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ATO- Alexa Nazzaro

Hiya! Guess what! It’s #ATO Tuesday! And we’ve got indie YA author, Alexa Nazzaro. She’s got an interview with her character Kye from her YA novel The Pool Theory. It’s all you Alexa and Kye.

  • So, I hear you don’t really like your name.

Well, think about it: When you hear the name Matthew or Alexander, you picture a guy that has it together. There’s something about the way those names roll off your tongue. You might think, the name is really boring, but I bet that dude has his shit together. When you hear the name Kye, though, what do you think of? A kite, right? And a kite doesn’t exactly have its shit together, does it? It’s just flying through the air, going wherever the hell the wind might blow it. 

  • But you do like movies. 

Movies are really what I live for, even if Orion (where I live) feels like worlds away from California. Picture any suburb on the planet, and you have a pretty good idea of what Orion is like. Or, if that doesn’t help, think of a suburb in any movie. Good examples are really old ones, like Sixteen Candles,  or anything else by John Hughes. If you’ve never seen Sixteen Candles or don’t know who John Hughes is, I don’t know how to help you. 

  • Is that what you’d like to do after school, be another John Hughes?

I’d love to go to California and be a director, but I think my dad would die if he knew that. He works in something to do with finance. He’s a good guy, but he’s very serious, and lives by magazines like The Economist. My mom is an arts therapist, which I know even less about than financial stuff. I think she basically sings and plays music for handicapped kids, so she might be cooler about the whole thing. She’d probably cry a bit, then pack me a really nice care package. 

  • If you love movies, what do you hate?

A lot of things, but definitely gym. Me and my best friend Anthony totally suck at gym. We even suck at the gym stuff that normal people aren’t allowed to suck at. For example, I once remember Mr. Katz, our grade five gym teacher, hauling out this gigantic parachute. All you had to do was lift the little part of fabric that you were holding on to, crawl underneath and sit on it. That’s it. Me and Anthony though, couldn’t get that last part right, and the parachute kept sinking towards our side of the gym, while we rubbed our asses along the floor like dogs marking our territory. 

You’re also friends with Julian. 

Yeah, something that nobody can quite figure out. Julian moved to Orion from someplace called Trenton. I’m gonna describe what he looks like, only because he looks so different from me or Anthony: tall, slim but not disgustingly skinny, hair cuts that actually look like something done by someone other than your mother or aunt, and glasses that make him look better, not worse. 

  • Tell me more about Claudia.

All you have to know about Claudia is that she’s beautiful in every way. 

  • Name something unique about you.

My legs. Seriously, the bottom half are sort of hairy, but then my thighs are smoother than a girl’s. How normal is that? 

  • What’s your philosophy on life? 

How is a teenager supposed to have a philosophy on anything? If I had to answer that, I’d say that whatever crap you might be going through right now will just make you stronger. Oh my god, how clichéd did that just sound? I swear, sometimes I wish I didn’t know myself. 

 

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If you asked Kye Penton what his greatest accomplishment is, he’d probably say surviving years of bullying with nothing but his only friend Anthony and movies like The Godfather and anything by Quentin Tarantino to get by.

Sure, there are scars, like the social phobia he can’t seem to shake off despite the self-help books he stashes in his bedroom, but at fifteen, things are finally looking up. By some miracle, Claudia in English likes him, and Julian is both his new friend and a super cool guy in general.

It looks like Kye’s days of being an outcast are ancient history – until Annie Cooper shows up: pregnant and claiming the baby is his. Kye’s life quickly unravels as he’s pulled into a nightmare bigger than any bullying he has ever survived.

A young adult contemporary novel that tackles teen pregnancy, bullying and social anxiety head-on, The Pool Theory is an honest depiction of what it means to live out the so-called best years of your life when all you want to do is disappear off the face of the earth.

Link to Amazon: http://amzn.to/1eszOau

Author Bio:

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Alexa Nazzaro is the author of The Pool Theory as well as the upcoming Razed, to be released in spring 2015. When she isn’t writing, she’s hanging out at libraries and bookstores, tickling her baby, laughing with her stepkids, and watching the occasional thing on Netflix. You can read more about her at www.alexanazzaro.com.

 

Well, what did you all think? I thought that was pretty cool, and so is Kye! Take a hop skip and a jump over to amazon and give The Pool Theory a closer look. 🙂 

Now this part isn’t related to the ATO, but be sure to stop by my blog on Thursday, Friday or Saturday to take part of the YA Scavenger Hunt! There are over 125 authors participating and even more books than that up for grabs in all the different giveaways that will be happening! Don’t miss it!

<3 always LH

 

 

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Catching a breath

Hey lovelies, since my ATO series has started I’ve been keeping most of my posts on this site related to those ATO’s, unfortunately I thought I could keep up better than I had with posting things on my blog but……..well, life.

