Monday, June 27, 2016

Summer Ketchup

Although I do like ketchup, this post is more about the action of catching-up then dipping chips in a condiment. (Yup, I dip my plain chips in ketchup. Don't knock it 'til you try it!)

I'm taking a blogging break until the end of August, but I won't be totally gone. I'll be posting a few times with relative posts for fellow pub pals' new releases as well as my own. I have so much news I've yet to share with you, but because of my health issues and caring for my mom this past winter I'm disgustingly behind on everything from writing to laundry. I haven't even sent out a newsletter yet and I announced signups back in February! I mean now, really. 

To keep this post short, I'll finish up bullet-style: 
  • Upcoming Newzzz - I have a HUGE fall season coming up with the release of my debut middle grade novel! If you are willing to help me out in any way - cover reveal, blog tour, giveaway, release blitz, FB party read/review an ARC - please let me know it the comments or email me. There will be lollypops and gummies involved. #Nom-Nom
  • ***Speaking of which, I saw my cover the other day!!! Holy Batman, dude! It's brimming with a bit of creepy and mythology and OMgosh! Can't wait to share it with you.
  • Newsletter - If you haven't signed up I'd be forever grateful if you did. Plus, you'll receive my writing aid: Character & Setting FREE! I'm only planning three newsletters a year, unless there's some pressing news to share. Sign up in my right sidebar or right HERE.
  • New Story - I completely forgot I have a story coming out this summer in a YA anthology! UNDER A BRASS MOON is releasing on July 28th with my story ETHEREAL COIL - a new sin eater refuses to do her job, but discovers she might not have a choice with Wrath - one of the Seven Deadly Sins - on her trail. Here's a peek at the cover, which I forgot to share with you last week. EEK! (How good am I doing?)

A moon of gears and wires shines down upon a world of clockwork creations and humming airships. What adventures await the heroes in top hats and heroines in corsets? 

Nineteen authors wait at the kingdom's entrance. They smile and beckon you inside their stories.  

Do you accept the offered lantern and follow? If you do, then open to the front page and begin...

  • ADD My Middle Grade - Lastly, even if you don't normally read middle grade I'd be so incredibly grateful if you'd add MOTLEY EDUCATION to your to-be-read list. Even share that you've added it. you have any exciting plans for this summer? Please share! 
Let me live vicariously through you.
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

YA in the Alleyway~HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Andrew Buckley

Here's this week's YA in the Alleyway spotlight - Meet Author Andrew Buckley and his new release about a boy who finds himself in a real hairy situation. And there's a giveaway! But first the book because I'm all fangirl over it.

by Andrew Buckley

Release Date: June 7, 2016
Pages: 231
Editions: Paperback, ebook 
Publisher: Month9Books, LLC

Description: What has he done? 

What's happening to him? 

And what on Earth is that smell? 

For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf. 

Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people? 

Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes! 

But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.
Now, let's meet the mastermind behind this story, *waves author over* 

Hi Andrew! It's great to have you here. Tell the readers something about Andrew as a young boy and how he became intrigued with storytelling. 
Funnily enough my love of stories came from having a very weak left eye. I was maybe 6 when I had to wear a patch over my right eye most evenings in order to strengthen my other eye. During this time I couldn’t really do anything (lack of depth perception meant I’d just walk into walls a lot) so my parents read with me. I grew to love stories and storytelling and always found creative writing to be my favourite subject throughout school. The rest is history . . . or future history . . . or whatever.

What a wonderful way to help a young kid deal with a physical issue. Kudos to Mom and Dad! Colin definitely has the whole puberty thing rough. How were you able to use that staple of teen-dom to fuel this premise?
Puberty is rough! It’s terrible! We all remember it. It’s such a transformation process for tweens/teens on a physical, emotional, and mental level that running it alongside the transformation into a werewolf isn’t exactly a vast stretch of the imagination. However, Colin’s awkwardness with the girls, his lack of athleticism, and his general smart-ass-ness is something I did pull directly from my own teen-dom experiences.

The story sounds like it's overflowing in humor, but also mystery. As a writer, how did you sprinkle those elements to keep the story forging ahead?
When I originally sat down and put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard rather, I was writing a horror novel. But it became quickly apparent that I’m unable to write anything without including humour so it transformed (tee-hee) into a teen-coming-of-age-supernatural-murder-mystery. The Town of Elkwood has a lot more going on than what people see on the surface, and when a rogue werewolf shows up in town at the same time a local student gets eaten, there’s a lot of mystery to be solved. 

Using two other book or movie titles, describe your book for readers? Feel free to explain your choices.
I was quite influenced by the 1987 movie The Monster Squad and also by The Goonies. Both those movies deal with the age group of the main characters so very well and, Monster Squad in particular, put a great spin on the classic Universal monsters. Other movies I could factor in would be The Lost Boys, Abbott and Costello Meet the Wolfman, and Teen Wolf (the Michael J Fox one).
The Goonies!! One of my absolute favs as a kid. And The Lost Boys??? Very, very cool. What's up next for you?
I have a number of books in the works including sequels to my first two novels, a sequel to HAVELOCK (writing as Jane D Everly), and of course a sequel to HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. I also have a new book series I’m developing based around a comedic re-telling of the true story behind Jack the Ripper (you can find the prologue chapter in an anthology called CHRONOLOGY under the guise of a short story called ‘Whitechapel’.) Plus I have a secret project on the go and a TV Development Concept . . . but alas, I’ve said too much!

Ooh...secret projects are always the best. Thank you so much for sharing yourself and your work with the Alleyway. Best of luck to you! 

Andrew Buckley attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. After pitching and developing several screenplay projects for film and television, he worked in marketing and public relations, before becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time Andrew began writing his first adult novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by his second novel, STILTSKIN. He works as an editor for Curiosity Quills Press.

Andrew also co-hosts a geek movie podcast, is working on his next novel, and has a stunning amount of other ideas. He now lives happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with three kids, one cat, one needy dog, one beautiful wife, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of his mind.

Andrew is represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group.

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