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Talent Chronicles at your neighborhood bookstore

Well, if your neighborhood is Somerville, MA.

Otherwise you’re probably SOL.

Months ago–I don’t know how many months ago, but it’s been some months–I made an offer to donate my books to libraries and to give free copies of my books to indie bookstores so that they could try them out without risk. I don’t know if it’s just because I haven’t gone out of my way to publicize this, but there’s been very little interest in the program so far. I’m not independently wealthy, so I didn’t want to get in over my head and didn’t shout it from the rooftops, but I did expect some interest and more word-of-mouth than what I’ve seen.

Not bitching, really, just reporting as it’s interesting to me and maybe interesting to my indie author friends (that I can’t even give books away, LOL).

Anyways, Massachusetts is the place to be for the Talent Chronicles in paperback. I sent books to the Somerset Public Library back in February. This week I had the pleasure of correspondence with Gil Barbosa, owner of family-run independent THE BOOK SHOP, in Somerville. Gil told me that he was putting my books in his window display, so if you happen by, feel free to snap a picture for me.

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About how my cover designer is awesomesauce

It was brought to my attention by Miss @rebeccaberto, that someone has come out with a book cover using the same image as the one I used for Hush Money. Hey, it happens. There’s only so much stock photography to go around, as Kait talked about a while back. The book, I’ll Tell You Mine, by Pip Harry, released this week by The University of Queensland Press, doesn’t appear to be available around here yet, but it looks interesting. And part of what’s interesting is the coincidence of how much the character described seems like my Joss.

But actually, I was writing a post about it to say this. Check out these covers, side by side:

It’s very happy making to see how Robin Ludwig’s work holds it own–and then some, but I’m biased.

See the original stock photo here. Just don’t everybody start using it for book covers. You’re diluting the brand. 🙂 (I’m actually sitting here in a Talent Chronicles Joss t-shirt from Zazzle that I haven’t shown you yet because I feel dorky + I haven’t been pretty enough for a picture since I got it.)

Anyway, the lesson here is that if you’re looking for a cover designer, Robin’s your girl. And she has a new website!

/pimpage for Robin

Thanks again, Rebecca, for noticing this cover and thinking of me.

 

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Book recommendations wanted

I’m in the mood for some fantasy. Doesn’t happen often, but sometimes that’s what I really want to read. But it’s hard to find something I like because a) there has to be some romance, and b) I’m not super-familiar with the genre. So I thought I’d tell you guys about some books I’ve loved that are still sitting on my favs shelf and maybe those of you who are more familiar could give me some ideas.

I don’t even know that I want to contemplate how long ago it was that I read “The Keltiad” series. In the books, a group of people from Earth (Ireland), were able to travel through space at an insanely early point in history (by magical religious science, I guess). On the planet of Keltia and it’s surrounding planetary bodies, they established a whole new Keltic civilization. Now, well into the future, a small group of Earth explorers happens upon this hidden civilization out in space. To make things interesting, they show up at the beginnings of what will become a big political drama and war.

While there was a bit of romance that pulled me through the books, the strength of these is the amazingly detailed world-building and the development of the main character, Aeron, who is the slightly reluctant though duty-bound Queen of Keltia.

Rhapsody, Prophecy, and Destiny also blew my mind. And the romance in this one was very important in the story. Well, at least to me it was. I could not stop reading these books until the relationship was resolved. And it was AMAZING!!! Basically, character from different times and places who never should have met–do, which changes both their lives. By the time they struggle back to being in the same time and place, they’re so completely altered that they don’t even recognize each other. And then you have to go on reading it, knowing it, and waiting for the moment when they figure it out and all is revealed. ARG! It was awesome reading.

Aside from that, the imagination in this thing! Incredible world-building and description, totally interesting characters, some of whom were incredibly alien and yet very, very real.

The Witches of Eileanan series could be a little uneven in that it didn’t always follow the same characters. It started with one girl, then broke from her to mainly follow another, and then at once point diverged from both of them and a whole book followed a more minor character. But that’s okay, because it was kind of awesome.

If I remember right, witchcraft was outlawed and being a witch was a crime, which was unfortunate because having magic wasn’t a choice. So there was a whole not so secret secret police running around hunting witches, a resistance, all that good stuff. Lots of remarkably heroic yet flawed characters facing all kind of adversity such that I was practically bouncing up and down rooting for them and couldn’t stop reading these, one after another.

