Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Copper Veins Blog Tour - Excerpt + Giveaway!

Today I'm hosting a Blog Stop for Jennifer Allis Provost for her Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3) release! Which also happens to be my birthday!

Title: Copper Veins (Copper Legacy #3)
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Release Date: July 27, 2016
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Synopsis: Sara’s pretty sure her life is perfect.

Not only are she and Micah finally married, her father, who’d been missing since the Magic Wars, has been found. Actually, he just strode up to the manor’s front door, but whatever. Sara knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

But Baudoin Corbeau isn’t content to return to family life. He’s decided that he will be the force of change in the Mundane world, and lead the

Elemental resistance to victory with his children at his side. What’s worse, Baudoin doesn’t approve of Sara’s marriage, and makes every attempt to separate her from Micah.

After a visit to the Mundane realm leaves Sara, Max and Sadie imprisoned by the Peacekeepers, Sara’s doubts creep to the surface. Is her father right? Does she belong in the Mundane realm, not the Otherworld? Is Micah really the right man—make that elf—for her?

Was marrying him a mistake?

 Author Bio:
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.


See Below for a prologue excerpt from the book and a giveaway!

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It’s been an interesting few months.

It all started when I cut out during my lunch break and took a nap in my car. I had the best dream of my life, starring a sexy man with silver hair. That man turned out to be Micah Silverstrand, and elf from the Otherworld. Even though I’d hidden who and what I was for most of my life, Micah had instantly known that I was an Elemental like him. Let me explain what a big deal that is. When I was a kid, Elementals and Mundane humans existed side by side, not quite in harmony but we got along well enough. Then there was a war, and the Mundane army won; ironically, they called themselves Peacekeepers. No matter what they called themselves, the Elementals still lost, and magic was declared illegal.

For me the wars were much more personal, since my father, Baudoin Corbeau, went missing and was presumed dead. A few years later my older brother, Max, was arrested for using magic and shipped off to some detention facility where we couldn’t even visit him. My dream man, Micah, helped me rescue Max. Along the way we learned that my younger sister, Sadie, was the Inheritor of Metal, as in the most powerful metal Elemental in existence. That was a shocker. We also discovered that the Elemental ruler, the Iron Queen, was in with the Peacekeepers. Together, Micah, my family, and I defeated the queen, and put a serious dent in the Peacekeepers operation, so that was good.

I also learned that my best friend, Juliana, was a Peacekeeper. That was not so good.

After the Iron Queen’s defeat, the Gold Queen was restored to power. Since the Corbeau’s were fugitives, my family and I moved into Micah’s home in the Otherworld full time—which meant that poor Micah went from living by himself to having a house full of in-laws in the blink of an eye. In addition to having more faces around the breakfast table, Max was hell bent on finding out what had happened to Dad. While Max was traipsing all over the Otherworld causing trouble, the Gold Queen held a grand event where everyone pledged a blood oath to her… Except Sadie, the Inheritor of Metal. It wasn’t Sadie’s fault. She just thought the blood was gross.

While Micah tried convincing the Gold Queen that the Inheritor wasn’t plotting against her, Max’s schemes to find Dad led us to the Goblin Market. We didn’t find Dad, but we did have a near fatal run-in with one of the Gold Queen’s henchmen. Micah almost died. I have never been so scared in my entire life as when I thought I’d lose him.

But Micah did live, and after a few weeks he was fully recovered. We celebrated by getting married, with Max walking me down the aisle instead of Dad. Then, in the strangest turn of events yet, Dad walked right up to our front door.

And here’s what happened next.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Julie Eshbaugh & Erin Bowman Signing at Porter Square Books Recap

Last night, July 21st, Porter Square Books had the lovely Julie Eshbaugh and Erin Bowan in the store for a book signing!

Melissa was super nice and offered me a lift from my work in the heart of Boston to Porter Square books up in Cambridge. 

Julie's book IVORY and BONE had just released, and Erin's book VENGEANCE ROAD has been out for a while now.

