REBRANDING as Lauren Lynne, young adult author

Well friends, you heard it here first!  I am rebranding myself as…

Lauren Lynne, young adult author.

Writing is an interesting business and I’m still learning.  I hope to ALWAYS learn.  I’ve been a little quiet lately because I have read so many articles that tell me the best advertising I can do is to write more books… SO that is what I’m doing.  I have three books in the works.  I want to get them out to you as fast as I can but I want what you get to be worth it!  My goal is to release three books in 2014 but if they aren’t ready then we’ll roll forward into 2015.

When I first published Visions, book one of the Secret Watchers series, in September of 2012 all of my efforts in advertising were put into The Secret Watchers brand.  Over the last seventeen months I have learned that it is the author that I need to market.  (At least if I plan to write other books AND YES I do plan to write more!)

I am working on books four and five of The Secret Watchers series and I am creating a dystopian.  Book four of The Secret Watchers is going through a round of edits right now.

Always learning… Always growing!

Big hugs, Secret Watchers fans!!!

I highly recommend The Scare by Robert Shaw

If you haven’t yet read The Scare by indie author Robert Shaw… what on earth are you waiting for?  5 out of 5 stars!

Amazon       Goodreads    The Scare

Wow!  The aptly named The Scare by Robert Shaw kept me up at night… reading!  The Scare is well written and engaging.  I wanted to see what would happen next and the intensity of it held me captive.  The protagonist, Ethan, is haunted by the murder of his little brother.  He finds someone who understands in a new girl who moves to town with her own closet full of skeletons.  They share broken pasts and try together to survive the present where the local bully torments everyone at school but has turned his sights on Ethan and his friends. When a series of grisly murders begins, Ethan suspects the town bully but doubts that anyone would believe him especially now that the town bully is dead.  If you haven’t yet read this… buy a copy.  I’m not sorry that I did!

 

Get your autographed copies at The Red Mitten Bazaar!

Please join me at Canby, Oregon’s 2013 Red Mitten Bazaar! Red Mitten Bazaar

10100 S New Era Rd, Canby, Oregon 97013

Autographed copies of Visions, Whispers and Insights will be $10 each.

HOURS:  Wed. Dec. 4th Preview Night 5pm to 8pm

Thursday Dec. 5 &12 – 10am to 6pm

Friday Dec. 6 & 13 – 10am to 6pm

Saturday Dec. 7 & 14 –  9am to 7pm    and   Sunday Dec. 8 and 15 – noon to 5pm

SEE YOU THERE!

Welcome YA author, Kirstin Pulioff

Color photo - Pulioff Thank you Kirstin Pulioff for joining us here!  Let’s start with some fun trivia – give me some juicy details…!  What is your favorite place to eat?  Why? 

Helvetia Tavern.  This is a wonderful burger tavern up in the hills of NW Oregon.  You sit outside, and enjoy a view of hillsides, farms, flowers, and animals, while eating the best burgers I have ever had.  It showcases the rural charm, with fantastic food.  My husband calls me a cheap date.  Given my choice, the perfect dinner out is simply a burger, onion rings and a diet coke. 

What’s on your reading list right now? 

There are so many!!!!  My kindle is full of different books that I am dying to read.  On top of my list though John Dolan’s “Hungry Ghosts,” the “Hunger Games,” and I want to re-read the Orson Scott Card’s “Speaker of the Dead” series.

We all have our little things when it comes to reading that bug us.  What makes you cranky when you read a novel?

I am pretty easy with reading.  I love to fall in love with the characters and really feel as if I am there living the struggle with them.  With that in mind, I would probably say that my biggest complaint is when I don’t feel connected.  I want a full world, with complex characters, and depth to the plotline.

Besides writing and reading, what is your most favorite thing to do? 

I am an outdoors girl.  There is something about fresh air that always makes me smile and improves my day… so I like to take walks, hikes, visit the beach, and enjoy nature.

What do you look for in a book when you sit down to read for fun? 

When I sit down to read, I am looking for a chance to escape.  I want a book to transport me to a new world, and entertain me with vivid descriptions, enthralling characters, and a true challenge.

Did you get to quit your day job and become an author or do you still have a day job and writing is something you do for fun?  If you still have a day job, what is it? 

I suppose this is a yes and a no.  I am a full time stay at home mom… so that always comes first.  During the day, I am 100% focused mommy, and then after bedtime my author cap goes on.  I love writing.  It is a part of me, and something that brings me great peace.

Next would you answer some general questions about your approach to the writing craft?  When you sit down to write, do you do it the old-fashioned way with pen and paper or do you use a computer? Do you prefer one way or the other?

I use a combination of it all. When I am home, I prefer to write on the computer. It just makes it easier since that is where the final compilation takes place.  However… the muse has a way of contacting me when I least expect it, so I carry a notebook with my at all times, and also rely on the microphone function of my phone.

What do you do when you are not writing?

Hmmm… thinking of the next story.  Haha.  No, if I’m not writing, I am playing and interacting with my family.  My two greatest loves… my family and writing.

What draws you to this genre?  

I LOVE fantasy.  The fantasy setting makes it easier to believe in happily ever after, that good triumphs over evil, that prince charming exists, and that a princess is more than a pretty gown. This genre helps me imagine, escape, and believe in good.

Why do you write?

I think everyone has a creative outlet. Some people draw, some people bake, some people sing or build… I write.

Now some general questions about your writing… Who was your current novel dedicated to? Any particular reason?

