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Interview with Erin Fanning, Author of Blood Stitches

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Just released from Kennsington/Lyrical Press is Erin Fanning’s Blood Stitches. Congrats, Erin! Thanks for stopping by for an interview.

First, a bit about the book:

Love and danger intertwine…

It’s called El Toque de la Luna—The Touch of the Moon. At least that’s how nineteen-year-old Gabby’s older sister, Esperanza, refers to the magical powers she inherited from their Mayan ancestors. Esperanza says women with El Toque weave magic into their knitting, creating tapestries capable of saving—or devastating—the world. Gabby thinks Esperanza is more like touched in the head—until a man dressed like a candy corn arrives at their Seattle home on Halloween. But “Mr. C” is far from sweet…

Soon, Gabby and her almost-more-than-friend, Frank, find themselves spirited away to a demon ball, complete with shape shifters—and on a mission to destroy Esperanza’s tapestries before they cause an apocalyptic disaster… And before it’s too late to confess their true feelings for each other.

And now for the interview with Erin!

What inspired you to write this novel?

 

In 2009, an Italian woman, trapped underneath her bed after an earthquake, kept herself occupied by knitting. I read about her around the same time I was learning how to knit. I imagined firefighters digging through the rubble and finding her wrapped in a knitted afghan.

 

The story tumbled around in my brain, somehow intersecting with my interest in Mexican culture. From there, I discovered the Mayan twin myth and the battle with the demon Vucub Caquix. Bit and pieces of Mayan mythology adhered themselves to my imagination, morphing into a history of magic and needlework.

 

Soon Gabby and her family formed, along with a question: what if you could not only knit your way to safety but also create a disaster through knitting. It wasn’t long afterward that Blood Stitches pushed its way through my fingertips.

 

Besides your main character, who is your favorite character in this book and why?

 

My favorite has to be Tory, a man born in a Petri dish, the product of a deranged doctor. Tory is a bumbling, goofy guy, but, underneath it all, he’s really fearless, willing to do anything to save his friends and family.

 

Did you always know how this book would end, or did it change as you wrote it?

 

I always knew that there would be a happy ending—I can’t stand sad endings—but I wasn’t sure how I would get there. It became clearer as I went along, and I think I knew the direction I would take by about the middle of the book.

 

Can you tell us a little about your path to publication?

 

I wrote Blood Stitches several years ago and set it aside. I pulled it back out about two years ago and revised it, basing the story more on Mayan mythology. When I started looking for a publisher, I discovered that there were many medium-to-large publishers who were interested in shorter books for their digital-only lines.

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About Erin:

Erin Fanning spends her summers on a northern Michigan lake, where her imagination explores the water and dense forest for undiscovered creatures. In the winter, she migrates to central Idaho, exchanging mountain bikes and kayaks for skis and snowshoes. She’s the author of a mountain biking guidebook, as well as numerous articles, essays, and short stories.

 

Find Erin online:

Website

Goodreads

Twitter

Book trailer:

 

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UNTIL BETH COVER REVEAL! A YA novel by Lisa Amowtiz

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Awesome cover, isn’t it? The latest from Spencer Hill’s Lisa Amowtiz mixes music with suspense – I can’t wait to read it this September! Congrats, Lisa!
She doesn’t just play, she kills it.Talented rock guitarist Beth Collins has been barely holding herself together for months, ever since her boyfriend and bandmate became the latest victim in a string of suspicious disappearances. When her brother is injured an accident and she sees something dark billowing around him as he hovers close to death, she’s convinced her sanity is collapsing for good.

Then she’s accepted by a boarding school for the musically gifted. All of her new friends are bursting with talent, but they’re also keeping secrets. Can she trust Vincent, who’s so sweet that his very touch makes her fears melt away? Or Xavier, who’s trying to tell her something but is hiding even more?

And will anyone be safe when her true Talent comes out?

Title: Until Beth
Author: Lisa Amowtiz
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Expected Publication Date: September 29 2015
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Lisa’s Bio:

Lisa Amowitz was born in Queens and raised in the wilds of Long Island, New York where she climbed trees, thought small creatures lived under rocks and studied ant hills. And drew. A lot.

