Excerpt from The Girl with All the Gifts #teasertuesday

I am well on my way to completing my NaNoWriMo book, Stalked by the Past. I am up over 90,000 words, at the close of the third act (out of four). And there is something exciting coming later on this week… you won’t want to miss it!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I start this Teaser Tuesday with a caveat. Normally the books I mention here are PG rated. My teaser today is from The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey, and the writing is peppered with what I would consider unnecessary f* and s* words. The plot and main character dragged me in and I decided to continue reading. So if you pick this one up, just be warned that the language is past my usual limit. And… oh yeah… there are zombies…

Melanie hopes she’ll go to Beacon some day. When the mission is complete, and when (Dr Caldwell said this once) everything gets folded up and put away. Melanie tries to imagine that day; the steel walls closing up like the pages of a book, and then… something else.

M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts

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Not every gift is a blessing…

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class.

When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

The Girl With All the Gifts is a groundbreaking thriller, emotionally charged and gripping from beginning to end.

Excerpt from Darke #Teasertuesday

If you want to know what I’ve been doing for the past week, take a look at my NaNoWriMo counter on the sidebar! I am up to 50,000 on my new book (tentatively “Stalked by the Past”). While technically a NaNo ‘win’, this is the halfway mark to my personal goal, the approximate midpoint of the book. I wasn’t sure I would be able to hit it yesterday, but a combination of circumstances meant I got in a couple more hours of writing than I normally would.

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

If you’ve been following my TeaserTuesday posts for a while, then you know that we like Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series. Normally I read it with my son, but he seems to have outgrown mother-son reading time, so I’m going to have to finish this one on my own! Darke is book number six in the Septimus Heap series.

But Beetle never heard what Merrin said. With his last conscious effort he reached out and snatched the book from Merrin’s grasp.
“Begone!” yelled Merrin. And then, “Oi! Give it back!”
But Beetle didn’t give it back. Beetle was gone.

Angie Sage, Darke

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In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus’s estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world?

Excerpt from Against the Tide #teasertuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I am caught up in a couple of books right now, but the one I have chosen for my teaser this week is Against the Tide, by Elizabeth Camden. It is a gripping adventure set around the early American opium trade:

It became too difficult for her to keep her eyes open, and then someone pressed the mug to her lips, forcing tepid liquid down her throat. She tried to spit it out, but Lars’s immense, work-roughened palm covered her mouth and prevented it. Then she remembered no more.

Elizabeth Camden, Against the Tide

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After a childhood rampant with uncertainty, Lydia Pallas has carved out a perfect life for herself. She spends her days within sight of the bustling Boston Harbor, where her skill with languages has landed her an enviable position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

Lydia’s talents bring her to the attention of Alexander Banebridge, a mysterious man in need of a translator. Driven by a campaign to end the opium trade, Bane is coolly analytical and relentless in his quest. He cannot afford to fall for Lydia and must fight the bittersweet love growing between them.

When Bane’s enemies gain the upper hand, he is forced to turn to Lydia for help. Determined to prove her worth, Lydia soon discovers that carrying out Bane’s mission will test her wits and her courage to the very limits.

 

Those Who Believe Halloween Release! #books #yalit #suspense

I wasn’t sure what day Those Who Believe would be available for release, but it worked out that today is the day! It is not horror, but it is suspense, and a bit spooky, so it is appropriate for a Halloween read. Have a look at the trailer and pick it up today.

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These signs shall follow those who believe…

On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town.

Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? His life could depend on the answer.

“…engaging, keeps you guessing, a little creepy at times, good ending”

“It was a great story and I enjoyed reading it. It may end up being one of many books I go back to in reading”

“I have struggled with some of the same things as Nathan did, and it was like I was reading my own story”

 

Excerpt from Candle Star #TeaserTuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

You recently read an excerpt from Those Who Believe on my TeaserTuesday. I have uploaded it to Kindle and am just waiting for it to show up on Amazon. You should be able to get it sometime today! Now available for purchase!

Last week I finished The Candle Star (Divided Decade Trilogy Book 1) by Michelle Isenhoff, a young adult novel set around the Underground Railway. It definitely kept my interest! Jumping straight to a teaser:

The man bent in a sweeping bow. “Miss Preston,” he said, smiling openly now, “I’m pleased to meet you. I am your uncle, Isaac Milford.”
She gaped at him. “You can’t be!”

Michelle Isenhoff, The Candle Star

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Emily Preston has plans for her life; plans in direct oppostion to her parents’ wishes. After a moment of high spirits – a tantrum her mother called it – she is shipped off to stay with her Uncle Isaac. But his Detroit hotel is nothing like the beautiful plantation she has always known.

