Indie Debut Authors Bash Day 1

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Hi everyone! Welcome Back!

 

On Saturdays and Sundays this month, we will be hosting Debut Indie Authors. They will be grouped into “episodes” and will be featured with 4-5 other authors. Each author will have 5-10 questions. This is a chance for you to learn about some special new Indie Authors that you may or may not have heard of. This is also a chance for your TBR pile to become even more crazy. So take a look below at this years 2013 Debut Indie Authors.

 

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Jennifer Anne Davis, author of The Voice

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.

Can you tell us about your debut book, THE VOICE, in 10 words or less?
The journey of a girl who discovers her own voice. (10 words exactly!)

What was your favorite scene to write?
I loved writing the scene where she discovers who the voice really is!

If you could cast anyone to play Audrey, Caleb, and Justin, who would Goodreads-Official-2you choose?
Good question! Let’s see, for Audrey, I choose Lucy Hale. Drew Steely for Caleb. And last but not least, for Justin I pick Jean-Luc Bilodeau.

You’ve also written an NA book, THE POWER TO SEE. Was it difficult to transition to NA?
I actually wrote THE POWER TO SEE way before THE VOICE. When I originally wrote POWER, NA didn’t exist! I couldn’t figure out where the story belonged. I ended up putting it away and writing THE VOICE. Now that NA is so huge, I pulled out POWER, quickly rewrote it (the writing needed to be stronger), and now it’s ready for publication!

Are you currently working on anything else?
I am writing a YA fantasy series. Book one is complete, and I’m about half-way through book two. I expect the first book will be published in 2014.

What 2014 Debut are you most looking forward to?
That’s unfair! There are too many! But I am looking forward to RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo.

 

3586017Briget Ladd, author of The Lotus Effect

Bridget Ladd never quite grew up. She’s most likely to be caught carrying a pocketful of souvenir rocks and shells (to the washer’s dismay) and gets excited over trivial things like colorful ponies and raiding tombs alongside her longtime favorite video game pal, Lara Croft. The smell of freshly turned dirt and the sea air are her favorites, and she isn’t above doing twirling spins barefoot in the grass on a beautiful day in her yard. Her books are her shields and she will admit to having her head in the clouds more times than she probably should . . . but she doesn’t let any of this bother her too much, remembering her favorite quote by Le Guin, and knowing that the creative adult is indeed the child who survived.

She graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Computer Animation/Interactive Design and minored in Art History at East Carolina University. Living her life solely as an artist and illustrator after school was not enough–knowing that a picture was only worth a thousand words–she felt she needed more. She had to get the trapped stories, the vivid, sometimes adventurous, sometimes terrifying dreams, out of her head. Like the authors, artists, musicians, scientists, peaceful warriors who inspire her, she too wishes to share her worlds with others, let them escape into the unknown. Let them know that like her, it’s okay to be different.

Can you tell us about your debut book, THE LOTUS EFFECT?

Certainly! I’ll admit, however, I find it difficult to keep my explanation short and sweet and spoiler-free since I’m privy to all The Lotus Effect’s secrets, so I’ll just share with you this review. It does a fantastic job of summarizing it without giving too much away! (Am I just lazy? Possibly.)

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I absolutely loved this book! Lily Emerson is an unlikely heroine with whom I could easily identify. She has her flaws, but she struggles through them with incredible determination and a strong moral fiber. She’s a young woman coming into her own who’s afraid, yet brave enough to take a stand. That being said, she quickly gains the admiration of Xander, an engineer and mysterious jack-of-all-trades, who has always had a singular motivation: vengeance–until he meets her. With Barrage Tournament (and with it an opportunity to change the law and save the people from terrifying oppression) looming in the forefront, the unlikely duo find their goals align…

 

In short, Xander and Lily decide to take on those who corrupt City Prosper as a team, and must learn to trust in each other, seeing that they were born of two completely different lifestyles. Lily was born into a pampered life, living in the Estate and cultivated since a child to become the next Mistress of Science. And Xander…well…he didn’t have it that easy.

That cover…Oh my goodness. That cover. It might be one of my favorite covers. How much say did you have in what it looked like? WHO designed that beautiful cover?

<Blushes> Aww. Thank you! To be completely honest, I had no idea people would like it as much as they have. I was very worried having designed it myself, but it seems I should no longer have that fear! Yay, Art School. I worked in a small independent bookstore and at Barnes and Nobles while getting my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Computer Animation, and it was there, while working, that I started to notice the different trends for book covers and what was popular and what sold well. For example Lauren Oliver’s second cover of Delirium sold so much more than its first. I took that in mind when designing my own cover! But no matter the trends, I hoped to create something that would do The Lotus Effect justice and be true to the story.

What was your favorite scene to write?FrontCover (1)

The action scenes are always my favorite. They can also be the most tedious to write with all the intricate details I have to keep in check: can she hold this, while grabbing hold of this? Is fifteen-feet a legitimate distance she can jump over if running at full speed? Learning about the usage of the different weapons and their limitations was also fun. But to answer your question, I’d say I enjoyed writing the Shadow Kane fight the best, Chapter 33. I could always see it so clearly in my head!

Is there going to be a sequel? What can readers expect from it?

Yes. The second book is Ardent Ascension. 😀 You can expect lots of action, new characters, and heart gripping moments. And oh man, some CRAZINESS. Let me just say, I’ve been pumped writing the second book and find myself having to come up for air every now and again. It’s been so much fun to write!

Are you currently working on anything else?