When Melissa and I first sat down, Julie was telling the story of how she contacted Porter Square books to do a signing, by emailing about herself as if no one would know her, and basically writing it like a cover letter!

Much like Jodi Meadow's and Erin's signing, Julie and Erin introduced themselves and their books, did a casual talk among themselves, and then opened up for questions.

Julie talked about the start of publishingcrawl, where she met Erin and the rest of the crew, who have mostly moved on, including Erin:( At the time, the only thing the founders had in common was that they wrote on Fictionpress.  Slowly, the pubcrawl members started to get agents and books deals. Julie had an agent and her book went on sub and didn't sell. Two more manuscripts and another agent later, Ivory and bone finally sold. She felt like the poor unpublished one on the pubcrawl blog until now. (Poor Julie!)

One funny fact about the book, which has much honey involved in it ;) is that after Julie finished writing and editing the book, she found out honey bees weren't here until Europeans came with them. But she did some research and found that there was a honey bee in amber over a million years old found. So There! 

Another thing Julie mentioned was that she had Pride and Prejudice in the back of her mind while writing her book, but never mentioned it to her agent or even her editor until it was already sold and being marketed. They needed a pitch, and she said "well, while writing it, I had Pride and Prejudice in the back of my mind." And that's how they pitched it--Prehistoric Pride and Prejudice

Erin mentions that while writing historical fiction, sometimes authors have to take certain liberties and figure where to draw the line of facts That's what the author note is for!
(Thanks Melissa for the picture!)
Erin's next book is a companion to Vengeance Road with a complete new plot and characters. There will be cameos though!

When asked if her companion book has the same theme as Vengeance Road, she explained that Vengeance Road is about hard core vengeance at all costs, while Retribution Rails is more about justice.

Julie tried to write Ivory and Bone from straight first person point of view instead of second person point of view after she sent the first drafts to her CP and they said she shouldn't write it in second person point of view. But it took away the feel of the story. The heart. It made it less intimate. So she changed it back and refused to switch.

For historical fiction Erin plotted more than pants because of the limitations of where the characters were going and keeping to facts. She plotted it out road trip style. Major milestones with pantsing in between. If she plots too much she looses steam and interest. She likes when her characters surprise her.

Julie is the opposite. She always knows the ending before she starts. She's a major plotter, and comes up with overall structure and plotting point and anchors. Writes the major points and then very bare bones in between. Then she fills it in slowly. It starts off with like four pages per chapter and then she'll fill in dialogue and prose and everything.

Both Ivory and Bone and Vengeance Road were their original titles. Which is so rare. Erin's TAKEN book went through a lot of titles changes before it was settled on. It also had the unfortunate coincidence of sharing movie titles for TAKEN and FROZEN.

Julie gave a shout out to Stephanie Garber about CARAVAL and how her title changed for what she thought was the better.

Julie and Erin both save the things they cut from their manuscripts in folders and word documents, though they almost never go back to read them. Julie likes to print out her manuscripts and write on them. And then saves the print outs in a drawer.

I really had a great time at Julie and Erin's talk. Julie is so nice and laughs so much. She sees the humor in everything, and her happiness is contagious. Congrats Julie on your Debut!

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Publication:  June 7th 2016 by HarperTeen
Summary:  A prehistoric fantasy—with allusions to Pride and Prejudice.

Hunting, gathering, and keeping his family safe—that’s the life seventeen-year-old Kol knows. Then bold, enigmatic Mya arrives from the south with her family, and Kol is captivated. He wants her to like and trust him, but any hopes of impressing her are ruined when he makes a careless—and nearly grave—mistake. However, there’s something more to Mya’s cool disdain…a history wrought with loss that comes to light when another clan arrives. With them is Lo, an enemy from Mya’s past who Mya swears has ulterior motives.

As Kol gets to know Lo, tensions between Mya and Lo escalate until violence erupts. Faced with shattering losses, Kol is forced to question every person he’s trusted. One thing is for sure: this was a war that Mya or Lo—Kol doesn’t know which—had been planning all along.

Publication:  September 1st 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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