Lisa has been a professor of graphic design at  Bronx Community College where she has been tormenting and cajoling students for nearly eighteen years. She started writing eight years ago because she wanted something to illustrate, but somehow, instead ended up writing YA. Probably because her mind is too dark and twisted for small children.

BREAKING GLASS which was released July 9, 2013 from Spencer Hill Press, is her first published work. VISION, the first book in the Finder Series, released September 9, 2014 and its unnamed sequel will release winter, 2016. UNTIL BETH, a YA urban fantasy, will release September 2015.

So stay tuned because Lisa is very hyper and has to create stuff to stay alive.

Lisa is represented by Shannon Hassan of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Cover reveal: The One Thing by Marci Curtis

 

 

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I’m so excited to participate in this cover reveal for Agency-mate Marci Curtis, whose book comes out this September!!

A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

 

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won’t invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.
Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn’t interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add crazy to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn’t a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.
It turns out Ben’s older brother is Mason Milton, the the ridiculously hot lead singer of Maggie’s new favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future…before she loses everything she has grown to love.

 

 

Marci’s bio

 

 

Marci Curtis grew up in Northern California, where she went to college and met an amazing guy in a military uniform. Two college-aged kids and one dachshund later, she lives in Maryland, where she laughs too loudly and eats peanut butter off spoons. Her YA contemporary debut, The One Thing, comes out September 8th, 2015 via Disney-Hyperion. Learn more about her at Marcilyncurtis.com.

Website: http://marcilyncurtis.com/

Goodreads): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18369372-the-one-thing

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Marci_Curtis

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marcilyncurtis

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/marcilyncurtis/the-one-thing/
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HUGE 3rd annual HOLIDAY CHEER SPENCER HILL GIVEAWAY!!

Lots of us Spencer Hill authors have teamed up to bring you 3 awesome sets of prizes!!! A copy of my book, WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND, is included in the Grand Prize stocking, and WATCH YOUR BACK bookmarks are included in all prize stockings! Here’s what you need to do:

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Spencer Hill Family-$30 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Things

Darby Karchut – THE STAG LORD (signed copy)
Errick Nunnally- BLOOD FOR THE SUN (copy)
Elizabeth Langston- WHISPER FALLS (signed copy)
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG (signed copy) and Swag
J.K. Rock -CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy) and Swag
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy) and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy)
Kelly Hashway- THE MONSTER WITHIN (signed copy) and CURSE OF DEATH Swag
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Magnet and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Laura Diamond- ZODIAC COLLECTOR, LORE, and TSAVO PRIDE Swag
Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Swag and $20 Staples Gift Card
Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (e-book)
Rich Storrs- Synopsis Critique and Query Letter Critique
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK (signed copy) and Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag and UNDER THE LIGHTS Magnet
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (e-book)
Tracy Bilen-WHAT SHE LEFT BEHIND (copy) and WATCH YOUR BACK Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote Bag
Kelley Lynn-ROAD TO SOMEWHERE (ebook)
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-McAUTHOR CHRONICLES Set: THE KELPIE and THE EARL’S CHILDE and Swag
Lisa Amowitz-VISION (signed copy) and Swag

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Spencer Hill Family-$10 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
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Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag and Query Critique
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and Musical Notes Fingernail Tattoos
J.L. Spelbring-PERFECTION (signed copy) and Swag and FLAWED (signed copy)and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND  (signed copy)and Swag
Suzanne Rigdon-INTO THE NIGHT (signed copy) and Swag, and 1 Chapter Critique
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Wendy Brotherlin-FREAKS OF NATURE Notepad and $15 Starbucks Gift Card
Sarah Guillory-RECLAIMED Swag
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag and First Chapter Critique
Michelle L. Johnson- DIVINITY  (signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES (signed copy) and Swag
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag, and a Query and 10 Page Critique
Cheryl Ann Smith-$10 Amazon Gift Card, LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn-ONE WISH AWAY (ebook)
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy)and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH Swag
Kristy Shen-Query Critique
Trisha Wooldridge-DOORWAYS TO EXTRA TIME (copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION (signed copy) and Swag

