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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 🙂

Oct 05

New Book Release! Uprising (Children of the Gods 2)

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

 

 

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Just wanted to give you a heads up! Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series. OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012.

UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants. Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now she’s hiding with William, and she knows who she’s hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years.

Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process.

They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under The Council’s oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. They’ll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against The Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesn’t realize it will change her, too.

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OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1)

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.

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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.

Aug 10

Demons and Djinn Oh My!

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

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Something yummy this way comes! For a limited time, the Demons and Djinn box set is available for 99 cents! Yes, Stronger Than Magic is included, which I know you’ve all read…right? But if you liked that, you’ll love these too. And you can’t beat 99 cents! Find a new author, have a fun escape, all for less than a stick of gum. It’s available at all major online retailers.

Check out everything you get:

SPECIAL 13-BOOK, LIMITED-EDITION BUNDLE!

Immerse yourself in thirteen enthralling fantasy worlds by NYT and USA Today bestselling authors. Demons, djinn, and bad boys of other worlds ignite this set of action-packed urban fantasy and steamy paranormal romance. Thirteen heart-stopping stories with fierce and feisty heroines, diabolic intrigue, romance, adventure, danger, and mystery … Passionate heroes, magic and mayhem abound. Ignite your imagination and your heart, download this collection before it’s gone!

Chosen ~ Christine Pope When a fatal fever nearly wipes out the entire world’s population, the survivors of what became known as “the Dying” believe the worst is in the past. Little do they know….

Three Wishes ~ Debra Dunbar A malevolent djinn, a cyber-crime, an angel with a mission, and a demon who just wants to have fun. Be careful what you wish for.

Marked by Temptation ~ Deanna Chase When sex witch Mati Ballintine meets the sexy Vaughn Paxton, their hot one-night stand changes his life forever and threatens hers.

Jinn’s Wish ~ Marie Hall Paz and Jinni only wanted one thing in life. To find their soulmate. Too bad they found each other on a doomed flight across the Atlantic. Trapped in magically induced coma, there’s only one way for them to return to the land of the living, and that’s to trust in a love that defies all logic and reason before the final grain of sand drops and they lose each other forever.

Sacrifice Me: the Complete First Season Sarra Cannon On her twenty-first birthday, Franki Smith receives a dozen black roses and an invitation to a mysterious nightclub. The dark gift leads Franki to the doorway of a strange and glamorous new world, where forbidden romance and dangerous truths await.

I Bring the Fire Part One (A Loki Story) ~ C. Gockel Amy Lewis is being pursued by a very bad wolf. Can Loki, God of Mischief and Chaos, save her…or even save himself?

Secrets ~ Liz Shulte While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, a world of demons, angels, jinn, and guardians watched her, waited for her to change everything.

A Spirited Manor ~ Kate Danley A séance unleashes something sinister in this gothic penny dreadful. Will widow Clara O’Hare and dashing medium Wesley Lowenherz be able to stop it?

Xoe ~ Sara C. Roethe Fighting to save her best friend from a psychotic werewolf, Xoe has to make peace with her unique heritage…and resist an alluring vampire.

The Noru ~ Lola St Vil A half demon/half angel with a dark past abandons the angel world. When the only girl he has ever loved is hunted by a relentless, powerful new evil, he is forced to return.

Stronger Than Magic ~ Melinda VanLone Tarian Xannon fights demons like the rest of us. This time, the demon just happens to be real.

Beyond the Veil ~ Pippa DaCosta Muse must decide whether to trust a Prince of Hell, or the assassin sent to kill her. Little do they know, she’s more dangerous than both.

Death’s Hand ~ SM Reine  Elise Kavanagh doesn’t want to hunt demons anymore. But when the daughter of a coven member has been possessed, Elise is the only one who can help…and there may be more to this possession than just one witch’s life.

 

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Jun 09

Sale and Giveaway!

By Melinda VanLone | Thoughts

My good friend Eva Pohler is having a sale! Not only will you get some great reads for you or your teens, but there’s a giveaway…check it out:

Readers are calling this series, “Amazing,” “Addicting,” and “One of the best modern retelling of ancient myth.” Kirkus Reviews wrote that it’s “sure to thrill Hunger Games fans,” and Midwest Book Reviews calls it “a powerful young adult fantasy.”

A teen becomes entangled with the gods of Mount Olympus when one of them, Thanatos, the god of death, wants his chance at love. He makes a deal with his father, Hades, but not all the gods want him to succeed.

GatekeeperBoxPart paranormal romance and part adventure story, this trilogy follows Therese’s adventures as she struggles to overcome the challenges the gods dish her in her quest to become like them.

For one week only, from June 7th to June 13th, the digital box set of The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, usually $5.98, can be downloaded from any ebook retailer for 99 cents!

That’s three full-length novels, a total of 230,564 words, for less than a buck!

The Gatekeeper's Trilogy Promo

Here are the download links:

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To celebrate this one-week sale, Eva Pohler Books is also giving one lucky winner a $40 gift certificate of his or her choice, plus a signed paperback set of the trilogy. Keep reading to find out how to enter.

This series was initially written as a trilogy and can end with the third book, or you can keeping reading through all six. This box set includes the first three books. If you want to keep reading, come back here to follow Therese’s adventures as she strives to become a goddess in the ancient Greek pantheon.

You can find the other three books in the series here:

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Smashwords  Kobo

 

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After you download your copy of The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy, be sure to enter this international rafflecopter giveaway, which ends at midnight on June 13th. You can enter daily! Then be sure to come back to this page to find out if you won and to get the other three books in the saga!

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