How cool is this? Pretty cool, I think.

Sometimes research is one of the best parts of being a writer, because you get to stumble upon all sorts of amazing things.

This morning I was working on a scene for the second book of the Angel in Training series.  The scene is set in NYC’s Grand Central Station and I was looking at some very cool images and ran across this article in The Telegraph. Sweet serendipity!  Grand Central is turning 100 this weekend. So there were all kinds of interesting facts, and really I recommend going to the article if only to see the main picture, because doo,doo,doo,doo — it reminds me of the scene I wrote a couple days ago.

And then, there was this video. If you read the first book in the series you know all about freeze time and will definitely want to check this out! One question for you:  is my muse playing practical jokes again?

February 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 4 comments.

Music Monday — We Can Work It Out

Conflict.

It’s at the heart of every good story. It can be the main character versus nature, or society, or themselves, but often it’s shown through conflict with another character. Recently, I’ve re-immersed myself into the POV of Grace Lightbourne, the impulsive and sometimes outspoken Angel in Training from WINGING IT!  Grace seems to end up at odds with so many characters — Archangel Michael, fellow Guardian Aisha, her Dominion-roomie Faith.  But, I was writing a scene in the second book where Grace has a dispute with Mercy, and it made me uncomfortable.  So, it was time to take a break, and take a walk.

In go the ear buds, on goes Pandora, and then comes this song (which, BTW, I hadn’t heard in a long time.) It reminded me that the conflict with Grace and Mercy can be worked out, and to just go ahead and write the scene.

Tension between people who care about each other is normal and natural. In fact, it’s a lot easy to let things go when you don’t care, right?

In MY WISHFUL THINKING, two best friends, Logan and Emily, must share a genie, which inevitably leads to conflict.  In DOLPHIN GIRL Jane has conflict with her mom, but loves her with all her heart.  Both of those conflicts made the story stronger and I hope made my readers care more deeply about the outcome. So, having faced my fear of conflict, it’s back to writing the story.

Oh, and if you’re curious about the conflict between Logan and Emily in MY WISHFUL THINKING, it’s featured today over at the Free Kindle books and Tips blog.

January 21, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

Music Monday — Lenny Kravitz “Fly Away”

Before he was Cinna in The Hunger Games, Lenny Kravitz was an incredible rocker.  Actually, he’s still an incredible rocker, but some of you may only know him as an actor, and you really owe it to yourselves to get to know his music.

So, why is “Fly Away” this Monday’s song?

Well, because it’s always, always always, been a favorite of mine. And, I’ve always thought it’s the perfect song for Grace from Winging It!  She wants her wings for exactly this reason!

Also, I have to fly away today, making this post much shorter than normal.  I’m off to finish some work on a newsletter that’s about to go out to the folks on my mailing list.  If you haven’t signed up yet click here.   I absolutely will not spam you.  If I do things right, it’ll be about twice a year that I send an update on upcoming releases.

Even if you don’t want to clickety-click, you should make time to watch this video of  “Fly Away”.  The audio is not quite as good as the original, but it’s waaay cooler. Promise.

November 5, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . music. Leave a comment.

Some Rumors Confirmed

It seems like I always include fantastical things in my books, so these three things seemed–I don’t know…interesting.

Dolphins Talk  — In Dolphin Girl, Jane speaks with the dolphins. I don’t know if you saw this piece on the TODAY Show about the beluga whale named NOC (pronounced No Sea), who learned how to vocalize in a lower octaves, which sound remarkably human. Here’s a link to YouTube where you can listen to the whale’s conversation.  I wonder what he’s saying?  Any guesses?

Guardian Angels Exist — In Winging It!, Grace is an Angel-in-Training who is skipping school to try to earn her wings while serving as an apprentice. In yet another clip from the TODAY Show, here’s a real-life guardian angel. In fact, I’m writing a new story for Grace where she spends a bit of time in the hospital with her Assignment.  Look for Gifted! soon.

Wishes Granted —  In My Wishful Thinking, Logan and her best friend Emily share a genie, who grants anything they desire. Sorry but I don’t have a clip from TODAY (yet). But I did have a few wishes granted.  Namely that the proof of the paperback arrived today and it’s ready to go and the ebook is already for sale at Amazon. And! My Wishful Thinking is a POTW (Pick of the Week) by Orangeberry. All in all, some nice wishes granted.

