Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cover Reveal: Inimical: Book 3 of The Circuit Fae, by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge

Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae, #3)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 18th 2018
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Being a fairy princess isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you have to choose between saving your people…And killing your girlfriend. Oh, and let’s not forget having to pass summer school, too.

Talk about a hot mess.

First, there’s Rouen, princess of the dark Fae, goth-rock star Euphoria, and soon-to-be senior at Richmond Elite High. Her world is all things ice, snow, and death. And that death will include her own people unless she can defeat her evil father in a Battle of Wits and War and seize the throne. Trouble is, taking the throne is a death sentence for the princess of the fair Fae. In other words, a quick death for Syl, Rouen’s girlfriend.

And that’s so not good.

Second, there’s Syl, princess of the fair Fae, geek girl mathlete, and also an incoming senior. Things aren’t any easier for her. Syl must save her people by battling her old nemesis, the fair Fae prince, and the same rules apply: taking the throne means a death sentence for the other court’s princess, Rouen.

Even worse, Syl and Rouen’s enemies have figured out they’re a couple. Now, both Rouen’s father and Syl’s archenemy are teaming up to ensure neither of them makes it till Midsummer’s Day never mind to the fall semester.

Looks like passing summer school is the least of their worries.

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The Circuit Fae series

About the Author

Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Secret: At HL Woods - Interview with D K Davis, Author of The Secret Series - Excerpt - Giveaway

Secret: At HL Woods
The Secret Series
Book 2
DK Davis
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Publisher: BWL Publishing, Inc.
Date of Publication: December 15, 2017
ISBN: 978-1-77362-990-2
ISBN: 978-1-77362-989-6
ISBN: 978-1-77362-988-9 print
Number of pages: print book - 199
Word Count: 60,200 words
Cover Artist: Michelle Lee

A high school ghost-seer, an all-star jock, and a bully, cross paths, sparks spew, and lives change…

A series of secrets, invisible yet glaring, and most include a supernatural spin, like an unwelcomed sensation sparking every nerve ending.

Bri, a seventeen-year-old ghost-seer, keeps her ability under wraps at the new school until a murdered couple from the 60’s asks for help.

Kyle, a high school jock, realizes the new girl lives next door; she’s crazy cute, goth-odd, and too convenient to ignore.

Max, Kyle’s best friend, only sees Bri as a wicked threat.

Luke, Bri’s gay best friend, moves in for the summer, escaping his abusive father.

Paths cross, sparks spew…will anyone remain the same after?

An Interview with Author D K Davis

Author Bio

DK Davis writes YA sci-fi, supernatural, and fantasy with a good dollop of all the relationships woven in between. When she’s not writing, editing, or reading, she’s hiking, RV’ing, fishing, spending time with grandchildren or her favorite muse (her husband) in Southwest Michigan.

She also writes mainstream supernatural, suspense-thriller romance as S. Peters-Davis.

Welcome to Character Madness and Musings Ms. Davis.
Tell us a little about yourself. DK – Hello Brandy, Jena, Alan, and everyone visiting JB’s Bookworms or Character Madness ~ it’s so great to be here. I’m DK Davis, author of young adult paranormal romance, Secret: At HL Woods. I enjoy writing young adult paranormal, supernatural romance. I also enjoy spending time hiking in nature, fishing with hubby, or spending time with my grandchildren. They are all muses for my stories.

I love paranormal stories.
Tell us about your newest book.
DK – Secret: At HL Woods is about a murder that took place in the 1960’s, Bri, a girl who can see and communicate with their ghosts, Kyle who has the means to seek justice, Luke, a friend who supports with mad computer skills, and Max, a bully who hides from himself by creating hell for everyone else ~ particularly Bri.

The Secret Series books are all stand-alone stories – different characters with their own unique “secrets” and story.

Is it available now?
DK – Yes, it released on December 15th. All links to it can be found here: http://books2read.com/secretatHLWoods

Have you published any other books?
DK – Yes, Secret: In Wolf Lake and Unorthodox (mainstream paranormal/supernatural suspense-thriller as S. Peters-Davis

How long have you been writing?
DK – I’ve been writing seriously for the last ten years ~ it took me a while to learn and gain confidence; )

Nods. it isn't easy crossing that hurdle.
What inspires your stories?
DK – I wasn’t kidding about my muses for YA – my grandchildren ROCK!! But I also draw from “LIFE,” other books, movies, TV, other family, friends, conversations, news…so much fodder for fiction.

