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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones by Micah Dean Hicks

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (February 5, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1328566455
ISBN-13: 978-1328566454


“A tour-de-force of the imagination. Hicks has created a world that is beautifully and brutally surreal and yet, at the same time, BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES stands as a hyper-realistic psychological portrait of the death of the American factory town. My own identity as an American was disturbed and changed by this novel; some dormant understanding was shaken awake. This is a stunning and profound debut.” ―Julianna Baggott, bestselling author of New York Times Notable Book Pure
“Hicks’ debut novel is a thoughtful tour of the rotted and haunted heart of America. Highly recommended.” ―Jeremiah Tolbert, Shirley Jackson Award-nominated author

“I can’t stop thinking about this book. It’s a haunting story that burrows under your skin like an insect laying eggs that hatch within you in the middle of the night. Hicks’ mesmerizing imagery kept me turning the pages and asking myself ‘How is this book happening? What sort of literary witchcraft am I witnessing?’” ―Maurice Broaddus, author of Buffalo Soldier and The Usual Suspects

“BREAK THE BODIES, HAUNT THE BONES is a breathless wonder of a debut novel… Hicks is a magician with words and has written a spellbinding, haunting and necessary book.” ―Anne Valente, author of Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down

“Hicks has crafted a haunting story with multi-generational appeal, where the very real horror of poverty meets supernatural horror, and social issues like xenophobia, racism and economic anxiety are addressed organically through allegory and gripping storytelling.” ―Chris L. Terry, author of Black Card and Zero Fade

Swine Hill was full of the dead. Their ghosts were thickest near the abandoned downtown, where so many of the town’s hopes had died generation by generation. They lingered in the places that mattered to them, and people avoided those streets, locked those doors, stopped going into those rooms . . . They could hurt you. Worse, they could change you.

Jane is haunted. Since she was a child, she has carried a ghost girl that feeds on the secrets and fears of everyone around her, whispering to Jane what they are thinking and feeling, even when she doesn’t want to know. Henry, Jane’s brother, is ridden by a genius ghost that forces him to build strange and dangerous machines. Their mother is possessed by a lonely spirit that burns anyone she touches. In Swine Hill, a place of defeat and depletion, there are more dead than living.

When new arrivals begin scoring precious jobs at the last factory in town, both the living and the dead are furious. This insult on the end of a long economic decline sparks a conflagration. Buffeted by rage on all sides, Jane must find a way to save her haunted family and escape the town before it kills them.

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Photo Credit: Scot Lerner 2018

Micah Dean Hicks is the author of the novel Break the Bodies, Haunt the Bones. He is also the author of Electricity and Other Dreams, a collection of dark fairy tales and bizarre fables. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. Hicks grew up in rural southwest Arkansas and now lives in Orlando. He teaches creative writing at the University of Central Florida.


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James Brabazon Author Interview

Photo Credit: Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz

James Brabazon is an award-winning frontline journalist and documentary filmmaker. Based in London, he has travelled in over seventy countries, investigating, filming and directing in the world's most hostile environments. His awards include the Rory Peck Trust Sony International Impact Award 2003, the Rory Peck Freelancer's choice Award 2003, and the IDA Courage Under Fire Award 2004. He has made over thirty international current affairs films broadcast by the BBC, Channel 4, CNN, SABC and the Discovery Channel. He lectures on the ethics and practicalities of reporting from war zones and his writing has been published in the Observer, the Independent and the Guardian.


When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I grew up with stories. My Irish grandfather was a soldier and a poet and a consummate, irrepressible, wonderful storyteller. He told stories out loud, from memory – episodes from India and Burma, from his childhood in county Mayo and from the stories that he’d had passed down to him by the generations that had gone before – in the best way of the inherited oral tradition. He told me stories about war, about bravery and courage and cowardice; about what it means to be a man; about why and when you should fight and why men should never, ever, be afraid to cry; he taught me how to become friends with your enemies; he told me stories about love and loss and hope; about duty and the unending, consuming quest for liberty. He played the violin and wove the notes around his memories. He spoke softly. He swore and cursed and flew into rages. And he wept for the dead he’d left behind in the jungle. And at the end of his life he sat and looked out to sea and said that the bird song sounded like the children he went to school with babbling away in Irish in the playground. And because those stories mattered to me, I began to see that how they were told mattered, too. And that’s why I write: because stories matter. They are the distillation of culture, the manifestation of our collective, collected unconscious. We have a duty to tell them, and to tell them well.

