Interview: Lisa Gail Green

The Author: Lisa Gail Green
I write paranormal and fantasy. I would most definitely have a werewolf for a pet if I weren't allergic. You can find me loafing around Twitter with my Tweeps or on any of the blogs I participate in.,,, and It’s a wonder I have time to write!

I’ve been writing on and off since I was seven. I used to write (and still do) poetry and short stories, but even before that I used to sit for hours in my room and make up stories in my head, which is basically the same thing as writing without a computer or paper.

The Book: THE BINDING STONE (book 1 in the DJINN series)

Tricked into slavery by the man she loved, the Djinni Leela has an eternity to regret her choices.

Awakened in the prison of her adolescent body, she finds a new master in possession of the opal that binds her. But seventeen-year-old Jered is unlike any she’s seen. His kindness makes Leela yearn to trust again, to allow herself a glimmer of hope.

Could Jered be strong enough to free her from the curse of the Binding Stone?
How does it feel to be releasing you novel?

I can’t even express how exciting this is! It takes a long time to put out a book, so by the time it releases you’re pretty attached. But then it’s also nerve wracking because you’ll find out exactly what people think and writers as a species tend to be a bit self-doubting on occasion.

Can you describe your protagonist Leela in less than 140 characters?

Leela is a powerful Djinni tricked by the man she loved and sentenced to an eternity of servitude. Needless to say she’s feeling a little scorned.

If you could encourage anyone to pick up DJINN: THE BINDING STONE what would you say?

The book is full of magic, adventure, romance, and unforgettable characters. Try it out if you like any kind of fantasy!

Bookie Questions:

Favourite genre and why?

YA Paranormal and fantasy in general. I love being able to escape to new worlds (even within our own) where anything is possible and average people can turn out to be anything but.

Favourite YA author and why?

Libba Bray is my hero. She is not only an amazing author, she’s an amazing person. She’s full of insight and humor.

Debut author/ upcoming author we should check out?

There are so many!! I have to say Sarah Skilton because her book is NOT fantasy and I STILL loved it. Seriously though, BRUISED is amazing.

Favourite 2012 read and why?

Ooh, that’s really tough. I didn’t read as much last year due to a difficult pregnancy and then… well, you know what that leads to, right? LOL. But I did fit in a few and I have to say I LOVED Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

A book series you love and why?

Oh my there are so many! The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, the Hunger Games trilogy, and Harry Potter of course. Probably for the same reasons other people love them. They combine great characters, plot, and world beautifully.

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SSP Anthology Extravaganza: Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy Spotlight & #Giveaway

Today the SSP Anthology Extavaganza stops by Reading Away The Days with Writers Workshop of Sciene Fiction & Fantasy, a great collection of essays and interviews from many great authors in the industry. Check out the book and the awesome giveaway below!

Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy (editor Michael Knost):


Writers Workshop of Science Fiction & Fantasy is a collection of essays and interviews by and with many of the movers-and-shakers in the industry. Each contributor covers the specific element of craft he or she excels in. Expect to find varying perspectives and viewpoints, which is why you many find differing opinions on any particular subject.

This is, after all, a collection of advice from professional storytellers. And no two writers have made it to the stage via the same journey-each has made his or her own path to success. And thats one of the strengths of this book. The reader is afforded the luxury of discovering various approaches and then is allowed to choose what works best for him or her.

Featuring essays and interviews with:

Neil Gaiman
Orson Scott Card
Ursula K. Le Guin
Alan Dean Foster
James Gunn
Tim Powers
Harry Turtledove
Larry Niven
Joe Haldeman
Kevin J. Anderson
Elizabeth Bear
Jay Lake
Nancy Kress
George Zebrowski
Pamela Sargent
Mike Resnick
Ellen Datlow
James Patrick KellJo Fletcher
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Lou Anders
Peter Crowther
Ann VanderMeer
John Joseph Adams
Nick Mamatas
Lucy A. Snyder
Alethea Kontis
Nisi Shawl
Jude-Marie Green
Nayad A. Monroe
G. Cameron Fuller
Jackie Gamber
Amanda DeBord
Max Miller
Jason Sizemore
Editor Bio

Michael Knost

Michael Knost is an author, editor, and columnist of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and supernatural thrillers. He has written many books in various genres, helmed several anthologies, as well as nonfiction projects such as his Bram Stoker Award-winning book Writers Workshop of Horror. He has also served as ghostwriter for several projects, including associations with the Discovery Channel and Lionsgate Media. 

