Author Interview School of Deaths Tour


Interview time today. I’m hosting an interview for the book tour for YA fantasy novel “School of Deaths”. My questions are bolded, and the author’s responses are in regular font. Enjoy the interview!

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Finding the time to get everything done, when you work another job, is a huge challenge. Marketing, editing, and drafting all take immense amounts of time. For me, marketing has been the most challenging of those three, but of all three the hardest issue remains finding the time.

Can you give us a short synopsis of School of Deaths?

Susan Sarnio, a thirteen-year-old girl in suburban Maryland, can’t stop losing weight. Her parents fear an eating disorder, but the truth reveals itself when a man in a hood appears at Suzie’s doorstep with a scythe: Suzie is a Death.

Suzie is forced to spend one year at the College of Deaths, where she’ll train to become a full Reaper, bringing souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. At the end of her year, if she passes a test, she can return home. Once at the College, Suzie realizes something is wrong. She is the first female Death at the College in a million years, and she suspects her sudden presence is no accident. She struggles to fight an overwhelming amount of sexism from both classmates and teachers, while also trying to unravel the reason she’s been brought there.

Suzie makes friends with her two housemates, and grows as a Death. She learns to use a scythe, and participates in Reaping souls. She also learns that long ago, souls were reaped by Dragons. Now, the College fears all contact with Dragons, but could the Dragons be responsible for her entrance there? A race of strange beings called Elementals serve the Deaths, yet the Elementals also struggle for respect, much the way Suzie does.

Can Suzie survive her year, and will her curiosity help her, or will it lead her down a more dangerous path?

What inspired you to write this book?

The idea for SCHOOL OF DEATHS emerged when I was finishing my graduate degree at Oxford University. I spent four months abroad, far from everyone I knew. Every week, I traveled somewhere I had never been before. I would climb castle ruins in Wales and visit cathedrals in England. One of my favorite trips was to Tintagel Castle in Cornwall. After misjudging the time it’d take to get there, I became stranded. The tourist office was closed, and I couldn’t find a hostel. I walked from pub to pub asking if I could sleep above their bar.             The next morning, having slept none, since I’d found a room over a noisy pub, I crept to Barras Nose before dawn. Barras Nose is a stone peninsula, or rocky outcropping jutting into the Celtic Sea, just north of Tintagel. Tintagel itself is a small island with castle ruins on its cliffs. Some believe it to be the birthplace of King Arthur.  When I reached Barras Nose, the winds howled so fiercely that I had to crawl on all fours to keep from being blown into the ocean below. Then dawn broke.  No other humans were in sight. I struggled to keep my balance, but watched the sun rise on the ruins of the ancient castle, listening to the thunder of waves pounding the fifty foot cliffs I clung to. Wind battered me with ferocity, and I imagined a character being buffeted by winds, completely alone. I envisioned  Suzie, alone in a world of men, buffeted by sexism.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

It really depends on the time of year. During the summers, I can spend 40 hours a week on writing. During the school year, particularly before a major production in the drama department, I sometimes go several weeks without writing at all.  Generally I try to spend at least a few hours every week working on my writing.

Name your top five favorite books.

Lord of the Rings, Pillars of the Earth, Harry Potter, Good Omens, His Dark Materials

What are you working on now?

I am currently editing “Sword of Deaths,” the second novel of “The Scythe Wielder’s Secret,” which releases this spring, following the print release of “School of Deaths” this winter. I have also started work on the third and final volume in the series.

About The Book

CoverSchoolofDeathsTitle: School of Deaths

Author: Christopher Mannino

Genre: YA Fantasy

Thrust into a world of men, can a timid girl find bravery as the first female Death?

Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe.  Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter.

The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target.  Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

Author Bio

image002Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet.  He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland.  In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance/production drama groups.  He spends his summers writing and singing.  Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University.  His work with young people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.

Mannino is currently working on a sequel to “School of Deaths” as well as an adult science fiction novel.

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Promo Post Phoenix Rising


I’m hosting a promo today for contemporary romance “Phoenix Rising”. Enjoy!

About The Book

23287678Title: Phoenix Rising

Author: Leila Lacey

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Phoenix James is plus sized dynamo, she is tall and light skinned, very earthy and eclectic in the way she dresses.