That’s about all I got. I wanted to do so much more this summer, I can’t believe it’s  almost done! Though fall is my favorite season of the year 🙂 On the other hand I have had good reasons for being so…well absent. The biggest being that I am in the final editing stages of Claiming Excalibur! I am close to finishing this draft of Book 3 of my Legendary Saga, I’m working on making new swag for Claiming Excalibur and I’ve had a lot more on my plate with my “real world” job (since my boss has been on maternity leave and leaving me in charge of the nut house….or should I say sweet insanity house? Oh well either works, but I digress)

In other great news, I went home to Cinci for one of my high school friends weddings this weekend and day of the wedding, wouldn’t you know, my fantastical publicist Jenn sent me the cover for Claiming Excalibur……insert crazy loud squeal here! YYYYEEEAAAHHHHHHH! I LOVE IT SO HARD. We could not have chosen a better cover for CE, it fits so well with the cover from Legendary! Now we are not revealing it until a week or so before Thanksgiving, and since we have such a great lead time I want to set up something special and get as much exposure for the reveal as I can, so any bloggers or fans or fellow authors reading this, if you want to help me reveal the cover email me through the site or leave me a note in the comments! I’ll get back to you as details come together.

Even better, we are putting the finishing touches on the blurb for Claiming Excalibur so I hope to have a Goodreads page up for it soon 🙂

I really wanted to share with you all, your first real look at Claiming Excalibur, but my loving publicist says to hold off for now….. 🙁  But never fear, I WILL get it up for you to read soon!

There is more good news too!

But wait there’s still more good news! I am going to be taking part in the YA Scavenger Hunt OCT2-OCT5! It is a MAJOR blog hop/scavenger hunt created by the ever talented Colleen Houck, and has run successfully for the last few years! And it’s even bigger this year with 6 teams (including the team I am on TEAM INDIE) and 125 authors! Can you say OMG enough times? It’s a huge thing, tons of fun and a great way to get exposed to new authors and books you wouldn’t normally see or know about. And of course there are literally over 100 giveaways going on for the hunt! the 6  biggest being SIGNED COPIES of each book from one team if you win the grand prize! And if you win more than one…..whoooo, just imagine all those books, plus all the other possibilities! I’ve got a lot to do until then, including figuring out what I want to do for my post on the YASH so until then just look at the ever hands-on, charming, loyal, brave and gallant Aramis from BBC’s The Musketeers!
  

Later lovelies!

<3 always LH

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ATO- Angela Myron

We’ve got another live #ATO lovelies! Today another of my critique partners, Angela Myron, is taking over and let me tell you….LOVE this book and the series! I’m super excited so let’s get this going! My site is all yours Angela.

Thanks so much for inviting me to your blog today, LH! It’s really, very exciting to be here, and I’m just about to burst with excitement about LH’s upcoming release and mine, too! I can’t tell you how much fun I had previewing LH’s stories in our critique group. But before I spill any of her cool beans, I’d like to –

BANG!

Oh, hang on a sec, let me just see what the twins are doing. I’ll be right back.

Cough. She’s gone, right? Let me just peek out the door.

Ha! The twins got into the olive oil. Perfect. She’ll be gone at least twenty minutes.

My name is Gevin Zoric. It’s okay if you haven’t heard of me. There’s like, seven and a quarter billion people on Lan—er, Earth—right now, isn’t there? Crazy. Shakes head.

Doesn’t matter. I am trying to get a message to, er—pulls out a crumpled paper from the front pocket of beat-up grungy jeans. Elliot Frisk.

Frisk, if you get this message, the comet is SO NOT a good idea. I know, the planet needs water, but seriously. Send a mining ship to Europa.

Sigh. Okay. Hopefully that’ll work.

Oh, I guess I’d better explain myself. See this? Oh, of course not, you can’t see it. Heh. Well in my hand is a small, delicate astrolabe. Picked it up in the sunken city of Ililsa on my first adventure with Ennara and Kithe.

Gazes into the distance.

Anyway, I stashed it in my trunk and I didn’t even think about it until I was promoted to Captain of my own ship in the Estlan royal navy. Pulled it out on my maiden voyage—I mean, who wouldn’t want to use this beauty?—Set the course for the eastern continent of Tzu, five degrees west-northwest, and all of a sudden, BAM! Five hundred years in the past.

I know, right? Totally crazy.

So this thing—turns the golden disk in his hand—is some kind of time shifting instrument. Ever since, me and my crew, well, we’ve been working hard to set things right.

Which brings me back to Frisk. I think he’s just a kid now. Pretty sure. But when he is older—like seventy—he finds a comet. A ninety-percent freshwater comet. Unheard of, and a critically important discovery for the world’s freshwater supply.

