Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In a World Just Right by Jen Brooks


In a World Just Right
by Jen Brooks 
Release Date: 04/28/15

Simon & Schuster Book for Your Readers
432 pages

Summary from Goodreads:

Imagination takes on new meaning for a uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend.

But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out
where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylies forever.




About the Author

Jen has a habit of being deeply moved by profound ideas, and her writing reflects her interest in exploring human goodness, relationships, and the feeling of being a part of something greater than oneself. She loves the science fiction and fantasy genres because of their dazzling possibilities for
portraying characters and ideas. She credits her undergraduate experience
at Dartmouth College, her MFA at Seton Hill University, and her fourteen years of English teaching with shaping her writing.  She is grateful to her
family, friends, and students for inspiring her to write.



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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NEW RELEASE! - Dismantling Evan







About Venessa Kimball: 
Having always been passionate about the written word, Venessa Kimball embarked on writing what would become her debut novel, Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal, science fiction, dystopian series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim, released March 14, 2013.

In August of 2013, Venessa joined the publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold series has been re-published with CHBB beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1 on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 re-published on September 24, 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 released November 2013. The fourth book in the series, Transcending the Legacy: Book 4 released May 13, 2014.  

Venessas latest project, YA/Teen Contemporary Fiction novel, Dismantling Evan, will release January 13, 2015.

As for the future, Venessa is already filling her Work-In-Progress folder. Two of her future projects are contemporary fiction and will reflect her diversity as a writer in other genres. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and three children, chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities, catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.


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INTERVIEW!

What was your inspiration for this book? What or who was your inspiration for Evan? Or Gavin?

Inspiration: 2012, I got the nudge to write DE (Dismantling Evan). Sadly, the Sandy Hook event was the ultimate catalyst for me after seeing decades of school violence; shootings, teen suicides, homicides in what should be a safe place for children. It all unfolded in front of us, but it was all after the fact. What led to it? The suspect, what was he or she thinking? Almost immediately after the Newtown Massacre a blog post by The Anarchist Soccer Mom released with the post titled; "I am Adam Lanza's mother.” This had me considering the life of someone that feared their own child and why that could happen. Not only that, the fear within the supposed suspect. Where they truly this evil entity all along or did something trigger it? What variables could have led to that fear? From that day, I aimed to take a step out of my life and into the lives of those coping with teen mental illness and those effected directly and indirectly by the dismantling events like sandy hook, columbine, Virginia Tech to only name a few. That is when Evan Phillips, the main character was created.


How long did you work on this project?
How long did I work on it? Quite a bit was case studies with the help of my cousin who is currently studying in the field of psychology along with hours and hours of documentary watching and web based searches for case studies that were focused on school violence, bullying, and mental illness and how this cocktail of variables effected the victims and suspects. And question if the suspects were not victims themselves. Symptoms and descriptions of mental disorders that my characters expressed in Dismantling Evan. Case studies of the symptoms and how they play out in adolescent as opposed to adults. I needed to get a full picture and feel for the emotions I was going to be experiencing with these characters. I wanted to make sure to get the characters right and do justice for the mental illnesses I was addressing in the novel. 


I also consulted a photographer with some of the scenes where Evan “Evangeline” is experiencing her craft because I wanted to do justice in regards to the art of photograph taking and developing. I consulted with two San Antonio Police Officers as well on the scenes addressing the “dismantling” event in the novel. Before I started drafting Dismantling Evan, I even sent out a questionnaire to my growing readership as well as family and friends to get a feel for more personal experiences with the issues I was going to address in DE. The results were anonymous which gave me a more candid view of what people in society really thought about these issues. Those questionnaire responses where valuable forms of information, more over a motivation to write DE and know I would be addressing something that effects everyone in society to some degree. Once again, I wanted to make sure the event was as realistic as possible. Just because I was very curious about the amount of time I spent on consultation and research I spent , I kept a tally. It has totaled around 65 hours of research and consult for Dismantling Evan.

Outline and planning took two months. Writing, rewriting, and writing some more took four months. Quicker than I had expected since this novel boasts over 123,000 words. Edits took about a month.




Which character do you personally connect with the most?
I can't say that I connected with one character more than another. Evan was the MC and since the POV was first person, a stronger connection formed through her I suppose. I definitely felt a mothering and nurturing connection for all the teens in this book. In another sense, I was aiming to be a bystander/ conduit for the characters to speak through.

What personal experience or connection do you have with the issues you confront within this story that encouraged you to want to write it?

My children indirectly inspired me because even though we are blessed to live in a very tolerant, intellectual, generous, resourceful, and open minded community that is not what encompasses our world. That is not the norm of society. My experience as an adolescent growing up in San Antonio Texas in a public high school, remembering my teen years, my experience as a seventh grade language arts teacher at a local junior high here in the Austin metro area, observing teen issues from that perspective, and my experience now as a parent of three children growing up in our world. They are not yet teens, but they will be. To connect, took myself out of the community that we are blessed to be in and ventured into the norm of our nation.








      

    



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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Up and Coming

I'm so glad that I'm finally back in action. A piece of me was missing. I'm excited over the renewed work in my Tunuftol series with the restart in writing of book 4: The Sword of Israj!!!


In other news...



I've also got a review coming up this next week of Dismantling Evan by the wonderful author Vanessa Kimball.  I'm diving into it tonight and can't wait to read what she has in store for me.  This book has a release date set for January 13, 2015. So, look for my review here and then follow the links that I'll include to see what others think of Vanessa's newest release!!! The review will be out later this week.


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Monday, December 22, 2014

The Rise of the Phoenix


Hello all. I'm back. I'm taking things slower, but I'm back.
Burn-out is no fun. I feel like a phoenix rising and it's a great feeling!!!




I've got several reviews owed and lots of books to talk about. This is an amazing time of year and a great time to buy books!!! And there are so many wonderful books out there. As you know, most of my blog is about Independent Authors (Indie Authors).  I am one myself and love to uncover the hidden and yet to be discovered jewels that are in the new digital world of books.



So, go shopping for those new books for all of your loved ones, family, friends, everyone you shop for.... There are books for every age, size, interest, and level. And there are always more on the way.


Feed the literacy addiction of everyone.  It is a hunger that will benefit everyone.  So...

Happy Holidays
&
Season's Greetings 



Thank you for hanging in there with me.