Phoenix is funny and fun loving; she has the personality that can make friends in the desert. Outgoing and charismatic, easy to talk to. She is the girl that all the girls want to have as a friend and the girl that all the fellas think is cool. She is loyal to her friends and family to a point of sometimes hurting herself if they are not being true to her.

She is single and has no kids, she has been married once and that relationship ended in divorce after he cheated on her. Although on the outside she seems totally confident and comfortable in her own skin to the public; she is sad and insecure about her weight and finding true love, Because of her insecurities her choices in men have been bad and most times disastrous.

Nick Crowne is 6’2” with broad shoulders and chocolate brown skin and brown eyes. He was born and raised in Britain so has and accent. His dimple on his right cheek gets him out of a whole lot of trouble with the ladies. Always being a slender man he is not much of a gym rat but still has an amazingly toned body with a deep sensual voice; he was married to the love of his life who died in a car accident 6 years ago, with their two year old daughter. He is not looking for nor does he have a desire to be in a relationship. He has decided that he will never let that pain touch him again. Besides the fact that being married to him was dangerous because of his family.

Nick is a man with culture and pride in being a black man. He donates extensively to scholarships for under privileges black children to go to college. He is a shark in business and a teddy bear in private.

He does not lie or sugar coat things he feels that, is just a way to cause more heart ache in the end. Being that he is so blunt and honest many people feel he is cruel and do not understand him. Born to a…. what American’s would call mafia family, he once worked 3 jobs and went to school full time to create a good life for himself and his family outside of a life of crime. He has worked hard for all he has and will fight dirty to keep it.

Author Bio

IMG_0328Leila Lacey is a romance author living in Michigan. With 3 Amazon Best Selling Books. Her unique, yet titillating, genre blurs the lines between romance, interracial love and erotica. Now in her late 30’s, Leila has been passionate about writing since age 10. She can often be found traveling the world, enjoying water sports, listening to jazz music or volunteering at Vista Maria, a local youth program for young women. Leila, above all else, loves her friends and family. It is with their support that she is able to create magical scenes of true human intimacy on every page. Follow Leila Lacey on her endeavor to be America’s next New York Time’s Bestselling Author!




Author Interview with Camela Thompson


I’m interviewing Camela Thompson today, author of mystery / thriller “All The Pretty Bones”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

This is my first book, so I can only judge by what I’ve experienced thus far. I would have to say that self-promotion has been the most difficult aspect for me. I’m shy and introverted, so shouting my name from the imaginary rooftops of the Internet feels a little strange. I worry a lot about annoying people. In other words, it’s not my strong suit! I do enjoy all of the very cool people I’ve met through Twitter. It’s really fun to be able to interact with people, although I probably post way too many pictures of my adorable dogs.

Can you give us a short synopsis of All The Pretty Bones?

Imagine living in the shadow of a stalker – known for violent behavior – for ten years. When Olivia Kardos finds out that she is dying of terminal cancer and her stalker is back in town after a brief hiatus, she hits her breaking point. She decides to kill Mark Porter. Olivia knows that a business professional who has spent her life running is ill equipped to face off with Mark. She seeks help and finds aid from an unlikely source – an illegal arms dealer. While Olivia is preparing for a confrontation, her ex, Homicide Detective Sean Howard, is called onto a case and shocked by what he sees: an exsanguinated and brutally stabbed woman who could pass for Olivia. As time goes on, it becomes apparent that monsters may be real.

What inspired you to write this book?

When I was fourteen, a nineteen-year-old man took an unhealthy interest in me. I had never dated or encouraged him, but he would call me repeatedly, say really frightening things, show up at my classes, and leave stories of what he wanted to do to me. It escalated quickly and was terrifying! I was lucky that he lost interest after I called him on all of the restraining order violations and he was arrested several times.

When I hear about cases in the news that didn’t end as well as my own, I tend to get emotional. It didn’t take much for me to wonder what would push someone to break the rules and fight back. (I would never encourage anyone to do so! It’s very dangerous and illegal.) I also love vampire books, and the options that open up when you aren’t restricted by the real world’s rules. The two just organically blended.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I wish I could say hours! I still work full time, so I squeeze in as much as I can on weekends and set aside two weeknights. I would say it averages out to one to two hours per day, if you don’t count all of the writing I do during my day job.