October 24, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

An Interview with Kai Strand

Way, way, way back in April and May, Grace, the flighty Angel in Training main character from Winging It!, interviewed a whole bunch of authors. But there were two particular favorites of mine who were left out:  Kai Strand and Guido Henkel. So, we’re going to resurrect (please excuse the pun) the interviews. Today, you’ll have the chance to get to know Kai a little better. And on Monday, please look for Guido’s interview.

Okay, time to turn the reins over to Grace.

Hey Kai!  It’s really great to meet you, especially since I already got to know your MC earlier this year over at your blog. Let’s get started. Your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you.  What’s the next project they’re helping you out on?

I’ve been tapping into my teenage muse’s mind recently to work on a new young adult novel. A boy, a girl, lots of sweaty palms and palpitating hearts. It’s fun.

Well, palpitating hearts sounds good, although sweaty palms just sounds, I don’t know… sweaty.  Can you tell me which of your characters you are most like? Please don’t say the sweaty one. 😉

I’m an incurable priss, so is Natalie, the main character in my new tween novel, SAVE THE LEMMINGS! I’m not intelligent like she is, though. Luckily for me I had great friends growing up, who managed to overlook my need to not only follow rules but also enforce them. Natalie’s friends are the same. They tease her a bit, but truly it’s why they love her.

I get that. Natalie kind of grew on me, too, by the end of the interview in April.

Um, my author makes me ask this next question. You don’t have to answer it, but you probably will if you’re a by-the-book gal.

 Do you have a favorite book? Of all time?

I don’t do favorites because they change with my moods or the weather or life’s circumstances. But I have a healthy appreciation for Harry Potter, Goblet of Fire. Emotional, epic, harrowing, sweet, heartbreaking and there’s a dragon. It is such a complete tale.

And it’s soooo long, too. 

Okay, changing topics. In your opinion what makes a guy character swoony-worthy?

It’s the little things; hands touching, lingering look, barely there smile. Oh and really good hair.

Good hair grooming is a plus.  I just love Victor’s sun-streaked…um, sorry for the digression, but you are so right about the little things. Now, if Mr. Good Hair were to say…take you to a rock concert in Heaven, who would you go see? (*hint* you have to pick someone who is dead)

Dude, the true rockers aren’t dead yet. AND they’re still rockin’. Look at Steven Tyler!

I know, dude. He looks like a lady and has good hair!

Seriously, even though I am a rocker, I’d actually want to see Mozart. What I wouldn’t give to see him in action. To watch him be transported into his own music would be the ultimate. I’d really love to watch him compose. But I would need his thoughts to play out loud. Does he hear the full symphony or each individual instrument?

Huh. I don’t know, but if I ever run into him, I’ll ask. Ready for another 180 degree change in direction? Don’t answer. You’ll get used to me hopping all over the place. (I hope)

 It’s confession time.  What’s your biggest writing sin?

 Remember that admission about me being an incurable priss?

Yep.

Not being able to break rules?

I believe I said I remembered.

Yeah, I’m not one to have big confessions. I’d say my biggest ‘sin’ is lack of writing discipline. Since that is so boring, I’ll move on to the next question.

Okay, and sorry if I seemed a little rude there. We actually have a group of undisciplined writers from the first set of interviews. (If you missed them the first time they started here., but please finish Kai’s interview before you go linking off.) They call themselves procrastinators and my author is guilty as sin.

 Now, I think I know the answer to this one. Are you more of a rule follower or a rebel?   

 As previously stated – rule follower.

HA! You got me. But, why?

I have no idea why. I have a son who is like me and I always feel a bit sorry for him because I know he’ll never be able to truly relax – unless it is written into the rules somewhere.

Aww…that makes me kinda sad, too. Okay, I’m going to write one for him, and you too.

Kai and her son, I command you to relax.

*whispers* This doesn’t carry the same weight as if it came from The Big Guy, himself, but I am an Angel in Training, y’know? Besides, it’s such a priviledge to be able to help you Humans out.  Now, what — other than your Muse, of course — inspires you?

 Music, nature, children, joy, reading, necessity.

I love that! Especially the thing about necessity!

 And, what do you want readers to take from your books.

