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Author Interview One God: The Will To Power

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Have you been writing for a long time?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. My grandmother gave me a thick book with a black cover and an embossed golden title on the front page (with my name as well!). I found the golden lettering absolutely gorgeous, but there was a slight problem with the book… it was full of empty pages, and I would have to be the one to fill them with my thoughts.
The first impression I put down concerned cleaning my room as ordered by my mom. As you can probably guess, it wasn’t very thrilling. Still, I found out it’s possible to express quite a lot on paper, and the words on paper can express more than photos, movies, and even me (I’m very shy). I continued writing in my book (my schoolteacher was especially keen on that) until I went to university and no longer had time. I started my first job and was busy with the serious stuff. Sometimes I tried to put a story together, but as I didn’t practice, it was pretty daunting.
I got back to writing when I settled down in the city I live in now. It’s in the mountains, and people here love telling stories (which often involves gossiping, but in a friendly way). I decided to take several creative writing courses to dust off my long-forgotten ability to write. I started to write kids’ fairy tales—I think it’s pretty easy to guess why—and discovered how much I missed telling stories.
Writing has been my main job since 2012, when I published my first novel—Absolute Sunset—in Poland. This was the moment when I realized I want to be a writer, and I will write no matter what was going on in my life—I simply need to.

What inspired you to start a writing career? 

That’s a tough question—thank you, it gave me an opportunity to get down to the core of my writing. It’s the world, I think. I wanted to be able to keep some stories in freeze-frame. I wanted them to stay with me, the way they stayed in the book my grandmother gave me. The feelings, the places, the people I met. The worries, the joys. I wanted to put it all in safe storage—between the covers. Of course my books are very intense, and will shake you.  But still, my readers notice all of the details between the lines. These are my gems, my precious memories that were so striking I had to put them down and share them with others.

Is this book a stand-alone, or part of a series? 

This book is the first one in a series of three. This is the first time I’ve written a series, and I’m very satisfied about what I’ve learned on the way, although the learning process was sometimes pretty painful.

Why did you choose this genre?

I’m a very small and skinny person. My voice is small too, and often people tend not to notice my presence. But I’ve got so much to tell them! I’m worried about the issues I observe every day, small and big, from one animal being mistreated, to big political issues. I’d like to discuss them, but nobody listens to a short woman with a miniature dog. Thus, I need to write about what troubles me, and I need to do it in a bold way so that everyone will listen. I have to cry the concerns out. And this is where thrillers come in handy. I can not only yank the reader by the sleeve and say look at this, this is not fair, but also focus on the psychological aspects of the choices we make. This gives me almost unlimited tools for telling my stories. And if I feel like I need more, I reach for other genres to put together a a kind of (spicy) smoothie.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write and don’t care about the outcome. Get yourself a book with an embossed golden title and put down everything you find interesting. This is your story, and the more authentic you are in telling it, the bigger the chance the effects will be stunning. Go for it!

About the Book

onegod_coverTitle: One God – The Will To Power

Author: Kata Mlek

Genre: Dystopian, Technothriller, Science Fiction

Miran Zyelinski has had enough of ethics and laws getting in the way of progress.

Nothing—not the government, not the church, and certainly not lesser men—will hold back Miran’s vision for humankind: immortality.

Miran will need wealth, brilliance, and ruthlessness to achieve his goal. Andreas can provide wealth, but must be paid in his own currency, and his price is high. Satia has brilliance and ruthlessness to match Miran, but their mix is volatile.

Opposed on all sides, Miran will not waver from his goal of immortality. The question is not whether he will succeed, but who will be left alive when he does.

Based on real-world developments in biology and genetics, this technothriller rolls relentlessly through unexpected twists and continuous shifts of power, culminating in a tempting, disturbing, and altogether-too-likely vision of the future, where one corporation gains almost total control over the world.

Book 1 of 3. Includes The Genesis Files, bonus micro-fiction and art from the world of One God.

Note: contains strong language and some disturbing scenes. For mature readers only.

