or planning some adventure in the kitchen.

Adventures in the kitchen – sounds like a book in itself. Tell us about your book, Hell School: Fresh Meat.

High school is hard, especially when you're a freshman in a new town, surrounded by people you don't understand and who don't understand you.  Sam was overwhelmed just trying to fit in. Then she is singled out with the first letter.

While some girls envy the “romantics” of this unknown admirer, Sam can tell something isn't right.  Sam wanted to just blend in, but someone's eye is fixated on her.  As the letters and bad poetry continue, so does the nagging in Sam's stomach telling her this is not normal.

When things escalate from strange to creepy, Sam's world becomes a nightmare.  Twisted admiration is stalking her around every corner in the high school from hell….

I recommend my book to readers who like: Pretty Little Liars, Clarity series,  or From Where I Watch You.

Hell School: Fresh Meat is available for preorder on Amazon and Smashwords.

Sounds great! Now let’s move onto the Three’s so our readers can know you a little better.

  • Top 3 favorite ways to interact with readers.

I love 1. Reading reviews- they really are the life blood of an author. Learning what readers thought, what they liked, what they didn’t like. It helps writers improve and meet their readers’ needs and desires. 2. Interacting with readers on Goodreads. It is such a great community. I spend WAY too much time on there. 3. I love when readers contact me on social media. I spend an awful lot of time on Facebook, twitter, Pinterest, and Google +. I love sharing pins of readers’ favorite quotes from my books, chatting about books (not just mine!) and sharing great reads.

  • Top 3 professions you wanted to be when you grew up.

1. Writer.  Yep, since first grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. That word obsession needed to be put to good use! 2. Actor- I did community theater, and actually majored in theater for a good chunk of college. I went to a lot of auditions, but then I got married and started a family. Theater requires a whole focus that I just couldn’t provide. I would love to do community theater again once my boys are more independent 3. Oceanographer- Yeah, I don’t know where this one came from either. I have always loved the ocean and my environmental science teacher encouraged that. I am not exceptionally good with science and math, but she opened up a science field that I actually found fascinating and could see as a viable career path, but you are limited with college options for such a degree and I just couldn’t afford to go away for school.

  • Top 3 personal mantras or inspirational phrases.

1. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 2. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will end up among the stars. 3. Goals are simply dreams with deadlines.

Heidi Angell is a bibliophile, lexicomaniac and wordsmith! She is the author of The Hunters Series, The Clear Angel Chronicles, and The Hell School Series. She also created Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire, 

When she is not reading and writing, she can be found spending quality time with her lovely family camping, hiking, swimming, or watching movies.  Learn more about her and her books at
Heidi Angell’s Social Media Links
Twitter @HeidiAngell

Thanks for joining us today, Heidi. Best of luck to you and Hell School.