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Spencer Hill Family- $5 Amazon Gift Card, Candy, and Neat Stuff
DK Mok-THE OTHER TREE Swag and HUNT FOR VALAMON Swag
Elizabeth Langston-I WISH (signed copy)
Jennifer Murgia-FOREST OF WHISPERS Swag
Heather McCollum-SIREN’S SONG Swag and $10 Amazon Gift Card
J.L. Spelbring – PERFECTION Swag and FLAWED(signed copy) and Swag
JK Rock-CAMP BOYFRIEND (signed copy)and Swag
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Brenda St John Brown-SWIMMING TO TOKYO (ebook)
Angelica Jackson-CROW’S REST Swag
Jennifer Carson-HAPENNY MAGICK Swag
Michelle L. Johnson-DIVINITY(signed copy)
Dahlia Adler-BEHIND THE SCENES Swag
Megan Whitmer-BETWEEN (ebook)
Tracy Bilen-WATCH YOUR BACK Swag
Cheryl Ann Smith-LEADING HER WITNESS Swag and Author Tote
Kelley Lynn- Query Critique and One Chapter Critique
Colette Ballard-RUNNING ON EMPTY(signed copy) and Swag, and TEMPORARY HIGH Swag
Trisha Wooldridge-SILENT STARSONG(copy) and Swag
Lisa Amowitz- VISION Swag
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Get Inked Teen Writing Conference/ What She Left Behind on TV news!

I just returned from Saint Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana where I did the keynote address and breakout sessions with a group of incredibly talented and hard working teen writers. The Get Inked Teen Writing Conference is sponsored by the Michiana Writers’Center. The Writers’ Center director, Kathy-Higgs Coulthard, did a fantastic job organizing everything and making sure the day ran smoothly. Kathy is also the author of a touching essay in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life: 101 Stories about Finding a New Path to Happiness
In addition, Kathy runs a summer camp for young writers. It was a delight to work with all of the students and to hang out with fellow presenters Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, Mary Nicolini, Terri Suico, Tess Guerrero, Erica Vitale, Kelli Stair, and Carrie Morton. Special thanks to Saint Mary’s College, their Education Department, and the Education Department Chair, MaryAnn Traxler, for being so supportive of this day! Also to Nikole DeBois, for her behind-the-scenes work and manning of the check-in table. The publicity department at Saint Mary’s College and Kathy Higgs-Coulthard did an outstanding job promoting the conference, which was at capacity.

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Here’s Kathy:

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life:
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THE CEMETERY TRAIL BLOG HOP

Welcome to the forth stop of The Cemetery Trail!

Halloween Book Trail
This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors! This trail is based on the YAmazing Race with MGnificent Prizes presented by the Apocalypsies. In THIS trail, you’ll find all kinds of posts, and discover new authors and their work.

 

How do you play? Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes! Books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (jk jk)! At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz. Now you’ll be happy you read all the posts! Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize! Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory! One quiz entry per trail.

If you missed the first few stops, click here for info about all the trails or here for the first stop on the Cemetery Trail! (After 10 am on Oct. 27, 2014). The contest ends on Nov. 1, 2014.

 

About me:

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I write young adult romantic thrillers. My first book was What She Left Behind
and my second book, Watch Your Backwill be out on April 28, 2015.

You can pre-order it now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! And to add to Goodreads, click here.

 

Here’s the back cover copy of Watch Your Back:

 

When sixteen-year-old Kate hears the boom that ends her parents’ life, she doesn’t even realize it has anything to do with her. Until the police arrive at her front door.

Sent to live with her aunt at a ski school in Vermont, Kate tries to adapt to her new life. But then Kate’s aunt is hit by a speeding car and a rogue FBI agent tries to force Kate into his car at gunpoint. She’s saved by Ryan, the risk-taking skier she’s only just met.

On the run, the two must unravel the truth about her parents’ murder in order to stop a terrorist plot and save their own lives.

