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You have an impressive background in fiction and nonfiction. Why did you decide to start writing YA books?
I sometimes teach creative writing classes, and in the 2000s, I taught a bunch of them. I had a standard set of exercises, and one of them was, “Write for two minutes as fast as you can starting with this sentence: ‘Please, please marry my son.’” I always do the exercises with the class (it’s more fun that way), and at one of these, I wrote, “‘Please, please marry my son,’ implored the chipmunk of the maiden.” The chipmunk goes on to say how unsuitable her son is.
It was a short little toss-off exercise, but something made me think, “I kinda like this. There’s something here.” I poked at the idea on and off for, literally, years, but bogged down. And then in April 2016, I thought, “I have to give this a real shot.” I wrote what became THE PURPLE HAZE, with that first line more or less intact.
I’d never written anything that long before, and at first I thought I had maybe a little 35,000 word novella on my hands. Hundreds of thousands of words later, there’s now three books in the series plus two standalone prequels.
So, YA found me more than I found it.
What do you love most about the young adult genre?
I love the characters, and how they’re just on that cusp of adulthood. Their concerns are very different to what they will be five years later. It’s a fun age to explore. Plus, I write very clean novels, and I think its easier to do with characters of that age.
Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?
I tried to pants THE PURPLE HAZE, but like I said, got bogged down. It wasn’t until I had an outline and sense of the full story that I was able to get on track. So think of me as a light outliner — I need to know where I’m going, but I don’t go into heavy detail in the chapters beforehand. Maybe a sentence or two per chapter.
What project are you currently working on?
Just this week, I sent the manuscript for book three in the series, THE LIGHT BEARER, to my alpha readers. So, right now, I’m starting book four, QUEEN ELOISE. I’ve written the first few thousand words, but, to your earlier question, I’m still hammering out the story outline. So the writing isn’t quite as fast at the moment as it will be.
How did you come up with the idea for it?
Being the fourth book in the series, it flows on from the story that precedes it. I know where this book starts, and I know where the book will end. I just need to connect those points with a whole bunch of story in between.
What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?
The last book I read was Libbie Hawker’s “Take Off Your Pants,” a book about outlining. I’m trying to get my head in the story structure space. It’s the third or fourth time I’ve gone through her book.
The fiction book I read was “The Consuming Fire” (The Interdependency, #2) by John Scalzi. I’m a big fan of Scalzi’s — I like his breezy, funny style — and have enjoyed the first two books in this series.
What’s next on your TBR list?
My favourite author of all time is William Gibson. Nothing thrills me more than a new Gibson novel. He has one coming out called Agency, which I can’t wait to read, but it is going to be a few months yet (September 2019). In anticipation, I’ve been working through his back catalogue. So next on my TBR pile is “Mona Lisa Overdrive,” his third book, once I finish his second, “Count Zero.”
Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?
Neither. I’m very much an audio book guy. With my wife and daughter, I run Australia’s largest farm animal sanctuary (see deeppeacetrust.com), and I have a day job. So I have a lot of time doing things that allow me to multi-task and listen to books, like shovelling manure or driving. So, give me an audio book any day. And if I can’t have that, then I’ll get the ebook version and have Siri read it to me. I find it’s the most efficient way for me to enjoy them.
When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?
Bookmarks. Definitely and emphatically bookmarks.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Pay attention to the niggles and hints that show you where your true interests lie, and then have the self-confidence to act on them. It’ll be a much more interesting work life if you do.
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It’s appropriate for both upper Middle Grade and YA readers and is just good ol‘ clean fun.
The worldbuilding is impressive. And I realize this sounds like an odd thing to say, but one of my favorite parts of the book was the names of the various villages. You’ll see what I mean once you read it. 🙂
You can tell Einspruch put a lot of love and care into writing this adventure, and you’ll fall in love with Princess Eloise, Jerome and her other companions. The action really ramped up in the last quarter of the book, and while there is a cliffhanger, it’s a good one.
They say that villains often see themselves as the heroes of the stories, which is part of what makes them so fascinating.
Today, my fellow paranormal romance authors and I are discussing our absolute favorite villains and what makes us love to hate them (or just plain love them!).