If you could be a character in any novel you’ve ever read, who would you be and why?
As a child I dreamed of being Danny from Roald Dahl’s Danny Champion of the World – so much so in fact that I insisted that my mother call me Danny for nearly a year! I respected Danny’s battles with authority, loved his longing for adventure, admired his sense responsibility and yearned for his freedom. But most of all I was mesmerized by the relationship he had with his father: a strong man who had endured tragedy and guarded his secrets closely – and who loved his son unconditionally.

Which character have you enjoyed getting to know the most while writing THE BREAK LINE?
Apart from Max McLean, the main protagonist, I really enjoyed getting to know Roberts, his semi-reluctant partner-in-crime in Sierra Leone. Of all the people I created in THE BREAK LINE it’s him I could most imagine chewing the fat with over a beer.

For those who are unfamiliar with Max, how would you introduce him?
He’s a special forces operator, an assassin and a spy – in essence, a killer… but with a conscience. An Irishman in the British Army with a Russian mother, he’s a patriot for sure – but on whose side is open to question, not least by him. He’s had an unblemished career… until now. At the beginning of The Break Line he throws a job - and the consequences are more extraordinary than he could ever have imagined…

What part of Max did you enjoy writing the most?
Max has some fairly extreme family issues going on… which were exciting to unravel. And I loved writing the combat sequences, too – because Max doesn’t always come off best at first, and he really has to pull out all the stops to come out on top. But mainly I enjoyed writing Max’s encounters with authority – how he reconciles his sense of duty with an ingrained conscience and determination eventually to do the right thing.

Can you tell us why you decided to write THE BREAK LINE?
This harks back to the first question really. THE BREAK LINE comes out of my day job: nearly two decades of war reporting. But it was working in Liberia and Sierra Leone during their civil wars that truly inspired me to write it.

Whilst filming those wars in West Africa I’d regularly experience someone doing something so utterly extraordinary that it would change my perception of that conflict, sometimes of all conflicts, and occasionally even my perception of humanity itself. If that sounds unlikely, bear in mind that in war your safety and security and well-being are always in the hands of others to one degree or another. Sometimes those “others” are recognizably decent. Sometimes they are obviously criminal. So, as well as the good guys, for weeks, sometimes months at a time I also relied on murderers to keep me alive. Murderers to whom, inevitably, I owed a debt. In Liberia rebel soldiers fed me, chatted with me around the camp fire, divided the last of their starvation rations with me and shared their hopes and fears and aspirations, too, as any group of people speaking intimately might. And then the next day I would watch them execute prisoners. I learned, in short, that if you strip away the trappings of war and you realize that when you look into the face of the wicked, or the depraved, or the murderous, you look into a mirror. Or at least I did.

And that led me to learn a different, professional lesson: that no matter how hard I tried, I simply could not translate the experience of “over there” to “over here” – for a television audience, for a newspaper reader, or for my family. There was, it seemed, an unbreachable gulf of experience between those who had experienced war, and those who had not. Everything I did as a journalist was driven by the truth, and by the all-powerful watchwords of credibility and authenticity. And although adhering to that mantra of absolute honesty made sure that my reports were as accurate as possible, I felt, increasingly, that they had no soul; that truth and beauty were somehow paradoxical in the theatre of war. That in turn led me to a revelation of sorts: that writing fiction could be as authentic and as credible as reportage if it was illuminating the human condition that was paramount. Hardly a unique discovery given that the ancient Greeks got there first, but it’s what led me first to write THE BREAK LINE.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Never take advice from authors. We’re professional liars.

If you could go back in time to one point in your life, where would you go?
France in the summer of 1989. I would tell my best friend not to go swimming. And if I am not allowed to change the past, then I would just do what I never had the chance to, and tell him that I love him.

Was there an incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?