I want readers to know that the choices life presents are sometimes really flippin’ hard to decide on and even harder to act on. It’s important to pull up the proverbial bootstraps and do the hard work.  My middle grade novel, The Weaver, is about a girl who can’t get better at telling stories until she applies some hard work and persistence. My upcoming novel, SAVE THE LEMMINGS!, is about a girl who has to restore her reputation after being the recipient of media bashing.

But I said sometimes. When the choices aren’t hard, readers should enjoy their life, their love and their blessings, which both girls do in my books.

That is really awesome, Kai. Life isn’t easy, even for Angels. Is there anything you’d like me to mention to yours?  I mean your Guardian Angel.  ‘Cause I totally have contacts.

Can you please tell him or her what a rock star I think they are? I’ve never broken a bone and have only a few gray hairs. I stay calm during a crisis and only fall apart after safety is restored. The only thing I’d ask is if they see my metabolism (which died and went to heaven a few years back), could they somehow restore it to me so I can eat all the pizza I want again? Those days I miss.

That’s really nice. It sounds like you have a Guardian that works as hard as you do, and, I’ll see what I can do about the metabolism-pizza request.

Thanks for hosting me today, Grace! If your readers would like to know more about my writing and me, they can visit www.kaistrand.com. I can also be found on Facebook and Twitter (@KaiStrand).

You are very welcome, Kai and I’ll turn you back over to Shel now.    

Kai, thanks so much for mentioning where you are on the web and I’d like everyone to know they can find SAVE THE LEMMINGS here. And your second new release—you’ve been very busy this summer— THE WISHING WELL here.  I haven’t had a chance to read either of these yet, but I did read THE WEAVER and it was beautifully written.

So, check ‘em out and then come back on Monday for my friend, Guido.

September 7, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . author interviews. 1 comment.

An Interview with me

Hi Everyone!

So this seems a little kooky, but Grace the main character of my novel Winging It!, wants to interview me.  If you’ve been following along with the series you know she can be a real PIA, but I’ve agreed to go along, because…well…she probably won’t leave me alone if I don’t.

Before we get started, here’s a little description of the book:

Ever decided to do something that seemed like a good idea and in the second before there’s no turning back think, I musta been totally mental when I came up with this? And, then, Oh, well, here goes.

That’s how Angel-In-Training Grace Lightbourne felt right before she asked the Big Kahuna to go straight to Earth on a mission as a Guardian Angel. The problem? She never was a great student and now she won’t even finish her last three years of school. To make matters worse, Archangel Michael isn’t happy about her special assignment, but Grace is convinced she’s on a fast track to her wings. How hard can it be? She’s working with humans, after all.

Winging It!, the first book in the Angel-in-Training series, is an irreverent, light hearted take on Angels, Heaven and everything else that’s divine.

Ready, Grace?

Hey! That’s a picture of me on the cover.

Yes?

I was having a good hair day dontcha think?

Yeeess.

Okay, right, so I guess we ought to start.

Probably a good idea.

So Shel, you have two books—one starring moi—which means your Muse is hard at work.  What is she helping you on at the moment?

I’m finishing up a book which isn’t titled yet, but might be called My Wishful Thinking about two best friends who end up sharing a geeky genie. After that’s done, I’ll be jumping back into the second book about you and working through some of the gnarly pieces.

Don’t you think it would be better to work on the book about me now? 

 I really don’t, because the genie book is so close to complete and after it’s done you can have my full attention.

 If you say so.  I’m curious, especially since I’m one of your characters, which one are you most like? *whispers behind cupped hand*and please don’t say that whiny artist in Dolphin Girl.

 I heard that, and Jane is not that whiny.  But, to answer your question, there’s a little bit of me in all the characters. Even you, I’m afraid.

  But who are you most like?

 Hmm…probably Aisha. She was your GA, after all.

 Really? She makes me crazy, but, I guess I like her all right. 

 That’s good because she’s going to be your roomie in the next book.

 Oh, God!!  Nooooooo!

 Yep.  What’s your next question?

 Can we talk about changing the Aisha thing?

 *silence*

 Fine. You came up with this next question, so don’t act like you didn’t. What’s your favorite book of all time.

 I love lots of books, but my absolute favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve read and re-read and re-read and only love it more each time.

You know that was one of Sibel Hodge’s favorites.  Now let’s talk swoony-worthy guys.  What in your opinion makes a guy swoon-worthy? And specifically how did you come up with Victor for me?

