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So happy to have my agent mates: Yelena Casale and Tina Moss on my blog today to talk about why they write and read Urban Fantasy. Also make sure to check out their soon to be released book: A Touch of Darkness coming October 31, 2013.

 

A Touch of Darkness

Book Blurb:
Cassie’s working for a tightwad boss at a pretentious NYC diner, dealing with paralyzing pain that doctors can’t diagnose, and trying to hide her hands that glow purple whenever she …well, whenever.

So, when a mysterious stranger walks out of her dreams and into her life to spout some nonsense about her being a mythical creature, she chalks it up to one more crazy thing to add to her it’s-a-crappy-life list. Yet, when the stranger’s predictions start to come true, she discovers a world that could shake up her humdrum existence.

The book releases October 31st. For now, it can be added to Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18392580-a-touch-of-darkness

 

Make sure to enter here for your chance to win a copy of A Touch of Darkness!

                                         Why do we write, and read, urban fantasy?

 Our everyday lives are full of worries, stress, anxieties and…well, everyday life. We work at our day jobs, cook, clean our houses and spend time with our families. We live full lives that are rich with hobbies, care for our pets and, occasionally, new exciting things like travel.

 But once in a while, we want to be taken away to a different world, experience events and feelings that are not the norm in our everyday lives, and know what it would be like to be someone else. Urban fantasy can provide an escape into this other life, a temporary reprieve, a vacation in a manner, that gives us a fresh new perspective into our own lives, or provides us with rest, if nothing else.

 That is what reading urban fantasy is all about. It is also why we write in this genre. Creating a fun new world, a unique twist on a certain mythology, characters that have exceptional abilities is an exciting job. The characters in urban fantasy overcome problems in ways that we would often like to overcome our own problems. They conquer their fears and fight on, no matter what needs to be done. We don’t always get to be heroic in our everyday lives, but there are always situations where we can encounter and overcome our own fears. We believe that is one of the main attractions of the genre, what many relate to within it.

 The appeal of the urban fantasy is that it is about putting magical, supernatural and unexpected into the recognizable, comfortable, commonplace world. We get to build a world that is accessible, yet not real, scary, yet fun, challenging, yet heroic.

 We hope that the readers who pick up our urban fantasy A Touch of Darkness will enjoy getting a little reprieve for their own everyday worries for a little while.

                                                                                                 Yelena Casale

 Top ten urban fantasy and paranormal romance books/series Tina and Yelena love: 

  1. Kate Daniels’ series by Ilona Andrews
  2. Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
  3. The Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh
  4. The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
  5. Dreg City series by Kelly Meding
  6. Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
  7. Lux series by Jennifer Armentrout
  8. Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
  9. Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
  10. Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Yelena and Tina

Tina’s bio: Tina Moss is an author of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and New Adult novels. She lives in NYC with a supportive husband and alpha corgi, though both males hog the bed and refuse to share the covers. When not writing, she enjoys reading, watching cheesy horror flicks, traveling, and karate. As a 5’1″ Shotokan black belt, she firmly believes that fierce things come in small packages.

Yelena’s bio: Yelena Casale is an Urban Fantasy & Paranormal Romance author. When she is not writing, she loves to read, watch TV with her husband (and without), take long walks and cuddle with her cat Bones. She is a second degree black belt/Shotokan karate instructor, and archaeology, history & art enthusiast.

Tina’s contact info:

Website: http://www.tinamoss.com
Twitter: @Tina_Moss
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tina-Moss/126390774082870

Instagram: http://instagram.com/tinamossauthor#
Yelena’s contact info:

Website: http://www.yelenacasale.com
Twitter: @Yelena_Casale
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yelena-Casale/253292294718229?ref=hl

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/lotus7us/

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Okay, so most people who know me, know I have MAJOR OCD issues when it comes to schedules and calendars. Seriously, sometimes it’s almost debilitating how much of my life is pretty much “calendared” in. And the thing is, I need this organization, or I’m anxious and freak out. I live by a strict schedule and it’s SO hard for me to function when something doesn’t go according to plan.