Yes. When my children were born I automatically consciously and unconsciously reevaluated absolutely everything. I looked at every piece of art, read every work of literature, watched every movie through entirely new eyes. My priorities changed completely. Becoming a parent is an absolute metamorphosis. Perhaps more than anything they taught me that love is not divisible: it multiplies itself. I thought my heart would burst with love – but they just keep filling it up more and more.

What did you do for your last birthday?
I have no idea.

What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I was born into the Moonies – a deranged, deluded and dangerous personality cult who worship the South Korean billionaire Sun Myung Moon as the new Messiah. My uncles were married in mass weddings of thousands of couples – only meeting their brides for the first-time minutes before the ceremony. My mother eventually managed to break free of the craziness when I was 3 years old. It was insane and intense – and much more so for her than me. Maybe one day I’ll write a book about it.

You didn’t see that coming, did you?

Where can readers find you?
Walking on top of the white cliffs of Dover, or, more prosaically, @james_brabazon on Twitter. Actually, if anyone knows a good bar…

British intelligence operative and hardened assassin, Max McLean, battles a nightmarish enemy in this stunning debut thriller from an award winning war correspondent.

When it comes to killing terrorists British intelligence has always had one man they could rely on, Max McLean. As an assassin, he's never missed, but Max has made one miscalculation and now he has to pay the price.

His handlers send him to Sierra Leone on a seemingly one-way mission. What he finds is a horror from beyond his nightmares. Rebel forces are loose in the jungle and someone or something is slaughtering innocent villagers. It's his job to root out the monster behind these abominations, but he soon discovers that London may consider him the most disposable piece in this operation.


“Breathless, complex, and seriously hardcore – don’t plan to sleep tonight.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“A wonderfully crafted story of action, history, and secrets that is as imaginative as it is compelling.” —Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Bishop’s Pawn

“The Break Line is a riveting page-turner…and a study of what lies in the shadowed corners of the human heart.” —Gregg Hurwitz, New York Times bestselling author of Orphan X

“The Break Line punches you in the stomach on the first page and then plunges you – still doubled over – into the most extraordinary and exciting world of covert operations I have ever read. I have worked in those places and covered those wars…Brabazon gets it exactly right. With a terrifyingly precise eye and an irresistible prose style, he has created a world that is almost impossible to leave. I finished the book three days ago and feel like I’m still waiting for the choppers to come take me home…” —Sebastian Junger, New York Times bestselling author of The Perfect Storm
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Elizabeth Isaacs Author Interview

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Elizabeth Isaacs is an author, teacher, and publishing professional who began her career as a national presenter for Resource Profiles, where she developed teacher seminars designed to foster creative brain stimulation. Moving into formal education, she helped at-risk students improve their writing skills as well as created and implemented a creative writing/blogging program that centered on teaching the 21st-century learner. Works stemming from this initiative were published online and seen in over 40 countries.

Elizabeth receives invitations to speak nationwide at schools and book clubs. She co-founded the popular book blog, Chirenjenzie, which reaches thousands of readers throughout the world. The writer support and reader interest group promotes and interacts with followers on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter. Elizabeth has a Master’s degree from Austin Peay State University, where she studied classical opera. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Her newest work, The Scythian Trials, is slated for release in 2018.


File Size: 4550 KB
Print Length: 373 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books (October 22, 2018)
Publication Date: October 22, 2018
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
Language: English


"... Fun and sensual fantasy [with] magnetic characters." Publishers Weekly

"The Scythian Trials crackles with life, hums with heart, and pounds with action for one hell of a read." San Francisco Book Review

"If you loved the Hunger Games and Divergent and just all around kicka$$ characters with an amazing storyline then you will love this." Books With Jess

Can you tell us when you started THE SCYTHIAN TRIALS, how that came about?
In 2016, I was doing research for a historical romance when I came across an article about a mass grave that had been discovered in Romania, which was believed to be the final resting place of Amazonian warriors. Nomadic women who lived on their own terms was such a stark contrast to the historical piece I was writing at the time, I started to wonder what our society would have been like had western women been appreciated for their abilities instead of their frailty and beauty. That sparked the idea of a hidden society within our world where women were considered true equals.

