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In case you haven’t heard about #ReadorWriteAnywhere, it’s a great campaign started by the YA Chicks to encourage reading and writing specifically for (but not limited to) teens over the summer. On May 22nd, many young adult and middle-grade authors will be posting pictures of themselves writing anywhere with clues for viewers to guess where that might be. And, of course, prizes to be won for correct answers. But that’s not all! Readers, writers, teachers and students are all encouraged to share pictures of themselves reading or writing anywhere on social media with the hashtag #ReadorWriteAnywhere and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaways that will be posted for chances to win books, critiques, Skype visits for their classes, etc. You can check it out here on the YA Chicks blog.

To get you ramped up and show you how it’s done, I had some great friends of mine help out and take pictures of themselves reading and writing anywhere. So get pumped, get out there and get pictures. Ready? Set? Go!!!

The fabulous YA Chicks— ViviBarnesChristina Farley, and Amy Christine Parker—along with “guest co-creators” me, Peggy Jackson, and Tara Gallina, are putting together a really exciting global campaign launching on May 22, 2015, to encourage readers, writers, students, and teachers to share pictures all of the places—both ordinary and extraordinary—where they are reading and writing. This is open to all readers/writers of both middle grade and young adult books!  It will involve a big giveaway with THREE separate prize packs:

  • The Reader’s Pack: Includes one book from every participating author (just wait until you hear who we’ve got lined up!): US and Canada only
  • The Writer’s Pack: Includes query critiques, writing swag from authors, and more! International
  • The Classroom Pack: Includes free Skype visits w/YA Chicks and other participating authors, a signed YA Chicks poster, and other swag!International

Our introductory video is below (and much fun)!  You can click here to visit the YA Chicks website and find out more about participating.  There’s nothing to lose and a lot, potentially, to win!

nexus Tonight, the place to be is the Angry Robot live chat with Ramez Naam, among others.  Just look at this line up here!  It’s happening at 8:30 p.m. EDT, so I’m a little late posting, but it’s been so busy today that I never even got my second cup of coffee.  For those of you who know me, don’t worry, I have not actually taken anyone’s head off…yet.  The night is still young.

Vamped Saturday, however…Saturday, May 3rd you’re going to want to chat with fellow YA author Sherry D. Ficklin and author-me over at Jessica Porter’s Read On because not only will we be vastly informative and entertaining (I hope), but we’ll be doing some awesome giveaways.  Free stuff!  The chance to pick our brains!  What more could you want?  (Yes, yes…world peace, the man or woman of your dreams, the winning lottery ticket, but aside from all that!)

Teach-Me-a-Lesson250 The above may go straight out the window if you’re in California.  I get that entirely, because in CA Saturday is California Bookstore Day, and I insist that you hie thyself to your closest brick and mortar store and browse their selection, meet visiting authors, get signatures, etc.  If you’re in the San Fran area, you might want to do this at Village Books where amazeballs erotic author Jasmine Haynes will be signing from 4-6, along with other authors popping in at various times, schedule here.

beyond our stars small I have to wish a fantastically happy book birthday to debut author Marie Langager, whose wonderful young adult science fiction novel BEYOND OUR STARS, released today as part of Bloomsbury Spark’s launch line.  So exciting!

Cover Copy:

Fleeing a destroyed Earth, seventeen-year-old orphan Hope grew up living in the confines of a spaceship heading to CR-3, a new home planet. She’s been kicking the steel walls for too long and ever since she broke her boyfriend’s heart, touchdown could mean open air and a fresh start. But no one expected the Locals.

Hope’s dreams of freedom turn into nightmares when the Locals trap the humans and mark groups for observation. At any moment she can be called into a holographic observation room for testing. Some days she’s drowning in a strange dark ocean, some days she’s locked up without food, and all with the one boy she can’t seem to forget.

As the Locals study Hope, she studies them. She wants to believe the tall grey creatures could be peaceful, but as the simulations become more dangerous, Hope is about to become the human race’s last chance for survival.