Only it isn’t. It’s the cause of the world’s destruction.

Okay, I can hear things wrapping up out there. With the author, I mean. So do me a favor, if any of you run into this Frisk kid, encourage him to go into, say cooking or something. Anything other than astronomy. Okay?

Dashes out the door to the garden and down the street.

Whew! I’m back. So a little about my book coming out: this is the sequel to my first novel, Ennara and the Fallen Druid. In this story, my heroine, Ennara, has been living far from home at the Druidic Academy for a year, when a mysterious curse seems to take over all the druids, and a theft of several dark objects threatens the entire island. Here’s a blurb that probably makes more sense:

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

The book will be released this Halloween and is currently on a special preorder price of $0.99 at amazon. I’ve got an exciting blog tour coming up with some cool prizes with Goddessfish Promotions, and a super fun adventure in store for Ennara’s beau, Gevin, in an upcoming anthology with my publisher, Patchwork Press. (Okay I’m butting in here….YEAH for Gevin! I love him!)

 Book blurb:

When strange accidents start happening around thirteen year-old necromancer Ennara and her friends, she must search for the mysterious stolen artifacts causing the attacks while learning the highest form of magic–the spells that could prevent the fruition of a terrible prophecy.

 

 

 

 

Author bio:

 Angela Myron was born in Vancouver, Canada in 1973. She grew up in the piney forests of southern British Columbia, studying tiny blue bells, dodging hidden cacti, and creating fantasy worlds in her back yard.

Angela studied biology and professional writing at the University of Victoria in Canada and San Francisco State University. She wrote grant proposals for nonprofits, technical manuals for software, and freelance journalism before writing fiction.

www.angelamyron.com  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads

Well there you have it lovelies!  Another great #ATO from a good friend and critique partner Angela! I’ve read the Ennara books, you MUST check them out. They are wonderful and full of fantasy and magic creatures and just plain coolness. This series is great for fans of HP or Percy Jackson!

Later lovelies

<3 always LH

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ATO- Kim Baccellia

Hey lovelies! We’re back with #ATO tuesday and author Kim Baccellia and she’s got a cool interview with two of her characters, from her first book in her YA goddess series, No More Goddesses.

Ladies, take it away!

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Jordan Lake discovers an ancient bracelet in her grandmother’s house and uncovers a family mystery that links her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn, a romantic movie, and an aunt she never knew. Jordan hopes the bracelet will bring her love. Instead, it brings one nightmare after another, unleashing Hathor, the Egyptian love goddess, who decides it’s fun to mess with the McKnight High School social scene. Jordan holds the key to vanquish Hathor, but will she figure out what it is in time to save her school, one of her best friends, and get a date to the Valentine’s Day dance?

 

Hi, I’m going to start as Jordan is being all shy and everything.
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  “Don’t roll your eyes at me chica! You know it’s true.”

Okay, where were we? Oh, yeah, hey, I’m Selena and Jordan over there just happens to be my BFF. We both love romance and yes, even vintage Audrey Hepburn movies. I have a mega sweet tooth. **Love bubblegum. Also love hawt guys, vlogging about romance and of course more hawt guys, and adventure. Unless it involves being around one nasty Goddess chica. Then I rather stay home, thank you very much!

  • What conflict are you up against?

Okay, I didn’t believe Jordan at first. I love the chica to death but seriously, who would believe that goddesses actually exist? Well, I didn’t until things started happening and then being the friend I am, I had to help her out. The biggest conflict we had is trying to get Hathor to leave us alone. Easier said than done. Sigh.

  • What are some of the biggest stumbling blocks you’ve encountered trying to resolve your conflict?

First, like I mentioned before, who was going to believe us? You’d think Jordan would get her Professor dad to help us but of course not. Thank goodness for Andrew, Mr. Mythology Geek, who’s knowledge of ancient gods did come in handy.

  • What have you learned about yourself or friend or family while trying to resolve your conflict?

Okay, I already know that I’m loyal to a fault. I mean, I’ll do anything for my friends especially Jordan. We’re tight. I might have thought she was loca but I’d never say that to her face. No, I’d help her to the very end.

  • Tell us about your best friend/side kick.

Joselenardan is my BFF. We’ve been friends since elementary school. Others might think she’s a little strange—okay, sometimes her Audrey Hepburn passion kind of goes overboard but hey, that’s part of her charm! She got me into the whole AH thing. Now I can’t stop watching the old movies! Also love her grandmother who is the coolest.

  • What is your strongest personality trait?

Being loyal. Yep. That’s me. Ms. Loyal!

 

  • Is there anything about you that people are always giving you a hard time about? How do you feel about it?

