Thursday, February 27, 2014

J.L. Spelbring's FLAWED! Plus a giveaway!

In a world where Hitler won the The War, and perfection is constantly sought, Ellyssa has broken free from her austere life and has found another meaning for her existence.

Family, friendship, and love.

But her happiness is short lived. Ellyssa finds herself on the run, again. Her father's work didn't die with him, but lives on in her siblings, Aalexis and Xaver, and they are determined to complete his unfinished dream.

FLAWED BY J.L. Spelbring 
Book Two in the PERFECTION series.
Paperback, 400 pages
Expected publication: August 12th 2014 by Spencer Hill Press




Praise for PERFECTION...

"This book is seriously so unique and amazing it's mind-blowing!" ~ Lauran Hammond

"Wow! That was my initial reaction after finishing Perfection. This is without a doubt one of the most well thought out, cleverly-written and unique books I have ever read." ~ K-Books

"4 stars - Chilling and provocative, these characters will get to you." ~ Stuck In Books

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J.L. Spelbring - lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Cover reveal - Kate Birch's DELIVER ME - with giveaway

DELIVER ME by Kate Jarvik Birch, coming April 15th from Bloomsbury Spark.


One People. One Union. One Future. 
Wynne’s entire life is dictated by the Union: the clothes she wears, the books she reads, even the genes she inherited. And like every other girl in the Union, Wynne dreams of being chosen as a Carrier on her 16th birthday—one of the elite selected to carry the future generation within her womb. Wynne and her best friend Odessa are certain they will both make the cut, but when Odessa is chosen and whisked off to a life of privilege, Wynne is left behind to work as an assistant, delivering babies for the Union.
As Odessa slips deeper and deeper into the role of Carrier, Wynne begins to see the Union for what it really is: a society that criminalizes the notion of love, and forbids words like mother and family.
For the first time in her life, Wynne is faced with a choice: submit to the will of the Union, or find a way to escape and save Odessa before she is lost forever.

About the Author

Kate Jarvik Birch is a visual artist and writer living in Salt Lake City, Utah with her husband and three kids. She wrote her first novel in fourth grade. The main character was suspiciously similar to herself and the love interest bore quite a strong resemblance to the boy she had a crush on. As an adult, her essays and short stories have been published in Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing, Saint Ann's Review, Scissors and Spackle and Indiana Review. Her first play, (a man enters), co-written with Elaine Jarvik, was produced in 2011 by Salt Lake Acting Co.

Kate’s debut novel, DELIVER ME, comes out April 15th from Bloomsbury Spark. PERFECTED will be released July 1st from Entangled Teen.



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Saturday, February 22, 2014

So what about the riding thing?

I've entirely focused this blog on writing so far this year. It's time to toss in a bit about the other half of my life. During winter my horse life winds down a bit, but we usually try to ride once a week.

This year I have three horses I want to compete (I do endurance) and that means I should work harder through the winter. But I spent November, December, and part of January (when the weather was quite reasonable) training other people's horses. That's rewarding and I did accomplish a lot, but I ignored my own. And as soon as the training horses left, winter hit for real. Crazy snow, cold, and the most horrible wind ever. Howling nasty ugliness. Makes me want to unshelve my first book, which is based upon Elementals and events in a parallel world affecting the weather in our world. Yeah, there must be some nasty stuff going on in Tirasvara!

I'm still focusing on my MG books (querying book 1 and getting Mighty Mike in trouble on Mars in book 2) and trying to sneak in a few rides before the wind realizes and tries to blow us to another state.

Here's a pic of my primary mare. She's 7 years old, a purebred arab, and off the track. She's small so didn't do well on the track, but has a ton of heart. She loves leaping over crazy terrain and can't understand the value of walking. For a whole 50 miles. I'm thinking she needs to do a 100 miler this year! If the wind stops blowing long enough to get us both in shape.

