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Faith Hunter is bringing out two new anthologies of Rogue Mage stories: TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS, later to be combined into an omnibus edition for print called TRIUMPHANT.  Last month I revealed the cover for the first, and today I’m pleased to reveal the cover for the second, TRIBULATIONS, which includes a story written by me!

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17 Vignettes and Short Stories set in Faith Hunter’s World of Thorn St. Croix

The Rogue Mage story began with the post-apocalyptic novels BLOODRING, SERAPHS, and HOST, when epic battles between Thorn St. Croix and the forces of Darkness were fought. TRIBULATIONS (Rogue Mage Anthology Vol. II) takes place during and after the series timeline. These stories and vignettes, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing Darkness and an uncertain future.

The relationships between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans grow deeper, and the battles with dragons and their creatures grow more dangerous. TRIBULATIONS features new short stories from five authors—including Faith Hunter—and vignettes from the Rogue Mage role playing game.

TRIALS and TRIBULATIONS will soon be followed by TRIUMPHANT—the paperback omnibus (both Anthology Volumes I and II in a bound format).

TRIBULATIONS Authors: Faith Hunter, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, Lucienne Diver.

broken soul First off, a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Faith Hunter for hitting #19 on the New York Times e-book bestseller list and #45 on the overall USA Today bestseller list for the latest Jane Yellowrock novel BROKEN SOUL!

Next, the e-book of N.K. Jemisin’s amazing and award-winning fantasy novel THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS is right now only $1.99 for Kindle and Nook. It won the Locus Award for Best First Novel as well as the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for Fantasy and was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, Prix Imaginales, Tiptree and Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards.  It’s also been published already in twelve countries.  If you haven’t read it yet, I wouldn’t miss this chance!

Fangtastic cover Far less exciting to anyone but me, the FANGTASTIC, the third book in my Vamped series is now available in it’s new edition for Nook, Kindle and Kobo. This follows the new editions for VAMPED and REVAMPED!

And now, the promised pictures from the stunning Blue Mountains and the rain forest at the bottom, the final day of sightseeing from my August trip to Australia.  I think I’ve dribbled the pictures out because once they’re all posted, my trip down Memory Lane hits a snag.  Sigh.

So much to celebrate this week in addition to the latest book birthdays.

First, if you haven’t already heard me trumpet this (because I’m known for my subtlety), I have a bunch of my own new releases coming out this year, particularly in the Latter-Day Olympians series. The first book, BAD BLOOD, is already out from Samhain in all formats. The second, CRAZY IN THE BLOOD, is out in digital and will be released in trade paperback on July 2nd. That’s right, you could have it in time for reading over the July 4th long weekend! (No pressure, of course.) And if all that isn’t exciting enough, I recently received the final cover for book 3, RISE OF THE BLOOD, that I can share with you all. This one’s out in digital in September and print next year.

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Now, I’d like to say that I look just this badass in a negotiation, but in all likelihood, I’m holding a cup of coffee and a telephone rather than purched upon a pedastal, but I do have the boots.  No, sadly, this isn’t me, but my heroine Tori Karacis, who has just enough gorgon blood to stop men in their tracks.  I love this pic because the model truly looks like she has the gorgon glare.  Talk about something that would come in handy in a negotiation!

Oh, and while we’re on the subject of boots (back a few sentences…there it is), I have a Latter-Day Olympians story coming out in the awesome KICKING IT anthology releasing from Roc Books in December of this year.  So, boots seem to be a bit of a theme (just check this cover):

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Some extra loud shout outs to the following authors for their HUGE recent achievements:

Rachel Caine for how amazingly the new Morganville Vampires novel FALL OF NIGHT is doing right out of the gate, ranking #4 in both the UK Children’s and UK Children’s Fiction lists and topping the Small Publishers’ Children’s chart.  It just came out on Tuesday here in the US, but I expect that we’ll have similar wonderful news here shortly.

N.K. Jemisin for the Locus Award nomination for Best Fantasy for THE KILLING MOON!

Jasmine Haynes for finaling in the Erotic category of the National Readers’ Choice Awards (winner to be announced at RWA National) with THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE!