For instance, I get to work 40-45 minutes early every day. I sit and read for about 20-30 minutes. Then at exactly 8:13, I go inside and get my stuff prepared. I have my diet coke opened at 8:30 am. People are probably like “You get to work how early?” But it’s like I want to make sure I have extra time in case something happens/comes up to make sure I’m prepared for my day.

With the type of job I have, I have a calendar that I know I have specific hearing days/appointment days. But there are times when I get called into court for something and it totally screws up my entire day. It’s like I’ve then got to go back through and reconfigure everything.

Vacations are a HUGE chore too, because I have to have an itinerary of what I’m gonna be doing, when, and how long and where I’ll be. This drives my hubby crazy (LOL). He’s a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of guy. But I freak out. I like to be on a strict schedule and know where I’ll be. Like if we’re supposed to check in after 3:00, I want to get there at 3:00 or prior to. Hubby/kids will sometimes want to detour to stop and do extra things that aren’t on the schedule and I’m on the other end pointing out that we need to be at check in and we’ll be late. A lot of times, I’ll spend months ahead of time trying to figure out what we’ll be doing. And I put in all my vacation leave applications like 6-8 months ahead of time.

I show up to pretty much everything 30 or more minutes early. I can’t handle the idea of walking in late. And I’m like a freaking bear when my family isn’t ready to go when we’re supposed to leave. I’m constantly leaving sticky notes on the counter reminding kids of sports practices/games etc, even though they have the same schedules for practices every week. And my hubby knows when they need to be picked up/dropped off but I’m also leaving reminders for that.

Of course, in the writing profession it’s great to be able to stay on a strict schedule, especially for deadlines. But when something changes, like a release date, it puts me in panic mode, because that means I have to reconfigure my calendar and figure out when new deadlines/releases are. Having written for a few publishers, I can tell you things can sometimes come up and it’s hard to get readjusted.

I’m the same way with emails and phone calls. If someone says/mentions they’ll get back w/me on a certain day or time and that time comes and goes. I get worried that maybe I put something on my calendar wrong or read the email wrong and I go through prior emails/interactions to make sure I didn’t mess something up. Then I check and check and check my email like every 2 seconds and recheck my calendar or my phone log. But then I don’t want to recall/re-email the person because I don’t want to seem like I’m bugging.

It’s a daily cycle for me. And it’s SO hard to not focus on schedules/calendars etc.

So yeah, I’m really OCD and schedule driven and sometimes that sucks. I spend so much time planning every aspect of every day. And when a wrench gets thrown in, I’m not always great about working around it. Does anyone else have OCD issues? If so how do you work around them or are you like me, still a work in progress.

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Today Tracy Clark and Entangled Teen Ember are revealing the cover for SCINTILLATE. Coming out February 2014!

 

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About the Book

SCINTILLATE

Author: Tracy Clark

Release Date: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Entangled Teen

Pages: 320

ISBN: 978-1622661459

Goodreads/Amazon/Barnes & Noble

 

Cora Sandoval’s mother disappeared when she was five and living in Ireland. Since then, Dad has been more than overprotective and Cora is beginning to chafe under his confines. But even more troubling is the colorful light she is suddenly seeing around people. Everyone, that is, except herself—she glows a brilliant, sparkling silver.

Troubled by these strange flickerings and fearing she is being stalked, Cora is inexplicably drawn to Finn, a gorgeous Irish exchange student who makes her feel safe. Their attraction is instant, magnetic, and primal—but her father disapproves and Finn’s mother orders him home to Ireland upon hearing he’s fallen in love. After a fight with her father, Cora flees to Ireland, both to follow Finn and to look for her missing mother.

There she meets another silver-haloed person and discovers the meaning of her newfound powers and their role in a conspiracy spanning centuries—a conspiracy that could end her life and change mankind forever.