Titles are tough. How did you come up with yours? DK – The series name is “Secrets” – the next part of the title is either the location or an identifying part of the story. Here’s the titles of this series so far: Secret: In Wolf Lake; Secret: At HL Woods; Secret: Of Amber Eyes (due out Dec. 2018)

When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
DK – Early in life…when I was writing my own versions of a popular sci-fi series in 5th grade. (Little did I know then that it would be my life passion.)

Is theme an important concept in your stories? If so, is it personal for you, or something you feel strongly about?
DK – Theme plays a deep part of my stories ~ not necessarily intentional, but it’s there as a subtle yet impactful piece of the pie ~ the character arcs, the full circle of events that lead to some defining outcome, and that outcome touches many within the story in some way.

What do you look for most in a book when you’re reading, and how do you incorporate that into your own writing?
DK – I adore reading first person ~ a strong unique voice/personality with plenty of tension and actions to create “realism;” an authentic story-star makes for a great page-turning pace and a true-to-life world. I want something I can imagine and resonate with as an actual possibility (and I do possess a wild imagination).

What can we expect to see from you in the future, any books on the back-burner? DK – As DK Davis there’s a mid-grade anthology I’m writing with author S. Willett ~ Jake & Sam ~ Twisted Tales of Freakish Fun, hopefully releasing sometime in Spring or early Summer 2018.

Also Secret: Of Amber Eyes scheduled to release in December 2018

And written as S. Peters-Davis, Malevolent, A Kendra Spark Novel scheduled to release in Fall 2018.

Is there anything you want to add before we close our interview?
DK – Thank you, Brandy. I’m honored and grateful to be here today. Thank you to everyone stopping in. Please remember to enter the contest ~ wishing you all success and an amazing New Year!!

Thank you. We're wishing you a great New Year too. Thanks for joining us today. Good luck with your new book.

Keep scrolling for an excerpt from Secret: At HL Woods, by D K Davis.

Author Links

BWL Publishing Inc. Author Page


Ghosts interrupt an accidental meeting between Bri and Kyle – 471 w/c (from unedited ARC copy)
“Is this a good time?” Kyle leaned against the corner of the garage.

“Why? Is it your turn to take the picture and share it with the world? You and Max got a dare going on? Or is your shadow hiding around the corner?” I didn’t trust Max but thought Kyle was different, in a good way, but his defending Max threw me. Perhaps it was all about standing up for their bro-ship. I would do the same for Luke. Living as a gay boy in a straight family that defied it was harsh, and kids at school were sometimes rough about it also. Luke had no one but me, and no one understood me but him.

“It’s not like that.” He let out a big sigh. “Honestly, if you would have tried a little harder to be social…friendly, you’d have a few friends.” He shook his head and the urge to slap him overwhelmed me. “Yea, you started a new school in March, so what. You’ve been here for over three months and haven’t joined any sports or clubs. Now school’s out for the summer, so you’ll be starting your senior year like you ended this one, with no friends, nothing in common with anyone.”

“Are you lecturing me?” I sprang out of the chair and stepped to the front of him, toe to toe, his back to the brick wall. “Because it almost sounds like you’re telling me that it’s my fault Max is treating me like crap.” My whole body trembled as I fisted both hands. What in the heck was that all about? Was I planning a beat-down on him?

His eyes sparked then narrowed. He just stood there staring at me with those half-closed stormy-blues. Saying nothing.

“You gonna kiss him or what?” Gloria and Martin stood beside us. How and the heck did they manage to follow me? “Go on, get it done.”

“We both know you want to and I can safely say he wants to,” Martin added. “He’s practically licking his lips with anticipation.” He and Gloria giggled.

Kyle’s arms slid around my waist as if he acknowledged Martin’s directives. His body meshed into mine.

Oh gods, what the heck was happening? I shoved my fists against his chest so he pressed into the bricks, and then I jolted out from the solid web of his arms. My brain fogged and my smoky crystal vibrated against my sternum…again. “What are you doing?” My words came out more like a pant than a yell. How was that working for me? Not.

Kyle smiled, a slow stretch of his full lips, and his silence pierced my ears. Maybe this look was his smolder. 

I could see how it would work to melt frozen hearts. Mine was doing a good job of hyper-drum-beating against my ribcage.