Janet Mullany for finaling in the Golden Quill with her erotic novel HIDDEN PARADISE!

I’m so excited for you all.  You have no idea how difficult it is to type with fingers and toes crossed.  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

I’m pleased to present a new Girlfriends Cyber Circuit interview today with Kelly Parra, two-time RITA Award finalist and author of such YA novels as GRAPHITI GIRL and INVISIBLE TOUCH.  She’s here today to talk about the new anthology SOMETHING WICKED.

SOMETHING WICKED: Young Adult Short Stories
Published by Buzz Books USA | October 2012
ISBN 1938493060
 

Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night.” – Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE

 

BLURB:

Sometimes, they aren’t costumes.

They’re baaaack.

More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For…

Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.

Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!

Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!

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INTERVIEW with Kelly Parra

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

Kelly: Hi Lucienne, thanks for having me on your blog! Well, my writing process is very sporadic. I’m a spree writer. I write when I have moments free in the day between kid drop offs to school and an odd work schedule. I’m also a writer who has to feel the creative muse flowing in order to make progress. If I don’t, then I have to edit.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

Kelly: The hardest part for me has always been finishing the book on deadline. You have to write even when you don’t feel the muse or something stressful is happening at home. When I first entered the publishing world about 6 years ago, I was stressed all the time. Worried I had to please everyone and I didn’t know how much stress can effect your life. Now, I’m a little more wiser, still learning, but I know how to shift priorties and to keep calm as they say!

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Kelly: Jaz and Blake in “Mermania” are teen supernatural hunters. I’m going to say the three things they would need on a deserted island would be: each other, some sort of talisman to ward off the monsters, and probably a weapon.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Kelly: Jaz is tough on the outside and vulnerable in the inside. Blake is daring and smart. One of my favorite young actresses is Brit Robertson. And for Blake, maybe, Liam Hemsworth.

Gearing up for the big Romance Writers of American National Conference next week in Anaheim.  Really looking forward to seeing Vicky Dreiling, Lynn Flewelling, Rosemary Clement-Moore, Debra Mullins, Kira Sinclair and others!  Also to the huge Literacy Signing!

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted up new sales, so I thought I’d take the opportunity today.

Women’s/Romance  
Jasmine Haynes, National Readers’ Choice Award-winning author of   THE PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE sells two more erotic romances in that vein Wendy McCurdy for Berkley Heat, in a very nice deal, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

Mystery/Crime  
Tammy Kaehler’s BRAKING POINTS, the second Kate Reilly mystery, in which the protagonist finds her date in the shadows with another woman…this one quite dead…and what follows is a mystery almost as fast-paced as the cars she races, to Jessica Tribble of Poisoned Pen Press, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

D.D. Barant’s three books in a quirky paranormal cozy, to Monique Patterson of St. Martin’s, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

Sci-Fi/Fantasy  
NYT bestselling author Faith Hunter’s HAVE STAKES, WILL TRAVEL, following on the success of CAT TALES, a second collection of stories in her Jane Yellowrock world, to Jessica Wade of NAL, for publication in September 2012, by Lucienne Diver of The Knight Agency.

KICKING IT, an urban fantasy anthology featuring stories by and about butt-kicking women from Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price, Shannon K. Butcher, Rob Thurman and others, to Jessica Wade at NAL, in a nice deal, by Lucienne Diver at The Knight Agency.

International rights: Fiction
German rights to Rachel Caine’s GHOST TOWN to Arena by Thomas Schlueck GmbH

French rights to Diana Pharaoh Francis’s SHADOW CITY and BLOOD WINTER to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Faith Hunter’s RAVEN CURSED and DEATH’S RIVAL to Panini France by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

French rights to Rachel Caine’s WINDFALL, FIRESTORM and THIN AIR to Panini France, by Agence Litteraire Lenclud

Russian rights to N.K. Jemisin’s THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS to Atticus in a nice deal by Nova Littera

As promised yesterday, I’m pleased to present an interview with adult and YA author Jeri Smith-Ready, one of the contributors to the new ENTHRALLED anthology, edited by Melissa Marr & Kelley Armstrong.

