Jade Kerrion – Interview and Spotlight

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Synopsis:

When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies. 

Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.

The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?

America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.

 

When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spinoff in the award-winning Double Helix series and can be read as a standalone novel.

Where can I purchase this book?

Buy Links (e-books)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK / Apple iTunes / Barnes & Noble / Smashwords

Buy Links (paperbacks)

When the Silence Ends: Amazon / Amazon UK / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository

About the Author:

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Author biography:

Jade Kerrion, an award-winning author, got her start in fan fiction. She developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren’t their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they’re not.)

 

Connect with Jade Kerrion: Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Author Interview: Jade Kerrion

Book title: When the Silence Ends

  1. 1.       Tell us a little about your book.

On the one hand, When the Silence Ends is the story of an ordinary girl, Dee, facing ordinary challenges. She holds down two jobs to pay the rent, makes sure her twin brother gets to his speech therapy class, and wonders how to pay for college. Dee, however, is an ordinary girl in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution—a world that is struggling to deal with the social and political repercussions of human derivatives: the clones, in vitros, and mutants. What chance does “ordinary” have in a world of “extraordinary” people?

  1. 2.       How did you come up with the title?

Silence is a key theme in the novel. Dum, Dee’s twin brother, has not spoken ever since a shattering event destroyed their family when they were five. The novel is the story of Dum’s journey out of silence. A secondary theme is that of secrets. Danyael Sabre, the alpha empath who trains Dum, has secrets of his own, and as the story unfolds, the silence around an eighteen-year old secret comes to an end.

  1. 3.       What inspired you to write this book?

Young Adult novels abound with extraordinary protagonists. I’m sure that in your travels through books, you’ve met the child of destiny who’s fated to end a war and unite two worlds. You’ve probably also met the quiet kid who doesn’t quite fit in, who discovers his amazing super powers and uses them to save the world. Of course, there’s the protagonist who stumbles upon a mysterious world that coexists alongside her reality, populated by sparkly vampires and handsome werewolves.

I’ve found two major themes running through most YA novels: the first, as I noted above, the extraordinary teenage protagonist, and second, the adults are frequently the enemy, ranging from indifferent parents to murderous despots. Neither of those observations particularly aligns with my observations of life.

So, when I set out to write a YA spin off my award-winning Double Helix series, featuring Dee and her twin brother, Dum, I wanted my readers to appreciate adults in more roles than that of the enemy. Some of them are, of course, but like the real world, there’s a vast spectrum of them; some adults even become Dee’s friends and mentors. More importantly though, I wanted my readers to appreciate the power of “ordinary.”

  1. 4.       Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I’d like my readers to realize that “extraordinary” is within all our grasps, and it has nothing to do with destiny, superpowers, or being loved by a vampire. Dee is the embodiment of ordinary, but she still manages to change her world for the better. If she can do it, there’s no reason at all the rest of us can’t.

  1. 5.       Do you have a favorite line or scene from your latest release?

It’s hard to choose just one scene. I enjoy many of the scenes involving Jessica—the fifteen-year old alpha mutant, who, unlike Dee, isn’t ordinary, but is striving to find her own brand of normality, nonetheless. My favorite scene, however, is the very last scene at the concert when the silence ends. Several readers have reported tearing up at that scene.

  1. 6.       Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 

I started at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than most, and believing that my teachers knew what they were doing, I figured I was destined to be a writer. It’s only taken me tens of thousands of hours of work since then to be halfway decent at writing (and I’m still learning each day), but one has to start somewhere.

  1. 7.       Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Neil Gaiman is pure genius in his storytelling ability.

  1. 8.       Have you published anything else?

My award-winning Double Helix series includes three books, Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal, and Perfect Weapon. When the Silence Ends is set in the world of the Double Helix, and readers will find that many of their favorite characters play much larger roles in the main series. My YA science fiction novel, Earth Sim, is a standalone novel, a compelling and whimsical view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.

  1. 9.       What’s next for you? / What is your next project?

Perfection Challenged, the fourth novel in the Double Helix series, will be released in September 2013. I’m currently working on a paranormal romance called City of Eternal Night, with a planned release of December 2013.

  1. 10.   Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I just want to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your enthusiastic reviews, and your outraged e-mails over what I did to some of my characters. Thank you for loving them. Thank you for rereading my novels. Thank you for trusting me with your time. I do promise to honor that trust and keep delivering fantastic novels that keep you reading past your bedtime.

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Richard Levesque – Spotlight and Interview

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What if all you had to do to make your dreams come true was violate the laws of the universe?