One girl definitely had a better love life than the other, and those relationships didn’t drive the plot. But the characters were incredible. The world-building (see a theme in what I like?)! The surprises in the world were a constant source of delight for me. Maybe that’s partly because I don’t read a lot in this genre. Maybe I’m easily impressed. But I thought these books were brilliant.

Wizard’s First Rule is the first of the Sword of Truth series on which the television series Legend of the Seeker is, somewhat loosely IMO, based. Character development here was amazing (I know, I am repetitive and have a limited vocabulary). Richard Cypher will always be one of my favorite characters. In fact, I couldn’t finish the third book or go farther in the series because I just plain couldn’t stand all the torture of poor Richard! Terry Goodkind really knows how to torment a protag.

The romance in this is awesome if you’re totally drawn in by the seemingly impossible relationship. Which I am. And this being fantasy, of course I couldn’t tell how or even if it could possibly work out for these guys. Definitely part of what kept me turning pages. But it’s also that Richard, just a simple, good guy who was just minding his business with no idea he had a destiny, got on board with the world-saving and always chose the right thing even though it was pretty much always the really had thing.

AGAIN, featuring stupendous world-building in addition to the awesome characterization. Maybe it’s the fantastic worlds that make these books stand out in my memory when so many romantic suspense novels just run together in my head.

Okay, so those are some examples of things I’ve loved that I’m in the mood for more of. Anyone have any ideas for me?

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Congratulations are in order!

Those of you who spend any time here with me know that author Kait Nolan is my critique partner of several years as well as my best friend. In case there are any of you who don’t follow her directly, and just because the occasion requires some extra back-patting and documentation, I’m here to tell you that Kait’s YA novel, RED, is a DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hella Authors) finalist.

Based on a tournament structure used in sports, the mechanics of this book tournament are somewhat over my head, so if you’re not familiar, do read more at the website. If you loved RED, I hope you’ll consider supporting Kait in the tournament. And, if you haven’t, this would be an excellent time to find out what makes this book so special.

Congrats, Kait, and good luck!

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Looking for something to read?

I don’t have a mashup post ready for this week, but if you’re looking for some reading, I’m happy to tell you that Imogen Rose, author of the Portal Chronicles, has just released INITIATION.

Welcome to Bonfire Academy!

Set in the foothills of the alpine mountains in St.Moritz, this exclusive private school caters to a special kind of student. Enter at your own risk… but if you are human, you may not want to enter at all.

WARNING: This YA story is set in a school for paranormals who are very different from normal human teens. Thus, the language and some scenes might not be appropriate for younger YA readers. Recommended for those sixteen and above.

Look for Imogen Rose and her other books, too.

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Gift Suggestion for Tweens

I know some of you don’t want to think about Christmas shopping yet. You love the thrill of waiting until the last minute when everything’s picked over, you STILL haven’t been inspired, and you get to take the financial hit in one powerful punch. Hey, whatever gets you through the holiday season.

I’m one of those people who starts at least thinking about shopping in the fall. My goal is to be finished before Black Friday–by December 1st at the very latest. When I wait, gift giving becomes a lot more about checking off names/obligations on a list. Blech. So you’re getting this post now while shopping, for me, is still about thoughtful giving.

What do you do when they’re not into dolls anymore, you don’t know what clothes to buy, you’re not sure makeup sets are the thing, and Justin Bieber fangirl paraphernalia? No, you’re not going there.

Coke or Pepsi Girl DiaryI recently went to the school’s Scholastic Book Fair and found this: Coke or Pepsi? Girl! Diary. There’s a whole line of Coke or Pepsi? books. They’re filled with questionnaires you can ask your friends. I was drawn to them because my daughter is so fond on asking impertinent personal questions of friends and total strangers. The books seem like they’d be a lot of fun for kids to share with their friends, and for getting to know you activities for groups of kids like scouts or church youth groups.

The Girl! Diary has a lock on it, giving it instant “real diary” appeal. But instead of the blank pages that my daughter doesn’t seem to know what to do with yet, this book is filled with questionnaires and activities.

One page reads “Make Today Alternate Universe Day” and has suggestions for things you can do differently from the way you usually do them, like wear something you wouldn’t normally wear, talk to someone you’ve never talked to, etc. Then there’s a page to write about what you did differently and what happened.