So what do you do for fun aside from writing?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Cover reveal and giveaway - Rose Garcia's FINAL STAND

RELEASE: MARCH 24th 2014

Dominique is still alive after killing Tavion, the Tainted who's hunted her for lifetimes. Yet her protectors still fear for her life. They force her to flee Houston and abandon the friends she loves. But they can't protect her from herself. When Dominique starts hearing Tavion's voice in her head, she realizes that her personal connection to the Tainted still exists. And when her car is ambushed, she discovers another frightening truth—someone close to her is a traitor.

Desperate for answers, Dominique seeks the aid of first lifers Trent and Infiniti. With their help, she hopes to find her new enemy. But things get complicated with Trent when she finally accepts her eternal love for Farrell, and even more complicated when the whispers in her head threaten her loved ones. Determined to live, Dominique decides to make a final stand against the forces that want to end her. For good.


Praise for Final Life...

"Rose Garcia will explode your mind with action packed scenes and emotional turmoil.” - Moonlight Book Reviews 

"The whole transhuman concept had the whole Sci-Fi/Fantasy element going on, yet Rose Garcia has written it in a way that is both fresh and believable, with the classic good versus evil theme incorporated." - Always YA at Heart 

"Final Life is filled with magical moments, heart aching moments, action, and suspense. I look forward to the next chapter of Dominique's story." - WinterHaven Books 

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Rose Garcia is a lawyer turned writer who's always been fascinated by science fiction and fantasy. From a very young age, she often had her nose buried in books about other-worlds, fantastical creatures, and life and death situations. More recently she's been intrigued by a blend of science fiction and reality, and the idea that some supernatural events are, indeed, very real. Fueled by her imagination, she created The Transhuman Chronicles--a series of books about people who have overcome human limitations.

Rose lives in Houston with her husband and two kids. You can visit Rose at

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cover reveal! T.A. Brock - FATAL

Awesome cover! This sounds like an amazing story - I'm looking forward to reading it.

First love can be brutal. Sometimes it can be Fatal.

Grayson Patch hasn’t been human since he was seventeen years old… and that was nineteen years ago. When he rose from the dead, he had no memory of his former life. Grayson desperately wants to recapture his lost humanity. And he’s been told that there is one person in this world who can save him from his current fate before he begins to decompose. One person, whose life must be sacrificed for his.

Cori Abbott has a million things to worry about. She’s the new girl in a school that’s a fraction the size of her old one. Her antisocial tendencies are crippling her ability to make new friends. And then there’s the recent, sudden death of her father, the only man who ever understood her. The last thing Cori wants is the attention of a strange, withdrawn, and consistently angry guy who seems to hate her for no apparent reason. A guy she can’t stop thinking about.

Will Cori break through Grayson’s cold exterior and find the human within, the boy who can love and understand her like no other? Will Grayson sacrifice Cori to rid himself of his undead curse, even if it means losing her forever?

About the Author

T.A. Brock lives in Oklahoma, where Zombies do not thrive. When not immersed in the world of fantasy writing, she enjoys spending time with her big girl, baby boy, and hubs. Some of her favorite things are coffee (specifically with cream, sugar, and chocolate), music (especially something with a good beat), books (especially paranormal), and Tennis. She despises raw meat and therefore is exceedingly glad she's human.
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Book Review - Elana Johnson's Elevated

As promised, here's my review of Elana Johnson's Elevated. Five Stars!!!!

Here's the blurb:

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.

Here's what I thought:
I have never read an in-verse novel before, I don't read poetry, I don't even read the little snippets of lyrics or poetry at the beginning of chapters. I thought reading an in-verse story would be incredibly tedious for my unexpanded little mind! Oh, so the opposite - at least in the case of Elevated.

Think of it this way: take a full novel and strip away everything that doesn't matter, everything that takes away the reader's ability to visualize, to put themselves in the story. Leave nothing but emotion. Raw, real, only what matters.

This is Elevated. I still can't speak to other similar formats, but this was gripping. The intense emotion Elly feels because of her circumstance, her friends' situations, how she believes it's all her fault, how she's paralyzed and afraid to make choices. And the physical tie to being stuck in an elevator with the one person she is afraid to hurt, but cares the most for.

