Q&A with Author A. P. Mobley

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What do you love most about the young adult genre?

Everyone changes and grows so much throughout their entire life, especially in their teenage years. I think we get so many major life-lessons in that time, and you get to explore a lot of that in the YA genre.

You describe yourself in your bio as a huge nerd. Let’s hear it – what’s the nerdiest thing about you? (No worries – this is a judgment-free zone!)

I talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender ALL THE TIME, way more than my family and friends can stand to hear, I wear a Hufflepuff lanyard to work every day (it’s awesome when people recognize it and tell me what their house is), I collect various Disney, Tim Burton, Sailor Moon, and Adventure Time plushies and figurines (especially Funko Pops!), and I own a really awesome rendition of Luke’s light saber (I may or may not wish on a daily basis that it was real, and that I was strong in the force).

Your series War on the Gods is inspired by Greek mythology. Have you always been interested in the subject?

When I was between 11-12 years old I read a trilogy called AVATARS by Tui T. Sutherland. It was so good I read it in about 24 hours! It featured mythologies from all around the world, including Greek mythology, and that’s basically what started my love for it. The trilogy didn’t feature enough Greek mythology to satisfy my craving for it, so I started going to the library and checking out every book I could find on it, and I’ve loved it dearly ever since. It’s a part of my identity now.

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How did you get the idea for the series?

Around the same time I was going to the library and learning about Greek mythology, I wondered to myself, “What if the Greek gods were real? What if they were angry enough at humanity for forgetting them/deciding they were myths that they decided to destroy the world? Who would save it?” and the idea just grew from there.

Do you prefer outlining or are you a “pantser” as we like to call it in the industry?

I started out as a pantser and quickly realized it most certainly was not for me. I make outlines now, and even if I change up some things I stick to the basic idea of the outline at the very least.

What is the last book you read? Did you enjoy it?

The last book I read was The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, which is a Jungle Book retelling except the little boy goes and lives in a graveyard and is cared for by ghosts. I absolutely LOVED it. If you haven’t read I highly recommend it. It’s the kind of book that has you guessing all the way through, and it left me in tears at the end.

What’s next on your TBR list?

Right now I’m reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll for extra credit in my English class, but I really want to be reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. Not that Alice isn’t great, I’ve just heard that Children of Blood and Bone has reminded a couple people of Avatar: The Last Airbender ha-ha!

Do you prefer to read physical books or eBooks?

It depends. If I’m reading an author I’ve never read anything from before, I’d prefer the eBook because if I end up not liking it it’s not taking up space on my shelf. But if it’s a book or author I know and love, I want it on my shelf to look pretty.

When reading physical books, do you use bookmarks or do you fold corners?

I use bookmarks! Who folds corners?!

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

It’s okay to be alone; you don’t need anybody but yourself.

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New Release Roundup: Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Books

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It’s time for another new release roundup! Today, I’m spotlighting the latest and greatest in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy.

So, if you’re a fan of fearsome heroines, daring adventures and high stakes, keep on reading.

This list is for you!

The books featured in this list are Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Teen & Young Adult Fantasy eBooks category (granted, this list is constantly updating – but the information is accurate at the time I’m posting this).

Here are the Top 5 YA Fantasy eBooks for the week of September 15th:

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House of Royale

Avalon has always felt different and alone. The ocean, along with the friends she’s made under the water, is the only constant in her life. She comforts herself with the notion that alone is at least safe. There’s no one to hide her extraordinary abilities from, to hide her dreams of living beneath the crashing waves forever.

Then Xander comes for her, reluctantly, judging by his snarly attitude. But, attitude aside, he draws her into a fantasy world, one filled with family and friendship and … the home she’s always craved.

He gives her the smallest glimpse of perfection, only to then inform her that it’s not a world she can have. Political issues in Royale will make her time there temporary.

Her time in Royale and with Xander.

She will stay until the very end, though. If there’s one thing that she’s determined to prevent, it’s Laous getting his hands on the starslight stone. A stone which is keeping two worlds alive and functioning.