Scintillate is the first book in this lush and exciting new trilogy, full of romance, adventure and metaphysical mystery.

 

Exclusive Excerpt!

Finn began to play. Voices descended into a respectful hush. Soft strums of the guitar lifted and fell on shafts of daylight from the windows. A small patch of sun warmed my exposed neck as I listened. The orange beads of his bracelet flashed as he plucked the strings with slender fingers. His head hung over the guitar in reverent concentration.

His playing was amazing, sweet and peaceful. For a while I let go of how bizarre my life had become. I was entranced long before Finn closed his eyes and opened his mouth to sing. His voice was rich, smooth suede, perfectly suited for the blues: soulful and vulnerable. The kind of voice that reaches inside and squeezes what’s tender.

When he sang an Irish bar song called “The Wild Rover,” he got the entire crowd to join in on the chorus. A couple of times during his performance, his gaze fell on me and lingered as if he sang directly to me. I rested my chin on my hand, hiding my smile behind my fingers. The last song was in a language I didn’t understand, but my soul spoke that language. Deep inside, something cracked open so that a bit of my truest self could peek out. His music was bluesy and mournful, eerily familiar, and it opened my heart in locked places. A tear landed on my wrist.

When the final chord of the last song reverberated through the coffeehouse, the audience jumped to its feet and applauded wildly. The force of energy from the crowd knocked the breath out of me, making me dizzy. I dared a look at the people in the room. The colors were unbelievable! Such power. It rolled toward Finn in a wave, a tsunami in slow motion. I had the impulse to leap in front of him, to protect him from it.

My body jerked in response to the thought, and I squeezed the sides of the wooden chair, willing myself to sit still. I couldn’t trust myself and the strong urge to protect him. But from what? The big, bad colors I could see but that were invisible to everyone else? He’d think I was crazy.

Maybe I was.

A chill spidered up my spine. The man with the crazy eyes and pure white aura leaned against the brick wall a couple feet away, staring intently at me. Icy fear spiked through me, making my fingers tingle and my breath come in quick bursts. The sounds of the room fell away. My heart sped and my aura sparked as I saw the roiling ball of the crowd’s energy pass over the man and collide with Finn. But rather than crush him, the energy crashed and blended with his own bright aura, making it grow and pulse fiercely. He seemed to absorb the light until the room grew dim to my eyes.

Untouched by the energy, the strange man moved closer and closer to me. I called out to Dun, but he couldn’t hear me over the shouts and clapping. I was so small in my chair amid the standing crowd. The man and his dark eyes were all I could see. I tried to leap up to run, to grab Dun’s arm, to call for help, but my chest jerked toward the stranger as if I’d been punched in the spine. I couldn’t draw breath, couldn’t move through the thick ice of my draining energy and rising panic. I was hit in the face with a blast of air. Then, a sudden flash of white.

The world tilted sideways, and I slid off.

 

 

 

About Tracy:

 

Tracy Clark

Tracy Clark is a young-adult writer because she believes teens deserve to know how much they matter and that regardless of what they’re going through, they aren’t alone. In other words, she writes books for her teen self.

She grew up a “valley girl” in Southern California but now resides in her home state of Nevada with her daughter and son. She’s an unapologetic dog person who is currently owned by a cat. She is the recipient of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Work in Progress Grant and a two-time participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program.

Her debut novel, SCINTILLATE, was inspired by her enchantment with metaphysics as a teen, seeing it as the real magic in life. Tracy is a part-time college student, a private pilot, and an irredeemable dreamer.

 

Website/Blog/Twitter/Facebook/Goodreads

 

Giveaway!