Okay, for one, people say I’m mega hyper. Hey, it’s better than just being laid back. Also that I eat too much sweets. Nah, so not true.

**Selena pops a huge bubble.

Nope, not true at all. Next question?

  • What are your three favorite leisure activities?

Shopping for cute clothes, watching Tessa’s Treasure with Jordan, and hanging with my friends at In N Out Burger.

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

A famous vlogger. Do they have jobs like that? Because if they do? I’d totally rock at it.

  • If you could change one thing in this world, what would you change?

It should be against the law for goddesses to mess with us. Isn’t there some kind of rule book on that? Need to ask Andrew. He’d know.

 And with the second book in the creation mix we’ve got the mock cover for book 2 of this series, Goddesses Can Wait.

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Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous right?!?!?! Now go check out No More Goddesses on Amazon  B&N  Zumaya

 

  When writing No More Goddesses, Kim Baccellia learned to love Audrey Hepburn after watching and reading all she could on this famous icon. She has also always had a secret desire to travel to Egypt and visit the pyramids. The closest she’s come to fulfilling this dream are her younger sister Autumn and Egyptian-national brother-in-law Eihab, who were kind enough to share some things with her, including a Hathor sistrum and some incense. Kim’s other works include Crossed Out, a YA paranormal, published by Lachesis Publishing, and a YA multicultural fantasy, Earrings of Ixtumea, which was re-released by Muse It Up publishing. A member of YARWA, Kim just finished the sequel to NMG and sent to her editor. She’s also putting the finishing touches on a YA multicultural dystopian novel. She lives in Southern California with her husband and son. www. kim-baccellia.com  Twitter: @ixtumea   FB: @kbaccellia Review site for YABC: www.yabookscentral.com

And there we have it lovelies! If you’ve got something to say be sure to leave a comment 🙂 And I’ll see y’all next tuesday.

<3 always LH

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ATO- Vala Kaye

Morning lovelies! #ATO tuesday is here again and we’ve got YA author Vala Kaye taking over today. She’s here talking about her YA paranormal novella Ghost Writer and the kinds of friendships that leave a mark on your heart.

Take it away Vala! 

Teen Friendships Will Leave “Footprints in Your Heart”

Not all the people you meet during your teen years will become your BFFs, but if you’re very fortunate, one or two might always be with you to share the ups and downs that happen to us as we go through life.

I have two lifetime friends who’ve definitely “left footprints” in my heart. One I met in junior high and the other in high school. One is similar to me in temperament, while the other couldn’t be more different.  We’ve shared school experiences; engagements, marriages and divorces; the birth of children; and the deaths of grandparents, parents and siblings.

Those are the big things, the huge emotional highs and lows that only time and the love and caring of family and true friends can help see you through. But we’ve also always been there for one another through the smaller things in life, everything from movie nights and mid-terms to concerts and cooking disasters.

When I was writing my YA paranormal novella, Ghost Writer, I gave my main character, Malden, a BFF named Ashley. They attend the same school and I suspect they’ve been friends most of their young lives.

When I was writing the scenes where Malden and Ashley, though physically separated by hundreds of miles, are online in their school’s student chat room, I thought about how my friends and I sound when we’re filling each other in on “the latest.” Not only do we talk about what’s happening to us and what we’re feeling, but sometimes we also pick up on what our lifetime friends aren’t saying, what they’re holding inside because they’re afraid of being embarrassed or laughed at.

Because we love them, we have to gently remind them just who they’re talking to. With a “lifetime” friend, they’re safe. And it’s okay to share anything.

“Many people will walk in and out of your life

But only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.”

–       Eleanor Roosevelt

 Tech-savvy teen Malden Montgomery leaves New York City anticipating nothing but boredom when her artist-mother brings her along on a two-week vacation to a family inn in rural Virginia. 

What Malden doesn’t expect is the owner’s 17-year-old son, Jackson, who is totally to-die-for cute. But does she dare believe him when he tells her that her room at the inn may be haunted by a young woman named Emily, who died there more than 150 years ago? 

Then Emily begins to communicate with Malden and she and Jackson realize they have to find a way to help Emily’s ghost come back home or risk a spirit’s wrath if they choose to leave her lost in the darkness forever.

 Growing up in Texas, Vala was an avid reader of sci-fi, romance and history.   

After graduating from college with a double major in Communications and History, Vala now works in advertising sales in southern California. In addition to her first passion, writing, she’s addicted to movies, live theater, word games and salsa dancing.

In her first published YA novella, Ghost Writer, Vala explores what happens when the human ‘spirit’ meets modern computer technology

Vala is a member of Romance Writers of America and her local chapter, LARA (Los Angeles Romance Authors). You can find her at Twitter and Facebook

There you go lovelies! hope you enjoyed that and one back for next week’s ATO!

<3 always LH

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