Well emotionally, I love a little verbal banter and a sense of humor is great. Physically, I have to get a picture of the character in mind and for you I used this picture of William Levy.  This was a couple years before his Dancing with the Stars fame, but I knew I had the right look when one of my critique partners said, “Now that’s a Victor I can get on board with.”

That does look a lot like Victor. Thanks for that!

Haha! No problem.

*Ahem* Maybe we should get back to the interview.  If you could go to a rock concert in Heaven, who would you go see?

I wouldn’t want to miss any concerts because I love music, especially rock, but if I had to pick one it’d be George Harrison. It’d be something to see Give Me Love in Heaven.

Wow, I really expected you to pick something with a harder sound.

 Well, Jimi would be awesome, too.

Gonna change topics on you.  It’s *drum roll* Confession Time. What’s your biggest writing sin?

I think you’ve already told everyone it’s procrastination, remember? We’ve got the support group going and I’m working on it.  But today, for example, I’m doing this interview with you instead of working the genie story.

*huffs* Don’t blame me. We’re almost done, and then you can get back to that other book.

 Next question: Are you more of a rule follower or a rebel?

Rebel with a cause.

Why?

I’m okay with bending or breaking any rules as long as there’s an excellent reason for doing it.

 Hmmm…so is that one of the ways you’re like me?

 Abso-freakin-lutely!

 So, what inspires you to bend or break rules?

 Love.

 Huh?

 I can’t think of any situation or rule that isn’t trumped by love. And I hope that’s what inspires my writing, too.

 Aww….that’s so true. I hope it inspires you, too. So, what message do you want readers to take from your books?

 This is really the hardest question you’ve asked me!  I’ll try to explain using my *other* book, Dolphin Girl, okay?

 *huffs* Fine.

 Dolphin Girl is about being true to yourself and being happy with that. It’s about losing any expectations of perfection. It’s about empathy and forgiveness. That’s a lot of themes flying around.  Whenever I think about my readers, I don’t think I want them to “get” this.  Instead, I think I hope this book makes it to readers who can find something useful in it.

Oh. Makes sense to me.   

 Okay, last question. Is there anything you’d like me to mention to your Guardian Angel? ‘Cause I totally have contacts.

I know you do!  Please let her know how grateful I am for everything. And…um…if she could help me figure out the housekeeping thing, that’d be great!

 Will do and—ssh—you have to promise not to tell, but I heard there’s some help on that coming soon.

 Hey there!  Shel’s book Winging It! features me and that Victor guy up above. So, you should probably check it out here:

  Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Winging-Angel-Training-1-ebook/dp/B007K9YV0Y/ref=sr_1_1_title_1_kin?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337268250&sr=1-1

 And follow her on the web:  

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/#!/sheldelisle

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/#!/ShelDelisle

 Or sign up for her mailing list, which will only go out once or twice a year, because she does procrastinate.  She’ll let you know what’s going on with her books, like the new one with me. 

Mailing list:  http://eepurl.com/j29Vv

 Thanks, Grace.  Especially for the mailing list plug.

Have a great weekend, all!  See you soon.

May 18, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . author interviews. 9 comments.

An interview with Joelle McClure

Hi Everyone,

Sooooo…

Grace was supposed to come back on Monday to finish up the author interviews. She didn’t.  Then, she was supposed to come back on Tuesday.

My calendar says it Wednesday and thank heaven she’s back.

Today we have Joelle McClure, author of the newly released YA novel, Puck Bunny.  Here’s a little about Joelle’s novel before Grace gets back to her interviews.

After her mother’s death, Sammi will do anything to get her father’s affections, including quitting figure skating to take up hockey. Dad’s the head coach of the Devils, an AHL hockey team. But when a brutal hit during a high school playoff game puts Sammi’s goalie career on ice, she embarks on a reckless plan to regain her father’s attention. One that will either destroy or piece back together her tattered family.

Get rid of Dad’s new fiancee? Check. Lose weight and become a stylish fashionista? Check. Make friends with the daughter of Dad’s boss? Check. But Sammi’s new frenemy sucks her into the world of puck bunnies, while Sammi’s own world spins out of control.

