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New Release: Mine to Fear

New Release

 

The Mine Series continues with Waverly’s story in Mine to FearI love Waverly so much. She was such a blast to write–when she wasn’t breaking my heart that is. I hope you all enjoy her as much as I enjoyed writing her. And, for those who’ve been anxious to know, yes, Waverly does show a couple of chapters in Envado. Eeep!

 

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Waverly resents being sent home to Evando just as things are getting intense in Chardonia. She can’t just sit in safety while her friends suffer under oppression and restrictions simply because they are women.

Upon returning to Chardonia, she discovers conditions have degraded faster than she thought possible, and her mere presence puts her loved ones in grave danger. When the Grand Chancellor calls for a change in laws that threatens the lives of her friends, her family, and anyone who doesn’t comply, her only option is to run, with both friend and foe.

As the stakes grow higher with each passing day, Waverly must become the leader she’s never been, or her life, and the lives of all those she cares for, will be lost.

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The Key of Amatahns Blog Hop

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To celebrate the re-release of The Key of Amatahns by Elisabeth Wheatley, Inkspelled Faery is hosting ten days of visiting your favorite authors as they talk about their very first novels, topped off by an all-day Facebook party with fun, games, and giveaways. Check out the full line up of authors and don’t forget to join the Facebook party on the 25th!

You Are Mine CoverSerena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn’t follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life—worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

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To start us off, can you sum up your first novel in a tweet, 140 characters or less?

Serena lives in a world where only men have magic and women are sold off for how much magic is in their blood.

What are you most proud of in this title?

I love the development of Serena. Of how strong she becomes through the story.

Do you think your writing has changed since your debut? In what way?

I feel like, and hope it’s gotten better, stronger. I feel like I’ve learned a lot about writing and have tried to implement it in my newer books.

If you could give one piece of advice to yourself when you were writing your first book, what would it be?

I’d tell myself not to stress so much. I worried a lot about different things related to publishing, and I think it would have been good to calm down and take a breath.

Anything you would do different if you could do it over again?

I would write faster! I would have started writing book #2 sooner. I didn’t start it until about six months after I finished You Are Mine, and I’d have started it right away.

If you thought this was fun, drop by the Facebook party going down on the 25th for more interviews with your favorite Fantasy authors as well as games and goodies galore!

 

New Release: Savage Light

Savage Light is here! A little bit about this story. It takes place the same exact time as Ever Darkening but from Marsa’s perspective. You DO NOT have to read Ever Darkening to read Savage Light. Marsa’s story can stand on it’s own or go with Kaylyn’s.

You can find it at Amazon, and soon on all other major retailers. It is $0.99 for the first week. After that it will be $3.99 so grab it for a buck while you can. Thank you all for being so awesome!

 

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Marsa has always struggled with the fact she goes unnoticed. Her best friend is the one chosen to rid the world of all evil; the man Marsa loves barely knows she exists; and her sole remaining family member dies at the hand of the last evil man in the world.

When all evil is finally defeated, Marsa thinks she’ll at last have the life she wants, even if her mother isn’t there to share it with. And maybe she’ll discover the love of her life loves her back. Only a new quest is set before her and her friends. By the end of their journey, Marsa will question everything she knows. She’ll have to redefine how she wants others to notice her, before their entire world is destroyed.

 

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For those who don’t know, Ever Darkening has a companion novel. Savage Light is by far my favorite cover to date. There’s just so much to love about it. Want to see what I mean? Scroll on down!

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Description:

Marsa has always struggled with the fact she goes unnoticed. Her best friend is the one chosen to rid the world of all evil; the man Marsa loves barely knows she exists; and her sole remaining family member dies at the hand of the last evil man in the world.

When all evil is finally defeated, Marsa thinks she’ll at last have the life she wants, even if her mother isn’t there to share it with. And maybe she’ll discover the love of her life loves her back. Only a new quest is set before her and her friends. By the end of their journey, Marsa will question everything she knows. She’ll have to redefine how she wants others to notice her, before their entire world is destroyed.

 

 

New Release: EVER DARKENING

Ever Darkening is ready for release! I’m thrilled to be able to share this book with you. All the links are below. And, because I love all the support you have given me, I’m making it $0.99 for the first week. After that it will be $3.99 so grab it for a buck while you can. Thank you all so much for your support!