Question:Who is your favorite supernatural villain of all time and why?
Without a doubt, Klaus Mikaelson is my favorite supernatural villain. He had a compelling backstory and he was fiercely protective over the people he cared about.
I don’t want to give anything away for anyone who hasn’t finished watching The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, but I’ll just say that he had an AMAZING character arc and I was crying like a baby during the entire last season of The Originals.
The only thing supernatural about her was that she was cursed to live forever, but I loved Delphine LaLaurie in American Horror Story Coven. She was a wretched, awful person who deserved everything she got in that show, but the writing was so good that I found myself feeling sorry for her at times.
As soon as I reminded myself who she was, I could wipe away any sympathy I felt for her, but she was a great villain.
Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He was so witty and sexy without being over-the-top evil and ended up teaming with her by the end of the season. He had feelings and motivations that made sense to me, and of course became a series regular so we got to see a lot more of him, but his villain run in season 2 with Drusilla was just a blast to watch. Those two had some insane chemistry!
Death from Supernatural is definitely my favorite. He’s just an entity trying to do the job handed to him, and he gets a bad rap as the head reaper, when he’s really just the guardian of the natural order. He just wants to find a decent deep dish pizza and to ferry the dead where they belong, but the Winchesters are incessantly messing him up. He’s singularly unimpressed with the antics of the world around him and sees it all as inconsequential in the Grand scheme of things. I’ll spare the spoilers for those who have never seen the show, but while he might not be truly a villain, he’s a dark neutral that I adored more with every word that left his mouth.
My favourite super villain of all time would have to be Thanos from the Marvel Cinemas world. He destroyed half of the universe’s population with essentially just one hand. Like all villains, they believe they are the heroes of their story. Thanos believed he was making the universe a better place to live that didn’t include people not having to starve anymore because now there would be plenty of resources to go around.
But from the Marvel Comics world, he destroys half the universe to impress Death, who he has fallen in love with. So he is also a romantic at heart. Making him quite the complex fellow. Even villains need love.
Yikes! This might be harder than picking a favorite book boyfriend–I do so love me the baddies. I debated picking Loki (because, um, hello), but in the end, I have to go with the great and glorious villain who sparked my lifelong love of the bad guys: Maleficent. Everything about her, from her fierce head-horns (shared with Loki, possibly a theme?) to her raven to her brilliant, badass smile just sucked child-me right in. Here was someone fascinating. More than Prince Charmings or fairy godmothers, I imagined Maleficent’s backstory and I wondered what would have happened if she’d stayed a dragon and found herself a fire-breathing friend. And I love how the later live-action movie dug into that backstory and let Maleficent be the anti-hero I always knew her to be.
Fans of Harry Potter and Twilight, get ready for a world unlike any other! A secret school for shape shifters, a monarchy of vampires determined to exterminate them and take over the world, and a coalition of human hunters dedicated to protecting the world from both.
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If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you already know that to say I’m obsessed with vampire books is a massive understatement (after all, I am writing an entire vampire series right now!).
But when I saw the cover for Bearly Married, the prequel novella to the Shift series, I just had to pick up a copy. And I’m so glad that I did because I may have just stumbled upon a new favorite author!
As the name and cover suggest, Bearly Married is a story about bear shifters. But really, it’s a breathtakingly beautiful romance between Christine and the swoon-worthy Alexandre. You’ll be rooting for them from the start, and while the romance was my favorite part, there are some great action scenes, too! (There is definitely some steam, so be aware of that before picking up a copy. )
I don’t know if other readers struggle with this, but a lot of times when I pick up a book, it takes a good few chapters to get in the flow of the author’s writing. But this was NOT the case with this book. The writing flows so smoothly that I found myself totally lost in the story.
If the rest of this series is half as good as the prequel, readers will not be able to devour it fast enough. I can’t wait to read Trust the Wolf next! I guess I’m officially a fan of shifter books now. 🙂
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I love werewolves but I think I’d have to be a witch. I have a fairly sassy personality so I think it’d be great fun to tease people with my powers. And if I can get the mop to clean the house without me, all the better!