 

Author Bio

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I began my writing career in 2012 after leaving the IT industry. In Poland, I’ve had several successful novels published by traditional publishers. In 2015, I made the decision to switch to self-publishing and start my international career.

In 2015, I published the English edition of my intense psychological thriller Absolute Sunset.  This was one of the most talked-about books in Poland in 2012, and the English edition has been equally well-received.

In 2016, I published One God—a trilogy of techno-thrillers about corporate control of genetic modifications. Originally published in Polish as a single long novel, the English version was expanded and re-written to create a trilogy with lots of great new scenes.

Now I’m working on another psychological thriller, a brand-new story written directly in English for my English readers.

All of my books cross genres—I like to experiment with different styles to create the effect I want, and to give my readers a unique experience. My Polish background gives me a different perspective and makes my writing fresh, although I feel it’s still accessible—inside we’re all the same, after all.

You can read my free short stories, get writing tips, and catch up with me on my blog at katamlek.com. If you like my work, you can become my patron on Patreon and get future books for free. And of course, you can find me on Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Cover Reveal Into the Outside

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About the Book

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Title: Into the Outside

Author: Lynda Engler

Genre: YA Dystopian

When the mutants’ survival is threatened, will Isabella risk it all for the man she hardly knows or stay underground protected?
Fifty years ago the Earth died. In its place emerges a dangerous jungle world with oddly altered wildlife and a handful of short-lived mutated humans. Below ground, survivors wait.

One young mutant tribe leader, Malcolm, takes his people on a journey to find a better home. Isabella, a young woman born underground and in perfect health is intrigued by what is Outside. Isabella dawns a protective suit and meets Malcolm.

When the mutants’ survival is threatened, will she risk it all for the man she hardly knows or stay underground protected?

About the Authors

Henry & Lynda bioLynda Engler grew up in New Jersey, then spent three decades in New England, between Connecticut and Vermont, but now makes North Carolina her home. When not reading or writing, she enjoys being outside kayaking, walking or cycling. This is her second book. Her first, The Forgotten Isle, was published in 2004 and rereleased in 2011 with new illustrations by Noa Chaikin and is middle-grade historic fiction.

Henry Dixon is a massage therapist in North Carolina. His insightful understanding of human nature and his expert ability to weave ideas together made him the perfect co-author for Into the Outside, even if he never wanted to be a writer.

Links

Amazon Paperback: $10.99

Amazon Kindle: $1.99

Kindle Unlimited: Free

Author website: http://www.lyndaengler.com

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Release Blitz The Running Game

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About the Book

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Author: L.E. Fitzpatrick

Genre: Dystopian

Rachel’s father called it the running game. Count the exits, calculate the routes. Always be ready to run because they’ll always be coming for you. Whatever happens, they’ll always be coming for you.

On the surface, Rachel is just an ordinary doctor, trying to stay alive in war-torn London, but she has a secret. Rachel is a Reacher – wanted by the government and by the criminal underworld – for her telekinetic powers.

Charlie and his brother John had a reputation for doing the impossible. But after losing his family, Charlie is a broken mess and John is barely keeping him afloat. In desperation, they take a job from a ruthless ganglord only to discover the girl they are hunting is a Reacher – one of their own kind.

James Roxton, a conman and thief, is searching for the man who tried to kill his mother. Suddenly embroiled into the plan to kidnap Rachel, he decides he can turn things to his own advantage.

Even with the help of dangerous and dubious allies, can Rachel turn the game around and save herself?

Author Bio

L E Fitzpatrick is a writer of dark adventure stories and thrillers. Under the watchful eye of her beloved rescue Staffordshire Bull Terrier, she leaps from trains and climbs down buildings, all from the front room of a tiny cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside.

Inspired by cult film and TV, L E Fitzpatrick’s fiction is a collection of twisted worlds and realities, broken characters, and high action. She enjoys pushing the boundaries of her imagination and creating hugely entertaining stories.

The Running Game, her latest book and the first instalment of her dystopian Reacher series, is due for re-release in October 2015 under the Booktrope label.