A happily ever after might not be in the cards for her, but she’s determined to make it happen for her friends.

Even if it’s the last thing she does.

Don’t miss the stunning conclusion to the Secret Keepers series.

 

Fallen Academy 

Brielle Atwater isn’t sure of much, but she knows a few things:

1. Having black wings is not normal.
2. Selling her soul to the demons was a mistake.
3. Lincoln Grey is the biggest jerk she’s ever met … but not falling in love with him might prove impossible. 

When angels fell from the sky to war with the demons that ravaged Earth, their combined powers infected humanity. Now, the humans are assigned one of two fates, being either demon gifted or angel blessed.

After wings sprout from Brielle’s back at her awakening ceremony, she’s sure she’s an angel blessed celestial. It’s not until she sees black wings that she realizes something is terribly wrong.

Having sold her contract at a young age to save her father’s life means she should be bound for Tainted Academy. That is, until a fallen angel unexpectedly fights for her to be accepted into Fallen Academy, the elite school for those that inhabit Angel City.

She’s immediately matched with her impossibly handsome celestial teacher, Lincoln Grey. Laying eyes on him, her first thought is that her time at the academy might actually be fun, but this theory quickly fades when she and Lincoln clash on day one. To further prove her admission into Fallen Academy is cursed, the entire school is thrown into chaos when an Abrus demon reveals that he knows Brielle’s secret. Now, above all else, Lincoln must fight to protect her.
To his surprise, the only thing more difficult than trying to save her … is trying not to fall for her.

 

Court of Shadows 

A girls’ night out means three things to me: drinking whiskey with my best friend, trying not to kill anyone, and keeping my magic hidden. A fae gladiator like me isn’t supposed to exist anymore.

But my Friday night takes a bad turn when a lethally gorgeous fae–Ruadan–tries to assassinate me. He’s known as the Wraith, and he’s taken a vow of silence until he’s slaughtered the outlaws on his kill list. Outlaws like me.

Ruadan lets me live on one condition: I have to earn my place at the Institute of the Shadow Fae. As a powerful fighter, I can take the competition.

But things fall apart when I’m given an impossible choice: betray my mentor Ruadan, or my best friend dies. Now, I face a quandary my gladiatorial past did not prepare me for.

This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.

 

Mirror Gate

Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler continues his wondrous Harbinger series in which two young women unite as two worlds approach the brink of war…

Though relations between Princess Seraphin Fitzempress and her father have been strained, Sera’s royal position has remained unchallenged. Filled with self-doubt, she struggles to grasp the Mysteries—her greatest trial yet.

An education in the enigmatic magic is a necessary one, should Sera plan to rise in her station and invoke her powers during war. But the emperor’s death now leaves both Sera and her ambitious father eligible for the throne—a contest the prince regent intends to win. Even if it means an alliance with a rival empire.

Sera’s hope lies in Cettie, a waif raised in the world below, whose life has intertwined with Sera’s in the most unexpected ways. The Mysteries come easily to Cettie, and her studies have begun to yield new insight into her growing powers. But those same powers put Cettie in the path of those who would destroy her.

Now as the threat of war ignites and an insidious sickness spreads throughout the kingdom, Sera and Cettie will need to gather their courage and fight for each other’s lives…and for the future of their endangered world.

 

Court of Darkness 

I would not say things are going well, exactly. I live in a burnt-out car under a bridge, surrounded by rubbish. When Ruadan shows up to bring me back to the Institute, I leap at the chance.

That is, until he throws me into the dungeons. I’m on the naughty list, and the mentor who once trained me is cold as ice. Now, I must pass every single trial, or the Institute’s executioners will rip me to pieces. Good thing I can handle it. I was the queen of the gladiator ring, and I do not go down easily.

This book is from the Demons of Fire and Night world.

 

If none of those books interest you…

Perhaps you’ll enjoy my fantasy series, Fate Abandoned.

Fate Abandoned

She’s a sword-wielding princess.
He’s the outlaw who kidnapped her.
They should be enemies, but he might be the key to finding her brother – and herself.

