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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Last Chance by Gregg Hurwitz Excerpt


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Gregg Hurwitz is the New York Times bestselling author of 18 novels, including HELLBENT (2018). His novels have been shortlisted for numerous literary awards, graced top ten lists, and have been published in 30 languages.

He is also a New York Times Bestselling comic book writer, having penned stories for Marvel (Wolverine, Punisher) and DC (Batman, Penguin). Additionally, he’s written screenplays for or sold spec scripts to many of the major studios (including the upcoming THE BOOK OF HENRY), and written, developed, and produced television for various networks. Gregg resides in Los Angeles.

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Series: The Rains Brothers (Book 2)
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen (October 17, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765382695
ISBN-13: 978-0765382696


Praise for LAST CHANCE

“The Rains is one of those all-too-creepy-and-believable stories that leaves you looking in your backyard for the next strange weed to poke through the ground. Chilling!”—Ridley Pearson, New York Times bestselling author



The Rain brothers fight for the survival of humanity in Last Chance, the thrilling sequel to New York Times bestselling author Gregg Hurwitz's YA debut, The Rains.

The New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X, Gregg Hurwitz, returns to Creek's Cause to follow the Rains brothers as they fight an alien threat that has transformed everyone over the age of 18 into ferocious, zombie-like beings, in this thrilling sequel to The Rains.

Battling an enemy not of this earth, Chance and Patrick become humanity’s only hope for salvation.


EXCERPT from LAST CHANCE by Gregg Hurwitz
Tor Teen, 2017

Light seeped in around the edges of darkness, like morning peeking around curtains. But there were no curtains.

Rings of fire ignited my wrists. My ankles screamed. Were they tied? A crunching sound scraped my eardrums at intervals.

The woods came into focus.

Only problem was, they were upside down.

Blinking, I sourced the crunching sounds. Sleek black boots walking in concert, packing down dead leaves.

Drones.

Alien life-forms wrapped head to toe in flexible black armor. Their suits were human-shaped, as seamless as if they’d been poured on. You couldn’t see anything beneath them. Each one was as airtight as an astronaut suit, right down to the polished helmet. Which made sense, since the things that inhabited the suits—the Harvesters—seemed to exist in gas form.

Blinking through my fear, I tried to find my bearings.

I was suspended from a sturdy branch, carried through the woods like a field-dressed deer dangling from a sapling. My shoulders throbbed like you wouldn’t believe. I craned my aching neck and peered up at the nearest Drone. All I saw was my own pale face reflected back from the dark-tinted face mask.

I was big for my age, decently strong from years of baling hay and chopping wood and all manner of ranch chores. But I didn’t feel big now.

The tips of pine trees swayed against a clear blue sky. As we headed upslope, I noted the position of the sun. It dawned on me slowly just how screwed I was. The Drones were taking me back to the Hatch site.

The Hatch site at the old cannery, where all the kids and teenagers from Creek’s Cause and the neighboring towns had been taken. Everyone under the age of eighteen had been rounded up. Caged. Strapped to a conveyor belt. Their bellies used as pods to incubate some new life-form. They floated now on slabs of sheet metal, their eyes rolled back to white, their bodies stretched beyond recognition as something alien grew inside them. That’s where I was headed.

Copyright 2017 by Gregg Hurwitz

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Seeker by Veronica Rossi Review


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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi's new fantasy adventure in the Rider series—Seeker .

When Daryn claimed she was seeing visions during her sophomore year of high school, no one believed the truth. She wasn't losing her mind, she was gaining the Sight the ability to see the future. If she just paid attention to the visions, they'd provide her with clues and show her how she could help people. Really help them. Daryn embraced her role as a Seeker. The work she did was important. She saved lives.

Until Sebastian.

Sebastian was her first and worst mistake.

Since the moment she inadvertently sealed him in a dark dimension with Samrael the last surviving demon in the Kindred guilt has plagued her. Daryn knows Sebastian is alive and waiting for help. It's up to her to rescue him. But now that she needs the Sight more than ever to guide her, the visions have stopped.

Daryn must rely on her instincts, her intelligence, and on blind faith to lead the riders who are counting on her in search of Sebastian. As they delve into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems and where Samrael is steadily amassing power, Daryn faces the ultimate test. Will she have to become evil to destroy evil? The very fate of humankind rests in the answer.


Praise for THE SEEKER

"The feeling of imminent danger and the constant battles with terrifying creatures help bring this vivid story to life. However, the depth of characterization is what will make readers connect to this small group of teens on a mission to save humanity. Gideon and Daryn display a powerful chemistry from their very first meeting, while the personality conflicts between Gideon and his fellow horsemen keep this adventure both intense and humorous." RT Book Reviews, Top Pick!