Blog: http://l-e-fitzpatrick.blogspot.be/

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Guest Post The Phoenix Project

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Please welcome D.M. Cain to my blog. She’s the author of psychological thriller “The Phoenix Project” and she’s here today to talk about her editing process.

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My editing process is a long and tiring one, but strangely I wholeheartedly enjoy parts of it (especially the early stages.)

I initially write my books using two methods. I spend a few hours a week sitting in cafes or restaurants with my trusty notebook, where I will hand-write sections of my story. It’s a bit old-school, I know, but there’s something special about cutting off from technology and getting back to basics with good old pen and paper. I often find that this is when my creativity truly blossoms. The other way that I write large sections of my novels is through #Writestorm sessions. These are amazing short power bursts of writing that I complete with other author friends, during which we race to write as many words as possible within a given time. The work I produce in these sessions is often quite rough and needs heavy editing, but this process allows me to get a large number of words down quickly. (The writestorm process is the brainchild of author Andy Mengel and is outlined in his book, available here: www.amazon.com/Writestorm-Create-Novel-Conception-Publication-ebook/dp/B0139V15T6/)

So, after my initial draft is written, my first edit begins. I wouldn’t dream of letting a real editor even glance at an early version, so instead I print it out and edit it myself on paper. Again, doing the work on real paper somehow allows me to see errors more easily and not get distracted by the screen flickering and e-mail notifications popping up. This is when I do my initial line editing changes, including picking up the ridiculous typos that I’ve made during writestorms!

I also try to pick myself up on the errors that I know I am prone to making: Starting every sentence with a proper noun or pronoun (I’m terrible for that…), lots of ‘looking’, passive voice, unnecessary detail.

Once my line editing is complete, I do the whole thing again. I start from the beginning and edit it through for overall plot consistency and to check it fits in with the timeline of my greater series (when editing my fantasy books). I tend to make errors to do with times of day, weather, etc and need to check for those. Sometimes I need to add new chapters or take out unnecessary chapters to improve the overall plot structure.

Then, when I’m happy with my version, it goes to my editor at Booktrope – the amazing Pam Harris. No matter how well I think I’ve edited it, she will still tear it to shreds! I pull my hair out, fret over things, lose sleep through anxiety, then finally actually sit down and make the changes. It is ALWAYS 100% better after the changes she has suggested. She does 2 or 3 passes over it and then, when we’re both happy with it, it goes to the proofreader.

Sophie Thomas – another amazing member of my team – reads it through, picks up anything we’ve missed and points out anything glaring that we have forgotten about, or been too close to the book to see. Then it’s finally ready!

About the Book

12164853_1633967323522553_1599954634_oTitle: The Phoenix Project

Author: D.M. Cain

Genre: Psychological Thriller

A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…

A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting new novel, The Phoenix Project.

Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.

In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.

Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?

‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.

Author Bio

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.

D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.

Links

Website: http://dmcain84.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dmcain84

Twitter: @DMCain84

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Author Interview Regina Shen Series

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I’m interviewing Lance Elrick today, author of the Regina Shen Series, a YA science-fiction / dystopian series. Welcome to my blog!

Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve been writing since I was eleven. We moved around a lot while I was growing up, including a stint in a boarding school in Brussels. Stories that I read and wrote seemed to anchor me. Writing has come in spurts with bursts of creativity interspersed with life and other priorities pulling me away. But every time I’ve gotten dragged away, I’ve come back better prepared and with renewed vigor for writing.

What inspired you to start a writing career?

At first, I enjoyed adventure stories and then thrillers and science fiction, in particular Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, and Ray Bradbury. My first writings were inspired by stories I’d read that I felt I could match. One published story that had great promise but fell flat inspired me to write my first novel. Unfortunately, I soon learned that getting into someone else’s story and writing my own were quite different. My story was even flatter than the one that inspired me. It took many years of practice and development to get to the point I felt confident in my writing. Then I found inspiration in my many interests from history to science and social developments.