Princess Daphne is sick of being treated as the king’s pawn. So even though she’s supposed to be hanging back at the castle and choosing a suitor, she doesn’t hesitate to follow her brother on a treacherous quest. Especially after learning there’s a prophecy predicting his death.

She devises a plan and sets out with her maidservant to rescue him – which seems like a great idea until they’re kidnapped by outlaws.

But Daphne’s not one to give up so easily. Realizing that aligning with their captors might just guarantee their success, she cuts a deal with the dangerously charming Gregory.

Forced to work together against impossible odds, she and Gregory learn that they need each other more than they knew. And as they race to save the prince, Daphne must decide if she’s willing to give up everything she’s ever known for a love she never expected…

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Enter to Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

If you’re like me, you’re a big Amazon shopper.   If so, I have good news – today, I’m sharing a way that you can have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

Yes, you read that right.

 

http://sffbookbonanza.com/social-media-giveaway-sep-2018/

 

So, how do you enter?

It’s easy! You can just click here and follow the instructions.

Note: The links below are affiliate links, meaning that if you click through and make a purchase, I get a small percentage at no extra cost to you!

Oh, and if you win, be sure to use that gift card to grab one of my books. Fostered Reality is just $0.99 on Amazon (at least at the time I’m posting this)!

 

 

And if you want to be the first to know about future giveaways, be sure to subscribe to my Readers’ Group here.

Good luck to everyone who is entering this month! And happy reading.

20 Products Under $20 Every Bookworm Needs

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We bookworms are a funny bunch. Not only do we love our books…

We also love things that remind us of books!

So whether you came to this page to look for something for yourself or to find a gift for a book-loving friend, you’re sure to find something that fits the bill.

And the best part?

Everything in this list is $20 or less!

(At least – it was at the time I put the list together. Whether the prices change is out of my control!)

So relax – I’ve done the hard work for you.

Below, I’ve assembled a list of products and gifts for book lovers. All you have to do is sit back, relax and get to scrolling…

Trust me, you’re going to have a hard time getting through this list without adding at least one of these items to your Amazon cart!

Please note that the images below are affiliate links, which means that I get a small percentage from Amazon if you click through and buy something (at no cost to you!).

A Maurader’s Map for when you want a little mischief with your coffee.

A Harry Potter coloring book. Because why should kids have all the fun?

A Harry Potter quill set for when you’re feeling extra fancy.

A Game of Thrones wine glass when you’re channeling Tyrion. (Adults only, of course!)

A Jon Snow figurine – perfect for upping your Instagram game.

A mockingjay pin for when you’re feeling a little rebellious.

A literary-inspired cocktail recipe book for when you want to drink, but you also want to be classy. (Again – this one’s for adults only!)

A personal library kit… Because we all have *that* friend who promises they’ll give it back…

A Ralph Waldo Emerson – inspired candle that smells like cedar and wild fern.

Bookplates to add a personal touch to any home library.

The What I Read mini-journal in red (ha – I see what they did there).

A book-themed pouch for when you’re feeling *extra* bookish.

An adorable tote featuring practical advice from Hermoine.

A snazzy little fox bookmark that’s all too relatable.

And cute little magnetic bookmarks if you want to shake things up a bit.

An infinity scarf featuring rows and rows of library books? Yes, please!

And some cozy socks to wear when you’re snuggling up with a good book.

Novel Teas. Yep. Bags of tea with book quotes on the tags!

And a bookish spoon to stir your tea with!

And finally, a copy of Fate Abandoned by yours truly.

 

I hope you’ve found this list helpful. Let me know in the comments below if you found anything you like!

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New Release: The Second Portal

Today is a great day. You know why?

The Second Portal is LIVE on Amazon.

This follow-up to Fostered Reality was a blast to write. If you enjoyed the first book, then you’re going to love the twists in this one.

A new portal.
A mysterious stranger.
A killer discover.

When the Alliance recruits my friends and I for a new investigative unit, our mission is simple: find Thoraq. But things take an unexpected turn when a second portal opens and a new passenger boards the Kryptos.