My stories are always dedicated to my family. They have stood behind me, supporting this dream unconditionally. My husband amazes me with his support and love, and my children remind me to follow my dreams and never give up.

Please tell me about your story.  Who or what was your inspiration behind it?

The Ivory Tower is a YA dystopian thriller. It follows the life of Simone as she discovers the The-Ivory-Tower---largetruth behind the fabled tower in their protection camp. This story haunted my dreams for weeks. Every night as I fell asleep the story of Simone played out before me. Finally, I had no choice but to write it.

277- the number sewn into Simone’s shirt.  The number that dictates her life at the protection camp.  Regulated by a system of ringing bells, fortified cars, and rations, the survivors are protected from residual contaminates on the other side of the wall.  

Breaking the monotony of the highly structured camp, Simone and her friend skip school to enjoy one of the last nice days of fall.  An afternoon gamed leads them to a new part of the forest, uncovering more than they expected.  All thoughts of protection and rules are shattered by the appearance of the ivory tower.  A tower riddled with a history of danger and death.  

When her friend shows up with a bruised face and thinly veiled threats, Simone has to decide how much she is willing to risk to find out the truth of the tower.  

Find it on Amazon – $0.99 http://www.amazon.com/The-Ivory-Tower-ebook/dp/B00FJ3A58A/ref=la_B00A2498Z2_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1381166040&sr=1-3

What else do you have in the pipeline?

I am also anticipating the winter release of Princess Madeline and the Dragon. This is the third and final book of the Princess Madeline series, a coming of age fairytale for middle grade readers.

Links

Where can people learn more about you and your work? 

I love to connect to my fans, and meet new people.  Please stop by and say hello at any of these:

Website:  www.kirstinpulioff.com

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/KirstinPulioffAuthor

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/KirstinPulioff

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/11281401-kirstin-pulioff

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/author/kirstinpulioff

Insights is now LIVE on eSentral and Baker & Taylor!

Insights, the Secret Watchers book three, is now LIVE on eSentral and Baker & Taylor!  If you don’t have your copy yet… then you have two more choices.  Get your copy today!  Reviewers are calling it the best so far in this YA action and adventure fantasy series.

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Hyde (Dark Musicals Trilogy, 3) by Laura DeLuca

Introducing…

Title: Hyde (Dark Musicals Trilogy, 3)
Author: Laura DeLuca
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
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  18081364 Rebecca Hope has looked death in the face twice and lived to tell her tale.

She and the love of her life, Justyn Patko, land a summer internship at a local dinner theater, performing the musical Hyde. While they are excited about their first paid acting gig, they soon find themselves surrounded by more experienced cast mates, jealous of their success. As if the tension isn’t bad enough, they soon discover that the business might be a front for something much more sinister.

When Justyn is accused of a crime that she knows he would never commit, Rebecca must decide if she wants to follow her head or her heart. While trying to prove his innocence, she makes a shocking discovery of her own.

Everyone has something to conceal in the grand finale of the Dark Musicals Trilogy. Rebecca has to look beyond the façade to discover the true Hyde or face her final curtain call.

Be sure to add Hyde to your to-read list on Goodreads!

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authobiopic Author Bio:

Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart.  In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.  Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.

 

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Excerpt:   The act ended with Hyde grabbing hold of a scantily dressed Lucy and pulling her into his arms. Then the lights on the stage were extinguished, and the silent crowd suddenly burst into thunderous applause—even some of the cast was clapping. Rebecca couldn’t help but notice Steve was watching the fanfare with a frown, especially when Fernando, dressed for the next scene as the butler, clapped Justyn on the back with undisguised approval and pride. Rebecca had the distinct feeling Steve was plotting something sinister and definitely Hyde-worthy.

From that point on, Justyn scarcely had a moment out of the spotlight. Rebecca didn’t even get a chance to tell him how fabulous he was. It felt as though the show had only begun when Rebecca found herself decked out in the splendid Victorian wedding gown signaling the final act was about to begin. The dress came complete with realistic bell sleeves, an excessive bustle, and a long, flowing trail embroidered with delicate lace. The elaborate wardrobes and happy wedding guests gave the audience the illusion that it might be a happy ending after all, but for Dr. Jekyll and Emma, that wasn’t meant to be. As soon as the reverend began to recite the vows, Hyde made his final deadly appearance.

At the beginning of the scene, it was sweet and romantic. Justyn started out holding her hand, looking happy, almost ecstatic to be with his true love. Then he suddenly started to sway. Tom, in his role of John, the best man, tried to steady him, but there wasn’t anything he could do to stop the transformation. Dr. Jekyll doubles over in agony and tries to run before Emma can see him change into a monster. Justyn was supposed to head toward the back of the stage where Rebecca would pursue him and eventually become Hyde’s captive. But they should have known no opening night could ever go exactly as planned, especially when it was obvious at least half the cast was out to get them.

Just as Justyn stumbled across the stage, Steve, who was blending in with the other guests on the sidelines, stuck out his foot. It was doubtful anyone else observed the sabotage, aside from Petya, who was smirking at her husband’s side. But Rebecca was at the perfect vantage point to see the intentional attack. Unfortunately, Justyn was so wrapped up in the role he didn’t notice the danger, especially since his loose hair was dangling in front of his eyes. Before Rebecca could cry out a warning, Justyn’s foot was caught in the snare. With a grunt, he tumbled off the side of the stage. Even over the background music and the gasps from the audience, Rebecca heard the loud thump as he hit the ground. She raised her hands to her mouth and couldn’t help but scream.

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