I am. I’ve recently completed a short-story based on a retelling of Cinderella titled Dashnu and Cinder. It’s a mixture of Indian themes/Steampunk/Romance. It’s still in the works, but I’m very excited about it!

Steampunk is a genre that I haven’t really dived into. What kind of steampunky stuff can we expect to see in THE LOTUS EFFECT? What makes it unique?

Okay, so I’m always somewhat hesitant to admit this: I wasn’t really a huge reader of anything Steampunk myself before writing The Lotus Effect. I was a little intimidated to be honest. But the genre grew on me after taking an interest in the illustrations and fashions I stumbled upon online, and it took a complete hold of me after discovering that there was always a similar trait to all these Steampunk stories and characters: strong females. I loved characters like Lady Mechanika, Kaylee from Firefly or even Gaige from Borderlands II, the latter of which aren’t necessarily Victorian-esk Steampunk, but give off that so-what-if-I’m-a-girl-I’ll-still-crawl-under-this-machine-and-get-my-hands-dirty vibe. I wanted that for my main character, Lily, but steam-driven technology also plays a hidden role in City Prosper that I can’t yet reveal.

The Lotus Effect is a hodgepodge of different genres with Steampunk driving the others. There’s medieval elements, fantasy, futuristic technology, and even ancient roman gladiator themes. So don’t let any one genre frighten you. If you’re not necessarily keen on Steampunk, you can always latch onto another! And having once been intimidated by Steampunk myself, I made sure to keep the same tone of writing often seen in other Young-Adult books, so the reader can experience new genres in comfort! Besides Lily Emerson is a fun person to see her world through, and hopefully will soon become like a friend.

 

What 2014 debut are you most looking forward to?

Into The Still Blue, by Veronica Rossi. <Restrains my fan-girl squeal> It’s not a debut, but it’s one of the 2014 releases I’m most looking forward to!

 

Kyani1Kay Holland, author of What Remains

Can you tell us about your book, WHAT REMAINS, in 10 words or less?

A story about facing fears and finding strength.

Reading the synopsis creeped me out. Can readers expect a little bit of horror?

Is it bad if I count that as a good thing? Lol. One thing that readers should know about why I wrote this book was to overcome my fear of zombies. After researching and learning from authors that wrote in the same genre that I am delving in, I hope that I can deliver elements of horror. To be honest, I don’t think that the book is scary, overall. I put a lot of focus on my main character and her struggle to get from point A to B, all while trying to protect her love ones, and the doctor that she is toting to this B point. I believe that this book is one that even a reader who is afraid of the genre can enjoy.

Can readers also expect romance?

There may be some flickers of romance depending on perspective, but readers won’t really find that in this book.

What about a sequel? Any news there?WhatRemains.v1-Final (1)

Yes! I am working on book two, but before that, there will be a Novella entitled “The Leftovers”. This is the first place that I’m mentioning that, actually

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What else are you currently working on?

Right now I am working on book two in the Dead World series, and the novella that will follow it.

What was your favorite scene to write?

There were many scenes that I enjoyed writing from this book. The first that comes to mind is the freeway scene. It was the first time that I put my characters in a dangerous situation that could have been avoided, so it was a challenge, but that’s good for any author.

What 2014 Debut are you most looking forward to?

Unfortunately, I don’t know of any authors that are debuting in 2014, but I hope to meet some

. There are authors that I’m expecting some amazing works from, such as Alexia Purdy, Madison Daniel, and many more.

 

9967363Casey Keen, author of I’ll Be Damned

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.

Can you tell us about your debut book, I’LL BE DAMNED?

I’ll Be Damned is a paranormal romance that takes place in Savannah, GA. Anna Wolfe owns a coffee shop, Déjà Brew, and believes her life is normal… except she’s a Grand Witch!

Her sister Janie is kidnapped by Micah, the Prince of Darkness, prompting two supernatural beings to storm into her life. Valen, a werewolf, and Roman a Warlock, try to convince Anna of her destiny and the importance of her magical power in both worlds— Earth and the Netherworld. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

 

 I LOVE that you wrote about witches. I feel that it’s a subject that’s not included in books nearly enough. Is it safe to say that I’ll Be Damned is going to be full of a ton of paranormal goodness?

I agree! I think a lot of novels focus on vampires and/or werewolves, so I wanted to take a different approach (plus, I love witches). I’ll Be Damned is certainly filled with paranormal goodness that includes a werewolf, warlock and some other twists to the “normal” supernatural being!

 

The cover totally makes me think Halloween. Is that what you were going for?3084194

I wasn’t shooting for Halloween, but since my book is about supernatural beings, I wanted the cover to reflect that!

 

 If you could cast anyone to play your main characters, who would you choose?

 

That is a very hard question!

 

Anna – Kate Beckinsale/Rachel Weisz

 

Valen – Chris Hemsworth/Matt Bomer

 

Roman-Kellen Lutz/Ian Somerhalder

 

Kristy- Rachael McAdams/Kristen Bell

 

Martello- Nelsan Ellis

 

Janie – Emma Stone/Jennifer Lawrence

 

 What was your favorite scene to write?

My favorite scene to write was the last scene where Anna, Valen and Roman attended the Netherworld Ball and Anna’s kidnapping. It was a lot of fun “seeing” the story and characters come full circle.

 

 Will there be a sequel?

Yes, the second book in the series comes out October 11, 2013.

 

Are you currently working on anything else?

No, just wrapping up the Anna Wolfe series.