When I first got Seeker by Veronica Rossi, I had no idea what to expect. I never read Riders, the first book in the duology, but after reading the synopsis it intrigued me. The story is about a high school student that started having visions and had become a Seeker to use her powers to assist the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse (also known as the Riders). But from reading the synopsis of the story we know that something had gone wrong and that one of the Riders, Sebastian, has been accidentally trapped in a dark dimension with Samrael, one of the demons they were fighting.

The storytelling is done well where it sets up the second part of the series where you can easily catch up to the events that had happened in the previous book. The story starts out with Daryn living with another Seeker in Wyoming where she's hiding out from everyone. It’s been eight months since the events ending in the last book, and it seems like Daryn is pretty much running away from her problems instead of facing them. But because of this, I felt more compelled to the keep reading to find out more. I found myself having a hard time to put the book down. I wanted to keep reading to figure out and to better understand the reason behind Daryn’s decision to stay away.

The book’s narration is split between Daryn’s point of view and Gideon’s point of view. Gideon is one of the other Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, so it was nice to see things from his perspective as well. What had surprised me though was that although it was mentioned that Daryn was a high school student, the book does not take place in a high school setting. Also, when hearing that the story deals with the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse I had assumed this would be set in a dystopian fantasy world but that wasn’t necessarily the case. With the exception of the characters that the story focuses on, the world around them has no idea that the Four Horseman and demons actually exist. 

Daryn and Gideon and the other two horsemen have to come together and work through their differences to formulate and plan and work together to rescue Sebastian. The world within the dark dimension is beyond imagination but Rossi does a wonderful job of building a believable place that could possibly exist parallel to ours. The characters go through trials and challenges, both physical and emotional. And as a young adult novel you can expect a bit of romance to show up in the story, but what’s nice is that Rossi does a great job of providing it in balanced doses so it doesn’t over power the story.

This book was a refreshing and engaging read that I would recommend to others who are fans of dystopian survival novels but are looking for something a little different.


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Veronica Rossi is a best selling author of fiction for young adults. Her debut novel, UNDER THE NEVER SKY, was the first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. Released in January 2012, it was deemed one of the Best Books of Year by School Library Journal. The series appeared in the NY Times and USA Today best seller lists and was published in over 25 foreign markets.

Her second series for young adults will begin with RIDERS (published February 16, 2016), the story of four modern day teens who become incarnations of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the prophetic girl who brings them together.

Veronica completed her undergraduate studies at UCLA and then went on to study fine art at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She is a lifelong reader and artist. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has lived in Mexico, Venezuela, and all over the United States, to finally settle in Northern California with her husband and two sons.

When not writing, Veronica enjoys reading (it’s worth repeating), painting, and running. She does NOT like anything involving numbers, the addition of them, subtraction of them, you name it. They terrify her. Her obsessions generally lead to fictional works. Currently, she’s exploring New York City during the Revolutionary War.

Don’t tread on me. (If you know what that means, then you are my people!)

What else? This is getting more fun, isn’t it?

She–okay, I–am a huge fan of the SF Giants and the Golden State Warriors. I know, I know. Book types and sporty types shouldn’t be one in the same, but what can I say? I’m breaking the mold. Continuing. I have an irrational love of elephants. They make me cry, but it’s the best kind of cry. On other end of the spectrum, I abhor the shrill squeak styrofoam makes when it’s coming out of a box. Just typing that sentence made me want to scream. Needless to say, Christmas is great, but also really tough on me.

It’s probably time to wrap this up. If you’re here, it’s likely because you’ve read one of my books, or because you’re thinking about reading one of my books. Either way, thank you. Writing fulfills me like nothing else and I feel exceedingly fortunate to also call it my profession.


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Praise for RENEGADES

"In a vividly dark and fully imagined universe where special abilities are feared unless they can be strictly controlled and labeled, Meyer celebrates and subverts popular superhero tropes while mining the gray area between malevolence and virtue. Third-person narration builds suspense as it shifts between Nova and Adrian, a Renegade with his own secrets; the worldbuilding details and many combat sequences will captivate devotees of superhero comics. Beyond the capes and masks is a strikingly grounded story of star-crossed would-be lovers, deception, and the recognition that most of humanity exists between the extremes of good and evil. A twist ending casts doubt on a key aspect of the story’s history and leaves the door open for future exploration." Publishers Weekly, starred review



From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Marissa Meyer, comes a high-stakes world of adventure, passion, danger, and betrayal.

Secret Identities.
Extraordinary Powers.
She wants vengeance. He wants justice.