Thus the Society was born.

Are there any new Authors that have grasped your interest and why?
I’m continually searching for great reads, and I love all genres, so this one is a hard question to answer. Lately, I’ve been on a Penny Reid kick. She’s a Romcom writer, and I absolutely adore her quirky, intelligent characters. The newest author I’ve read is Gareth Worthington’s Children of the Fifth Sun. Sci-fi fans should check it out; it’s an intriguing story.

What do you hope for people to be thinking after they read your novel?
I’d love for readers to question their thoughts on what equality means to them. Implicit bias so often dictates how we see the world. Challenging our own convictions, our beliefs, is how we grow.

What chapter was the most memorable to write and why?
I’d have to say the first chapter. I love the interplay between Jax and Nya and how it helps set the tone.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received from another author?
Never read reviews, especially when you’ve just released a novel. It’s counterproductive and sucks the joy out the experience. As writers, we know that we can’t please everyone, but as humans, it hurts when someone is hateful and mean.

What part of Jax did you enjoy writing the most?
His intelligence, and how he genuinely wants what is best for Nya.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
I’m currently finishing the second book in the Scythian series, The Scythian Legacy, and then I’m working on a new YA project that has yet to be named.

What was the most surprising thing you learned in creating Nya?
Nya forced me to look beyond the surface of equality and really think about what that means. Not just females being equally strong, although that is emphasized. But males being equally open and vulnerable. Honestly, it’s something that is extremely difficult to write. And because Scythians don’t covet beauty, I couldn’t rely on him finding her “perfect” or her loving his six-pack. Yes, they have chemistry, but that chemistry is based on intelligence, strength, and heart. I also had to explore the implicit bias we have in our culture. Quite often I would write a scene and then go back and switch gender roles to see how it read. It was astounding to see what we inherently consider a strong quality in one gender reads as a negative quality in another.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I love this question! It would be interesting if Jax and Nya met JR Ward’s Wrath and Beth. I think Nya and Beth would become good friends, and Jax could help Wrath deal with some of his issues. Who knows? Maybe Viscious could visit too and help Nya and Jax figure out if what the Drahzda are planning is even possible, lol.

What’s the best advice you can give writers to help them develop their own unique voice and style?
I’ve always believed that sharing creativity in any form takes courage—especially something as personal as putting your imagination on paper for the world to read. Often, I’ve found that new writers want to “sound” like someone they admire. But voice comes from deep within, and that cannot be replicated. So the best advice I could give is simply “You be you.”

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?

There is a festival every year in Japan devoted to the penis and fertility. It’s celebrated every year on April 6th. The origin of the festival started in the 17th century in which prostitutes prayed to avoid STD’s. Today, it’s celebrated as an AIDS awareness event.

What decade during the last century would you have chosen to be a teenager?
That’s a tough question. Every decade has had its difficulties, especially for women. The first half of the century is intriguing, but I’m not sure I’d like to be a teen during that time because of the lack of education and the societal expectation to fit into a particular role. The second half of the century was filled with conflict and objectification, which doesn’t sound great either. Still, even though the 80s and 90s are riddled with difficulties, they held more opportunities too, and so that’s what I’d choose.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep?

My mind never stops, and so I usually distract my brain by re-reading something I love.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today?
George Carlin once said, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” I’ve experienced several of these throughout my life, each surrounded by intensely personal moments that I rarely share. But I believe it’s important to recognize them when they happen and appreciate the experience, for through the love, pain, sorrow, and joy they help us to grow.

What's the most memorable summer job you've ever had?
At fifteen, I landed my first job in a pet store. The owner would leave me for hours on end to tend the place, which I found odd as it was his business and I couldn’t even drive. The only training he offered were informational pamphlets he gave customers, well, and I often called the Vet that was down the street. Forgive the pun, but it was definitely a sink or swim situation. I worked there for two years, but during that first summer, I quickly learned which fish didn’t play well with others and just how fragile saltwater ecosystems are. To this day, I still twitch when I see large birds in small cages, but that another story.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
My world has grown exponentially since The Light of Asteria made it onto the shelf. I now have a vast community of friends across the globe that span from bloggers and readers to writers, agents, editors, and publishers. People in the book community are some of the kindest, most compassionate people on the planet, and I am a better human for knowing them.