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Friday, January 12, 2018

An Interview with Into the Air Author A.K. Downing - Excerpt - Giveaway

Into the Air
by A.K. Downing
Genre: YA Sci-fi/Fantasy
Release Date: August 2017

When Mia Bryn escapes her underground compound and travels into the air, she never imagines her world will explode. Separated from her father and attacked by creatures she never knew existed, Mia flees into the forest. Within hours, she finds an abandoned girl, discovers a link to her missing mother, and meets beautiful, golden-eyed Archer. But why is an ordinary girl from a compound being hunted? And how can Mia survive in a world she knows nothing about?

An Interview with Author: A.K. Downing

Your book has such a unique plot. Where did you find the inspiration for Into the Air?A few years ago, my husband was watching “prepper” shows. During one episode, a man built an underground compound for his family in case there was a “catastrophic event.” The idea of being buried underground was terrifying, but I couldn’t stop thinking about it. How long could people survive underground? How would they know it was safe to leave and enter the outside world again? Who would be in power? Shortly after, I started writing Into the Air.

Will we get to read more about Mia and her adventures above ground? 
Yes! There are two more novels. The second will release Spring 2018 and picks up a week after the first ends. Mia struggles with her powers and increasing importance, grows closer to Archer, and is reunited with someone she thought was dead.

How do you describe Mia's experience in the air? 
Mia’s experience is a contrast in opposites. She’s thrilled to escape her compound, but struggles to survive in the outside world. She’s terrified to be separated from her father, but discovers herself while trying to find him. She thinks her life is ordinary, but discovers she’s more important than she ever imagined.

I am rooting for Mia and Archer. What's next for them? 
Mia and Archer come from two different worlds. In some ways, their worlds collide and in other ways, they remain separate. As committed as they are to each other, their worlds want to keep them apart. 

Thank you for joining us today.


Chapter 17 – Found

I stepped over a fallen tree and peeked at him out of the corner of my eye. I wasn’t sure I was ready to tell him about my mother. I shifted my newly washed clothes to my other hand, to buy some time. “I’m afraid I haven’t told you the entire truth,” I confessed.

He glanced at me, but didn’t seem surprised.

“This necklace. Well…it was actually my mother’s.”

“Does it have a special meaning?”

“Other than it was hers?” I veered off toward my pack and hung my wet clothes on a branch. It seemed inevitable that I would tell him what I knew, but was now the right time?

He was waiting a few feet away, his perfect face glowing silver in the moonlight. He was watching dark clouds race past the moon. Stars appeared and disappeared – constellations that he probably knew – and I silently wondered if he would point them out to me some day.

“My mother was taken from my compound – my original compound – when I was ten,” I confessed. “After a few years, my father and I gave up on the idea that we would ever see her again.” I paused and rubbed my foot into the dirt. “I’m not sure why I’m telling you this.”

He remained quiet, spurring me to continue. “My older sister Iris was killed the same night. It’s all pretty fuzzy.”

“Did you ever find out who took your mother?”

“No. If Marshal knows, he never told me.” I glanced at his face. It was expressionless, as if he wasn’t completely listening to me. I felt a slight heat rise to my cheeks.

“The oddest part is the necklace was only given to me a few days ago…” I continued.

The words were barely out of my mouth when suddenly he pushed me against a tree. His hand was over my mouth before I could make a sound. I was pinned by his chest and just as I started to struggle, his mouth was at my ear. “Someone is here. Don’t move.”

His eyes lingered on mine, relaying the importance of what he was telling me. I could tell he was suddenly, incredibly angry.

He released me, motioned for me to crouch at the base of the tree, and handed me his knife. “Don’t hesitate to use this,” he whispered. “If I whistle, run as fast as you can along the stream. Don’t stop, Mia. Not for anyone but one of us.”

He slunk off into the woods and quickly vanished from sight.

It was then that I heard the voices. Foreign. Coarse. Demanding. I heard Ben’s soft reply. Then Finn. He was laughing, most likely trying to dissolve the tension – tension that I could feel from where I sat frozen to the ground. I peeked through the brush straining to see the men who stood only a few yards away.

They were positioned a few feet apart. Troy was to their right, Herc to their left and Ben and Finn were directly in front of them. Ezra stood securely between Ben and Finn as the fire glowed orange in the darkness. The men’s eyes shifted restlessly over the guards – my guards – and I inched closer to the tree somehow understanding that the men meant to do us harm.

About the Author

A.K. Downing's young-adult novel, Into the Air, is a 2017 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, the story follows the adventure of teenager Mia Bryn as she leaves the safety of her underground compound and tries to survive in a world no one has inhabited for more than a hundred years.