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The Earth is For Dancing Blog Tour- Interview & #Giveaway- $50 Amazon Giftcard

Interview with author Lorca Damon & #Giveaway!

Author: Lorca Damon
I am a teacher, writer, and all-around thing-doer. Not professionally. Well, the teaching thing and the writing thing I do professionally, but the doer-thing is just stuff that I... do. Like triathlons and cookie-baking contests.
I got into writing because I finally had enough to say that I could envision a full-length story unfolding. I’ve played with short stories, just for myself, but had this character that I just couldn’t finish with until I told his whole story. After writing one book and putting it aside, I participated in my first NaNoWriMo, and the urge to keep telling the whole story just took over.
The Book:The Earth is For Dancing
Sam is a fifteen-year-old drug orphan living with her custodial grandmother who is stricken with late-stage Alzheimer's. She struggles to fill the role of caregiver to her grandmother while keeping her little family a secret from the authorities who would send Gamma to a state facility and Sam to foster care. Just because her life isn't hard enough, there are still boys to have crushes on, essays to write for horrible English teachers, and a squad full of bullies to torment her on a daily basis.

I teach in a maximum security juvenile detention facility, and my characters are so often created from a student or a student’s experiences. I remember one of my students coming to me panic-stricken, wanting to know if I could call his grandmother. That is absolutely against the rules, but he teared up and said, “I just need someone to check on her, I don’t know if she’s okay.” I asked him why she wouldn’t be okay, and he said, “Someone has to feed her.” I must have looked confused, because the whole story came tumbling out. He is the only care-giver for his elderly grandmother, the woman who raised him when his own parents took off. Now that she has advanced Alzheimer’s, there’s no one to care for her. He had been taking care of her for years.
That one interaction would not stop bugging me. I kept coming back to what life must be like for both the boy and his grandmother, and how our society is set up to not help them or not keep them together. Requesting assistance would mean he gets sent to foster care and his grandmother ends up in some state-run facility. So he toughed it out and did his best, which unfortunately, meant breaking the law to feed them both.
Can you describe your protangnist Sam in 140 characters?
Afraid but determined, Sam tries to swim upstream in order to take care of her Gamma until Alzheimer's finally takes her away for good.

Why should we pick up The Earth is for Dancing?

One of the crappiest reviews I got for Earth didn’t just piss me off because the person didn’t like my book or my characters. The reviewer actually said something like, “It’s a really good book, but it’s just too unbelievable. Stuff like this just doesn’t happen.” Really? This isn’t happening right now? Sixty million adults in this country have their grandchildren living with them, either through actual custody or shared housing. What’s going to happen to everyone involved when the adult needs the care, instead of the other way around? While this book is entirely a work of fiction, it is based on a very real, very frightening reality for a lot of teenagers, and I hope it opens people’s eyes to the struggles and pressures teens often face.

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New Book Release: The Super Spies and the Pied Piper by Lisa Orchard

Book 1:

The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer
 In a small town in Michigan, fifteen-year-old Sarah Cole is stuck spending the summer at her Aunt and Uncle’s with her sister, Lacey. She’s not happy with the situation until she befriends a girl named Jackie. The three girls stumble upon the ruthless murder of a reclusive neighborhood woman and what's worse? One of the officers investigating the crime believes the girls are responsible for her death. Fearing that this officer will frame them for the murder, the girls organize their own detective squad. They become the Super Spies and start their own investigation. The Super Spies can’t understand why anyone would want to murder the “Cat Lady” until they start digging into her past and discover a horrible crime that happened thirty years ago. They uncover a connection between the two crimes and attempt to bring this information to the police, only to be reprimanded for meddling in the investigation. Not only are the girls upset by the admonition, but they also struggle with the fact that their exuberant investigating could provide a legal loophole allowing the killer to go free. Frustrated by this turn of events, the Super Spies realize it’s up to them to snare the Cat Lady killer. Or die trying...