In Detroit, Emily meets Malachi, a son of freed slaves who has grand schemes of his own. Their abrasive relationship gradually challenges many of the ideas Emily has grown up believing. But when she stumbles upon two run-aways hidden in her uncle’s barn, Emily must make up her own mind. Should she turn them in to the slave catchers staying in the hotel? Or help Malachi escort them to freedom?

Conversation with Veronica Roth #TeaserTuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

IMG_2913Last week was Wordfest 2014 in Calgary, and I attended  Veronica Roth in Conversation with Tahereh Mafi and Writing Mystery with Michael Robotham. The Veronica Roth event packed the Knox United Church venue with an attendance of 600. Lots of teenage girls. I think I had pretty much the best seat in the house, front and just off-center (the photo to the right taken with my phone from my seat).

It was sort of funny listening to Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi, both 26, and realizing that I have been writing books since before they were born. Like me, Veronica started young (age 11), and Tahereh didn’t start until after college. In spite of being such accomplished and wildly popular authors, both are still very much in the experimental phase, seeing what works in their writing craft. They both seem hardly older than the teens that they write about and for.

One of the questions that Veronica and Tahereh discussed was their favorite quotes from each other’s and their own books, so for this week, I bring you not just one but two teasers by Veronica Roth, one from Divergent, and one from Allegiant.

“I believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”

Veronica Roth, Divergent

“Since I was young, I have always known this. Life damages us, everyone. We can’t escape that damage. But now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other.”

Veronica Roth, Allegiant

515qiW49mhL._SL250_Perfect for fans of the Hunger Games and Maze Runner series, Divergent and its sequels, Insurgent and Allegiant, are the gripping story of a dystopian world transformed by courage, self-sacrifice, and love. Fans of the Divergent movie will find the book packed with just as much emotional depth and exhilarating action as the film, all told in beautiful, rich language.

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior’s society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she’s determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

All Young Adult Literature is _____________ #yalit #books

There has been a lot of furor on the internet over the last few months about young adult (teen) literature, and in particular adults reading young adult books. If you google it, you’ll find lots of blog opinions on whether adults should be ashamed of themselves for reading young adult literature, or if it okay to read young adult literature, or if it is okay some of the time, but you should pick up more serious or ‘literary’ books now and then.

As a young adult author, you can probably already figure out where I stand on this subject. And if you’ve read my #TeaserTuesday posts, you have probably noticed that 1/3 to 1/2 of what I read tends to be middle grade to teen literature. What I find odd about the whole discussion is:

(a) Failed attempts to classify what books qualify as young adult literature; and

(b) Declarations that “all young adult literature is_____________.”

So let’s tackle this. Young adult books are books that have a protagonist who is a young adult and/or that were written specifically for young adults. You can argue over exactly what age a “young adult” is (industry definitions run anywhere from 11-25 years old).

The second issue is more disturbing to me. Variously, all young adult literature is ___________ or all _____________ fiction is young adult:

  • escapist/pleasurable
  • easy to read (easy words, low readability level, uncomplicated plot)
  • plot driven
  • dystopian
  • fantasy
  • happy or satisfying endings
  • not “serious” literature
  • externalizes conflict
  • allegorical
  • infantilized
  • no sex/language/gore
  • “coming of age”
  • junk food for the brain
  • light reading
  • formulaic
  • one dimensional
  • likable protagonists
  • speaks to everyone

But of course young adult literature is just as diverse as children’s literature or adult literature. You can try to classify children’s fiction as always having brightly colored covers, hand drawn illustrations, simple words, or happy endings, but it just isn’t true.

The majority of children’s fiction may meet one or all of those classifications, but none of those things make it children’s fiction, and none of them are true of every children’s book. A children’s book is one written for children, whether it meets all of those qualifications or none of them.

You can say that all adult books are longer than 50,000 words, have a grade 8 reading level, are written by authors over 30 years old, and come in paperback form. Again, the majority of adult fiction may meet one or all of those classifications, but none of them make it adult literature, and none of them are true of every adult book. An adult book is one written for adults.

Is all young adult escapist, easy to read, formulaic, has one-dimensional characters and a happy or satisfying ending? I challenge you to read The Book Thief.

Young adult fiction does not have to follow any particular theme, trend, or other characteristic.

I get very frustrated with book sites or book lists that clump all young adult literature together as simply “YA”. There is a huge difference between Harry Potter and Catcher in the Rye. Between The Hobbit and The Chocolate War. Between The Outsiders and Fahrenheit 451. Just like adult fiction, YA can run the gamut of mystery, romance, fantasy, dystopian, literary, thriller, chick lit, and so on. Just like children’s fiction, some characters are bright and cheerful, and others are angry, messy, or down-right rude. Some are short, and some are long. Some use simple language and some use long words and complex language. Some have allegorical messages, some have dark meaning, and some leave you cold.