Another page reads “Do Not Label Me: Check out all the labels on your outfit. Draw them here (or photocopy, cut them out, and tape them down.)” And interesting exercise in showing how much product advertising we’re doing for free.

“U as a scientific study. Chart you moods 4 one week.” And there’s a chart.

“What fictional character (human or animal) from a book, TV show, or movie would you love to be friends with and why?”

The book is filled with interesting graphics and artwork. In a way, it could be sort of a primer for How To Make An Awesome Journal. Or it could just be some fun time that gets kids reading and writing on their own.

The book is intended for 8+. It is, admittedly, a bit beyond my 7yo. But that didn’t stop her from really having fun with it and wanting some time with me to curl up and share the girly secrets contained within its pages. It’s obvious that a lot of thought went into putting this book together and it inspires a lot of thought in return.

Dude DiaryHave a boy who might be interested in a bit of self-examination? Never fear, there is a Dude Diary and Dude Diary 2 as well. One of the boys in the class was excited to tell me he was getting the boys’ version of the book.

Even though I’ve been taken to the cleaners by the Book Fair (again), I’m seriously thinking about going back and buying more of these as Christmas gifts.

While my daughter was happy to get the books she chose, this one she didn’t notice and I plucked off the shelf on the sly was the one she spent the afternoon reading and scribbling in.

If you’ve got hard-to-buy-for kids on your list, pick this up and get that shopping chore out of the way.

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Guest Post: Madeline Claire Franklin’s The Poppet and the Lune

Today’s guest post was sent to me by Madeline Claire Franklin. If you’re looking for something different and unique, it sounds like this one just might fit the bill.

The witch who made the patchwork girl died before she could give her creation a name. Stitched together from the remains of the villagers’ dead children—whose memories still live in her flesh—and held together by a ring made of moonbeams, the patchwork girl is a spell as yet unfinished. She can never be what her parents wanted her to be: a replacement for the children they’ve lost. So when the poppet grows up, and grows tired of being a disappointment, she decides to embark upon a journey through the Everwood Forest in search of her real name.

In the forest she meets the recently-made wereman Faolin, trapped in the form of a wolf except during the full moon, and running from the beasts who killed his father. Together they face the dangers of the forest, forming an unlikely bond as their paths wind together: Faolin running from his destiny—the patchwork girl in search of her own—both of them bound by moonlight.

But Faolin, afraid of the beast he has become, has known all along what he must do in order to lift the curse and return to his former life. In fact, it is the very reason he sought out the patchwork girl to begin with—and now the only reason he is willing to leave her side: to save her from himself.

~*~

The Poppet and the Lune is a novel somewhere along the lines of Grimm’s Fairy Tales-meets-The Labyrinth: a darkly magical feast for the reader who craves stories with a rich heart, and even richer guts. But it’s not all dark–packed with adventure, magic, and romance, this is a fairy tale meant to enchant and entertain, and maybe even help us face our own monsters and mysteries.

If you’ve ever struggled to love the skin your in, this book was written for you.

~*~

The Poppet and the Lune is available from the following online bookstores:

If you’re interested in reading an excerpt or reviews of The Poppet and the Lune, check out its Goodreads page. Or, if you’d like to connect with (me!) the author, hit me up on twitter (@madelineclaire_), visit my website, or check out my tumblr blog.

Madeline Claire Franklin has been writing, making movies, telling lies, and otherwise creating stories for as long as she can remember. She holds a BA in Media Studies/Production with a minor in Anthropology from the University at Buffalo, where she further expanded her storytelling capacity.

In addition to her love of telling stories and researching dead people, Madeline is an avid traveler and lover of foreign cultures. She has contracted salmonella in Costa Rica, was bitten by a goat in the Sahara Desert, and her pants once caught on fire while she was walking down a street in Spain. None of this deters her.

She currently resides in Buffalo, NY, with her husband and their three cats: Luke, Leto, and Lando. The Poppet and the Lune is her first novel.

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Guest Post: Sarah Diemer’s The Dark Wife

Here’s an intriguing thing, and while it doesn’t sound like Horror at all, I think the idea of finding yourself in the underworld as a bit of Halloween cache. Author Sarah Diemer sent me this post about her YA novel, The Dark Wife. Let’s check it out.