After Dad skips Sammi’s first art show at a local gallery, Sammi decides to up the stakes to get her dad’s attention. She hatches a plot to seduce the team’s star forward. But can she go through with it? Sammi isn’t so sure she’s fighting for Dad’s affections anymore. It’s starting to feel like she’s struggling to save herself.

That sounds incredibly original, Joelle! I haven’t seen very many books with hiockey at the center of them and I’m a fan of the sport.  Okay I’m handing you off to Grace. Sorry.

Hey, Joelle. Like Shel said Puck Bunny sounds very original.  Your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you.  What are you working on now? 

I will actually be doing a revision of a novel I completed awhile ago. It is YA historical fiction. I got a banging idea on how to revise and set it apart from the pack of other novels set during that time period. I’m excited to get back to it!

Wow!  That’s very different from this one, which makes me wonder are you more like a character from your first book or your second?

I am definitely most like Sammi, the protagonist of PUCK BUNNY.

You’re not a goalie, though, right?  You’re a writer, which means you must like books at least as much as hockey.  So, what is your favorite book of all time?

My favorite book is Charlotte’s Web.

Oh! I don’t even read and I loved the part where she puts words into the web.  It’s so sweet.

Okay we’re gonna do a 180 degree topic change. Lets get back to those hockey players.  In your opinion what makes a guy character swoony.

Big muscles, long flowing locks, a smoldering gaze. You get the picture!

I definitely get the picture. And you know who else likes smolder—Dalya Moon, the author who kicked off this series.   

Okay, now other than getting all dreamy about smolder guy, what’s your biggest writing sin?

I procrastinate. A lot. Then a little more. 

Psst…if you promise not to tell—hold on, my author is saying I already missed two days for this interview. Sheesh, she’s a pain.

I guess we should just stop procrastinating and move along.  Would you say you’re more of a rebel or rule follower?

Total rebel. I gotta be me!

Excellent!  Now what kinds of rebel things inspire you?  

People and their life experiences and how it affects them.

That’s a pretty big category—lots of inspiration there. And, how about themes?  Any special ones?

I write about forgiveness in probably every book.

Aww…that’s very, very, very important. And I hope that means you’ll forgive me for procrastinating on this interview.

Last question.  Can I pass something along to your Guardian Angel?

Yes, tell her I said thank you!

I sure will. GAs love to hear that.

Okay everyone, if you like hockey, forgiveness and smolder check out Joelle’s book, Puck Bunny here:

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Puck-Bunny-Joelle-M-McClure/dp/1475180500/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1337181519&sr=1-1

And, here’s Shel again with housekeeping stuff.

Hey there, we have one more author interview in the series and I hope to be able to bring that to you next week.  In the meantime, Grace suggested she interview me, and I *reluctantly* agreed. It should go up on Friday, because to be completely honest about this she hasn’t even given me the questions yet. See you then.

May 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . author interviews. Leave a comment.

A Super Secret Special Mission

Hi Everyone,

Grace was called away on a SPECIAL mission.  She’ll be back on Monday with a new author interview.

May 11, 2012. Tags: , , , , . author interviews, Uncategorized. Leave a comment.

An Interview with Rachel Donnelly

Hey everyone my author is super busy today, so she said, “just go with it, Grace.”

So…here we go. Today we have Rachel Donnelly and she’s written a pirate story, which is cool since I’m a fan of those Johnny Depp movies.  But before I ask her questions, you should read this description of her novel. 

Evelina Crimm just wants to be normal. She has her life planned, until she spends summer vacation with two crazy Aunts and discovers she’s a Water Witch. Soon things get a little freaky and she’s living a double life, slinging hash during the week and dodging black magic spells every weekend. Not to mention a certain mysterious warlock she can’t seem to stay away from.

Frankie Holler is on a mission to catch a Time Pirate and he isn’t above bending a few rules to do it, but teaming up with a Novice Witch isn’t part of the plan. Time Keepers work alone. At least, that’s what he’s been told, and he agrees, until he meets Evelina. He’s not much of a talker, but it sure is hard to keep secrets with her around.

Rachel!  Witches and Time Keepers. It sounds like you have a great imagination and   your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you. What’s the next project they’re helping you out on?

I’m busy working on the next Evelina novel.

Awesome.  So are you more like Eveline? Or Frankie? Or another character from the book?

Wow! Tough question.  But probably Evelina, though with different magic. Ha!