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In other news, there are still 13 hours left to get in on Chloe Neill‘s great giveaway!  One lucky person will win:

  • A Kindle Paperwhite E-Book Reader
  • An autographed ARC of WILD THINGS;
  • Chicagoland Vampires bookmarks, pens, and buttons;
  • Two signed, international copies of the CV books.

Check her blog for details.  And don’t forget, her enovella HOWLING FOR YOU, set in her Chicagoland Vampires world, is set to release January 7th, though you can pre-order now!  (WILD THINGS, the next series Chicagoland Vampires book is coming the very next month on February 3rd).

Last, but not least, The Knight Agency has three (!) authors up on this round of Addicted 2 Heroines’ Hottest Heroine Cover contest – J. Kathleen Cheney, Gena Showalter and Nalini Singh! You can check out all of the great covers here and vote for a chance to win an Amazon gift card or books from the Book Depository ($30).

Happy Saturday, y’all!  Two quick things here before I run off and type like my fingers are on fire.  (Just finished writing RISE OF THE BLOOD last night and now have to type it all into my computer, print out and revise by Feb. 15th.  No pressure!  Oh, and read two proposals and a full while making time for Superbowl on Sunday!)

Fangtabulous   First, City of Books has posted a great new review for FANGTABULOUS, the latest in my Vamped series, and is also offering up four signed books for a giveaway!  There’s still time to enter to win.  I hope you will.  These books need a good home!

Second, the next round of stops on the multi-author Sunshine Tour have been announced.  It’s a great bunch of young adult writers with very varied sorts of books – something for everyone from paranormal to mainstream contemporary to historical.  I hope if you’re anywhere in the Orlando, Clearwater or Tampa area you’ll check us out!

 
Saturday March 2nd at 2pm
Location: Barnes & Noble
3049 Daniels Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787

 
Sunday March 3rd at 3pm
Attending: Heather Burch, Karen Amanda Hooper, Anna Banks, J.A. Souders, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Lucienne Diver, Gaby Triana, Trish Doller, Laura Sullivan, and Kristen Simmons.Location: Barnes & Noble, Inc.
23654 US 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33765

 
I’m going to be hosting some of the Sunshine Tour authors on my blog, starting with Heather Burch on Tuesday with advice for aspiring authors and a little about her successful Halfling series. Please stop back on by!
Also, there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered into our HUGE Sunshine Tour giveaway, details here.

We had an incredible time on the first leg of The Sunshine Tour this past weekend.  Huge thanks to Books and Books in Coral Gables and to Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers for hosting us and to all who came!  I’m not sure why some of the pics came out fuzzy, but I will try to rectify this post haste!  Don’t forget there’s still time to join the #SunshineSyndicate and be entered to win our huge, amazing giveaway and that even if you missed our stops, you can still swing by the stores or order signed copies of our books!

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Pics above from the Coral Gables stop at the amazing Books and Books!

Group pic L to R: (Top) Karen Amanda Hooper, Gabrielle Joseph, Sarah Nicolas, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana, (Bottom) J.A. Souders, Heather Burch, Lucienne Diver, Jenny Torres Sanchez

Karen Amanda Hooper and her books TANGLED TIDES and GRASPING AT ETERNITY

Jenny Torres Sanchez with her books THE DOWNSIDE OF BEING CHARLIE and DEATH, DICKINSON AND THE DEMENTED LIFE OF FRENCHIE GARCIA (forthcoming)

J.A. Souders with her novel RENEGADE

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Still from Books and Books!

Gaby Triana with her book RIDING THE UNIVERSE

Christina Diaz Gonzalez (Florida Book Award winner!) with THE RED UMBRELLA and A THUNDEROUS WHISPER

Me and Vlad with some of my books: REVAMPED, BAD BLOOD, FANGTASTIC, FANGTABULOUS

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Now at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers (after a quick stop for Heather Burch and I at the outlet mall…I know, you’re shocked):

L to R: (Top) Jenny Torres Sanchez, Karen Amanda Hooper, Danielle Joseph, J.A. Souders, (Bottom) Me, Trish Doller, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Heather Burch