This is Elevated. Read it. You won't regret it.

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Praise for ELEVATED:

"ELEVATED will take you on an emotionally gripping journey through the highs and lows of first love."

~Carolee Dean, author of Take Me There and Forget Me Not

"Poignant, raw, and intense, ELEVATED is a novel that will grip your heart and linger in your mind long after you turn the last page."

~Stasia Ward Kehoe, author of Audition and The Sound of Letting Go

About Elana Johnson: Elana Johnson’s work, including Possession, Surrender, Abandon, and Regret, published by Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster), is available now everywhere books are sold. Her popular ebook, From the Query to the Call, is also available for free download, as well as a Possession short story, Resist. School teacher by day, Query Ninja by night, you can find her online at her personal blog or Twitter. She also co-founded the Query Tracker blog, and contributes to the League of Extraordinary Writers.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Launch! Marie Rutkoski's The Winner's Curse

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
You've been waiting - the time is now. Pre-order links below!
As a general's daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin's eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him'with unexpected consequences. It's not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner's Curse is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
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Author Information

Marie Rutkoski is the author of The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders and The Celestial Globe. The Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa, where she took Writers’ Workshop classes and studied with Pulitzer Prize-winner James Alant McPherson. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She lives in New York City with her husband and cat.

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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Cover reveal - Holly Schindler's FERAL!

Today we have another cover reveal. This one is for Holly Schindler's upcoming book - FERAL, available from Harper Collins August 26, 2014. What an awesome title. Gives me goosebumps.

The cover and back copy are just as spine-tingling:

 It’s too late for you. You’re dead.
Those words float through Claire Cain’s head as she lies broken and barely alive after a brutal beating. And the words continue to haunt her months later, in the relentless, terrifying nightmares that plague her sleep. So when her father is offered a teaching sabbatical in another state, Claire is hopeful that getting out of Chicago, away from the things that remind her of what she went through, will offer a way to start anew.
But when she arrives in Peculiar, Missouri, Claire quickly realizes something is wrong—the town is brimming with hidden dangers and overrun by feral cats. And her fears are confirmed when a popular high school girl, Serena Sims, is suddenly found dead in the icy woods behind the school. While everyone is quick to say Serena died in an accident, Claire knows there’s more to it—for she was the one who found Serena, battered and most certainly dead, surrounded by the town’s feral cats.
Now Claire vows to learn the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to uncovering the mystery, the closer she also gets to discovering a frightening reality about herself and the damage she truly sustained in that Chicago alley. . . .
With an eerie setting and heart-stopping twists and turns, Holly Schindler weaves a gripping story that will make you question everything you think you know.
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Keep up with Holly on her website and blog.
Holly Schindler taught music lessons after she graduated from college, and decided to become a writer to connect with the kids and teens whose music once filled her home. She lives in Springfield, Missouri.
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Author Interview - Thomm Quackenbush and free Valentine's Day book

Today I'm interviewing Thomm Quackenbush, author of the Night's Dream trilogy and a collection of short stories titled Find What You Love and Let it Kill You (available free on Valentine's Day). These books, along with a couple other shorter works are available on Amazon.

Artificial Gods is the last in the Night's Dream trilogy, following We Shadows (4.5 stars) and Danse Macabre (5 stars).

All Jasmine wanted was a calm summer in Pine Bush. When she sees a UFO her first night home from college, she is willing to brush it off as swamp gas reflected off Venus, until two men arrive at her door to harass her into silence about a picture she did not take. Soon she realizes Men in Black may be the least of her worries and that ignoring the Grays and their plans for her will only embolden them. If she doesn't figure out why she is so interesting to aliens, Men in Black, and a mysterious man who seems to brush off harm, she may not have an autumn to look forward to.