Name your top five favorite books.

Ask me this question on any given day and you’ll probably get a different answer. In no particular order: The Shining, Fiend, Sharp Objects, I am Legend, and Daughter of Smoke and Bone.

What are you working on now?

Book 2 of The Hunted Series (All the Pretty Bones is Book 1). I’ve also had a horror novel that has been banging around in my head, begging to get out. It’s about a struggling couple who finds a dog under their front porch. They realize they have invited more than the dog into their home when strange things start happening at night. The dark secret hidden by their realtor leads them to wonder whether this new presence is a result of the house’s violent past. The working title is Charlie’s Shadow.

Thank you so much for the interview! It has been a real pleasure. You had some fabulous questions.

All The Pretty Bones

23201655Title: All The Pretty Bones

Author: Camela Thompson

Genre: Paranormal Thriller

After ten years of living in the shadow of her stalker, a diagnosis of terminal cancer pushes Olivia Kardos to take matters into her own hands. Her final days will not be spent isolated from the world nor hiding like a hunted animal. It’s time for Mark Porter to die. Going against a trained killer alone would be foolish, but the handsome arms dealer who offers to help her has a dark secret of his own.

Homicide Detective Sean Howard has tried to push his ex out of his mind, but his next case brings her crashing back into his life. A woman is found exsanguinated and brutally stabbed in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood and she could be Olivia’s doppelganger. As more women are murdered and the similarities grow, Sean can’t shake the feeling that Olivia is next.

In a world where demons and vampires lurk just beneath the surface, what you don’t know can kill you.

Author Bio

3403042When I was a little girl, I loved writing stories about animals doing amazing things. Ducks could speak with humans, and hamsters had a suspicious tendency to follow plot lines that were strikingly similar to Indiana Jones. I grew up, found a career, and got married, forgetting the need to tell stories. A week cooped up in my house with an illness resulted in a random decision to write a novel. That first novel will probably never see the light of day, but it woke up something that had been dormant for years.

Despite dabbling in many genres, there is a driving force behind my stories. I love writing about women who shine in difficult circumstances. I will back them up against the wall and sit amazed as they manage to come out on the other side stronger than ever.









Book Excerpt from The Luddite’s Guide to Technology



iPhones and Spirituality

I would like to talk about iPhones and spirituality, and what spirituality has to do with right use of things like iPhones. This may be a bit of an “opposing views” presentation to other points here; I hope the challenge is ultimately constructive.

My first point has to do with one of Rajeev’s points in our last meeting, of “Embrace your pain,” and what it really means for the iPhone, and more specifically how our use of technologies like the iPhone relates to spiritual work such as embracing your pain. Rajeev really made several excellent points in his lecture last time, and I’d like to pick up on just one: “Embrace your pain.” The iPhone’s marketing proposition is as a game changing technological drug that will help you dodge this spiritual lesson. Not to put too fine a point on it, but the iPhone is designed, marketed, and sold as a portable “Avoid spiritual work” system.

Is there any alternative to using various technologies to avoid spiritual work? Let’s look at recent history, the 1980’s, and how that decade’s technological drug is something we may now have some critical distance to look at. There is a classic Far Side cartoon that says in its caption, “In the days before television,” and shows a family hunched around an area on the blank wall where a television would be. The irony is that this wasn’t the days before television at all; the days before television were that much more dynamic and vibrant, and the cartoon was only what you get if you subtract television from the 80’s, when televisions had drained all of the life out of things. The distinction may be subtle, but there is a profound difference between those two versions of what it means to be without television, one vibrant and with people doing things and another with people bleakly staring at a wall—and this is why many people now have made an intentional and mindful decision to avoid television as a pack of cigarettes for the mind. Another Far Side cartoon, as best I can remember, shows an aboriginal tribesman standing on the opposite side of a deep chasm from a crowd of angry middle-class suburbanites, where a vine bridge has just been cut and fallen into the chasm, with a caption something like, “And so Umbuntu stood, the angry suburbanites stranded on the other side of the chasm. Their idol was now his, as well as its curse.” And the tribesman was holding a television. One wonders what the Far Side would say about iPhones after they had carved out their niche. And that brings me to my second point, what I call, “the timeless way of relating.”