Heather Burch with her book GUARDIAN and the little crown headband we picked up at said outlet mall

Me modeling (okay, there’s a theme here) my outlet mall shoes and Heather modeling the shoes I nearly mugged her for (photo credit to Jenna DeTrapani)

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Trish Doller and Christina Diaz Gonzalez chatting away

Our awesome organizer Sarah Nicolas and Karen Amanda Hooper

Danielle Joseph and Jenny Torres Sanchez

I’m thrilled to have DD Barant here with me today.  I must admit that I wanted to channel my inner UF heroine to forceably introduce some folks to their turn signals on the way to dropping my son at school today…exactly the kind of heroine that DD talks about here.  But before I introduce him, his wonderful perspective, and the link to the audiobook giveaway for KILLING ROCKS, one of his wonderful Bloodhound Files novels, a couple of quick things – for a limited time, Flux Books is making my novel VAMPED free(!) for Kindle and Nook.  I hope that you’ll want to take a look and that, if you enjoy it, perhaps you’ll check out the sequels: REVAMPED, FANGTASTIC and FANGTABULOUS, which is forthcoming in January.  Or, you can buy the print books and get them signed, along with the first book of the Latter-Day Olympians urban fantasy series, BAD BLOOD, at Necronomicon this weekend.  They’ll be available at the Books at Park Place booth. If you want to learn a bit more about the Vamped series, you can check out my interview yesterday on A Life Bound by Books, part of the Crossroads Blog Tour or visit my website.  This public service announcement has been brought to you by the letter “s” for “shameless self-promotion.”

And now let’s move on to the fabulous DD Barant…

 

 

 

 

 

I can sum up my biggest influence as a writer of urban fantasy in two words.

Joss Whedon.

I’m something of an anomaly, as I’m a guy writing in a female-dominated genre, and doing so from a female POV.  But then, the same could be said of Joss, who’s justly famous for his strong female characters and feminist stance.  I admire many things about Joss’s writing: the action, the characterization, the sharp, funny dialogue. I try to emulate those things when I’m writing THE BLOODHOUND FILES.  But what I draw on, more than anything, is an archetype that Joss may not have invented, but has arguably perfected: the Woman with No Social Filters.

Cordelia and Anya from Buffy, Ilyria from Angel, River from Firefly; all these women have one striking thing in common.  They speak their mind, with little or no thought as to the consequences.  They speak from different perspectives—Cordelia’s selfish, Anya doesn’t understand human customs, Ilyria’s an arrogant goddess, River’s brain-damaged—but they all fill the same role.  Like the jester in a king’s court, they use humor to say things no one else can get away with—things we wish we could say.  When I wrote the Angel novel SHAKEDOWN, I found writing Cordelia’s dialogue was both the easiest and the most fun; her snarkiness just seemed to flow from my brain with no effort.  I decided to borrow that for the main character of Jace Valchek in THE BLOODHOUND FILES, giving her a sarcastic, cynical worldview that she uses to help her cope with the stress and horror of her job.  Because the series is told from her point of view, I can also get away with a great deal of blunt honesty simply because it’s an internal monologue; we can say things to ourselves we can’t say out loud.

I get compliments on how funny the BLOODHOUND FILES is, which is nice—but the compliments I really treasure are the ones that can’t believe I’m not a woman.  If I can capture a female voice well enough to do that, I figure I must be doing something right.  But I can’t really take all the credit, either—a lot of that has to go to Joss, for doing such a damn good job of creating believable, honest characters that manage to make us laugh while still delivering the truth.

Or as Cordelia might say, “Look, he’s a genius and you’re not.  Too bad, suck it up, let’s move on.  Is that a new sweater?”

But if you’d like to judge for yourself, you can listen to the extremely talented Johanna Parker read KILLING ROCKS via the new audiobook from Tantor Audio.  What, you say?  You don’t have said audiobook or MP4 file?  Well, I can fix that.  Go to my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Officialicious-DD-Barant-Page/254542704590069?ref=hl and Like it between now and Halloween, and I’ll enter your name for a draw to win said audiobook or MP4 download.  And Happy Halloween!