You know on my first Mission, this little kid thought that I was magic when I did something nice. I hope your magic is good magic. Evelina’s, too.

Don’t get upset about this next question. *whispers behind a cupped hand* My author came up with it.  Ready? What’s your favorite book of all time?

The complete works of William Shakespeare. Yeah, I was the weird kid in English class.

Yeah, but it’s okay to be weird.  I only know a little Shakespeare:  Romeo, Romeo, where’s the art Romeo? 

I never got it. Why was she looking for art when she had this swoony guy? Did you think Romeo was swoony?

I like alpha males with a great sense of humor.

Hmmm…Romeo wasn’t very funny. 

Okay, now for this question we’re going to use your fantastic imagination.  If you could go to a rock concert in Heaven, who would you go see? (*hint* you have to pick someone who is dead)

Another tough one.  Geez.  It’s a toss up, between Janis Joplin and Freddy Mercury– two amazing voices.

Awesome choices!!  Both Emily Ward and Jack Blaine want to see Freddy, so maybe you could go together…like later on—much later on—when you all get to Paradise.

Rachel I hope you’re ready to for confession time. What’s your biggest writing sin?

Obsessive editing when I should be just spewing out the rough copy.

Yep. You sound a little like my roomie, Mercy.  Here’s my best angelic advice: spew, baby, spew.

I’m gonna guess that you’re a rule follower with all that obsessive editing. But I’m required to ask this question–are you more of a rule follower or a rebel?

I’m a rebel I guess. 

Really?  I got that wrong.

Are you sure? Why would you say that?

I’m a follow your heart kinda girl. 

Oh, I get it and yeah, sometimes following your heart means breaking the rules. Good for you!

Other than your heart, what inspires you?

Wow these questions just keep getting harder don’t they.

I’m glad it’s you having to answer them instead of me.

Ha!

I think there’s beauty and magic everywhere.  You can’t buy the good things in life.  People with the courage to stand up for what is right inspire me.   

All of those things are very inspirational to me, too. So, what themes do you write about or what do you want readers to take from your books.

Friendship and courage.  I believe standing up for what is right despite how it affects you is true courage.  We all have magic within us, and it’s important to support each other on our journeys toward our dreams.  

I love that! And, it’s so truly true.

Before we go, is there anything you’d like me to mention to your Guardian Angel? ‘Cause I totally have contacts.

Cool.  I could totally use some contacts.

Hahaha!

I’d just like to thank my Guardian Angels for getting me this far. And, to thank you so much for having me here today.

Aww…Rachel, that’s really sweet. It’s been great getting to know you and thank you for the interview.  I’ll be sure to pass along the message to your GA, too.

If you’re into beauty and magic and friendship and courage (and if you aren’t you should be.) check out Rachel’s book here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Evelina-Time-Pirates-ebook/dp/B006X7OUEG/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1326549740&sr=1-2

And you can find her at her blog or Facebook, too:

Blog: http://author-racheldonnelly.blogspot.com/

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003365559394

May 10, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . author interviews. Leave a comment.

An Interview with Brina Courtney

Hello!

Today I’m excited to have YA author Brina Courtney on the blog.  Her Cryptid Tales are a blend of sci-fi, paranormal and a little romance, too. Before I turn her over to Grace, here’s a little bit about the first book in the series, Reveal.

Shay Tafford’s childhood has been fatherless, filled instead with memories of speaking to those who have passed on. She does this while hiding her unique ability from those living around her. She can’t tell her best friend, or her brother, and she definitely can’t confide in her psychologist mother for fear of her mom locking her up.That’s why it’s been comforting to have Jeremy, a seventy year old child ghost, as her confidante. But recently he’s been absent, perhaps lost as her father is.  When Shay meets Hugh, the boy she’s had a crush on for weeks, and finds he can speak to ghosts too she’s just starting to find a normalcy in her life. But as Hugh reveals the truth to Shay, about who she really is and about what it is she can do, he erases all chances she had at a normal existence.  Turns out talking to ghosts is just scratching the surface of her genetically engineered gifts. Shay learns she may be part of an age old prophecy that could save an entire race of beings. But can she?

Now there is the threat of an attack from a dark force with unlimited power and she must decide if she accepts her fate as a part of the prophecy.  Can Shay and Hugh defeat this evil and save the people they love, before they too are lost forever?