And now, here are my answers to some fun Halloween questions!

What scares the pants out of you? PRISON

 

What is your dream subject to write about? Anything FBI or Witness Protection

 

What is your most embarrassing Halloween costume malfunction? I was wearing a pair of blue tights that wouldn’t stay up. At all. As in they kept slipping down to my knees. (Don’t ask why I didn’t just take them off). Since I was fourteen, I was mortified.

 

What is your favorite Halloween memory? A teacher who filled a bucket up with spaghetti noodles that were dyed red. She was dressed as a witch and told us that she ran over a cat on the way to school.

 

What is the worst prank you’ve ever pulled? (And if you won’t fess up, what is the best prank your “friend of a friend” has pulled? We “popcorned” our RA’s door in college.

Would you rather be covered in slime or covered in blood? Slime! As a kid I loved green slime.

 

If the zombie apocalypse happened (and it will), what would be your weapon of choice? Star Trek phaser.

 

What magical/supernatural creature do you secretly want to be? A unicorn

 

What is your favorite sentence/paragraph from your novel? From my first book, What She Left Behind: “Sara, we have to go,” she whispers, even though my dad isn’t there to hear her. She’s not crying. She’s calm. Matter-of-fact. As if she’s asking me whether I want mayo or mustard on my sandwich. Except in secret.

 

Thank you for participating! But before you go, I’m giving you a DOUBLE BONUS CONTEST, open to U.S. & CAN only: a signed copy of What She Left Behind by yours truly PLUS a copy of Killer Instinct by SE Green! (Both will go to the same person) To enter, please use the Rafflecopter box below!

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IN ADDITION, from now until the blog hop ends on November 1 (while supplies last!), if you’d like a signed Watch Your Back bookmark, just send me your name and snail mail address through my contact form.

FOR THE NEXT STOP ON THE TRAIL, VISIT Rin Chupeco!

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Cover Reveal for Colette Ballard’s Temporary High

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The side of his mouth quirked up as he studied me. “I think I might be fallin’ in love.”

I picked up his keys off the bedside table and tossed them to him. “That makes one of us.”

He clutched at his heart in mock pain. Then his perfect red lips formed the word, “Liar.”

Seventeen year-old Kat Chandler has been called worse, but she’s worked hard to make amends for past mistakes and gain control of her life. So she isn’t about to be thrown off her game by some Harley-driving bad boy who’s just moved to town. Luca is mysterious. Aloof. Frustrating. Kat can’t stand him; she can’t seem to stay away from him either.

But she’s forced to reassess the company she keeps when she finds herself being blackmailed by her mom’s con artist ex-boyfriend. Fresh out of prison, Cross has reappeared to collect a debt–Kat’s debt. His demand? Three grand in three weeks or else his stay won’t be temporary. He even offers a suggestion on how to get the cash–and it involves Luca.

Desperate to keep Cross out of her life and the people she cares about safe, Kat devises a plan that will cost her more than just money. She will have to give up control, her hard-won integrity, and possibly the only guy she’s ever fallen for.

Coming May 2015 from Tulip/Spencer Hill Press

Awesome cover! Congrats, Colette!

New book from Colette Ballard!

Exciting news for fans of Running on Empty: the  PW announcement for Colette’s second book! Congrats, Colette!

Colette Ballard’s TEMPORARY HIGH, in which a seventeen-year-old girl feels in control of everything in her life until the man who almost destroyed it years earlier reappears to collect a debt, and paying up means she must not only break the law, but also the heart of the only guy she’s ever fallen for, to Marie Romero at Spencer Hill Press, by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

You can add TEMPORARY HIGH to your Goodreads TBR pile here.

Also, if you haven’t read Meg Cabot’s touching 9-11 post, you can find it here.

 

Now available for pre-order!!!! WATCH YOUR BACK

Hooray! WATCH YOUR BACK is now available for pre-order on Amazon! Paperback release date April 27, 2015!! To pre-order, you can click the cover, the word Amazon, or right HERE!! Thanks for your support!

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