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Book 2:
The Super Spies and the High School Bomber
This book opens in a small town in Michigan where Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are now living with their Aunt and Uncle. Still reeling from the fact her parents have disappeared, Sarah starts the school year with her new friend Jackie Jenkins. When Sarah learns the school has been bombed, she’s filled with dread. Uncle Walt is a teacher, and he was in the school when the bomb exploded. Taking matters into her own hands, Sarah decides to search for him. The rest of the Super Spies are right behind her. When a fireman chases them away from the school, Sarah becomes suspicious. She decides to investigate. The FBI arrives on the scene. Sarah realizes this bombing could have even bigger implications. Searching for the bombers, Sarah is introduced to the world of terrorism. She fears that the bombing and her parents’ disappearance are connected and terrorists are involved. To make matters worse, the bombers are determined to finish the job. Can the Super Spies find the bombers before it’s too late?

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Book 3:
The Super Spies and the Pied Piper
Sarah Cole and her sister Lacey are at it once again when they learn their missing parents cell phone has been traced to Alden, Michigan. When the FBI declines to continue the investigation, Sarah takes matters into her own hands. She calls upon the Super Spies and they delve into the situation. Suddenly, the teens find themselves immersed in small town intrigue and mystery involving a menacing stranger, who Sarah dubs “The Stalker." But when Sarah learns hes connected to her parents disappearance, shes determined to find out what that connection is. The Super Spies embark on a journey that leads them into a web of corporate corruption at its highest level that leaves innocent victims in its wake. Can they find the proof they need to stop the greedy corporation before its too late?

Book Excerpt:

Copyright © Lisa Orchard 2013

Chapter One

What do you mean you lost them?” Sarah Cole fidgeted as she waited for Agent Gray to answer. I cant believe it! He lost the only clue to our parents location. What is wrong with this picture? Agitated, Sarah shifted in her seat and chewed on her lip. She was uncomfortable in the folding chair and rearranged her petite frame so she wouldnt feel the cold metal against her bare legs. Shivering, she glanced around the all-too-familiar room.
The gray cement block walls no longer gave her that creepy, closed-in feeling shed used to get when she first came to the interrogation rooms. She remembered the first time shed been in that tiny space. It had been the day shed discovered the Cat Ladys dead body. Sarah shuddered at the memory and then smiled when she remembered forming the Super Spies and bringing the Cat Lady Killer to justice. Glancing around the room again, she realized shed been in this room quite a bit these last few weeks, not only during the Cat Lady investigation, but the High School Bomber investigation as well. Shivering again, Sarah rubbed her arms but she really wasnt cold. Her mind filled with the image of the bomber the Super Spies had helped apprehend just a week earlier.
Wow! Was it just last week?
She tugged at a lock of her honey colored hair, then brushed it away with an impatient hand. She sighed and glanced at her younger sister. Lacey sat beside her with her legs crossed, jiggling her foot at such a rapid rate it seemed like her whole body was electrified. She caught Sarahs eye and for a moment her eyes glittered like emeralds before she shifted her gaze to Aunt June, who had placed her hand on Laceys leg in what appeared to be an attempt to quiet her. Sarah shifted in her chair and sighed again. Are we ever going to find Mom and Dad?
A commotion out in the hall drew everyones attention. Sarah leaned forward and craned her neck to see what was happening.