Three thousand years ago, a god told a lie. Now, only a goddess can tell the truth.

Persephone has everything a daughter of Zeus could want–except for freedom. She lives on the green earth with her mother, Demeter, growing up beneath the ever-watchful eyes of the gods and goddesses on Mount Olympus. But when Persephone meets the enigmatic Hades, she experiences something new: choice.

Zeus calls Hades “lord” of the dead as a joke. In truth, Hades is the goddess of the underworld, and no friend of Zeus. She offers Persephone sanctuary in her land of the dead, so the young goddess may escape her Olympian destiny.

But Persephone finds more than freedom in the underworld. She finds love, and herself.

The Dark Wife is a YA, lesbian retelling of the Persephone/Hades myth. The original story is as far from empowering as you can possibly get–Persephone is forced down into the underworld, made to marry a god she doesn’t love. The story, while I loved it, never sat well with me–so I went about reclaiming it. It’s been received with some resounding “hell yeahs” not only from lesbians or queer allies, but from girls, ladies and women who want a story of courage they can relate to. It’s the little novel that could–currently up for two awards, and already selling a few hundred copies, entirely by word of mouth. I am so grateful that so many people have given it a chance, and that people are enjoying it~ 🙂

You can find The Dark Wife

– on Amazon.com (for Kindle) for $4.99

– on BarnesAndNoble.com (for Nook) for $4.99

– on Smashwords (for eReaders/reading online) for $4.99

paperback edition here for $12.99

You can watch the book trailer for The Dark Wife here.

Sarah Diemer is an indie author and storyteller who writes about courageous young ladies who love other ladies. She also makes jewelry out of words and wire and randomly sparkles.

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Let’s Make Movies!

You can think what you want about book trailers. Some people REALLY don’t like them. Which I don’t get. If you don’t like them, at least be happy they’re generally voluntary sorts of things. Unlike flash websites and auto-play music files, you actually have to click play to watch a book trailer. So it’s easy to opt out and move on.

I’m not good a making movies, but I like it and I’ve done some movie making for fun. It’s the kind of fluffy yet picky project I can get nicely obsessed with.

One concept that’s new to me that I LOVE is the idea of a fan trailer. Of course my favorite fan film of all time is not exactly a trailer. It’s more…awesome.

…and then Buffy staked Edward. The End.

But here’s a trailer, one for Anne Bishop’s Black Jewels Trilogy:

The awesome thing about fan trailers is how fans are allowed to use anything they want. You know you cast the movie version of the book while you’re reading it. You’re already making a movie in your head. Celeb photos, film clips, pop music, it’s all just for fun and fair use. Here’s one for Cassandra Clare’s City of Bones:

I could totally see myself getting into this if I were younger, savvier, and had fewer demands on my time.

I’d been thinking about trailers a lot lately. Making, or having made, a trailer for Hush Money was on my list of things I was putting off until after Heroes ‘Til Curfew was finished and released. Not only was it about not doing another project until that was done, but it was also about selling a few copies of a $2.99 books so I could afford to do a trailer in whatever way I decided to do it.

Kait, of course, has a beautiful, professionally produced trailer, complete with voice-over even, for Red. Very fancy. I’m not sure how much this kind of thing costs because she won it in a contest of some sort:

Zoe Winters was the first to get me thinking about it this week. She’s running a contest at her blog, and her most excellent trailer appears in the post.

Then, yesterday morning, Kimberly Kinrade was tweeting about making her book trailer. And it’s pretty darned awesome too. I love the script for this and it totally makes me want to read the book. Which I do actually want to read and have bought:

Inspired, I then proceeded to spend all day looking for music and images and putting together the following trailer for Hush Money:

So what do you think? Want to go out and make fan trailers? Have awesome book movies to share?

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Interview: Kait Nolan on Red

Yes, today is Heroes ‘Til Curfew release day. It’s up at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords now and things are going great. But you’ve got to be getting kind of tired of nothing but HTC launch news around here, so we’re going to talk about someone else today.

Okay, you all know my bestie and CP, Kait Nolan. Or you should, I talk about her all the damned time. Kait’s just released Red, her first YA novel. Which rocks for me, not only because we’ve been wallowing in teen angst bullshit with a body count together, but because it gives me more opportunity to promo her awesomeness. So here she is today to answer some questions.