Growing up in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, Aimee spent her summers exploring the fields, woods, and orchards of her grandparents' farm. She was inspired by prepper shows and survivalist websites to create a story that weaves together the best aspects of young adult fiction – adventure, teenage angst, and a hint of romance.

Aimee studied graphic design at Kent State University and currently works as a Creative Director. She enjoys history and camping and feels there is no better way to see the world than from the top of a horse.

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Review: How I Magically Messed Up my Life in Four Freakin' Days

How I Magically Messed Up my Lie in Four Freakin' Days
by Megan O'Russell
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Release Date: August 2017
Curiosity Quills Press

Ever wanted to grow a five-story tall flower in central park? How about fight a deadly battle under the subway tunnels of Manhattan?

Don't worry. I never wanted to either. But if you're ever being chased by ladies made of mist and you have to save the girl with the sparkly eyes you've never had the guts to say actual words to, there's an app for that.

I found a magic cell phone, opened an app I shouldn't have, burned down the set shop for my high school's theatre, and it was all downhill from there. A drag queen seer who lives under a bridge is my only hope for keeping my mom alive, and I think the cops might be after me for destroying my dad's penthouse.

But it gets better! Now I'm stuck being the sidekick to the guy who got me into this mess in the first place. It'll be a miracle if I survive until Monday.

My Review


I haven't done a YA review in a while, but the title, How I Messed Up My Life in 4 Freakin' Days, immediately grabbed my interest, and indeed, the character does manage to ruin his life in 4 freakin' days. The cover is a serious attention grabber too, so I sat down to read.

There are a few editing issues in a specific area of the book. It's pretty minor, and doesn't interfere with the story, so I didn't find it an issue. I know it bothers some people, so I'm throwing it out there. The other 99% of the book is pretty perfect.

I found the storyline to be interesting and unique. Main character Bryant finds a phone with magical powers, and after a couple of mishaps, he and his friends, Devon, and Elizabeth try to decide what they can do with the evil device. Megan O'Russell's voice is rhythmic and really nails the personality of Bryant down with it. He's a typical boy, going through school, has a crush on a girl, and a Mother who volunteers him for things without asking. He spends most his time with his best friend Devon, although he's a little bit jealous of Devon. The story unfolds with a good deal of comedy, as well as some soul searching. This is a little vague on how the plot unfolds, but anyone that has read my reviews knows I don't want to accidentally drop spoilers. 

The story has a beginning, middle, and end, with no cliffhangers, and I found it a pleasant read. I would have liked for it to go a little further than it did at the end, but it's solid the way it is. I think this would be a great read for middle grade readers, as well as teens. There is no sex, and while there are a few curse words, it's minimal.

The characters are well thought out with their own personalities and struggles. Bryant is insecure and has some self-esteem issues. He's been in love with the same girl for a long time, but sees no reason why she might be willing to go out with him. It doesn't make it easier that his best friend Devon is very popular, and smooth with the ladies. The two are good friends and very loyal to each other. Elizabeth? To say much about her place in the story would definitely drop some spoilers. I'll just say that she's intelligent, and a drama student in Bryant's Mother's class. Bryant's Mother is protective, and supportive of Bryant and his friends. Megan O'Russell did a great job with the characters.

If you know any teenagers that like to read, this is definitely a book worth reading.

About the Author

Megan O'Russell is a native of Upstate New York who spends her time traveling the country as a professional actor. Megan's current published works include YA series The Tethering and Girl of Glass, as well as the Christmas romance Nuttycracker Sweet. 2017 projects include The Tale of Bryant Adams: How I Magically Messed Up My Life in Four Freakin' Days, and The Chronicles of Maggie Trent: The Girl Without Magic.
For more information on Megan's books visit MeganORussell.com.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A fun Interview with A.L. Janney, Author of The Phantom of New York - Volume 1: Peter and the Crown - Character Images - Giveaway

The Phantom of New York, volume 1 - Peter and the Crown
by A.L. Janney
Genre: MG/YA Adventure
Release Date: December 2017

'This is a story about vigilantes and magic.
About prophecy and hope.
About a boy and his hotel.

When twelve-year-old Peter Constantine wakes up in the Crown Hotel with a new identity, life is over as he knows it. But perhaps that’s not such a bad thing…

A dangerous man Peter only knows as “The Client” is after his family, so they’ve relocated to New York City. With help from unlikely friends living at the glamorous hotel, including the ghost on the tenth floor, Peter's new life begins. Soon, however, he learns of a plot to destroy his new home, a plot only the Phantom can foil.