Is this your first series? If not, can you tell us about your first series?

Regina Shen is my second series. My first, the Rebel series, actually didn’t start out as a series. I’d written Rebels Divided, now the third book in that series, and one of the main characters bugged me to write her story. That became The Rebel Within, followed by The Rebel Trap. The series takes place after a second civil war divides the United States into a Federal Union that is predominantly female and a warlord controlled Outland in the mountains, since mountain people tend to be a fiercely independent lot. Because of atrocities committed during the war and technology that allows two women to have a child without a father, the Federal Union has gone down the path of ostracizing males.

Annabelle Scott is at odds with the Federal Union because they took her parents when she was little. Raised by an adoptive mother in the political opposition, she is expected to become a cop or a mechanized warrior supporting her regime.

In The Rebel Within, she rebels against being forced to capture escaped boys, including one she fancies. This puts her and her adoptive family at risk. In The Rebel Trap, her military commander gives Annabelle audio implants and video cameras to watch everything she does, which kicks her rebelliousness and risks to a new level. Then, in Rebels Divided, the local governor pledges Annabelle to the local warlord as part of a secret deal and Annabelle has to find common ground with an Outlander she’s sworn to kill. The series deals with the dilemma of following conscience at odds with what she’s told to do.

Why did you choose science-fiction as a genre to write in?

I grew up with science fiction stories, movies, and TV shows. I’ve found myself drawn to this genre because of the ability to speculate about our many potential futures. I like to explore the future implications of social and technological developments on people, the characters in my head. Science fiction in its broadest sense considers itself the big tent, bringing in traditional science fiction, fantasy, horror, historical time travel, and alternative history, all of which speculate about different worlds and different ways we can relate to each other. I find this to be an exciting place to write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write because you have a passion for stories. Write because you have characters in your head that you want to share with other. Write because you have stories rattling around that keep you up at night because they need to be told. Write because you want to take the journey with your characters and believe others will want to come along.

Whatever you do, don’t write with the goal of striking it rich. You have a better chance of winning the lottery, though winning it through writing will be far more enjoyable, plus you can share it with your fans without impoverishing yourself. In writing, don’t copy what you believe will be popular if you don’t have passion for the stories themselves. Your readers can tell and you will be frustrated with the result.

Make sure you know where your story is going before you write, otherwise you could end up with a flat, or even circular story that doesn’t go anywhere. Don’t be afraid to experiment and test your boundaries. You are bound to grow from the experience even if that particular story doesn’t sing. An example is writing from the points of view of different genres and people who are on the surface different than you. When you stumble onto writers block, I find it best to frame the problem and move onto something else, letting my subconscious sort out a solution. It might not always work, but I find trying to bulldoze a solution never does. Then edit, edit, edit some more. Your potential readers deserve the best experience you can provide.

Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I’m working on several story ideas right now, more than I have time for. I’ve sketched out another novel in the Regina Shen series that people are asking for. I have two completely different alien stories I want to tell. Then there’s is a time travel story that shoots back into ancient history and a futuristic computer hacking story. That’s the short list.

About the Books

Regina Shen: Resilience

25182758Outcast Regina Shen is forced by the World Federation to live on the seaward side of barrier walls built to hold back rising seas from abrupt climate change. A hurricane threatens to destroy what’s left of her world, tearing Regina from her family. Global fertility has collapsed. Chief Inspector Joanne Demarco of the notorious Department of Antiquities believes Regina holds the key to avoid extinction. Regina fights to stay alive and avoid capture while hunting for her family.

Regina Shen: Vigilance

25182782Regina Shen is pursued by the notorious Department of Antiquities for her unique DNA. She jumps the Barrier Wall into the Federation to find her kidnapped sister. Stuck on a heavily-guarded closed university campus, she must use her wits to escape and rescue her sister without letting either of two rival Antiquities inspectors capture her.