But first, a quick blurb so you know what we’re talking about.

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Red by Kait Nolan

Every fairy tale has a dark side…

Elodie Rose has a secret. Any day, she’ll become a wolf and succumb to the violence that’s cursed her family for centuries. For seventeen years she’s hidden who and what she is. But now someone knows the truth and is determined to exterminate her family line. Living on borrowed time in the midst of this dangerous game of hide and seek, the last thing Elodie needs to do is fall in love. But Sawyer is determined to protect her, and the brooding, angry boy is more than what he seems. Can they outsmart a madman? And if they survive, will they find a way to beat the curse for good?

  1. I know you’re here to talk to about you, and talk about Red, blah blah blah. But let’s talk about what we all really want to know about. Let’s talk about me. Tell my readers how we met and what you thought about me in those early days.

Five years ago I decided to take myself seriously as a writer.  I’d spent years listening to other people tell me to be practical and get a real job, but I wasn’t happy, so I decided I was finally going to treat writing as a real job.  And part of that was trying to find a critique partner.  I don’t know what possessed me to look at LiveJournal communities, but in one I came across a posting by someone who seemed to be the only other person there who wrote romance.  I don’t remember anymore who introduced themselves to whom, but suddenly I was faced with someone who wasn’t afraid to give me legitimate critique on stuff other than that comma I forgot to insert.  She was actually willing to really work on my stuff.  It was a match made in heaven.

  1. Welcome to YA land! We’re so happy to have you. You’ve been writing for adults in the Mirus series. What’s different about writing YA? Tell us the good, the bad, and the ugly.

One of the initial frustrating things for me was writing in first person.  Which isn’t necessarily a requirement of YA, but it’s what Elodie positively demanded.  Girl simply would not talk in third person, which is my comfort zone.  And I think the other really hard thing for me was trying to be a teenager again.  It’s exhausting to feel like that!  And since I really wasn’t a normal teen when I was that age, I had some trouble finding a balance in how I presented these extraordinary teens in a way that’s still believable and authentic.

But the fun…the fun is in the freedom to explore so many interesting problems.  Teens are at that great point when the unbelievable can still be believable, when they’re (usually) less weighed down by responsibility.  And it’s fun to look at the world through their eyes for a while.

  1. You are one of those un-querying and yet agented self-published authors. How did that happen?

I am living proof that you always need to watch what you say on the internet!  Kristen Lamb (of We Are Not Alone fame) did a post about self-publishing in which she called it the American Idol of Publishing.*  Being not self-published herself, Kristen opened the floor to those of us with more experience, and I think I wrote a tome in the comments.  Repeatedly.  Answering questions in a sensible, business-like manner and countering naysayers with fact.  This is something I do from time to time when I feel motivated to correct misconceptions about the indie publishing movement, and I didn’t think a thing about it.

Then I got an email from Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada out of San Francisco saying she’d seen my comments on the post, though I sounded smart, checked out my platform (read: she interwebz stalked me via the social media platform I’d spent three years building), read the sample of my work on my blog, bought my other novella, and did I have representation, and if not, would I like to set up a phone conference.

I think I fell out of my chair.  After I got over hyperventilating, we had that conference and I found out she’s totally progressive and recognizes that the publishing industry is changing and that the usual way of doing things isn’t gonna keep working.  She totally acknowledged that I would be successful on my own, she just thought she could help me be successful faster and bigger via a hybrid career of traditional and indie publishing.  And I was sold.

  1. You and Laurie have a somewhat…non-traditional vision of what your career can be. You’re purposely releasing Red before submitting the manuscript in New York. What’s the idea?

Well the concept is two-fold: One, if New York decides they don’t want it, for whatever reason, I haven’t lost any time or done anything differently than if I had opted to keep it straight indie.  Two, launching it gives us proof of the platform I’ve been building, and shows my viability as an author via real-time sales numbers based entirely on what I can do on my own—with the theory being that if I can do this on my own, imagine what I could do with a house behind me.  Publishing is changing and self-publishing something is no longer the kiss of death for a traditional contract.  We’re going to reach a time when authors are picked based on actual indie sales performance instead of the slush pile—when readers tell publishers what they want.  I’m getting in on that from the front end.