Peter and the Crown is the first book in the Phantom of New York series, an adventure for readers aged ten and up. If you like smart, funny characters and “can’t put it down” escapades, then you’ll love Alan Janney’s Phantom of New York series.'

On sale for only $0.99 this week!

An Interview with Author: A.L. Janney 

Welcome A.L. Janney

Tell us about your book.
I was in a hotel room a few years ago, flipping channels. I came across Batman Begins, the first Christian Bale movie.

Great movie.
I love it. In the few scenes I watched, Bruce hobnobbed with the wealthy, showed impressive business acumen, and then thrashed some villains, like six thugs at once. He’s the best. But how’d he get that way?

His parents were murdered?
That provided motivation. We know why. But I wondered, how? He wasn’t bitten by a spider. No one injected him with a super serum, no gamma radiation, no parents from a distant planet. How does one become sharp at business, at social interactions, at violence, get the body of an olympian, all at once?

In the movie he was trained by the League of Shadows.
This is where movies fall short of novels. The movie dedicates ten minutes to his training. Ten minutes to become the world’s most feared vigilante. But it would take a lifetime, or longer. And that’s where the fun is, that’s what a novel can explore.

Your book is a coming-of-age story?
Yes. But I wanted to write a coming-of-age saga. Go from Bruce-the-boy to Bruce-the-Batman, so to speak, which took years. And all the tears, the fun, the adventure, the loss-of-innocence, the trials along the way.

I see your point. What fun would Harry Potter be if he went from the cupboard under the stairs to Auror in ten minutes?
Exactly! The joy is in the journey. We want to watch Harry learning how to apparate or whatever.

Like getting the Marauders Map and getting Ginny as a girlfriend?
Especially getting Ginny.

The Phantom of New York is a coming-of-age sage about Peter growing into…what exactly? A super hero?
The best comparison I can think of is Zorro, though I don’t know if kids know about him. The reader meets Peter when he’s moving, waking up in a new place as a scared kid, and eventually he’ll be a fabled warrior, taking care of his city.

A warrior who is fulfilling a prophecy.
Yes. Kinda. Readers will understand once they finish the book. Book two explains it even further. =)

Thank you for joining us today. Scroll down for more about A.L. Janney.

About the Author

Winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award!

You work hard.
I write adventures.
Let me entertain you.

My favorite adventurers: Ender, Frodo and Sam, Rand, Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, Katniss, Spenser, Peter and Alicia and Amy (from The Passage), Jack Ryan, Dirk Pitt, and many others, including my two sons and my super hot wife.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Release! Storm Crossed: The Grim Series by Author Dani Harper

Storm Crossed
Grim Series
Book 4
Dani Harper
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Montlake Romance
ISBN-10: 1503948943
ISBN-13: 978-1503948945

The latest stand-alone novel in Dani Harper’s Grim Series will delight old and new fans alike, transporting them to the ancient fae realm beneath the modern human world, where magic rules and menace abounds . . .

Heir to a noble fae house, Trahern is forced to watch helplessly as his twin brother is cruelly changed into a grim—a death dog—as punishment for falling in love with the wrong person. Trahern doesn’t believe love exists, but he will do anything to keep his brother alive—even join the Wild Hunt and ride the night skies of the human world.

Lissy Santiago-Callahan believes in love but has no time for it. She’s busy juggling her career as an academic and her home life as a single mom to a young son with Asperger’s. Her hectic life in sleepy Eastern Washington is made even more chaotic with the sudden arrival of a demanding fae and his unusual “dog.”

Mortal and immortal have nothing in common, and the attraction between Lissy and Trahern surprises them both. But when their desire places Lissy and her child in the path of a deadly faery feud, will the connection last, or will their separate worlds prove too great a divide?

Available for Pre-Order at Amazon

About the Author

Legend, lore, love, and magic. These are the hallmarks of Dani Harper’s transformational tales of faeries, shapeshifters, ghosts, and more, for a mature audience.

A former newspaper editor, Dani’s passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing fiction. There isn't anything she likes better than exploring myths and legends from many cultures, which serve to inspire her sizzling and suspenseful stories.

A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she now lives in rural Washington with her retired mountain-man husband. Together they do battle with runaway garden gnomes, rampant fruit trees, and a roving herd of predatory chickens.