Chief, weve got an OD!” An officer yelled.
What?” Chief Johnson yelled as he rushed by. “An OD on what? Give me the details.”
The parents found their son unconscious in his room this morning, and an empty bottle of prescription medication on his bedside table.”
What was it?” Chief Johnson asked.
Its Myodine.”
Who makes it?”
Ah… Piper Drugs.”
Call Poison Control with the name and manufacturer and ask them what to do about an overdose. Instruct the parents to get their son to the hospital pronto,” Chief Johnson ordered.
Theyve brought him here.”
What?” Chief Johnson exclaimed.
The sound of policemen rushing through the hall pulled Sarah and her sister out of their seats. They hurried to the door, unable to stifle their curiosity. Peering down the corridor, Sarah caught a glimpse of a young man sagging between two officers as they desperately tried to keep him on his feet. One officer gently slapped his face while the other officers held him up. The young man blinked and then gagged, puking on the officer in front of him.
The rancid stench of fresh vomit filled the air. While plugging her nose, Sarah ducked back inside the interrogation room, followed by her sister. Sarah closed the door, hoping it would keep the smell from penetrating the room.

Did you hear that, Lace? Piper Drugs! Thats the company Dad works for,” Sarah whispered in her sisters ear before proceeding back to her seat.
Lacey opened her mouth to speak, but closed it when Agent Gray cleared his throat and motioned for them to sit down.
He continued his conversation as if they hadnt been interrupted. We were on our way to the location of the ping… but before we got there it disappeared.”

So, what does that mean? Did you find our parents or what?” Sarah blurted out as she sat down. She stared into Agent Grays icy blue eyes, trying to read his mind.
About the Author:

Lisa Orchard grew up loving books. She was hooked on mysteries by the fifth grade and even wrote a few of her own. She knew she wanted to be a writer even then. The Super Spies and the High School Bomber is the second book in the Super Spies series. Her first book was published in March of 2012 and it has received rave reviews. 

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Marketing Degree she spent many years in the insurance industry, pining to express her creative side. The decision to stay home with her children gave her the opportunity to follow her dream and become a writer. She currently resides in Rockford Michigan with her husband, Steve, and two wonderful boys. Currently, shes working on the third novel that stars the same quirky teens. When shes not writing she enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking, and reading.

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Stacking The Shelves #1

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the awesome book we buy, receive as gifts are get for review hosted by the awesome Tyngasreviews!
This is my first Stacking The Shelves post since last year. I get so many books each week I though I better start sharing them again with all you guys so you can maybe discover a great book you might like!
Received for review
Gloss by Marilyn Kaye
Releases 6th June
TY to Pan Macmillian
The Testing (The Testing, #1)
ARC: The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
Releases in the UK 1st August
TY to Templar Publishing
All the Truth That's In Me
ARC: All the truth that is me by Julie Berry
Releases in the UK in August
TY to Templar Publishing
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
Released 7th May
TY to Penguin UK
PODS by Michelle Pickett
Releases June 4th
TY to Spencer Hill Press
The Year of the Great Seventh
The Year of the Great Seventh by Teresa Orts
Releases July 6th
TY to author Teresa Orts
Leah (World's Apart, #1)
Worlds Apart Leah by Andrea Baker
Released October 2012
TY to author Andrea Baker
(I am currently having a giveaway of 5 ebooks of Worlds Apart Leah. Check the giveaway tab along the top of the blog :)
Books I bought:
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)
Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) by Charlaine Harris
Released May 2013
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
Under the never sky by Veronica Rossi
Released January 2012
Poison Heart
Poison Heart by S.B. Hayes
Released March 2012
Don't Look Back
Don't Look Back by S.B. Hayes
Released March 2013
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Released 2003
Garden Spells
Gardens Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Released 2008
Let me know what you got and leave me a link so I can check out your Stacking The Shelves!