Here are Thomm's answers to my author interview questions:

1.  Where/how did you come up with the idea for your story? Did it suddenly pop into your head or were you brainstorming?
My last published novel was Artificial Gods, about the relationship of two sisters overshadowed by UFOs and apparent agents one summer.  The town where the story takes place, Pine Bush, New York, is only an hour's drive from where I grew up and really has played host to near nightly sightings of UFOs and associated strangeness.  In my late teens and early twenties, some of my friends had a small obsession with the town, based in part on the late Dr. Ellen Crystall's book Silent Invasion, all about her research and experiences in the town.  Though I visited a few times and, in the course of researching this novel, attended meetings of their United Friends Observer Society, I didn't feel as though I was the right person to write another nonfiction book about the phenomena.  Aliens and the like fit very well in my established fantasy universe, begun by We Shadows and continued in Danse Macabre.  I build up two very minor characters in those novels to be the stars of Artificial Gods.

In a lot of ways, this was one of the stories I was always meant to tell.  I was a voracious reader of the paranormal from the time I learned to read—I have no idea why—and becoming a fantasy author seemed one of the better uses of this knowledge.  When I was five or six, I remember having seen of the one Great Hudson Valley UFOs (frequent sightings of massive, triangular ships in the sky in the 1980s that aroused international attention).  I was terrified, but also gratified.  Now people would understand how weird the world truly was. 

My parents insist they have no recollection of this object and it does seem like the sort of thing that would stick out in one's mind.  That experience, especially how baffled people are when I mention this sighting, was seed enough to inspire this book.

My upcoming book, Flies to Wanton Boys, marries the aftershocks of Artificial Gods and Danse Macabre.  The daemons—the catch-all term for those children of mythology that quietly roam the earth—are growing more brazen in their interference with humanity and they attract the worst kind of attention.

2.   Did you start with the main character, the world or the overarching concept?
The Night's Dream universe had its origins in my idly wondering if the world might not be much stranger than we are led to assume.  Most people are unaware because it is safer to ignore it.  Those who are aware of the actual composition of the world often go insane, if they are not first bled dry by a vampire or spirited away to a fairy realm that no longer has residents.  (It is named in honor of Shakespeare's “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” where fairies torment and confuse human beings who are never any the wiser.)

I sketched out the rough idea, but it was nothing more than world-building.  I needed a protagonist who could realistically inhabit and surmount this world, but everyone I tried to insert felt wrong and the story wouldn't coalesce around them.  Around this time, a friend of mine killed himself.  I coped by writing a story about it (“So It Passed,” which was featured in my anthology Find What YouLove and Let It Kill You), which I submitted to my local newspaper's short story competition.  It was rejected outright, lacking both cheeriness and horse-riding, but I couldn't get the main character out of my mind.  I slipped her into the world and suddenly it bloomed.  This shy, damaged young woman who retreats into fantasy trying to cope with a death was exactly the sort who could succeed in the universe I created. 

 3.   Panster or Plotter? Or in between?
I keep my plots loose to give my characters room to grow and tell the stories they need.  I tried to be more rigid with Artificial Gods, but found that my protagonist Jasmine refused to submit to certain plot points.  This ended up being a crucial aspect of her character and made her story much deeper than I initially intended.  When I went to revise for my revelation, I found that it was well foreshadows already.      

4.   Are you a fan of writing contests?
I would be if I had been more successful.  Honestly, I see a lot of people either pander relentlessly to the flavor-of-the-week or treat them as a popularity contest, neither of which is assuring that the winner is a particularly good or marketable story.  But, again, I might say this because I have never won first place. 

5.   How did you find your agent? How many query letters did you send?
I am currently unagented.  I have had professional flirtations with a few literary agencies, but they tend to involve three months of them emailing me and wanting more and more information, then either going completely silent or closing up shop.  Double Dragon Publishing did not require the intercession of an agency and have been unfailingly above the board, though I would not be averse to an agent now that I am soon to have a fourth book out.

In total, I think I have probably sent out a hundred query letters over the years and have gotten back perhaps thirty form rejections.    

6.   What's the best marketing tool you've found so far?
I have become increasingly active on Tumblr (  It allows me a more personal connection with my fans and it's great when I'm reblogged by strangers.