 

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000448_00034]Ever Darkening

a Young Adult Fantasy

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Description:

Perfection. Goodness. Elimination of evil. It’s what seventeen-year-old Kaylyn has trained her entire life to achieve. But no one is prepared for the consequences of her actually defeating all evil people on the planet. Finally successful in her mission, Kaylyn faces an unfamiliar world, full of good people doing good things, in which she no longer has purpose.

When the skies grow dark, and a stranger from another village pleads for her help, her instincts roar to life. It turns out their perfect world isn’t exactly what it seems. Kaylyn’s new quest, harder than any she’s been on before, will rip apart her friendships, her life, and her soul more than any evil man ever managed to.

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Mine to Tarnish Audiobook: Interview with Narrator

Today, I’m very excited to announce that the audiobook for my young adult fantasy, MINE TO TARNISH is complete and ready to buy. Maria Pendolino, the narrator, has done a marvelous job with it! I love how well she has captured Katherine.

You can listen to a sample here, under the cover.

Or you can buy it here.

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The real treat for today is that I had a chance to interview Maria and discover more about what goes on behind the scenes of narrating a book. I’m so happy to welcome Maria to my site today.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Maria: My name is Maria Pendolino and I’m an actor living in New York City. I’m originally from Buffalo, NY. I’ve done work in theatre, TV and film as well as voiceover, commercials and audiobooks! Some of my most memorable roles were on Lifetime’s hit show ARMY WIVES, Nat Geo’s LOCKED UP ABROAD and the Bollywood hit movie ENGLISH VINGLISH. You can hear my voice on commercials for American Express, Zipcar, Robert Mondavi Wines and Monistat.

Janeal: Wow! Sounds like you’ve had some really interesting experiences in your life. Which I’m super grateful for since it lead to narratoring MINE TO SPELL.

Can you tell us what it’s like to narrate one hour of a finished audio book?

Maria: To get one hour of finished audio, it probably takes me about an hour and 45 minutes of studio time and then another half hour of editing time. I’m usually pretty good about being able to read a large amount of text without stumbling or making a mistake, but every once in awhile I’ll get into a giggle fit and I have to keep going back to correct mistakes.

Janeal: That’s crazy to think it takes almost twice as long to make it as the finished audio is. I’d probably get into giggle fits too and never get anything done.

Can you tell us about the studio where you work?

Maria Pendolino HS2Maria: I have a home studio in my apartment. It’s a closet that I have converted into a booth. It’s big enough for me to sit on a stool, have my microphone and a music stand – and that’s about it. It’s not glamorous, but it shuts out the noise of the sirens and the traffic of New York City – so it does the job!

Janeal: I’m impressed that you turned a closet into a booth! That’s so awesome. It may not be glamorous, but it sounds like a great use of space.

How do you decide what to narrate?

Maria: I tend to work on projects that I would enjoy listening to or I would enjoy reading. It makes it a lot easier to narrate a long title when I love the story and the characters. But, I’m always open to trying new genres and I love when authors reach out to me to ask if I might like to be a part of their project.

Do you have a genre you enjoy narrating most? If so, what is it?

Maria: I love young adult, women’s fiction (or “Chick Lit”) and anything that has a snarky or sarcastic tone to it. I also love doing character voices, so any book that has some eccentric characters is a lot of fun to work on.

What’s your favorite part about narrating?

Maria: Bringing stories to life with just my voice and painting a picture that the listener can imagine.

What are some of your favorite books?

Maria: My favorite novel of all time is JEMIMA J by Jane Green. I also love all of Marian Keyes’ books. Other favorite authors are Jen Lancaster, Jennifer Weiner and David Sedaris.

What’s your favorite hobby?

Maria: I’m a theatre nerd and I love going to Broadway shows. I’m in NYC, so gotta take advantage.

Favorite candy bar?

Maria: I actually hate chocolate, which I know is a crime against humanity – but I love Twizzlers.

Janeal: Not like chocolate? That’s crazy! Twizzlers are good though.

Favorite drink?

Maria: I’m a coffee drinker, through and through. With a shot of caramel and maybe a shot of Bailey’s (if I’m not at work!)

Janeal: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on narrating with us, Maria! We’re so glad you stopped by today!

Writing Update

Things have been really quite around here lately. Too quite! So update time.

What I’ve been writing:

Side Projects: I’ve been working on a YA Fantasy for 2 years now and it’s finally, finally, going to the editors the end of this week. Sa-weeeet! Super excited to be getting so close with this one. Can. Not. Wait. To share it with ya’ll.