First, she tells us a little about her story, “Bridge” –

In the world of the SHADE novels, everyone seventeen and under can see and hear ghosts, but no one else can.  So when Logan Keeley dies and his eighteen-year-old brother Mickey blames himself, they can’t ease each other’s pain or reconcile their rage.  Over the course of SHADE and SHIFT, Mickey sinks into a near-suicidal depression over Logan’s death.

“Bridge” is the story, told in free verse, of how two brothers, with the help of a stranger, forge the chasm between them to find a lasting peace.

REVIEWS:

“A solid collection of stories…Sarah Rees Brennan’s ‘Let’s Get This Undead Show on the Road’ follows a vampire in a boy-band and stands out with its perfect blend of snark and sincerity. It’s followed in a one-two punch by Jeri Smith-Ready’s intense and earnest ‘Bridge.’…This collection is ideal as a sampler tray for paranormal readers looking to pick up new authors to follow or to further explore the fictional worlds they already know. —Kirkus Reviews

A standout among the many paranormal-themed anthologies. — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Recommended review)

INTERVIEW:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m somewhere in between a plotter and pantser.  I usually have a rough outline/synopsis before I start, but then I never look at it while I write the first draft.  It’s when I rewrite that I get super analytical, using spreadsheets and index cards and programs like Scrivener.

When I’m drafting, I set a word- or page-count or scene goal and I keep going until I’m finished.  I don’t necessarily start first thing in the morning, though.  When editing, I set a kitchen timer to work a certain number of hours.  I pause it when I take a break, even just for a few minutes.  In the last week of each phase of editing, it’s usually set at 12 hours, which means starting in the early morning and going until late at night.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

First drafts, by far.  To me it’s like sculpting air.  I get through it using a NaNoWriMo spreadsheet that tells you not only how many words you have to write today, but how many words you’ll have to write EVERY day if you slack off.  Fear is a powerful motivator.

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

1.    His guitar

2.    Pizza

3.    His girlfriend Aura, who would be the one to figure out how to survive and/or get off the island while Logan sat around playing guitar and whining that there was no pizza.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I’m really fuzzy on who I’d cast for Logan and Aura, so I’d say to Hollywood, “Surprise me!” But Zachary should be played by Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films).  Have you seen him lately?  He grew up into quite the hottie.  And for Zach’s dad Ian, none other than Craig Ferguson.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’dlike to plug?

At 12:01 Tuesday, September 20, I’ll be posting the lyrics to “Forever,” the song Logan wrote for Aura in SHADE (before he died), the one he sang to her while she “slept” the night before his testimony at the trial.  I promised I would write and release the lyrics if Zachary from SHADE received 5,000 votes in the final round of the YA Crush Tournament last month (he received over 21,000 votes in his second-place finish).

In real life, I’ll be at the Baltimore Book Festival Friday, September 23, doing panels at 1:30 and 3pm, a reading at 2pm, then signing books from 4-6pm, at the Maryland Romance Writers pavilion.

Then I go to Seattle for the King County Public Library book festival, where I’ll be appearing with the Smart Chicks 2.0 tour on Sunday, October 2, 1-4pm.  Can’t wait!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jeri Smith-Ready has been writing fiction since the night she had her first double espresso. Her nine published books include two series for adults and the SHADE trilogy for teens, about a world of ghosts only the young can see, which concludes May 2012 with SHINE.  Like many of her characters, Jeri enjoys music, movies, and staying up very, very late.  Visit her at http://www.jerismithready.com, or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/JeriSmithready) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/jsmithready), where she spends way too much time.  Logan himself can be found on Twitter @keeley_logan, as can his rival/”brother-in-pulp,” Zachary Moore (@moore_zachary).  The boys love to chat with each other and with their real-life fans.

DEAR BULLY: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

edited by Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones

HarperTeen

Trade Paperback

September 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0062060983

I can barely even talk about this wonderful anthology and the terrible events that sparked it without a tear in my eyes.  I’m touched and amazed by the generosity of the contributors, who were willing to open their hearts and bare their past pain to give kids inspiration, hope and the understanding that it gets better.  I’m inspired by the anthologists, Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones, who put this all together and started the Dear Bully website and Facebook pages to continue the community and information tapped into with the collection.  But enough of my words, let me let them tell you about it in theirs….