  • 10. I waitressed at a bar during graduate school. The experience left me wondering if I missed a calling in psychology.
  • 9. I had to sing for commencement one spring, and I came down with a terrible cold. Our dorm room was a suite that year, and so I turned the shower on hot and left the door open, figuring it would help humidify the room. We woke up at three in the morning, soggy posters peeling off the wall water trickling down the closet doors. The place was like a rainforest. Good news is that it helped my voice, but I’ve always felt guilty about the massive waste of water. I chalk it up to the stupidity of youth coupled with panicked desperation.
  • 8. One time I was ordered to go on complete vocal rest for two months, and so my best friend and I learned sign language. The experience gave me insight into how people treat others differently when they think they have a disability.
  • 7. My sophomore year, in an attempt to get fit, my roommate challenged me to not use the elevators in the dorm. The loser had to do whatever the winner said. Our room was on the 10th floor, and so we’d get up an hour before class and pack for the entire day. We called it a tie long about April.
  • 6. My first dorm was built in the early 1920s and had only two electric outlets in each room. To make matters worse, no one was allowed to bring a power strip because it was considered a fire hazard. I hated it for a few weeks, but then I got to know everyone on my floor, and it turned out to be a pretty fun year.
  • 5. The year we lived off campus, my best friend found a recipe for homemade Kahlua, which called for a gallon jug and various ingredients. We shook that stupid jug every day for a month before it was finally ready.
  • 4. My undergraduate college was in the Appalachian Mountains, and when it rained water would get trapped in my passenger side headlight, which caused the bulb to blow. At night, my best friend would roll down the window and hang out of the car with a flashlight in hand, so we didn’t drive off the side of the mountain. Again, the stupidity of youth at work here.
  • 3. I used to practice in the elevator when I couldn’t find another place to play. Some nights I’d get nauseous if I had to ride up and down too many times while reading music. #thestruggleisreal
  • 2. When I finally completed my undergrad work, I had enough hours to have a Master’s degree and then some. This was back in the day when students paid for twelve hours, and then anything over that was free. I’d take the required classes I needed, and then I’d pile on classes that interested me just for fun.
  • 1. I marched Drum and Bugle Corp in the summer. It’s still one of the best experiences of my life.

“Ever been to the Academy in Montana?” Nya asked as she started toward the seating area.
“Once or twice.” Killian grinned.
She cleared her throat as she stopped in front of an oversized recliner built for two. “How come I didn’t see you?”
“The headmistress wouldn’t let me past the gates. Apparently, she was onto my game to meet you.”
Surprised, she turned, watching him head her way. “You knew I was there?”
He stopped in front of her. “Oh, yeah. I knew.”
Nya had become a small obsession of his after her rite of passage. He was ecstatic when he found out she’d be attending the U.S. academy. And when the CIA discovered a Drahzdan sleeper cell within fifty kilometers of Bitterroot, he volunteered to track the sons of bitches down.
That’s when he saw her. Sunshine streaked a blue sheen in her black hair as she slipped through the trees with graceful speed. He’d never forget her sleek, economy of movement. He was drawn to it—that natural comfort in her own skin that only a warrior of her caliber had.
She’d just found her footing when a deep, masculine voice called, yelling something about following her to the ends of the Earth.
Killian later confirmed that young warrior was indeed Anya Thalestris, and the male with her that day was the infamous Dr. Ajax Nickius.
Nya glanced at the recliner. “I hear you’re an excellent tracker.”
Killian didn’t give her a chance to overthink, and he sat down, pulling her with him. “Nice to know you’ve been asking about me.”
Pink tinged her cheeks. “Apparently, you can track anything.”
Her unique scent washed over him, and he settled back into the plush leather, causing her body to slide closer to his. “I’d track you to the ends of the Earth, Anya Thalestris.”
Nya blinked a few times, and Killian smirked as he realized Jax had shouted that very thing to her four years ago in the woods.