In an effort to gather intel, we welcome Lucas into our group. But while I question his motives, Amy reminds me that I was once a newcomer here, too.

Still, I can’t help but feel like he’s hiding something…

Could he be the key to ending the chaos erupting across the Four Quadrants?

Or could he betray us all?

Find out in this addicting follow-up to Fostered Reality. Grab your copy of The Second Portal by clicking here.

New Release Roundup: Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Books (Monday, Sept. 3)

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If you’re like me, you’re always keeping an eye out for your next great read.

know I’m constantly adding books to my TBR list (which, admittedly, is getting out of control).

I want to make finding exciting YA sci-fi books easy on you.

So I thought it would be fun to start doing a weekly roundup.

The books featured in this list are Amazon’s Hot New Releases in the Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction eBooks category (granted, this list is constantly updating – but the information is accurate at the time I’m posting this).

Without further ado, here are the Top 5 YA Sci-Fi eBooks for the week of September 3rd.

Note: These are affiliate links, which means that I get a small amount of money if you click through and make a purchase (at no extra cost to you).

The Rule of One

In their world, telling the truth has become the most dangerous crime of all.

In the near-future United States, a one-child policy is ruthlessly enforced. Everyone follows the Rule of One. But Ava Goodwin, daughter of the head of the Texas Family Planning Division, has a secret—one her mother died to keep and her father has helped to hide for her entire life.

She has an identical twin sister, Mira.

For eighteen years Ava and Mira have lived as one, trading places day after day, maintaining an interchangeable existence down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Now they must leave behind the father they love and fight for their lives.

Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, and pushed to discover just how far they’ll go in order to stay alive, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown.

 

Wicked Is Her Smile

Alison, the Drow princess can’t even make it back to the School of Necessary Magic for her junior year without tripping across trouble hunting for her. 

Underground bullet trains, battles with dark magic, growing dragons,

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tournaments, school dances and job fairs. Growing up a magical can be tough on a social life.

Thank goodness she’s got her friends beside her.

 

Alison Brownstone

Alison is back to share summer with James.

The problem is that James’ lawyer says that they are going to fight his effort to adopt her.

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James has to pull in his natural proclivity to punch something until it gives in with the government.

Unfortunately for the government, James’ friends have his back.

The Drow Queen makes an unexpected appearance, fighting James in the courtroom.

If James is able to adopt Alison, will he leave everyone else alone?

For Alison, she thought this was going to be an easy summer, but she had no idea what James wanted her to learn. Once she does, will she still want James as her father?

 

The Warrior Princess 

She’ll tear the galaxy apart to save them…

Captured by a special, secret government agency, Alinthia is now facing another new reality—one where she’s separated from the four guys who have come to mean so much to her. But she has faith in Dane, Coop, Maddox, and Beck, and she refuses to give up hope.

Until she discovers General Arantu and his despicable daughter have imprisoned her protectors and time is running out to save them.

Desperate to escape the government’s clutches and rescue her loved ones, Alinthia finds unlikely allies in the strangest of places. With their help, she finally understands what is required to assume full control of her powers and fulfill her legacy.

However, the more she uncovers about herself and her abilities, the more she understands how fragile the line is between good and evil, darkness and light, right and wrong.

Will she make the ultimate sacrifice in the name of love, or are there some lines that can’t ever be crossed?

 

No Safe Haven 

Run to save your life–or stay and fight for what’s yours… 
Isolated at her family’s wildlife refuge in northern Georgia, Raven longs to escape. Instead, she spends her days shoveling manure for bears and wolves–until her father contracts the deadly Hydra virus.

Desperate to help him, Raven journeys into town to get medicine, only to discover the outside world is collapsing into chaos. There are no police, no laws, and no hospitals. No one is coming to help.

The wildlife refuge she once resented now offers sanctuary–plenty of food, shelter, and the safety of electrified fences. Using the skills her father taught her, Raven knows how to survive.