About The Book

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

Author Bio

cjsh_square_fullChristos Jonathan Seth Hayward wears many hats as a person: author, philosopher, theologian, artist, poet, wayfarer, philologist, inventor, web guru, teacher.

Some have asked, “If a much lesser C.S. Lewis were Orthodox, what would he be like?” And the answer may well be, “CJS Hayward.”

Hayward has lived in the U.S., Malaysia, England, and France, and holds master’s degrees bridging math and computers (UIUC), and philosophy and theology (Cambridge).




Release Day Weekend Experience


We’re celebrating the release for erotic romance “Weekend Experience” today!

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Weekend Experience

49abee_b9add4d56f2945828a42ebba1ebc7f1a.jpg_srz_p_231_323_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzBeyond 50 Shades … Way Beyond!

WEEKEND EXPERIENCE is an intimate exploration of kinks and fetishes by an unlikely couple, with thoughtful and philosophical discussion by the characters, and graphic descriptions of their erotic adventures.

Sam and Kelly have role-played some of their most intimate fantasies in an atmosphere of openness and trust.  Now, Sam wants to share with Kelly new kinks, fetishes and sensual pleasures.  Kelly is more than a willing participant:  She is the mirror by which Sam sees that his openness and submission is as important as Kelly’s.  A visit by her friends leads to new fantasies for both of them.

The Experiences series is an epic love story of erotic relationships and sexual desires. Written in a ‘literary realism’ style, the series introduces Sam in the prequel, and the blossoming of his intimate relationship with Kelly as the series progresses. Fantasies and real-world adventures coalesce to mold a unique bond between unlikely lovers. Where needs are mutually satisfied in an open, creative and trusting environment. Where physical and mental boundaries are pushed. Where the concepts of love and sex are never confused, but sometimes confusing. Where openness is required and intimacy is expected. And where fair-is-fair, regarding the punishment of transgressions.

Contemporary erotic romance: Suitable for mature readers, aged 18+ years.

Experiences:  Book 3 is 101,000 words, 17 chapters, 336 print pages

Acclaim from reviewers:

“Erotic, sexy, imaginative, and descriptive”

“The dialog in this book is top notch”

“Origins of a Fetish is well written, fast paced, and a true page turner”

“After reading Origins of a Fetish, I truly wanted more”

“An extremely sexy novel that is filled with substance”

“Will leave you questioning your own beliefs on sex”


This work contains mature content, including graphic sexual descriptions and scenes, and is provided for adults only. The Experiences series contains scenes of psychological and physical submission, discipline, and medical fetish.  The characters explore various fetishes, which evolve throughout the series.  ALL CHARACTERS IN THE BOOK ARE 21 YEARS OLD OR OLDER, and all activities are consensual.


About The Author

SimoneFace Small 140811An adventuress and traveler, Simone is a sensual being who loves to read stories that excite her.  She takes exception to authors who promote their works as ‘dirty’, ‘filthy’, or ‘smutty’:  She believes that sex is wonderful in all of its incarnations, and doesn’t shy away from graphic descriptions of realistic sexual experiences, no matter how messy.  Her writing is mainly in the ‘literary realism’ style – i.e., it is wild (even outrageous) … but could really happen to you!  She values openness in relationships, and demonstrates this through her characters.

Prior to becoming an author, Simone was a nurse.  One of her pet peeves is reading erotica that gets simple anatomy wrong!  She is continually bewildered by women who haven’t explored their own bodies.  Another pet peeve is the mostly hung-up Victorian society prevalent in the U.S. and U.K., and she tries to do her part to change that by introducing people to new sexual and sensual experiences through her erotic writing.  The activities in Simone’s books are quite realistic, as she has participated in most of these in ‘real life’, as surreal as it may seem.

Simone is currently completing the Experiences series, which will run an estimated 1,000,000 words!  That is why she refers to it as an ‘epic’ romance, although each volume is intended to stand on its own, with a ‘happy for now’ ending.  Experiences combines literary style and philosophical discussion by the characters with graphic portrayal of sex in all of its kinks and fetishes.  You may not like all of the things Simone’s characters do … but neither do they.  Their exploration of new experiences will hopefully motivate some readers to explore their own sexuality to a greater extent.