Okay, Grace, take it away.

Wow, Brina! That sounds pretty scary and the cover is spooky, too. Your Muse must be doing a great job inspiring you. What’s the next project they’re helping you out on?

Well my Muse being Adele I feel like it should be some angsty break up novel, but instead it’s a short story collection all about horrible dating, and kids throwing stuff. Like poop. Yep it’s a book about poop.

Adele the singer?  My author ❤ her. And how cool that you’re writing short stories. They’re perfect for take it anywhere Kindle reading. 

So are you like one of your new poop throwing characters or one of the characters from your Cryptid Tales?

I would like to pretend Shay is the kick butt version of myself, but I’d be lying. However there is definitely a little bit of me in her.

Sssh.  Never admit that you’re not kick butt.  Let it be your mantra: I, Brina Courtney am kickbutt.  Like that, okay?

Now don’t kick my butt over this next question, because nobody likes it. What’s your favorite book of all time?

Harry Potter. I am such a potterhead.

Excellent! And it didn’t even throw you for a sec. Now, in your opinion what makes a guy character swoony-worthy? (in HP for me it was Cedric Diggory)

He respects a woman, for her beauty both in and out. And I was a beauty queen so I feel like I get to say that. And if he has an accent or uniform, major brownie points.

Yep, especially a British accent – like Cedric. Or better yet Prince Harry (not Potter).

Now if you could go to a concert with the uniformed, accented one who respects your inside and outside beauty—yes, we’re talking Heaven—who would you see?

Hmmmm… tough. How about not a rock concert?

Sure, okay.

I think seeing Beethoven play would be pretty epic and life changing. Do I get to come back after?

Back to Earth? Well, no. But it can still be life changing—roll over Beethoven.

Can you imagine that twitpic? “Hey it’s just me with B, we’re bffs now.”

Ha! That would be cool. Hey, anything is possible in Paradise. So, gonna change topics on you.  It’s *drum roll* Confession Time. What’s your biggest writing sin?

I eat, a lot. A lot of chocolate, actually. I need to stop writing, and start walking a bit more. And stop eating. I can tell you right now two of those things won’t happen.

Haha! Great confession. My author does these high-stepping marching things to try to combat writer’s butt and I can’t even tell if it’s working or not.

So, chocoholic isn’t a horribly sinful. Are you more of a rule follower or a rebel?

Rule follower.

Why?

I’m a teacher so I have to enforce the rules and I realize how important they are. Especially for kids, we make rules to keep them safe. They’re important. I am also a goodie goodie.

Hmmm…I’ve never had much success with teachers, or rules for that matter, but I’m a goodie goodie, too.  Now, I’m curious about how you get inspired.  Adele…yes. Chocolate…probably. Exercise…not so much.  What else?

Other books, teenagers, the weather, flowers, my dogs, friends, family, chocolate… cheerleading. A lot of stuff, oh syfy channel, movies, TV shows, music, art.

Ah, so chocolate is a definite.  And, I love your list Brina! Especially that teenagers inspire you, since you’re writing for them.  Ideally, what would you like them to take from your books?

The author’s note in my next novel, Capture, is all about how it’s ok to be different. I’m different and I turned out just fine.

I’m different too and, you’re right, it is 100 percent fine. .

Okay, last question. Is there anything you’d like me to mention to your Guardian Angel? ‘Cause I totally have contacts.

Dude, sweet!

Ummm… yeah, let’s get to work on that whole pony thing. I’ve been asking the big man upstairs about that for a while. He’s related to Santa right? I mean they have to have each other on speed dial by now. K? Thanks!

Sssh…don’t tell, but I recently learned it’s actually the same guy, like the Clark Kent/Superman secret identity thing.  But, anyway, yeah—one pony comin’ up.

Hey there!  Brina’s Cryptid Tales have great reviews on Amazon. Here’s where you can go to check them out.

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Reveal-Cryptid-Tales-ebook/dp/B006MOTN42/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1333508888&sr=8-3

And follow her on the web, especially on Twitter in case she gets that pic of Beethoven.

https://twitter.com/#!/BrinaCourtney

http://www.brinacourtney.blogspot.com/

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13484455-capture

Thanks Brina and thanks Grace.  We’ve only got a few handful of interviews left, so stop back tomorrow for Rachel Donnelly.

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