Book Blast: Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen by Sally Smith O'Rourke- $50 Amazon Giftcard

Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
Was Mr. Darcy real? Is time travel really possible? For pragmatic Manhattan artist Eliza Knight the answer to both questions is absolutely, Yes! And Fitzwilliam Darcy of Pemberley Farms, Virginia is the reason why!
His tale of love and romance in Regency England leaves Eliza in no doubt that Fitz Darcy is the embodiment of Jane Austen’s legendary hero. And she’s falling in love with him. But can the man who loved the inimitable Jane Austen ever love average, ordinary Eliza Knight?
Eliza’s doubts grow, perhaps out of proportion, when things start to happen in the quiet hamlet of Chawton, England; events that could change everything. Will the beloved author become the wedge that divides Fitz and Eliza or the tie that binds them?
Praise for Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen
O’Rourke creates a world that defies cynicism and demands suspension of disbelief – even in this age of doubt and hyper-realism. Sheer escapism at its best. Clever, charming and affectionate. ~Jocelyn Bury …the reader must tenaciously read on rather than put the book down to satisfy their hunger for the story to resolve, which it does in characteristically Jane Austen fashion. ~Erin Murdock
Author Bio: Sally Smith O'Rourke
Sally Smith O’Rourke is a surgical scrub nurse at the City of Hope national cancer research hospital in Duarte, California and resides in the near-by Victorian village of Monrovia. With her late husband, author Michael O’Rourke (aka F.M. O’Rourke) Smith O’Rourke owned and operated a medical advertising company where she used her diverse talents to produce and co-write teaching films and videos. Working not only with major medical and surgical manufacturing companies but also network television. These endeavors ultimately led to a collaboration on two feature films (direct to video) and three published novels. The wife and husband writing team of Sally Smith and Michael O’Rourke, being long-time fans of Jane Austen, wrote The Man Who Loved Jane Austen released by Kensington Books in 2006. Kensington followed that very successful effort with The Maidenstone Lighthouse in 2007 and Christmas at Sea Pines Cottage in 2009, both also collaborative projects by Smith and O’Rourke. Published after her partner and spouse’s untimely death in 2001, the publisher chose not to use the names Michael O’Rourke and Sally Smith (as the manuscripts were presented), releasing all three books under Sally Smith O’Rourke. Yours Affectionately, Jane Austen is Sally Smith O’Rourke’s first solo novel.
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Into the Spiral by Erin Danzer Half Birthday Bash & #Giveaway

Celebrate the six month birthday of Into the Spiral with author Erin Danzer! Enter the awesome giveaway below!
Fifteen-year-old Veronica “Ronnie” Lambert wants to get out from under her older brother'sshadow. When Ronnie gets a tattoo and then is struck by lightning, she suddenly finds herself able to see and hear things in shadows that dont appear to others. Then Ronnie meets Gavin Clearwater, the hot new guy in all of her classes and finds out he can see and hear the same things she can.

Gavin tells her about the Spiral Defenders, a group of warriors that travels through space and time to defend the planets of the Spiral. After meeting the Commander of the Spiral Defenders and realizing his intentions might not be pure, Ronnie struggles between following her destiny to become a Spiral Defender and trying to regain the life she had before being struck by lightning.

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Excerpt from Into The Sprial by Erin Danzer

“You sure about this?” Gary asked as his latex gloves snapped into place. Ronnie draped her hair over her left shoulder, looking back at him over her right. She knew he was just looking out for her, probably as part of his allegiance to Brian, but she was tired of having this conversation. She knew what she wanted.
“Yes, I’m sure. I havent been haunting this place all summer for my health.” she stated. “My body; my mind; my life.”


As she said the words, Ronnie realized the triple spiral was the perfect symbol for her new beginning. Getting this tattoo was the first step to regaining control over herself, her mind and ultimately, her life. No more would she only be seen as Brians little sister. Her parents and everyone around her would have to see her as the young woman she was becoming. She bit her lower lip, hiding a smile as she settled against the back of the chair again. If everything worked out the way she wanted to, shed have a new boyfriend soon, too.
Author Bio:

Erin Danzer wrote her first book at 10-years-old for a Young Authors competition, where she was awarded an Honorable Mention and discovered a passion for the written word. Shes written several novels and short stories since that spark ignited. Into the Spiral is the first of a four book series. In addition to her novels, Erin writes a monthly short story serial, The Cassandra Serafin Chronicles, posting alternately on her blog and in Literary Lunes bi-monthly online magazine. Erin resides in Racine, Wisconsin, with her husband, two children, and their cat.