7. What do you like best about your mc?
Jasmine was a new experience for me.  Shane in WeShadows and Danse Macabre is a dreamer and thinker.  Presented with the uncanny, Shane wanted to understand it and her place in reference to it.  Jasmine wanted to avoid.  She was a popular girl in high school entirely because she was pretty and active in clubs.  Though she is in college, the paranormal has no place in her conception of the universe.  Like most people in my universe, the urge to ignore is powerful.  It was tricky to work with someone who would just as soon have not been involved with the events of the book.  She wasn’t curious or adventurous about the supernatural, so I had to frame her avoidance as her motivation.  Thankfully, she had a more inquisitive younger sister to goad her along

8. What do you like best about your main antagonist?
Possibly that there isn’t one, at least not a fixed one.  It is much more man-against-himself and man-against-nature.  There are a few characters who act antagonistic from the viewpoint of the main characters, but their motivations tend toward internal nobility; aside from the vampires in Danse Macabre, no one has been explicitly evil.  Even with the vampires, it was more characters acting without a superego, the part that makes us want to function as social creatures and not sociopaths.  One of the main villains there still had enlightened self-interest that could masquerade almost as a conscience.  I am a fan of nuance.  

9. Please share any upcoming news and links so readers can follow you, find your books, etc.
I have just posted an anthology of my shorter works to Amazon, called “Find What You Love and Let It Kill You.”  Given the subject matter, I am making the ebook free on the Kindle on Valentine’s Day (as well as during No Such Convention, from February 21-23).

About Thomm:
Thomm Quackenbush (1980-present) was born in Beacon, New York. He is a novelist and teacher in the Hudson Valley, where much of his Night's Dreams series takes place. He has been published by Double Dragon Publishing, Cave Drawing Ink, The Journal of Cartoon Over-Analysis, Broken City Magazine, The Toucan, and Paragon Press. 
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cover Reveal - Stacey O'Neale's The Shadow Prince plus giveaway!

This prequel novella will be FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble on March 25, 2014!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?

Mortal Enchantment (Book 1)
ebook262 pages
Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing


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Stacey O'Neale started her career in publishing as a blogger turned publicist for two successful small publishers. She loves to write stories with swoony paranormal heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

When she's not writing, she loves blogging and fangirling about books on twitter. Occasionally, she leaves her computer to go outside.

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Cover Reveal - Brigid Kemmerer's SACRIFICE

Sacrifice: Book 5 in the Elemental Series
Author: Brigid Kemmerer
Release date: September 30, 2014

This cover is so hot, you need to be clicking on Goodreads and pre-ordering like 2 minutes ago.
Right? Right! Now that you're back, here's a little bit about the book:

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

Brigid Kemmerer website:

Haven't read the others in the Elemental series? You can get them here (and they all come with awesome covers too!)
About Brigid:
Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real "novel" was about four brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she's had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years. (Though sometimes that just makes her sound nuts.)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Win an ARC of Sunrise, the 3rd book in Mike Mullin's trilogy!

In case you haven't read Mike Mullin's Ashfall and Ashen Winter, go buy them right now. The trilogy is a story of survival after the super volcano under Yellowstone explodes and pretty much ends life as we know it in the US.

Coming soon (available for pre-order) is Sunrise, the third book, which I'm sure will be just as awesome as the other two.

But if you'd like the chance to win an ARC - visit Mike's blog.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Check out this giveaway link to Daughter of Smoke and Bone!

Adventures in YA Publishing is on of my favorite blogs - I visit every day. It's primarily hosted by Martina Boone, but several awesome people are involved in coordinating guest posts, contests and the First Five Pages Workshop.

Today, the guest post is by Laini Taylor, author of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series. She gives us ton of great pictures from Prague and a Rafflecopter opportunity to win the signed trilogy!

Don't miss this one!

Also, don't forget that I'd love to help launch your book or do an author interview. Just contact me via email or twitter. I've got a review of Elana Johnson's new book in verse, Elevated, coming up. Cover reveal below.