Regina Shen: Defiance

25487343Regina Shen has DNA the Federation believes can reverse a global fertility collapse. Rival Federation agents fight over capturing Regina to gain power amidst turmoil over who will become the new World Premier. Regina has to flee from Virginia through desert and wilderness to Alaska to hunt a treasure big enough to barter for her freedom and that of her sister.

Author Bio

Lance Erlick likes to explore the mysteries of intriguing worlds with remarkable, often strong female guides facing and overcoming adversity as they try to change their world. He hopes readers will enjoy his writing as they discover different worlds, going places they may never have been.

He writes science fiction thrillers, appealing to young adult and adult readers. He is the author of the Rebel series. In those stories, he explores the moral consequences of following conscience. He wrote the Regina Shen series—Regina Shen: Resilience, Regina Shen: Vigilance, and Regina Shen: Defiance. This series takes place after abrupt climate change with a new society under the World Federation. Lance is also the author of short stories and novelettes.

Links

Website: http://www.lanceerlick.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/lanceerlick

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7030941.Lance_Erlick

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Guest Post Gifted Tour

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I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for YA paranormal “Gifted”. I hope you enjoy the guest post, and I’ll leave the word to  J.A. George now, the author.

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Hello!

My name is J.A. George and I am the author of Gifted – The Hayven Series. It took me a while to decide on what I would write for this guest blog post and I had many different ideas until I settled on perhaps the most obvious: writing.

Once I had decided to write Gifted and I had the basic plot written out, I couldn’t stop. It was like one idea followed another and then another followed that one and so on. I’ve always loved writing, I think every author says that, (or they should!) but before I decided to become an author, I didn’t see it as something I could do as a future career. Until one day, I sat on my bed, opened up a blank Word document and typed out a few lines. It was after those few lines that I brought myself a black leather journal and properly yet briefly planned out the storyline of all four books in the series. Since then, I’ve found it better to write before I type and Gifted has seen me go through five different notebooks.

My favourite thing about the entire writing process has to be the building of my characters because, despite how weird this may make me sound, when I write about a character, build their life, give them a family and friends, describe their features and explain their personalities, their likes and dislikes, it honestly is as if they come alive.

Hmmm, I feel like this is a good time to pop in an excerpt; I’ll go with the blurb:

“Why do birds fly? Why do lions hunt deer? Why does the sun shine and the moon glow? Because it must. I wish I could tell you why, I truly do. It mustn’t be easy, such pressure weighted on such young shoulders, but we do not always choose the lives we must lead.”

Avery Gray had no choice but to be different. She was not born that way; she was chosen.

After having met a special, silver-haired woman, and the handsome and enigmatic Theodore-James Connors, Ava finds herself in Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. With Theo, his friends, Hayven, her gift, and the ability to ‘travel’ in different colours, Ava must now accept that she can no longer classify herself as normal. As friendships develop, and Theo and Ava become closer than she anticipated, it turns out her new gifted life comes with a catch. With no choice or say on the matter, Ava must save a city she is starting to fall in love with; a city that has almost begun to feel like home.

As you could probably tell from the blurb, Ava is my main character, and possibly my favourite (honestly, it changes everyday). I wouldn’t say Ava is me, as I know some authors like to base their characters on themselves at times but I can safely say that isn’t the case with Ava and I. However, one thing I did with Ava that makes her similar to me is her reactions. I try to make my characters as realistic as possible so readers can imagine seeing these people walking down their streets on a regular Wednesday afternoon, so when it came to revealing life-changing news, I had the characters react in a way I believe I would. That’s my main aim for Gifted, for people like you (book lovers) to read it and think that what happens to Ava could happen to you (hopefully only the good bits concerning Ava’s life happen to you!) because if you think about it, nothing’s impossible, right?

I immensely enjoyed writing Gifted and I hope readers can sense that when reading the book. I loved building my characters and making up names for cities, but most of all, I Ioved bringing my little idea to life in the form of a book.