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The Storm Bottle Blog Tour: Book Spotlight & #Giveaway

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Today I am doing a book spotlight of The Storm Bottle by Nick Green. Leave me your thoughts on The Storm Bottle below and don't forget to enter the giveaway!

The Storm Bottle

Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in hospital. But when Michael finally wakes up, he seems different. His step sister Bibi is soon convinced that he is not who he appears to be. Meanwhile, in the ocean beyond Bermuda’s reefs, a group of bottlenose dolphins are astonished to discover a stranger in their midst – a boy lost and desperate to return home. Bermuda is a place of mysteries. Some believe its seas are enchanted, and the sun-drenched islands conceal a darker past, haunted with tales of lost ships. Now Bibi and Michael are finding themselves in the most extraordinary tale of all.


'I loved it... An absolute winner.' - LA Weatherly, author of the Angel Burn trilogy

'If you only ever buy one Kindle book in your life (although that sounds a bit unlikely, now that I stop and think) this has to be
it.' - The Bookwitch blog.

Author Bio

Nick Green is a UK children's and YA author, best known for his trilogy The Cat Kin, published in the UK by Strident Publishing and in Germany by Ravensburger, and also as a BBC audiobook. He has appeared on BBC radio talking about his books, and has been shortlisted for two UK children's book awards. He regularly does school visits and other children's literary events. The Storm Bottle is his first straight-to-Kindle novel.


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YA Feature: Cricket Baker

This weeks author is Cricket Baker author of The Ghosting of Gods. Enjoy the inteview and enter to win a paperback copy of The Ghosting of Gods below!

The Author: Cricket Baker

I grew up near Dallas, Texas and got lots and lots of sunburns with my pale complexion! (And you wouldn’t believe my accent. It’s...strong.) My childhood was full of books, fried chicken, playing hide-and-go-seek, snow cones, and trips to the lake in summer.
Known as a “brain” in school (I wasn’t really, I just studied a lot), I went on to get a bachelor’s in psychology and later a grad degree in education. I’m now married to an Air Force guy who is my best friend and sooo sweet, and we have three amazing sons who are the delight of my life.

I work besides my writing. Though I didn’t go looking for it, I somehow landed in a counseling job where I go out to homes and try to make things better for teens and their parents. This means I go into homes where abuse has sometimes occurred. This means I sometimes drive home crying. It’s meaningful work—that I’m tempted to run away from.

Books are a needed escape for me.

I like scary or unusual books. Mystical/spiritual/otherworldly ones, too. I’m weirdly attracted to haunted scenes, haunted imagery. On a related note, thunderstorms thrill me, so it’s great that I live in the panhandle of Florida smack dab in the lightning capital of the United States! It’s perfect atmosphere for writing ghostly stuff.

I’m a contemplative sort who is intrigued with the Big Questions: Who are we? Why are we here? What’s the meaning of life? How can it get better? How can we all live peacefully together, even when we believe different things? Sigh.


Oh my gosh. Well, I always loved reading and thought I wanted to be an author. But on the afternoon I finished reading Maeve Binchy’s The Glass Lake, and it was sooo painful to have the story over, I KNEW I had to write my own story. It was the only way I could keep characters going as long as I needed them around. As an author, you do what you want with your characters’ lives.

I wrote draft after draft of my novel over several years, on and off. Writer’s workshops, conferences, an independent editor...more rewrites...then The Ghosting of Gods was a finalist in the Hay House novel contest in 2012. Right after, a publisher offered me a contract. It was a long, long, long, long, long road.