I love my PNR characters. I write about shifters (cat-shifters and wolf-shifters) and vampires. But if I could chose to be anything, I would probably pick witch. I am a huge fan of Charmed (the original), and even though Paige was half whitelighter, I wish I could orb. Oh, the time I would save. Plus, telekinesis would be awesome too.
I’d choose to be one of the vampires in my world. Mortal beings with long lives (think of all the history they get to witness) and the ability to travel miles in seconds via the space between dimensions. Who needs sunlight?
I would love to be something that could fly. I can’t really picture myself as a dragon, but maybe some kind of falcon or hawk shifter would be cool! Having other powers is tempting, too–like the longevity of vampires, and the magical powers of witches. Maybe I could be one of those hybrid species that gets the best of everything. 🙂
The ninjas in my series have nature based magic. One of them is a shapeshifter, who can shift into a creature she has had contact with. I think that’s the kind of power I’d like to have–but I think it would lead to some devious, different sort of thinking! 🙂
Danielle Parker’s life was a dream. Until it became a living nightmare.
Ripped of her memories of how she was kidnapped from her family, Danielle is whisked away to the mystical Crescent Cape—a kingdom ruled by vampires, where she is to live out her human life as a blood slave.
She’s not going down without a fight.
But her plans are thwarted when she’s selected to compete for the prince’s heart.
The winner will be turned into a vampire and taken as his bride. And the losers’ blood will be fed to the princess-to-be to complete her transition.
As much as she’s disgusted by the idea of the competition, and as dangerous as Prince Aiden is, she can’t deny her attraction to him—or to his troubled brother, Julian.
Will she be able to resist the brothers’ charms? Or will she find herself pulled into the dangerous world of the vampires of Crescent Cape?
A romantic and thrilling new series that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Perfect for fans of The Vampire Diaries, The Originals and The Selection.
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Unstable powers, a uncertain future, and one overwhelmed girl.
Chaos doesn’t even begin to explain my life. Now that the first two artifacts are a part of me the third haunts my dreams. It calls to me, overwhelming my senses. Between that, the council, the demon, and everthing else, I did the only thing that I could think of, I took off. Hopefully, Charlie can forgive me for leaving without a word.
Disappearing seemed like my best option, until the demon found me, forcing my hand. Needing to save Becca and find the third artifact before him, I’m left with no other choice but to return and finish what I started.
To find the artifact in Hell, I must turn to the council for assistance which reveals even more corrupted their true motives are. Now, I have to determine the right course for not just myself, but the world too.
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Shift Into Love: Love Changes Everything Valentine’s Anthology (Including a Story by Shai August)
Release Date: January 2019
This anthology releases in January 2019 and will be available exclusively on Amazon!
After making one bad decision after another, fox shifter Erena is back at the Rock Creek Clan with her tail between her legs. Her past mistakes seem to be forgiven, but her position feels tenuous—and more tenuous still, with the arrival of a sexy misfit who gets under her skin.
Matt, a mountain lion shifter, returns home to the RCC with a giant secret only to meet the woman of his dreams. Too bad Erena has a chip on her shoulder. How the hell is he supposed to prove himself to a woman who has trust issues? He’ll have to figure something out, because between his smooth talking and his ulterior motives, he’s in danger of losing his mate before he ever gets a chance with her.
A newborn witch is hunted for her blood. Two smoking-hot brothers teach her how to survive. Can she unravel their dark secrets?
Demons. Magic. Fear.
I never believed in witches until I became one. I thought monsters existed only on television screens. I was wrong. And naïve.
Thom Walker saved me, but I don’t trust him. His brother Liam is one of them. A demon. He almost devoured me.
Desire. Secrets. Forbidden love.
Witchcraft isn’t easy, and my sparring sessions with my two saviors/jailers are distracting as hell. My feelings must be laid on ice before I end up dead. And I need to find out if I can actually lose my soul, or if it’s a weird metaphor.
Liam says I should embrace the darkness. And the darkness is coming…
A love triangle to die for! Heart-pounding suspense, two sexy, mysterious men, and a strong-willed, snarky heroine. Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows.
