Friday, July 31, 2015

Nikki's Heart by Nona j Moss (Day 5): 12 Days of Back to School Books

 Nona Moss grew up in Cheyenne Wyoming. She writes young adult fiction, and has published a book of poetry. She currently lives in St Joseph Missouri with her teenage son Zayne and the love of her life and best friend Travis.

 March 25,
It has been ten days since that horrible night. Ten days since my world crumbled, and my heart shattered into a million pieces. It has been ten days since my life ended.

I have been unfaithful to you, Dear Journal, because I could not bear to think. And I knew if I opened you, it would be to spill the rest of my broken heart.

It was so awful. I will never forget it as long as I live. It is fresh in my mind every waking hour. The memories invade my dreams whenever I close my eyes.

Question and Answer with the author

 1. Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?
My ideal writing environment would be outside under a shade tree.

2.      Where do you actually write?
I actually write in my living room.
3.      How did you come to write this particular book or series?
I came up with the idea for this book based on growing up with an alcoholic parent.
4.      What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you overcome it?
The hardest part about writing this book was finding time. I overcame it by staying up late at night and taking the book everywhere I went in case I had a few extra minutes to write.
5.      What is your favorite late night snack?
My favorite late night snack is ice cream.


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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Simply West of Heaven: A Ginnie West Adventure by Monique Bucheger (Day 4): 12 Days of Back to School Books

"Twelve-year-old BFFs are matchmaking geniuses. Sweet! Not long after they schemed to get Ginnie’s widowed dad to fall in love with Tillie’s divorced mom, Ginnie stumbled upon her late mom's journals, making life even more awesome sauce … until her dad confiscated the journals, determined to protect Ginnie from a danger he won’t name. Ginnie is counting on her future sister's help to make Dad change his mind, but Tillie's not so sure the ghost of Ginnie's mom will make a good addition to their new family tree.   The girls' world gets flipped upside-down when a blast from the past shows up and makes Tillie go nutburgers. Ginnie is torn between helping her best friend and what could be the answer to her deepest wish."
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When Monique Bucheger isn’t writing, you can find her playing taxi cab driver to one or more of her 12 children, plotting her next novel, scrapbooking, or being the “Mamarazzi” at any number of child-oriented events. Even though she realizes there will never be enough hours in any given day, Monique tries very hard to enjoy the journey that is her life. She shares it with a terrific husband, her dozen children, a son-in-law, and 3 adorable grandchildren, one cat, and many real and imaginary friends. She is the author of the Ginnie West Adventure middle-grade series: The Secret Sisters Club, Trouble Blows West, & Simply West of Heaven. and Being West Is Best, a picture book: Popcorn.

Twitter: MoniqueBucheger 

Question and Answer with the Author

1.      What is your favorite color? Emerald green
2.      Favorite holiday? Christmas

3.      Most embarrassing moment? Cant think of anybut it probably had to do with one of my kids.

Ten Interesting Facts about the Author

1)    I love to wander cemeteries-especially ones with older headstones
2)    I love names-discovering new ones and stories behind them
3)    Vanilla Dr. Pepper is my favorite drink
4)    I have 12 kids
5)    I enjoy traveling Americas rural roads
6)    One day I want to buy a horse and some land.
7)    Christmas lights make me happyall year round
8)    Im a huge fan of Disneyland and Disney WorldI was born on Walt Disneys birthday and my oldest son was born on Mickey Mousess. :)
9)    Good chocolate is a necessity
10) I love when my kids help each other and enjoy being together.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When Magic Fails by Alaina Stanford (Day 3): 12 Days of Back to School Books

 I have one of those brains that won't turn off at night. Many nights I would distract my intellect by revamping a movie, book or TV show in my mind. I would twist and turn the plots and characters to achieve the ending I preferred. That developed into side stories about my favorite minor characters. Each night I fell asleep in the middle of a grand adventure.

It wasn't long before I began to create stories of my own and put pen to paper.

I love a good adventure. I love a good romance. As the mother of seven children I also learned to love to play video games. One day it occurred to me to write an adventure that flowed like a video game and I added a touch of romance. Thus, Hypnotic Journey was born.

 What good is magic if it can't heal a broken heart?

Risking everything to save Sarah from the elven council’s decision to execute her for treason, the elf Prince Cabal rescues her and the others. They quickly disappear in search of the menacing storm cloud responsible for assassinating the wizards of the elf council.




Snippet Time

Cabal's eyes went to Sarah. She swayed easily in his arms, with the rhythm of his horse. Dark red hair cascaded down her back and curled around the saddle blanket. She had forsaken her robes for this journey. She'd dressed in a combination of one of Nicole's tiny green leather outfits, and a short tan cape, that she flipped over her shoulders when she rode. She looked rather regal, riding so poised and proper at the head of their procession. Now she slept silently in his arms recovering from battle. Suddenly, Gravid reached out and grabbed Cabal's arm before collapsing from his horse.
 Nicole doubled over in her saddle, letting out a scream of pain. Cabal and Jack were off their horses instantly.
Gravid gasped and reached for Cabal as he gently lay Sarah in the grass beside him. “My soldiers! They’re dying!"
"Cabal pulled Gravid into a sitting position. "The garrison you sent back to Fortress City?"
"No, it's Ahmity's protectors. My people!" With that, Cabal pulled Gravid to his feet, and shoved him on his horse.
He turned back to Sarah to find her wide awake, and climbing back onto her own mount. She was at full gallop, before Cabal made it back to his horse. Cabal kicked his horse hard and raced after her as Sarah disappeared over the rise. Jack took hold of Nicole's horse’s reins and rushed to follow. Gravid struggled to follow.
Cabal searched the sky, and saw a black cloud rolling across the horizon. The storm was on them in an instant. Hail and wind tried to force them from their saddles as they rushed toward the fortress.  When they reached Ahmity's fortress, it was too late. The storm had completed its task. The stone tower where Sarah had studied with Ahmity was a ruin of crumbled rock and debris. The fortress roof was on fire, as were what was left of the guard towers. The chared stone was proof of the savage accuracy of the lightning strikes. Sarah dove into the rubble, screaming Ahmity's name. She gasped and shrank back quickly, as she encountered the remains of one of Gravid's woodland guard.
Jack and Nicole rushed to her side, as her screams filled the air. Bits and pieces of the elfin guard detail was scattered throughout the rubble. Arms and legs blended into the dust under a layer of bowels and blood.
 "It looks like they exploded from within." Jack grimaced. "You can't even tell how many have died."
Gravid arrived shortly afterward, and stared into the rubble where his most precious warriors lay. "They knew." He growled, as Cabal came to his side. "The trolls knew this was going to happen! They kept us underground to ensure we wouldn't be here when the storm struck."
"We can't know that for sure." Cabal calmly tried to reason with him,
"I can." Gravid said. "That troll was protecting his witch." Gravid turned to glare at Sarah.
"Not another word, Gravid." Cabals hand went to his sword.

And a few fun interview questions

Given unlimited resources, what would be your ideal writing environment?  A luxury cabin in the woods and a roll top desk with a big comfy chair in an office with large windows filled with flowers with author quotes and grammar rules posted on the walls.

Where do you actually write? I write sometimes at a desk in my office or in my recliner in my living room.

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