WHY THEY DID IT
Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones formed the group YAAAB (Young Adult Authors Against Bullying) in April 2010 when they both coincidentally blogged about the Phoebe Prince case on the same day. Megan reached out to Carrie expressing her frustration with this case and the fact that bullying that seemed to be growing at a ridiculously fast rate. As a Massachusetts resident and having already spoken about bullying in schools, Megan was horrified after hearing about the bullying that took place in the Phoebe Prince case. While writing her books, SISTERS OF MISERY and THE LOST SISTER, she had to dig deep to make “mean girls as evil as she possibly could. When she heard about all the bullying and bullycide stories in the news, she felt like the bullies had jumped off the pages of her book and into real life. She was also disheartened by the numerous times she’d done book signings and would say to readers, “I hope you never meet girls as mean as the ones in my book.” Shockingly, they almost always said, “We already have.” Carrie Jones was also moved to do something, as she was the target of bullying as a young child due to a speech impediment. Together, they felt that they owed it to teen readers to discourage bullying — to make it “uncool.” Megan Kelley Hall started by creating a Facebook page that kicked off an entire “movement” to end bullying.  This was the day that Megan, Carrie and other authors decided to use their platform as Young Adult authors to actually facilitate change and to be a voice for those kids who cannot speak out or are too afraid to be heard.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Right away, a large number of authors jumped on board of this cause — wanting to be involved in any way possible. The Facebook group jumped from 5 to 1500 members in one weekend and is now closing in on nearly 5,000 members. Carrie and Megan were thrilled when HarperTeen offered to put all of the stories into an anthology. The thought of having 70 authors – well-known, highly successful writers – sharing their personal bullying stories with their fans was something beyond what they had ever hoped for.

The stories in DEAR BULLY come from all angles: from the point of view of the victim, the mother, the friend, the sibling, the classmate – even a few from the actual bully. Some of the stories are light-hearted, while others are raw and emotional.  All of them drive home the point that bullying is something that almost everyone has experienced. And while that is a sad fact, they want to prove that it’s not a rite of passage. It doesn’t make you stronger, wiser, or better. But it is something that can be overcome, something that can be changed, something that is relatable, and something that one should never be ashamed of. Through these stories, the authors want to show that they understand what teens are going through today. It is important to encourage bystanders to speak up and make bullying unacceptable. Parents and adults must get involved. Bullying is something that people no longer have to endure–at least, not by themselves.

Though quite a lofty mission, the goal of DEAR BULLY is to help just one person get through a difficult time, and hopefully make bullying a thing of the past.

Don’t forget to join the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dearbully, visit the website at www.dearbully.com, or follow DEAR BULLY on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dearbully.

IN THE NEWS:

“FIGHT BACK WITH WORDS. Better Homes & Gardens recommends DEAR BULLY: Remind youngsters heading back to school that getting picked on is tough—but that words can also heal as much as they can hurt, as one anthology proves.”  – Better Homes & Gardens

“This anthology of personal essays provides empathetic and heartfelt stories from each corner of the schoolyard: the bullied, the bystander and the bully himself are all represented. Their words will be a welcome palliative or a wise pre-emptive defense against the trials of adolescent social dynamics.”           –New York Times

“Two of them, both authors of novels for young adults (Megan Kelley Hall and Carrie Jones), have drawn on the power of the written word to focus attention on the problem and offer solace to the bullied.” – —The Boston Globe

“You’ll love it if… You know someone (or are someone) who’s ever been involved in any type of bullying incident. There’s something in it for everyone, on all sides of the spectrum. You’ll love it even more if you can find a story that inspires you to help someone else.” – Seventeen.com

“With authority often turning a blind eye and cyber-bullying rampant, this timely collection is an excellent resource, especially for group discussion, and the appended, annotated list of websites and further reading extends its usefulness.” – Booklist

“Powerful…All of these stories feel authentic and honest, and readers will find a story or a person to identify with, to look to for comfort or guidance.” School Library Journal

“Bottom line is this anthology is a terrific tool for the counselor who can customize the entries to the needs of the victimized student.”  — Harriet Klausner