The Book: The Ghosting of Gods


The world is not escaped by death

Jesse is an apprentice exorcist who defies his priests when he learns his sister is in danger even though shes dead. When hes exiled to a haunted world, Jesse must unravel the mystery of ghosts if he is to save her. He plunges into a deadly game of hide-and-seek. The players include denizens draped in monkish robes, ghosts with matted eyes, the dead who tunnel underground in terror, and...Elspeth.

A coven scientist, Elspeth is both respected and feared for her abnormal spiritual powers. Jesse needscravesthe knowledge of ghosts which she possesses. But is she a spiritual prodigy, or dangerously insane? The coven scientist begs him to trust her. He doesnt. But he wants to.

Caught in a world on the brink of spiritual evolution, Jesse struggles to understand Elspeth even as frightening contacts from his sister force him to face the secret, shattering meaning of a verse he knows well: Blessed are the poor in ghost.

I call it a supernatural dystopian, a sort of Halloween in Oz. It’s a spiritual ghost story, if that makes sense. I’m fascinated with world religions and what they have in common. Near Death Experiences intrigue me as well. And so, I meshed together the east and the west, drawing on the mystical sides of major religions and spiritual texts, to come up with a supernatural ride for a character who’s reeling from the realization that he has spiritual talents...and what those talents might mean for himself and the world.

My first intention was to write a solid novel, tending to character development, plot twists, tension on the page, world building, etc. But the story is also meant to be different, surprising, and lasting. By that I mean The Ghosting of Gods is a contribution to the genre of transformational fiction, which is meant to be storytelling which awakens the reader’s soul. That’s how I think of it, anyway.

Last but not least, I wanted my novel to be spooky, creepy, ghostly. It’s just what I love.

How does it feel to be releasing The Ghosting of Gods

You want me to be honest? It doesn’t feel like I thought it would feel. We all build up in our minds how something is supposed to be...I thought it would only be exciting and the best fun of my life (other than those great roller coasters where your feet dangle and you go through spirals—I love those!). The truth is that it’s exciting, yes, but it’s also painful. I believe very strongly about being authentic and letting out your creative, weird self...but this is the first time I’ve done it on a world stage. I feel vulnerable. This novel means a lot to me, and it will be JUDGED. don’t connect to the world without vulnerability. Not really.

Here’s a quote by Brene Brown that’s been helpful to me lately: “Vulnerability is the birthplace of everything we’re hungry for.” It’s an insightful quote, and a powerful one, too.

Can you describe your protagonist Jesse in less than 140 characters?

He feels both special and ashamed. All at the same time, like we all have from the time we were two years old. The opening line of The Ghosting of Gods is his confession: “My secret fear is the priests are right to doubt me.” Jesse loves his faith, but he wants more, even if the more is forbidden knowledge.

If you could encourage anyone to pick up The Ghosting of Gods what would you say?

It’s a ghost story, but it will be different from anything you’ve read, and the ending is spectacular.

Bookie Questions:

Favourite genre and why?

Haunted, not horror. It’s the best escape. I want to feel like hiding in a blanket with hot tea and a sweet treat while I read. I want to be reminded of the supernatural.

Favourite YA author and why?

I’m just so in love with J.K. Rowling...her success story, her unusual talent of using both humorous and scary elements in her storytelling (most writing teachers will tell you that you can’t mix “tones” like that), her soft heart, her keen intelligence...Can anybody imagine the world without her and the Harry Potter books?

Debut author/ upcoming author we should check out ?

I want to read that PODS book by Michelle Pickett. I’ll read all the post-apocalyptic fiction you can give me.

Favourite 2012 read and why?

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I know it had already been out awhile, but I finally read it and deeply, deeply appreciated it. How could I not? Death was narrating! It was a memorable story and weirdly poetic

A book series you love and why?

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. Its a series that you can read whether youre a kid or an adult. Its spectacularly creative and the last installment of the triology, The Amber Spyglass, is especially brilliant. Its got that mystical/supernatural flair I like with the daemons, and its a bit shocking with how it ends. I like that.

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