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Nov 07

An Interview with Jessica Therrien

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

You’ve seen a few posts here about Jessica’s series Children of the Gods. I thought you might like to know more about her, so I posed a few questions and she was kind enough to answer. Here it is, your chance to delve into the mind of a writer. Don’t worry, I’ll hold your hand…it’s not as scary as some would have you think. Or maybe it is. Let’s find out:

When did you write your first book and how old were you?

I started writing OPPRESSION in 2009 around the same time I accepted a boring government desk job. I needed a little creativity to balance me out. I was 24.

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

This is a fun one because my job is looking after my two wild boys (ages 2.5 & 9 months). The real question is, what is my writing schedule like between the tantrums, diaper changes and running around the house pretending to be fighting Thor with a Captain America shield. The answer? It’s random. Very very random.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Maybe I’m just used to mommy chaos, but it is very hard for me to write if there is peace and quiet.

What does your family think of your writing?

They are overly supportive. I should probably pay them for their enthusiasm. They’re like my personal marketing department.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

About a million things that I never actually get to do because I’m covered in baby love. Play guitar, sew, make jewelry, scrapbook, watch movies, go to the gym, do yoga…a girl can daydream.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating these books?

After dwelling, stressing, waiting, obsessing over getting a publisher, I realized (after being traditionally published) that I actually preferred to have the control. I asked for my rights back and started my own imprint with a few author friends called Acorn Publishing. It has been an amazing experience, one I never saw coming.

Check us out at Acornauthorservicesandpublishing.com

Why do you write YA fantasy?

Because it transports me to a different world that is far more exciting than hanging out in my PJs with two little munchkins (as cute and cuddly as they may be).

Who are your favorite authors?

The obvious ones. JK Rowling & Moira Young are two of my favorite MG/YA authors. I loved WILD by Cheryl Strayed. Recently I found Kat Ross, author of SOME FINE DAY.

What are you reading right now?

TRAVELERS by Meradeth Houston

 

If you’d like to know more, head on over to Jessica’s place. Tell her I sent ya 🙂

Sep 04

Oppression Has A New Cover!

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

Just some quick news for your holiday weekend reading. Oppression, book 1 of the Children of the Gods series, has a fresh look and an awesome price! $2.99, with book 2 coming next month you’ll want to grab this one now!

 

OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

Release Date: September 2, 2015

Publisher: Acorn Publishing

Series Release Dates:

UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2) – October 2, 2015

REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) – November 2, 2015

 Get it here: 

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

Jun 15

Children of the Gods get new covers!

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

Today, instead of me rambling on about the weekend (which honestly wasn’t that exciting) I decided to share some exciting news from an author friend of mine.

REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) is ready and waiting! Along with it, Jessica Therrien will be re-releasing the first two books in her series. All of them have wonderful new covers designed by Carrie Butler, and OPPRESSION will even include a bonus chapter. Here’s the details:

 

OPPRESSION
(Children of the Gods #1)
September 2, 2015
There are others like her. Many of them. And they have been waiting for her for a long time.

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She’s been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she’s well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.



For Elyse, these things don’t make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she’s been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.



Or so she thinks. 



Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she’s not entirely willing to play by their rules.

UPRISING
(Children of the Gods #2)
October 2, 2015
The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom.

 

Elyse has done everything she can to protect her friends from The Council’s reach. As long as they believe she’s dead, she has time to rest and train for war. And war is inevitable. 



When Kara arrives with the news that Anna and Chloe have been captured, Elyse is faced with the realization that no one is safe until The Council is stopped and Christoph is destroyed. She doesn’t need a prophecy to tell her to lead an army. Christoph has done the one thing that ensures she’ll fight to the death. He’s threatened the people she loves. 



It will take more than the words of an oracle to help them fight against the most powerful Descendant alive. To break The Council’s oppression and rise up against a plot so many years in the making, Elyse will need to get dangerously close to her enemy. So close, in fact, she may not survive.

REDEMPTION
(Children of the Gods #3)
November 2, 2015
 
Nobody promised freedom would be peaceful.

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.



Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.



When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.



After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.



Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

 

Links:

Where to find Jessica:

WEBSITE  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK  |  GOODREADS

 

Add Children of the Gods on Goodreads:

OPPRESSION  |  UPRISING  |  REDEMPTION

 

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