Copyright © 2018 by Elizabeth Isaacs

Descendants of the Amazons, the Scythians work alongside prominent governments but answer to no one. Warriors living on the fringe of civilization, they live by one credo: Strength through Equality. Power through Knowledge.

Nya Thalestris is the brightest Scythian of her generation. Strong, capable, ruthless, she is sure to earn a spot in the Trials, a time-honored mating ritual responsible for the evolution of her species.


Abducted by their sworn enemy, the Drahzda, Nya is forever altered and spirals out of control. The Society sends in Jax Nickius. Infamous psychologist and one of the most brutal warriors of their kind, he discovers triggers planted in Nya’s mind. As Nya solidifies her spot in the Trials, Jax develops a plan to help—while pursuing her as a mate. But, Nya’s attraction to Jax is at war with her instinct to never let anyone get too close.

During the Trials, Nya’s repressed memories surface, revealing a new enemy—one from inside the consulate walls—and a traitorous alliance on the horizon that could irrevocably change the course of history.

Since before the Bronze Age, the Society has managed to safeguard humanity from itself … until now.

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Thank you ELIZABETH ISAACS AND VESUVIAN BOOKS for making this giveaway possible.
Winner will receive a Copy of THE SCYTHIAN TRIALS by Elizabeth Isaacs.
Winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Susan Cunningham Author Interview

Photo Credit: Kel Elwood Photography

Susan Cunningham lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys science nearly as much as writing: she’s traveled to the bottom of the ocean via submarine to observe life at hydrothermal vents, camped out on an island of birds to study tern behavior, and now spends time in an office analyzing data on wool apparel. She blogs about writing and science at


Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was actually born in Belgium (my parents were there for my dad’s work), but we moved back to Northern Virginia when I was two years old. After college, I wanted to be closer to the mountains, so moved from Virginia to a little ski town in the Rocky Mountains. Everyone says you come for the winters and stay for the summers, and it’s true – summers here are so fun.

What advice would you give to someone who wanted to have a life in writing?
Stick with it. There will be many, many things along the way that will make you consider giving up. But don’t. Even if you have to slip your writing into the early morning hours or over a lunch break, do little bits here and there, when you can. Those little efforts can add up into big accomplishments. And I feel that the fact that you have the desire to write means you have the gifts to do so – it can just take time. I wrote five books before Crow Flight – but I don’t regret a single one.

What were your inspirations for the character development? 
I grew up outside of Washington, D.C., where students were pretty motivated and focused. That probably inspired some of Gin’s own drive. And Felix was just fun – I love that he doesn’t care about things society tells us to care about, like money and power, because he’s seen what those things can sometimes do to people.

What was your unforgettable moment while writing CROW FLIGHT? 
My favorite moment was when I wrote the scene where Gin sees Felix standing on a field with his trained crows for the first time. That scene surfaced after I had been researching crows, and I just felt it so intensely, I knew an entire story was there. I brainstormed the book a bit, then dove into writing – and started with that scene first.

What part of Gin did you enjoy writing the most? 
I loved writing her interactions with Felix. It was fun to watch how he brought out her more playful side, and helped her make the shift from relying on logic to depending on her gut. It’s important to be able to listen to your instincts, but isn’t always easy to do.

In your new book; CROW FLIGHT, can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it.
Crow Flight is about a girl who codes, a boy who trains crows, and the mystery – and romance – that ensues after they’re paired up for a class assignment. It’s a story of learning to trust your gut and falling in love. And it involves the ever-intriguing, intelligent crow.

What book would you recommend for others to read? 
There are so many! One is “The Genius of Birds” by Jennifer Ackerman, because birds are all around us and so often, we are unaware of just how intelligent they are.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why? 
I’d love to introduce Felix to Zooey Glass from Franny and Zooey, just so they could hash out some of the deeper meanings of life and love.

If your life was a song, what would the title be? 
Sunset swimming

What is the most important object you own? 
A box of my old writing. I love the reminder of the importance of the process… and of how small steps over lots of years can help dreams come true.

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? 
Emily Dickinson. I’d love to see how she created her poems – what her daily life was like, what she thought and felt.