WritingWhat’s more, it has a companion novel that is coming along and will be going to the editor around Novememberish. Best yet, these two books are the only ones in the series. Well, unless I come up with another idea (which could always happen) but they will stand by themselves as a complete story. Wahoo! This should be coming out the first part of next year.

Mine Series: Yes, I know you’re anxious for book three. My most asked question is when it’s coming out. Answer: I don’t know. Sorry! BUT, I am working on it. It’s about 1/3 written & the rest is already outlined. The writing should go smoothly because of that, editing could be another story. It’s all about how much I miss & how much other people catch that I need to fix.

I’m HOPING it will be published sometime the first half of next year, but no promises.  I’d rather have a good quality book for ya’ll then rush. So while you’re waiting, just remember I’m doing my best and Waverly’s pulling out a lot of sass.

Mine Series Novellas: I also get asked about these A LOT. Things like: Are you going to write from Serena’s mother’s perspective? What about Lukas? Zade? Phyllis? The Grand Chancellor? Answer: Right now, no.

As you can see from the list above, my writing schedule is pretty full. BUT, I would love to explore some of these characters more. They have depth that isn’t explored when someone else is the main character. Hopefully someday I’ll have a chance. And I love to hear opinions on who you’d like a story from, so feel free to chat, comment, email me any time and let me know who you’d like a story from.

Audiobooks: Mine to Tarnish is currently being worked on. The narration is finished, a few chapters need to be edited, and I need to listen to the entire thing. It should be done soon since it’s a shorter narration. And very excited about this narrator. I’m very impressed with her.

Mine to Spell is currently looking for a narrator. I’ve had auditions for it but am still looking for the right voice for Cynthia. Once I find that narrator, it will be in the works.

Where I’ve been:

Fantasy Con in July. Hello awesome! Met  great people, had a hobbit (a.k.a. Billy Boyd) look at my books (seriously wanted to giggle), got to

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see the person who said one of my favorite quotes, “I can kill you with my brain” (a.k.a. Summer Glau), and just had an overall good time.

Comic Con in September. Good night there was a ton of people! Never seen so many people in one place. Got to meet some awesome fans and book bloggers (YOU GUYS ROCK MY WORLD!!!) while there. Telling ya, made life awesome! I also got to see Wash (a.k.a. Alan Tudyk) which made me happy to see he’s alive.

If you were at either or both of these, I’d love to hear your experience. Or to say hi again if we met in person!

Upcoming Events:

Pajama-Rama, Oct. 10th @ 8:00 pm: This is a book event for readers (wahoo! PJs & books, can it get any better!?!) I will be there to chat with, to sell books, and to sign stuff. I may even have some swag to give away!

FanX (tenative): This one isn’t announced yet, so I don’t have anything official, but I’m hoping to make it there.

Conduit, May 22nd – 24th: I’ll be at a booth at this Fantasy/Sci-fi convention with Loralie Hall. Should be a fun experience where I’ll have not only the Mine series, but I’ll also be signing my new YA Fantasy series that’s coming out next year.

If you attend any of these, I’d love to see you!

There will be more added to this as time goes on. If you’d like me to come to any of your events (i.e. book clubs, school) email me and we’ll set something up.

Winners & Questions Answered

Questions answered in part 1:

-If you were Serena’s mother, how would you cope with losing the man who had controlled your whole life?
-I’m really curious as to whose point of view the next book will be coming from?
-So I know Waverly’s story is next, but then can we have Bethany?
-What inspired you to write the Mine series?
-Were you afraid with the Mine series how readers would react to the women being mistreated/kept submissive?
-When can we expect book 3?
-Have you changed them a lot as you write and develop them or did you stick with an original idea as to where the story would lead?
-What makes a great author? What inspired you to write the series? Have you ever doubted choosing a writer’s path? Why? When did you know that you wanted to be an author?


Winners announced. Questions answered in part 2:

-When did you first decide you wanted to take on the monumental task of writing a book, let alone a series?
-How many books will be in the series? When will the 3rd book release?
-How lond did it take you to write mine to spell?
-Have you ever traveled outside of the US? If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
-While creating the world of Chardonia, how did you get the inspiration for the Tarnished?
-How much wood could a woodchuck, chuck- if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
-Where do you get your ideas?
-How did you decide on the covers you have for your books?
-If You Are Mine was made into a movie, who would you want to play Serena?

Missed Question (opps!): Do you identify with any of your characters? If so, which one(s) and in what way?

Also, I have to go through 28 pages today, not 48. Still a lot, but much more doable.

Thank you so much for all the questions!