That’s not just a philosophical question Eddie Royce has to answer. It’s a choice he has to make when the most famous science fiction writer of the 1930s goes missing and his unscrupulous publisher becomes convinced that Eddie knows all of the older writer’s secrets—not just the secret of where he’s gone, but the secret of how he’s traveled in time.

Until now, Eddie’s fooled himself into thinking he’s got the system figured out, “borrowing” plots from Shakespeare and rewriting them as space operas to make a name for himself in the pulps. But when he finds out that Chester Blackwood—his idol and inspiration—has been cheating the system in ways Eddie could never have dreamed of, the hack science fiction writer finds himself in the middle of a plot that his pulp readers would never have imagined.

Now he has to do all he can to save himself—and Blackwood’s beautiful daughter—from the powerful figures who all want Blackwood’s secret. And violating the laws of the universe might just be the least of Eddie’s problems.

Purchase Link: Amazon 

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Synopsis:

What’s a private detective to do in a future where nothing is private? That’s Ted Lomax’s problem. In the new California, a corporation runs the government, electric cars have drive tones, and a new technology keeps everyone constantly connected to the Internet. Almost everyone.

Disabled in California’s war for independence, Ted is locked out of the new tech. Living on the fringes of society for years, he’s found a way to turn his disability into cash: finding clients who need their info kept off the grid.

But when his daughter is accused of murdering her boyfriend–an agent in California’s Secret Police–Ted has to dig himself out of the hole he’s been in. To save his daughter, he ventures into a shadow world of underground hackers, high-end programmers, and renegade gear-heads, all of whom seem to have a stake in California’s
future.

It soon becomes clear it’s about more than one dead agent. Solving the case might save his daughter. And it might get him killed. And it just might open the door to secrets surrounding the attack that almost killed him eighteen years before.One thing’s certain, though. Ted Lomax will never be the same.

Purchase Link: Amazon 

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Synopsis:

Zombies, werewolves, vampires, rival Bowie tribute bands, and conjoined twin mobsters…it’s all in a day’s work for Ace Stubble, a gritty lawyer whose clients are the undead and paranormal.

Ace should have learned a long time ago that “easy” jobs are never that easy, but how could this one go wrong? All he needs to do is find the right re-animator to put some life back into the dead man’s hand that his friend Pixel Patterson has acquired. There could be a good deal of money in it–and it doesn’t hurt that Pixel is easy on the eyes.

Unfortunately, re-animators aren’t all that cooperative in this city, and before long Ace is calling in favors that lead to other favors. When a van-load of zombies goes missing, Ace realizes there’s more to the dead man’s hand than he’d thought, and there are people far more dangerous than Pixel Patterson trying to unlock the hand’s secrets. But now it’s too late for Ace to back out of the deal, and he has to rely on more than favors if he’s going to come out of this one still in one piece.

Purchase Link: Amazon

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Synopsis:

It’s another open and shut case for Ace Stubble, lawyer for the undead and disembodied.

At least that’s what he thinks.

When Cordelia Dearborn—a ghost with a shady past—hires Ace to rid her home of pesky, freeloading descendants, Ace figures he’ll have no problem collecting his fee. But there’s more to this case than a cranky old ghost and a houseful of unwanted people. Everyone in the Dearborn family—the living, the dead, and the mentally ill—has a secret or two, and Ace can’t avoid getting caught up in all of them. It doesn’t help that Cordelia’s beautiful granddaughter seems willing to do anything to keep from being evicted.

It’s all such a mess that no one—neither the living nor the dead—seems aware that there’s bigger trouble brewing in the house. Ace Stubble has faced danger before, but is he ready for what’s living in the basement of the Dearborn estate?

Purchase Link: Amazon

About the Author:

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Bio:
Richard Levesque has spent most of his life in Southern California and has been a professor in Fullerton College’s English Department since 1999. He has been writing for as long as he can remember, blending his interest in science fiction with his love for 1930s and 40s Los Angeles and Hollywood culture. He joined the ranks of indie authors in 2012 with his first novel, Take Back Tomorrow, and followed it with Strictly Analog and his Ace Stubble series about a lawyer who specializes in helping the undead and paranormal. He is currently at work on a YA post-apocalyptic novel. When not writing or grading papers, he spends time with his wife and daughter and works at being better than a mediocre guitar player.

Where can we find you?

Website

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Interview with Richard Levesque

Question: What have you published recently?

My most recent publication was Unfinished Business, the second novella in my Ace Stubble series about a lawyer who specializes in helping the undead and paranormal with their legal problems.