Emilia’s first encounter with Jason is memorable: it’s not every day you see a stranger change into a wolf. Her attraction to him is undeniable, but the secret he shares shakes the foundations of her life.
Jason’s need for Emilia unnerves him. It’s his job to report shifters without proper ID, yet he can’t make himself do it this time. The decision bites him in the tail when he discovers exactly who she is. He must keep his distance—or there will be hell to pay.
Their fates entwine when rogue shifters learn of Emilia’s identity and will stop at nothing to get to her. Emilia and Jason will have to fight together or risk losing everything.
But most of all? Emilia must learn to trust the wolf.
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Queen’s Blood Claim by Nicki Ruth
Release Date: April 2019
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The Queen’s Alliance, Kingdoms of the Ocean Book One by Jessica Gleave
Release Date: April 2, 2019
Her kingdom on the brink of war. His kingdom can give her the army she needs. The price—her hand in marriage. But her sister’s action may cost them.
Evelda has not shown emotion since the death of her parents, only Charisa her younger sister, has seen any of the true Evelda. Forced to become a queen at a young age, Evelda believes she needs to be strong, fearless, and as impassive as stone.
When the threat of war looms, Evelda turns to her neighboring kingdom, to forge a marital alliance with Thaine the Son of the Pacific Ocean. The plan—to marry for the sake of her kingdom. But what if she could marry for love instead.
Charisa hates being a Daughter of the Sea. She would much rather be a normal mermaid, but she does her duty for her kingdom. Charisa will do what’s best even if it means sacrificing her own mermaid’s kiss, but what if that’s not enough.
Kenton Morley and Lawrence Derrickson have hated each other since they were feuding border lords in medieval England and Scotland…seven hundred years ago.
When their bloodlines were cursed, birthing the world’s first vampires.
Their feud has carried through the centuries based on an old argument: Kenton seeks to destroy the Cheld—the only line of humans capable of killing their kind—while Lawrence seeks to save them.
It’s said that men can forget, but never forgive. It’s also said that true love knows no bounds.
When the vampires move to Stone Haven, Pennsylvania, Alessandra Fiore will find out firsthand which of those old adages is true.
It doesn’t matter whether she believes in vampires or not…
Because they believe in her. And she’s on the very cusp of discovering her dormant powers as a Cheld—a potential vampire hunter.
With both of these strangely wealthy newcomers’ storming into her sleepy, peaceful town, warning her to stay away from the other, what is a girl to do? Especially when Kenton—the one that supposedly wants to kill her—has a devilish twinkle in his eyes that she just can’t say no to?
No matter how dangerous she instinctively knows both men to be, strengths and powers of her own are beginning to bubble to the surface, encouraging her that she can take care of herself, thank you very much.
Love and Hate—two sides of the same coin. Literally.
The only thing left to do is flip that coin and hope for the best…to see which old saying is true. And how many innocents bet the wrong way.
Life hasn’t been the same since the injury that ended my football dreams — and could have ended my life. The last glimpse I had of my hometown of Perdition was in my truck’s rear-view mirror years ago. I hadn’t planned to come back at all — even ten years feels too soon — but I came back for Homecoming and the longer I stayed in town, the more I fell under the spell of the Jane Guzmán, the shy, bookish innkeeper who sets my blood boiling.
Now I can’t walk away from the need to claim her. She intrigues me like no other woman—not even the mysterious seductress who has haunted my dreams since the night of my devastating accident.
I work hard to make everyone in Perdition see me as a quiet, shy innkeeper, not the sex demon I really am. It’s better that I keep my urges under wraps — no telling what would happen if I lost control. I spend my days renovating the bed and breakfast my late father left me as his legacy. My nights are another story.
As a result, I’m probably the oldest virgin succubus in North America. Well, maybe the oldest one in Texas. But trust me, it’s better this way. If I keep to myself, I can’t hurt anyone with my out-of-control powers. This worked for the past ten years…until he showed up.
Eric Andrews. Formerly Perdition’s star high school football player. The boy who triggered my first succubus dreams. The boy I used to love. Except he’s not a boy anymore.
Eric Andrews is back in Perdition, and he’s all grown up.