Simone loves to hear from her readers, so feel free to contact her.   In fact, she hopes you will feel ‘free’ sexually and spiritually, as well.  Please follow her on social media and her blog.  On her website, you may interact directly with the main characters in her books, including asking them questions in order to understand their perspectives in more depth.

You can sign up to her mailing list to learn about new releases, and take advantage of promotions.  All readers on the mailing list will be sent an excerpt from each of her next novels, prior to publication.

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Author Interview Naked Truth Tour


I’m hosting an interview today for the book tour for M/M contemporary romance “Naked Truth”. My questions are bolded, author’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

Great question! I think there are a few things authors find difficult whether finding the time to write, slogging through edits, or getting out of their writing cave to meet readers. For me the hardest part is marketing. The process itself isn’t that tough. It’s just incredibly time consuming. You can take breaks from writing but you can’t take a break from marketing. It’s a daily process whether you’re in the mood or not.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Naked Truth? What inspired you to write this book?

 Absolutely! Naked Truth is book three of the Saving Liam series. It follows Liam and Justin as they confront the biggest part of Liam’s past. I won’t spoil it for you guys but a few things become clearer and karma finally catches up to the man responsible.

So far, it’s my favorite book of the series. You get to see Liam taking control of his life. I also introduce a few new characters, which was a lot of fun.

The series was my chance to bring a silent epidemic to the attention of the readers. Homeless kids have been my passion for at least 20 years. This was my chance to illustrate something few people recognize as a recurring tragedy. Thousands of kids live on the street in the US, invisible to nearly everyone. Thousands more are in Canada, England, France, Ireland, etc. That’s millions of kids in the wealthiest countries on earth living on the street because home isn’t a safe place for them. They either ran away to escape abuse or are thrown out by parents who don’t understand what it means to be parents. In the US, 40% of those kids were abandoned because they are LGBTQIA. In Canada, it’s 30%. All because of something they can’t control and can’t change.

The Saving Liam series tells the story of one of those kids and shows the reality of what happens when you force a teenager to fend for themselves with no means of support, no resources, no family.

How many hours per day do you spend writing? 

At least three. That’s my bare minimum.

Name your top five favorite books. 

That is a tough question. My favorites change a lot! There are so many incredible authors out there telling so many great stories. It’s hard to choose. I do have a few favorite series, though. I love the Harry Potter books. JK Rowling has such an incredible talent for painting a scene. You feel like you’re really in the cupboard under the stairs. I’m addicted to the Cal and Niko Series by Rob Thurman. It’s one of the few I’ve actually read more than once. The Sandman Slim Series is another. I love that character. He’s one of those great flawed protagonists that you like even when he’s being a jerk. The Gabriel Allon Series by Daniel Silva is definitely on the list, too. I can’t imagine the hours of research that went into putting that together. I’m in awe of every book.

What are you working on now? 

My current project is book four of the Saving Liam Series with a few other projects gathering speed in the back of my head.

About the Book

NakedTruth_500x750Title: Naked Truth (Saving Liam, Book 3)

Author: DP Denman

Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance

Buried lies never die.

Liam has a new career, a new condo, a newfound sense of control and none of it is quite right. Shadows drift behind the bright sparkle of his life; things he’s determined to ignore until a shocking revelation makes it impossible. With the help of Justin and a new friend, Liam must face the life he’s buried.

Book 3 of the Saving Liam series.

Author bio

Award winning author DP Denman writes character-driven contemporary romance about gay men. Her stories are real and intense but always resolve in the type of ending that makes readers want to start the book all over again. She is from the Pacific Northwest and bases all of her stories in Vancouver, British Columbia, a city that is dear to her heart.

In her spare time, she is a dedicated LGBTQIA rights activist fighting for those who have been marginalized and abused. To that end, 25% of the royalties from every book go to support LGBTQIA charities.


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Author Interview Book Tour Deviation


Christine Manzari, the author of “Deviation”, a young adult dystopian novel, was kind enough to respond to my interview questions. My questions are bolded, Christine’s responses are in regular font.

What’s the hardest part of being an author?

For me, the hardest part of being an author is promoting myself. I love writing, but I hate marketing. It’s time consuming to reach out to bloggers and to research ways to get my book noticed. Like a lot of writers, I’m an extreme introvert and would prefer to just write all day long.