Question: How, and when, did you decide to become a writer?

I think I’ve known I was going to be a writer since I was about 13 when I spent a summer devouring Edgar Rice Burroughs novels and decided that writing books would be a pretty good way to live. I worked at building up my writing muscles for quite a while after that with a lot of false starts and novels that never really got past the first draft phase. I got more serious about writing in 2005 when I started working on Take Back Tomorrow and then made the leap into self-publishing in 2012 after a couple of years working of working with an agent to try and go the traditional route.

Question: Where can we find your published writing?

My novels are all available on Amazon. They are Take Back Tomorrow, Strictly Analog, Dead Man’s Hand, and Unfinished Business. I have also published short stories in The Colored Lens (online SF magazine at thecoloredlens.com) and Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination (print magazine).

Question: What is a typical day like for you as a writer?

These days, I get up at about 5:30 in the morning and write before anyone else in the house is up–just me and the dog. I write for an hour, getting in around 1000 words. Then I get on with other things. Some days I can sneak back and write a little more, taking the laptop when I’m going to be in waiting rooms or other places where I’d otherwise be idle. I also try to budget time throughout the day to work on marketing in various ways.

Question: What are your favorite characters that you have created? Tell us about them

I really like Andy, the girl in Unfinished Business. She’s a tough kid, not afraid to deal with grown-ups, ghosts and monsters. I imagine my daughter growing into a kid like her–without the monsters and ghosts, of course. I also really like Roxanne Blackwood from Take Back Tomorrow. She, too, is tough–a woman who knows what she wants but who has become stuck in a situation of her own making after some youthful indiscretions come back to haunt her. She’s smart, beautiful, resourceful, and she never gives up. A lot of readers think she’s the real hero of Take Back Tomorrow even though Eddie Royce seems to be the main character. I think they may be right.

Question: do you find you “mentally edit” other writers’ works as you read them? Does doing this help you or bother you?

Not really. I’m a college English professor by day, so I spend a LOT of time editing and correcting other people’s writing. When I read for enjoyment, I turn that part off–unless the errors are glaring, at which point I’m no longer enjoying what I read.

Question: What music do you listen to, while writing?

I don’t seek out music when I write, but I have no problem writing when other things are going on–music, TV, etc. I’m pretty good at tuning it out.

Question: What do you eat while writing?

I don’t think anyone has ever asked me that question. I tend not to eat when I write.

Five for Fun:

What is your favourite non-alcoholic drink?

Lemonade

What is your favourite cartoon character?

I’d probably have to go with Bugs Bunny. More recent ones are awfully good, but Bugs has been with me for an awfully long time.

What is your favourite movie of all time?

Sunset Boulevard

What do you like to do for fun or just to relax?

I play guitar (not very well) and spend time with my family. I also collect books but have to reign myself in so I don’t break the bank.

Question: Where can we find you on the web?

The best place to start is http://www.richardlevesqueauthor.wordpress.com

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Wendy Russo – Spotlight for January Black

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Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old genius Matty Ducayn has never fit in on The Hill, an ordered place seriously lacking a sense of humor. After his school’s headmaster expels him for a small act of mischief, Matty’s future looks grim until King Hadrian comes to his rescue with a challenge: answer a question for a master’s diploma.

More than a second chance, this means freedom. Masters can choose where they work, a rarity among Regents, and the question is simple.

What was January Black?

It’s a ship. Everyone knows that. Hadrian rejects that answer, though, and Matty becomes compelled by curiosity and pride to solve the puzzle. When his search for an answer turns up long-buried state secrets, Matty’s journey becomes a collision course with a deadly royal decree. He’s been set up to fail, which forces him to choose. Run for his life with the challenge lost…or call the king’s bluff.

Where can we purchase this book?

Amazon: Print | Kindle | Nook | Other Digital | Goodreads |  Awards and Praise

About the Author:

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Bio:
Wendy S. Russo got her start writing in the sixth grade. That story involved a talisman with crystals that had to be found and assembled before bad things happened, and dialog that read like classroom roll call. Since then, she’s majored in journalism (for one semester), published poetry, taken a course on short novels, and watched most everything ever filmed by Quentin Tarantino. A Wyoming native transplanted in Baton Rouge, Wendy works for Louisiana State University as an IT analyst. She’s a wife, a mom, a Tiger, a Who Dat, and she falls asleep on her couch at 8:30 on weeknights.

Where can we find you?

Amazon | Blog |  Facebook |  G+  | Goodreads | Pinterest | Tumblr | Twitter

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