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1 ebook of SCINTILLATE and a charm key US Only

1 eBook of SCINTILLATE International

 

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Hello my lovelies! Autumn is in full swing here in the Purdy house. I’ve gotten to chow down my favorite apple cinnamon donuts from our local apple orchard (they’re SO good, not even kidding—LOL). I celebrated another birthday (woot-woot), which means I got to add more books to my pile (hehehe). We’ve got a few more weeks of soccer left before we move into our next sports season. It’s been non-stop go-go-go. But, it’s fun watching the kidlets play. Not to mention we have some orchestra and band stuff on the horizon as well.

I’m working HARD on a few writing projects (yes, that’s right—a few). I just finished outlining one project, I have to outline another and I have 3 books due to be written in the next year (AHHHH). That doesn’t include the 3 books that’ll need to also be edited. Yeah, so I’m thinking perhaps I might have to say goodbye to sleep and hello to lots of caffeine (LOL).

Over the course of the next 1-2 months we should start seeing some bookcovers/blurbs too (SQUEE—THIS MAKES ME VERY HAPPY).

Also, I’ve FINALLY set up my Facebook author page. Which, is kind of naked at the moment, but will have stuff added to it as I get more book info (covers, blurbs, release dates, pics etc). So if you’d like to pop over and like my page, that’d be TOTALLY FAB! I always feel weird starting new things (blogs, twitter, FB stuff). Because those first few weeks are always kind of lonely (LOL). So yeah, hope everyone is doing well. In a couple weeks I’ll be having some of my agent mates stop by to do a guest post (which you don’t want to miss—because they’re awesome).

((HUGS))…

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Check out this FAB cover for Stephanie Wardrop’s book Pride and Prep School !!

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Title: PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL (Bk 3 of Snark and Circumstance)

Author: Stephanie Wardrop

Publisher: Swoon Romance YA

Pub Date: December 17, 2013

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance

Ages: 13+

 
Georgia can’t figure out why the burden of a Y chromosome seems to make guys so hard to understand. First, there’s the handsome but slippery Jeremy Wrentham. After Georgia shared some pretty devastating kisses with him, she found her way home and he found her sister! 

And then there’s Michael Endicott, who never fails to let her know that her family’s quirkiness lies too far outside the pale for this preppie townie. But if he really feels that way, why is he in Georgia’s kitchen, asking her out? And why don’t boys come with instruction manuals?

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Fat Amy

Soooo, I can finally share my AWESOMELY FAB news!!! My lovely agent Jenn Mishler ( at Literary Counsel), sold my YA contemporary romance entitled The Romeo Club to Georgia McBride at Swoon Romance, in a two book deal. The Romeo Club will have a May 2014 release date.

So for those of you keeping track (GAH–this is crazy insane), I’ll now have The Legend of Me releasing  December 2013, The Romeo Club releasing May 2014, and The Winter People releasing June 2014. HOLY BOOKS!!!

I’m super excited for everyone to read The Romeo Club. It was such a FUN write. And this is the book I got the title idea for from a spam email (which was actually advertising er…adult things).  My daughter’s excited for everyone to read about C.C. (one of the nerdy guys from the book who’s super flipping hilarious) and I can’t wait for you all to meet him and the rest of the cast of TRC, I hope  you’ll love this story as much as me.

I have to thank my FAB crit group (YAFF), you ladies are awesome and help to make every story WAY better than it started out. I love you ladies so much!!! And of course, my FREAKING AWESOME agent, Jenn Mishler, who lets me talk about crazy stuff that has nothing to do with writing (stalker cats who can open doors–hehehe). Lastly, have to give a giant shout out to my teen daughter Erin (who is beautiful, funny, and honest) for reading through my first draft of The Romeo Club and encouraging me to hurry up and finish so she could see what happened next. Between her and my sister nagging me to write this, I was able to crank it out in a short time and have fun writing something outside my comfort zone (contemporary YA Romance).

This has been a blessed year on the writing front. This is the 2nd book deal Agent Jenn has brokered for me this year. She’s a ROCK STAR who believes in my stories and champions them! MWAH!!!! Will post the official PM announcement in my News Tab when it’s posted!!!!

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