  1. This is one I don’t really remember the answer to. Where did the initial inspiration for Red come from?

We watched or read some kind of fairy tale reboot.  I can’t remember what.  You and I were talking about it, and I got to thinking about what fairy tales I liked and what would lend itself to paranormal, and the question of What if Red Riding Hood was the wolf, popped up.  I was originally thinking something adult, urban fantasyesque, that involved a meeting of the paranormal and romantic suspense I love.  But I set the idea aside and didn’t think much about it until Elodie started talking to me, and I realized she was a teenager.  Then it was mostly an issue of the fact that she was talking loudest.  😀

  1. We all do it. There’s no shame. Okay, well maybe just a little. Tell us anyway, what personal teen demons did you use to craft Red?

Amber is totally based on a compilation of my middle school and high school nemeses.  I was never as meanly bullied as Elodie, but I was absolutely an outcast freak as a teenager—one of those socially inept smart kids who don’t know how to relate to “regular teenagers”— so it was really easy to go back to what that felt like and multiply it exponentially.  I also firmly believe (yes, that’s still present tense) that high school boys are morons.  I distinctly remember my mother telling me I needed to tone down the smart if I wanted boys to like me, and I was like “Why would I want to be with someone who’s threatened by my brain?  High school boys are idiots.”  College was a GODSEND.  To have guys think I was hot because I was smart?  Where had they been all my life?

  1. About Sawyer…does he like older wom—I mean, uh, was there any person or character who provided particular inspiration for Sawyer—or any of the characters in Red?

Not so much, no.  I think Sawyer is what I would have wanted back then, and of course he’s got that whole protect with his body and life thing going on that we all love about Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander.

  1. Your tagline for this is: Every fairy tale has a dark side. How much did the tale of Little Red Riding Hood figure into the writing of this book?

For me it was backstory.  If Red was the wolf, how did she get that way?  The story of Red Riding Hood has a couple of different layers/interpretations.  One, it’s a tale about the consequences of talking to strangers.  But there have also been interpretations that it was a morality tale, that the wolf represented a man who would steal away virtue.  And I thought, well what if the original Red fell in love with a werewolf.

  1. I once took a class on fairy tales in which the instructor said, “Rule #1, kill the mother. Because if there were a mother around, she wouldn’t let any of this bad stuff happen and there would be no tale.” That’s the case in Red. Do you buy that?

Well yes and no.  I think certainly there’s the maternal instinct to try and protect your children from harm.  But absolutely bad things continue to happen even if Mom is still around.  I often have one or both parents dead or not part of the hero/ine’s life because it’s more convenient to the plot.  Teens in YA typically have to do all kinds of stuff that real teens with two involved parents would have difficulty getting away with or pulling off.  Sometimes parents can provide additional conflict to the story, but most of the time they just seem to get in the way.

  1. Hate me all you want, the dreaded open-ended question of DOOM, what’s your favorite thing about this story?

I think, probably, the fact that I wrote a kick-ass heroine who continues to be strong in the face of horrific adversity instead of lying down and letting the world beat her.  I think Elodie is a good example to teen girls, and we definitely need more of them out there to counter-balance the popularity of certain teen series with simpering, idiotic, wimpy heroines who let their heroes run their lives.

That’s all I’m going to ask Miss Kait because she’s on a blog tour and has a lot of questions to answer. To follow her around and soak up her answers, just swing by her blog each day for a new link. She’ll be doing more interviews as well as interesting articles about darkness, fairy tales, and other good stuff. More importantly, you can READ THE BOOK, which I really love. It gets my romance HEA seal of approval. Here are some links for you…

Smashwords, Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance EBooks.

 Kait Nolan's bio picKait Nolan is stuck in an office all day, sometimes juggling all three of her jobs at once with the skill of a trained bear—sometimes with a similar temperament. After hours, she uses her powers for good, creating escapist fiction. The work of this Mississippi native is packed with action, romance, and the kinds of imaginative paranormal creatures you’d want to sweep you off your feet…or eat your boss.  When she’s not working or writing, she’s in her kitchen, heading up a revolution to Retake Homemade from her cooking blog, Pots and Plots.

You can catch up with her at her blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads.

*The link Kait provided goes back to that original post in which you can read her comments. In what I swear is just a bizarre coincidence of Kait-love, Kristen Lamb re-ran that post on her blog today. Check it out if you’d like to get in on today’s conversation.

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