If you were a geometric shape what would you like to be? 
A triangle. Simple yet unique. With options of being perfectly even or having several strange angles.

What do you usually think about right before falling asleep? 
If I’m working on a book, I love thinking about the characters and storyline – I feel like it helps my subconscious do some creative work as I sleep. Otherwise, I like to read Sherlock Holmes stories – those dreary, cool England days and odd but solvable mysteries are just so fun, they help me relax.

Which incident in your life that totally changed the way you think today? 
After writing my first few books and getting a handful of rejections from agents, I nearly gave up. Then two things happened. First, I took a class about Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way and learned about the importance of leading a creative life, regardless of ‘results,’ along with techniques for fostering creativity. And second, I read about this idea of making a goal of getting a certain number of rejections through the querying process. I didn’t know whether I could find an agent, but I knew I could get 40 rejections, and making rejection the goal flipped everything on its head. As the rejections came in, it was actually a positive thing since I was getting closer to my goal. And amazingly, as I approached that goal of 40, I got the call from an agent in New York who wanted to represent me!

1. Maybe he was smart enough to be the sort of guy who actually appreciated smart girls.

2. That's when she noticed the flash of feathers. Black. Soft in the sky. Catching the afternoon light. Pushing back the air, like smoothing a child's hair. A crow.

3. There were plenty of things Gin couldn't do: play sports, ease her way around a party, talk without oversharing extraneous information. But she could work with computers.

4. Before she knew it, she was riding towards him. As though everything in the universe had set itself up to create this moment: her flying downhill, bumping over the wintry dirt, bike jolting beneath her, and him standing there, a crow on each shoulder.

5. A plane flew across the sky and for a second, she imagined the rows of people tucked neatly inside, watching movies and sipping sodas. No idea that they were flying over a boy training crows.

6. Maybe in some alternate universe it could work. One where she wasn't so smart and quirky and he wasn't so cool and easygoing.

7. All she wanted was to lean into him, to kiss him, to touch her lips to his. But instead, she looked up to the sky, where the crows floated, effortless and smooth.

8. There was no time to think, to analyze, because they were still kissing. And so for that moment, she turned her brain off and did the only thing she could do: kiss him back.

9. And she knew then, with 100 percent certainty… that she would choose this, choose now.

10. “Funny how a few numbers can lead us to truths we never imagined.”

The curious flight patterns of crows lead a teen computer programmer down a path of mystery and romance.

Gin trusts logic a little too much. She even designs programs to decide what to eat and how to spend her time. All that changes when she’s paired with a new transfer student, Felix, on a computer modeling assignment to explain certain anomalies in the behavior of crows.

As she enters Felix’s world and digs further into the data behind crow behavior, Gin uncovers a terrible secret. And the wrong decision could equal disaster squared . . .

Praise for CROW FLIGHT

"You'll adore Gin, who's determined to apply her brilliant computer skills to the mysteries of love... and in doing so, finds herself caught up in high-stakes intrigue. We cheer her on as she learns to trust her gut and heart along with her tech-savvy mind. CROW FLIGHT is a soaring debut from an author to watch." Laura Resau, author of RED GLASS

"A timely, fun story that flies across the pages and into your heart. A romantic tale with intriguing content, Cunningham delivers a compelling read about the predictability of life and love. Donna Cooner, author of SKINNY and SCREENSHOT

"Crow Flight is a delicious novel. Gin has decided what her life should look like - and it involves logic, equations, computer models, coding, ambition, and over-achieving. An unexpected twist forces her to reconsider, and rather suddenly she finds herself in new territory - a path that calls forth the heart, the willingness to adventure, and most importantly, an effort at finding and honoring the immaterial truth. When an English teacher asks her to consider Victor Hugo's contention that 'One must have bread, but before bread, one must have the ideal,' she boldly launches forth into a world of discovery, romance, and danger. This book, like Gin's adventure, is a beauty." Laura Pritchett, winner of the PEN USA Award in Fiction

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And now, The Giveaways.
Thank you SUSAN CUNNINGHAM for making this giveaway possible.
1 Winner will receive a Copy of Crow Flight by Susan Cunningham. 

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