Can you give us a short synopsis of Deviation?

Deviation takes place a little over 30 years in the future after the worst terrorist attack in United States history. It was called Wormwood. From the rubble and desolation of 29 million American deaths, the Program was born. Genetically altered Sophisticates were designed to be smarter, faster, and stronger—and as orphans raised by the Program to fight the War on Terror, they answer only to the Program itself.

Cleo is a Sophisticate. Like all Sophisticates, she doesn’t know who her parents are. She is a Vanguard Sophisticate who has a knack for languages and is an expert at hacking computers. But Cleo has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Fiery things. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When she accidentally causes her room to explode in a fit of anger, her secret is discovered and she’s sent to St. Ignatius to train as a Mandate and become a human weapon for the Program. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her. She’s part of a group called the Deviant Dozen and she’s not the only Sophisticate with a deadly skill. Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust.

Ozzy, the golden boy of the Program who has perfect aim is determined to win Cleo’s loyalty and attention. Although there is an undeniable attraction between them, Cleo isn’t sure if she can believe in him, or if she will find herself a target caught in his crosshairs.

All Cleo knows for certain is that she wants her freedom.

What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve always loved super heroes and characters with unusual powers, but I didn’t want to do the same powers for my characters that had been done in movies and comic books. I did some research on animals with unique defense mechanisms and skills. Once I discovered some of the amazing things that some animals could do, the Deviant Dozen were born. All of the code names and powers of my characters are based on real creatures and the incredible things they can do. My favorite creature that one of my characters is based on is the Indonesian Mimic Octopus. It is seriously cool.

How many hours per day do you spend writing?

I usually write between 9 pm and 2 am, although some of that time is spent researching or marketing. On average, I’d say it’s closer to three hours a day that I actually have an opportunity to write.

Name your top five favorite books.

This is really hard since I read obsessively and love a lot of books. I’m going to cheat a bit on this list.

1. The entire Harry Potter series

2. Anything by Colleen Hoover, but specifically Slammed.

3. Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire

4. Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi

5. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski.

6. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

What are you working on now?

I’m working on several projects now, but I’m really excited about the new adult book I’m writing that takes place in Venice Beach. The title of the book is Hooked and it’s about a snarky, adrenaline junkie, skater girl named Cat who is obsessed with 80s movies and graffiti. Love isn’t really Cat’s thing and she doesn’t trust easily, so when she meets Huck, a confident and rich pretty boy who is her complete opposite, she thinks that a one night stand with him could be fun, but harmless. However, when all of the secrets they didn’t share are revealed, Cat and Huck discover how easily a one night stand could ruin everything. The problem is, they’re hooked on one another.

About Deviation

deviation_cover_ebookTitle: Deviation

Author: Christine Manzari

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian

Being a Sophisticate of the Program seems like it’d be a pretty sweet deal: a little genetic alteration and anyone can be smarter, faster, and stronger. It’s a dream come true. All you have to give up is your freedom.

Cleo is a Sophisticate and she has a bright future in the Program. But she has a secret. When she gets upset, bad things happen. Explosive things. Things she can’t control.

When her secret is discovered, she’s sent to the Academy to train in the military branch of the Program. She’s destined to be a human weapon in the war that’s been going on since Wormwood occurred nearly 30 years ago. She soon learns that although her ability is unique, there are others like her — other Sophisticates with lethal skills and odd code names like Archerfish and Mimic Octopus.

Immersed in a dangerous game of supernatural powers and dubious motives, Cleo doesn’t know who to trust. Ozzy, the annoyingly attractive cadet who has perfect aim in weapons class and deviant lips behind closed doors, begs her not to use her powers. He’s the golden boy of the Program, but can she trust him? Or will she find herself a target, caught in his crosshairs?

Author Bio

tineredThe first thing Christine does when she’s getting ready to read a book is to crack the spine in at least five places. She wholeheartedly believes there is no place as comfy as the pages of a well-worn book. She’s addicted to buying books, reading books, and writing books. Books, books, books. She also has a weakness for adventure, inappropriate humor, and coke (the caffeine-laden bubbly kind). Christine is from Forest Hill, Maryland where she lives with her husband, three kids, and her library of ugly spine books.



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