Next time you see the sentence “all young adult books are ___________,”  stop and think about whether it is true. Chances are, it isn’t, because the only thing true about all young adult books is that they were written for a young adult audience or have a young adult protagonist. Any other attempt to classify young adult books as _________ will fail. There is a huge range of books to choose from. Happy and sad, good and bad, well-written and poorly-written, high-brow and low-brow, clean and dirty, fantasy or reality, the choice is yours. Even those who claim not to read young adult literature have probably read-and enjoyed-a number of them.

 

 

Excerpt and Trailer for “Those Who Believe” #teasertuesday #trw14

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

Those Who Believe will be out later this month, and in recognition of YALSA Teen Read Week, I thought I would include a teaser here. Those Who Believe is a young adult suspense novel. You can find a trailer and summary below. Sign up for my mailing list (click the button to the right) or continue to watch here for the official release.

“I think that you’re sick, Nathan. Am I right?”

Nathan cleared his throat to answer, but the muscles in his throat were too tight to form the words. He swallowed and shrugged.

“Do you want to tell me about it?”

He cleared his throat again. “It’s… it’s private,” he said hoarsely.

P.D. Workman, Those Who Believe

Watch the trailer, and read the summary below.

 

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These signs shall follow those who believe…

On the run from Social Services and others who do not understand their beliefs, Nathan and his mom, faith-healer Billie Ashbury move into yet another a new town.

Nathan again faces the challenges of making new friends and of keeping his family’s secrets. But what he really struggles with is his wavering faith and reconciling his actions with what his devoted mother has taught him from the cradle. Could disobeying her ever be right? His life could depend on the answer.

Thanksgiving and my Bookiversary #books #thanksgiving

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Today is Canadian Thanksgiving, and it is also my Bookiversary. One year ago, I published Looking Over Your Shoulder. I now have seven books out, with two more scheduled to be out by the end of the year.

I have learned an incredible amount during that time. Websites, social media, publishing, marketing, Photoshop, typography, cover design, and of course improving my writing.

I couldn’t have done it without the support of my family (especially Mom, who is my biggest fan, and Hubby, who tweets me at least weekly,) friends, and readers. I have readers who help by beta-reading books before they go to publication, identifying errors or plot holes, readers who help to edit, and readers who just happen to come across my books through bookstores or social media and those who helped with cover design, editing, photography, and styling.

To all those who have helped, a big thank you! I’ve got another six books planned for release next year, so I intend to keep you busy!

 

Excerpt from Premonition #teasertuesday #suspense

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, read the rules at Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

I recently picked up Premonition: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 2) by R.S. Ingermanson. I had not read book 1 of the series, I just jumped straight in with Book 2. A couple of young people, one Jewish, one Christian, have gone through a wormhole to Jerusalem in the years following the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and cannot get home. They get caught up in temple intrigue… I’m not sure what the results will be. I gather book 1 involved Saul of Tarsus/St. Paul.

As an aside, R.S. Ingermanson is known as the Snowflake Guy, he teaches the Snowflake Method for novel writing, which I have found very helpful in the past! Great for NaNoWriMo if you’re going to join in this year!

Shmuel felt righteous anger rising in his heart. The men of violence would come soon, as they had come once for Rabban Yeshua. That was many years ago, even before the birth of Shmuel.

R.S. Ingermanson, Premonition: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel

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What if you were studying for your Ph.D. in archaeology and somehow got trapped in first-century Jerusalem after a controversial physics experiment went horribly wrong?

What if you knew from your history books that a kind and decent man was going to be murdered by the powers-that-be, all because of stupid politics?

What if you could prevent the murder, but you knew it might endanger the person you loved most in the world?

It’s A.D. 57 and Rivka Meyers desperately wants to go home, but her husband Ari is a physicist, and he says they’re stuck in the first century. He also says that the laws of physics say Rivka can’t change history. Rivka knows he’s wrong, and she’s going to prove it—by saving James the brother of Jesus from being murdered by the evil high priest.

 

About The Book


Premonition is a time-travel suspense novel that mixes science, history, religion, romance, and adventure. It’s about becoming the person you were meant to be. It’s about learning to accept harsh reality when you’d really rather quit and go home. It’s about being a badass fighter for justice, even when you’re fresh out of easy answers to hard questions.

Premonition won the 2004 Carol award for best Christian historical novel.

Premonition will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation through the filthy, bandit-ridden streets of first-century Jerusalem.

Premonition is the second novel in the City of God series:
Book 1: Transgression (A.D. 57)
Book 2: Premonition (A.D. 57-62)
Book 3: Retribution (A.D. 62-66)R.S. Ingermanson, Premonition: A Time-Travel Suspense Novel (City of God Book 2)

 

 

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