The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies—humans with extraordinary abilities—who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice—and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

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Praise for THE HANGING GIRL

"...[The Hanging Girl] is fast-paced; features a very relatable, down-on-herluck protagonist; and boasts a surprise twist that will leave readers arguing long after the book is over. Perfect for fans of psychological thrillers." Booklist

"A surprisingly dark thriller that will find a home in libraries where there is a need for strong female protagonists and engrossing mysteries." SLJ

"...The multiple twists in the ending pack several hefty wallops of surprise and reward the reader with a more than satisfactory payout." Bulletin



Skye Thorn has given tarot card readings for years, and now her psychic visions are helping the police find the town’s missing golden girl. It’s no challenge—her readings have always been faked, but this time she has some insider knowledge. The kidnapping was supposed to be easy—no one would get hurt and she’d get the money she needs to start a new life. But a seemingly harmless prank has turned dark, and Skye realizes the people she’s involved with are willing to kill to get what they want and she must discover their true identity before it’s too late.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Vlog Post with Emmy Laybourne


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Emmy Laybourne is a novelist, screenwriter and former character actress. She is the author of the upcoming release BERSERKER ("You will love Emmy Laybourne's vision of an American west studded with Viking glory." - Hypable.com), as well as the MONUMENT 14 trilogy ("Frighteningly real… riveting" - NYT Book Review, Editor’s Choice) and the novel SWEET (“A gripping action-adventure survival story” – VOYA, rated Perfect Ten).

Before her life as a novelist, Emmy performed original comedy on Comedy Central, MTV and VH1; and acted in the movies "Superstar," "The In-Laws" and "Nancy Drew," among others. Emmy lives outside New York City with her husband, two kids and a flock of 9 nifty chickens.
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Series: Berserker (Book 1)
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (October 10, 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250055202
ISBN-13: 978-1250055200


Praise for BERSERKER

"Emmy Labourne deftly melds Viking lore with the American West and creates something wholly new, a journey filled with heart-pounding suspense and surprising tenderness. Loved!"Danielle Paige New York Times-bestselling author the Dorothy Must Die series

"Berserker combines the magic of Norse mythology with the thrill of the American West with staggering results. Startlingly original, unputdownable, and electrifying." Kass Morgan, author of New York Times bestseller The 100

"A completely winning, romantic, and heart-wrenching historical fantasy. Your pulse will race from page one of this rich, rugged adventure of a book."―Alyson NoelNew York Times-bestselling author of The Immortals series

"Berserker embraces the beautiful brutality of both Viking lore and Frontier tales, and it does so without resorting to tired tropes or toxic masculinity. This is a brilliantly unexpected fusion of cowboys and old gods―intense and gritty and yet surprisingly tender―but the real strength of Emmy Laybourne's writing is that, for all their superhuman abilities, her characters are so very human."William Ritter, author of the New York Times-bestselling Jackaby series

Praise for EMMY LAYBOURNE

“Simultaneously terrifying, hilarious, and action-packed, Sweet is a wild ride that holds up a warped mirror to our society. I loved it from the first line to the last.” ―Marie Lu, author of Legend and The Young Elites on Sweet

“Frighteningly real . . . Riveting.” ―The New York Times Book Review on Monument 14

“A tense, claustrophobic, and fast-paced thriller.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review of Monument 14

“Pretty darn breathless.” ―Booklist on Sky on Fire




WHAT FICTION MOST INFLUENCED YOUR CHILDHOOD AND EFFECT DID THOSE STORIES HAVE ON BERSERKER?

When I was a kid, my favorite book was Little House In the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I loved her descriptions of the daily life for her pioneer family. It was so different from my own. I lived in a tiny Manhattan apartment in a building full of all different kinds of kids. We ran free inside the building, but the world outside the apartment building was kind of terrifying because this was New York City in the 1970s. Laura and her family, on the other hand, lived in a little log cabin in the middle of the woods of Wisconsin in the 1870s. Her playmate was her sister, day in and day out, and she had a corncob doll that was just a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief, for goodness sake. The details of our lives could not have been more different, but our inner lives were the so alike. Laura tried to be good, and I tried to be good. Laura struggled with jealousy and crabbiness and laziness, so did I. Laura wanted to please her parents, and I wanted to please my parents, too. She idolized her bearded father and I loved mine just as fiercely, though my Dad cut off his beard eventually, much to my dismay.

That book and the others in the series painted a picture of a good world; a world where kids were safe and where Pa was strong and wise, and Ma was loving and gentle. I truly believe those images are important for young children to have. As a city kid, I found the descriptions of nature to be therapeutic. I was fascinated by how they did every little thing, from making butter (so quaint), to sewing quilts (so impressive), to butchering hogs (so terrifying!).