J.A. George

About the Book

My e-book coverTitle: Gifted: The Hayven Series

Author: J.A. George

Genre: YA Romance / Fantasy / Dystopian

“Why do birds fly? Why do lions hunt deer? Why does the sun shine and the moon glow? Because it must. I wish I could tell you why, I truly do. It mustn’t be easy, such pressure weighted on such young shoulders, but we do not always choose the lives we must lead.”

Avery Gray had no choice but to be different. She was not born that way; she was chosen.

After having met a special, silver-haired woman, and the handsome and enigmatic Theodore-James Connors, Ava finds herself in Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. With Theo, his friends, Hayven, her gift, and the ability to ‘travel’ in different colours, Ava must now accept that she can no longer classify herself as normal. As friendships develop, and Theo and Ava become closer than she anticipated, it turns out her new gifted life comes with a catch. With no choice or say on the matter, Ava must save a city she is starting to fall in love with; a city that has almost begun to feel like home.

Author Bio

J.A. George is the author of the four-part series, GIFTED: THE HAYVEN SERIES. Jessica spent years of her life reading book after book before sitting on her bed one morning, opening her laptop and typing Chapter One into her word document. Now, not only does she read book after book, she now writes book after book too. When she’s not writing, she’s trying to break her record of finishing a tub of Oreo ice cream in less than forty-five minutes.
You can contact her at Jess.george@hotmail.co.uk

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Author Interview Deviation Tour

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I’m hosting an interview today with Christine Manzari, author of YA dystopian “Deviation”. I hope you enjoy the interview, I certainly had a blast reading through the author’s responses.

1) How long have you been writing?

I used to write short stories and poetry in high school and college, but I wrote my first novel in 2010.

2) Is Deviation your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

Deviation is actually the second book that I finished writing, but it’s the first book I published. The first book I wrote was a fantasy that is still sitting in my computer waiting for a massive rewrite. The characters in that book lived in a kingdom that was divided into five distinct realms. The inhabitants of each realm had magical control over one of he elements—fire, water, air, earth, and spirit. An unknown force was stealing magic and the heroes were searching for answers.

3) Why did you choose dystopian as genre for your book?

I read and love all different kinds of books and actually have story ideas for a variety of genres. I chose the dystopian genre for this book because I wanted to write a story about super heroes and villains who were created and controlled by a government program who dehumanizes them. To the Program, the Sophisticates are not people with choices or freedom, but weapons to be used in their War on Terror. The gritty feel of a dystopian future after a devastating terrorist attack was the perfect backdrop for genetically altered teens who are considered to be nothing more than human weapons, but who desperately want their freedom.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

My biggest piece of advice for aspiring authors is to read a lot. I think reading is the single most important thing a writer can do. It’s important to know what you do and don’t like in writing styles, to see how different people tell stories, to discover a variety of characters and worlds, and to improve your knowledge of storytelling. You will get better by reading what others write. My second piece of advice would be to set aside a time to write every day and then sit down and DO IT. Even if you only get out one paragraph and it’s total crap, write it. My third piece of advice is to surround yourself with other people who like to write. They will motivate you. Writing is a lonely journey sometimes and it’s helpful to have someone to talk to who knows exactly what you’re going through and who can talk you through all the perils of character flaws, plot holes, and writing blocks that you will face.

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

I’m working on several projects now, but I’m really excited about the new adult book I’m writing that takes place in Venice Beach. The title of the book is Hooked and it’s about a snarky, adrenaline junkie, skater girl named Cat who is obsessed with 80s movies and graffiti. Love isn’t really Cat’s thing and she doesn’t trust easily, so when she meets Huck, a confident and rich pretty boy who is her complete opposite, she thinks that a one night stand with him could be fun and harmless. But when all of the secrets they didn’t share are revealed, Cat and Huck discover how easily a one night stand could ruin everything. The problem is, they’re hooked on one another.

About Deviation

deviation_cover_ebookTitle: Deviation

Author: Christine Manzari

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Author Bio

tineredThe first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.

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Deviation on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deviation-Sophisticates-Book-Christine-Manzari-ebook/dp/B00EFZAUYM

Deviation on B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deviation-christine-manzari/1116503777

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