Dani Harper is the author of Storm Crossed, Storm Warned, Storm Bound, Storm Warrior (the Grim Series), as well as First Bite (Dark Wolf), for Montlake Romance. She is also the author of a Yuletide ghost story, The Holiday Spirit, plus a popular shapeshifter series, which includes Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn.

For more, visit her website
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Monday, January 8, 2018

An Interview with Kristen Orlando: Author of You Won't Know When I'm Gone - Giveaway

You Won’t Know I’m Gone
Kristen Orlando
(The Black Angel Chronicles #2)
Published by: Swoon Reads
Publication date: January 16th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Thriller, Young Adult

Reagan has to prove herself to an elite group of special agents—and avenge her mother’s death—in the second book in the Black Angel Chronicles from the author of You Don’t Know My Name.

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she’s as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

An Interview with Kristen Orlando
Author of 
You Won't Know I'm Gone

About Kristen Orlando

Writing is one of the great loves of Kristen Orlando’s life and she's been lucky enough to make it her living—first as a television producer, then as a marketer and now as a novelist. Kristen graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from Kenyon College. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with the other great loves of her life, her husband Michael and daughter Samantha. You Won’t Know I’m Gone is her second novel. 

Welcome to Jena’s Bookworms
Tell us about your writing career. How long have you been writing? I’ve been writing short stories and plays since I was a kid but it wasn’t until college that I realized I could really make a career out of it. I majored in English at Kenyon College and then worked as a television producer and marketer before deciding to try to write my debut, You Don’t Know My Name. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have had one of my first books (I wrote something pretty terrible in college) get picked up by a publisher. But in-between college and getting my first book deal, I wrote every single day for my job. Those ten years without a doubt helped to make me a much better writer. I don’t think I could have written this book without all of those years of experience.

How did you choose your genre? 
I love thrillers and I love spy stories! This book came to me in the shower of all places after watching the spy movie, Red. So I guess in a way, the genre chose me.

Tell us a little about the books you’ve published. Series, or stand-alone? 
My first book You Don’t Know My Name was published in January 2017 as the first book in the Black Angel Chronicles trilogy. My second book You Won’t Know I’m Gone is the sequel to my debut.

What inspires your work? Really great art. Be it a beautifully acted or directed movie or an amazing piece of music or an incredibly well-written novel. When I watch or read or hear something that moves me, I get really excited and remind myself that I get to do that, too! I feel so fortunate that I get to create something that could potentially stir up some type of emotion in people because that’s what I’ve dreamt about doing my entire life. It reminds me just how lucky I am and then I get down to writing.

Who are your favorite authors, and what is it that draws you to them? Oh, gosh! So many. So I’m just going to pick one young adult and one adult because I could seriously list one hundred authors. One of my favorite YA writers is Jennifer Niven because I think her descriptive writing is gorgeous. And one of my favorite adult writers is Gillian Flynn because she’s a ridiculously great plotter (and insanely good writer as well).
Are you working on a story now? Finishing the third book in The Black Angel Chronicles! And then I’ll begin writing a fourth book that will be a stand-alone. I’m having a blast writing this last book in the trilogy, but I’m looking forward to writing something brand new.

Here is the summary for You Won’t Know I’m Gone.

Going rogue in an effort to rescue her kidnapped parents has cost Reagan Hillis her automatic ticket to the Training Academy. But becoming a Black Angel is the only way Reagan will be able to exact revenge on her mother’s merciless killer, Santino Torres.

When Reagan is given a chance to prove that she’s worthy of training to be a Black Angel, she also gets the first chance she’s ever had to be her true self. No aliases. No disguises.

But when her friend Luke joins her at the Black Angels training compound, Reagan finds herself once again torn between the person she was and the person she wants to be. Reagan has to prove that she's as good as her parents trained her to be, because she’ll never find Torres without the Black Angels’ help.

What do you anticipate your release date to be?
January 16th, 2018. Book 3 in the series will release January 2019.

Any stories sitting on the back-burner?
So many! They’re all contemporary or thrillers. I’m looking forward to writing new books.

Do you have a website?
Yes, www.kristenorlando.com 
What will we find there?
Fun information about myself and my writing, upcoming events, etc.

Do you have an Amazon Author Page? Yes!

Where else can we find you?
Facebook? @KristenOrlandoAuthor 
Twitter? @KristenOrlando1
Instagram? @kristenowrites

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