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New Releases from Patchwork Press

I am behind in my blogging and need to catch you on a few new great releases from the wonderful ladies of Patchwork Press!

Please be sure to check out Grimm Memories, Janna Jenning’s exciting sequel to A Grimm Legacy:

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Synopsis:

It has been six months since Quinn and her friends returned home after barely escaping Elorium—but no one ever really leaves the world where fairy tales are born. Not a day has gone by where they haven’t thought about returning to save Jack. Even their dreams are urging them to return to the strange world.

Falling back into the fairy tale world, they find the situation even more dire than the way they left it. Jack has disappeared, and he’s not the only one. Elorium’s citizens are near panic as characters are missing and rumors are spreading about massive creatures roaming the sky. A rising darkness is enslaving the dreamers, and in a land filled with water nymphs and malevolent mazes, it’s hard to find any allies.

Despite the risks of their rescue mission, Fredrick is determined to bring back his grandfather, no matter how personal the cost.

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Kindle – Nook – Kobo – iTunes

Also, don’t forget to nab Puppet by Pauline Harris!

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Penelope lives in a world of advanced technology but many claim society has yet to catch up. Marionettes have advanced in the form of robots; lifelike creations remote controlled to perform super human tasks.

When Penelope makes a deal with Jed, a marionette-obsessed scientist, she doesn’t fully realize what she’s getting herself into. In order for Jed to take her away from the orphanage she lives in, she must first agree to undergo his experiments and tests, ultimately creating something no one ever dreamed possible; the first living marionette.

As Jed shows off his scientific creation to the world, concerns arise surrounding Penelope’s abilities and what she’s capable of doing. Ordered to somehow lessen her abilities, Jed makes a desperate attempt to change Penelope to make her more human, more vulnerable. After Penelope lies to the officials about her past, Jed makes sure it’s the last one she’ll ever utter. The truth is now the only thing she is capable of telling.

As Penelope struggles with her past, her disturbingly new present, and her uncertain future, she is thrust into a magically twisted world of mayhem in search of the one thing she wants, but knows she can never have. The chance to be just a girl again. To be normal. To be real.

Get the book:

@Amazon ~ @Barnes & Noble 

And I couldn’t be more excited to introduce one of our newest fellow authors, Angela Myron, who just released ‘Ennara and the Fallen Dragon’!

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Synopsis:

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

Learn more at AngelaMyron.com

Sex in Young Adult Books

THE RISING-final coverI am currently writing my third and final novel for ‘The Painted Maidens Trilogy’. The first book ‘The Rising’ is available now on Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, and iTunes. The second book ‘The Betrayed’ will be available this fall.

Without giving too much away, in the third book (tentatively named ‘The Taking’) the main character, Serena – who is 18 – makes the decision to share herself with her boyfriend. This is not within the confines of marriage because well, they are mermaids and they don’t get married.

I’ve done my fair share of research on sex in young adult books and am admittedly nervous to include it. I want to do it right. The best article I found so far is by ‘Writing Teen Novels‘. Advice in writing sex in young adult novels includes “how important it is to be honest, to be sober and to be in a committed respectful and loving relationship before you take the leap” and “girls should decide that they are in control of their bodies and of their decision-making”.

Another great article I found is by Amber Skye Forbes. Here the author says “Sexual experiences vary widely among teenagers, which is what is so great about YA literature. It encompasses experiences from a myriad of teenagers from all different walks of life” (like mermaids – LOL) and “sex between two teenagers doesn’t always have negative consequences”.

These are exactly the points that I want to portray in my book. My work up to the scene does include a lot of soul-searching for the main character as mermaid 2to why she is choosing to do this.

My next conundrum is how graphic should I get? I have to keep it PG-13 but I don’t want to completely gloss over the event.

One big benefit I have to this is my oldest son just turned 15 – and he reads this series. I can keep myself in check knowing he will be reading the book, but I can also include everything I want him to know about it wrapped into an entertaining fantasy story.

I would love to hear your advice on the subject – especially coming from avid readers, other YA authors, parents, and even teens. What lessons should I preach (without sounding too preachy, of course)? How graphic can I get? What were some of your favorite YA books that touched this subject?

Travel Around the World with The Akasha Series

Good news, everyone! I am done writing the fourth and final book of The Akasha Series, ‘Earth’! Bad news, everyone.  ‘Earth’ still has a few months of editing to go. But I’m super excited to be done with the series, and I must say – very proud. I have a few ideas for what is next which includes an audio version of the books – and maybe even a screenplay of the first book (ooh, I just gave myself the shivers). I also want to get to work on a new mermaid series (also eco, of course).

Another one of my dreams would be to visit many of the places throughout The Akasha Series – and I’ve already booked my first trip **squee**! I’m starting at the end, where the final battle of ‘Earth’ takes place. Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado:

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Not too super exciting since I was born in Colorado, but I’ve never been to Red Rocks and I’m still excited to go.

Some of the more exotic destinations of The Akasha Series include:

Galapagos Islands – where Shawn takes Kaitlyn in ‘Water’.galapagos_islands

Perth, Australia – where Kaitlyn docks after…well, don’t want to give too many spoilers…read the third book ‘Fire’ to find out!PERTH-AUSTRALIA

Reunion Island, just off the coast of Madagascar – where Micah has built a dream home for Kaitlyn. But will they ever settle down there? 🙂
Read about it in ‘Air’, but you’ll have to finish the series to find out.reunion island

Costa del Sol, Spain – The sunny coast, both a dream and a nightmare where Micah and Kaitlyn reconnect, then Shawn steps in and…
I’ll have to be sure to take a side trip to Castle Alcazaba.costa del sol

Easter Island – A Polynesian island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, known for environmental over-exploitation and said to be one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.  Definitely need to go during the Tapati Rapa Nui Festival!easter island 2

I think I might have to skip out on Heard and McDonald Islands (final battle in ‘Air’, book two). A bit cold for me…unless there is snowboarding?
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And there is always Simeulue Island, a province of Indonesia, where the Chakra is. Now that would be an adventure.simeulue_coast

So anyway – now you know my inner most desires.   Where do you guys want to go?  Leave a comment below!  If you are like me, strapped for cash – hopefully a trip around the world within The Akasha Series can appease your appetite for adventure.  Other than that, Google and YouTube have worked wonders to give me a taste of what these places are really like. You can also visit my Pinterest page, ‘Inspirations of the Akasha Series‘, where I pin the settings from certain scenes in the books.  Happy traveling!

Bookish Christmas Trees

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I’ll leave you with several awesome ‘bookish’ Christmas trees found around the web.  Enjoy your day!

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