But the threat is just beginning. The electrified fences may be failing. Even worse, a dangerous gang tracks Raven back to the refuge. And they’ll stop at nothing to take what she has…

Raven can run. Or she can stand her ground, risking everything to defend the animals–and her home.

No Safe Haven is a gripping post-apocalyptic thriller perfect for fans of Hunger Games and Wolf Road.

 

And there you have it… That wraps up the Top 5 YA Sci-Fi eBooks for the week of September 3rd.

 

But if you’re still looking for a YA-friendly sci-fi book, be sure to check out my novel Conspiracy Unleashed.

A young journalist follows her instincts, landing herself on a new planet facing her worst fears.

Cal is unapologetically curious. So when people start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, she jumps at the chance to write the investigative piece of a lifetime. Too bad her boss kills the story—and fires her.

But when her own sister vanishes, Cal is determined to uncover the truth. Even if that means joining a top-secret mission to space.

In her quest for answers, Cal unravels a dangerous secret. And what she does next will put the whole planet in jeopardy…

If you like pulse-pounding stories filled with fast-paced action and twists you won’t see coming, then you’ll love Conspiracy Unleashed.

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Books That Will Change Your Life

As a YA sci-fi and fantasy author, I don’t think it’s any secret that I love reading books in those genres. But in-between the fiction books, I love reading books that help me understand myself better, open my heart and give me the tools to grow as a person.

So today, I’m sharing a selection of books that have made an impact on my life in one way or another. I hope you find them as healing and transformative as I did.

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Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’m guessing you’ve probably heard of this one. Julia Roberts even starred in a movie based on this one. This book is all about healing and reflection.  Through masterful storytelling, Elizabeth Gilbert takes us along on her journey of self-discovery – changing us, too, in the process.

 

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The War of Art is one of my all-time favorite books. I recommend it to everyone. Technically it was written for creatives, but honestly, this should be required reading for EVERYONE. It’s all about finding the courage to pursue your calling and put in the work to make things happen. It is the most motivating book I have ever read, and I find myself quoting it to myself when I’m in need of some encouragement. Honestly, I never would have published any of my books without it.

I first learned about this book during an interview the author did with Oprah on her Super Soul Sunday show. If the book’s good enough for Oprah, it’s good enough for me.

 

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

This book was one of those books that touches your heart in unexpected ways. I honestly didn’t have any idea what this one would be about, but Emma Watson recommended it as part of her Our Shared Shelf book club on Goodreads, and something told me to give it a shot. The first 50 pages or so dragged a bit, but once I got past the author explaining her credentials and going into the actual storytelling, I was blown away. Women Who Run with the Wolves analyzes various folklores and fairy tales and extracts the hidden wisdom within. Trying to summarize it or explain it just doesn’t do it justice. But I promise it’s worth reading, especially if you’re a woman.

 

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


I am in complete awe of this young woman. Of course, I’d heard her story countless times on the news, but short news segments do not do her tale justice. The book provides so much more context as far as what was going on in Pakistan at the time, her family life and how her father influenced her worldview. In order to fully appreciate the story of this brave young woman who stood up to the Taliban, you need to read this. I dare you to do so and not to be inspired. I don’t think I ever fully appreciated what a gift education really is until I read this book.

 

I could go on and on about the many non-fiction books that have shaped me, but these three have made the biggest impact.

What are some of your all-time favorite books? The ones that have touched your heart and changed you?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Book Review: A Study in Charlotte

While A Study in Charlotte is a little outside of the realm of what I normally read, I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad that I did.

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I thought this was an insanely clever idea. The descendents of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson ending up at the same boarding school and teaming up to solve a mystery that they’re being framed for? Um, yes please!

I wavered between giving this 4 or 5 stars. The biggest negative aspect of the book, in my opinion, is how casually Holmes’ drug use is treated. I mean, the girl has a SERIOUS drug problem, but it’s treated as if that is perfectly normal and just what teens do. That really rubbed me the wrong way.

But the story was entertaining enough that I could look past it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am glad I decided to branch out and try something new.