In fact, I loved this time period so much that I decided to write a whole trilogy set in it! My new book Berserker is of course, nothing like the Little house series. It’s an fantasy action adventure book in which a group of Norwegian siblings with ancient Viking superpowers try to cross Montana during blizzard season. But if you look closely, you’ll see that the main characher is one who deeply wants to be good. Just like Laura, and just like me.

I hope you’ll read Berserker and let me know what you think. Thanks to Jean for having me here! Goodbye, book nerds!

TOP TEN BEST WRITING ADVICE 

1. Write until you hit "the end.” There's nothing like completing a project to build your confidence.

2. Read Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. It is a fabulous book on story structure and the rules in it apply to all forms of story although the book was written originally for screenwriters. I’m a big believer in knowing the shape of the story you want to write. I say, write it down in a good, detailed outline, but if that’s not your style, at least know the shape of the animal you are trying to capture.

3. Get into a routine so that you're sitting down to write at the same time every day. If you sit down to write every day at the same time, it's almost like inviting the characters in your manuscript to a party. They know they're supposed to show up and do stuff and take risks and have adventures. They will really show up! You'll find that every day as you go aaround your daily routine, eating lunch and getting the mail and whatever it is you need to do, you’ll be having ideas about your characters. They'll stay alive in your subconscious. They'll be working things out. They'll be whispering things in your ear. Then, you go to your computer in the morning and the story will be all built up inside you, ready to go.

4. You cannot write and edit at the same time. You cannot expect your imagination to open up and produce if you have an inner critic standing by to smash it on the head with a hammer of NO. It's like trying to drive a car with your foot on the gas and the brake at the same time. The car won't drive. Write first. Write until you hit the end. Then edit.

5. Read a ton. Seriously. And try to read broadly, outside your favorite genres. If you come across something you don’t like, study it. Why did it fail to grab you?

6. Try using music to set the mood when you're writing. It's incredibly helpful to write to a song that helps you hold the tone of the scene you are working on. Many authors, myself included, maintain extensive writing playlists on Spotify. Check us out! Soundtrack channels are also great, too.

7. Use color. Go to the paint chip aisle at the hardware store and try to find the perfect color for each of your characters. It’s really remarkably fun! You'll just be drawn to the color. Once you’ve assembled the whole cast, look at them together. It will really give you insight into how those characters are relating to each other. Is there enough drama between the colors of your two love interests? Is there enough tension between the antagonist’s color and the color of the protagonist? Are they too much alike?

8. Here’s something nice to do for yourself when it comes time to edit. Print out the draft on 3 hole punch paper. Buy yourself a really good mechanical pencil -- I favor the Pentel Twist Eraser III. Then put the draft into a nice three-ring binder. Looks good, right? Now go out and sit in a café and edit your heart out. Show that manuscript off. Tell the barista you’ve written a book, or a screenplay, or a poetry collection -- whatever it is. Be proud of the fact that you've written all of those pages. That is a huge accomplishment.

9. This is from my screenwriting days -- When editing it's smart to look at each character's dialogue. Each character should sound different from everyone else. Use your word processor’s search function to go through the whole manuscript and find each character’s dialogue. Make sure that their inner world is being reflected in what they say.

10. Write something that you would want to read. That's really my biggest piece of advice. It's daunting when you're a writer because you put work out into the world and then people feel free to criticize it. Boy, do they ever! Some people even enjoy cutting other people’s work down. (I know it does not shock you to hear this.) The only inoculation against that kind of negativity is to write something that you sincerely would enjoy reading. If you’ve done that, then people can say what they want, you stayed true to yourself. I write what I think is thrilling. exciting, romantic, thrilling, You can’t write for your English professor, or for what you think an agent would want to read, or what you imagine might sell, or even what your friends would like to read. Write to your own tastes. Thrilling, exciting, dangerous? Romantic, sentimental, moving? Creepy, scary, terrifying? Awesome. Whatever you love, write that.



Are Hanne's powers a gift from the old Norse gods, or a curse?

Her brother Stieg swears their powers are a gift from the old gods, but Hanne Hemstad knows she is truly cursed. It's not Stieg's fault that their father is dead, their mother has left, and their brother Knut has been accused of a crime he didn't commit.

No, the fault lies with Hanne and her inability to control her murderous "gift"--she is a Berserker. When someone she loves is threatened, she flies into a killing state. The siblings must leave Norway for the American frontier or risk being brought to justice.

Aided by a young cowboy who agrees to be their guide, Hanne and her siblings use their powers to survive the perilous trail, where blizzards, wild animals, and vicious bounty hunters await.

Will they be able to reach their uncle, the one man Hanne believes may be able to teach her how to control her drive to kill? With Berserker, Emmy Laybourne, the author of Monument 14, presents her vision of an American west studded with Viking glory.

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